March 2, 2016
Release # 20160302-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Mar. 1, coalition military forces
continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition
military forces conducted seven strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely
piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military
forces conducted 14 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government
of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last
* Near Al Hawl, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
* Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL security headquarters.
* Near Manbij, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed two ISIL buildings and two ISIL mortar positions.
* Near Mar'a, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL
* Near Al Qaim, one strike struck an ISIL headquarters.
* Near Albu Hayat, one strike suppressed an ISIL artillery piece.
* Near Bayji, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Fallujah, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an
ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position.
* Near Habbaniyah, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
* Near Mosul, three strikes struck an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive
device (VBIED) facility and an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL
vehicles and two ISIL assembly areas.
* Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units.
* Near Sinjar, two strikes destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
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.