US Airstrikes Destroy Ammo Left Behind in Syria

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A U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle conducts a mission over Iraq on Sept. 10, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Russ Scalf)
A U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle conducts a mission over Iraq on Sept. 10, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Russ Scalf)

Two U.S. fighter jets launched airstrikes Wednesday to destroy ammunition that was left behind when American forces left a cement factory south of Kobani, Syria.

The factory had served as a coordination center for the U.S.-led coalition and Kurdish forces in the fight against the Islamic State group.

U.S. Army Col. Myles Caggins, a spokesman for the coalition, says the F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet strikes were pre-planned and destroyed ammunition stored at the Lafarge Cement Factory.

He says all coalition personnel and "essential tactical equipment" had left the base before the strike.

Most of the 1,000 U.S. forces in Syria are being withdrawn over the coming days and weeks because of the Turkish invasion into northern Syria and the attack on Kurdish forces.

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