U.S.-led coalition focuses on Kobane

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U.S.-led coalition's fighter jets strike IS locations in Kobane suburbs. File photo

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – Warplanes of the U.S.-led international coalition launched 12 air strikes against strongholds of the Islamic State’s (IS/ISIL) militants in Syria since Friday.

According to the Combined Joint Task Force, the coalition’s strikes focused on IS locations in Kobane.

“The strikes near Kobani hit two large Islamic State units and destroyed 15 of its fighting positions,” the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement Saturday.

“An IS building and one tactical unit in the countryside of Kobane were also destroyed during the strikes.” 

Another strike hit the countryside of Hasakah, in northeastern Syria, destroying two Islamic State guard facilities.

U.S. and partner nations also launched three air strikes in Iraq, striking an IS-held bridge, destroying two militant vehicles near Ramadi and two fighting positions of the radical group near Mosul, in northwestern Iraq.

Noteworthy, when the fighting started between the Kurdish forces and militants of the Islamic State in Kobane nearly four months ago, Washington considered this small Kurdish city as “non-strategic”, emphasizing the necessity to concentrate strikes on Iraqi strongholds of the radical group. However, this has changed as the Kurds continued to struggle and allied Syrian rebels defended Kobane against IS attacks, the international coalition’s focus dramatically shifted towards the city. 

 

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi 

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