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May 12: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Release No: 17-180 May 12, 2017 PRINT | E-MAIL
May 12, 2017
Release # 20170512-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On May 11, Coalition military forces conducted 34 strikes consisting of 106 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 40 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle.
*Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed three ISIS oil processing items and two ISIS well heads.
*Near Raqqah, eight strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions, three VBIEDs, two ISIS oil storage tanks, two ISIS oil stills, two excavators, a front-end loader, an IED, and an ISIS staging area.
*Near Tabqah, 11 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units and destroyed seven fighting positions, seven tactical vehicles, a vehicle and a supply cache.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 66 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Mosul, six strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, three mortar systems, two sniper positions, a tactical vehicle, a command and control node, a VBIED, a front-end loader; damaged 24 ISIS supply routes, three fighting positions; and suppressed six mortar teams and two ISIS tactical units.
*Near Sinjar, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS staging area.
*Near Tal Afar, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two front-end loaders, a fighting position, an ISIS staging area and an ISIS-held building.

Additionally, 13 strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on May 10th that closed within the last 24 hours.
*Near Raqqah, Syria, seven strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed 12 fighting positions, an ISIS headquarters, a command and control node, a supply cache, an ISIS staging area, a tactical vehicle, and a vehicle.
*Near Tabqah, Syria, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position, an ISIS headquarters and a VBIED facility.
*Near Mosul, Iraq, four strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units: destroyed five rocket-propelled grenade systems, three vehicles, two VBIEDs, two heavy machine guns, two medium machine guns, an ISIS staging area, a fighting position, a command and control node, a weapons cache; damaged 19 ISIS supply routes and a fighting position; and suppressed five mortar teams.

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 ground-based tactical artillery.

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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