January 28, 2016
Release # 20160128-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Jan. 27, coalition military forces
continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition
military forces conducted five strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely
piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 15
strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket
artillery and attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last
* Near Palmyra, one strike struck an ISIL improvised explosives manufacturing
* Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes struck an ISIL headquarters and destroyed two
ISIL cranes and two ISIL workover rigs.
* Near Mar'a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL
* Near Al Baghdadi, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed three ISIL rocket caches, two ISIL rocket rails, four ISIL mortar
tubes, an ISIL heavy machine gun, and an ISIL vehicle, and suppressed an ISIL
* Near Habbaniyah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Ramadi, eight strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed six ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED), an ISIL
vehicle, an ISIL staging area, an ISIL fighting position, and an ISIL mortar
position, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
* Near Sinjar, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL
heavy machine gun, an ISIL light machine gun, and five ISIL fighting positions.
* Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
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.