U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Wednesday, conducting 34 strikes consisting of 81 engagements, 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
In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes consisting of 46 engagements against ISIS targets:
- Near Abu Kamal, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
- Near Dayr Az Zawr; six strikes destroyed five ISIS wellheads, three tunnels and an ISIS oil storage tank.
- Near Palmyra, two strikes destroyed three tunnels.
- Near Raqqa, a strike destroyed a command-and-control node.
- Near Tabqah, 18 strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units; destroyed nine fighting positions, four vehicles, two tactical vehicles and a vehicle-borne bomb; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.
Strikes in Iraq
In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 35 engagements against ISIS targets:
- Near Kirkuk, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and damaged a fighting position.
- Near Mosul, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and a sniper team; destroyed four rocket-propelled-grenade systems, four medium machine guns, two ISIS staging areas, an artillery system, a supply cache, a vehicle-borne bomb, a mortar system and a fighting position.
Part of Operation Inherent Resolve
These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said.
The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted.
Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect. For example, task force officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-held buildings and weapon systems in a compound, having the cumulative effect of making that facility harder or impossible to use. Strike assessments are based on initial reports and may be refined, officials said.
The task force does 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.
(Source: US Dept of Defense)