A Marine Corps AV8-B Harrier launches from the San Diego-based USS Boxer in the Arabian Sea. Marine Corps photo

U.S. and coalition military forces, including Marine pilots from the San Diego-based USS Boxer in the Arabian Sea, continue to attack ISIS, with 29 airstrikes reported on Independence Day.

Strongholds and military units of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are being hit by Marine AV-8B Harrier IIs, Navy aircraft from the USS Harry Truman in the Mediterranean Sea, Air Force fighters and bombers based in Turkey, and remotely-piloted drones.

The Pentagon provided the following rundown of the July 4 airstrikes.

Strikes in Syria

Bomber, attack, ground-attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 18 strikes:

  • Near Manbij, 14 strikes struck 12 separate ISIS tactical units and destroyed 18 ISIS fighting positions, four ISIS tactical vehicles, an ISIS vehicle bomb-making facility, an ISIS vehicle bomb and six ISIS vehicles.
  • Near Mar’a, three strikes struck an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two ISIS tactical vehicles, an ISIS fighting position and an ISIS vehicle bomb.
  • Near Washiyah, a strike struck an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS tactical vehicle.

Strikes in Iraq

Bomber, attack, ground-attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 11 strikes:

  • Near Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed two ISIS bunkers.
  • Near Qaim, a strike damaged an ISIS headquarters building.
  • Near Albu Hayat, a strike struck an ISIS weapons cache.
  • Near Beiji, two strikes struck a large ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle, an ISIS vehicle bomb, an ISIS weapons cache and denied ISIS access to terrain.
  • Near Kisik, a strike struck an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS assembly area.
  • Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIS tactical unit and two ISIS bomb-making factories and destroyed an ISIS vehicle.
  • Near Ramadi, a strike destroyed two ISIS weapons caches and denied ISIS access to terrain.
  • Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

The Pentagon defines a strike as “one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect.” That means a single strike can range from one aircraft firing a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle to multiple aircraft dropping dozens of bombs on buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound.

Joining the United States in Operation Inherent Resolve are aircraft from the United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

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Chris Jennewein

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