Sunday, April 19, 2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq



By From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

SOUTHWEST ASIA, April 19, 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, which took place between 8 a.m. April 18 and 8 a.m. today, local time, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

Attack aircraft conducted an airstrike near Al Hasakah and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 12 airstrikes in Iraq, approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense:

-- Near Bayji, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and two ISIL sniper positions.

-- Near Fallujah, two airstrikes struck an ISIL large and smaller tactical unit, destroyed an ISIL anti-aircraft artillery weapon, an ISIL machine gun and three ISIL vehicles.

-- Near Kirkuk, three airstrikes struck two ISIL large and one smaller tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL buildings.

-- Near Ramadi, three airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units, destroyed an ISIL structure, an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL mortar system.

-- Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL buildings.

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

Friday, April 17, 2015

Anti-ISIL Forces Make Progress in Iraq, Syria



By Terri Moon Cronk
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2015 – Iraqi security forces and coalition partners are making progress in Operation Inherent Resolve’s fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a U.S. Central Command official told reporters here today.

Anti-ISIL forces are performing, as predicted, Centcom spokesman Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder told reporters here during what is expected to be a weekly operational update teleconference on the campaigns in Iraq and Syria against the extremist group.

“We are where we thought we would be at this point in the execution of the military campaign to degrade, dismantle and ultimately defeat ISIL,” said Ryder, quoting recent congressional testimony from Centcom commander Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III.

“As the fighting near Beiji and Ramadi this week has demonstrated, this remains a very tough fight,” Ryder said from Centcom’s headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

“While ISIL is largely on the defensive in Iraq, we should expect this enemy to conduct the attacks like we’re seeing in Beiji and Ramadi to hold terrain, disrupt the Iraqi security forces and gain publicity,” he added.

Using a projected map to outline three operational areas in Iraq, he said Iraqi and coalition forces continue operations in eastern Anbar province from Karma to Haditha, and in Fallujah and Ramadi.

Haditha Under Iraqi Control

“Some parts of Anbar such as portions of Ramadi remain contested, while others such as Haditha remain firmly under Iraqi control,” Ryder said.

Centcom has assessed that Ramadi remains contested, with ISIL regaining some territory in recent days, he said.

However, Iraqi security forces continue “to push against ISIL’s strongholds and conduct clearing operations. Coalition forces are supporting Iraqi ground forces with precision airstrikes, intelligence and planning support,” Ryder said.

Beiji Oil Refinery Contested

In Iraq’s Salahuddin and Kirkuk provinces, the second area of operations, Centcom officials say the Beiji oil refinery remains contested.

“ISIL has been conducting disrupting attacks against the refinery and … has penetrated the outer perimeter. However, the refinery remains under ISF control and we are supporting the Iraqis’ efforts to repel the enemy’s attack,” Ryder said.

Between Iraqi security forces pushing back and the coalition’s 200 airstrikes since the start of operations to reinforce the refinery and clear Beiji, Ryder said the strikes resulted in significant ISIL losses.

In the third area of Ninawa province, coalition and Kurdish security forces continue to cut ISIL’s lines of communication, he said, adding, “The Kurds have secured large swaths of territory from ISIL to include the city of Sinjar and Sinjar Mountain.”

Additionally, the coalition continues its air strikes in and around Mosul, targeting ISIL’s military capabilities, its leaders and its lines of communication in the area, Ryder said.

Gaining Ground in Kobani

In Kobani, Syria, the coalition’s fourth operational area, the joint forces “have enabled Kurdish forces with air support and reconnaissance as they reclaim additional territory,” Ryder said.

“Since retaking the entire town, these fighters have performed exceptionally well, extending their forward line significantly, and that territory continues to expand,” he added.

In northeast Syria, the same fighters also made progress pushing ISIL forces out of dozens of towns and villages, creating additional expanses of territory that’s free from ISIL control, Ryder said.

“It’s a hard fight,” he said of the battle against ISIL, “and from the outset we’ve said it’s going to take some time.”

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq



From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, April 17, 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, which took place between 8 a.m. yesterday and 8 a.m. today, local time, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

Attack and bomber aircraft conducted eight airstrikes in Syria:

-- Near Hasakah, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle.

-- Near Kobani, six airstrikes struck four ISIL tactical units, destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions, five ISIL vehicles and two ISIL motorcycles.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 13 airstrikes, approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense:

-- Near Asad, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL excavator.

-- Near Beiji, five airstrikes struck five ISIL tactical units, destroyed four ISIL vehicles, three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL heavy machine gun.

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

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

-- Near Mosul, an airstrike struck an ISIL large tactical unit.

-- Near Ramadi, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL excavator and an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck an ISIL fighting position and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Tal Afar, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL building.

All aircraft returned to base safely.

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.

Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, 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.