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Published:April 20th, 2016 12:39 EST
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Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq

By SOP newswire3

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 reported today.

Officials reported details of yesterday`s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

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Strikes in Syria

Attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted three strikes in Syria:

-- Near Manbij, a strike destroyed an ISIL artillery piece.

-- Near Mara, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units, destroying two ISIL fighting positions and damaging a third ISIL fighting position.

Strikes in Iraq

Bomber, ground-attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 21 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:

-- Near Fallujah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL cache and denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Habbaniyah, a strike produced inconclusive results.

-- Near Hit, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun.

-- Near Kirkuk, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL bulldozer and an ISIL assembly area.

-- Near Kisik, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units, destroying an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL assembly area, 24 ISIL rocket rails and an ISIL fighting position and denying ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Mosul, nine strikes struck an ISIL staging area, an ISIL-used power plant and four separate ISIL tactical units, destroying two ISIL assembly areas, three ISIL supply caches, an ISIL mortar system and two ISIL vehicles and denying ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Sinjar, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL supply cache and five ISIL asphalt steamrollers.

-- Near Tal Afar, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

In addition, officials said, coalition military forces using attack aircraft also struck inoperable coalition equipment Near Ayn Isa in Syria, in support of coalition operations, denying ISIL access to it.

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, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

http://www.defense.gov/News-Article-View/Article/738422/inherent-resolve-strikes-target-isil-in-syria-iraq

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