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Press Release | Oct. 12, 2017

October 12: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


October 12, 2017
Release # 20171012-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Oct. 11, Coalition military forces conducted 31 strikes consisting of 39 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes consisting of 33 engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed one ISIS vehicle.
•Near Ar Raqqah, 24 strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units, damaged nine fighting positions, destroyed 11 fighting positions, 12 vehicles, two communication nodes and one ISIS supply route.
•Near Al Shadaddai, two strikes destroyed an ISIS HQ and one staging area.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of six engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Al Qaim, three strikes destroyed an ISIS training camp and staging area.
•Near Rawah, one strike destroyed a VBIED and three ISIS supply routes.

Additionally, two strikes consisting of six engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Oct. 10 that closed within the last 24 hours.
•Near Ar Raqqah, Syria, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
•Near Rawah, Iraq, one strike destroyed a VBIED, an ISIS fuel tanker and a vehicle.

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.