Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq Thursday, 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, and rocket artillery conducted 12 strikes in Syria:

  • Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed one oil wellhead and some oil production equipment.
  • Near An Tanf, a strike destroyed two rockets and a rocket launcher.
  • Near Raqqah, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a fighting position and a front-end loader.
  • Near Ayn Isa, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
  • Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed two oil wellheads and two oil tanker trucks.
  • Near Manbij, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a weapons storage facility and a fighting position.

Strikes in Iraq

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

  • Near Asad, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
  • Near Mosul, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units, destroying three ISIL-held buildings, two mortar systems, two vehicles, a vehicle bomb, an artillery system and a weapons cache. A supply route was damaged and a mortar system was suppressed.
  • Near Rawah, a strike destroyed a vehicle bomb factory.
  • Near Tal Afar, 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)

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