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| Oct. 12, 2016
October 12: Military airstrikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq
October 12, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On Oct. 11, coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack and fighter 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 engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
• Near Ar Raqqah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a VBIED.
• Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed 11 ISIL oil tanker trucks, six oil well heads, three vehicles, a front-end loader and a crane.
• Near Manbij, one strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
• Near Mar’a, four strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions and a vehicle.
• Near Fallujah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
• Near Mosul, four strikes destroyed two ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL-held building, a weapons cache, a supply cache, and a tunnel.
• Near Qayyarah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and a staging area and destroyed two command and control nodes.
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. The information used to compile the daily strike releases is based on 'Z' or Greenwich Mean Time.
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.