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Press Release | July 31, 2017

July 31: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


July 31, 2017
Release # 20170731-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA - On July 30, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 27 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes consisting of 17 engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed an ISIS vehicle.
* Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS-held building.
* Near Raqqah, 14 strikes engaged 12 ISIS tactical units; destroyed nine fighting positions, three supply caches, two ISIS-held buildings, a vehicle, a tunnel, and a command and control node; and suppressed a fighting position.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Al Huwayjah, two strikes destroyed an ISIS oil refinement still and a front-end loader and suppressed a front-end loader.
* Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an ISIS vehicle.
* Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
* Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIS mortar team and damaged two command and control nodes and two ISIS-held buildings.
* Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIS-held building and a tactical vehicle.
* Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

Additionally, five strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on July 29 that closed within the last 24 hours.
* On July 29, near Al Qaim, Iraq, one strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters.
* On July 29, near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, one strike destroyed five ISIS oil refinement stills.
* On July 29, near Kisik, Iraq, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
* On July 29, near Rawah, Iraq, one strike destroyed a command and control node.

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.