US Airstrikes against ISIS Destroy 184 Humvees and 58 Tanks


ISIS HumveeAt least 184 Humvees, 58 tanks and nearly 700 other vehicles have been destroyed or damaged in the more than 1,600 airstrike missions that have hit more than 3,200 ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria since bombing began last Aug. 8, the U.S. Central Command said Wednesday.

In addition, a total of 26 MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles and armored personnel carriers, 79 artillery and mortar positions, and 673 infantry fighting positions were destroyed, CentCom officials said.

An unknown number of Humvees, M1A1 Abrams tanks and MRAPs were captured by ISIS when Iraqi national security forces fled and abandoned their equipment as ISIS swept into Iraq last June.

The list of targets hit through Jan. 7 put out by CentCom also included 14 small boats which the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was using to ferry personnel and supplies on the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in Iraq.

The target list also showed that U.S. and coalition aircraft have gone after ISIS infrastructure. At least 980 ISIS buildings and barracks, 92 checkpoints, 23 munitions caches, 52 bunkers and 673 infantry fighting positions were attacked.

The Pentagon and CentCom have repeatedly pledged to cut off the sale of oil on the black market, which has been a main source of income for ISIS. The target list showed that the small refineries and storage facilities run by ISIS were hit 259 times.

On Tuesday, Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said that the cumulative effects of the airstrikes had put ISIS on the defensive and severely restricted the terror group’s ability to communicate and maneuver.  The airstrikes have averaged about 11 daily since President Obama authorized them to begin on Aug. 8.

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