October 16, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 16, 2014 -
U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria
Wednesday and today, using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct 14
All 14 airstrikes took place near Kobani. Initial
reports indicate the strikes successfully struck 19 ISIL buildings, two
ISIL command posts, three ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL sniper
positions, one ISIL staging location, and one ISIL heavy machine gun.
conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. bomber and fighter
aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. All
aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
These airstrikes are
designed to interdict ISIL reinforcements and resupply and prevent ISIL
from massing combat power on the Kurdish held portions of Kobani.
Indications are that airstrikes have continued to slow ISIL advances,
but that the security situation on the ground in Kobani remains tenuous.
U.S. Central Command continues to closely monitor the situation.
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 and degradation of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further
limits the terrorist group's ability to lead, control, project power and