Anti-ISIS coalition stages 22 strikes in Iraq

The air strikes hit near Bayji, Sinjar, Fallujah and other cities and struck tactical units, caches and buildings. (File photo: AP)

The United States and its allies staged 22 strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq in a 24-hour period ending on Monday morning, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement.

The air strikes hit near Bayji, Sinjar, Fallujah and other cities and struck tactical units, caches and buildings, the statement said.

There were no air strikes in Syria during that period, the military said.

The U.S. military denied Sunday a report that strikes led by Washington had killed at least 52 civilians in northern Syria earlier this week, saying those killed were actually fighters.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor director Rami Abdel Rahman had told AFP that seven children were among the dead from U.S.-led coalition strikes overnight Thursday into Friday on the village of Birmahle in Aleppo province.

He had warned the toll could rise as rescuers were battling to save 13 people trapped under rubble.

"U.S. Central Command can confirm that Coalition forces conducted airstrikes in the vicinity of Birmahle, Syria, on April 30, destroying several ISIL fighting positions and striking more than 50 ISIL fighters," command spokesman Major Curt Kellogg said in a statement, using an acronym by which ISIS is also known.

"We currently have no indication that any civilians were killed in these strikes."
 

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