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November 25: Military airstrikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq
Release No: 16-168 Nov. 25, 2016
November 25, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA —
On Nov. 24, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft, and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft, and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.
* Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed an oil well head and oil production equipment.
* Near An Tanf, one strike destroyed two rockets and a rocket launcher.
* Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a fighting position and a front-end loader.
* Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed two oil well heads and two oil tanker trucks.
* Near Manbij, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a weapons storage facility and a fighting position.
* Near Al Asad, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
* Near Mosul, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed three ISIL-held buildings, two mortar systems, two vehicles, a VBIED, an artillery system, and a weapons cache; damaged a supply route; and suppressed a mortar system.
* Near Rawah, one strike destroyed a VBIED factory.
* Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed a VBIED factory.
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.