Press Release | Sept. 6, 2017

September 6: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


September 6, 2017
Release # 20170906-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Sept. 5, Coalition military forces conducted 32 strikes consisting of 41 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes consisting of 36 engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a staging area.
•Near Raqqah, 25 strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed 22 fighting positions, three ISIS communications infrastructure items, and a logistics node; damaged three fighting positions; and suppressed four fighting positions.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of five engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Al Huwayjah, three strikes destroyed four ISIS-held buildings and two ISIS headquarters.
•Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an ISIS staging area.
•Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS-held building.

Additionally, 13 strikes consisting of 20 engagements were conducted in Syria on Sept. 2-4 that closed within the last 24 hours.
•On Sept. 2, near Raqqah, 11 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units and destroyed five fighting positions.
•On Sept. 3, near Raqqah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions.
•On Sept. 4, near Raqqah, one strike destroyed five 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.