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The US military said it destroyed 14 tanks “and other equipment” that was captured by the Islamic State after it overran the Syrian city of Palmyra and the nearby Tiyas Military Airfield. The Islamic State overran Palmyra and the surrounding areas last weekend after routing Syrian forces there.
“The attacks occurred during daylight hours from late morning to early evening on Thursday,” US Central Command, or CENTCOM, noted in a press release. “In addition to the 14 tanks, three artillery systems, two ISIL-held buildings, two tactical vehicles, and an air defense artillery system were also destroyed in the strike. The equipment was destroyed in the vicinity of the airfield, northeast of the city along a highway.”
16 aircraft were involved in the attempt to deny the Islamic State military hardware gained after it seized Tiras.
The Islamic State claimed it seized 44 tanks, 7 BMPs, 7 130mm cannons, 14 23mm cannons, several anti-armor rocket launchers, dozens of anti-armor rockets, various automatic weapons, military vehicles, weapons and ammunition during the fighting in and around Palmyra. However, it is difficult to confirm the Islamic State’s claim. [See Threat Matrix report, Jihadis celebrate capture of Russian base in Palmyra, Syria.
The US launched another massive airstrike near Palmyra as the Islamic State overran the city last weekend. On Dec. 8, Coalition aircraft reportedly destroyed 168 Islamic State oil tankers as they amassed to take oil from nearby oilfields.
2016.12.17 / 09:00