March 6th, 2016 10:17 EST
Coalition Strikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined 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
Rocket artillery and attack aircraft conducted two strikes in Syria:
-- Near Al Hawl, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed six ISIL buildings and two ISIL vehicles.
-- Near Palmyra, a strike destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and damaged an ISIL fighting position.
Strikes in Iraq
Ground attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 12 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq`s government:
-- Near Al Baghdadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL rocket rail and an ISIL mortar position.
-- Near Albu Hayat, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb.
-- Near Fallujah, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL bed down location.
-- Near Kisik, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, two ISIL mortar positions, four ISIL vehicle bombs, and seven ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Mosul, a strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
-- Near Qayyarah, a strike destroyed an ISIL rocket position.
-- Near Ramadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL staging area, an ISIL tunnel, and an ISIL front end loader.
-- Near Sinjar, a strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
-- Near Tal Afar, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
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, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
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