March 20, 2016
Release # 20160320-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ASIA — On March 19, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL
terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Iraq, coalition military forces
conducted 16 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government
of Iraq using rocket artillery and attack, fighter, and remotely piloted
aircraft against ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:
* Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle and suppressed two ISIL tactical units.
Near Habbaniyah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units,
and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL bunker.
Near Hit, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed four ISIL tactical vehicles, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised
explosive device (VBIED), two ISIL rocket rails, and an ISIL vehicle.
Near Kisik, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an
ISIL fighting position, an ISIL supply cache, and three ISIL rocket
rails and suppressed an ISIL sniper position.
* Near Mosul, four
strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL headquarters
and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas and suppressed an ISIL mortar
* Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed two ISIL supply caches and an ISIL headquarters.
* Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL supply cache and suppressed an ISIL rocket position.
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