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Press Release | June 8, 2017

June 8: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


June 8, 2017
Release # 20170608-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On June 7, Coalition military forces conducted 38 strikes consisting of 75 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 30 strikes consisting of 43 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed two ISIS front-end loaders, two ISIS backhoes, two ISIS fuel storage trailers, an ISIS excavator and a vehicle.
*Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed a vehicle.
*Near Mayadin, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*Near Raqqah, 22 strikes engaged 16 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 12 fighting positions, three vehicles, two ISIS staging areas, an ISIS excavator, an ISIS weapons cache, and an ISIS training camp.
*Near Tabqah, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed four vehicles, two fighting positions and a supply cache.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 32 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Al Qaim, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a tactical vehicle.
*Near Bayji, one strike destroyed a VBIED and a VBIED staging area.
*Near Kirkuk, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, a command and control node and a VBIED.
*Near Mosul, three strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed 15 fighting positions, three heavy machine guns, two VBIEDs, and a sniper position; and damaged a fighting position and a command and control node.

Additionally, five strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on June 6 that closed within the last 24 hours.
*Near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, one strike destroyed four ISIS oil tanks.
*Near Tabqah, Syria, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two vehicles and a tactical vehicle.
*Near Mosul, Iraq, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit, destroyed a command and control nodeand a heavy machine gun and damaged nine ISIS supply routes.
*Near Rawah, Iraq, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

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.