US Army 82nd Airborne Division, Delta 1-321 Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, fire a 155mm Howitzer (SSgt J Swafford, 2010)

US Still Fighting ISIS in Syria

War Against ISIS Continues Near Abu Kamal

U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 18 strikes consisting of 40 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria between December 4 and December 7, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported December 8.

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

ISIS Still Holding Out Under Continued US-Coalition Strikes

On Dec. 4, coalition military forces conducted a strike against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal, engaging an ISIS tactical unit and destroying an ISIS fighting position.

On Dec. 5, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal, engaging eight ISIS tactical units and destroying 17 ISIS watercraft, an improvised explosive device, an ISIS line of communication, an ISIS headquarters, a heavy weapon, an ISIS vehicle and an ISIS motorcycle.

On Dec. 6, coalition military forces conducted four strikes against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal, engaging two ISIS tactical units and destroying three ISIS vehicles, 13 ISIS watercraft and two ISIS-held buildings.

On Dec. 7, coalition military forces conducted five strikes against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal, engaging four ISIS tactical units and destroying an ISIS headquarters, two fighting positions and an ISIS vehicle.

Operation Inherent Resolve Now in a New Phase

Pentagon spokesman U.S. Army Col. Robert Manning told reporters, Dec. 6, that:

The campaign to defeat ISIS is now in a new phase in Iraq and Syria.

Iraqi forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces have liberated about 97 per cent of the people and land that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria once claimed as the new caliphate, according to Manning.