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Press Release | April 12, 2017

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


April 12, 2017
Release # 20170412-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On April 11, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 58 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of seven engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Tabqah, four strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed two fighting positions, two vehicles and a heavy weapons system.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 51 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
* Near Mosul, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed four fighting positions, two vehicles, two mortar systems, a heavy machine gun, a sniper position and a VBIED factory; damaged 13 supply routes and two fighting positions; and suppressed six mortar teams.
* Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed a supply cache and a fuel storage location.

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.