War on Terrorism

Friday, June 26, 2015

Coalition Aircraft Strike ISIL Targets in Syria, Iraq



From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, June 26, 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

Bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 14 airstrikes in Syria:

-- Near Raqqah, an airstrike struck an ISIL excavator.

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, an airstrike destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Kobani, 10 airstrikes struck two large and six small ISIL tactical units, destroying six ISIL vehicles, three ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL mortar firing positions and two ISIL staging areas.

-- Near Tal Abyad, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying two ISIL fighting positions.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber and fighter aircraft conducted 14 airstrikes in Iraq, approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense:

-- Near Baghdadi, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and two ISIL vehicles, destroying an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL heavy machine gun.

-- Near Huwayjah, an airstrike struck an ISIL mortar firing position.

-- Near Qaim, an airstrike had inconclusive results.

-- Near Beiji, an airstrike struck land features, denying ISIL a tactical advantage.

-- Near Fallujah, an airstrike struck an ISIL large tactical unit, destroying two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL structure, an ISIL staging area and an ISIL vehicle.

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

-- Near Makhmur, an airstrike struck an ISIL mortar firing position.

-- Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck an ISIL checkpoint, an ISIL staging area and an ISIL mortar firing position.

-- Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL mortar firing position.

-- Near Tal Afar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL mortar firing 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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