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U.S., Allies Conduct Air Strikes In Syria And Iraq

The United States and its coalition partners have launched another round of air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, conducting 26 strikes since early on January 23.

The Combined Joint Task Force, which is leading the military operation, said in a statement on January 24 that 13 strikes hit in Syria and also 13 hit in Iraq.

In Syria, 12 air strikes targeted Islamic State positions near Kobani. In Iraq, five strikes hit near Mosul and five near Tal Afar, the statement said.

Meanwhile Kurdish military forces have fired rockets into Mosul for the first time since Islamic State militants overran the northern Iraqi city last summer.

A Kurdish officer said on January 24 that 20 Grad missiles had been launched into Mosul the previous day after receiving information that Islamic State militants were gathering to meet near the city's Zuhour neighborhood.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP