October 26: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Release No: 17-413 Oct. 26, 2017 PRINT | E-MAIL
October 26, 2017
Release # 20171026-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Oct. 25, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes consisting of 25 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 14 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIS-held building.
•       Near Dayr Az Zawr, six strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed five ISIS lines of communication, a tactical vehicle and a defensive fighting position.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 11 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Al Qaim, six strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and an ISIS staging area and destroyed 10 supply routes, a VBIED facility, an ISIS vehicle and a command and control node.
•       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIS safehouse.
•       Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed a supply route.

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.