December 31, 2015
Release # 20151231-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Dec. 30, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL
terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces
conducted seven strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft. In
Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes coordinated with
and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, attack, and
bomber aircraft against ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:
* Near Ayn Isa, two strikes destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL building.
Near Mar'a, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL fighting position, and wounded four
* Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
Near Mosul, nine strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, two ISIL staging
locations, three ISIL headquarters, and destroyed 21 ISIL fighting
* Near Ramadi, five strikes struck two separate ISIL
tactical units and destroyed an ISIL staging area, 10 ISIL fighting
positions, seven ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL sniper position, an
ISIL rocket propelled grenade position, and denied ISIL access to
* Near Sinjar, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit
and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position and
suppressed an ISIL mortar position and a light machine gun position.
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.
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, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include
Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United
Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.