Oct. 31: Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq

Release No: UNRELEASED Oct. 31, 2014 PRINT | E-MAIL

October 31, 2014

Release #20141037

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 31, 2014 - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Thursday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct four airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted four airstrikes in Iraq Thursday and today using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists.

In Syria, four airstrikes were conducted near Kobani damaging four ISIL fighting positions and one ISIL building. In Iraq, an airstrike near Fallujah struck a small ISIL unit and an airstrike near Bayji also struck a small ISIL unit. One airstrike near Al Qaim destroyed one ISIL checkpoint and one ISIL vehicle. One airstrike north of Tikrit struck a large ISIL unit and destroyed three ISIL-occupied buildings. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely. Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.

The strikes were conducted as part of Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL 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 power and conduct operations. Among the coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq are the U.S., France, the United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands. Coalition Nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the U.S., Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Bahrain.