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US-led coalition carries out series of deadly strikes targeting IS militants in Raqqa

  • This Saturday, July, 4, 2015 photo provided by a website of the Islamic State group, shows a wounded man being treated by doctors in Raqqa, Syria. A series of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group's stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria has killed at least 10 militants and wounded many others. The airstrikes were confirmed by the coalition, Raqqa-base activists and the Islamic State group. Arabic on banner reads, "Raqqa Urgent / Ten killed and tens wounded by crusader (Christian)-Nusayri (Alawite) coalition on Raqqa city. 17 Ramadan 1436 Hijri." (Islamic State militant website via AP)

    This Saturday, July, 4, 2015 photo provided by a website of the Islamic State group, shows a wounded man being treated by doctors in Raqqa, Syria. A series of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group's stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria has killed at least 10 militants and wounded many others. The airstrikes were confirmed by the coalition, Raqqa-base activists and the Islamic State group. Arabic on banner reads, "Raqqa Urgent / Ten killed and tens wounded by crusader (Christian)-Nusayri (Alawite) coalition on Raqqa city. 17 Ramadan 1436 Hijri." (Islamic State militant website via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Saturday, July, 4, 2015 photo provided by a website of the Islamic State group, shows people inspecting a car purportedly damaged by U.S.-led airstrikes on Raqqa, Syria. A series of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group's stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria has killed at least 10 militants and wounded many others. The airstrikes were confirmed by the coalition, Raqqa-base activists and the Islamic State group. Arabic on banner reads, "Raqqa Urgent / Ten killed and tens wounded by crusader (Christian)-Nusayri (Alawite) coalition on Raqqa city. 17 Ramadan 1436 Hijri." (Islamic State militant website via AP)

    This Saturday, July, 4, 2015 photo provided by a website of the Islamic State group, shows people inspecting a car purportedly damaged by U.S.-led airstrikes on Raqqa, Syria. A series of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group's stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria has killed at least 10 militants and wounded many others. The airstrikes were confirmed by the coalition, Raqqa-base activists and the Islamic State group. Arabic on banner reads, "Raqqa Urgent / Ten killed and tens wounded by crusader (Christian)-Nusayri (Alawite) coalition on Raqqa city. 17 Ramadan 1436 Hijri." (Islamic State militant website via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Saturday, July, 4, 2015 photo provided by a website of the Islamic State group, shows a wounded man on a stretcher in Raqqa, Syria. A series of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group's stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria has killed at least 10 militants and wounded many others. The airstrikes were confirmed by the coalition, Raqqa-base activists and the Islamic State group. Arabic on banner reads, "Raqqa Urgent / Ten killed and tens wounded by crusader (Christian)-Nusayri (Alawite) coalition on Raqqa city. 17 Ramadan 1436 Hijri." (Islamic State militant website via AP)

    This Saturday, July, 4, 2015 photo provided by a website of the Islamic State group, shows a wounded man on a stretcher in Raqqa, Syria. A series of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group's stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria has killed at least 10 militants and wounded many others. The airstrikes were confirmed by the coalition, Raqqa-base activists and the Islamic State group. Arabic on banner reads, "Raqqa Urgent / Ten killed and tens wounded by crusader (Christian)-Nusayri (Alawite) coalition on Raqqa city. 17 Ramadan 1436 Hijri." (Islamic State militant website via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A series of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group's stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria has killed at least 10 militants and wounded many others.

The airstrikes were confirmed by the coalition, Raqqa-base activists and the Islamic State group.

In a statement issued early Sunday, the coalition said it had conducted 16 airstrikes throughout Raqqa, destroying vital IS-controlled structures and transit routes in Syria.

An IS-affiliated militant website confirmed the strikes on the center of the city. It said 10 people were killed and dozens wounded.

Activists reported hearing a series of loud explosions that shook Raqqa.

Raqqa is the de facto capital of the so-called Islamic caliphate declared a year ago by the Islamic State group in territories it controls in Iraq and Syria.