April 22, 2016
Release # 20160422-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ASIA — On April 21, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL
terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces
conducted seven strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted
aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military
forces conducted 22 strikes coordinated with and in support of the
Government of Iraq using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft
against ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:
Near Abu Kamal, two strikes struck an ISIL bed down location and an
ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) facility.
* Near Manbij, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units.
Near Mar'a, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL vehicle, and two ISIL fighting
* Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes struck an ISIL bunker complex and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
* Near Bayji, one strike destroyed three ISIL bunkers.
Near Fallujah, eight strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units
and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun,
three ISIL vehicles, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
Kirkuk, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL command and control node, an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL
assembly areas, and an ISIL VBIED storage facility.
* Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL tunnel entrance.
Near Mosul, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL assembly area, and three ISIL
supply caches and suppressed two separate ISIL fighting positions.
* Near Qayyarah, one strike produced inconclusive results.
* Near Sinjar, two strikes destroyed an ISIL VBIED and two ISIL asphalt steamrollers.
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.
artillery fired in counter-fire or in fire support to maneuver roles
are not classified as a strike as defined by CJTF-OIR.
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.
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, France, Jordan, the Netherlands,
Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the