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Press Release | Oct. 5, 2017

October 5: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


October 5, 2017
Release # 20171005-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Oct.4, Coalition military forces conducted 37 strikes consisting of 47 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes consisting of 31 engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed four vehicles and a VBIED.
•Near Raqqah, 23 strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units; destroyed two communications systems, 17 fighting positions, one command and control node, two logistics nodes, four ISIS oil stills and three ISIS oil trucks; and suppressed two fighting positions.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 16 engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Al Asad, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
•Near Al Qaim, two strikes destroyed an ISIS weapons cache and a VBIED factory.
•Near Huwijah, six strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; suppressed four ISIS oil stills; and destroyed five ISIS oil tanks, an IED facility, a VBIED, a weapons cache, a vehicle, a fighting position, and three ISIS-held buildings.

Additionally, 14 strikes consisting of 14 engagements were conducted in Syria on Oct. 2-3 that closed within the last 24 hours.
•On Oct. 2, Near Raqqah, 10 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units.
•On Oct. 3, near Raqqah, four strikes destroyed three ISIS fighting positions and a VBIED.

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.