January 11, 2016
Release # 20160111-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Jan. 10, coalition military forces
continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition
military forces conducted 14 strikes using fighter, attack, and remotely
piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11
strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket
artillery and ground-attack fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft
against ISIL targets. Coalition military forces conducted one strike in Iraq in
support of Coalition operations using fighter aircraft.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last
* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIL pipeline fitter truck.
* Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two
* Near Ayn Isa, two strikes destroyed an ISIL bed down location, an ISIL
command and control node, an ISIL tunnel, and an ISIL vehicle.
* Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed three ISIL-used cranes and damaged a
separate ISIL-used crane.
* Near Manbij, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three
ISIL fighting positions.
* Near Mar'a, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and wounded
an ISIL fighter.
* Near Haditha, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
* Near Hit, one strike struck inoperable Coalition equipment denying ISIL
access in support of Coalition operations.
* Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL warehouse.
* Near Mosul, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL improvised
explosive device (IED) facility and destroyed 11 ISIL fighting positions and an
* Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an
* Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed two ISIL mortar positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns, and two ISIL
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.