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May 19: Military airstrikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Release No: UNRELEASED May 19, 2016 PRINT | E-MAIL

May 19, 2016
Release # 20160519-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA On May 18, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three strikes using attack 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, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria
* Near Manbij, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL mortar system.

Iraq
* Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
* Near Albu Hayat, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) and an ISIL front end loader.
* Near Fallujah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Haditha, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
* Near Kisik, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL assembly area.
* Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL assembly areas and an ISIL vehicle.
* Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL mortar systems, and an ISIL mortar position.
* Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL weapons cache.
* Near Tal Afar, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL assembly areas, two ISIL command and control nodes, two ISIL bed down locations, six ISIL supply caches, an ISIL staging area and damaged an ISIL oil tanker.
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.

Ground-based 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 States.