U.S.-led coalition intensifies anti-ISIS raids amid criticism


U.S.-led strikes hit ISIS locations in Kobane, northern Syria. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – The U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes carried out dozens of raids on vehicles and bases belonging to the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), including the electronic warfare unit during the period from November 28 to December 1, the U.S. Central Command said Tuesday.

According to the Central Command, the fighter jets and drones of the coalition bombed IS targets in Iraq and Syria, hitting militants besieging the city of Kobane and the headquarters of the group in Raqqa.

“The airstrikes led to the destruction of an IS manned tank and 14 vehicles along with a location for the jihadists and the electronic warfare unit in the city (Raqqa).”

At least 17 out of 27 raids launched by the coalition in Syria targeted these areas during the past four days, according to the Central Command, pointing out that the strikes included bombing seven units of the IS group, two blocks, three tanks and four vehicles.

“The international coalition fighter jets, in one of the raids, targeted the so-called Khorasan group, which includes a number of al-Qaeda militants near Aleppo, northern Syria.” 

No casualties were reported in the ranks of Korasan group.

Speaking to ARA News in Raqqa, civil rights activist Abu Ibrahim ar-Raqqawi said that the coalition’s warplanes launched several raids in the past four days; the most violent ones took place on Saturday evening, November 29.

“Nearly 30 air raids, within an hour, were carried out and caused a power outage in the entire city, and targeted the IS strongholds and camps in the Division 17 with nearly 20 rockets in Raqqa,” he said.

This comes amid a wide range of criticism on the U.S. anti-IS strategy in Syria and Iraq, due to its ineffectiveness after more than four months.


Reporting by: Zaradasht Khalil

Source: ARA News

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