Counter-ISIL Strikes Target
Terrorists in Syria, Iraq
From a Combined Joint Task Force
Operation Inherent Resolve News Release.
Southwest Asia — (DoD
News) — April 28, 2016 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued
to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria
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 and ground attack aircraft conducted seven strikes in
-- Near Ayn Isa, a strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
-- Near Mara, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed two ISIL fighting position and four ISIL vehicles.
-- Near Washiyah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL command and control node and five ISIL vehicles.
Strikes in Iraq
Bomber, fighter and ground attack aircraft conducted 15
strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Baghdadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit
and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL bunker and two
ISIL vehicle bombs.
-- Near Huwayjah, a strike struck an ISIL logistics facility.
-- Near Fallujah, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit; destroyed four
ISIL rocket rails, four ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL staging area; and
suppressed an ISIL rocket position.
-- Near Hit, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units; destroyed an
ISIL fighting position, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL-used bridge; and
denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Mosul, a strike struck a weapons facility.
-- Near Qayyarah, five strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed five ISIL mortar positions, four ISIL assembly areas, two ISIL vehicle
bombs, and denied ISIL access to terrain and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
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
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
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