December 15, 2015
Release # 20151215-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Dec. 14, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL
terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces
conducted six strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft.
Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes
coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter
and bomber aircraft against ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:
* Near Ayn Isa, one strike wounded two ISIL fighters.
* Near Manbij, two strikes destroyed an ISIL excavator and an ISIL building.
Near Mar'a, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and wounded an ISIL fighter.
* Near Al Huwayjah, one strike struck an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) factory.
Near Ramadi, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed
three ISIL light machine guns, an ISIL heavy machine gun, four ISIL
fighting positions, an ISIL staging area, and denied ISIL access to
* Near Sinjar, three strikes struck two separate ISIL
tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL
heavy machine gun, an ISIL light machine gun, and halted an ISIL
Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.
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.
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, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include
Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United
Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.