March 5, 2016
Release # 20160305-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA — On March 4, coalition military forces continued
to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military
forces conducted two strikes using rocket artillery and attack 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,
ground-attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last
* Near Al Hawl, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed six
ISIL buildings and two ISIL vehicles.
* Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and damaged an
ISIL fighting position.
* Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL rocket rail and an ISIL mortar
* Near Albu Hayat, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised
explosive device (VBIED).
* Near Fallujah, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an
ISIL bed down location.
* Near Kisik, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed
two ISIL vehicles, two ISIL mortar positions, four ISIL VBIEDs, and seven ISIL
* Near Mosul, one strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
* Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed an ISIL rocket position.
* Near Ramadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL
fighting position, an ISIL staging area, an ISIL tunnel, and an ISIL front end
* Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
* Near Tal Afar, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL
Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base
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.