The president has authorized U.S. Central Command in Tampa Fl (USCENTCOM) to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL aka ISIS. As of 4:59 p.m. EST June 28, the U.S. and coalition have conducted a total of 13,470 strikes (9,099 Iraq / 4,371 Syria). U.S. has conducted 10,304 strikes in Iraq and Syria (6,178 Iraq / 4,126 Syria). Rest of Coalition has conducted 3,166 strikes in Iraq and Syria (2,921 Iraq / 245 Syria).
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CENTCOM: U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida, see map above.
AFRICOM: U.S. Africa Command, Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany
EUCOM: U.S. European Command, Patch Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany
NORTHCOM: U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
PACOM: U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii
SOUTHCOM: U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Florida
* Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL oil pump jack.
* Near Manbij, 10 strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL cave entrances, two ISIL caves, and an ISIL-used bridge.
* Near Mar'a, one strike destroyed an ISIL artillery system.
* Near Fallujah, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 11 ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL recoilless rifles, five ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL weapons caches, and two ISIL staging areas.
* Near Habbaniyah, two strikes struck two separate large ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL mortar system.
* Near Hit one strike produced inconclusive results.
* Near Kisik, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL headquarters and destroyed an ISIL mortar system and an ISIL weapons cache.
* Near Mosul, four strikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL mortar system, and an ISIL vehicle and damaged a separate ISIL vehicle.
* Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) factory.
CentCom headquarters in Tampa report that U.S. manned and unmanned (drone) airstrikes killed at least 250 ISIS soldiers and leaders just last week June 30th, 2016, but their has been some collateral damage with civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria. Air Force Col. Pat Ryder, a CentCom spokesman said "We deeply regret the unintentional loss of life and injuries resulting from those strikes and express our deepest sympathies to the victims' families and those affected," Ryder said in a phone briefing to the Pentagon from CentCom headquarters in Tampa, Florida on April 26th, 2016. Ryder said the casualties occurred despite the U.S. conducting "the most precise air campaign in the history of warfare. We assess the risk before every strike," Ryder said, and "we take all feasible measures to reduce non-combatant casualties." Ryder said that airstrikes were made more difficult by ISIS fighters hiding in the civilian population. The CentCom report said that in a strike on an ISIS checkpoint in Ramadi in Anbar province on Dec. 12, at least five civilians were believed to have been killed after they "unexpectedly moved into the target location after weapons were already in flight." Ryder said of the civilian casualties that "it's important to put this in perspective" considering that the U.S. has carried out nearly 12,000 airstrikes since August 2014 and flown more than 91,000 sorties.
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