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Press Release | Oct. 13, 2017

October 13: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


October 13, 2017
Release # 20171013-01
SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Oct. 12, Coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes consisting of 29 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes consisting of 27 engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed one vehicle.
•Near Ar Raqqah, 25 strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units, suppressed one fighting position, destroyed two communications nodes, 10 fighting positions, one vehicle and one ISIS supply road.
•Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike engaged one ISIS tactical unit.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets.
•Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed a VBIED factory.
•Near Haditha, one strike engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed a vehicle and a heavy machine gun.

Additionally, 12 strikes consisting of 13 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Oct. 10-11 that closed within the last 24 hours.
•On Oct. 11 near Ar Raqqah, Syria, eight strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed four ISIS communication lines, two communications nodes and a fighting position.
•On Oct. 11 near Rawah, Iraq, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and an ISIS-held building.
•On Oct. 10 near Rawah, Iraq, two strikes destroying four ISIS supply routes, a command and control node and an ISIS-held building.

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.