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June 11: Military airstrikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Release No: UNRELEASED June 11, 2016 PRINT | E-MAIL

June 11, 2016
Release # 20160611-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA On June 10, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes using bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 18 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:

Syria
• Near Manbij, eight strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.
• Near Mar’a, five strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL tactical vehicle, and two ISIL vehicles.

Iraq
• Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed two ISIL artillery pieces and an ISIL front-end loader.
• Near Fallujah, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL recoilless rifles, three ISIL light machine guns, two ISIL heavy machine guns, and an ISIL anti-air artillery piece and denied ISIL access to terrain.
• Near Habbaniyah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL staging area, an ISIL command and control node, and two ISIL storage areas and denied ISIL access to terrain.
• Near Haditha, one strike destroyed an ISIL rocket cache.
• Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL supply cache and an ISIL vehicle.
• Near Mosul, three strikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, three ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), and an ISIL heavy machine gun and denied ISIL access to terrain.
• Near Qayyarah, seven strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit, five ISIL communication sites, an ISIL recruitment facility, and an ISIL bed down location and destroyed four ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL vehicle, six ISIL rocket rails, and an ISIL mortar position and suppressed a separate ISIL mortar position.

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.