Counter-ISIL Strikes Target 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 Monday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported on Tuesday.

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

Strikes in Syria

Bomber, fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted nine strikes in Syria:

  • Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed inoperable coalition equipment.
  • Near Raqqah, a strike destroyed an ISIL oil pumpjack.
  • Near Manbij, six strikes engaged four separate ISIL tactical units, destroying a fighting position, a vehicle, a tank and two vehicle bombs.
  • Near Palmyra, a strike destroyed 10 ISIL weapons cache bunkers.

Strikes in Iraq

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

  • Near Albu Hayat, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and a medium machine gun.
  • Near Mosul, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four rocket rails.
  • Near Ramadi, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed two fighting positions, a vehicle, a command-and-control node and a heavy machine gun.
  • Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions.
  • Near Tal Afar, a strike destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and a mortar system.

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 it poses to Iraq, Syria, the region and the wider international community. The destruction of targets in Syria and Iraq further limits ISIL’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, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

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