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Press Release | Aug. 8, 2017

August 8: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


August 8, 2017
Release # 20170808-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA - On Aug. 7, Coalition military forces conducted 35 strikes consisting of 42 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes consisting of 36 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an IED factory.
*Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed seven ISIS well-heads and a weapons cache.
*Near Raqqah, 25 strikes engaged 17 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 37 fighting positions, two command and control nodes, two weapons caches, two vehicles, and a weapons depot.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of six engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed a VBIED supply site.
*Near Bashir, one strike destroyed three ISIS oil stills.
*Near Kisik, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles, a tractor and a silo.
*Near Rawah, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and an ISIS-held building.

Additionally, 16 strikes consisting of 28 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Aug. 6 that closed within the last 24 hours.

*On Aug. 6, near Raqqah, Syria, 12 strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions, a mortar system, an anti-air artillery system, and a VBIED.
*On Aug. 6, near Al Huwayjah, Iraq, one strike destroyed two ISIS oil stills and a refinery.
*On Aug. 6, near Al Qaim, Iraq, two strikes destroyed 12 ISIS oil stills and a VBIED factory.
*On Aug. 6, near Kisik, Iraq, one strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

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.