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 18 strikes in Syria:
-- Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed two oil pumpjacks.
-- Near Shadaddi, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a communications tower and a vehicle.
-- Near Raqqah, a strike destroyed an ISIL-held building.
-- Near Ayn Isa, 10 strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units, destroying an improvised bomb, three fighting positions and a weapons cache. Eight ISIL supply routes were damaged.
-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed five oil wellheads, an oil storage tank and an oil tanker truck.
-- Near Palmyra, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
Strikes in Iraq
Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery conducted nine strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Bashir, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle bomb.
-- Near Beiji, two strikes destroyed a cave entrance, four ISIL fighting positions, two weapons caches and a heavy machine gun.
-- Near Mosul, four strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units, destroying seven front-end loaders, three fighting positions, two ISIL-held buildings, two tractor trailer trucks, a vehicle, a land bridge and three tunnels. Six tunnels were damaged and two bridges were disabled.
-- Near Tal Afar, a strike destroyed an ISIL armored 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.