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This Is What A US Airstrike On ISIS Looks Like

This Is What A US Airstrike On ISIS Looks Like

| On 25, Oct 2014

US Military Central Command released declassified footage of a US airstrike against the jihadist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL).

In a statement sent to reporters along with the clip, CENTCOM described the video as footage of a strike on an ISIS “vehicle-borne improvised explosive device” near the crucial Syrian border town of Kobani.

“This strike was conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to Iraq, the region and the wider international community,” the statement said. “The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group’s ability to project power and conduct operations.”

The short clip shows the vehicle driving for a moment before it seems to be taken out by a missile. Watch it below.

ISIS Plants Flag On Kobane Hill, Coalition Airstrike Wipes It Out

This is a striking video showing what happened to a hill near Kobane, where ISIS had just planted a flag. ISIS fighters were unaware that the position was going to be literally buried by bombs dropped by coalition jets.



B-1 bombers have been spotted over Kobane several times in the last few weeks, as the Syrian village near the Turkish border is the theater of a fierce battle between ISIS and Kurdish forces.


Although an identification of the weapons used in the air strike is almost impossible, the following image is a frame from the footage with the bomb (most probably an LGB) highlighted.


Bomb on ISIS hill KobaneScreenshot/


Dropping that many bombs on a flag and only a couple of ISIS fighters may seem like overkill. However, it was likely a symbolic attack.


You can watch the video here.


This article originally appeared at The Aviationist. Copyright 2014. Follow The Aviationist on Twitter.