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Press Release | Aug. 26, 2017

August 26: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


August 26, 2017
Release # 20170826-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA - On Aug. 25, Coalition military forces conducted 39 strikes consisting of 102 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes consisting of 37 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed two ISIS well-heads and an ISIS check point.
*Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed four ISIS oil stills and a well-head.
*Near Raqqah, 24 strikes engaged 15 ISIS tactical units; destroyed 20 fighting positions, two logistics nodes, two command and control nodes, a VBIED, an ISIS UAS, a vehicle, and an ISIS headquarters; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 65 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an ISIS-held building.
*Near Bayji two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed a vehicle and a staging area.
*Near Tal Afar, seven strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed 17 fighting positions, 10 vehicles, eight anti-air systems, six ISIS-held buildings, six medium machine guns, six mortar systems, four rocket-propelled grenade systems, three weapons caches, two recoilless rifles, a heavy machine gun, and a VBIED facility; damaged two supply routes; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

Additionally, 55 strikes consisting of 127 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Aug. Aug. 20-21 and Aug. 24 that closed within the last 24 hours.
*On Aug. 20, near Tal Afar, Iraq, one strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.
*On Aug. 21, near Tal Afar, Iraq, one strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.
*On Aug. 24, near Al Shadaddi, Syria, four strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed a vehicle, and a logistics node.
*On Aug. 24, near Raqqah, Syria, 41 strikes engaged 33 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 33 fighting positions, an ISIS headquarters, three vehicles, an IED, an anti-air artillery system, and a command and control node.
*On Aug. 24, near Al Huwayjah, Iraq, one strike destroyed 15 ISIS oil equipment items and five pieces of engineering equipment.
*On Aug. 24, near Al Qaim, Iraq, one strike destroyed an ISIS staging area.
*On Aug. 24, near Kisik, Iraq, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed two fighting positions, a VBIED and a rocket-propelled grenade system; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.
*On Aug. 24, near Tal Afar, Iraq, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed 25 vehicles, eight fighting positions, a weapons cache, three medium machine guns, two mortar systems, two front-end loaders, a VBIED, and an excavator; damaged two supply routes; 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.