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U.S. Military, Partners Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL

Oct. 12, 2014

U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria yesterday and today, using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct four airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

Separately, officials added, U.S. and partner-nation military forces used attack and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct five airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.

In Syria, an airstrike northwest of Raqqah destroyed an ISIL-held armored vehicle compound. Three airstrikes in Kobani destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL staging area. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. military used bomber and fighter aircraft deployed to the Centcom area of operations. Fighter aircraft from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates also participated in these airstrikes, Centcom officials said.

In Iraq, an airstrike southwest of Hit destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle, and another airstrike southeast of Hit destroyed an ISIL armored personnel carrier. An airstrike on an ISIL checkpoint southwest of Kirkuk struck a small ISIL unit, and another strike south of Kirkuk struck a small ISIL unit. An airstrike northwest of Ramadi destroyed an ISIL armored personnel carrier.

To conduct these strikes, the U.S. military used attack and remotely piloted aircraft deployed to the Centcom area of operations. The United Kingdom also participated in these airstrikes, Centcom officials said.

All aircraft exited the strike areas in Syria and Iraq safely, officials added.