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Press Release | July 29, 2017

July 29: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


July 29, 2017
Release # 20170729-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA - On July 28, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 26 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes consisting of 19 engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed an ISIS headquarters, an oil storage vehicle, and a well-head.
* Near Raqqah, 12 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units; destroyed eight fighting positions, an artillery system, and a vehicle; and suppressed a fighting position.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of seven engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Al Qaim, two strikes destroyed an ISIS VBIED facility, an IED facility, and a VBIED.
* Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two ISIS-held buildings, a vehicle storage facility, and an armored vehicle.
* Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three ISIS command and control nodes and a supply cache.

Additionally, 15 strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on July 14, July 24, and July 26-27 that closed within the last 24 hours.
* On July 14, near Al Shaddadi, Syria, one strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit and a fighting position.
* On July 24, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike destroyed one supply cache and suppressed 14 fighting positions.
* On July 26, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and suppressed eight fighting positions.
* On July 27, near Kisik, Iraq, one strike illuminated an area.
* On July 27, near Raqqah, Syria, 11 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units, destroyed an ISIS sniper position and an observation post, and suppressed four 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.