May 14: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Release No: 17-182 May 14, 2017 PRINT | E-MAIL

May 14, 2017


Release # 20170514-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On May 13, Coalition military forces conducted 36 strikes consisting of 70 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 34 engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS pump jack and an ISIS vehicle.
* Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed three ISIS oil tankers and a command and control node.
* Near Raqqah, 13 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed five vehicles, four fighting positions, two front-end loaders, an ISIS crane, an artillery system, a mortar system, and an ISIS headquarters.
* Near Tabqah, four strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a tactical vehicle, an ISIS headquarters and a VBIED factory.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 43 engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed a tactical vehicle.
* Near Mosul, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed a mortar system, a VBIED factory, a rocket cache, a command and control node, a medium machine gun; damaged 19 ISIS supply routes, a front-end loader, a fighting position; and suppressed mortar team.
* Near Rawah, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed three tactical vehicles and two staging areas.
* Near Sinjar, four strikes destroyed four tactical vehicles, two ISIS staging areas and a vehicle.
* Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

Additionally, four strikes were conducted in Syria on May 12th that closed within the last 24 hours.
* Near Raqqah, Syria, four strikes destroyed an ISIS vehicle and a fighting position and damaged two ISIS bridges and an ISIS supply route.

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.