U.S. military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists in Syria over the last three days, while U.S. and partner-nation military forces have conducted 13 airstrikes in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
Airstrikes in Syria
In Syria, seven fighter and bomber airstrikes near Kobani destroyed five ISIS fighting positions and struck three other ISIS fighting positions and a large ISIS unit.
Airstrikes in Iraq
The Iraq airstrikes used fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft, officials said, providing the following details:
– Four airstrikes near Sinjar destroyed four ISIS-occupied buildings, three ISIS storage containers and two ISIS fighting positions and also struck an ISIS guard tower.
– Near Qaim, three airstrikes destroyed an ISIS storage container and an ISIS armored vehicle and also struck two ISIS bunkers, two ISIS armored vehicles and two ISIS armored personnel carriers.
– Near Ramadi, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIS armored vehicle and a heavy weapon and also struck a tactical ISIS unit.
– Near Mosul, two airstrikes destroyed two ISIS-occupied buildings and an ISIS bunker and struck a tactical ISIS unit.
– Near Samarra, an airstrike destroyed two ISIS vehicles and struck a tactical ISIS unit.
– Near Kirkuk, an airstrike struck a tactical ISIS unit.
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.