9/25/2014 - TAMPA, Fla. (AFNS) -- U.S. military forces and partner nations, including the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, undertook military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria overnight, using a mix of fighter, bomber, remotely piloted aircraft and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles to conduct 14 strikes against ISIL targets.
U.S. aircraft participating in the operation included remotely piloted
aircraft, F-15E, F-16, F/A-18 and F-22 fighters and B-1 bombers.
The strikes destroyed or damaged multiple ISIL targets in the vicinity
of Ar Raqqah, Dayr az Zawr, Al Hasakah, and Abu Kamal and included ISIL
fighters, training compounds, headquarters and command and control
facilities, storage facilities, a finance center, supply trucks and
To conduct these strikes, the United States employed 47 TLAMs launched
from USS Arleigh Burke and USS Philippine Sea operating from
international waters in the Red Sea and North Arabian Gulf, as well as
U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fighter, remotely piloted and
bomber aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.
In addition, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates also
participated in or supported the airstrikes against ISIL targets. All
aircraft safely exited the strike areas.
Also, in Iraq yesterday, U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL
terrorists, using attack aircraft to conduct four airstrikes. The
airstrikes destroyed two ISIL Humvees, an ISIL armed vehicle and an ISIL
fighting position southwest of Kirkuk. All aircraft exited the strike
areas safely. To date, U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 194
airstrikes across Iraq against ISIL.
The United States conducted these strikes as part of the President's
comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL. Going
forward, the U.S. military will continue to conduct targeted airstrikes
against ISIL in Syria and Iraq as local forces go on the offensive
against this terrorist group.
Separately, the United States has also taken action to disrupt the
imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests
conducted by a network of seasoned al-Qa'ida veterans - sometimes
referred to as the Khorasan Group - who have established a safe haven in
Syria to develop external attacks, construct and test improvised
explosive devices and recruit Westerners to conduct operations. These
strikes were undertaken only by U.S. assets.
In total, U.S. Central Command conducted eight strikes against Khorasan
Group targets west of Aleppo to include training camps, an explosives
and munitions production facility, a communication building and command
and control facilities.