Monday, July 27, 2015

Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq



From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 27, 2015 – U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

Fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 13 airstrikes in Syria:

-- Near Hasakah, 10 airstrikes struck four ISIL large tactical units and five ISIL small tactical units and destroyed 15 ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Aleppo, an airstrike struck an ISIL mortar system and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Kobani, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL motorcycle and an ISIL vehicle.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack, fighter-attack, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 13 airstrikes in Iraq, approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense:

-- Near Huwayjah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL bunker.

-- Near Rutbah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.

-- Near Habbaniyah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL structure.

-- Near Makhmur, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Mosul, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL tank.

-- Near Ramadi, four airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit and three ISIL small tactical units and destroyed an ISIL excavator, 13 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL rocket-propelled grenade and an ISIL structure.

-- Near Sinjar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL staging area and an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Tal Afar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to project terror and conduct operations, officials said.

Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the United States, Bahrain, Canada, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq



From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 26, 2015 – Coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, which took place yesterday, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

Fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 13 airstrikes in Syria:

• Near Al Hasakah, five airstrikes struck two ISIL large tactical units, two ISIL small tactical units and two ISIL fighting positions and destroyed an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL command and control center, two ISIL fighting positions and three ISIL checkpoints.

• Near Aleppo, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL towed artillery piece.

• Near Ar Raqqah, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

• Near Kobani, five airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit and four ISIL small tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL mortar position.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack, fighter-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 20 airstrikes in Iraq, approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense:

• Near Al Asad, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL structure.

• Near Al Qaim, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

• Near Habbaniyah, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL structure and an ISIL bridge.

• Near Haditha, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL structures.

• Near Makhmur, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL bunkers.

• Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL vehicle-borne improvised explosive device factory and an ISIL mortar position and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

• Near Ramadi, five airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, two ISIL tanks and an ISIL armored personnel carrier and destroyed an ISIL road block, an ISIL armored personnel carrier, an ISIL building, two ISIL structures and an ISIL mortar position.

• Near Sinjar, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL ammunition cache and an ISIL fighting position.

• Near Tuz, four airstrikes struck four ISIL staging areas.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct operations.

Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the United States, Bahrain, Canada, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Carter Praises U.S., Kurdish Efforts in Cinching Lasting ISIL Victory



By Amaani Lyle
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2015 – Following a meeting with Kurdish senior military leaders yesterday, Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited U.S. and coalition troops in Irbil, Iraq, to encourage them and offer insight regarding Kurdish peshmerga fighters and their efforts to thwart Islamic State insurgents.

The secretary acknowledged the complexity of enabling Kurdish forces to sustain victory against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant with U.S. help.

“The trick isn't just to beat ISIL,” Carter said. “That's not the strategic outcome we're trying to get. We're trying to get a defeat that sticks -- a lasting victory, and that can only be delivered by the people who live here.”

Carter noted that with combined U.S. and Kurdish peshmerga fighter’s efforts through training, advice, equipment, air support, intelligence, the Kurdish can “hold and provide for a decent way of life” for themselves.

Absent an enduring victory, Carter said the region’s inhabitants are subject to another cycle of uprising, violence, and barbarianism. “So to make the victory stick, we have to have local forces -- that's the secret sauce here.”

Sustain a Victory

The secretary also outlined similar capabilities and the strategic approach in other parts of the Iraqi and Syrian security forces. “We are trying to build up a force throughout the territory of Iraq, and then someday, because it's a very different situation in Syria that can do that … sustain the victory you help with here,” he said.

Carter described peshmerga as the “model” of U.S. and coalition efforts against ISIL throughout the area of responsibility.

“You guys are in a sense the pathfinders for all of us,” Carter said. “What you learn here and the tradecraft that you develop, the ability you have to work together … to work with your partners … that's something that's going to benefit all of us and also benefit all of the other forces that are building themselves up here in Iraq and Syria.”