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Press Release | Oct. 4, 2017

October 4: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


October 4, 2017
Release # 20171004-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Oct.3, Coalition military forces conducted 39 strikes consisting of 40 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 34 strikes consisting of 34 engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
•Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units.
•Near Raqqah, 30 strikes engaged 16 ISIS tactical units; destroyed 14 fighting positions, two vehicles, and a logistics node; and suppressed four fighting positions.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of six engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Al Qaim, two strikes destroyed an ISIS-held building and a weapons cache.
•Near Huwijah, one strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters and a VBIED.
•Near Rawah, two strikes destroyed an ISIS-held building and four ISIS boats.

Additionally, 23 strikes consisting of 25 engagements were conducted in Syria on Oct. 2 that closed within the last 24 hours.

•On Oct. 2, near Raqqah, 23 strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units, destroyed nine fighting positions and damaged five 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.