Coalition 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 Iraq and Syria yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Attack, fighter, ground attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 11 strikes in Syria:

  • Near Raqqah, a strike destroyed an ISIL oil pumpjack.
  • Near Manbij, nine strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL improvised explosive device factory and destroyed 26 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL mortar position, two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL supply cache and three ISIL tunnels.
  • Near Washiyah, a strike struck an ISIL weapons production factory.

Strikes in Iraq

Bomber, fighter, ground attack and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 13 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

  • Near Baghdadi, a strike struck an ISIL bed-down location and an ISIL weapons cache.
  • Near Albu Hayat, a strike struck an ISIL weapons cache.
  • Near Fallujah, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units; destroyed five ISIL fighting positions, five ISIL vehicles, an ISIL heavy machine gun, three ISIL heavy machine gun positions, two ISIL recoilless rifles and an ISIL mortar system; and denied ISIL access to terrain.
  • Near Hit, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit; destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL anti-air artillery piece, an ISIL vehicle and two ISIL weapons caches; and suppressed an ISIL machine gun position.
  • Near Mosul, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units; destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, eight ISIL assembly areas, five ISIL vehicles, an ISIL command-and-control node, an ISIL vehicle bomb facility, three ISIL vehicle bombs and an ISIL heavy machine gun; suppressed an ISIL mortar position and an ISIL light machine gun position; and denied ISIL access to terrain.
  • Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL mortar system, three ISIL supply caches and an ISIL IED factory.
  • Near Tal Afar, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit.

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.

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, 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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