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22 dead, including 6 civilians in US airstrikes in Syria

Iran Press TV

Sun Jul 5, 2015 8:55AM

US airstrikes in Syria have killed sixteen ISIL terrorists as well as six civilians, including one child, a monitor says.

The new airstrikes, carried out in the Syrian city of Raqa on Saturday and Sunday, wounded dozens of others, said the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

'The significant air strikes tonight were executed to deny Daesh (ISIL) the ability to move military capabilities throughout Syria and into Iraq,' spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Gilleran said.

'This was one of the largest deliberate engagements we have conducted to date in Syria and it will have debilitating effects on Daesh's ability to move from Raqa.'

Gilleran said that coalition forces were able to strike multiple targets 'successfully", destroying ISIL structures and transit routes.

He added that the terrorists' "freedom of movement" was severely restricted by the air raids.

The US and its allies have been conducting air strikes on the ISIL terrorists, who currently control parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq, since last summer.

The group has carried out crimes such as public decapitations and crucifixions against all ethnic and religious groups, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others.

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