Coalition Launches 31 Strikes Against Isis In Iraq And Syria
Coalition warplanes launched 31 airstrikes consisting of 55 engagements against Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Syria and Iraq, U.S.-led Coalition forces announced on Sunday (January 22).
Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) said in a statement provided to NRT that the warplanes conducted 25 strikes “consisting of 39 engagements using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft” against ISIS in Syria on Saturday.
The Coalition’s jets carried out 22 of those strikes near Raqqa, destroying nine fighting positions, two tunnels, two tanks, an improvised explosive device (IED) factory and headquarters of the ISIS militants.
Three other strikes were conducted near al-Bab and Deir ez-Zor, the statement added. The airstrikes destroyed two oil well heads and damaged a tactical vehicle.
In Iraq, coalition forces launched six air raids consisting of 16 engagements in coordination with and in support of the Iraqi government in Rutbah, Bayji, Kisik, Mosul and Tal Afar.
The strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units and destroyed three vehicles, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device factory, three fighting positions and ISIS-held building as well as a command and control node.
The U.S. Department of Defense reported that the U.S.-led Coalition forces had launched a total of more than 17,150 strikes in Iraq and Syria from the beginning of the air campaign to January 4 against the militants.
Up to 10,787 airstrikes were conducted in Iraq and 6,370 others were launched in Syria during that time, statistics from the U.S. Defense Department reveal.