“The Bayji airstrikes are a great example of directly supporting ISF in an urban fight that is hotly contested.
5th Aug 2015
August 4, 2015
Release # 20150804
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq
SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Aug. 3, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three airstrikes using fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 16 airstrikes coordinated with the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter-attack, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.
Coalition’s airstrikes continue to destroy and degrade ISIL tactical and combat equipment within the region.
“The Bayji airstrikes are a great example of directly supporting ISF in an urban fight that is hotly contested. In areas like Bayji, it is important to note that coalition forces have implemented significant mitigation measures within the targeting process and during the conduct of operations to reduce the potential of civilian casualties and collateral damage,” said Col. Michael Indovina, CJTF-OIR public affairs spokesman. “Our overall strategy has not changed: coalition airstrikes will provide maximum support to the defeat of Daesh.”
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:
· Near Al Hasakah, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.
· Near Dayr Az Zawr, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
· Near Al Huwayjah, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL checkpoints.
· Near Bayji, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIL building and an ISIL vehicle.
· Near Haditha, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL machine guns.
· Near Makhmur, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
· Near Mosul, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIL rocket launcher, an ISIL tank, an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL excavators, an ISIL bunker and an ISIL observation post.
· Near Ramadi, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL IEDs and an ISIL supply trailer.
· Near Sinjar, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, three ISIL light machine guns and five ISIL fighting positions.
· Near Tal Afar, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed 11 ISIL bunkers, three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL light machine gun and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
· Near Tuz, one airstrike struck an ISIL mortar position.
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 and the wider international community.
The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Canada, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the U.S.