Press Release | Sept. 27, 2017

September 27: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


September 27, 2017
Release # 20170927-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Sept. 26, Coalition military forces conducted 48 strikes consisting of 54 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 37 strikes consisting of 38 engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
•Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed five vehicles.
•Near Raqqah, 35 strikes engaged 15 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 26 fighting positions, four vehicles, four ISIS supply routes, a heavy machine gun and suppressed five ISIS tactical units.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 16 engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Al Qaim, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS headquarters, an IED, and a vehicle.
•Near Huwijah, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions, two VBIEDs, two vehicles, and two IEDs.
•Near Rawah, five strikes destroyed two ISIS-held buildings, a VBIED, a VBIED factory, a VBIED storage facility and damaged an ISIS supply route.

Additionally, five strikes consisting of 14 engagements were conducted in Syria on Sept. 25 that closed within the last 24 hours.
•On Sept. 25, near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, a fighting position, a heavy machine gun, and an IED.
•On Sept. 25, near Huwijah, Iraq, two strikes destroyed 10 vehicles, six ISIS boats, three fighting positions, a command and control node, a tactical vehicle, a dump truck and damaged 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.