Date
18 December 2017
Syrians check the ruins of a house reportedly hit by US-led coalition air strikes in the village of Kfar Derian in the western Aleppo province on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
Syrians check the ruins of a house reportedly hit by US-led coalition air strikes in the village of Kfar Derian in the western Aleppo province on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

US conducts more airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

The United States has stepped up its military campaign against Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq with five more airstrikes launched on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The strikes hit targets in Syria, northwest of the Iraqi city of Al Qa’im, west of Baghdad and southeast of Irbil in Iraq, Reuters reported, citing a statement from the US Central Command.

So far, 20 airstrikes have been launched across Syria targeting the jihadist group, the statement said.

The latest strikes destroyed two Islamic State armed vehicles, eight other vehicles, a weapons cache and fighting positions, it said.

Various attack, bomber and fighter aircraft were used in the air strikes and all aircraft were able to leave the area safely.

While the US military has launched nearly 200 strikes in Iraq in recent weeks, this week’s campaign opens a new front in Syria and thrusts Washington into the country’s three-year-old civil war, the news agency said. The first strikes in Syria were carried out with help of five Arab nations.

“We do believe that the battle damage assessment that we’ve conducted shows that these strikes were extremely successful in terms of hitting what we were aiming at and causing the damage that we wanted to cause,” Rear Admiral John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, told CNN in an interview.

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