July 04, 2016
Release # 20160704-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ASIA — On July 3, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL
terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces
conducted 18 strikes using bomber, attack, ground-attack, and remotely
piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition
military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of
the Government of Iraq using bomber, attack, ground-attack, 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 Manbij, 14 strikes struck 12 separate ISIL tactical units and
destroyed 18 ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL tactical vehicles, an
ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) facility, an ISIL
VBIED, and six ISIL vehicles.
* Near Mar'a, three strikes struck
an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL tactical vehicles, an ISIL
fighting position, and an ISIL VBIED.
* Near Washiyah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.
* Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed two ISIL bunkers.
* Near Al Qaim, one strike damaged an ISIL headquarters building.
* Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL weapons cache.
Near Bayji, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed
an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL VBIED, and an ISIL weapons cache and denied
ISIL access to terrain.
* Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and two ISIL
improvised weapons factories and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
* Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed two ISIL weapons caches and denied ISIL access to terrain.
* Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
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