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The United States have carried out a new series of airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) positions on the Syrian territory, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported Saturday, citing an anonymous US defense official.

Updated 04:44 a.m. Moscow time.

MOSCOW, September 27 (RIA Novosti) - The United States have carried out another series of airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) positions on the Syrian territory, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported Saturday, citing an anonymous US defense official.

"I can confirm US air operations are ongoing in Syria," the official was quoted by the agency as saying.

The United States launched airstrikes against the IS fighters in Iraq back in August, following the jihadists' rapid advance in the country's North. The Sunni extremist group had earlier proclaimed an Islamic caliphate on the large areas it controls in Iraq and Syria.

In September, US President Barack Obama outlined a strategy of fighting the IS and other terrorist groups in the Middle East. The plan implied the establishment of a multinational coalition to counter terrorism in the region.

Since the beginning of the week, Washington and its Arab allies have been carrying out airtrikes against the IS and other insurgents on the Syrian territory, without any formal permission from Damascus. On Friday, the UK parliament approved the participation of the British military in the airstrikes in Iraq.

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