U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIS terrorists in Syria Dec. 20 using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct five airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted eight airstrikes in Iraq Dec. 20 using fighter, bomber, and attack aircraft against the ISIS terrorists.


The following is a summary of those strikes:

* Near Kobani, five airstrikes destroyed eight ISIS fighting positions.

* Near Tal Afar, three airstrikes destroyed an ISIS building, an ISIS mortar, six ISIS technical vehicles and struck an ISIS tactical unit and an ISIS checkpoint.
* Near Ar Rut bah, three airstrikes destroyed an ISIS checkpoint and four ISIS tactical vehicles and damaged an ISIS storage container.
* Near Mosul, an airstrike destroyed seven ISIS machine guns and two ISIS bunkers.
* Near Bayji, an airstrike destroyed three ISIS buildings and struck a large ISIS 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 ISIL 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.