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Press Release | Sept. 3, 2017

September 3: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


September 3, 2017
Release # 20170903-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Sept. 2, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 31 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 30 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Al Hawl, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a VBIED.
•       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed four oil stills.
•       Near Raqqah, 19 strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed five fighting positions, four logistics nodes, three IEDs, two staging areas, a mortar system, a vehicle, and a command and control node.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of one engagement against ISIS targets.
•       Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed a VBIED facility.

Additionally, 14 strikes consisting of 20 engagements were conducted in Syria on Sept. 1 that closed within the last 24 hours.
•       On Sept. 1, near Al Hawl, Syria, one strike destroyed an ISIS UAS.
•       On Sept. 1, near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
•       On Sept. 1, near Raqqah, Syria, 12 strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed four command and control nodes, four logistics nodes, three fighting positions, three VBIEDs, and two heavy machine guns.

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.