Press Release | Aug. 29, 2017

August 29: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq

CJTFOIR

August 29, 2017
Release # 20170829-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA - On Aug. 28, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 59 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 16 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIS front-end loader.
*Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an explosives facility and a weapons cache.
*Near Raqqah, 12 strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units and destroyed nine fighting positions, a logistics node and a VBIED.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of 43 engagements against ISIS targets.
*Near Al Qaim, one strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.
*Near Rawah, one strike destroyed a VBIED facility.
*Near Tal Afar, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed 27 fighting positions, two mortar systems, two VBIEDs, two supply caches, a weapons cache and a tunnel.

Additionally, 43 strikes consisting of 68 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on June 17 and Aug. 26-27 that closed within the last 24 hours.
*On June 17, near Raqqah, Syria, seven strikes destroyed six fighting positions and a command and control node.
*On Aug. 26, near Raqqah, Syria, two strikes destroyed five fighting positions.
*On Aug. 26, near Rawah, Iraq, one strike destroyed a VBIED facility.
*On Aug. 27, near Abu Kamal, Syria, one strike damaged an ISIS bridge.
*On Aug. 27, near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, one strike destroyed a command and control node.
*On Aug. 27 near Raqqah, Syria, 24 strikes engaged 20 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 22 fighting positions, two anti-aircraft artillery systems, and two logistics nodes.
*On Aug. 27, near Al Qaim, Iraq, two strikes destroyed seven ISIS oil stills, five ISIS oil storage barrels, and an ISIS-held building.
*On Aug. 27, near Tal Afar, Iraq, five strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions, three vehicles,  two mortar systems, two weapons caches, two VBIEDS, a staging area, a heavy machine gun, an ISIS-held building and a command and control node.

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.

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