Counter-ISIL Strikes Hit 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 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 and fighter aircraft conducted seven strikes in Syria:

  • Near Raqqah, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroying a vehicle, a fighting position and a supply cache.
  • Near Ayn Isa, two strikes damaged five ISIL supply routes.
  • Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed an oil wellhead.
  • Near Palmyra, a strike destroyed 168 oil tanker trucks.

Strikes in Iraq

Attack, fighter, rotary and remotely piloted aircraft conducted five strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

  • Near Bashir, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
  • Near Beiji, a strike destroyed an ISIL rocket system.
  • Near Mosul, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroying six vehicles, two front-end loaders, two vehicle bombs, an armored vehicle, an ISIL command-and-control facility, a heavy machine gun and a fighting position. An excavator and two supply routes were damaged. A tactical unit was suppressed.

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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