WASHINGTON, May 22 (KUNA) -- The US-led coalition continued to strike ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq, with a total of 18 airstrikes conducted between May 20 and May 21, the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) said in a statement released Thursday.
"Despite the setback in Ramadi, the Coalition continues to apply pressure on ISIL across Iraq and Syria in line with the campaign plan to defeat ISIL," said CJTF-OIR Chief of Staff Thomas Weidley in the statement.
"This campaign will take time, and we remain focused on fully supporting the government of Iraq in their operations throughout the country."
In Syria eight airstrikes were carried out near four areas: Near Al Hasakah, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL trench system, destroying two ISIL fighting positions.
Near Aleppo, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL VBIED. Near Ar Raqqah, one airstrike struck an ISIL staging area. Near Kobani, five airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL mortar positions and an ISIL vehicle.
In Iraq 10 airstrikes were carried out near six areas: Near Bayji, two airstrikes struck one large and one small ISIL tactical unit, destroying three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL structure.
Near Fallujah, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL vehicle. Near Makhmur, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying an ISIL building and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and an ISIL tunnel system, destroying three ISIL buildings and three ISIL heavy machine guns. Near Sinjar, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying two ISIL buildings and two ISIL heavy machine guns.
Near Tal Afar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tunnel system, destroying an ISIL VBIED. (end)