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Feb. 21: Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq

Release No: UNRELEASED Feb. 21, 2015 PRINT | E-MAIL

February 21, 2015

Release # 20150221
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA - On Feb. 20, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using bomber aircraft to conduct an airstrike. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted five airstrikes in Iraq, using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Feb. 20, and 8 a.m., Feb. 21, local time.

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

Syria

  • Near Kobani, an airstrike destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

  • Near Al Asad, an airstrike destroyed six ISIL boats.
  • Near Ar Rutbah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
  • Near Mosul, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
  • Near Sinjar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit, an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL buildings.

Airstrike 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, 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 the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include the U.S., Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.