U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIS terrorists in Syria Friday and today using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct six airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces used attack and fighter aircraft Friday and today to conduct three airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq. Also in Iraq Friday and today, U.S. military forces conducted multiple airdrops to help resupply Iraqi security forces at the request of the Government of Iraq.
In Syria, four airstrikes north of Kobani struck an ISIS fighting position, damaged an ISIS command and control facility, destroyed an ISIS staging building and struck two small ISIS units. Two airstrikes south of Kobani destroyed three ISIS trucks. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed bomber and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, an airstrike north of Tal Afar struck a small ISIS unit and destroyed an ISIS armed vehicle. Two airstrikes northwest of Hit struck two small ISIS units. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed attack and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the Kingdom of the Netherlands participated in these airstrikes. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
In addition, at the request of the Iraqi government, U.S. military forces conducted multiple airdrops in Iraq in the vicinity of Baiji Friday and today to resupply Iraqi security forces operating in the area. The airdrops were conducted from multiple airbases in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The aircraft delivered 36 container delivery system bundles containing 7,328 halal meals, 2,065 gallons of water, and 16,000 pounds of ammunition. All aircraft exited the airdrop zone safely. The airdrops were intended to support the ISF, which continues to control Baiji. Areas external to Baiji, however, are contested as ISIS continues to conduct operations in the area.
These strikes were conducted as part of the President’s comprehensive strategy to degrade and destroy ISIS. The destruction of targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group’s ability to lead, control, project power and conduct operations.