DoD: F-22s Escorted Jordanian Fighters For Airstrikes In Syria
By Brian Everstine, Staff writer 1:23 p.m. EST February 6, 2015
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U.S. Air Force F-22s and F-16CJs escorted Jordanian fighters for recent airstrikes in Syria, the Pentagon said Friday.
The American stealth jets are now part of the “standard strike package” used by U.S. and coalition aircraft in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
Jordan’s airstrike on targets in Hasakah included dozens of weapons releases targeting multiple storage and staging facilities. U.S. officials in the U.S. Central Command combined air operations center tasked the F-22s and F-16s for escort of the Jordanian aircraft. Additional U.S. support included unmanned aircraft for intelligence and surveillance, Warren said.
Also Thursday, coalition aircraft conducted nine airstrikes near Kobani targeting tactical units and Islamic State fighting positions. Coalition attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted eight additional airstrikes in Iraq, the Defense Department said.
As of Feb. 5, coalition aircraft have conducted 2,294 total airstrikes as a part of Operation Inherent Resolve — 1,259 in Iraq and 1,035 in Syria. American forces have flown a vast majority of the missions, conducting 1,856 airstrikes, whil