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Press Release | Sept. 12, 2017

September 12: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


September 12, 2017
Release # 20170912-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Sept. 11, Coalition military forces conducted 41 strikes consisting of 50 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 38 strikes consisting of 42 engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Dayr Az Zawr, seven strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed two vehicles, a tactical vehicle, a VBIED, and a fighting position.
•Near Raqqah, 31 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed 24 fighting positions, 17 vehicles, three logistics nodes, an ISIS headquarters, an IED, and a command and control node.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of eight engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Bayji, one strike destroyed four ISIS tunnel entrances.
•Near Hawijah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a command and control node and four tunnels.
•Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two ISIS-held buildings.

Additionally, 15 strikes consisting of 21 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Sept. 10 that closed within the last 24 hours.
•On Sept. 10, near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
•On Sept. 10, near Raqqah, Syria, 11 strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed 14 vehicles, three fighting positions, a logistics node, and an anti-air artillery system; and suppressed a fighting position.
•On Sept. 10, near Hawijah, Iraq, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles and an ISIS headquarters.
•On Sept. 10, near Rawah, Iraq, one strike destroyed three ISIS-held buildings.

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.