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Press Release | Aug. 14, 2017

August 14: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


August 14, 2017
Release # 20170814-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA - On Aug. 13, Coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes consisting of 31 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 19 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIS well-head.
*Near Raqqah, 16 strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions, an anti-aircraft artillery system, a logistics node, a heavy machine gun, a vehicle and an IED.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 12 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Al Huwayjah, three strikes destroyed three ISIS oil stills and two weapons caches.
*Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed a VBIED facility, an ISIS headquarters and an ISIS checkpoint.
*Near Bashir, one strike destroyed a vehicle and an IED.
*Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three staging areas, two storage areas, and a mortar system.
*Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS-held building.
*Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIS staging area.

Additionally, 26 strikes consisting of 42 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Aug. 11-12 that closed within the last 24 hours.
*On Aug. 11, near Abu Kamal, Syria, one strike destroyed a weapons cache.
*On Aug. 12, near Raqqah, Syria, 21 strikes engaged 16 ISIS tactical units and destroyed a fighting position, an anti-aircraft artillery system, and a mortar system.
*On Aug. 12, near Kisik, Iraq, one strike suppressed a mortar team.
*On Aug. 12, near Tal Afar, Iraq, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed a rocket system, a staging area, a VBIED facility, a VBIED, a storage area, and a supply cache; and suppressed a mortar team.

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.