Friday, July 03, 2015

Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq



From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 3, 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.

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

Attack, bomber and fighter aircraft conducted nine airstrikes in Syria:

- Near Al Hasakah, six airstrikes struck one large and three small ISIL tactical units, destroying two ISIL vehicles, three ISIL structures, an ISIL building, five ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL bunker and an ISIL motorcycle.

- Near Ar Raqqah, one airstrike had inconclusive results.

- Near Tal Abyad, two airstrikes destroyed two ISIL fighting positons.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 15 airstrikes in Iraq, approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense:

- Near Al Huwayjah, one airstrike struck an ISIL large tactical unit, destroying an ISIL vehicle.

- Near Bayji, one airstrike destroyed two ISIL bunkers.

- Near Fallujah, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tunnel systems and an ISIL tunnel entrance.

- Near Haditha, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, destroying two ISIL bunkers, two ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL rocket system.

- Near Makhmur, one airstrike struck land features denying ISIL a tactical advantage.

- Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL checkpoint, destroying an ISIL vehicle.

- Near Rawah, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL excavator.

- Near Sinjar, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, destroying three ISIL buildings and an ISIL vehicle.

- Near Tal Afar, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, destroying an ISIL building, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL vehicle.

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, 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.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq



From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 2, 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.

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

Attack, bomber and fighter aircraft conducted 10 airstrikes in Syria:

-- Near Hasakah, six airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units and two ISIL antennas, destroying four ISIL vehicles, three ISIL bunkers, an ISIL structure and an ISIL building.

-- Near Kobani, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, destroying two ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Tal Abyad, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, destroying three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL structure.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 18 airstrikes in Iraq, approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense:

-- Near Huwayjah, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying two ISIL heavy machine guns and an ISIL building.

-- Near Fallujah, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, destroying nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL recoilless rifle, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL tunnel system and an ISIL cave.

-- Near Habbaniyah, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying an ISIL mortar systems and an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Haditha, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL structure.

-- Near Makhmur, one airstrike struck an ISIL heavy machine gun.

-- Near Mosul, four airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, two ISIL mortar firing positions and an ISIL fighting position, destroying an ISIL building and an ISIL vehicle bomb.

-- Near Rawah, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL bulldozer.

-- Near Sinjar, four airstrikes struck three ISIL staging areas and an ISIL heavy machine gun, destroying two ISIL buildings.

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, 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.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Dempsey Discusses New Military Strategy, ISIL



By Jim Garamone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today said the new National Military Strategy takes into account increasing disorder in the world and the erosion of America’s comparative advantage.

During a joint news conference at the Pentagon with Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey also praised the choice of Lt. Gen. Robert Neller as the next Commandant of the Marine Corps, saying the general has incredible joint credentials.

“He knows the entire joint force, and so he’ll be a great teammate on the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” Dempsey said.

The chairman said the National Military Strategy, released yesterday, charts the way forward for the joint force.

Global Disorder

“Since the last … National Military Strategy was published four years ago, global disorder has trended upward while some of our comparative advantages have begun to erode,” he said.

America still maintains the most powerful military in the world, but other countries are investing heavily in military capabilities, Dempsey said. The gap between those countries and the United States is closing, he added.

“In this context, the 2015 strategy recognizes that success will increasingly depend on how well our military instrument supports the other instruments of national power and how it enables our network of allies and partners,” Dempsey said.

The American military needs to be more agile, more innovative and more integrated, he said. The strategy reinforces the need for the United States military to remain globally engaged to shape the security environment, “and it renews our professional commitment to develop leaders who will bring this strategy to life,” the chairman said.

Trans-regional Terror

Dempsey addressed recent claims by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant that it is responsible for attacks outside of Syria and Iraq. “What we’ve said from the beginning is that ISIL is trans-regional,” he said. “There are also groups in Afghanistan that have re-branded themselves under the ISIL ideology and that stretches over to Boko Haram in Nigeria, which has also expressed its affiliation with ISIL. So it is trans-regional.”

The United States is trying to build a network to combat the group, Dempsey said. “We’re trying to build a framework -- a scaffolding -- to address this problem trans-regionally in an enduring way so … their defeat lasts, which means there are other lines of effort that have to move along with the military line,” he said.

Anything the United States does against ISIL must be sustainable, the chairman said. “We’ve got challenges across not just from Afghanistan and Nigeria, but we’ve got a few others things we’re working as well,” he said. “So we’re trying to balance all this out.”

The United States poses a threat to the terror group, Dempsey said.

“Everything we believe in is completely opposite of what they believe in – every bit of freedom, every bit of diversity, every bit of civic freedoms and religious freedoms, is exactly opposite to what they espouse,” he said.

“We will keep pressure on them, and they will eventually collapse under the weight of their own contradictions with a little help from coalition partners, partners and stakeholders in the region and military power,” the chairman said.