March 27, 2016
Release # 20160327-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ASIA — On March 26, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL
terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces
conducted two strikes using attack and ground-attack aircraft against
ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted
19 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq
using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:
* Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Mar'a, one strike destroyed six ISIL fighting positions.
* Near Al Baghdadi, three strikes struck an ISIL staging facility.
* Near Hit, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Kisik, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
Near Mosul, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position, an ISIL anti-air artillery
piece and two ISIL fighting positions and suppressed an ISIL mortar
position and two ISIL tactical units.
* Near Qayyarah, three
strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL security
headquarters and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
* Near Sinjar, two strikes suppressed an ISIL rocket firing position and an ISIL mortar position.
Near Sultan Abdallah, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical
units and destroyed three ISIL assembly areas and suppressed two ISIL
mortar positions, an ISIL surface to air firing position, 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.
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