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Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, Dec. 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

Attack, bomber, fighter, remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery conducted 10 strikes in Syria:

-- Near Raqqah, four strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and a chemical storage area and destroyed a vehicle bomb decoy, a command-and-control node, a communications node, a weapons storage facility and a fighting position.

-- Near Ayn Isa, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed five fighting positions and two vehicle bombs.

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed an ISIL oil wellhead.

-- Near Manbij, a strike destroyed an ISIL headquarters building.

-- Near Palmyra, a strike destroyed 20 oil tanker trucks.

Strikes in Iraq

Attack, fighter, rotary and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 10 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq's government:

-- Near Mosul, nine strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units, destroying seven ISIL-held buildings, five vehicles, 10 fighting positions, eight front-end loaders, three mortar systems, two weapon caches, an excavator, an armored vehicle and a heavy weapons system. Eleven supply routes and two ISIL compounds were damaged. An ISIL tactical unit was suppressed.

-- Near Tal Afar, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a front-end loader, two dump trucks and a tunnel entrance.

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 it poses to Iraq, Syria, the region and the wider international community. The destruction of targets in Syria and Iraq further limits ISIL's ability to project terror and conduct operations, officials said.

Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Syria include the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

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