U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria Friday and today using bomber aircraft to conduct one airstrike, U.S. Central Command officials reported.
Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted 22 airstrikes Friday and today using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists in Iraq.
In Syria, one airstrike near Kobani destroyed an ISIL artillery piece. In Iraq, three airstrikes near Bayji struck a large ISIL unit, a small ISIL unit, destroyed an ISIL building, damaged an ISIL building and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
One airstrike southeast of the Mosul Dam struck a large ISIL unit while 10 airstrikes west of the Mosul Dam struck four small ISIL units, one large ISIL unit, destroyed an ISIL building, six ISIL fighting positions and four ISIL staging locations.
Four airstrikes near Fallujah struck two small ISIL units, destroyed an ISIL vehicle and destroyed an ISIL fighting position. Two airstrikes near Qurayat al Hajjaj struck a small ISIL unit and destroyed an ISIL building. One airstrike east of Hayy Al Arabi destroyed an ISIL building. Finally, one airstrike near Aynzalah destroyed an ISIL building.
All aircraft departed the strike areas safely. Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.
The strikes were conducted as part of Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to Iraq, 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 power and conduct operations.
Among the coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq are the U.S., France, United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the U.S., Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Bahrain.