May 14, 2016
Release # 20160514-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ASIA — On May 13, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL
terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces
conducted five strikes using attack, fighter, ground-attack, and
remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq,
coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes coordinated with and in
support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and 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, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL rocket rail.
* Near Mar'a, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions.
Near Al Baghdadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed
an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL command and control node.
Albu Hayat, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an
ISIL fighting position and an ISIL weapons cache.
* Near Ar
Rutbah, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL headquarters,
an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) facility, and
an ISIL staging facility.
* Near Bayji, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL bunker.
* Near Fallujah, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
Near Habbaniyah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units
and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL
anti-air artillery piece.
* Near Haditha, one strike destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.
* Near Qayyarah, three strikes struck an ISIL headquarters and destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle and an ISIL mortar system.
* Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed an ISIL tunnel system and an ISIL road-roller.
on May 13, one strike was erroneously reported due to an administrative
error. There were no strikes conducted near Waleed, Syria.
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