U.S., allies stage 18 air strikes against Islamic State: coalition

Reuters News
Posted: May 01, 2015 9:23 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led military coalition launched 18 air strikes in Syria and Iraq against Islamic State since early Thursday, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement.

The seven strikes targeting the militants in Iraq struck five units of Islamic State fighters and destroyed several fighting positions and other targets near the cities of Bayji, Falluja, Mosul, Ramadi and Tal Afar, the task force said on Friday.

In Syria, 11 strikes near al Hasaka, Dayr az Zawr and Kobani also struck eight Islamic State fighting units as well as two vehicles and other targets, the statement said.

For a Reuters graphic on the strikes, see: http://reut.rs/10khCuA

(Reporting by Washington Newsroom; Editing by Bill Trott)