Military Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq on Sunday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported on Monday.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Bomber, fighter and attack aircraft conducted six strikes in Syria:

  • Near Abu Kamal, a strike struck an ISIL financial headquarters.
  • Near Tanf, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and damaged an ISIL supply cache.
  • Near Manbij, a strike destroyed an ISIL rocket rail.
  • Near Mara, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.

Strikes in Iraq

Bomber and fighter aircraft conducted eight strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

  • Near Albu Hayat, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
  • Near Rutbah, a strike destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions and denied ISIL access to terrain.
  • Near Habbaniyah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL bunker, an ISIL front end loader, an ISIL artillery piece and an ISIL recoilless rifle.
  • Near Kisik, a strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
  • Near Mosul, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and three ISIL assembly areas.

Additionally, a May 13 strike in Iraq near Albu Hayat was not reported due to administrative error. The strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb-making facility.

Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group’s ability to project terror and conduct operations, officials said.

Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Syria include the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

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