War on Terrorism

Saturday, August 16, 2014

U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Near Sinjar, Irbil

Compiled from U.S. Central Command News Releases

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq yesterday, with remotely piloted aircraft successfully conducting airstrikes on two armed vehicles south of the village of Sinjar.

After receiving reports from Kurdish forces that ISIL terrorists were attacking civilians in Kawju, a village located south of Sinjar, U.S. aircraft identified and followed an ISIL armed vehicle to a roadside area. At approximately 10:10 a.m. EDT, U.S. aircraft struck and destroyed two vehicles in the area.

All aircraft exited the area safely.

On Aug. 14, U.S. military forces attacked ISIL terrorists with a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft northwest of Irbil.

The aircraft successfully conducted airstrikes on two ISIL-armed vehicles and an ISIL-operated mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle.

At approximately 11:05 a.m. EDT, U.S. aircraft struck and destroyed the first of two armed vehicles after following them from a position where they had been firing on nearby Kurdish forces. At 11:07 a.m. EDT, U.S. aircraft struck and destroyed the second armed vehicle.

At approximately 11:40 a.m. EDT, U.S. aircraft struck an ISIL-operated MRAP, located near the site of the previous strikes against the two armed vehicles. After initial assessment, U.S. aircraft returned at approximately 12:55 p.m. EDT and destroyed the MRAP.

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