U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists in Syria yesterday and today, using bomber and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations to conduct 14 airstrikes, Centcom officials reported.
All 14 airstrikes took place near Kobani. Initial reports indicate the strikes successfully struck 19 ISIS buildings, two ISIS command posts, three ISIS fighting positions, three ISIS sniper positions, one ISIS staging location, and one ISIS heavy machine gun, Centcom officials said, adding that all aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
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Interdicting reinforcement and resupply
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. Indications are that airstrikes have continued to slow ISIS advances, they added, but they acknowledged that that the security situation in Kobani remains tenuous.
The U.S. strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate ISIS and the threat the terrorist group poses to Iraq, the region and the wider international community, officials said.