U.S., Coalition Continue Strikes Against ISIL 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, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 13 strikes in Syria:

-- Near Abu Kamal, a strike engaged an ISIL supply route.                                 

-- Near Raqqah, four strikes engaged three ISIL supply routes and destroyed a vehicle.                      

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike engaged an ISIL supply route.   

-- Near Manbij, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.

-- Near Mar’a, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two tactical units.   

-- Near Palmyra, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a heavy machine gun.     

Strikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted six strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:

-- Near Haditha, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit, damaged a tunnel system, and destroyed 11 rocket rails, six rocket systems, two vehicles, a weapons cache, and a mortar system.

-- Near Mosul, a strike destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.           

-- Near Qayyarah, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit, suppressed a rocket system, and destroyed an ISIL-held building, a command and control node, an artillery system, and a remotely piloted aircraft.

-- Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike engaged an ISIL weapons factory.   

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 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.