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Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL

Dec. 18, 2014

U.S. and partner-nation military forces attacked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq today, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Fighter and bomber aircraft conducted six airstrikes in Syria, and fighter, bomber, and attack aircraft conducted five airstrikes in Iraq, officials said.

The strikes in Syria, all near Kobani, destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL building and also struck an ISIL tactical unit.

In Iraq, two strikes near Tal Afar destroyed an ISIL excavator and an ISIL vehicle. Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL tactical unit. An airstrike near Ramadi struck an ISIL tactical unit.

All aircraft returned to base safely, officials said, noting that airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.

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