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Press Release | Oct. 27, 2017

October 27: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq


Oct. 27, 2017
Release # 20171027-01

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Oct. 26, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 18 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of eight engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle.
•       Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed a VBIED factory, three ISIS defensive fighting positions, a tactical vehicle, an ISIS headquarters and a fighting position.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Al Qaim, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a command and control node, two weapons caches, a VBIED headquarters and two VBIED factories.
•       Near Rawah, two strikes destroyed three ISIS supply routes and damaged a supply route.

Additionally, one strike consisting of one engagement was conducted in Iraq on Oct. 17.
•       Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an ISIS-held building and an ISIS base.

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.