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'US has sunk 100 Islamic State boats to stop watercraft moves'

Iraqi troops deploy in the town of Sharqat, 260 kilometres (160 miles) northwest of Baghdad. (Representative Image) Photograph: (AFP)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 25, 2016, 09.14 AM (IST)

More than 1,000 Islamic State (IS) boats have been sunk by the US-led coalition’s warplanes, with 65 of them destroyed this month, PTI reported.

The IS has been using watercraft to transport fighters and execute attacks through the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Iraq.

The coalition had also provided CNN with a video of a September 10 airstrike against an IS unit aboard a boat near Bayji, Iraq.

Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson Colonel Joseph Scrocca informed that barges, skiffs and motorised watercraft have been observed operating along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

The coalition bombs have also targeted bridges used by the IS.

The coalition strikes took place near Qayyara and Sultan Abdallah towns, along the Tigris river south of the IS-held city of Mosul.

(WION with inputs from PTI)

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