US Navy jets hit more Islamic State targets in Iraq, Syria

June 8, 2016 00:46


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ABOARD USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, - US fighter jets have dropped 35 smart bombs and pamphlet bombs on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in strikes launched from the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier since it moved from the Gulf to the Mediterranean last Friday, Navy officials said.

The officials said further raids were launched on Tuesday, but not yet tallied.

The Truman, which is due to hand off to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower carrier in several weeks, has deployed more than 1,460 smart bombs and pamphlets against the militant group since last December, when it first arrived in the Gulf, they said.

US officials have said the attacks, which are being closely coordinated with US-backed ground forces, are starting to have results, eroding the amount of territory held by Islamic State in Iraq and reducing the group's oil revenues.

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