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Press Release | May 28, 2017

May 28: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


May 28, 2017
Release # 20180527-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On May 27, Coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes consisting of 69 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 23 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed four ISIS well heads.
*Near Raqqah, 15 strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, three ISIS headquarters, an ISIS staging area and a VBIED.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 46 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed vehicle.
*Near Ar Rutbah, one strike destroyed a VBIED.
*Near Mosul, six strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed 17 fighting positions, six heavy machine guns, four rocket-propelled grenade systems, three mortar systems, three VBIED, a vehicle, a medium machine gun; damaged an ISIS staging area; suppressed two ISIS tactical units and two mortar teams.

Additionally, two strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on May 26 that closed within the last 24 hours.
*Near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, one strike destroyed 10 ISIS oil separators and an ISIS well head.
*Near Mosul, Iraq, one strike engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two medium machine guns.

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.