As of March 31, the U.S. and its coalition partners have damaged or destroyed 5,547 Islamic State targets in the air war against the group, according to a Pentagon battle damage assessment released Monday.
The targets include U.S.-made Humvees, tanks and other items that belonged to the Iraqi security forces but were captured by the Islamic State when the militants routed the Iraqi army in a sweeping offensive last year.
The list does not include estimates of how many Islamic State fighters have been killed in the airstrikes. The Pentagon is wary of providing “body counts” as it did during the Vietnam War, when success was often measured by the number of enemy killed rather than the strategic situation on the ground. […]