NEWS | Sept. 16, 2014

U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL Southwest of Baghdad and Northwest of Irbil

By U.S. Central Command News Release

September 16, 2014

Release #20140916

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 16, 2014 - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq using fighter aircraft to conduct five airstrikes Monday and Tuesday southwest of Baghdad and northwest of Irbil.

In total, two airstrikes northwest of Irbil destroyed an ISIL armed truck and an ISIL fighting position, while three airstrikes southwest of Baghdad damaged an ISIL truck and destroyed an ISIL anti-aircraft artillery piece, a small ISIL ground unit and two small boats on the Euphrates River that were re-supplying ISIL forces in the area.

All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.

These strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and help Iraqi forces on the offensive against ISIL terrorists.

U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 167 airstrikes across Iraq.