Coalition Strikes Continue Against 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 on Wednesday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported on Thursday.

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

Strikes in Syria

Attack, bomber, fighter, ground attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 14 strikes in Syria:

  • Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed an ISIL oil pump jack and five ISIL oil wellheads.
  • Near Raqqah, a strike struck an ISIL-used bridge.
  • Near Manbij, 11 strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL-used bridges and damaged a separate ISIL-used bridge.

Strikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 15 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

  • Near Baghdadi, three strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb, an ISIL mortar system and two ISIL weapons caches.
  • Near Huwayjah, a strike destroyed an ISIL bunker and an ISIL tunnel.
  • Near Mosul, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL artillery piece and an ISIL weapons cache.
  • Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed four ISIL vehicles, an ISIL mortar system and an ISIL artillery piece; damaged an ISIL-used road; and denied ISIL access to terrain.
  • Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, two ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL mortar systems and damaged a separate ISIL fighting position.
  • Near Rawah, a strike struck an ISIL weapons factory.
  • Near Sinjar, a strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL mortar system.
  • Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL improvised weapons factory and destroyed an ISIL command and control node, an ISIL headquarters and an ISIL bed-down location.

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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