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Press Release | April 27, 2017

April 27: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


April 27, 2017
Release # 20170427-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On April 26, Coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes consisting of 56 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes consisting of 17 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle.
*Near Dayr Az Zawr, six strikes destroyed nine ISIS oil tankers, two ISIS well heads, an ISIS barge, and five ISIS oil refinery equipment items.
*Near Raqqah, four strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed a front-end loader, a fighting position, and a mortar team.
*Near Tabqah, four strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 39 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS media center.
*Near Mosul, seven strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed 19 vehicles, eight front-end loaders, two ISIS fortifications, a command and control node, a mortar system, and an ISIS staging area; damaged seven ISIS supply routes and suppressed two mortar teams.
*Near Rawah, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two VBIED storage areas, a tactical vehicle, a VBIED, a weapons cache, and an ISIS staging area.
*Near Sinjar, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a command and control node and a VBIED storage facility.
*Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed a VBIED facility, a tunnel, and an ISIS staging area.

Additionally, three strikes were conducted in Syria from April 25 that have closed within the last 24 hours.
*Near Dayr Az Zawr, on April 25, one strike destroyed three ISIS barges.
*Near Tabqah, on April 25, two strikes destroyed two fighting positions.

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.