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Press Release | Sept. 14, 2017

September 14: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


September 14, 2017
Release # 20170914-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Sept. 13, Coalition military forces conducted 43 strikes consisting of 45 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 39 strikes consisting of 41 engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters.
•Near Dayr Az Zawr, nine strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed two tactical vehicles, an ISIS fuel station and a fighting position.
•Near Raqqah, 29 strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed 21 fighting positions, a VBIED, and an ISIS UAS; and suppressed four ISIS tactical units.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of four engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an ISIS staging area.
•Near Hawijah, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two weapons caches, two heavy machine guns, two bunkers, an ISIS headquarters, a VBIED facility, and a tunnel system.
•Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an IED facility.

Additionally, eight strikes consisting of 12 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Sept. 11-12 that closed within the last 24 hours.
•On Sept. 11, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike destroyed an ISIS fighting position.
•On Sept. 12, near Hawijah, Iraq, two strikes destroyed four ISIS tunnels, an anti-air artillery system, a mortar system, a weapons cache, an IED facility, a command and control node and a staging area.
•On Sept. 12, near Raqqah, Syria, five strikes destroyed 19 ISIS vehicles; and suppressed a fighting position.

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.