U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIS terrorists in Syria Saturday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct 13 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used attack, fighter, bomber and unmanned aircraft to conduct ten airstrikes against ISIS terrorists in Iraq.
In Syria, eleven airstrikes took place near Kobani where they destroyed 20 ISIS fighting positions, five ISIS vehicles and two ISIS-held buildings. Two airstrikes took place southeast of Dayr Az Zawr and damaged an ISIS modular oil refinery to further degrade and destroy ISIS’s oil producing, collecting, storage and transportation infrastructure. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed bomber aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates participated in these airstrikes. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, two airstrikes took place south of Baii which struck a large ISIS unit and an ISIS armored truck and destroyed an ISIS checkpoint. Another strike took place south of the Baiji Oil Refinery and destroyed an ISIS checkpoint. Five airstrikes occurred east of Fallujah which struck a large ISIS unit and destroyed two ISIS command posts and two ISIS vehicles. One airstrike took place west of the Mosul Dam which destroyed an ISIS ammunition truck. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
In addition, at the request of the Iraqi government, U.S. bomber aircraft successfully struck and destroyed an ISIL-built earthen berm southwest of Fallujah near the Fallujah Dam. This berm, or land bridge, was built by ISIS to increase the flow of the Euphrates River into Abu Ghraib canals, which flooded local civilian, primarily Shiite, neighborhoods in east Fallujah, forcing the locals to evacuate. The berm was intended to support several ISIS objectives by flooding the canals and surrounding areas and controlling downstream water supplies. Iraqi and coalition forces therefore determined that this berm was a legitimate military target. Initial reports indicate the berm was destroyed, enabling water again to flow freely.
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.