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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq



From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, April 30, 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

Attack, bomber and fighter aircraft conducted six airstrikes in Syria:

-- Near Hasakah, an airstrike struck an ISIL staging area.

-- Near Raqqah, two airstrikes struck an ISIL fighting position, destroying an ISIL building and an ISIL trench system.

-- Near Kobani, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying four ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL armored vehicle.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 15 airstrikes in Iraq, approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense:

-- Near Asad, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL weapon system.

-- Near Beiji, four airstrikes struck one large and three small tactical units, destroying three ISIL vehicles and an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Fallujah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying three ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL staging area, destroying an ISIL building and an ISIL heavy machine gun.

-- Near Ramadi, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, destroying an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL structure.

-- Near Sinjar, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL building and an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Tal Afar, three airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units, destroying two ISIL excavators, an ISIL building 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, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the United States, Bahrain, Canada, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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