April 03, 2016
Release # 20160403-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ASIA — On April 2, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL
terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces
conducted four strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted
aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military
forces conducted 22 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 Manbij, two strikes destroyed an ISIL rocket rail system and two ISIL fighting positions.
Near Mar'a, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed
an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).
* Near Fallujah, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Haditha, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun.
Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an
ISIL used-bridge, an ISIL VBIED factory, 22 ISIL boats, and an ISIL bed
down location and denied ISIL access to terrain.
* Near Kirkuk,
two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL assembly
areas, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL VBIED, and an ISIL vehicle.
Near Mosul, six strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed two ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL machine gun, and two ISIL
* Near Qayyarah, six strikes struck an ISIL tactical
unit and an ISIL weapons storage facility and destroyed four ISIL mortar
firing positions, an ISIL supply cache, an ISIL VBIED production
facility, and 13 ISIL staging areas.
* Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.
* Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL assembly areas and an ISIL vehicle.
* Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
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 a 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