US and Coalition forces continued strikes against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), hitting three targets in Syria and as many in Iraq, the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (JTF-OIR) said in a statement Saturday.
In Syria on Friday, drones and rocket artillery “engaged an ISIL tactical unit” near Ayn Isa and another close to Mar’a, where a building was also targeted.
Meanwhile, attack and fighter aircraft conducted three strikes in Iraq the same day, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government, the statement said.
Near Ramadi, “a strike destroyed two ISIL vehicle bombs and four buildings,” the JTF statement said. “Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle,” and “near Tal Afar, a strike destroyed three ISIL artillery systems, six tunnel entrances, and a weapons cache.”
ISIS has suffered severe setbacks in recent months, having to retreat from captured territories in Iraq and Syria. In Iraq, Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi Army – backed by coalition air support — have forced the militants to cede large swathes of captured areas.