U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIS terrorists in Syria Thursday and today using fighter aircraft to conduct seven airstrikes. Separately, partner nation military forces used fighter aircraft to conduct two airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq.
Six airstrikes took place near Kobani where initial reports indicate they successfully struck three ISIS buildings, destroyed two ISIS fighting positions, suppressed three ISIS fighting positions and destroyed two ISIS vehicles. One airstrike near Shadadi successfully struck ISIS oil collection equipment consisting of several “POL tanks” (petroleum, oil and lubricants) and a pump station, which represents part of the terrorist group’s oil producing, processing and transportation infrastructure. This strike was intended to destroy a portion of ISIS’s ability to operate oil tanker trucks at oil collection points. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.
In Iraq, partner nation aircraft conducted one airstrike west of Baiji where initial reports indicate they destroyed both an ISIS artillery piece and an ISIS ammunition storage area. Another partner nation airstrike northeast of Baiji struck a small ISIS unit and damaged an ISIS vehicle. 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.
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