An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Press Release | Oct. 17, 2017

October 17: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


October 17, 2017
Release # 20171017-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Oct. 16, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS terrorists in Iraq.
• Near Rahwah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an IED weapons facility.
• Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed a VBIED factory.

Additionally, one strike consisting of one engagement was conducted in Syria on Oct. 15 that closed within the last 24 hours.
• Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two 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.