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Press Release | Sept. 15, 2017

September 15: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


September 15, 2017
Release # 20170915-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Sept. 14, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 30 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes consisting of 17 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two vehicles.
• Near Raqqah, 14 strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units; destroyed seven fighting positions, three vehicles, and a command and control node; and suppressed two fighting positions.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of 13 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Hawijah, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three ISIS headquarters, two weapons caches, two VBIEDs, two fighting positions, a command and control node, a mortar system, a heavy machine gun, and a munitions cache.
• Near Rawah, one strike destroyed a command and control node.

Additionally, nine strikes consisting of 19 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Sept. 12-13 that closed within the last 24 hours.

• On Sept. 12, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
• On Sept. 13, near Hawijah, Iraq, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed four tunnel entrances, two VBIEDs and an ISIS-held building.
• On Sept. 13, near Raqqah, Syria, five strikes destroyed four vehicles, three fighting positions, and two logistics nodes.
• On Sept. 13, near Rawah, Iraq, one strike destroyed an ISIS front-end loader.

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.