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Press Release | Dec. 26, 2014

Dec. 26: Military airstrikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq

December 26, 2014

Release # 2014126

Editor's note: The strike numbers contained in the CJTF OIR Dec. 26 press release included strike information for both the Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 strikes. This is an updated Dec. 26 strike release.

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Dec. 26 using fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct four airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted five airstrikes in Iraq Dec. 26 using fighter, bomber, attack aircraft, and remotely piloted aircraft against the ISIL terrorists.

The following is a summary of those strikes:

* Near Kobani, four airstrikes destroyed three ISIL buildings and two ISIL vehicles.

* Near Al Asad, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL technical vehicle and struck an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Al Qaim, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIL modular refinery and struck an ISIL tactical vehicle.
* Near Fallujah, an airstrike destroyed two ISIL technical vehicles and struck an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Mosul, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL armored personnel vehicle.

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.