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Press Release | May 26, 2017

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


May 26, 2017
Release # 20170526-02

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On May 25, Coalition military forces conducted 30 strikes consisting of 88 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 33 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed an ISIS well head and a vehicle.
*Near Al Hawl, two strikes destroyed three VBIED facilities.
*Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed seven ISIS oil trucks, four ISIS barges, an ISIS well head, a command and control node, and an ISIS headquarters.
*Near Palmyra, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
*Near Raqqah, nine strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, three vehicles, a tactical vehicle, and a mortar system.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 55 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Bayji, four strikes destroyed eight trenches, four ISIS fuel trucks, three tactical vehicles, three fuel tanks, and a storage container.
*Near Mosul, five strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed 42 vehicles, nine VBIEDs, three fighting positions, two mortar systems, two mortar systems, a rocket-propelled grenade system, a tactical vehicle, an anti-air artillery system, a VBIED  facility; damaged 10 ISIS supply routes, a tunnel; and suppressed three ISIS tactical units and a mortar unit.
*Near Samarra, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed a UAS launch site.

Additionally, six strikes were conducted in Syria from May 23-24 that closed within the last 24 hours.
*Near Raqqah, Syria, May 23, two strikes destroyed three command and control nodes.
*Near Raqqah, Syria, May 24, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed six fighting positions, a mortar system, and a vehicle.

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.