War on Terrorism

Monday, December 15, 2014

Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq

From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, Dec. 15, 2014 – U.S. and partner nation 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.

Officials provided details of airstrikes conducted Dec. 13 through today.

Airstrikes in Syria

In Syria, eight fighter and bomber airstrikes near Kobani destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL buildings and two ISIL staging positions and also struck another ISIL fighting position. A strike Near abu-Kamal destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted nine airstrikes in Iraq using fighter, bomber, attack and remotely-piloted aircraft:

-- Three airstrikes near Mosul destroyed an ISIL fighting position, struck three tactical ISIL units and suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.

-- Near Sinjar, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL compound and struck a second ISIL compound.

-- An airstrike near Hit destroyed an ISIL vehicle, a trailer and an excavator.

-- Near Qaim, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL excavator.

-- An airstrike near Ramadi struck two ISIL vehicles.

-- Near Samarra, an airstrike stuck a tactical ISIL unit.

-- An airstrike near Kirkuk destroyed an ISIL vehicle and bunker and struck an ISIL tactical 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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