March 28, 2016
Release # 20160328-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ASIA — On March 27, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL
terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces
conducted four strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft
against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces
conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government
of Iraq using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:
* Near Mar'a, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions.
* Near Manbij, one strike destroyed two ISIL bed down locations and two ISIL fighting positions.
Near Mosul, four strikes struck an ISIL security headquarters and an
ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and suppressed an
ISIL mortar position and an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Qayyarah,
three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four
ISIL mortar positions, an ISIL machine gun, and an ISIL supply cache
and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
* Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and
destroyed five ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL assembly area.
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.
artillery fired in counter-fire or in fire support to maneuver roles
are not classified as an operational strike as defined by CJTF-OIR.
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.
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