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 Saturday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported on Sunday.

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

Strikes in Syria

Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 10 strikes in Syria:

  • Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed two oil pump jacks and damaged two supply routes.
  • Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed four oil well heads and four oil tanker trucks.
  • Near Manbij, five strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions and a vehicle.
  • Near Mar’a, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions and a vehicle.

Strikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft, as well as rocket artillery, conducted nine strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

  • Near Al Huwayjah, a strike destroyed an ISIL modular oil refinery.
  • Near Al Qaim, a strike destroyed an ISIL homemade explosives cache.
  • Near Bayji, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed a mortar system and a supply cache.
  • Near Hit, a strike destroyed a mortar system and a weapons cache.
  • Near Kisik, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a staging area.
  • Near Mosul, two strikes destroyed two ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL-held buildings, four tunnel entrances, and a command and control node.
  • Near Ramadi, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building.
  • Near Tal Afar, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed a mortar system and suppressed a mortar firing position.

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

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

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