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Syrian air strikes back on the rise

Photo: USAF/SSgt Keith James

 

Despite posturing to remove US ground forces from the campaign against so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria, figures released by the Combined Joint Task Force — Operation ‘Inherent Resolve’ (CJTF-OIR) suggest an increase in activity, dispite assertions from The White House that IS is effectively defeated.

In a news release, CJTF-OIR said that between December 16 and 29, 2018, it conducted 469 air strikes consisting of 1,001 engagements in Syria, and conducted nine strikes consisting of 14 engagements in Iraq.

‘In Syria, 469 strikes engaged 666 ISIS tactical units, and destroyed 291 fighting positions, 153 staging areas, 67 supply routes, 27 command and control nodes, 27 petroleum oil lubricant storage facilities, 25 vehicles, 14 tunnels, 14 weapons cache, 13 improvised explosive device facilities, seven heavy weapons systems, six pieces of heavy equipment, seven buildings, five petroleum oil and lubricant tankers, five bridges, four armored vehicles, two caves, two vehicle borne improvised explosive devices, two motorcycles, two vehicle borne improvised explosive device facilities, three mortar launching sites, one boat, one barge, and one unmanned aircraft system; and damaged seven fighting positions, four staging areas, two vehicles, one armored vehicle, one command and control node and one heavy weapon system; and suppressed 70 fighting positions, 12 vehicles, 10 staging areas and one armored vehicles,’ the release stated.

As a means of comparison, between November 11 and 17, CJTF-OIR conducted 168 strikes in Syria, consisting of 297 engagements.

 

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