January 7, 2016
Release # 20160107-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Jan. 6, coalition military forces
continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition
military forces conducted 14 strikes using fighter, attack, and bomber
aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes
coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery,
fighter, fighter-attack, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last
* Near Manbij, 14 strikes destroyed 24 ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL
buildings, suppressed an ISIL vehicle's movement, and denied ISIL access to
* Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes struck an ISIL staging facility and an ISIL
* Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
* Near Albu Hayat, one strike destroyed 30 ISIL rockets, an ISIL rocket rail,
and an ISIL building.
* Near Habbaniyah, two strikes destroyed two ISIL staging areas, two ISIL
buildings, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL tactical vehicle.
* Near Haditha, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed
three ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED), an ISIL fighting
position, two ISIL vehicles, and wounded an ISIL fighter.
* Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL VBIED factory.
* Near Mosul, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 11 ISIL
fighting positions, three ISIL bed down locations, an ISIL tunnel, and four
ISIL assembly areas.
* Near Ramadi, six strikes struck two large ISIL tactical units and destroyed
13 ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL heavy machine guns, four ISIL VBIED
staging facilities, an ISIL staging area, three ISIL buildings, three ISIL
tactical vehicles, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
* Near Sinjar, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed
three ISIL fighting positions.
Additionally, one strike from Jan. 5 was not included on the Jan. 6 strike
* Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL
building, and cratered an ISIL used road.
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.