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September 11: Military airstrikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq
Release No: 16-064 Sept. 11, 2016
September 11, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA –
On Sept. 10, coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using 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 Al Shadadi, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a heavy machine gun, a weapons cache, a vehicle, and two fighting positions.
* Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two supply routes and a vehicle.
* Near Dayz Az Zawr, eight strikes destroyed 55 ISIL oil tanker trucks and 13 supply routes.
* Near Manbij, one strike destroyed an ISIL anti-air artillery system.
* Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a boat.
* Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four assembly areas.
* Near Mosul, four strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units; damaged four tunnels; and destroyed 18 rocket rails, three vehicles, a financial center, and a weapons cache.
* Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and a weapon system.
* Near Samarra, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
* Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
* Near Tallafar, one strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel entrance.
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, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.