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Press Release | Oct. 16, 2017

October 16: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


October 16, 2017
Release # 20171016-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Oct. 15, Coalition military forces conducted ten strikes consisting of 11 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets.
•  Near Ash Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
•  Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of nine engagements against ISIS targets.
•  Near Al Qaim, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed five supply routes, two VBIED factories and an ISIS-held building.
•  Near Ar Rutbah, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed three vehicles.
•  Near Rawah, one strike destroyed two command and control nodes and an anti-air artillery system.
•  Near Tuz, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a tunnel.

Additionally, one strike consisting of one engagement was conducted in Iraq on Oct. 14 that closed within the last 72 hours.
•  Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed five ISIS supply routes and a tunnel entrance.

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.