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June 21: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Release No: 17-235 June 21, 2017 PRINT | E-MAIL
June 21, 2017
Release # 20170621-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On June 20, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 44 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 16 engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Raqqah, 12 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units; and destroyed six fighting positons, three vehicles, three tactical vehicles, two mortar teams, a command and control node and a mortar cache.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Mosul, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed 24 fighting positions, three vehicles, two rocket-propelled grenade systems, two medium machine guns, a recoilless rifle, a supply cache, and a heavy machine gun; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

Additionally, six strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on June 11, June 18 and June 19 that closed within the last 24 hours.
* On June 11, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit, destroyed 19 fighting positions and an ISIS-held building, and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.
* On June 18, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed five fighting positions; damaged eight fighting positions; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.
* On June 19, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position and a UAS launch site.
* On June 19, near Mosul, Iraq, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; and destroyed four medium machine guns, two rocket-propelled grenade systems, a fighting position, an artillery system, and a bomb-rigged house; and damaged six 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.

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