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Press Release | July 7, 2017

July 7: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


July 7, 2017
Release # 20170707-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA - On July 6, Coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes consisting of 40 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed 14 ISIS construction items and three oil storage tanks.
* Near Dayr Az Zawr, 11 strikes destroyed 35 ISIS oil refinement stills, 14 construction items, 10 oil trucks, three oil storage tanks, and three well-heads.
* Near Raqqah, nine strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed seven fighting positons, an ISIS headquarters, and a VBIED.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 12 engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Baghdad, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed one supply cache.
* Near Mosul, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units, destroyed one fighting position, damaged one fighting position, and suppressed a mortar system.
* Near Rawah, two strikes destroyed an ISIS-held building and a tactical vehicle.

Additionally, six strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on July 5 that closed within the last 24 hours.
* On July 5, near Kisik, Iraq, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and a sniper team.
* On July 5, near Raqqah, Syria, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions, a sniper position, and a heavy machine gun.

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.