Military Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq
SOUTHWEST ASIA --
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
Bomber and attack aircraft conducted eight strikes in Syria:
-- Near Abu Kamal, a strike struck an ISIL wellhead.
-- Near Raqqah, a strike destroyed an ISIL workover rig, a pumpjack and an oil tanker truck.
-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes struck an ISIL wellhead and a staging area.
-- Near Manbij, four strikes struck four ISIL tactical units and destroyed a fighting position.
Strikes in Iraq
Fighter aircraft and rocket artillery conducted eight strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Baghdadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL repeater tower.
-- Near Haditha, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed a fighting position and damaged a tunnel entrance.
-- Near Kisik, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and a tunnel entrance.
-- Near Qayyarah, four strikes struck an ISIL training camp; destroyed two rocket rails, a fighting position, two mortar positions, a tunnel entrance, two assembly areas, an anti-air artillery system, six repeater tower generators and a communications tower;, suppressed a rocket firing position and two mortar firing positions; and denied access to terrain.
-- Near Ramadi, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
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, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.