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 yesterday.

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

Strikes in Syria

Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 11 strikes in Syria:

  • Near Raqqah, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
  • Near Ayn Isa, five strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions.
  • Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes damaged an ISIL supply route and destroyed three oil wellheads.
  • Near Manbij, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.

Strikes in Iraq

Rocket artillery and attack, fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft conducted nine strikes in Iraq:

  • Near Baghdad, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
  • Near Haditha, a strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
  • Near Mosul, six strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and a staging area; destroyed five storage containers, five mortar systems, two vehicles, a vehicle bomb, and a weapons cache; damaged five tunnels; and suppressed two ISIL tactical units.
  • Near Qayyarah, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a mortar system and an ISIL-held building.
  • Near Rawah, a strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.

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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