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June 9: Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Release No: UNRELEASED June 9, 2015 PRINT | E-MAIL

June 9, 2015

Release # 20150609
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq June 8. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine airstrikes using bomber and fighter aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 14 airstrikes approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL terrorists.

“The Coalition employs a detailed process involving technical and tactical means to verify the results of each airstrike executed,” said Col. Wayne Marotto, CJTF-OIR chief of public affairs. “This allows the Coalition, with relative certainty, to provide post-strike analysis of the impact and effect each strike is having on Daesh terrorists and their capabilities.”

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

Syria

Near Ar Raqqah, three airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units, destroying two ISIL fighting positions.

Near Kobani, six airstrikes struck four ISIL tactical units, destroying three resupply boats, an ISIL excavator, an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL vehicle.

Iraq

Near Bayji, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, destroying four ISIL structures.

Near Kirkuk, one airstrike struck two ISIL heavy machine guns.

Near Makhmur, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL mortar firing position, destroying an ISIL vehicle.

Near Mosul, four airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and an ISIL mortar firing position, destroying two ISIL buildings, two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL mortar system.

Near Tal Afar, four airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units, destroying five ISIL buildings, an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL rocket system and an ISIL rocket propelled grenade.

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