Press Release | Dec. 8, 2017

December 8: Military airstrikes continue against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq

CJTFOIR

Dec. 8, 2017
Release # 20171208-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Note: CJTF-OIR Strike Releases are now published on Mondays and Fridays. Strikes conducted on Friday through Sunday will be reported every Monday. Strikes conducted on Monday through Thursday will be reported every Friday. Our intent is to reduce the number of reports while maintaining transparency.

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Between Dec. 4 and Dec. 7, 2017, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 40 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

On Dec. 7 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of nine engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS headquarters, two fighting positions and an ISIS vehicle.

On Dec. 6 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed three ISIS vehicles, 13 ISIS watercraft and two ISIS-held buildings.

On Dec. 5 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 20 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, eight strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units and destroyed 17 ISIS watercraft, an improvised explosive device, an ISIS line of communication, an ISIS headquarters, a heavy weapon, an ISIS vehicle and an ISIS motorcycle.

On Dec. 4 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of one engagement against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS fighting position.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq Dec. 4 - 7, 2017.

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.

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