May 21, 2015
Release # 20150521
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA –
Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria
and Iraq between 8 a.m., May 20, and 8 a.m., May 21, local time. In
Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight airstrikes using
attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in
Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 10 airstrikes approved by the
Iraqi Ministry of Defense using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL
"Despite the setback in Ramadi, the Coalition
continues to apply pressure on Daesh across Iraq and Syria in line with
the campaign plan to defeat Daesh,” said Brig. Gen. Thomas Weidley,
CJTF-OIR chief of staff. “This campaign will take time, and we remain
focused on fully supporting the government of Iraq in their operations
throughout the country.”
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Near Al Hasakah, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and
an ISIL trench system, destroying two ISIL fighting positions.
Near Aleppo, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL VBIED.
Near Ar Raqqah, one airstrike struck an ISIL staging area.
Near Kobani, five airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit,
destroying two ISIL fighting positons, two ISIL mortar positions and an
Near Bayji, two
airstrikes struck one large and one small ISIL tactical unit,
destroying three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL structure.
Near Fallujah, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
Near Makhmur, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying an ISIL building and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and
an ISIL tunnel system, destroying three ISIL buildings and three ISIL
heavy machine guns.
Near Sinjar, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying two ISIL buildings and two ISIL heavy machine guns.
Near Tal Afar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tunnel system, destroying an ISIL VBIED.
Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.
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, 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.
Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include
Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United
Kingdom and United States. Coalition nations which have conducted
airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Canada, Jordan, Saudi Arabia,
United Arab Emirates and the U.S.