US leads 16 strikes against Islamic State: statement
Residents inspect damage from what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on the main field hospital in the town of Douma, eastern Ghouta in Damascus October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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WASHINGTON: The U.S.-led coalition on Wednesday staged 16 strikes in Iraq and Syria targeting the against Islamic State militant group, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the operations said.

In a statement released on Thursday, the coalition said 15 strikes in Iraq centered on seven cities and destroyed 14 of the militants’ fighting positions in Sinjar. The strikes also hit multiple tactical units and destroyed several weapons caches, the coalition said.

One strike in Dayr Ar Zawr, Syria, hit four of the militants’ cranes, according to the statement.

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