May 02, 2016
Release # 20160502-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ASIA — On May 1, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL
terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces
conducted seven strikes using attack, ground-attack and fighter aircraft
against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces
conducted 18 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government
of Iraq using attack, ground-attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:
* Near Al Hawl, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units
and destroyed two ISIL staging areas and two ISIL vehicles.
* Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL crane.
* Near Mar'a, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions.
* Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
Near Fallujah, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an
ISIL weapons cache, five ISIL tunnel entrances, four ISIL bunkers, and
denied ISIL access to terrain.
* Near Habbaniyah, one strike
destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL bunker, 12 ISIL boats, an ISIL fuel
truck and denied ISIL access to terrain.
* Near Hit, two strikes
struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting
positions and an ISIL mortar system.
* Near Kirkuk, two strikes
struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL
vehicles, two ISIL tunnel systems, three ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL
command and control node, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
* Near Kisik, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL tunnel system, and an two ISIL mortar systems.
Near Mosul, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL
financial center and destroyed an ISIL mortar system, and suppressed an
ISIL mortar position.
* Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
* Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed two ISIL machine guns and two ISIL mortar systems.
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