Coalition Strikes Target ISIL in Iraq, Syria

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, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 12 strikes in Syria:

  • Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed three ISIL oil wellheads.
  • Near Manbij, eight strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL vehicles.
  • Near Mara, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.

Strikes in Iraq

Bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 16 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

  • Near Baghdadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel system and denied ISIL access to terrain.
  • Near Huwayjah, a strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel entrance, an ISIL weapons cache and an ISIL bulldozer.
  • Near Albu Hayat, two strikes struck an ISIL logistics facility and an ISIL bed-down location.
  • Near Beiji, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, five ISIL vehicles, an ISIL tactical vehicle, two ISIL weapons caches and an ISIL mortar system.
  • Near Fallujah, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL boats and an ISIL staging area.
  • Near Mosul, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
  • Near Qayyarah, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL vehicle bomb factory and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and an ISIL tunnel and denied ISIL access to terrain.
  • Near Ramadi, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL staging area and an ISIL rocket-propelled grenade system.
  • Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL trench.

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, 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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