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March 7: Military airstrikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Release No: UNRELEASED March 7, 2016 PRINT | E-MAIL

March 7, 2016
Release # 20160307-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On March 6, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted six strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using 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 Al Hasakah, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building, four ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
* Near Ayn Isa, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
* Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq
* Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.
* Near Fallujah, one strike destroyed an ISIL front-end loader.
* Near Habbaniyah, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
* Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL rocket rail.
* Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Qayyarah, one strike struck an ISIL used bridge.
* Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.
* Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position, and three ISIL fighting positions.
* Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar position and three ISIL fighting positions.
* Near Tikrit, two strikes struck an ISIL improvised weapons factory and an ISIL headquarters.

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 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.