More strikes hit ISIS locations in Syria and Iraq

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Musa, a 25-year-old Kurdish marksman, stands atop a building as he looks at the destroyed city of Halimce, east of the Syrian town of Kobane. File photo

ARA News

Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan – The Joint Task Force Command of the anti-terrorism U.S.-led international coalition announced that its warplanes launched 27 airstrikes on Islamic State (IS/ISIS) targets in Syria and Iraq.

The leadership of the Joint Task Force said in a statement issued Saturday that the coalition’s warplanes carried out 27 airstrikes since Friday morning, 17 of them hitting IS headquarters, armored vehicles, and equipment of oil in Iraq, including 10 raids on the city of Kirkuk. 

The statement confirmed that the warplanes also targeted military sites, artillery batteries and armored vehicles with eight strikes in the vicinity of the city of Kobane (Ain al-Arab) in the countryside of Aleppo, in northern Syria. 

In the meantime, the Peshmerga forces of Iraqi Kurdistan began a large-scale military operation aimed at attacking IS locations in the southern areas of Kirkuk province in northern Iraq from three directions, in order to regain the villages held by the IS militants.

The Deputy Minister of Peshmerga in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) told reporters in Erbil that the Peshmerga forces began shelling IS strongholds near the village of Mullah Abdullah, as the coalition’s warplanes were working to secure air cover for the forces on ground.

The IS hardline group had launched a major offensive on the villages south of Kirkuk, which were controlled by the Peshmerga forces, and were able to control the villages of Maktab Khaled and Mullah Abdullah. The attacks led to the death of nearly 29 members of the Peshmerga forces.

 

Reporting by: Gulistan Hassan 

Source: ARA News

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