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Press Release | Nov. 6, 2016

November 6: Military airstrikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq


November 6, 2016
Release # 20161106-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Nov. 5, 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 9 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.


• Near Ar Raqqah, one strike engaged oil processing equipment.

• Near Ayn Isa, seven strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units and destroyed a vehicle and four fighting positions.

• Near Mar’a, seven strikes engaged seven ISIL tactical units and destroyed three vehicles, an artillery system, and a fighting position.


• Near Bayji, one strike destroyed two rocket systems and a front-end loader, and engaged two fighting positions.

• Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles.

• Near Kirkuk, one strike engaged two ISIL tactical units and two staging areas and destroyed a weapons cache and an observation post.

• Near Mosul, four strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units, a mortar system and a fighting position; destroyed four vehicles, three mortar systems, a VBIED, a command and control node, an artillery system, and a weapons cache; and damaged three tunnel systems and a vehicle.

• Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIL-held building.

• Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL VBIED facility.

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.