U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIS terrorists in Syria, Dec. 31, 2014, using fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 17 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted 12 airstrikes in Iraq, Dec. 31, 2014, using fighter, attack, and remotely piloted aircraft against the ISIS terrorists.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
* Near Al Raqqah, two airstrikes destroyed five ISIS checkpoints and struck an ISIS staging area.
* Near Dayr az Zawr, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIS fighting position and struck an ISIS shipping container.
* Near Kobani, 13 airstrikes destroyed 12 ISIS buildings, four ISIL fighting positions, one ISIS vehicle and struck two ISIS tactical units and two large ISIS units.
* Near Mosul, seven airstrikes destroyed six ISIS buildings and an ISIS fighting position and struck three ISIS fighting positions, five ISIS tactical units, two buildings, and a large ISIS unit.
* Near Fallujah, three airstrikes destroyed two ISIS fighting positions and struck two ISIS tactical units and a large ISIS unit.
* Near Sinjar, one airstrike struck an ISIS tactical unit.
* Near Taji, one airstrike destroyed two ISIS vehicles and one ISIS mortar system and struck an ISIS tactical unit.
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.