Strikes Continue Against 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 the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 15 strikes in Syria:
-- Near Ar Raqqah, 13 strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units; destroyed four fighting positions, three car bombs, three tactical vehicles, a command and control node, a tunnel, an oil tanker truck, a front-end loader and damaged three supply routes.
-- Near Dayr Ar Zawr, two strikes destroyed three oil wellheads.
Strikes in Iraq
Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted seven strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government: attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets:
-- Near Haditha, a strike destroyed a bunker.
-- Near Kirkuk, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a tunnel.
-- Near Mosul, four strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed four fighting positions, two heavy machine guns, two watercraft, an ISIL headquarters building, a car bomb and damaged eight supply routes.
-- Near Sinjar, a strike destroyed a mortar system and a fighting position.
-- Near Mosul, Jan. 12, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position. This event was not previously reported.
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 they pose to Iraq, Syria, 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 Syria include the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.