July 10, 2015 / 10:38 PM / 3 years ago

U.S., allies conduct air strikes in Syria, Iraq against Islamic State: U.S. military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State on Thursday with 16 air strikes in Iraq and 15 strikes against the militant group in Syria, the U.S. military said in a statement on Friday.

Smoke rises from what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on locations controlled by Islamic State militants in Hasaka city, Syria July 9, 2015. REUTERS/Rodi Said

The Iraq strikes hit targets near Bayji, Fallujah, Habbaniyah, Haditha, Makhmur, Mosul, Sinjar and Tal Afar.

In Syria, the coalition targeted Islamic State positions near Al Hasakah, Aleppo, Raqqah, Ayn Isa, Kobani and Tal Abyad.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Sandra Maler

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