U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq on Saturday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported on Sunday.
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 12 strikes in Syria:
- Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed an ISIL oil pump jack and two oil well heads and damaged seven supply routes.
- Near Raqqah, two strikes destroyed two ISIL tactical vehicles.
- Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed seven ISIL oil tanker trucks and damaged eight supply routes.
- Near Mara, five strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed an artillery system and three fighting positions and damaged a fighting position.
Strikes in Iraq
Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted seven strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:
- Near Qaim, three strikes destroyed an ISIL weapons cache and two vehicle-bomb facilities.
- Near Hit, two strikes destroyed an ISIL headquarters building, a command-and-control node and a weapons facility.
- Near Mosul, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, two mortar systems and an artillery system.
- Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
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 Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Syria include the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
(Source: US Dept of Defense)