U.S., Allies Conduct Air Strikes Against Islamic State

The Combined Joint Task Force said on Friday the U.S.-led military coalition launched nine air strikes in Iraq and five in Syria against Islamic State militants since early on Thursday. The military statement said the strikes in Syria near Al Hasakah and Ar Raqqah involved attack, bomber, fighter and drone aircraft. It said the strikes in Iraq involved attack, fighter and drone aircraft and were near Al Asad, Al Qaim, Bayji, Mosul and Sinjar. According to the statement, the strikes all took place between 8 a.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. on Friday local time.