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Uptick in Coalition strikes against ISIS on both sides of Syria-Iraq border

U.S.-led Coalition strikes against Islamic State targets on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border increased in number on Wednesday, Operation Inherent Resolve said in a press release.

“Near Al Qaim, four strikes destroyed an ISIS headquarters, an ISIS-held building, two weapons caches, a VBIED storage facility and a tactical vehicle,” the release said on Thursday, October 16, while on the Syria side, a weapons cache and two tactical vehicles were destroyed near Al Bukamal.

On October 18, Coalition forces conducted a total of seven strikes consisting of 10 engagements in Iraq:

  • Near Al Qaim, four strikes destroyed an ISIS headquarters, an ISIS-held building, two weapons caches, a VBIED storage facility and a tactical vehicle.
  • Near Rawah, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two command and control centers, an ISIS safe house, an IED facility and an ISIS encampment.

In Syria, the Coalition carried out five strikes consisting of five engagements:

  • Near Abu Kamal, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed a weapons cache and two tactical vehicles.
  • Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and suppressed an indirect fire position and a defensive fighting position.

The U.S.-led Coalition of more than 70 members has been conducting airstrikes, ground-based and rocket-propelled artillery fire against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq since 2014.

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