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Fresh US air strikes in Syria, Iraq

world Updated: Oct 05, 2014 19:36 IST
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The US military unleashed a wave of air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq this weekend, destroying tanks, armored vehicles and mortar teams, a statement said on Sunday.

US fighter aircraft carried out three air strikes in Syria on Saturday, while fighter jets, bombers and helicopters were used in six assaults against IS positions in Iraq on Sunday, US Central Command said in a statement.

An airstrike in Syria northwest of Al Mayadin destroyed a bulldozer, two tanks and another vehicle.

Twin strikes northwest of the IS group's Raqa stronghold pounded an IS unit and destroyed six firing positions, the statement said.

In Iraq, four strikes northeast of Fallujah hit two mortar teams, a large IS unit and two smaller units. Three Humvees were destroyed in two more attacks near Hit and Sinjar, the statement said.

The strikes come after a global wave of revulsion triggered by the IS group's beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning, made public in a video that emerged on Friday.

The US launched air strikes in Iraq in August before widening the campaign to include targets in Syria last month.