Coalition Still Hitting ISIS Hard in Iraq and Syria
Officials Release Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq
SOUTHWEST ASIA, April 15, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 12 strikes consisting of 55 engagements against ISIS targets yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets:
— Near Abu Kamal, a strike damaged an ISIS fuel facility.
— Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike damaged an ISIS fuel facility.
— Near Raqqa, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three fighting positions and a weapons cache.
— Near Shadaddi, a strike destroyed an ISIS-held building
— Near Tabqa, a strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.
Strikes in Iraq
In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of 46 engagements against ISIS targets, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
— Near Mosul, five strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit, destroyed two rocket-propelled grenade systems and two fighting positions, damaged four supply routes and a fighting position, and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.
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
Photo: U.S Army Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), execute a fire mission during an operation to support the Iraqi army. Battery C’s mission during Operation Inherent resolve was to support Iraqi security forces with indirect fires as they retook territory from ISIL, Aug 13, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)