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Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Targets in Syria, Iraq

Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve

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SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 18, 2015 — U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

Bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted eight airstrikes in Syria:

-- Near Hasakah, five airstrikes struck two ISIL large tactical units and two ISIL small tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL armored vehicle.

-- Near Raqqah, an airstrike destroyed three ISIL T-walls.

-- Near Kobani, two airstrikes struck two ISIL large tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 23 airstrikes in Iraq, approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense:

-- Near Fallujah, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL anti-aircraft artillery weapon.

-- Near Habbaniya, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Makhmur, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Mosul, two airstrikes destroyed two ISIL vehicles.

-- Near Ramadi, five airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit, an ISIL small tactical unit and three ISIL improvised explosive devices and destroyed two ISIL IEDs, five ISIL vehicles and seven ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Sinjar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL light machine gun position and an ISIL sniper position and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position and an ISIL building.

-- Near Tal Afar, 10 airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, three staging areas, two weapons caches, a command and control center andan ISIL heavy machine gun position, suppressed ISIL mortar fire, and destroyed an ISIL building and two ISIL vehicles.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL 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, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the United States, Bahrain, Canada, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.