12 Jan '18, 7pm

More than 90 airstrikes pummel last ISIS stronghold in Syria.

Coalition aircraft carried out more than 90 airstrikes between Jan. 4 to Jan. 11 near the Iraq-Syria border, pummeling a small town known as Abu Kamal, one of the last remaining strongholds of ISIS fighters in Syria. In mid-October, U.S.-backed partner forces known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, managed to liberate Raqqa, ISIS’ de-fecto capital, and have continued to press down the middle Euphrates River valley, where they’ve encountered pockets of stiff resistance. Russian-backed Syrian fighters and their proxy forces are also operating in vicinity of Abu Kamal on the western bank of the Euphrates. The area has become a bit of a convergence point for all parties involved in the Syrian conflict, a Pentagon official told Military Times. Because of the battlefield congestion, U.S. and Russian officials have continued to use the deconfliction hotline to sort out air...

Full article: https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2018/01/12/more...

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