War on Terrorism

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq



From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, Feb. 17, 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

Fighter and bomber aircraft conducted six airstrikes in Kobani, Syria, which destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL checkpoint and an ISIL vehicle.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack and fighter aircraft conducted eight airstrikes in Iraq:

-- Near Asad, two airstrikes struck ISIL tactical units, destroying four ISIL buildings and two ISIL heavy machine guns.

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

-- Near Kirkuk, an airstrike destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.

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

-- Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck an ISIL mortar position.

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

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, 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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