Two US F-15 fighter jets carried out an airstrike on a US munitions storage bunker at Lafarge Cement Factory, located between Kobani and Ain Issa, Syria.
“On Oct. 16, after all Coalition personnel and essential tactical equipment departed, two Coalition F-15Es successfully conducted a pre-planned precision airstrike at the Lafarge Cement Factory to destroy an ammunition cache, and reduce the facility’s military usefulness,” US Army Col. Myles Caggins, a spokesman for the US-led military coalition fighting ISIS, said in a statement.
The pre-planned airstrike was likely needed because US troops were fleeing the battlefield so fast that they had no time to evacuate all their equipment and destroy facilities.
In addition, US troops vacated Raqqah and Tabqah. The withdrawal is going full-steam, despite US Congress holding a rhetoric against it.
The Turkish side also confirmed the strikes, shortly after the Syrian Army entered the town of Kobani near the US military facility.
The US side maintains that the Lafarge Cement Factory was “the headquarters of the de facto Defeat-ISIS coalition in Syria” prior to its being vacated.
Caggins said that the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces “set fire to, then vacated, its facilities and equipment” as “Turkish-backed militias advanced towards the Lafarge Cement Factory.”
According to data provided by Daily Sabah, the French company Lafarge had been providing funds and facilities to the YPG (People’s Protection Units), which is what the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) calls itself when it’s on Syrian soil.
Header image: The Lafarge Cement Factory.