Coalition Targets Isis with 75 Airstrikes near Raqqa, In Last Two Days

Coalition Targets Isis with 75 Airstrikes near Raqqa, In Last Two Days

U.S.-led Coalition forces targeted the Islamic State (ISIS) militants with 75 airstrikes near Raqqa in the last two days

Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) said in a statement on Monday (October 9) that the Coalition has carried out 51 air raids against ISIS near Raqqa on Saturday, destroying 50 fighting positions, a tactical vehicle, six additional vehicles, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) and four command and control networks.

Coalition forces, backing the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Raqqa operation, added 24 more airstrikes targeting ISIS militants near Raqqa, on Sunday.

Those strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed 15 fighting positions, 11 vehicles, one VBIED and four command and control networks, the statement read.

“The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria further limits the group’s ability to project terror and to conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world,” the statement said.

SDF announced on Sunday that the liberation of Raqqa in Syria, where the US-backed Syrian forces are engaged in a battle against the ISIS group, “is imminent.”

The SDF fighters are now in control of 85 percent of ISIS’s former Syrian capital, Raqqa, and “its liberation will be declared in the coming few days," the spokeswoman for the SDF campaign in Raqqa, Jihan Sheikh Ahmad, said.

Under the banner of the SDF, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias are fighting to take Raqqa back from ISIS, who took control of the Syrian city at the beginning of 2014.

ISIS has been losing territory across northern Syria over the past 18 months to the SDF, Syrian rebels backed by Turkey, and to the Syrian army.