February 17, 2016
Release # 20160217-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Feb. 16, coalition military forces
continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition
military forces conducted eight strikes using attack, ground-attack, fighter,
and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq,
coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes coordinated with and in support
of the Government of Iraq using fighter, attack, and remotely piloted aircraft
against ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last
* Near Al Hasakah, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed two ISIL vehicles, four ISIL buildings, and an ISIL fighting
* Near Al Hawl, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed two ISIL buildings and an ISIL vehicle.
* Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes cratered an ISIL-used road.
* Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an
ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL mortar system.
* Near Mosul, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL supply cache and suppressed an
ISIL mortar position.
* Near Ramadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL
bed down locations, an ISIL command and control node, two ISIL-used bridges,
and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) facility.
* Near Sinjar, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
* Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes destroyed five ISIL fighting positions and
an ISIL heavy machine gun.
* Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel.
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.