January 25, 2016
Release # 20160125-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Jan. 24, coalition military forces
continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition
military forces conducted three strikes using fighter, attack, and remotely
piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 16
strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket
artillery and attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last
* Near Abu Kamal, one strike struck an ISIL-used earthen bridge.
* Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed three ISIL cranes and damaged a fourth
* Near Al Hawl, one strike destroyed two ISIL buildings and an ISIL vehicle.
* Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed two ISIL weapons caches and an ISIL
* Near Kisik, two strikes destroyed three separate ISIL fighting positions and
suppressed an ISIL light machine gun.
* Near Mosul, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL communications
facility, and four ISIL fighting positions.
* Near Ramadi, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL barge, an ISIL sniper position, two ISIL bunkers, two ISIL
mortar positions, an ISIL weapons cache, three ISIL buildings, three ISIL
tactical vehicles, and cratered an ISIL-used earthen bridge.
* Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL
* Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed seven 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, 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.