June 21, 2016
Release # 20160621-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ASIA — On June 20, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL
terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces
conducted 16 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted
aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military
forces conducted 20 strikes coordinated with and in support of the
Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and bomber, attack,
ground-attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:
* Near Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).
* Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes struck an ISIL-used bridge and destroyed five ISIL oil pump jacks.
Near Manbij, 13 strikes struck 12 separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed five ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL vehicles and damaged
a separate ISIL fighting position.
* Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed an ISIL boat and an ISIL mortar system.
Near Bayji, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an
ISIL fighting position, two ISIL vehicles, two ISIL VBIEDs, and an ISIL
tunnel system and denied ISIL access to terrain.
* Near Fallujah,
four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed nine
ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL heavy machine gun,
seven ISIL light machine guns, and an ISIL rocket propelled grenade
system and denied ISIL access to terrain.
* Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and an ISIL weapons cache.
* Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL tunnel.
Near Qayyarah, six strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed
three ISIL bunkers, two ISIL tunnel entrances, an ISIL command and
control node, two ISIL mortar systems, and six ISIL boats and denied
ISIL access to terrain.
* Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.
* Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL boat.
Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker, four ISIL weapons
caches, an ISIL assembly area, and an ISIL bed down location.
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