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November 30: Military airstrikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Release No: 16-175 Nov. 30, 2016 PRINT | E-MAIL
November 30, 2016
Release # 20161130-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Nov. 29, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria
*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed two oil well heads and two oil pump jacks.
*       Near Al Shaddadi, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions and a vehicle.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike engaged an ISIL chemical weapons storage facility.

Iraq
*       Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged ISIL military equipment and a defensive position.
*       Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a tunnel.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed four VBIEDs, four mortar systems, three ISIL-held buildings, two vehicles, two weapon caches, and an ISIL compound; suppressed a mortar system; and damaged 22 supply routes and a tank.
*       Near Qayayyarah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed two vehicles, two ISIL-held buildings, a weapons cache, and a VBIED; and suppressed a heavy machine gun.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles.

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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