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August 15: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Release No: 17-310 Aug. 15, 2017 PRINT | E-MAIL
August 15, 2017
Release # 20170815-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA - On Aug. 14, Coalition military forces conducted 38 strikes consisting of 57 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 31 strikes consisting of 43 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Al Shadaddi, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; and destroyed five fighting positions and two command and control nodes.
*Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed six ISIS oil stills.
*Near Raqqah, 27 strikes engaged 19 ISIS tactical units; and destroyed 59 fighting positions, two heavy machine guns, a mortar system, an IED, and a logistics node.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 14 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Al Qaim, two strikes destroyed an ISIS training camp and a staging area.
*Near Bayji, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; and destroyed a staging area and a weapons cache.
*Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed two IEDs, and suppressed two mortar teams.
*Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed nine ISIS roadblocks and two front-end loaders.

Additionally, 33 strikes consisting of 47 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Aug. 10-13 that closed within the last 24 hours.
*On Aug. 10, near Abu Kamal, Syria, one strike destroyed four ISIS oil storage tanks, three oil stills and a piece of heavy machinery.
*On Aug. 11, near Abu Kamal, Syria, one strike destroyed eight ISIS oil stills.
*On Aug. 11, near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, two strikes destroyed 11 ISIS oil stills and three oil barrels.
*On Aug. 12, near Abu Kamal, Syria, two strikes destroyed six ISIS oil stills.
*On Aug. 12, near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, one strike destroyed 10 ISIS oil stills.
*On Aug. 12, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike destroyed an ISIS fighting position.
*On Aug. 13, near Abu Kamal, Syria, four strikes destroyed 11 pieces of ISIS oil equipment and three well-heads.
*On Aug. 13, near Al Shadaddi, Syria, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a command and control node, a fighting position, and a vehicle.
*On Aug. 13, near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, one strike destroyed a piece of ISIS oil equipment.
*On Aug. 13, near Raqqah, Syria, 17 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units; and destroyed 12 fighting positions, four vehicles, two logistics nodes, two ISIS communications lines, two communications infrastructure items, and an IED.
*On Aug. 13, near Kisik, Iraq, one strike destroyed five command and control nodes, a vehicle, and a roadblock.
*On Aug. 13, near Tal Afar, Iraq, one strike damaged a tunnel and suppressed two 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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