Military Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Syria
Military Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq
From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release.
Southwest Asia, May 16, 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
Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting
that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Operation Inherent Resolve - Targeted Operations Against ISIL Terrorists
Strikes in Syria
Bomber, fighter and attack aircraft conducted six strikes in Syria:
-- Near Abu Kamal, a strike struck an ISIL financial
-- Near Tanf, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and damaged an ISIL supply
-- Near Manbij, a strike destroyed an ISIL rocket rail.
-- Near Mara, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.
Strikes in Iraq
Bomber and fighter aircraft conducted eight strikes in Iraq, coordinated with
and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Albu Hayat, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Rutbah, a strike destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions and denied ISIL
access to terrain.
-- Near Habbaniyah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL bunker, an ISIL front end loader,
an ISIL artillery piece and an ISIL recoilless rifle.
-- Near Kisik, a strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
-- Near Mosul, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed two ISIL vehicles and three ISIL assembly areas.
Additionally, a May 13 strike in Iraq near Albu Hayat was not reported due to
administrative error. The strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb-making facility.
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, 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