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Press Release | March 7, 2017

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


March 7, 2017

Release # 20170307-01



SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Mar. 6, Coalition military forces conducted 32 strikes consisting of 92 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.


In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of 31 engagements against ISIS targets.


• Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed a gas oil separation plant and damaged a bridge.


• Near Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters.


• Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed a footbridge and an ISIS-held building.


• Near Dayr Az Zawr, 16 strikes destroyed nine well heads, six fighting positions, three oil inlet manifolds, three barges, a pump jack, and a connex; and damaged three supply routes and two bridges.


In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 61 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.


• Near Al Huwayjah, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and an ISIS staging area; and destroyed a tunnel complex.


• Near Al Qaim, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an anti-air artillery system and a vehicle.


• Near Mosul, five strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed nine fighting positions, five VBIEDs, four vehicles, three roadblocks, two mortar systems, two tactical vehicles, two rocket-propelled grenade systems, a supply cache, an artillery system, a sniper position, a UAV launch site, and a VBIED factory; damaged 23 vehicles, 10 supply routes, and a tunnel; and suppressed two mortar teams.


• Near Sinjar, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.


• Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed a mortar 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.