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Press Release | March 1, 2017

March 1: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


March 1, 2017
Release # 20170301-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Feb. 28, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of 86 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed six watercraft, an ISIS training camp, and an ISIS maintenance facility.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, seven strikes destroyed seven oil refinement stills, four well heads, a pump jack and a crane and damaged a bridge.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 71 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Qaim, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a tactical vehicle.

* Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed four bunkers, a weapons cache and a VBIED.

* Near Mosul, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed nine mortar systems, six fighting positions, five VBIED facilities, three supply caches, three ISIS-held buildings, three VBIEDs, and an improvised weapons factory; damaged six supply routes; and suppressed 14 mortar teams and two ISIS tactical units.

* Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, a weapons cache and a recoilless rifle.

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.