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November 28: Military airstrikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Release No: 16-171 Nov. 28, 2016 PRINT | E-MAIL

November 28, 2016
Release # 20161128-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Nov. 27, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using attack, fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft, and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two oil tanker trucks, an oil tanker trailer, and a vehicle.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, four strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and an anti-air artillery system.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed three vehicles, two oil well heads, an oil tank, and an oil pump jack.
*       Near Ayn Isa, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a VBIED facility and a fighting position.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed four oil tanker trucks and two oil tanker trailers.

Iraq

*       Near Bashir, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles, two weapons caches, an ISIL-held building, engineering equipment, and a tunnel.
*       Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed four mortar systems, two vehicles, two ISIL-held buildings, two VBIEDs, two front end loaders, a command and control node, and a heavy machine gun; suppressed a mortar system; and degraded 11 roads and a bridge.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an unmanned aerial vehicle.
*       Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.


Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

A strike, as defined in the CJTF releases, means one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative effect for that location. So having a single aircraft deliver a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of buildings and vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making that facility (or facilities) harder or impossible to use. Accordingly, CJTF-OIR does 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. The information used to compile the daily strike releases is based on 'Z' or Greenwich Mean Time.
Ground-based artillery fired in counter-fire or in fire support to maneuver roles are not classified as a strike as defined by CJTF-OIR.

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 group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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