US conducts airstrikes in Iraq and Syria

Published October 13th, 2015 - 03:30 GMT

The United States and its coalition partners have conducted airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon says.

According to US military officials, the attacks targeted Daesh (ISIL) and were carried out on Tuesday, a day after Washington air-dropped tons of weapons to militants fighting inside Syria.

"Coalition forces conducted an airdrop Sunday in northern Syria to resupply local counter-ISIL ground forces as they conduct operations against ISIL," US Central Command spokesman Colonel Patrick Ryder said in a statement on Monday, using an acronym for the Daesh terrorist group.

"The aircraft delivery included small arms ammunition to resupply counter-ISIL ground forces so that they can continue operations against ISIL," he added.

A US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP the material included 50 tons of ammunition.

The airstrikes come nearly two weeks after Russia began its military campaign against rebels fighting against the Syrian government. 

On Wednesday, Russia fired 26 long-range cruise missiles from its warships in the Caspian Sea against terrorists in Syria.

Unnamed US officials have told The Associated Press that Russia has directed parts of its military campaign against US-backed militants and other extremist groups in an effort to weaken them.

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