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US-led coalition launches 14 air strikes against Islamic State

They struck Islamic State tactical units near Al Hasakah and fighting positions near Kobani.

FILE: The United States and its partner nations launched 14 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria since Wednesday morning, the Combined Joint Task Force said on Thursday. Picture: Supplied

WASHINGTON - The United States and its partner nations launched 14 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria since Wednesday morning, the Combined Joint Task Force said on Thursday.

Five air strikes were conducted in Syria, the task force said in a statement. They struck Islamic State tactical units near Al Hasakah and fighting positions near Kobani.

In Iraq, nine air strikes were launched near Al Asad, Fallujah, Mosul and other locations, hitting tactical units, buildings, vehicles and a training camp, the statement said.

SYRIA FIGHTING KILLS 132 ISLAMIC STATE FIGHTERS

At least 132 Islamic State fighters have been killed since Saturday in fighting with Kurdish militia backed by US-backed air strikes in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasaka, a group monitoring the conflict said.

The Kurdish YPG forces which drove Islamic State from Kobani last month with the help of US-led air strikes had seized 70 villages in the offensive, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported overnight.

The northeastern corner of Syria is strategically important in the battle against Islamic State because it borders territory controlled by the group in Iraq.

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