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Press Release | Oct. 3, 2017

October 3: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


October 3, 2017
Release # 20171003-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Oct.2, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 14 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two vehicles.
•Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed a vehicle.
•Near Raqqah, six strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions and three ISIS supply routes.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of four engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Al Qaim, two strikes destroyed an ISIS headquarters and a weapons cache.
•Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIS tunnel and a vehicle.
•Near Kirkuk, one strike destroyed an ISIS fighting position.

Additionally, four strikes consisting of eight engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Oct. 1 that closed within the last 24 hours.

•Near Al Shadaddi, Syria, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
•Near Bayji, Iraq, one strike destroyed seven ISIS vehicles, four fighting positions, two VBIEDs, and a tactical vehicle.
•Near Raqqah, Syria, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions.

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.