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 and remotely piloted aircraft conducted seven strikes in Syria:
-- Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed 19 ISIL oil tanker trucks and two oil well heads.
-- Near Shadaddi, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
-- Near Raqqah, a strike destroyed an ISIL oil pump jack.
-- Near Ayn Isa, a strike engaged an ISIL headquarters building and a staging area.
-- Near Mar’a, a strike destroyed an ISIL roadside bomb.
-- Near Palmyra, a strike destroyed two ISIL vehicles.
Strikes in Iraq
Attack, bomber, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 11 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:
-- Near Huwayjah, a strike engaged an ISIL headquarters building.
-- Near Mosul, six strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and an ISIL media center; damaged two T-walls; suppressed another mortar system; and destroyed an ISIL-held building, five rocket rails, four fighting positions, two supply caches, two vehicles, an anti-air artillery system, a mortar system, and a headquarters building.
-- Near Qayyarah, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building, an ISIL vehicle, and a weapons cache.
-- Near Sinjar, a strike engaged an ISIL media center.
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes engaged an ISIL weapons storage facility and a headquarters building.
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.