Coalition Strikes Hit ISIL Targets in Iraq, Syria
From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release
SOUTHWEST ASIA, June 06, 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
Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted eight strikes in Syria:
-- Near Shadaddi, a strike destroyed two ISIL excavators.
-- Near Raqqah, a strike destroyed an ISIL workover rig and an ISIL crane.
-- Near Manbij, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL bed-down location and an ISIL anti-air artillery piece.
-- Near Mara, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
Strikes in Iraq
Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 14 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq's government:
-- Near Albu Hayat, two strikes struck an ISIL training facility and destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.
-- Near Fallujah, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units, destroying seven ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle bomb factory, two ISIL vehicle bombs, an ISIL warehouse and an ISIL tunnel entrance and denying ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Habbaniyah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Haditha, a strike destroyed an ISIL artillery piece, an ISIL ammunition cache and an ISIL mortar system.
-- Near Mosul, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas.
-- Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed three ISIL mortar systems.
-- Near Rawah, a strike struck an ISIL staging facility.
-- Near Sinjar, a strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
-- Near Tal Afar, a strike destroyed an ISIL front-end loader.
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, 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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