August 5: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Release No: 17-298 Aug. 5, 2017 PRINT | E-MAIL
August 5, 2017
Release # 20170805-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA - On Aug. 4, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 16 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of four engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters.
*Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes suppressed two ISIS mortar teams.
*Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed four ISIS oil stills.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 12 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Al Huwayjah, two strikes destroyed an ISIS-held building and an ISIS headquarters.
*Near Kisik, one strike illuminated an area.
*Near Rawah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS-held building, a VBIED,  and a VBIED storage facility.
*Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed five VBIED facilities.

Additionally, two strikes consisting of two engagements were conducted in Syria on Aug. 3 that closed within the last 24 hours.

*On Aug. 3, near Abu Kamal, Syria, one strike destroyed 11 ISIS oil stills.
*On Aug. 3, near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIS financial headquarters.

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.