Press Release | Aug. 13, 2017

August 13: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


August 13, 2017
Release # 20170813-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA - On Aug. 12, Coalition military forces conducted 26 strikes consisting of 32 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 23 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*Near Al Shadaddi, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two vehicles and an ISIS headquarters.
*Near Raqqah, 15 strikes engaged 14 ISIS tactical units and destroyed three command and control nodes, two ISIS headquarters, an ISIS UAS launch site and a vehicle.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of nine engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS headquarters.
*Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*Near Bashir, one strike destroyed five pieces of ISIS oil equipment.
*Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS staging area.
*Near Kisik, one strike destroyed three ISIS-held buildings and a tunnel.
*Near Tal Afar, one strike suppressed a mortar team.
*Near Tuz, one strike destroyed an ISIS excavator and a supply cache.

Additionally, 12 strikes consisting of 16 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Aug. 11 that closed within the last 24 hours.
*On Aug. 11, near Raqqah, Syria, 11 strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed seven IEDs, six ISIS communication lines, three fighting positions, a vehicle, and tactical vehicle.
*On Aug. 11, near Tal Afar, 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.