By Simon Kent.
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve have released their latest press statement on the most recent air strikes in Iraq and Syria against ISIS, whom they refer to here as ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
The recent reports of strikes suggest that the so called “Islamic State” or Daesh, are still launching attacks near Bayji, site of a prolonged battle over the 400,000 bpd capacity refinery, which is now largely in ruins.
Secondly, the strikes indicate that the US led Coalition continue to hit ISIS positions hard as the Iraqi army attempt to complete the taking of Ramadi in Anbar, which was captured by ISIS in the spring.
The strikes were listed as follows:
Near Bayji, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL RPG, an ISIL heavy machine gun, seven ISIL vehicles, two ISIL caches, and an ISIL fighting position.
• Near Mosul, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units, an ISIL weapons storage facility, and an ISIL weapons cache and destroyed two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL mortar tube, three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL checkpoint, two ISIL vehicles, and suppressed an ISIL light machine gun.
• Near Ramadi, four strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed eight ISIL buildings, eight ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL staging area, an ISIL command and control node, an ISIL tactical vehicle, three ISIL heavy machine guns, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
(Source: US Department of Defence)