US Army give fire support to Iraqi security forces, Mosul counter-offensive, 24 Dec 2016, by Daniel Johnson

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

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

Strikes in Syria

Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of seven engagements in Syria:

— Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed a gas oil separation plant.

— Near Raqqah, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions, a vehicle bomb factory and a vehicle bomb staging area.

— Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike damaged a bridge.

Strikes in Iraq

Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of 62 engagements in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

— Near Qaim, a strike destroyed an improvised weapons factory.

— Near Mosul, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and an ISIS staging area; destroyed 21 mortar systems, 13 fighting positions, five heavy machine guns, four medium machine guns and an ISIS headquarters; and damaged five supply routes.

Operation Inherent Resolve

These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said.

US Department of Defense

Photo: US Army give fire support to Iraqi security forces, Mosul counter-offensive, 24 Dec 2016, by Daniel Johnson.