22 US air strikes on ISIS targets in Ramadi

22 US-led air strikes targets ISIS checkpoints near Ramadi after the city fell under the militant group's control

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The US-led coalition conducted 22 air strikes on targets belonging to ISIS in Iraq and Syria since Friday, four of the strikes hitting targets near Ramadi.

ISIS captured the city of Ramadi last week after bloody confrontations with the Iraqi army, hundreds were killed and thousands fled the city heading to Baghdad.

Coalition forces also attacked five ISIS sites in Syria between Friday and Saturday, a statement from the Combined Joint Task Force said.

The strikes near Ramadi hit tactical units, armored vehicles and a fighting position in militant-controlled territory. Ramadi fell to ISIS on Sunday in a serious setback for Iraqi forces that also cast doubts on the US strategy of using mainly air strikes against the militants.

The other US-led attacks in Iraq were near the cities of Al Asad, Bayji, Fallujah, Haditha, Kirkuk, Makhmur, Mosul, Sinjar and Tal Afar. ISIS tactical units, vehicles, fighting positions, heavy machine guns and buildings were hit.

Earlier today Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces militias deployed from Habbaneya military en route to Ramadi to help recapture the city.

In neighboring Syria, air strikes near Al Hasakah, Der al Zor, Kobane and Palmyra destroyed fighting positions, a tank and six anti-aircraft artillery systems, the joint task force said.