July 27, 2015 —
FALLUJAH, Iraq, July 27, 2015 - Coalition airstrikes conducted here Saturday destroyed a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, or VBIED, facility run by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, according to a statement from Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve.
"Although these strikes were not conducted in direct support of Iraqi ground forces, they were done in coordination with the government of Iraq. By destroying VBIED factories like this one with deliberate airstrikes, we take the weapon of choice out of the arsenal of Daesh," said Brig. Gen. Kevin Killea, CJTF-OIR chief of staff, using another term for ISIL. "VBIEDs are responsible for many attacks against (Iraq forces) and atrocities committed against the civilian population."
In coordination with the Iraqi government, coalition forces will continue to seek out and deliberately target ISIL forces, equipment and resources, CJTF-OIR said, adding that these airstrikes are part of the broader coalition effort to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria.
The coalition air campaign has conducted more than 5,700 airstrikes against ISIL since last August. Countries that have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. Countries that have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Canada, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
In addition to airstrikes, the coalition continues to provide Iraqi forces with training and equipment for the fight against ISIL.
Video footage of Saturday's airstrikes can be found here.