January 15, 2016
Release # 20160115-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Jan. 14, 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 19
strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack,
fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last
* Near Mar'a, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and
wounded an ISIL fighter.
* Near Manbij, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
* Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL gas and oil separation plant.
* Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed three ISIL tunnel entrances.
* Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an
ISIL fighting position.
* Near Balad, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL
fighting position and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
* Near Habbaniyah, one strike denied ISIL access to terrain.
* Near Kisik, one strike destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions.
* Near Mosul, seven strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units, an ISIL
headquarters, and an ISIL improvised explosive device (IED) factory and
destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL
vehicles, nine ISIL assembly areas, two weapons caches, an ISIL bunker, an ISIL
command and control node, and suppressed an ISIL rocket position.
* Near Ramadi, five strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), three ISIL
vehicles, an ISIL heavy machine gun, four ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL
mortar system, an ISIL staging area, cratered an ISIL-used road, and denied
ISIL access to terrain.
* Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed
an ISIL fighting position.
* Near Tikrit, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.
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.