US-led coalition launches 14 air strikes against DAESH

Combined Joint Task Force says 25 air strikes have been launched against DAESH positions in Syria, Iraq

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

US F-18's conducting operations over Iraq against DAESH.

The United States and its allies conducted 14 air strikes against DAESH in Iraq and Syria on Sunday, the coalition leading the operations said in a statement amid ongoing daily strikes against the terror group.

The Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement released on Monday that 10 strikes near four Iraqi cities hit a security headquarters used by the terrorists, a supply cache and five tactical units. According to the statement, other targets included an assembly area and several mortar positions.

In Syria, four strikes near Mar'a and Manbij hit two DAESH tactical units and seven fighting positions, among other targets, statement said.

The US-led coalition launched an aerial campaign against the terror group DAESH in Syria and Iraq in September 2014. The United States, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are taking part in the coalition. Later in November 2014 the UK and France also joined the coalition.

Geneva peace talks and Palmyra

Syrian regime representatives and Western-backed opposition are currently holding a UN-mediated peace talks as part of a diplomatic push launched with US-Russian support to end the five-year conflict, in which around half a million people have been killed.

Meanwhile, Syrian envoy to Geneva peace talks Bashar Jaafari said on Monday that Syria is willing to take part in an international coalition against terrorism but only if the United States will work with Damascus.

The United States said on Monday it welcomed the expelling of DAESH terrorists from the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, but it was too early to predict what effect this would have on Syrian peace talks.

"It's too soon to know the degree to which the Palmyra operation is going to affect (the peace talks) one way or the other," State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters at a daily briefing, adding that the city's recapture does not change US's view of Bashar al Assad.

Syrian regime forces, backed by Russia, have taken back control of Palmyra, where some ancient monuments were destroyed by the terrorist group. 

The UN estimates the death toll in Syria, since the war started in 2011 to be at least 250,000 while the Syrian Centre for Policy Research on Feb, 10 released a report saying that the death toll in Syria has reached 470,000.

Additionally some 350,000 refugees have sought asylum in European Union states since the war began in Syria in 2011.

More than 5 million others took refuge in neighbouring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt, Turkey hosts the largest number with almost 3 million.

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