April 29, 2016
Release # 20160429-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ASIA — On April 28, coalition military forces continued to
attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military
forces conducted six strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft
against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces
conducted 16 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government
of Iraq using rocket artillery and bomber, ground-attack, and fighter
aircraft against ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:
*Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles.
*Near Mar’a, five strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed six ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL mortar positions, and
an ISIL vehicle.
*Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes struck an
ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL heavy machine guns and an ISIL
bunker and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*Near Fallujah, four
strikes struck two separate large ISIL tactical units and destroyed
three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, and two ISIL-used
bridges and suppressed a separate ISIL tactical unit and denied ISIL
access to terrain.
*Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical
unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and denied ISIL access to
*Near Kisik, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical
units and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and two ISIL tunnel entrances
and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL fuel and service station and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and
destroyed an ISIL tunnel entrance and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*Near Ramadi, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
*Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL rocket position.
Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.
A 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.
The 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.
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