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Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Forces in Iraq, Syria

From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

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SOUTHWEST ASIA, Aug. 17, 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, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted five airstrikes in Syria:

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

-- Near Aleppo, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL anti-tank weapon.

-- Near Kobani, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL mortar firing position.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 13 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with the government of Iraq:

-- Near Qaim, an airstrike struck an ISIL checkpoint.

-- Near Bayji, two airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit and destroyed nine ISIL vehicles, seven ISIL buildings and three ISIL vehicle bombs.

-- Near Habbaniyah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL mortar systems and an ISIL mortar cache.

-- Near Makhmur, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.

-- Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL rocket firing position.

-- Near Ramadi, three airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL building, an ISIL vehicle bomb and an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Sinjar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL heavy machine gun firing position and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL light machine gun.

-- Near Tuz, an airstrike destroyed 10 ISIL fighting positions.

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, 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.