January 14, 2016
Release # 20160114-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Jan. 13, coalition military forces
continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition
military forces conducted three strikes using bomber and remotely piloted
aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes coordinated
with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, ground-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 Manbij, one strike destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions.
* Near Mar'a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed
an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position.
* Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive
device (VBIED) factory and an ISIL IED facility.
* Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL
* Near Mosul, four strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an
ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL vehicle, seven ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL
assembly areas, an ISIL-used culvert, disabled an ISIL front end loader, and
denied ISIL access to terrain.
* Near Ramadi, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed 14 ISIL fighting positions, destroyed two ISIL recoilless rifles, 12
ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL sniper positions, and an ISIL tactical
* Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL
heavy machine gun and an ISIL fighting position.
* Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL assembly area.
* Near Tal Afar, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL weapons cache, and five ISIL
* Near Bayji, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three
ISIL weapon caches.
* Near Habbaniyah, one strike destroyed three ISIL fuel tankers and an ISIL
command and control node.
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.