January 29, 2016
Release # 20160129-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Jan. 28, coalition military forces
continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition
military forces conducted 10 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely
piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 14
strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket
artillery and fighter-attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last
* Near Al Hasakah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and suppressed an
* Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL gas and oil separation plant.
* Near Manbij, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL building.
* Near Mar'a, five strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and disabled an ISIL vehicle.
* Near Palmyra, one strike struck an ISIL improvised explosives manufacturing
* Near Al Asad, two strikes struck an ISIL staging area and destroyed an ISIL
* Near Al Huwayjah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Habbaniyah, one strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL
* Near Mosul, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL
* Near Ramadi, five strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL
vehicle, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), an ISIL
tactical vehicle, an ISIL bunker, cratered two ISIL-used roads, and denied ISIL
access to terrain.
* Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL
* Near Hit, one strike damaged an ISIL-used bridge.
Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base
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 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, 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.