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Jan. 5: Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq

Release No: UNRELEASED Jan. 5, 2015 PRINT | E-MAIL

January 5, 2015

Release # 2015005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, Jan. 4, using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct 14 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted six airstrikes in Iraq, Jan. 4, using fighter aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 4, and 8 a.m., Jan. 5, local time.

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

Syria
* Near Kobani, eight airstrikes struck two large ISIL units and an ISIL fighting position and destroyed 11 ISIL fighting positions.
* Near Dawr az Zawr, six airstrikes struck five ISIL crude oil collection points and an ISIL crude oil pipeline and destroyed two ISIL armored vehicles and an ISIL shipping container.

Iraq
* Near Mosul, an airstrike struck a large ISIL unit.
* Near Al Qaim, two airstrikes destroyed two ISIL excavators.
* Near Ramadi, an airstrike struck a large ISIL unit.
* Near Al Asad, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles.

Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.

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