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Press Release | June 3, 2017

June 3: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


June 3, 2017
Release # 20170603-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On June 2, Coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes consisting of 71 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 30 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed nine ISIS oil tanks and seven ISIS oil stills.
*Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes destroyed 25 ISIS oil barrels, four ISIS oil stills, four ISIS well heads, and two ISIS oil trucks.
*Near Raqqah, 10 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed 12 vehicles, five fighting positions, four tactical vehicles, two VBIEDs and an ammunition cache.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 41 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Al Hwayjah, one strike destroyed a vehicle and a mortar cache.
*Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS-held building and a vehicle.
*Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS checkpoint and a supply cache.
*Near Mosul, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and a sniper; destroyed 21 fighting positions, three medium machine guns, three mortar systems, two rocket-propelled grenade systems, and two VBIEDs; damaged five fighting positions; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit and mortar team.

Additionally, five strikes were conducted in Syria on June 1 that closed within the last 24 hours.
*Near Raqqah, Syria, five strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed 17 fighting positions, an ISIS headquarters, an ISIS-held building, and an IED.

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.