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Jan. 8: Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq

Release No: UNRELEASED Jan. 8, 2015 PRINT | E-MAIL

January 8, 2015

Release # 2015008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, Jan. 7, using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct six airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted seven airstrikes in Iraq, Jan. 7, using bomber and fighter aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 7, and 8 a.m., Jan. 8, local time.

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

Syria
* Near Kobani, five airstrikes struck two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL staging area and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.
* Near Al Hasakah, an airstrike struck four ISIL crude oil pumps and five ISIL crude oil well heads.

Iraq
* Near Al Rutbah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
* Near Tal Afar, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL VBIED and an ISIL vehicle.
* Near Kirkuk, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.
* Near Fallujah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Al Asad, an airstrike struck a large ISIL unit.
* Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.

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, 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.