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Oct. 23: Military airstrikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Release No: UNRELEASED Oct. 23, 2015 PRINT | E-MAIL

October 23, 2015
Release # 20151023-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA
On Oct. 22, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted one strike using remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and bomber aircraft against ISIL targets.

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria
• Near Mar’a, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL mortar tube.

Iraq
• Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
• Near Makhmur, one strike destroyed two ISIL weapons caches.
• Near Mosul, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL heavy machine guns, five ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL tactical vehicle, and suppressed ISIL mortar fire.
• Near Ramadi, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL heavy machine guns, three ISIL mobility obstacles, two ISIL improvised explosive device (IED) clusters, two ISIL mortar positions, an ISIL building, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL vehicle-borne IED, an ISIL anti-tank guided missile system, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
• Near Sinjar, three strikes destroyed 15 ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL command and control nodes.
• Near Tal Afar, two strikes struck two separate ISIL IED facilities.
• Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

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, and the wider international community.

The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the U.S.