U.S., Coalition Continue Strikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq
From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release
SOUTHWEST ASIA, May 13, 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 seven strikes in Syria:
-- Near Shadaddi, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Manbij, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Mara, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL mortar position.
-- Near Tamakh, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit, destroying an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL bunker and damaging a separate ISIL bunker.
-- Near Waleed, a strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
Strikes in Iraq
Rocket artillery and bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 14 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:
-- Near Baghdadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL weapons cache.
-- Near Albu Hayat, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Bashir, a strike denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Fallujah, a strike destroyed four ISIL tunnel systems and an ISIL weapons cache.
-- Near Mosul, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
-- Near Qayyarah, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL vehicles and five ISIL rocket rails.
-- Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL tactical vehicles, two ISIL vehicle-borne bombs, five ISIL vehicles and an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Sinjar, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun.
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL rocket rail, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL mortar system.
-- Near Tal Afar, a strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
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, 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.
Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Syria include the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
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