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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq



From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, May 3, 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. May 1 and 8 a.m. today, local time, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted four airstrikes in Syria:

-- Near Kobani, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Ar Raqqah, three airstrikes struck land features, denying ISIL a tactical advantage.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 32 airstrikes in Iraq, approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense:

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

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

-- Near Beiji, seven airstrikes struck four ISIL tactical units and an ISIL vehicle bomb, destroying three ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL staging points,an ISIL mortar tube, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Sinjar, three airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units, destroying five ISIL buildings, two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Ramadi, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL excavator.

-- Near Fallujah, eight airstrikes struck seven ISIL tactical units, destroying five ISIL fighting positions, and ISIL mortar tube and two ISIL vehicles.

-- Near Mosul, seven airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL staging areas, two ISIL excavators and an ISIL defensive position.

-- Near Tal Afar, three airstrikes destroyed three ISIL excavators and an ISIL mortar system.

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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