War on Terrorism

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL Targets in Syria, Iraq



From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 9, 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, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

Bomber, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted seven airstrikes in Syria:

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

-- Near Aleppo, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, destroying an ISIL vehicle and two ISIL bunkers.

-- Near Raqqah, an airstrike struck 20 ISIL staging areas.

-- Near Kobani, two airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit and an ISIL tactical unit, destroying two ISIL fighting positions and three ISIL structures.

-- Near Tal Abyad, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions.

Airstrikes in Iraq

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

-- Near Baghdadi, two airstrikes denied ISIL a tactical advantage and suppressed ISIL sniper fire. -- Near Huwayjah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.

-- Near Fallujah, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, destroying an ISIL mortar, an ISIL tunnel entrance, an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL recoilless rifle and two ISIL bunkers.

-- Near Haditha, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb.

-- Near Kirkuk, an airstrike struck three ISIL staging areas.

-- Near Makhmur, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIL building and eight ISIL vehicles.

-- Near Mosul, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL building.

-- Near Ramadi, an airstrike struck two ISIL excavators.

-- Near Sinjar, one airstrike struck an ISIL large tactical unit and an ISIL tactical unit, destroying an ISIL heavy machine gun, two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL command-and-control node.

-- Near Tal Afar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed an ISIL bunker.

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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