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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Defence Ministry said on Friday six TU-22M3 long-range bombers had carried out air strikes on Islamic State targets on the western bank of the Euphrates river in Syria, the RIA news agency reported.

Militants strongholds and groups were among the targets hit by the bombers, the ministry said.

(writing by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Christian Lowe)

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