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| Nov. 21, 2016
November 21: Military airstrikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA —
On Nov. 20, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 13 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, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.
* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed two tunnels.
* Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes destroyed 13 vehicles and damaged a supply route.
* Near Ayn Isa, six strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a weapons storage facility, and an artillery system.
* Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed six oil tanker trucks and four oil well heads.
* Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an ISIL IED factory.
* Near Bayji, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles and a sniper position.
* Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL headquarters building.
* Near Mosul, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed five mortar systems, five ISIL-held buildings, four VBIEDs, four tunnels, two vehicles, and an artillery system; damaged a bridge and a supply route, an ISIL-held building; and suppressed three tactical units.
* Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
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.