Sailors direct an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. Aircraft from the George H.W. Bush are supporting operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
U.S. aircraft conducted 14 airstrikes in Syria on October 15, military officials reported. All 14 took place near Kobani. Initial reports indicate the strikes successfully struck 19 ISIL buildings, two ISIL command posts, three ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL sniper positions, one ISIL staging location and one ISIL heavy machine gun, military officials said.
The airstrikes are designed to stop ISIL reinforcements and resupply and prevent ISIL from massing combat power on the Kurdish-held portions of Kobani, officials explained. Indications are that airstrikes have continued to slow ISIL advances, they added, but they acknowledged that the security situation in Kobani remains tenuous.