U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIS terrorists in Syria Nov. 17-19 using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct six airstrikes against ISIS and one U.S. airstrike against a network of veteran Al Qaeda operatives, sometimes called the “Khorasan Group.” Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted 24 airstrikes in Iraq Nov. 17-19 using attack, fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIS terrorists.
In Syria, five airstrikes near Kobani destroyed one ISIS fighting position, an ISIS staging area, three ISIS occupied buildings, suppressed two ISIS fighting positions and struck two tactical and one large ISIS unit. One airstrike southeast of Al-Hasakah damaged a crude oil collection point operated by ISIS. Finally, in northwest Syria near Haram, a U.S. airstrike struck and destroyed a storage facility associated with a network of veteran Al Qaeda operatives, sometimes called the “Khorasan Group,” whose members are plotting external attacks against the United States and its allies.
In Iraq, thirteen airstrikes near Kirkuk destroyed two ISIS fighting positions, seven ISIS staging areas, one ISIS mortar position, an ISIS bulldozer and front-loader. Seven airstrikes near Mosul struck five ISIS tactical units, damaged an IED factory and destroyed an ISIS mortar position, three ISIS vehicles, an ISIS occupied building, an ISIS artillery piece and ISIS artillery mover. Three airstrikes near Baiji struck three ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS occupied building and an ISIS vehicle. One airstrike near Fallujah struck an ISIS tactical unit.
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All aircraft returned to base safely. Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.
The strikes were conducted as part of Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the terrorist group ISIS and the threat they pose to Iraq, the region and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group’s ability to project power and conduct operations. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq include the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the U.S., Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.