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U.S., Coalition Continue Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq

From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

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SOUTHWEST ASIA, Jan. 12, 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 the latest strikes, which took place between 8 a.m. yesterday and 8 a.m. today, local time, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

Attack, fighter and bomber aircraft conducted 11 airstrikes in Syria:

-- Near Kobani, nine airstrikes struck two large ISIL units and an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 10 ISIL fighting positions, five ISIL buildings and two ISIL staging positions.

-- Near Abu Kamal, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL excavator.

-- Near Dawr az Zawr, an airstrike struck an ISIL oil refinery.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 16 airstrikes in Iraq:

-- Near Beiji, four airstrikes struck four ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Taji, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Qaim, two airstrikes destroyed two ISIL armored vehicles and 10 ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Ramadi, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Tal Afar, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL artillery system and an ISIL checkpoint.

-- Near Asad, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL rocket launcher and an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck a large ISIL unit and destroyed two ISIL buildings.

-- Near Mosul, five airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and two large ISIL units and destroyed four ISIL vehicles, an ISIL VBIED, two ISIL armored vehicles, an ISIL semi-truck, an ISIL mortar system, three ISIL buildings, three ISIL boats and an ISIL tank.

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, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the United States, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.