U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIS terrorists in Syria Sunday and today using attack, bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct six airstrikes. Separately, in coordination with Iraqi ground forces, U.S. military forces conducted six airstrikes using fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIS terrorists in Iraq. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
In Syria, six airstrikes near Kobani destroyed ISIS fighting and mortar positions, an ISIS vehicle, and one stray resupply bundle from a U.S. airdrop of Kurdish supplies that occurred earlier today (Syria time), which prevented these supplies from falling into enemy hands. All other resupply bundles were successfully delivered. To conduct these airstrikes, the U.S. employed U.S. attack, bomber and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, two airstrikes took place southeast of Fallujah and struck a large ISIS unit and destroyed three ISIS vehicles. Three airstrikes south of Bayji Oil Refinery struck a small ISIS unit, destroyed an ISIS building and three ISIS vehicles, and damaged another ISIS building. One additional airstrike also south of Bayji destroyed four ISIS boats and damaged at least four more. To conduct these airstrikes, the U.S. employed U.S. bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the Republic of France and the United Kingdom participated in these strikes. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
The U.S. strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the terrorist group ISIS 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 power and conduct operations. All airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.