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Press Release | July 23, 2017

July 23: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


July 23, 2017
Release # 20170723-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA - On July 22, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 29 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed 12 ISIS oil storage tanks.
* Near Raqqah, nine strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units, destroyed eight fighting positions and a mortar system, and damaged two supply routes.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 19 engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Bayji, one strike destroyed two ISIS tactical vehicles and a vehicle.
* Near Qayyarah, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS-held building.
* Near Rawah, one strike destroyed three ISIS boats.
* Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed four ISIS supply caches, three ISIS-held buildings, two VBIED facilities, a vehicle, a logistics node, a command and control node, a front-end loader and a fuel depot.

Additionally, six strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on July 21 that closed within the last 24 hours.
* On July 21, near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, one strike destroyed 11 ISIS oil stills.
* On July 21, near Raqqah, Syria, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions.
* On July 21, near Kisik, Iraq, one strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.
* On July 21, near Tal Afar, Iraq, one strike destroyed four ISIS tunnel entrances

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.