December 8, 2014
Release # 20141208(2)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA -
U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL
terrorists in Syria Dec. 5-8 using fighter and bomber aircraft to
conduct 15 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military
forces conducted 31 airstrikes in Iraq Dec. 5-8 using fighter, bomber,
attack, and remotely-piloted aircraft against the ISIL terrorists.
Syria, 14 airstrikes near Kobani destroyed four ISIL fighting
positions, three ISIL-occupied buildings, two ISIL staging areas, two
ISIL tanks, a motorcycle, a mortar and struck eight tactical ISIL units
and two ISIL fighting positions. Near Ar Raqqah, an airstrike struck an
electronic warfare garrison.
In Iraq, six airstrikes near Kirkuk
destroyed two excavators, a bulldozer, an ISIL bunker, an ISIL
ammunition dump and struck another excavator and an overpass servicing
the ammunition dump. These airstrikes also suppressed an ISIL fighting
position and struck a tactical ISIL unit near Kirkuk. Near al-Biaj, four
airstrikes destroyed four armored vehicles, an ISIL checkpoint and two
ISIL storage containers. Near Sinjar, four airstrikes destroyed six
ISIL-occupied buildings, seven ISIL storage containers, two ISIL
fighting positions, an excavator and struck an ISIL bunker. Near Mosul,
four airstrikes destroyed an excavator, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL heavy
weapon and struck two ISIL tactical units.
Also in Iraq, three
airstrikes near al-Qaim destroyed two ISIL armored vehicles and struck
an ISIL observation point. Near Tal Afar, three airstrikes destroyed
seven ISIL armored vehicles, a bulldozer and an excavator. Near Ramadi,
three airstrikes destroyed an ISIL-occupied building, a front-loader and
struck two ISIL units. Near Bayji, two airstrikes destroyed an
ISIL-occupied building and struck two tactical ISIL units. Near Rawah,
an airstrike destroyed an ISIL tank. Near Hit, an airstrike was
conducted, but there was no damage.
All aircraft returned to base safely. Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.
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.