Counter-ISIS Strikes Target Terrorists in Syria, Iraq
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported Thursday.
Officials reported details of Wednesday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 20 engagements against ISIS targets:
— Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed two wellheads, two tanker trucks, a front-end loader and a bulldozer; and damaged a bridge.
— Near Raqqa, 13 strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions, a roadside bomb, a weapons storage facility, a storage facility, a vehicle bomb facility, an unmanned aerial vehicle facility, a logistics facility and an ammunition cache.
Strikes in Iraq
In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 47 engagements against ISIS targets, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
— Near Beiji, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
— Near Kirkuk, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a supply cache.
— Near Mosul, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed 11 fighting positions, four mortar systems, two ISIS-held buildings, two vehicles, a medium machine gun, an artillery system and a rocket-propelled grenade system; damaged 17 supply routes and three ISIS-held buildings; and suppressed six ISIS mortar teams and three ISIS tactical units.
Part of Operation Inherent Resolve
These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said.
The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted.
Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect. For example, task force officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-held buildings and weapon systems in a compound, having the cumulative effect of making that facility harder or impossible to use. Strike assessments are based on initial reports and may be refined, officials said.
The task force 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.
Source: US Department of Defense