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US-led Coalition against ISIS continues airstrikes in Syria

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The US-led coalition in Syria continued to conduct air strikes against the ISIS terrorist group, American officials said on Tuesday about a week after President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw 2,000 US troops from the war-torn country.

From Dec. 16 to Dec. 22, the coalition said it conducted multiple strikes, including “precision air strikes” and “coordinated fires,” that successfully destroyed logistics facilities and staging areas used by ISIS in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, and “removed several hundred ISIS fighters from the battlefield.” The attacks also damaged the group’s ability to fund its activities by targeting “several ISIS financial centers and capabilities in Susah and As Shafah.”

The coalition partner forces said they would continue to advance and dig out the positions of ISIS fighters, describing the war zone as the “last remaining stronghold ISIS has in the region.”

“ISIS presents a very real threat to the long-term stability in this region and our mission remains the same, the enduring defeat of ISIS,” the deputy commander of the coalition, UK Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika, said in a statement.

The continued air support contrasts with initial reports last week that said the United States would likely end its air campaign against ISIS when the troops exit. Trump declared victory against ISIS in his Dec. 19 announcement of the withdrawal, arguing that US troops had no other reason for staying in Syria now that the group has already been defeated.

ISIS has lost all of the territory it once held in Iraq and controls only one percent of the territory it once held in Syria, according to a November report by the Department of Defense.
Last Modified: Thursday، 27 December 2018 07:18 PM