Islamic State targeted in 23 air strikes by U.S., allies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and allies staged 23 air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq on Thursday, the Combined Joint Task Force said on Friday. A dozen strikes near the Syrian cities of Kobani, Ar Raqqah and Al Hasakah destroyed Islamic State vehicles, buildings and fighting positions and also hit a large Islamic State unit. Eleven strikes in Iraq targeted Islamic State units, buildings, vehicles, equipment, a shipping container and a weapons cache near the cities of Taji, Al Asad, Fallujah, Baiji, Al Qaim and Mosul. Islamic State fighters have taken parts of Syria and Iraq in a bloody campaign to establish an Islamic caliphate. (Writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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