US continues ISIS-targeted Syrian airstrikes Wednesday

ISIS also hit in Iraq, says Pentagon spokesman

In this Sept. 2, 2014, file photo, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon. The Pentagon on Monday night, Sept. 22, says the U.S. and partner nations have begun airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants, using a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk missiles fired from ships in the region. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
In this Sept. 2, 2014, file photo, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon. The Pentagon on Monday night, Sept. 22, says the U.S. and partner nations have begun airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants, using a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk missiles fired from ships in the region. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon spokesman says the United States executed two airstrikes Wednesday on an Islamic State group staging area in eastern Syria.

Rear Adm. John Kirby says the target of the strikes was an area used by the militants to move equipment across the border into Iraq.

Earlier Wednesday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported airstrikes in and around the eastern Syrian city of Boukamal.

Kirby told CNN that the US also struck Islamic State targets in Iraq, near the Kurdish city of Irbil and the capital, Baghdad.

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