July 16, 2015 / 6:23 PM / 3 years ago

U.S. reports 31 air strikes against Islamic state in Syria and Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies carried out 31 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq on Wednesday, a U.S. military statement said.

A man with a leg cast rides a motorcycle though a damaged site after what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Old Aleppo, Syria July 16, 2015. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

Fifteen air raids were conducted near five Syrian cities, including five near Raqqa and four near Hasaka, said the statement issued on Thursday.

Islamic State targets near Falluja, Ramadi and six other cities were hit in 16 air strikes in Iraq, it added.

Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Sandra Maler

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