An F-15E Strike Eagle sits on the flightline at Incirlik Air Base. U.S. Air Force photo

U.S. and coalition air forces continued to attack ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq over the weekend, with 22 strikes reported on Sunday.

The strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIS popularly and ISIL to the military, were reported by the Defense Department.

Strikes in Syria

Attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted seven strikes in Syria:

  • Near Abu Kamal, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
  • Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and wounded two ISIL fighters.
  • Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed seven ISIL buildings.
  • Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
  • Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL staging area and damaged two others.

Strikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 15 strikes in Iraq:

  • Near Fallujah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicle bomb facilities, two ISIL staging locations, and five ISIL buildings.
  • Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL bunker.
  • Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed two ISIL vehicle bomb facilities.
  • Near Ramadi, six strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL command and control nodes, an ISIL assembly area, two ISIL fighting positions, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
  • Near Rawah, one strike struck an ISIL vehicle bomb facility.
  • Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.
  • Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and four ISIL fighting positions.
  • Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

Defense Department officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. A single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound,

Officials do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual impact points against a target.

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, which includes forces from the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

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Chris Jennewein

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