Coalition Hits Islamic State in Tikrit With 17 Air Strikes: US

March 27, 2015 10:34 PM

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Coalition Hits Islamic State in Tikrit With 17 Air Strikes: US

Washington: US-led warplanes carried out 17 air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Tikrit overnight in the first wave of coalition bombing raids in support of an Iraqi government offensive to recapture the town, the military said on Thursday.

US and allied fighter jets, bombers and drones struck a building, two bridges, three checkpoints, two "staging areas," berms, an IS "roadblock" and an IS command facility, the US military command in charge of the air campaign said in a statement.

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