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Press Release | Sept. 18, 2017

September 16: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


September 16, 2017
Release # 20170916-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Sept. 15, Coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes consisting of 33 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed a weapons cache and an ISIS headquarters.
•Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions.
•Near Raqqah, 19 strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed nine ISIS supply routes, eight fighting positions, a vehicle, a logistics node and suppressed two fighting positions.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of five engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Hawijah, two strikes destroyed seven VBIEDs, a bunker and a heavy machine gun.
•Near Rawah, two strikes destroyed two ISIS-held buildings, a command and control node and a vehicle.

Additionally, 38 strikes consisting of 55 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Sept. 14 that closed within the last 24 hours.

•On Sept. 14, near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria six strikes destroyed an ISIS UAS, a fighting position, an ISIS supply route and suppressed three fighting positions.
•On Sept. 14, near Raqqah, Syria, 31 strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed 25 fighting positions, 25 vehicles, three ISIS supply routes, two logistics nodes, ISIS engineering equipment, and an IED.
•On Sept. 14, near Huwijah, Iraq, one strike destroyed 11 VBIEDs and a VBIED facility.

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.