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Military airstrikes continue against ISIL in Syria and Iraq

A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft
A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft
SOUTHWEST ASIA – On March 14, U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct four airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces conducted seven airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., March 14, and 8 a.m., March 15, local time.

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:

Syria
• Near Kobani, four airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.

Iraq
• Near Al Asad, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
• Near Al Hawayjah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
• Near Al Qaim, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL excavator.
• Near Fallujah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
• Near Ramadi, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL staging area.
• Near Tal Afar, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL excavator.
Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, 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 which have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and U.S. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and U.S.

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