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

Release No: 16-032 July 28, 2016 PRINT | E-MAIL

July 28, 2016
Release # 20160728-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On July 27, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. 

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria
* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle. 
* Near Manbij, nine strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL tactical vehicle.
* Near Mar'a, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq
* Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed two ISIL mortar systems. 
* Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an ISIL-used safe house. 
* Near Fallujah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position. 
* Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL antenna, an ISIL unmanned aerial vehicle, 25 ISIL rocket rails, two ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL rocket, two ISIL rocket systems, and an ISIL fighting position. 
* Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and three ISIL vehicles.
* Near Mosul, one strike destroyed an ISIL excavator. 
* Near Qayyarah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
* Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
* Near Rawah, one strike struck an ISIL improvised explosive device factory. 
* Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle and an ISIL assembly area. 

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.

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, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.