May 29, 2016
Release # 2016029-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ASIA — On May 28, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL
terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces
conducted nine strikes using bomber, attack, and fighter aircraft
against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces
conducted 21 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government
of Iraq using attack and fighter aircraft and against ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:
Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes struck an ISIL vehicle borne improvised
explosive device (VBIED) factory and an ISIL weapons storage center.
Near Manbij, four strikes destroyed 11 ISIL fighting positions and an
ISIL ammunitions facility and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
Mar'a, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed two ISIL tactical vehicles and an ISIL vehicle.
* Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed an ISIL VBIED and an ISIL weapons cache.
Near Fallujah, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and
destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL vehicles, two ISIL
mortar systems, an ISIL VBIED, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL tunnel
entrance, and an ISIL heavy macine gun.
* Near Habbaniyah, two
strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting
position, 12 ISIL rocket rails, and an ISIL bunker.
* Near Hit,
one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL
fighting positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns, and an ISIL boat.
* Near Kisik, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL headquarters and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
Near Mosul, 12 strikes struck eight separate ISIL tactical units and an
ISIL headquarters and destroyed 15 ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL supply
cache, five ISIL weapons caches, four ISIL vehicles, two ISIL command
and control nodes and damaged an ISIL assembly area and suppressed three
ISIL tactical units.
* Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed five ISIL rocket rails with rockets.
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