US and allies deliver 29 airstrikes against IS in Syria and Iraq

Fighters, bombs, and drones were used against Islamic State, which has taken parts of Syria and Iraq in a bloody campaign to establish an Islamic caliphate.

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A man rests inside a house, damaged by what activists said were two airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad in Jabal al-Akrad area in Syria's northwestern Latakia province, Dec. 31.

The United States and its allies staged 29 air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq on Wednesday, the Combined Joint Task Force said on Thursday.

The action in Syria included 17 strikes near the cities of Al Raqqah, Dayr az Zawr and Kobani. A variety of Islamic State buildings, fighting positions and units were hit.

In Iraq, 12 strikes targeted Islamic State buildings, fighting positions and units near the cities of Mosul, Fallujah and Sinjar.

Fighters, bombs and remotely controlled aircraft were used against Islamic State, which has taken parts of Syria and Iraq in a bloody campaign to establish an Islamic caliphate.

(Editing by James Dalgleish)

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