U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIS terrorists in Syria Saturday and today using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct four airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces used attack and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct five airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq.
In Syria, an airstrike northwest of Ar Raqqah destroyed an ISIS-held armored vehicle compound. Three airstrikes in Kobani destroyed an ISIS fighting position and an ISIS staging area. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed bomber and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, fighter aircraft from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates participated in these airstrikes. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, an airstrike southwest of Hit destroyed an ISIS armed vehicle; another airstrike southeast of Hit destroyed an ISIS armored personnel carrier. An airstrike on an ISIS checkpoint southwest of Kirkuk struck a small ISIS unit; another airstrike, south of Kirkuk, struck a small ISIS unit. An airstrike northwest of Ramadi destroyed an ISIS armored personnel carrier. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed attack and remotely piloted aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the United Kingdom participated in these airstrikes. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
The 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.