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More ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria hit

The strikes destroyed two ISIS armed vehicles, eight other vehicles, a weapons cache and fighting positions.

An F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 and an F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 prepare to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier US. Picture: Official US Department of Defense Facebook.

WASHINGTON - The United States military on Wednesday confirmed it had launched five more airstrikes targeting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) in the latest round of attacks on the militant group.

One strike hit northwest of the Iraqi city of Al Qa'im, US Central Command said in a statement.

Two strikes hit were west of Baghdad and two southeast of Irbil in Iraq.

The latest strikes on Tuesday and Wednesday destroyed two ISIS armed vehicles, eight other vehicles, a weapons cache and fighting positions, the statement said.

Various attack, bomber and fighter aircraft were used in the airstrikes and all aircraft were able to leave the area safely, according to the statement.

While the US 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 3-year-old civil war.

The first strikes in Syria were carried out with help of five Arab nations.

So far, 20 airstrikes have been launched across Syria targeting ISIS, Central Command said.

US officials on Tuesday had said the strikes were effective, and Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby, said it was still completing its overnight assessment.

"Everything we said yesterday is bearing out today," he said in a CNN interview.

"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."

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