March 12, 2016
Release # 20160312-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA — On March 11, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL
terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces
conducted eight strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted
aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military
forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the
Government of Iraq using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:
* Near Al Hawl, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL mortar systems.
* Near Dayr Ar Zawr, one strike struck an ISIL gas and oil separation plant well head.
Near Manbij, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed five ISIL vehicles and an ISIL fighting position.
Mar'a, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL artillery piece, two ISIL weapons caches, 10 ISIL
fighting positions, and an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
* Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
* Near Hit, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
Near Ramadi, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL rocket position, two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL fighting
position and three ISIL tunnel systems and denied ISIL access to
* Near Sinjar, two strikes struck two separate ISIL
tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL
Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.
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.
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, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United
States. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include
Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi
Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United