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11/09/2015 12:00 BST

ISIS Base In Iraq Destroyed By US Airstrike

Video footage has been released of the moment a US-led coalition destroyed an Islamic State (IS) base in Iraq.

The blast targeted a key command and supply hub, situated in the Ramadi region and was being used to store large amounts of homemade explosives, weapons and ammunition.

According a statement made by the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), demolishing the building will significantly disrupt IS's ability to conduct operations and resupply their fighters.

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Aerial footage of the strike as it takes place in Iraq

The airstrike, which took place on 8 September, can be seen on aerial footage shot by the military operators.

The moment that a large explosion erupts and crumples the stadium can be seen in the centre of the shot.

According to CENTCOM, IS used the building as a base of operations to control fighters across the Ramadi region, and as a central node for lethal aid funneled down the Euphrates River Valley.

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Earlier this month such strikes were called into question over allegations of civilian casualties.

According to the Guardian, the international coalition has carried out more than 6,500 strikes since last August.

But Lt Gen John Hesterman, the US commander who leads the international air campaign against IS in Iraq and Syria, described the campaign in June as “the most precise and disciplined in the history of aerial warfare”.