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March 4: Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq

Release No: UNRELEASED March 4, 2015 PRINT | E-MAIL

Release # 20150304
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA - On March 3, U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct three airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted nine airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., March 3, and 8 a.m., March 4, local time.

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

Syria

- Near Kobani, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

- Near Fallujah, five airstrikes struck an IED factory, an ISIL VBIED factory, an ISIL weapons storage facility and destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle and an ISIL vehicle.

- Near Ramadi, an airstrike on ISIL fighters was reported as ineffective.

- Near Sinjar, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle and three ISIL vehicles.

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 U.S. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and U.S.