Hospital: 29 suspected ISIS militants killed, most from U.S.-led airstrikes
By Holly Yan and Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN
A northern Iraqi hospital has received the bodies of at least 29 suspected ISIS militants, the head of the Tal Afar hospital said Tuesday.
Danial Qassim said most were killed in U.S.-led coalition airstrikes overnight.
Tal Afar is about 70 kilometers (43 miles) west of Mosul — Iraq’s second-largest city, which has been overtaken by the radical Islamist group.
U.S.-led airstrikes have been pounding targets in both Iraq and Syria, the countries where ISIS is trying to conquer more territory and solidify an Islamic state.
Kobani takes more hits
In Syria, large explosions rocked the crucial city of Kobani on Tuesday, a CNN team on the ground reported. Is was not immediately clear what the cause of the explosions were, but one local fighter reported seeing four airstrikes Tuesday.
“Finally, they are hitting the right places,” he said.
Any hits to ISIS targets in the area could stall the militants’ progress in capturing the city, which sits near the Turkish border.
Kobani’s fall would give ISIS a complete swath of land between its self-declared capital of Raqqa, Syria, and Turkey — a stretch of more than 100 kilometers (62 miles).
Outnumbered and outgunned by ISIS, fighters trying to defend the Kurdish-dominated city have tried to flee into Turkey.
The cost of the strikes
U.S. military airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria have cost more than $62 million so far, according to data provided by the U.S. Defense Department.
The data, apparently sent out inadvertently Monday to the Pentagon’s press contacts, lists the total number of airstrikes by U.S. Central Command in Iraq and Syria, details locations of targets and specifies the costs of munitions used.
CNN’s Barbara Starr contributed to this report.