World Leaders Condemn Murder of Kenji Goto

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Tomahawk Missile fired from United States Warship in war against ISIL/ISIS
Tomahawk Missile fired from United States Warship in war against ISIL/ISIS

Tomahawk Missile fired from United States Warship in war against ISIL/ISIS
Tomahawk Missile fired from United States Warship in war against ISIL/ISIS

Inherent Resolve Mission Continues Attacks on Islamic State

WASHINGTON – World leaders are expressing their anger, distain and frustration with the Islamic State following reports that the group murdered Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.

President Obama stated, “The United States condemns the heinous murder of Japanese citizen and journalist Kenji Goto by the terrorist group ISIL.  Through his reporting, Mr. Goto courageously sought to convey the plight of the Syrian people to the outside world.  Our thoughts are with Mr. Goto’s family and loved ones, and we stand today in solidarity with Prime Minister Abe and the Japanese people in denouncing this barbaric act.  We applaud Japan’s steadfast commitment to advancing peace and prosperity in the Middle East and globally, including its generous assistance for innocent people affected by the conflicts in the region.  Standing together with a broad coalition of allies and partners, the United States will continue taking decisive action to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL”.

Murder of Japanese National “Despicable”

Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary described Goto’s apparent murder as “despicable”.

“I cannot help feeling strong indignation that an inhuman and despicable act of terrorism like this has been committed again. We resolutely condemn this.”

Air Strikes Continue

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.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, which took place between 8 a.m. yesterday and 8 a.m. today, local time, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

— Near Kobani, seven airstrikes struck an ISIL staging area and four ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions.

— Near Ar Raqqah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

Airstrikes in Iraq

— Near Al Asad, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

— Near Al Qaim, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL staging area.

— Near Hit, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

— Near Kirkuk, 19 airstrikes struck four large ISIL units and 11 ISIL tactical units and destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL staging position, eight ISIL vehicles, two ISIL armored vehicles, an ISIL building and an ISIL tank.

— Near Mahkmur, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

— Near Sinjar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL buildings, an ISIL heavy weapon, an ISIL shipping container and an ISIL modular structure.

— Near Tal Afar, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

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