U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
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, and rocket artillery conducted 12 strikes in Syria:
- Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed an oil pump jack.
- Near Shadaddi, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle bomb.
- Near Raqqah, four strikes engaged two ISIL headquarters buildings and destroyed eight oil storage tanks, five oil tanker trucks and an oil refinement system.
- Near Ayn Isa, a strike destroyed a vehicle storage facility.
- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike engaged an ISIL headquarters building.
- Near Manbij, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, a fighting position and an ammunition depot.
Strikes in Iraq
Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft, and rocket artillery conducted nine strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
- Near Beiji, a strike destroyed a mortar position.
- Near Haditha, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit area and destroyed a heavy machine gun.
- Near Mosul, six strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and a sniper position, destroying six mortar systems, three vehicles, two heavy machine guns, two vehicle bombs and two command-and-control nodes. Four supply routes and two bridges were damaged. A tactical unit and a mortar system were suppressed.
- Near Rawah, a strike destroyed a vehicle bomb factory.
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)