Officials with the Multinational Force-Iraq say a coalition air strike on Monday killed three terrorists in Yusifiyyah, near Baghdad, that were linked to a network engaged in producing vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices. An official statement declared, “ The result of this operation will significantly disrupt the VBIED production in the Baghdad region. There was no indication which coalition aircraft conducted the strike, however a daily US Central Command Air Forces release of air component data indicates that USAF F-15E fighters provided close air support to troops in contact with enemy forces near Baghdad. Coalition ground forces, according to MNF-Iraq, tracked the three terrorists to guide the air strike.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.