War on Terrorism

Friday, January 16, 2015

Airstrikes Against ISIL Continue in Iraq, Syria



From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, Jan. 16, 2015 – U.S. and coalition 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 today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, which took place between 8 a.m. yesterday and 8 a.m. today, local time, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

Six airstrikes destroyed two ISIL staging positions and nine ISIL fighting positions near Kobani.

Airstrikes in Iraq

U.S. aircraft conducted five airstrikes in Iraq:

-- Near Ramadi, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL barge and four ISIL boats;

-- Near Al Qaim, an airstrike struck an ISIL building;

-- Near Al Asad, an airstrike struck two ISIL mortar firing positions; and

-- Near Mosul, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIL mortar firing position and an ISIL fighting position.

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, Syria, 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, the 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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