U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists in Syria using fighter, bomber and remotely-piloted aircraft to conduct 27 airstrikes Nov. 28 through today, U.S. Central Command officials reported today.
Separately, officials said, U.S. and partner-nation military forces conducted 28 airstrikes against ISIS terrorists in Iraq Nov. 28 through today using attack, fighter, and remotely-piloted aircraft.
Airstrikes in Syria
In Syria, 17 airstrikes near Kobani destroyed two ISIS-occupied buildings, three ISIS tanks, three ISIS fighting positions, an ISIS armored personnel carrier, three ISIS vehicles and two ISIS staging areas, and also struck seven tactical ISIS units. The airstrikes also targeted six ISIS fighting positions and damaged an ISIS-occupied building. Near Ar Raqqah, nine airstrikes struck an ISIS electronic warfare garrison, an ISIS military garrison, an ISIS headquarters, an ISIS jamming system, an ISIS tank and 14 ISIS vehicles. Near Aleppo, a U.S. airstrike struck a target associated with a network of veteran al Qaeda operatives, sometimes called the “Khorasan Group.”
Airstrikes in Iraq
In Iraq, 13 airstrikes near Mosul destroyed four tactical ISIS units, two large ISIS units, two fighting positions, three armored vehicles, seven vehicles, two ISIS trucks and a bulldozer. Additionally, these airstrikes destroyed heavy weapons to include two heavy machine guns, a mortar position and an anti-aircraft artillery emplacement as well as an ISIS-occupied building and a tunnel entrance. Near Sinjar, an airstrike destroyed two ISIS-occupied buildings.
Near Tal Afar, five airstrikes destroyed 19 ISIS vehicles, two ISIS bunkers, an ISIS compound and struck a tactical ISIS unit. Near Hit, three airstrikes destroyed an ISIS checkpoint, an ISIS bunker, and an excavator and struck a tactical ISIS unit and also damaged another ISIS checkpoint. Near Tal Talab, two airstrikes destroyed three ISIS fighting positions and struck a tactical ISIS unit. Near Tirkrit, two airstrikes destroyed three ISIS vehicles and struck two large ISIS units. Near Kirkuk, an airstrike destroyed an ISIS vehicle. Near Ramadi, an airstrike destroyed an ISIS vehicle and struck a tactical ISIS unit.
All aircraft returned to base safely. Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.
The 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.
Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq include the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the U.S., Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.