U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIS terrorists in Syria Friday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct 15 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used attack, fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct ten airstrikes against ISIS terrorists in Iraq.
Two airstrikes occurred near Kobani and suppressed two ISIS fighting positions. One airstrike took place southwest of Ain Aissa and damaged to an ISIS military camp. One airstrike took place southeast of Dayr Az Zawr and damaged an ISIS modular oil refinery. Seven airstrikes took place east of Dhiban and successfully struck an ISIS crude oil collection point consisting of crude oil collection equipment and a modular oil refinery. Three airstrikes took place northeast of Khusham and successfully struck an ISIS crude oil collection point. One airstrike took place east of Sharra and successfully struck an ISIS modular oil refinery. These airstrikes were designed to interdict ISIS financing by degrading and destroying their oil producing, collecting, storage and transportation infrastructure. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed fighter and bomber aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, five airstrikes occurred south and west of Baiji and struck two ISIS units, destroyed one ISIS armed vehicle, an ISIS heavy weapon, an ISIS machine gun position, an ISIS building and three ISIS guard shacks and damaged one ISIS guard shack. Five airstrikes occurred west of the Mosul Dam and damaged an ISIS building and destroyed an ISIS heavy machine gun, an ISIS HMMWV and struck three small ISIS ground units. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed attack, fighter and bomber aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. All aircraft departed 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 and degradation of ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group’s ability to lead, control, project power and conduct operations. All airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.