May 2: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Release No: 17-169 May 2, 2017 PRINT | E-MAIL
May 2, 2017
Release # 20170502-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On May 1, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes consisting of 38 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes consisting of 14 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal; five strikes destroyed three ISIS oil pumps, three ISIS well heads, and a fighting position.
* Near Dayr Az Zawr; three strikes destroyed 12 ISIS fuel tankers, an ISIS well head, and an ISIS oil pump.
* Near Raqqah; one strike destroyed a fighting position and suppressed a mortar team.
* Near Tabqah; four strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of 24 engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Mosul; two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two mortar systems, a front-end loader, an artillery system, a fighting position, a VBIED factory, and a medium machine gun.

Additionally, one strike was conducted in Iraq on April 30 that closed within the last 24 hours.
* Near Mosul, on April 30, one strike destroyed an ISIS weapons factory.

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.