Press Release | Oct. 24, 2017

October 24: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


October 24, 2017
Release # 20171024-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Oct. 23, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of six engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of one engagement against ISIS targets.
•  Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of five engagements against ISIS targets.
•  Near Al Qaim, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a VBIED factory.
•  Near Qayyarah, two strikes damaged three ISIS supply routes.

Additionally, two strikes consisting of five engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Oct. 22 that closed within the last 24 hours.
•  Near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, one strike damaged two ISIS lines of communication.
•  Near Al Qaim, Iraq, one strike destroyed seven ISIS vehicles, a VBIED, two ISIS tractor trailers, two tractors, two water trucks, four pickup trucks, nine ISIS construction vehicles and an SUV.

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.