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Press Release | June 9, 2017

June 9, Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


June 9, 2017
Release # 20170609-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On June 8, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 48 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 19 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near At Tanf, two strikes destroyed two tactical vehicles and a UAS.
*Near Raqqah, nine strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions, three vehicles and a mortar system.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 29 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three VBIEDs, two tactical vehicles, two vehicles and two ISIS staging areas.
*Near Kirkuk, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle, a heavy machine gun and an ISIS staging area.
*Near Mosul, four strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed 11 fighting positions, two weapons caches, a mortar team, a medium machine gun, and a vehicle; damaged seven fighting positions; and suppressed a mortar team.
*Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an IED storage facility.

Additionally, eight strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on June 5-7 that closed within the last 24 hours.
*On June 5, near Raqqah, Syria, four strikes destroyed an IED factory, an ISIS headquarters, an ISIS financial center, and an ISIS staging area.
*On June 6, near Raqqah, Syria, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS headquarters, a fighting position and a tunnel entrance.
*On June 7, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike destroyed six fighting positions and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.
*On June 7, near Mosul, Iraq, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit, destroyed a fighting position and a medium machine gun, and damaged nine ISIS supply routes.

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.