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Press Release | April 26, 2017

April 26: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


April 26, 2017
Release # 20170426-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On April 25, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 69 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 22 engagements against ISIS targets.

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, seven strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed eight ISIS well heads, five oil processing equipment items, two ISIS barges, and two fighting positions.
*       Near Tabqah, six strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; and destroyed four fighting positions and a fuel truck.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 47 engagements against ISIS targets.
*       Near Kirkuk, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a command and control node.
*       Near Mosul, six strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and a sniper; and destroyed eight weapons caches, three mortar systems, two fighting positions, an ISIS vehicle, a rocket system, a front-end loader, and a VBIED.
*       Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed a tactical vehicle and a weapons cache.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed eight VBIED storage areas.

Additionally, four strikes were conducted in Syria from April 24 that have closed within the last 24 hours.
*       On April 24, near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed three barges.
*       On April 24, near Raqqah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three ISIS vehicles.
*       On April 24, near Tabqah, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; and destroyed two fighting positions and a rocket-propelled grenade team.

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.