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Air Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, conducting 39 strikes consisting of 40 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported yesterday.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 34 strikes consisting of 34 engagements against ISIS targets:

  • Near Abu Kamal, A strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
  • Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units.
  • Near Raqqa, 30 strikes engaged 16 ISIS tactical units; destroyed 14 fighting positions, two vehicles and a logistics node; and suppressed four fighting positions.

Strikes in Iraq

In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of six engagements against ISIS targets:

  • Near Qaim, two strikes destroyed an ISIS-held building and a weapons cache.
  • Near Huwija, A strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters and a vehicle-borne bomb.
  • Near Rawah, two strikes destroyed an ISIS-held building and four ISIS boats.

Previous Strikes

Officials also provided details today on 23 strikes consisting of 25 engagements conducted near Raqqa on Oct. 2 for which the information was not previously available. The strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units, destroyed nine fighting positions and damaged five fighting positions.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

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, task force officials said.

The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted.

Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect.

For example, task force officials explained, 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, officials said.

The task force 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.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

Strikes Continue in Effort to Defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Monday, conducting 14 strikes consisting of 14 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported yesterday.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets:

  • Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two vehicles.
  • Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed a vehicle.
  • Near Raqqa, six strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions and three ISIS supply routes.

Strikes in Iraq

In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of four engagements against ISIS targets:

  • Near Qaim, two strikes destroyed an ISIS headquarters and a weapons cache.
  • Near Beiji, a strike destroyed an ISIS tunnel and a vehicle.
  • Near Kirkuk, a strike destroyed an ISIS fighting position.

Previous Strikes

Officials also provided details today on four Oct. 1 strikes consisting of eight engagements for which the information was not previously available:

  • Near Shadaddi, Syria, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
  • Near Beiji, a strike destroyed seven ISIS vehicles, four fighting positions, two vehicle-borne bombs and a tactical vehicle.
  • Near Raqqa, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

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, task force officials said.

The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted.

Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect.

For example, task force officials explained, 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, officials said.

The task force 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.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

Officials Provide Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria over the weekend, conducting 69 strikes consisting of 88 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported on Monday.

Officials reported details of the weekend’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Sept. 30 Strikes in Syria

In Syria on  Sept. 30, coalition military forces conducted 33 strikes consisting of 38 engagements against ISIS targets:

  • Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed an ISIS wellhead and engaged two tactical units.
  • Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed an ISIS tactical vehicle.
  • Near Raqqa, 29 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units, destroyed 20 fighting positions and a supply route, and suppressed 10 fighting positions.

Strikes Yesterday in Syria

In Syria yesterday, coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets:

  • Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed two ISIS wellheads and a fighting position.
  • Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two headquarters.
  • Near Raqqa, 20 strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed 16 fighting positions, 11 vehicles; and disrupted two supply routes.

Strikes in Iraq

In Iraq on Sept. 30, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS targets:

  • Near Beiji, five strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed four weapons caches and two mortar systems.
  • Near Huwija, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed 10 vehicles and two command-and-control nodes.
  • Near Rawah, a strike destroyed an ISIS vehicle-borne-bomb factory.
  • Near Tuz, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of seven engagements against ISIS targets in Iraq yesterday. The strike, near Huwija, engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two weapons caches, two command and control nodes, a vehicle-borne bomb factory and a vehicle-borne bomb and suppressed a tactical unit.

Previous Strikes

Officials also provided details today on 15 strikes consisting of 28 engagements conducted earlier for which the information was not previously available:

  • On Aug. 2 near Raqqa, two strikes destroyed two ISIS fighting positions and suppressed four fighting positions.
  • On Aug. 3 near Raqqa, five strikes suppressed 10 ISIS fighting positions.
  • On Aug. 4 near Raqqa, two strikes suppressed seven ISIS fighting positions.
  • On Sept. 29 near Beiji, two strikes destroyed three ISIS fighting positions, a vehicle and a generator.
  • On Sept. 29 near Raqqa, four strikes destroyed four ISIS supply routes and four communication networks.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

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, task force officials said.

The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted.

Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect.

For example, task force officials explained, 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, officials said.

The task force 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.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

Military Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 39 strikes consisting of 50 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 34 strikes consisting of 37 engagements against ISIS targets:

  • Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed an ISIS staging area.
  • Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units, destroyed two fighting positions and a supply route and damaged a fighting position.
  • Near Raqqa, 26 strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units and destroyed 14 fighting positions, six vehicles and an improvised explosive device and suppressed six fighting positions.
  • Near Shadaddi, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit, destroyed a mortar system and suppressed a fighting position.

Strikes in Iraq

In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of 13 engagements against ISIS targets:

  • Near Fallujah, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
  • Near Huwijah, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two staging areas, a command-and-control node, a headquarters and a weapons cache.
  • Near Qaim, a strike destroyed an ISIS staging area.
  • Near Rawah, a strike destroyed two ISIS vehicle-borne-bomb facilities.

Previous Strikes

Additionally, six strikes consisting of nine engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Sept. 27 that closed within the last 24 hours.

  • Near Raqqa, Syria, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions.
  • Near Shadaddi, Syria, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
  • Near Huwijah, Iraq, two strikes destroyed 51 ISIS vehicles and five vehicle-borne-bombs.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

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, task force officials said.

The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted.

Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect.

For example, task force officials explained, 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, officials said.

The task force 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.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 48 strikes consisting of 54 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 37 strikes consisting of 38 engagements against ISIS targets:

  • Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed five vehicles.
  • Near Raqqa, 35 strikes engaged 15 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 26 fighting positions, four vehicles, four ISIS supply routes and a heavy machine gun and suppressed five ISIS tactical units.
  • Near Shadaddi, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

Strikes in Iraq

In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 16 engagements against ISIS targets:

  • Near Huwijah, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions, two vehicle-borne bombs, two vehicles and two improvised explosive devices.
  • Near Qaim, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS headquarters, an IED and a vehicle.
  • Near Rawah, five strikes destroyed two ISIS-held buildings, a vehicle-borne bomb, a vehicle-borne-bomb factory and a vehicle-borne-bomb storage facility and damaged an ISIS supply route.

Previous Strikes

Additionally, five strikes consisting of 14 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Sept. 25, for which the information was not available in time for the Sept. 26 report:

  • Near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, a fighting position, a heavy machine gun and an IED.
  • Near Huwijah, Iraq, two strikes destroyed 10 vehicles, six ISIS boats, three fighting positions, a command-and-control node, a tactical vehicle and a dump truck and damaged a fighting position.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

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, task force officials said.

The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted.

Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect.

For example, task force officials explained, 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, officials said.

The task force 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.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 85 strikes consisting of 167 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

In Syria on Sept. 23, coalition military forces conducted 36 strikes consisting of 50 engagements against ISIS targets:

  • Near Raqqa, 29 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed 20 fighting positions, 22 vehicles, three ISIS headquarters, a command-and-control node; and suppressed three fighting positions.
  • Near Shadaddi, seven strikes destroyed three ISIS headquarters and two ISIS-held buildings, two logistics nodes, a command-and-control node and a vehicle.

In Syria yesterday, coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes consisting of 29 engagements against ISIS targets:

  • Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed a fighting position.
  • Near Raqqa, 27 strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units, destroyed 29 fighting positions and three vehicles and suppressed a fighting position.
  • Near Shadaddi, a strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters.

Strikes in Iraq

In Iraq on Sept. 23, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 60 engagements against ISIS targets:

  • Near Haditha, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS staging area and a vehicle.
  • Near Huwayjah, 10 strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed 18 vehicle-borne bombs, 12 vehicles, five fighting positions, six weapons caches, three heavy machine guns, three vehicle-borne-bomb factories, two tunnel entrances, an improvised explosive device storage facility, a command-and-control node, an ISIS trailer, an ISIS oil storage tank, a mortar system, a tactical vehicle and a recoilless rifle and suppressed two ISIS tactical units and two mortar teams.
  • Near Rawah, two strikes destroyed eight ISIS boats and two command-and-control nodes.

In Iraq yesterday, coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets:

  • Near Huwayjah, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed seven fighting positions, three command-and-control nodes, two ISIS staging areas, a weapons cache, a front-end loader, a tactical vehicle, a medium machine gun, a tunnel entrance and an ISIS unmanned aerial system and damaged three ISIS supply routes.
  • Near Rawah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a command-and-control node and two ISIS staging areas and damaged four ISIS supply routes.

Additional Strikes

Additionally, three strikes consisting of nine engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Sept. 22 for which the information was not available in time for the Sept. 23 report:

  • Near Abu Kamal, Syria, a strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters.
  • Near Huwayjah, Iraq, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed 230 vehicles, four ISIS containers, two weapons caches, a vehicle-borne bomb, a command-and-control node and an IED facility.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

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, task force officials said.

The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted.

Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect.

For example, task force officials explained, 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, officials said.

The task force 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.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

Liberation From ISIS Underway in Iraqi Towns

Operations have begun to liberate western Anbar and Huwayjah, the last two areas in Iraq where the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria hold territory, said Army Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi made the operations announcement to eradicate ISIS, Dillon said, speaking to Pentagon reporters via teleconference out of Baghdad, today.

“Already, the [Iraqi forces] have routed ISIS in Akashat, Rihanna, and just this morning they have cleared 11 villages, completing their first phase of operations in Huwayjah,” the spokesman said. “These operations are evidence, and showcase the [Iraqis’] increased capacity as a battle-tested, formidable fighting force.”

It is clear that ISIS terrorists are overwhelmed and outmatched by the strength of the [Iraqi forces], he said. “[ISIS] is losing ground, and is failing in every battle. Soon, ISIS will have no sanctuary anywhere in Iraq,” Dillon said.

The coordination among the Iraqi army, the federal police, peshmerga forces, local police, counterterrorism service, and popular and tribal mobilization forces has contributed to the victories seen recently against ISIS, the spokesman said. So far, he added, more than 4 million people have been liberated, and about 15,800 square miles have been cleared.

Raqqa Gains

In Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces continue to eliminate ISIS in the eastern and northeastern regions of that country, Dillon said. In Raqqa, “The SDF have now cleared about 70 percent of the entire city,” he added.

The SDF gained about 84 city blocks in Raqqa from ISIS control in the past week, he said.

“In the past week, the SDF have assisted more than 200 civilians flee the city of Raqqa,” Dillon noted. “The SDF also detained ISIS fighters attempting blend in amongst civilians; one of which was another ISIS emir, or local leader.”

U.S., Coalition Continue Strikes to Defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Wednesday, conducting 23 strikes consisting of 41 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported yesterday.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS targets.

  • Near Abu Kamal, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
  • Near Raqqa, 14 strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed seven fighting positions, a vehicle, two logistics nodes, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device and a vehicle-borne-IED factory.

Strikes in Iraq

In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 26 engagements against ISIS targets:

  • Near Beiji, a strike destroyed a vehicle and a mortar system.
  • Near Huwayjah, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a command-and-control node.
  • Near Rawah, five strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two vehicles, two tactical vehicles, two weapons caches, a command-and-control node, a mortar system, a heavy machine gun, a vehicle-borne IED, an ISIS bridge an ISIS staging area and an IED.

Additional Sept. 19 Strikes

Additionally, officials provided details today on 16 strikes consisting of 20 engagements conducted Sept. 19 in Syria and Iraq for which the information was not available in time for yesterday’s report:

  • Near Raqqa, 15 strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units, destroyed 17 vehicles and 13 fighting positions, and suppressed a fighting position.
  • Near Huwayjah, a strike destroyed five vehicle-borne IEDs and two vehicles and damaged two ISIS supply routes.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

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, task force officials said.

The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted.

Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect.

For example, task force officials explained, 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, officials said.

The task force 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.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, conducting 44 strikes consisting of 50 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported yesterday.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Near Raqqa, coalition military forces conducted 30 strikes consisting of 32 engagements against ISIS targets. The strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units and destroyed 28 fighting positions, three vehicles, two ISIS communications infrastructure items and an ISIS headquarters.

Strikes in Iraq

In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 18 engagements against ISIS targets:

  • Near Qaim, two strikes destroyed an ISIS headquarters and a weapons storage area.
  • Near Huwijah, five strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed three tunnels, two ISIS headquarters, two command-and-control nodes, a vehicle, a tractor, and a vehicle-borne improvised bomb facility; and damaged two supply routes.
  • Near Rawah, seven strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two mortar systems, two weapons caches, an improvised explosive device, a staging area, and a vehicle.

Additional Strikes

Additionally, 51 strikes consisting of 53 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Sept. 17-18 that closed within the last 24 hours for which the information was not available in time for yesterday’s report:

  • On Sept. 17, near Raqqa, Syria, three strikes destroyed seven fighting positions.
  • On Sept. 18, near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and damaged three supply routes.
  • On Sept. 18, near Raqqa, Syria, 42 strikes engaged 23 ISIS tactical units; destroyed 23 fighting positions, eight vehicles, three VBIEDs, two ISIS unmanned aerial systems, and a command-and-control node; and suppressed four fighting positions.
  • On Sept. 18, near Huwayjah, Iraq, two strikes illuminated tactical areas.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

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, task force officials said.

The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted.

Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect.

For example, task force officials explained, 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, officials said.

The task force 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.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

Strikes Continue in Effort to Defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Monday, conducting 13 strikes consisting of 21 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported yesterday.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of six engagements against ISIS targets near Raqqa. The strikes destroyed 25 ISIS vehicles, five fighting positions, a command-and control-node and a logistics node.

Strikes in Iraq

In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS targets:

  • Near Qaim, a strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters.
  • Near Haditha, a strike destroyed ISIS engineering equipment and a vehicle.
  • Near Huwijah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed four heavy machine guns, three fighting positions, a tactical vehicle, a bunker, a front-end loader, a mortar system, a staging area and an ISIS headquarters.
  • Near Rawah, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit, destroyed a vehicle and an ISIS-held building, and damaged a supply route.

Sept. 17 Strikes

Officials today also provided details on 12 strikes consisting of 14 engagements conducted Sept. 17 in Syria and Iraq for which the information was not available in time for yesterday’s report:

  • Near Raqqa, seven strikes destroyed six ISIS fighting positions and a logistics node.
  • Near Qaim, a strike destroyed an ISIS tactical vehicle and a tactical vehicle storage facility.
  • Near Huwijah, two strikes destroyed a vehicle-borne-bomb facility and an ISIS weapons cache.
  • Near Rawah, a strike destroyed an ISIS staging area.
  • Near Rutbah, Iraq, a strike destroyed an ISIS weapons cache.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

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, task force officials said.

The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted.

Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect.

For example, task force officials explained, 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, officials said.

The task force 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.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)