Military airstrikes continue against ISIL in Syria and Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Military forces that are part of America’s coalition continue to attack Islamic State (ISIL) targets in Syria and Iraq, according to statements released by the Pentagon.

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine airstrikes using attack bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft on August 22. The same day in Iraq, coalition forces conducted 17 airstrikes coordinated with the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

The following is a summary of recent strikes conducted against ISIL:

Syria
•Near Al Hasakah, four airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL structures, an ISIL armored truck and an ISIL bunker.
•Near Al Hawl, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL excavator
•Near Ar Raqqah, two airstrikes destroyed two ISIL excavators.
•Near Ayn Isa, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL bunkers and an ISIL supply truck.
•Near Washiyah, one airstrike had inconclusive results.

Iraq
•Near Al Baghdadi, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL buildings, an ISIL bunker, an ISIL excavator and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
•Near Ar Rutbah, one airstrike destroyed two ISIL front end loaders.
•Near Bayji, two airstrikes struck one large and one small ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL buildings, two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL IED and an ISIL recoilless rifle.
•Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL mortar firing position and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
•Near Ramadi, two airstrikes struck an ISIL vehicle and destroyed two ISIL buildings.
•Near Sinjar, four airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and an ISIL staging area and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL light machine guns and an ISIL building.
•Near Tuz, five airstrikes destroyed 27 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL bunker, an ISIL rocket rail and an ISIL weapons cache.

The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct operations, according to American officials. Military violence against the group has been ongoing.

Last week, coalition military forces conducted 10 airstrikes in Syria using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 23 airstrikes coordinated with the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter and fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

“This week the coalition conducted 15 airstrikes against Daesh terrorists in the vicinity of Mosul,” said public affairs officer Col. Wayne Marotto on Aug. 20. “We eliminated a number of terrorists from the battle field, destroyed equipment and restricted their freedom of movement.”

Marotto released this summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL:

Syria
• Near Al Hasakah, three airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL structures and an ISIL sniper firing position.
• Near Al Hawl, three airstrikes destroyed five ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL cache.
• Near Aleppo, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL hell cannon.
• Near Kobani, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL artillery piece and an ISIL heavy machine gun.

Iraq
• Near Ar Rutbah, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL excavator.
• Near Bayji, four airstrikes struck one large and three small ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL buildings and two ISIL VBIEDs.
• Near Habbaniyah, one airstrike destroyed two ISIL mortar systems.
• Near Haditha, one airstrike struck an ISIL weapons cache.
• Near Kirkuk, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL heavy machine guns.
• Near Kisik, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL rocket firing position.
• Near Mosul, six airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units and an ISIL mortar firing position and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL excavators, two ISIL heavy machine guns and an ISIL mortar firing position.
• Near Ramadi, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL recoilless rifle.
• Near Sinjar, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
• Near Tuz, three airstrikes destroyed 17 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL fuel storage facility, an ISIL vehicle storage facility and two ISIL vehicles.

Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports. Marotto said all aircraft returned to base safely after inflicting damage on enemy targets.

The strikes described by Pentagon officials were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate ISIL, which officials describe as a “terrorist group,” and the threat it poses to Iraq, Syria and the wider international community.

ISIL has encouraged Muslims in the United States and other western nations to wage ‘lone wolf’ attacks in support of its cause but there has been more domestic terrorism in America perpetrated by right-wing conservatives or racists, including Dylann Roof’s June 17 massacre of nine people inside a historic Black church in Charleston, South Carolina; John Russell Houser;s July 23 shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana; and .

Nations that have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States.

Coalition members that have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Canada, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Pentagon sources have not detailed allocation of resources contributed by those nations, but it is believed that the United States is paying for most of the war effort.

 

 


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