War on Terrorism

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Iraq, Syria



From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, September 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 the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

Remotely piloted aircraft conducted one airstrike in Syria:

-- Near Raqqah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 21 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with the government of Iraq:

-- Near Huwayjah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Bayji, four airstrikes struck one large and one small ISIL tactical units, an ISIL backhoe, an ISIL tunnel and destroyed 14 ISIL vehicles, three ISIL support positions, and an ISIL armored bulldozer.

-- Near Fallujah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL rocket rail.

-- Near Kirkuk, two airstrikes struck two ISIL mortar firing positions.

-- Near Kisik, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Mosul, eight airstrikes struck five ISIL tactical units and destroyed 35 ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL heavy machine guns and an ISIL armored vehicle.

-- Near Ramadi, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL VBIED and an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Sinjar, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and struck two ISIL mortar firing positions and destroyed 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, 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, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

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