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April 7: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Release No: 17-136 April 7, 2017 PRINT | E-MAIL
April 7, 2017
Release # 20170407-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On April 6, Coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes consisting of 58 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 16 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIS well head.
* Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; and destroyed four fighting positions and a tactical vehicle.
* Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIS well head.
* Near Tabqah, eight strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units; destroyed three fighting positions and a VBIED; and suppressed two ISIS tactical units.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 42 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a supply cache.
* Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed an improvised weapons facility and a vehicle.
* Near Bayji, one strike destroyed a tactical vehicle.
* Near Mosul, six strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed four mortar systems, three fighting positions, two VBIED factories, two command and control nodes, a rocket system, and a tactical vehicle; and suppressed six mortar teams and two ISIS tactical units.
* Near Qayyarah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and an ISIS staging area; and destroyed a supply cache and an artillery system.

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.

This Coalition strike release 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.  Ground-based artillery fired in counter-fire or in fire support to maneuver roles are not classified as a strike as defined by CJTF-OIR.

A strike, as defined in the Coalition release, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative effect in that location.  For example, 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.

CJTF-OIR 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. The information used to compile the daily strike releases is based on 'Z' or Greenwich Mean Time.
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