U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIS terrorists in Syria Dec. 19 using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct four airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted eleven airstrikes in Iraq Dec. 19 using fighter, bomber, and attack aircraft against the ISIS terrorists.
The following is a summary of those strikes:
- Near Kobani, three airstrikes destroyed two ISIS buildings and an ISIS staging area and struck two ISIS tactical units.
- Near Ar Raqqah, an airstrike damaged an ISIS training compound.
- Near Al Asad, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIS building and mortar and struck an ISIS tactical unit.
- Near Mosul, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIS vehicle and damaged an ISIS bridge.
- Near Fallujah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIS vehicle and struck an ISIS tactical unit.
- Near Al Qaim, an airstrike destroyed two ISIS tactical vehicles.
- Near Ramadi, three airstrikes struck three ISIS tactical units.
- Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck an ISIS tactical unit.
- Near Tal Afar, an airstrike struck an ISIS tactical unit.
All aircraft returned to base safely. Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.
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. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq include the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition Nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the U.S., Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.