RAQQA — The U.S.-led Coalition forces said they have conducted 19 airstrikes near the Islamic State (ISIS) de facto capital of Raqqa as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue advancing inside the city.
The Coalition released a statement on daily strikes provided to NRT on Friday (June 23), which said Coalition warplanes launched 32 air raids consisting of 103 engagements against ISIS in Syria and Iraq on Thursday (June 22).
The airstrikes near Raqqa engaged 14 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 12 fighting positions and two vehicles of the ISIS militants, the statement read. In addition, the strikes also damaged an ISIS supply route.
SDF fighters backed by coalition forces closed in on ISIS Syrian stronghold of Raqqa. The SDF is now trying to enact a siege of the city by taking the southern bank. The forces are a couple of kilometers from achieving this aim.
Coalition forces’ warplanes also carried out nine other strikes near Abu Kamal, Deir ez-Zor and Palmyra, destroying 15 oil stills, four dump trucks, three vehicles, three tactical vehicles and the entrances to four of the militants’ tunnels.
The Coalition separately launched four airstrikes consisting of 54 engagements against ISIS targets in Iraq.
The air raids conducted near Bayji and Mosul, destroying six tactical vehicles 16 fighting positions, four staging areas, eight medium machine guns and three mortar systems, the statement continued.
According to statistics by the U.S. Defense Department, the U.S. and Coalition partners have conducted a total of 22,671 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria from the beginning of the air campaign to Wednesday (June 21).
Up to 12,996 airstrikes were conducted in Iraq and 9,675 others were launched in Syria during that time, statistics from the U.S. Defense Department reveal.