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U.S. Carries Out Two More Airstrikes in Syria, Another in Iraq

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U.S. military forces carried out two more airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria and another in Iraq, the U.S. Central Command announced late Tuesday. The two airstrikes in Syria were part of the first wave of the U.S.-led bombing campaign over Syria, and took out two ISIS armed vehicles near the eastern city of Dayr az Zawr. The miltiary said the vehicles were considered "targets of opportunity." The airstrike in Iraq destroyed one ISIS vehicle northwest of Baghdad.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based group which tracks the war, later said that five airstrikes hit ISIS-controlled territory in Syria on Wednesday. Reuters reported that it was not clear who had mounted the air raid targeting the border town of Albu Kamal and surrounding areas. The report could not immediately be independently confirmed by NBC News. The Pentagon suggested Tuesday that the airstrikes against ISIS were only the beginning of a fight that could take years.

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Reuters contributed to this report.