Two US drone strikes targeted the home of a known Al-Qaeda member in Shawba province and an Al-Qaeda position east of the jihadist-held Abyan province town of Shaqra. The town was overran by the jihadists last month after the US raid on one of their compounds on January 29,where also 16 civilians were killed. After this the US administration carried out a drone war against Al-Qaeda in Yemen. The strikes killed at least 4 suspected Al-Qaeda members who were standing outside the house.
Attack, bomber, fighter, rotary and remotely piloted aircraft, as well as artillery, conducted six strikes consisting of 28 engagements in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
— Near Irbil, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed an ISIL-held building and a weapons cache.
— Near Mosul, five strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed 13 watercraft, three mortar systems, two front-end loaders, two supply caches, two ISIL-held buildings, two pieces of engineering equipment, and a tank, damaged three supply routes, and suppressed two mortar teams.
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