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NEWS | Jan. 12, 2015

Jan. 12: Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq

By CJTF - Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

January 12, 2015
Release # 2015012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Jan. 11, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using attack, fighter, and bomber aircraft to conduct 11 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted 16 airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 11, and 8 a.m., Jan. 12, local time.

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

Syria

  • Near Kobani, nine airstrikes struck two large ISIL units and an ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed 10 ISIL fighting positions, five ISIL buildings, and two ISIL staging positions.
  • Near Abu Kamal, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL excavator.
  • Near Dawr az Zawr, an airstrike struck an ISIL oil refinery.

Iraq

  • Near Bayji, four airstrikes struck four ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
  • Near Taji, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
  • Near Al Qaim, two airstrikes destroyed two ISIL armored vehicles and 10 ISIL fighting positions.
  • Near Ramadi, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL vehicle.
  • Near Tal Afar, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL artillery system and an ISIL checkpoint.
  • Near Al Asad, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL rocket launcher and an ISIL vehicle.
  • Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck a large ISIL unit and destroyed two ISIL buildings.
  • Near Mosul, five airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and two large ISIL units, and destroyed four ISIL vehicles, an ISIL VBIED, two ISIL armored vehicles, an ISIL semi-truck, an ISIL mortar system, three ISIL buildings, three ISIL boats, and an ISIL tank.

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 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.