February 27, 2016
Release # 20160227-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Feb. 26, coalition military forces
continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition
military forces conducted eight strikes using ground-attack, attack, 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
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last
* Near Tal Abyad, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an
* Near Al Hawl, five strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed two ISIL buildings and an ISIL vehicle born improvised explosive
* Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL excavator.
* Near Al Hasakah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an
* Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed an ISIL front end loader, and an ISIL
* Near Fallujah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL
* Near Kirkuk, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Kisik, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
* Near Mosul, seven strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed two ISIL assembly areas, five ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL VBIED
facility, and an ISIL weapons storage facility and suppressed an ISIL mortar
position and two ISIL rocket fire positions.
* Near Qayyarah, one strike produced inconclusive results.
* Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
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, 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.