January 10, 2016
Release # 20160110-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Jan. 9, coalition military forces
continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition
military forces conducted 11 strikes using fighter, attack, bomber, 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, fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft against
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last
* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIL crane.
* Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units.
* Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL
* Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed 16 ISIL skid mounted gas and oil
* Near Manbij, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL bunker, and wounded an ISIL
* Near Mar'a, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL
fighting positions and damaged an ISIL building.
* Near Washiyah, one strike destroyed an ISIL excavator.
* Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an
ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL building, and wounded an ISIL fighter.
* Near Habbaniyah, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and denied
ISIL access to terrain.
* Near Haditha, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Kisik, two strikes destroyed five ISIL assembly areas and denied ISIL
access to terrain.
* Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL headquarters building and destroyed an
* Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL
weapons caches, and two ISIL assembly areas.
* Near Ramadi, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL
tactical vehicle, an ISIL training facility, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised
explosive device (VBIED), an ISIL recoilless rifle, wounded three ISIL
fighters, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
* Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL-used bridge.
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.