August 12: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Release No: 17-307 Aug. 12, 2017 PRINT | E-MAIL
August 12, 2017
Release # 20170812-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA - On Aug. 11, Coalition military forces conducted 34 strikes consisting of 42 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes consisting of 34 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIS vehicle.
*Near Raqqah, 26 strikes engaged 19 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 35 fighting positions, two vehicles, an ISIS headquarters and an ISIS communication line.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of eight engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Al Huwayjah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed five pieces of oil equipment, two vehicles, an explosives cache, an ISIS-held building, and a VBIED factory.
*Near Kisik, two strikes destroyed three ISIS UAS launch platforms and suppressed a mortar team and an artillery system.
*Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed an ISIS weapons cache and a mortar system, and suppressed two mortar teams.

Additionally, 17 strikes consisting of 19 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Aug. 9-10 that closed within the last 24 hours.
*On Aug. 9, near Raqqah, Syria, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions.
*On Aug. 10, near Raqqah, Syria, 11 strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units and destroyed seven fighting positions, a mortar system, a logistics node, and a command and control node.
*On Aug. 10, near Rawah, Iraq, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
*On Aug. 10, near Tal Afar, Iraq, three strikes destroyed a VBIED and suppressed two ISIS tactical units.

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.