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Press Release | Jan. 20, 2017

January 20: Military airstrikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq


January 20, 2017

Release # 20170120-01



SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Jan. 19, Coalition military forces conducted 31 strikes consisting of 86 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 39 engagements using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 47 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.



·         Near Al Bab, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and damaged a tactical vehicle.

·         Near Ar Raqqah, 18 strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units, destroyed five fighting positions, two tunnels, five tunnel entrances, and a weapons cache; and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.

·         Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an oil well head.

·         Near Palmyra, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a headquarters, two vehicles, and an ISIL-held building



·         Near Mosul, seven strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed 12 watercraft, five vehicles, a heavy machine gun, four mortars, a tunnel entrance, a bunker, a VBIED facility, a staging facility, eight shipping containers, and three VBIEDs; damaged 12 supply routes; and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.

·         Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.


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.