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Inherent Resolve Strikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq

From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 10, 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

Bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 13 strikes in Syria:

-- Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed two ISIL oil wellheads.

-- Near Raqqah, a strike struck an ISIL used-bridge.

-- Near Manbij, 11 strikes struck eight separate ISIL tactical units, suppressed an ISIL sniper position, and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL-used bridge.

Additionally, officials said three strikes were not reported on the July 9 release, due to an administrative error. The correct assessment reads:

-- Near Manbij, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL-used bridge.

Strikes in Iraq

Attack, ground-attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 10 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:

-- Near Bashir, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.

-- Near Beiji, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL tunnel.

-- Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL artillery piece and an ISIL bunker.

-- Near Mosul, a strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, denied ISIL access to terrain, and destroyed an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL excavator, four ISIL vehicles, an ISIL fighting position, six ISIL rockets and four ISIL rocket rails.

-- Near Ramadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Sultan Abdallah, 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 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.

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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