May 13, 2016
Release # 20160513-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ASIA — On May 12, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL
terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces
conducted seven strikes using attack, fighter, bomber, and remotely
piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition
military forces conducted 14 strikes coordinated with and in support of
the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and bomber, 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 Al Shadaddi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
* Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions.
Near Mar'a, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL fighting position, and an ISIL mortar
* Near Tamakh, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical
unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL bunker and damaged a
separate ISIL bunker.
* Near Waleed, one strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL weapons cache.
* Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.
* Near Bashir, one strike denied ISIL access to terrain.
* Near Fallujah, one strike destroyed four ISIL tunnel systems and an ISIL weapons cache.
* Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
* Near Qayyarah, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL vehicles and five ISIL rocket rails.
Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed two ISIL tactical vehicles, two ISIL vehicle borne improvised
explosive devices (VBIED), five ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL fighting
* Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun.
Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and
destroyed an ISIL rocket rail, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL mortar
* Near Tal Afar, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
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