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Military airstrikes continue against ISIL in Syria and Iraq supporting Operation Inherent Resolve

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TAMPA – U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Nov. 21-24 using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct nine airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted fifteen airstrikes in Iraq Nov. 21-24 using fighter, attack, bomber and remotely-piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists.

In Syria, seven airstrikes near Kobani destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL staging areas, damaged another ISIL staging area and suppressed four ISIL fighting positions. Near Ar Raqqah, two airstrikes struck an ISIL headquarters building.

In Iraq, five airstrikes near Mosul destroyed an ISIL checkpoint, three ISIL HMMWVs, a large ISIL unit, two tactical ISIL units and a heavy weapon. Near al-Asad, two airstrikes destroyed a mortar position, a ISIL artillery piece, an ISIL vehicle and a tactical ISIL unit and damaged an ISIL-occupied building and an ISIL vehicle. Near Baghdad, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIL-occupied building, three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL HMMWV and two tactical ISIL units, one of which was emplacing IEDs. Near Ramadi, two airstrikes destroyed two ISIL vehicles. Near Tal Afar, two airstrikes suppressed a mortar position. Near Fallujah, an airstrike struck an ISIL obstruction near Fallujah Dam. Near Hit, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

All aircraft returned to base safely. Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.

The 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. 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.

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