October 12, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 12, 2014 -
U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL
terrorists in Syria Saturday and today using bomber and fighter aircraft
to conduct four airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation
military forces used attack and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct
five airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.
In Syria, an airstrike
northwest of Ar Raqqah destroyed an ISIL-held armored vehicle compound.
Three airstrikes in Kobani destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an
ISIL staging area. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed bomber
and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of
operations. In addition, fighter aircraft from the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates participated in these airstrikes.
All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, an airstrike
southwest of Hit destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle; another airstrike
southeast of Hit destroyed an ISIL armored personnel carrier. An
airstrike on an ISIL checkpoint southwest of Kirkuk struck a small ISIL
unit; another airstrike, south of Kirkuk, struck a small ISIL unit. An
airstrike northwest of Ramadi destroyed an ISIL armored personnel
carrier. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed attack and
remotely piloted aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of
operations. In addition, the United Kingdom participated in these
airstrikes. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
strikes were conducted as part of the President's comprehensive strategy
to degrade and destroy ISIL. The destruction of targets in Syria and
Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to lead, control,
project power and conduct operations.