War on Terrorism

Friday, July 17, 2015

Operation Inherent Resolve Strikes Continue in Syria, Iraq


From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 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 yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

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

-- Near Hasakah, nine airstrikes struck seven ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL structure and an ISIL vehicle bomb.

-- Near Raqqah, three airstrikes destroyed an ISIL excavator, three ISIL bridges and an ISIL T-wall.

-- Near Tal Abyad, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL vehicle.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Bomber, attack, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 12 airstrikes in Iraq, approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense:

-- Near Beiji, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tank and destroyed an ISIL sniper position and four ISIL buildings.

-- Near Habbaniyah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building.

-- Near Haditha, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb, an ISIL boat and an ISIL barge.

-- Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL technical vehicle, an ISIL mortar tube, two ISIL buildings and an ISIL bunker.

-- Near Ramadi, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL up-armored Humvee.

-- Near Tal Afar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL rocket position and destroyed an ISIL technical vehicle, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL building.

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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