U.S. forces bomb ISIS trench north Syria

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ISIS trench in the vicinity of al-Bab city in northern Syria. File photo

ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – U.S. and allies bombed a trench digged earlier by the radical group of Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in the vicinity of al-Bab city in northern Syria, local sources reported on Saturday. 

ISIS militants have been digging a trench around the city of al-Bab in preparation for defending their headquarters in the city against attacks by Kurdish forces and Syrian rebels. 

“The U.S.-led coalition targeted the trench with several airstrikes on Saturday,” media activist Hassan al-Shami told ARA News.

At least thirty people were killed in the strikes, most of them were construction workers and prisoners who have been forced by ISIS to participate in digging the trench. 

The U.S.-led strikes caused destruction of large parts of the trench.

“ISIS has been working on the trench project for more than two months in order to fortify al-Bab city, which is considered one of the main strongholds for the radical group in northern Syria,” al-Shami said.  

Also on Saturday, the coalition’s warplanes targeted ISIS fighting positions in the towns of Akhtarin and Soran in the northern countryside of Aleppo. At least three ISIS vehicles were destroyed. 

Reporting by: Taim Khalil 

Source: ARA News 

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