War on Terrorism

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Airstrikes Target ISIL Terrorists’ Facilities, Capabilities



From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, Dec. 10, 2014 – U.S. military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria over the last three days, while U.S. and partner-nation military forces have conducted 13 airstrikes in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Airstrikes in Syria

In Syria, seven fighter and bomber airstrikes near Kobani destroyed five ISIL fighting positions and struck three other ISIL fighting positions and a large ISIL unit.

Airstrikes in Iraq

The Iraq airstrikes used fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft, officials said, providing the following details:

-- Four airstrikes near Sinjar destroyed four ISIL-occupied buildings, three ISIL storage containers and two ISIL fighting positions and also struck an ISIL guard tower.

-- Near Qaim, three airstrikes destroyed an ISIL storage container and an ISIL armored vehicle and also struck two ISIL bunkers, two ISIL armored vehicles and two ISIL armored personnel carriers.

-- Near Ramadi, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle and a heavy weapon and also struck a tactical ISIL unit.

-- Near Mosul, two airstrikes destroyed two ISIL-occupied buildings and an ISIL bunker and struck a tactical ISIL unit.

-- Near Samarra, an airstrike destroyed two ISIL vehicles and struck a tactical ISIL unit.

-- Near Kirkuk, an airstrike struck a tactical ISIL unit.

All aircraft returned to base safely, officials said, noting that airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.

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

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