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October 2: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Release No: 17-387 Oct. 2, 2017 PRINT | E-MAIL
SOUTHWEST ASIA — October 2, 2017
Release # 20171002-02
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Sep. 30 and Oct.1, Coalition military forces conducted 69 strikes consisting of 88 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, on Sept. 30, Coalition military forces conducted 33 strikes consisting of 38 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed an ISIS well head and engaged two tactical units.
• Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIS tactical vehicle.
• Near Raqqah, 29 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units, destroyed 20 fighting positions and a supply route, and suppressed 10 fighting positions.

In Syria, on Oct. 1, Coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed two ISIS well heads and a fighting position.
• Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two headquarters.
• Near Raqqah, 20 strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed 16 fighting positions, 11 vehicles; and disrupted two supply routes.

In Iraq, on Sept. 30, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Bayji, five strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed four weapons caches and two mortar systems.
• Near Huwijah, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed 10 vehicles and two command and control nodes.
• Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIS VBIED factory.
• Near Tuz, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

In Iraq, on Oct. 1, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of 7 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Huwijah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two weapons caches, two command and control nodes, a VBIED facility, a VBIED; and suppressed a tactical unit.

Additionally, 15 strikes consisting of 28 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Aug. 2-4 and Sept. 29.
• On Aug. 2, near Raqqah, Syria, two strikes destroyed two ISIS fighting positions; and suppressed four fighting positions.
• On Aug. 3, near Raqqah, Syria, five strikes suppressed 10 ISIS fighting positions.
• On Aug. 4, near Raqqah, Syria, two strikes suppressed seven ISIS fighting positions.
• On Sept. 29, near Bayji, Iraq, two strikes destroyed three ISIS fighting positions, a vehicle and a generator.
• On Sept. 29, near Raqqah, Syria, four strikes destroyed four ISIS supply routes and four communication networks.

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.

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