U.S., Allies Conduct 20 Strikes in Iraq, 11 in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -

The United States and its allies conducted 20 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and 11 in Syria on Tuesday, the coalition leading the operations said in a statement.

In Iraq, the air attacks once again targeted the area near Ramadi, where six strikes destroyed equipment, weapons and fighting positions, and denied terrorists access to terrain, the Combined Joint Task Force said on Wednesday. Of the six, three air strikes were launched near Qayyarah and three near the terrorist stronghold of Mosul. In all, those attacks destroyed seven weapons caches, three assembly areas and 14 Islamic State fighting positions, it said.

Air strikes also hit near six other Iraqi cities including Sinjar, Tal Afar, Baiji and Tal Afar, the task force said.

In Syria, where the strikes on Tuesday included ground attacks, four strikes hit four gas and oil separation plants in Dayr Az Zawr, the military said.

Elsewhere in Syria, two strikes each hit Al Hasaka, Manbij and Mar’a, where they struck tactical units and destroyed vehicles and fighting positions. Another strike hit targets near Ayn Isa.