U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria yesterday and today, using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct 22 airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.
Separately, Centcom officials said, U.S. military forces used attack aircraft yesterday to conduct an airstrike against ISIS in Iraq.
In Syria, 21 airstrikes near Kobani destroyed two ISIS staging locations and damaged another, destroyed one ISIS building and damaged two others, damaged three ISIS compounds, destroyed one ISIS truck, destroyed one ISIS armed vehicle and one other ISIS vehicle, officials said.
As part of these strikes, an additional seven ISIS staging areas, two ISIS mortar positions, three ISIS occupied buildings and an ISIS artillery storage facility were struck. A strike near Dayr az Zawr struck a modular oil refinery. Initial indications are that these strikes were successful, officials said.
These airstrikes are designed to interdict ISIS reinforcements and resupply and prevent ISIS from massing combat power on the Kurdish held portions of Kobani, officials explained.
Saudi Arabia also participated
To conduct these strikes, U.S. forces used fighter and bomber aircraft deployed to the Centcom area of operations. In addition, officials said, fighter aircraft from Saudi Arabia participated in these airstrikes.
Centcom continues to closely monitor the situation in Kobani, officials said, and indications are that airstrikes have slowed ISIS advances. But the security situation on the ground there remains fluid, they added, with ISIS attempting to gain territory and Kurdish militia continuing to hold out.
In Iraq, one strike southwest of Kirkuk destroyed an ISIS armed vehicle and another ISIS vehicle.
All aircraft departed the strike areas safely, Centcom officials said.