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Press Release | Aug. 25, 2017

August 25: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


August 25, 2017
Release # 20170825-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA - On Aug. 24, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes consisting of 35 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 12 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed an explosives cache and an ISIS-held building.
*Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
*Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed two ISIS well-heads and a VBIED factory.
*Near Raqqah, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed five fighting positions.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of 23 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Tal Afar, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed 12 fighting positions, six machine guns, three mortar systems, and three rocket-propelled grenades.

Additionally, 59 strikes consisting of 115 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Aug. 21-23 that closed within the last 24 hours.
*On Aug. 21, near Raqqah, Syria, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
*On Aug. 22, near Raqqah, Syria, seven strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed seven fighting positions and an ISIS headquarters.
*On Aug. 23, near Raqqah, Syria, 44 strikes engaged 27 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 77 fighting positions, six ISIS headquarters, three command and control nodes, an explosives cache, a heavy machine gun, and a vehicle.
*On Aug. 23, near Tal Afar, Iraq, six strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed 62 vehicles, two artillery systems, two command and control nodes, a fuel truck, two fighting positions, seven mortar systems, a vehicle, a sniper position, a staging area, and an ISIS headquarters; and 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.