War on Terrorism

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq



From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, Jan. 15, 2015 – U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria, using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 11 airstrikes, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Separately, U.S. and coalition military forces conducted 11 airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists, officials reported.

All strikes took place between 8 a.m., yesterday, and 8 a.m., today, local time.

Airstrikes in Syria

-- Near Kobani, five airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL building and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Ar Raqqah, three airstrikes struck an ISIL weapon storage facility and an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL buildings and an ISIL vehicle, and

-- Near Al Hasakah, three airstrikes destroyed an ISIL checkpoint, an ISIL fighting position, and three ISIL vehicles.

Airstrikes in Iraq

-- Near Bayji, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units.

-- Near Al Qaim, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL shipping container.

-- Near Tal Afar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL buildings and an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Taji, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Ar Rutbah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Al Asad, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building and seven ISIL boats, and

-- Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck an ISIL building, an ISIL tactical unit, and an ISIL armored vehicle, and destroyed an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL armored vehicle, and an ISIL fighting position.

Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

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.

Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq include the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the U.S., Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

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