Defense Department News

Counter-ISIL Strikes Hit Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Nov. 26, 2016

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, fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 15 strikes in Syria:

-- Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed four oil wellheads and an oil pumpjack.

-- Near Raqqah, six strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units and a storage facility, destroying two vehicles, a command-and-control node and a fighting position.

-- Near Ayn Isa, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed three oil refinement equipment pieces, three oil storage tanks and an oil wellhead.

-- Near Manbij, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three fighting positions.

Strikes in Iraq

Attack, fighter, rotary and remotely piloted aircraft conducted eight strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

-- Near Huwayjah, a strike engaged a vehicle bomb-making facility.

-- Near Haditha, a strike destroyed a vehicle bomb.

-- Near Mosul, five strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroying three vehicles, three ISIL-held buildings, three mortar systems, a vehicle bomb-making facility, a vehicle bomb, a supply cache, a watercraft, and a fighting position. A vehicle bomb-making facility and seven roads were degraded. A mortar system was suppressed.

-- Near Tal Afar, 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 Syria include the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, 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.