Military Airstrikes Target ISIL Terrorists, Revenue Sources
From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release
SOUTHWEST ASIA, October 16, 2015 – U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Coalition aircraft struck elements of the Qayyarah Oil Refinery in Iraq just after midnight Oct. 16, local time, as part of the coalition's effort to disrupt ISIL's financing from illegally-gained oil revenue. This strike was conducted in coordination with and in support of the Iraq's government.
The Qayyarah Oil Refinery was used by ISIL to produce oil for the black market to fund their terrorist activities. This site was also used to store weapons and as a base of operations to facilitate attacks in the area.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Airstrikes in Syria
Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted three airstrikes in Syria:
-- Near Aleppo, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Washiyah, one strike struck an ISIL improvised explosive device cluster.
-- Near Mar'a, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL motorcycle.
Airstrikes in Iraq
Attack, bomber, fighter, ground attack, remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 21 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq:
-- Near Baghdadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building and an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb.
-- Near Beiji, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and damaged an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL tunnel.
-- Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Mosul, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, three ISIL fighting positions, and suppressed an ISIL rocket position.
-- Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed two separate ISIL vehicle bomb facilities.
-- Near Ramadi, seven strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL mortar position, seven ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL improvised explosive device cluster, four ISIL vehicles, two ISIL tactical vehicles, an ISIL supply pile, two ISIL boats, and breached two ISIL obstacles and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed 11 ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Tal Afar, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, 49 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL cache, and wounded an ISIL fighter.
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 conducting airstrikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
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