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Press Release | July 3, 2017

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


July 3, 2017
Release # 20170703-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA - On July 2, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 63 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 21 engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed three ISIS front-end loaders, two oil separator tanks, and a well-head.
* Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIS well-head.
* Near Raqqah, 14 strikes engaged 13 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 10 fighting positions and a mortar system.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of 42 engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Mosul, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed 15 fighting positions, seven medium machine guns, and a heavy machine gun; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit and a mortar team.

Additionally, 12 strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on July 1 that closed within the last 24 hours.
* On July 1, near Abu Kamal, Syria, one strike destroyed two ISIS oil tanker trucks, an oil trailer, and a road grader.
* On July 1, near Al Shadaddi, Syria, four strikes destroyed two ISIS command and control nodes, a staging area, and a VBIED facility.
* On July 1, near Kisik, Iraq, one strike suppressed an ISIS mortar team.
* On July 1, near Mosul, Iraq, one strike destroyed an ISIS-held building and damaged four supply routes.
* On July 1, near Raqqah, Syria, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units, destroyed a fighting position and a heavy machine gun, and suppressed 27 fighting positions.

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.