U.S. and partner-nation military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists over the last four days, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
Fighter and bomber aircraft have conducted 15 airstrikes in Syria since Dec. 5, officials said. Separately, they added, U.S. and partner-nation military forces conducted 31 airstrikes over the same period in Iraq, using fighter, bomber, attack, and remotely piloted aircraft.
Strikes in Syria
In Syria, 14 airstrikes near Kobani destroyed four ISIS fighting positions, three ISIS-occupied buildings, two ISIS staging areas, two ISIS tanks, a motorcycle and a mortar, and struck eight tactical ISIS units and two ISIS fighting positions. Near Raqqah, an airstrike struck an electronic warfare garrison.
Strikes in Iraq
In Iraq, six airstrikes near Kirkuk destroyed two excavators, a bulldozer, an ISIS bunker and an ISIS ammunition dump and struck another excavator and an overpass servicing the ammunition dump. These airstrikes also suppressed an ISIS fighting position and struck a tactical ISIS unit near Kirkuk, officials said.
Near Biaj, four airstrikes destroyed four armored vehicles, an ISIS checkpoint and two ISIS storage containers. Near Sinjar, four airstrikes destroyed six ISIS-occupied buildings, seven ISIS storage containers, two ISIS fighting positions and an excavator and struck an ISIS bunker. Near Mosul, four airstrikes destroyed an excavator, an ISIS vehicle and an ISIS heavy weapon and struck two ISIS tactical units.
Also in Iraq, three airstrikes near Qaim destroyed two ISIS armored vehicles and struck an ISIS observation point. Near Tal Afar, three airstrikes destroyed seven ISIS armored vehicles, a bulldozer and an excavator. Near Ramadi, three airstrikes destroyed an ISIS-occupied building and a front-loader and struck two ISIS units.
Near Baiji, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIS-occupied building and struck two tactical ISIS units. Near Rawah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIS tank. Near Hit, an airstrike was conducted, but there was no damage.
All aircraft returned to base safely, officials said, noting that airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.
Part of Operation Inherent Resolve
The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIS terrorist group 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 terror and conduct operations, officials said.
Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the United States, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.