Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Targets in Iraq
Military Strikes Continue
Against ISIL Targets in Iraq, Syria
From a Combined Joint Task Force
Operation Inherent Resolve News Release.
Southwest Asia — (DoD
News) — April 29, 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.
Operation Inherent Resolve - Targeted Operations Against ISIL
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of
results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
Attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted six strikes in
-- Near Raqqah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and
destroyed two ISIL vehicles.
-- Near Mara, five strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed six ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL mortar positions and an ISIL
Strikes in Iraq
Bomber, fighter and ground attack aircraft and rocket
artillery conducted 16 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of
-- Near Baghdadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit,
destroyed two ISIL heavy machine guns and an ISIL bunker and denied ISIL access
-- Near Fallujah, four strikes struck two separate large ISIL tactical units;
destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle and two ISIL-used
bridges; suppressed a separate ISIL tactical unit; and denied ISIL access to
-- Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed two ISIL
fighting positions and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Kisik, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units, destroyed an
ISIL assembly area and two ISIL tunnel entrances and denied ISIL access to
-- Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL fuel and service station and
suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
-- Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit, destroyed an
ISIL tunnel entrance and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Ramadi, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL
-- Near Sinjar, a strike destroyed an ISIL rocket 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. 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 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