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Press Release | July 1, 2017

July 1: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


July 1, 2017
Release # 20170701-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA - On June 30, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 81 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 25 engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Abu Kamal, seven strikes destroyed 13 ISIS oil tanker trucks, seven oil storage tanks, five well heads, a vertical distillation tank and an oil pipe.
* Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed six ISIS oil tanks, three well heads and two oil trucks.
* Near Raqqah, 11 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units, three fighting positions, three vehicles, a tactical vehicle and a mortar system.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of 56 engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Mosul, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed 38 fighting positions, 12 medium machine guns, two rocket-propelled grenade systems, and a mortar system; and damaged a fighting position.

Additionally, 12 strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq from June 28-29 that closed within the last 24 hours.
* On June 28, near Raqqah, Syria, four strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units.
* On June 29, near Al Shadaddi, Syria, five strikes destroyed, two ISIS-held buildings, a command and control node, a staging area, two VBIED facilities, a VBIED and a vehicle.
* On June 29, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
* On June 29, near Mosul, Iraq, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units, destroyed seven fighting positions and two medium machine guns, and damaged eight 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.