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Press Release | May 27, 2017

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


May 27, 2017
Release # 20170527-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On May 26, Coalition military forces conducted 32 strikes consisting of 56 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes consisting of 31 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed four ISIS well heads and destroyed an ISIS boat.
*Near Raqqah, 12 strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units; destroyed seven vehicles, five fighting positions, three tunnels, an ISIS headquarters and an ISIS staging area.
*Near Abu Kamal, Syria, one strike destroyed an ISIS media center.
*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.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 25 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Ar Rutbah, one strike destroyed a bunker.
*Near Bayji, one strike destroyed a mortar system and an ISIS storage container.
*Near Mosul, two strikes destroyed a VBIED and damaged 19 ISIS supply routes.
*Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an observation post.
*Near Huwayjah, Iraq, one strike destroyed an ISIS media center.
*Near Al Qaim, Iraq, two strikes destroyed two ISIS media centers.

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.