War on Terrorism

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq Destroy ISIL Positions

From a U.S. Central Command News Release

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 28, 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria yesterday and today, using attack and fighter aircraft to conduct four airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

Separately, officials said, U.S. and partner-nation military forces conducted nine airstrikes in Iraq yesterday and today using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists.

In Syria, four airstrikes near Kobani destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and a small ISIL unit.

In Iraq, two airstrikes near Fallujah destroyed a small ISIL unit and an ISIL tank. Four airstrikes near Mosul Dam destroyed a small ISIL unit, an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL logistics base.

Also in Iraq, an airstrike west of Baghdad destroyed an ISIL-occupied building and a small ISIL unit, a strike on an ISIL fighting emplacement near Sinjar struck destroyed six vehicles, and a strike northwest of Haditha destroyed an ISIL-occupied building used as a staging area.

Assessments based on initial reports

All aircraft departed the strike areas safely, Centcom officials said, noting that airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.

The strikes were conducted as part of Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat it poses to Iraq, 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 power and conduct operations, Centcom officials said.

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

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