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Press Release | July 26, 2017

July 26: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


July 26, 2017
Release # 20170726-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA - On July 25, Coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes consisting of 32 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes consisting of 30 engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIS oil tanker trailer and a well-head.
* Near Raqqah, 24 strikes engaged 14 ISIS tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, four observation points, three sniper positions, two command and control nodes, two supply caches, two mortar systems, a VBIED, an ISIS communication tower, a front-end loader, an ammunition cache, a tactical vehicle, and a heavy machine gun; and suppressed a supply route.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
* Near Kisik, one strike destroyed six ISIS rocket systems and an ISIS-held building.

Additionally, 13 strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on July 24 that closed within the last 24 hours.
* On July 24, near Kisik, Iraq, one strike damaged four ISIS vehicles.
* On July 24, near Qayyarah, Iraq, one strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.
* On July 24, near Raqqah, Syria, 10 strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed five fighting positions, three oil refinement stills, a vehicle, a command and control node, and a weapons cache.
* On July 24, near Abu Kamal, Syria, one strike destroyed three ISIS oil stills and a vehicle.

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.