Coalition Strikes Hit ISIL Targets in Syria, Iraq
From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release
SOUTHWEST ASIA, May 24, 2016 – U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted seven strikes in Syria:
-- Near Shaddadi, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Raqqah, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL military garrison.
-- Near Ayn Isa, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
Strikes in Iraq
Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 12 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq's government:
-- Near Baghdadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb.
-- Near Fallujah, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL light machine gun, an ISIL front end loader, an ISIL mortar system, three ISIL vehicle bomb storage facilities, two ISIL rocket positions and three ISIL mortar positions.
-- Near Kisik, a strike struck an ISIL improvised explosive device storage facility.
-- Near Mosul, four strikes destroyed two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL vehicle bomb, an ISIL mortar system and an ISIL fighting position and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
-- Near Qayyarah, a strike struck two ISIL headquarters.
-- Near Sinjar, 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.
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 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, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
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