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Jan. 16: Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq

Release No: UNRELEASED Jan. 16, 2015 PRINT | E-MAIL

January 16, 2015

Release # 2015016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA - On Jan. 15, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct six airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted five airstrikes in Iraq, using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 15, and 8 a.m., Jan. 16, local time.

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

Syria
* Near Kobani, six airstrikes destroyed two ISIL staging positions and nine ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq
* Near Ramadi, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL barge and four ISIL boats.
* Near Al Qaim, an airstrike struck an ISIL building.
* Near Al Asad, an airstrike struck two ISIL mortar firing positions.
* Near Mosul, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIL mortar firing position and an ISIL fighting position.

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.