U.S. and partner-nation military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists in Syria and Iraq over the last three days, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
Fighter and bomber aircraft have conducted seven airstrikes in Syria since Dec. 10, officials said. Five airstrikes near Kobani destroyed five ISIS fighting positions and struck another ISIS fighting position. An airstrike near Aleppo struck five ISIS-occupied buildings, and near al-Qaim, on the Syrian border, an airstrike destroyed two ISIS fortifications.
Separately, U.S. and partner-nation forces have conducted 20 airstrikes in Iraq since Dec. 10, using fighter, bomber, attack, and remotely-piloted aircraft against the ISIS terrorists, officials said, providing the following details:
— Four airstrikes near Sinjar destroyed an ISIS armored vehicle and two ISIS storage containers and also struck another ISIS armored vehicle and an ISIS checkpoint.
— Near Ramadi, four airstrikes destroyed an excavator and five ISIS vehicles and also struck an ISIS-occupied building and three ISIS units.
— Three airstrikes near Rutbah destroyed two bulldozers and an ISIS storage container.
— Near Mosul, three airstrikes destroyed a bunker and a bulldozer and also struck an excavator.
— Three airstrikes near Qaim destroyed four ISIS vehicles, two ISIS-occupied buildings, an ISIS storage container and an ISIS guard tower and also struck an ISIS bunker.
— Near Samarra, an airstrike struck a large ISIS unit.
— An airstrike near Rawah destroyed an ISIS guard shack.
— An airstrike near Asad struck an ISIS staging area.
All aircraft returned to base safely, officials said, noting that airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.
Part of Operation Inherent Resolve
The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIS terrorist group 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 terror and conduct operations, officials said.
Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the United States, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.