Counter-ISIL Strikes Hit
Terrorists in Syria, Iraq
From a Combined Joint Task Force
Operation Inherent Resolve News Release.
Southwest Asia — (DoD
News) — May 19, 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 aircraft conducted three strikes in Syria:
-- Near Manbij, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit
and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL mortar system.
Strikes in Iraq
Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery
conducted 14 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s
-- Near Baghdadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Albu Hayat, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb and an ISIL
-- Near Fallujah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Haditha, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL
-- Near Kisik, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL
fighting position and an ISIL assembly area.
-- Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed
three ISIL assembly areas and an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL
vehicle, two ISIL mortar systems and an ISIL mortar position.
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike struck an ISIL weapons cache.
-- Near Tal Afar, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit; destroyed five
ISIL assembly areas, two ISIL command and control nodes, two ISIL bed-down
locations, six ISIL supply caches and an ISIL staging area; and damaged an ISIL
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.
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