Counter-ISIL Strikes Hit
Terrorists in Syria, Iraq
From a Combined Joint Task Force
Operation Inherent Resolve News Release.
Southwest Asia — (DoD
News) — June 16, 2016 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to
attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq
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
Bomber, attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft
conducted seven strikes in Syria:
-- Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed four ISIL oil well
-- Near Manbij, six strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle and six ISIL
Strikes in Iraq
Bomber, ground-attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft
and rocket artillery conducted 20 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in
support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed an ISIL bunker and
suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Huwayjah, a strike struck an ISIL oil compound.
-- Near Beiji, a strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
-- Near Fallujah, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed 10 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL light
machine gun, an ISIL vehicle bomb, two ISIL rocket-propelled grenade systems and
an ISIL recoilless rifle and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Haditha, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL
-- Near Kisik, a strike struck an ISIL foreign fighter weapons storage facility.
-- Near Mosul, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed two ISIL vehicles.
-- Near Qayyarah, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and an
ISIL vehicle bomb-making facility and destroyed four ISIL assembly areas, two
ISIL mortar systems, five ISIL vehicles, two ISIL tunnel systems, two ISIL
bunkers and an ISIL command-and-control node.
-- Near Ramadi, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL
fighting position, an ISIL staging area, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL rocket
propelled grenade system and an ISIL light machine gun.
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed
eight ISIL rocket systems and an ISIL assembly area and suppressed a separate
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 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