March 19, 2016
Release # 20160319-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ASIA — On March 18, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL
terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces
conducted one strike using fighter aircraft against ISIL targets.
Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes
coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket
artillery and ground-attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIL
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:
* Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed an ISIL rocket position and an ISIL mortar position.
* Near Al Baghdadi, four strikes struck two ISIL bed down locations and two ISIL staging areas.
* Near Al Huwayja, one strike destroyed an ISIL anti-air artillery piece.
* Near Fallujah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units.
Near Hit, seven strikes struck an ISIL training camp, two ISIL vehicle
borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) factories, an ISIL improvised
explosive device (IED) factory and two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL tunnel, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL supply cache, and an
* Near Kisik, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL bunker and two ISIL assembly areas.
Near Mosul, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL assembly area, an ISIL supply cache, and three ISIL
vehicles and damaged an ISIL-used bridge section and suppressed an ISIL
* Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar position and an ISIL vehicle.
Near Sinjar, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an
ISIL vehicle and suppressed an ISIL fighting position.
on the March 18 release, two strikes were duplicated in AL Hawl and
Mar'a, Syria due to administrative error. The following is a summary of
the correct strikes in both Al Hawl and Mar'a from the March 18 release:
Near Al Hawl, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL fighting position, and damaged an ISIL fighting
* Near Mar'a, four strikes struck four separate ISIL
tactical units and destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions, and damaged
an ISIL fighting 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