(U.S department Of Defense) U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Attack, bomber, fighter, remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted six strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
— Near Haditha, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles, two weapons caches, an artillery system and an ISIL-held building.
— Near Mosul, two strikes destroyed an ISIL-held building and a command and control node.
— Near Qayyarah, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building and a vehicle.
— Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
— Near Tal Afar, a strike suppressed ISIL small arms fire.
Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do 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 counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.