Two F/A-18F Hornet strike fighters launch from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Gulf. Navy photo

U.S. and coalition military forces, including the San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, continued to attack ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria, with 17 airstrikes reported Saturday.

The Defense Department said the stikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, better known as ISIS, involved bombers, fighters, attack planes and remotely piloted aircraft.  Here are the strikes reported over a 24-hour period ended at 8 a.m. local time:

Airstrikes in Syria

  • Near Kobani, six airstrikes struck a tactical ISIS unit and destroyed four ISIS fighting positions and three ISIS vehicles.
  • Near Al Hasakah, two airstrikes struck a large and a tactical ISIS unit and destroyed four vehicles.

Airstrikes in Iraq

  • Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck one ISIS tactical unit and one ISIS rocket fire team and destroyed one excavator.
  • Near Bayji, two airstrikes destroyed seven ISIS excavators and one ISIS vehicle.
  • Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck one tactical unit, destroyed three buildings and three fighting positions.
  • Near Hit, an airstrike struck a checkpoint.
  • Near Asad, an airstrike struck an ISIS tactical unit and a fighting position.
  • Near Huwayjah, an airstrike struck an ISIS tactical unit.
  • Near Bayji, an airstrike destroyed an ISIS vehicle.

Operation Inherent Resolve began in August with a goal of eliminating the ISIS terrorist group and the threat it poses to Iraq, Syria, the region, and the wider international community.

Coalition nations involved include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.