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Airstrikes Destroy ISIL Operating Base, Staging Area in Iraq

From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, September 9, 2015 – U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Coalition airstrikes yesterday destroyed a large operating base and staging area located in a stadium near Ramadi, officials said.

The stadium was a key ISIL command and supply hub in the Ramadi region and was being used to store large amounts of homemade explosives, weapons and ammunition as well as vehicle bomb components, officials said. ISIL used the stadium as a base of operations to control fighters across the Ramadi region, and as a central node for lethal aid funneled down the Euphrates River Valley.

"Destroying this facility enables Iraqi security forces activities in and around Ramadi while degrading Daesh command and control capability throughout the area," Army Col. Michael Indovina, the CJTF-OIR spokesman said.

Officials reported details of additional strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted three airstrikes in Syria:

-- Near Hawl, an airstrike destroyed three ISIL bunkers.

-- Near Raqqah, an airstrike struck an ISIL large tactical unit and an ISIL training camp, destroying five ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL motorcycle.

-- Near Mar'a, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL front-end loader.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 14 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with the government of Iraq:

-- Near Huwayjah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Beiji, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb.

-- Near Fallujah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building.

-- Near Habbaniyah, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIL homemade explosives cache and an ISIL rocket rail.

-- Near Kirkuk, an airstrike struck two ISIL heavy machine gun firing positions and an ISIL mortar firing position.

-- Near Kisik, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL heavy machine gun firing position and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Ramadi, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL operating base and an ISIL staging area, destroying five ISIL homemade explosives caches, two ISIL boats, an ISIL motorcycle and an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying two ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL heavy machine guns.

-- Near Tal Afar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL mortar firing position, destroying an ISIL bunker, an ISIL excavator, an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL trench and an ISIL weapons cache.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

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, officials said.

Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the United States, Bahrain, Canada, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.



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