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Press Release | Sept. 8, 2017

September 8: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


September 8, 2017
Release # 20170908-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Sept. 7, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 23 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 12 engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters.
•Near Raqqah, 11 strikes destroyed 11 ISIS fighting positions and a command and control node and suppressed three fighting positions.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 11 engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Al Huwayjah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two command and control nodes, a vehicle, a VBIED storage facility, and a staging area.
•Near Al Qaim, one strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.
•Near Rawah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed four command and control nodes and a staging area.

Additionally, 39 strikes consisting of 42 engagements were conducted in Syria on Sept. 6 that closed within the last 24 hours.
•On Sept. 6, near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
•On Sept. 6, near Raqqah, 38 strikes engaged 19 ISIS tactical units; destroyed 35 fighting positions, three vehicles, two logistics nodes, a command and control node, a VBIED, and an ISIS UAS; and suppressed eight 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.