October 20, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 20, 2014 -
U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria
Sunday and today using attack, bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct
six airstrikes. Separately, in coordination with Iraqi ground forces,
U.S. military forces conducted six airstrikes using fighter, bomber and
remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists in Iraq. All aircraft
departed the strike areas safely.
In Syria, six airstrikes near
Kobani destroyed ISIL fighting and mortar positions, an ISIL vehicle,
and one stray resupply bundle from a U.S. airdrop of Kurdish supplies
that occurred earlier today (Syria time), which prevented these supplies
from falling into enemy hands. All other resupply bundles were
successfully delivered. To conduct these airstrikes, the U.S. employed
U.S. attack, bomber and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central
Command area of operations. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
Iraq, two airstrikes took place southeast of Fallujah and struck a
large ISIL unit and destroyed three ISIL vehicles. Three airstrikes
south of Bayji Oil Refinery struck a small ISIL unit, destroyed an ISIL
building and three ISIL vehicles, and damaged another ISIL building.
One additional airstrike also south of Bayji destroyed four ISIL boats
and damaged at least four more. To conduct these airstrikes, the U.S.
employed U.S. bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft deployed to
the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the Republic
of France and the United Kingdom participated in these strikes. All
aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
The U.S. strikes were
conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to
eliminate the terrorist group ISIL 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 power and conduct operations. All airstrike assessments are
based on initial reports.