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September 13: Military airstrikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq
Release No: 16-066 Sept. 13, 2016
September 13, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA –
On Sept. 12, coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, fighter, rocket artillery and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:
* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed 10 ISIL oil tanker trucks.
* Near Al Shadaddi, seven strikes engaged seven ISIL tactical units and destroyed a VBIED, three vehicles, and a command and control node.
* Near Ar Raqqah, five strikes engaged two ISIL weapons caches and destroyed 11 supply routes.
* Near Dayz Ar Awr, one strike destroyed three ISIL oil tanker trucks.
* Near Mar'a, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system and a mortar cache.
* Near Al Baghdadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
* Near Albu Hayat, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ammo caches and two buildings.
* Near Mosul, three strikes destroyed three ISIL headquarters buildings.
* Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed four ISIL headquarters buildings, a vehicle, and a VBIED.
* Near Ramadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position, a building, and a heavy machine gun.
* Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and a 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.