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Press Release | Sept. 4, 2017

September 4: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


September 4, 2017
Release # 20170904-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Sept. 3, Coalition military forces conducted 31 strikes consisting of 35 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes consisting of 27 engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed 10 ISIS oil stills.
•Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed 30 ISIS oil barrels, three oil stills, a well-head and a VBIED.
•Near Raqqah, 21 strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed 13 fighting positions, two pieces of ISIS communications infrastructure, two vehicles, a VBIED, a command and control node, and a logistics node.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of eight engagement against ISIS targets.
•Near Al Huwayjah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and a destroyed a command and control node, an ISIS UAS site, an ammunition cache, a VBIED facility and an ISIS-held building.
•Near Baghdad, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
•Near Al Qaim, two strikes destroyed an ISIS headquarters, a crane, and a front-end loader.

Additionally, 10 strikes consisting of 10 engagements were conducted in Syria on Sept. 1-2 that closed within the last 24 hours.
•On Sept. 1, near Raqqah, five strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units.
•On Sept. 2, near Raqqah, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and suppressed two fighting positions.

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.