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 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 conducted 17 strikes in Syria:
- Near Raqqa, six strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; damaged a supply route and an ISIL training camp; and destroyed seven oil production machines, one vehicle.
- Near Ayn Isa, nine strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units, damaged a supply route, and destroyed two artillery pieces, two fighting positions and a tank.
- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed one oil well head.
- Near Manbij, a strike destroyed an armored vehicle.
Strikes in Iraq
Attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted six strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:
- Near Qaim, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a vehicle bomb.
- Near Mosul, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL-held buildings, a roadside bomb, two vehicle bombs, a vehicle bomb-making facility, and a mortar system.
- Near Rawah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two bunkers and 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 a 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 they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to project terror and conduct operations, officials said.
Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Iraq include the Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Syria include the Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
(Source: US Dept of Defense)