United States Air Force Continues Fight Against Islamic State

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U.S. sailors guide an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 8, 2014. The carrier is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation
U.S. sailors guide an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 8, 2014. The carrier is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation

Rebel fighters target Islamic State, airstrikes intensify

WASHINGTON – United States military forces have continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct three airstrikes. Ground forces of the Syrian Army are fighting a ground war against the Islamic State.

Bullets flew as Free Syrian Army and Kurdish fighters targeted Islamic State sites surrounding the besieged city of Kobani. As fighters attack Islamic State targets, the aerial bombardment continues for the same purpose – of ridding Syria of Islamic State insurgents.

The U.S.-led alliance airplanes are said to be the cause of this destruction in Aleppo. Shot on September 27, video purports to show an elderly man being rescued by civil defense workers.

The video also shows the aftermath of what is said to be aerial bombing by Syrian regime forces… A young boy’s home, ripped to shreds.

A United States Air Force F-22 Raptor is re-fueled in the air over Syria
A United States Air Force F-22 Raptor is re-fueled in the air over Syria

Separately, U.S. military forces and a partner nation used a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft yesterday and today to conduct five airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.

In Syria, three strikes near Kobani destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle, an ISIL artillery piece, and an ISIL tank. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.

In Iraq, three strikes northwest of Mosul destroyed two ISIL armed vehicles, destroyed an ISIL occupied building, and struck two ISIL fighting positions. One strike in the vicinity of Haditha Dam destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle while another strike northwest of Baghdad destroyed two armed vehicles.

To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the United Kingdom also participated in the Iraq airstrikes. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.

The strikes were conducted as part of the President’s comprehensive strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL. The destruction and degradation of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group’s ability to lead, control, project power and conduct operations.

VIDEO by Reuters