Coalition Targets 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 on Tuesday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported yesterday.

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

Strikes in Syria

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

  • Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed two oil tanker trucks and an oil pumpjack.
  • Near Shadaddi, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed four vehicles and a fighting position.
  • Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed eight oil tanker trailers and an oil wellhead.
  • Near Mara, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
  • Near Washiyah, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two vehicles.

Strikes in Iraq

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

  • Near Haditha, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles, two weapons caches, an artillery system and an ISIL-held building.
  • Near Mosul, two strikes destroyed an ISIL-held building and a command and control node.
  • Near Qayyarah, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building and a vehicle.
  • Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
  • Near Tal Afar, a strike suppressed ISIL small arms fire.

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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