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    Strikes Continue Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Aug. 29, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 19 strikes consisting of 59 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 14 strikes consisting of 16 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed an ISIS front-end loader.
    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an explosives facility and a weapons cache.
    -- Near Raqqa, 12 strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units and destroyed nine fighting positions, a logistics node and a vehicle-borne bomb.
    Strikes in Iraq
    In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of 43 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Qaim, a strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.
    -- Near Rawah, a strike destroyed a vehicle-borne-bomb facility.
    -- Near Tal Afar, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed 27 fighting positions, two mortar systems, two vehicle-borne bombs, two supply caches, a weapons cache and a tunnel.
    Previous Strikes
    Additionally, 43 strikes consisting of 68 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on June 17 and Aug. 26-27 that closed within the last 24 hours.
    -- On June 17, near Raqqa, Syria, seven strikes destroyed six fighting positions and a command-and-control node.
    -- On Aug. 26, near Raqqa, Syria, two strikes destroyed five fighting positions.
    -- On Aug. 26, near Rawah, Iraq, a strike destroyed a vehicle-borne-bomb facility.
    -- On Aug. 27, near Abu Kamal, Syria, a strike damaged an ISIS bridge.
    -- On Aug. 27, near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, a strike destroyed a command-and-control node.
    -- On Aug. 27 near Raqqa, Syria, 24 strikes engaged 20 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 22 fighting positions, two anti-aircraft artillery systems and two logistics nodes.
    -- On Aug. 27, near Qaim, Iraq, two strikes destroyed seven ISIS oil stills, five ISIS oil storage barrels and an ISIS-held building.
    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.
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    Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Aug. 31, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 31 strikes consisting of 51 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 21 strikes consisting of 41 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed eight ISIS oil stills and damaged five supply routes.
    -- Near Hawl, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
    -- Near Raqqa, 17 strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 15 fighting positions, two command-and-control nodes, a logistics node and an improvised explosive device factory.
    Strikes in Iraq
    In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Huwayjah, a strike destroyed two ISIS-held buildings and an explosives cache.
    -- Near Qaim, a strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters.
    -- Near Tal Afar, eight strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units; destroyed 36 fighting positions, three heavy machine guns, two medium machine guns, two weapons caches, a command-and-control node and an ISIS-held building; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.
    Additional Strikes
    Additionally, 26 strikes consisting of 59 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on June 18 and Aug. 28-29 that closed within the last 24 hours:
    -- On June 18, near Raqqa, Syria, three strikes destroyed six fighting positions.
    -- On Aug. 28, near Raqqa, Syria, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed five fighting positions.
    -- On Aug. 29, near Raqqa, Syria, 16 strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed nine fighting positions, a vehicle-borne bomb, a heavy machine gun and a command-and-control node.
    -- On Aug. 29, near Rawah, Iraq, two strikes destroyed two vehicle-borne-bomb facilities.
    -- On Aug. 29, near Tal Afar, Iraq, two strikes suppressed four ISIS tactical units.
    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.

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    Iraqi Government Announces Liberation of Tal Afar

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Aug. 31, 2017 — The global coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria congratulates Prime Minister Al-Abadi and all Iraqi forces on their stunning victory today in Tal Afar and northern Ninewah province, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said today.



    Under the command of the Iraqi prime minister, all branches of the Iraqi forces took part in the liberation of Tal Afar -- the 9th, 15th and 16th Iraqi Army Divisions, the Counter Terrorism Service, the Federal Police and Emergency Response Division, Iraqi local police, the Popular Mobilization Forces and the Kurdistan Regional Government’s peshmerga, officials said.
    Dangerous Work Remains
    While the city and critical infrastructure are under Iraqi control, dangerous work remains to completely remove explosive devices, identify ISIS fighters in hiding and eliminate any remaining ISIS holdouts so they do not threaten the security of Tal Afar in the future, officials said.
    "Following their historic liberation of Mosul and now a swift and decisive victory in Tal Afar, the [Iraqis] have shown, once again, they are an increasingly capable force that can protect the Iraqi people, defeat ISIS within Iraq and secure the country's borders," Army Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, the commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq and Syria, said in a release
    “This is yet another significant achievement for [Iraq’s forces] and the government and people of Iraq,” Townsend added.
    The coalition contributes to the defeat of ISIS by providing Iraqi forces with equipment, training, intelligence, precision fire support and military advice to leaders, officials said. By working by, with, and through the government of Iraq and the Iraqi forces, the coalition has enabled the Iraqis to reclaim 90 percent of their land from ISIS.
    The coalition will continue to support the government of Iraq and Iraqi security forces as they fight on to defeat ISIS in western Anbar province and Huwayjah, officials said.
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    Officials Release Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 1, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 30 strikes consisting of 52 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 22 strikes consisting of 38 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Abu Kamal, five strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed six fuel trucks, five tactical vehicles, a vehicle, an ISIS tank, a staging area and an oil still.
    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units, destroyed five tactical vehicles and a machine gun and damaged a bridge.
    -- Near Raqqa, 15 strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 10 fighting positions, three logistics nodes, two vehicles and a command-and-control node.
    Strikes in Iraq
    In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of 25 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Huwayjah, two strikes destroyed five ISIS oil stills and an ISIS-held building.
    -- Near Qaim, three strikes destroyed four ISIS front-end loaders, two semi-trailers, two semi-trucks, an excavator and a crane.
    -- Near Rawah, a strike destroyed an ISIS front-end loader.
    -- Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit, damaged four fighting positions and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.
    Previous Strikes
    Additionally, 28 strikes consisting of 37 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on June 18 and Aug. 30 that closed within the last 24 hours:
    -- On June 18, near Raqqa, Syria, eight strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed eight fighting positions.
    -- On Aug. 30, near Abu Kamal, Syria, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three tactical vehicles, two ISIS-held buildings, a front-end loader, a vehicle and a staging area.
    -- On Aug. 30, near Raqqa, Syria, 18 strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed nine fighting positions, two command-and-control nodes and a heavy machine gun.
    -- On Aug. 30, near Tal Afar, Iraq, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a medium machine gun and 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.
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    Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 2, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 25 strikes consisting of 43 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 22 strikes consisting of 40 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed 11 oil stills, four vehicles, an ISIS-held building, a bulldozer, a fuel truck and an artillery system.
    -- Near Raqqa, 17 strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed 16 fighting positions, three logistics nodes, two command and control nodes, and a vehicle-borne bomb.
    Strikes in Iraq
    In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of three engagements against ISIS targets near Qaim, destroying two ISIS fuel storage sites, an ISIS-held building, a front-end loader, a weapons storage area and an excavator.
    Previous Strikes
    Officials also provided results today of 15 strikes consisting of 20 engagements conducted near Raqqa on Aug. 30-31 for which the information was not yet available in time for yesterday's report:
    -- On Aug. 30, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed a fighting position.
    -- On Aug. 31, 13 strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions, three command-and-control nodes and a tunnel.
    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.
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    Strikes Continue in Effort to Defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 4, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 31 strikes consisting of 35 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.
    In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes consisting of 27 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed 10 ISIS oil stills.
    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed 30 ISIS oil barrels, three oil stills, a wellhead and a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.
    -- Near Raqqa, 21 strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed 13 fighting positions, two pieces of ISIS communications infrastructure, two vehicles, a vehicle-borne IED, a command-and-control node and a logistics node.
    Officials also provided details today on 10 earlier strikes near Raqqa consisting of 10 engagements for which the information was not available in time for yesterday's report:
    -- On Sept. 1, five strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units.
    -- On Sept. 2, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and suppressed two fighting positions.
    Strikes in Iraq
    In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of eight engagements against ISIS targets.
    -- Near Huwayjah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and a destroyed a command-and-control node, an ISIS unmanned-aircraft-system site, an ammunition cache, a vehicle-borne IED facility and an ISIS-held building.
    -- Near Baghdad, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
    -- Near Qaim, two strikes destroyed an ISIS headquarters, a crane and a front-end loader.
    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.
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    Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 5, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 37 strikes consisting of 41 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 28 strikes consisting of 32 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed four vehicles and a vehicle-borne bomb.
    -- Near Raqqa, 23 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units; destroyed 20 fighting positions, four oil stills, three oil trucks, two logistics nodes and a command-and-control node; and suppressed two fighting positions.
    Officials also provided details today on 14 previous strikes consisting of 14 engagements conducted near Raqqa for which the information was not available in time for yesterday's report:
    -- On Sept. 2, 10 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units and destroyed a fighting position.
    -- On Sept. 3, four strikes destroyed a vehicle-borne bomb and a fighting position and suppressed two fighting positions.
    Strikes in Iraq
    In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of nine engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Asad, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
    -- Near Huwayjah, six strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed five oil storage tanks, four ISIS-held buildings, a vehicle-borne bomb, a bomb-making facility, a vehicle and a fighting position.
    -- Near Qaim, two strikes destroyed two fighting positions and an ISIS weapons storage 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.
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    Officials Provide Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 6, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 32 strikes consisting of 41 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 27 strikes consisting of 36 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a staging area.
    -- Near Raqqa, 25 strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed 22 fighting positions, three ISIS communications infrastructure items, and a logistics node; damaged three fighting positions; and suppressed four fighting positions.
    Officials also provided details today on 13 earlier strikes consisting of 20 engagements conducted near Raqqa for which the information was not available in time for yesterday's report:
    -- On Sept. 2, 11 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units and destroyed five fighting positions.
    -- On Sept. 3, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions.
    -- On Sept. 4, a strike destroyed five fighting positions.
    Strikes in Iraq
    In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of five engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Huwayjah, three strikes destroyed four ISIS-held buildings and two ISIS headquarters.
    -- Near Qaim, a strike destroyed an ISIS staging area.
    -- Near Rawah, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS-held building.
    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.
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    Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 7, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 16 strikes consisting of 30 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 eight strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS targets near Raqqa yesterday, destroying 13 ISIS fighting positions, damaging five fighting positions and suppressing two fighting positions.
    Officials also provided details today on 41 strikes consisting of 47 engagements conducted in Syria in recent days for which the information was not yet available at the time of yesterday's report:
    -- On Sept. 3 near Raqqa, 10 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed nine fighting positions.
    -- On Sept. 4 near Raqqa, 15 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units and destroyed five fighting positions and a vehicle.
    -- On Sept. 5 near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed 42 ISIS fuel trucks, four front-end loaders and four tactical vehicles.
    -- On Sept. 5 near Raqqa, 15 strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units and destroyed 15 fighting positions, two vehicles, an improvised explosive device and a piece of ISIS engineering equipment.
    Strikes in Iraq
    In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Huwayjah, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed five oil stills, two ISIS-held buildings, two ISIS headquarters and a front-end loader.
    -- Near Qaim, a strike destroyed two ISIS front-end loaders.
    -- Near Anah, two strikes destroyed an ISIS headquarters and an ISIS communication node.
    -- Near Rawah, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS-held building.
    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.
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    Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 8, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 19 strikes consisting of 23 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 12 strikes consisting of 12 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters.
    -- Near Raqqa, 11 strikes destroyed 11 ISIS fighting positions and a command-and-control node and suppressed three fighting positions.
    Strikes in Iraq
    In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 11 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Huwayjah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two command-and-control nodes, a vehicle, a vehicle-borne bomb storage facility and a staging area.
    -- Near Qaim, a strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.
    -- Near Rawah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed four command-and-control nodes and a staging area.
    Additional Strikes
    Additionally, 39 strikes consisting of 42 engagements were conducted in Syria on Sept. 6 that closed within the last 24 hours:
    -- On Sept. 6, near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
    -- On Sept. 6, near Raqqa, 38 strikes engaged 19 ISIS tactical units; destroyed 35 fighting positions, three vehicles, two logistics nodes, a command-and-control node, a vehicle-borne bomb and an ISIS unmanned aerial system; and suppressed eight 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.
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    Coalition Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 9, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 43 strikes consisting of 47 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 40 strikes consisting of 40 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Raqqa, 40 strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 24 fighting positons, four logistics node, two vehicles, an ISIS communication line, a mortar system, a command-and-control node and suppressed four fighting positions.
    Strikes in Iraq
    In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of seven engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Qaim, a strike destroyed a vehicle-borne bomb facility.
    -- Near Bashir, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a command-and-control node.
    -- Near Rawah, a strike destroyed a vehicle-borne bomb.
    Additional Strikes
    Additionally, 34 strikes consisting of 46 engagements were conducted in Syria on Aug. 23 and Sept.3-7 that closed within the last 24 hours:
    -- On Aug. 23, near Raqqa, a strike suppressed a fighting position.
    -- On Sept. 3, near Raqqa, two strikes destroyed two command-and-control nodes, a logistics node, a fighting position and suppressed a fighting position.
    -- On Sept. 4, near Raqqa, two strikes destroyed four fighting positions.
    -- On Sept. 5, near Raqqa, a strike destroyed a fighting position.
    -- On Sept. 6, near Raqqa, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions and a command-and-control node.
    -- On Sept. 7, near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed an ISIS tactical unit and a vehicle.
    -- On Sept. 7, near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two vehicles and an ISIS communication line.
    -- On Sept. 7, near Raqqa, 22 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed 15 fighting positions, 15 vehicles, four vehicle-borne bombs and suppressed four 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.
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    Officials Release Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 11, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Sept. 9-10, conducting 78 strikes consisting of 91 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 38 strikes consisting of 42 engagements against ISIS targets on Sept. 9:
    -- Near Abu Kamal, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS headquarters.
    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions and a vehicle.
    -- Near Raqqa, 34 strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units; destroyed 21 fighting positions, 16 vehicles, four heavy machine guns, two command-and-control nodes, a logistics node and engineering equipment; and suppressed six fighting positions.
    Yesterday, coalition military forces conducted 26 strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed a vehicle-borne-bomb factory.
    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS unmanned aerial system, a vehicle-borne-bomb facility, a vehicle-borne bomb, a vehicle and a tactical vehicle.
    -- Near Raqqa, 23 strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units; destroyed 20 fighting positions, two logistics nodes and a vehicle; and suppressed two fighting positions.
    Strikes in Iraq
    In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS targets on Sept. 9:
    -- Near Huwayjah, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two command-and-control nodes, two weapons caches, a vehicle, an ISIS headquarters and an ISIS-held building.
    -- Near Qaim, a strike destroyed an ISIS staging area.
    -- Near Rawah, five strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed seven command and control nodes, a vehicle-borne bomb, an ISIS-held building and a vehicle.
    Yesterday, coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of six engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Huwayjah, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles.
    -- Near Qaim, a strike destroyed an explosives factory.
    -- Near Rawah, a strike destroyed two command-and-control nodes.
    -- Near Rutbah, two strikes destroyed an ISIS training camp and a vehicle-borne-bomb facility.
    Previous Strikes
    Additionally, 20 strikes consisting of 32 engagements were conducted near Raqqa, Syria, on Sept. 8 that closed within the last 24 hours. The strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units; destroyed 15 vehicles, six logistics nodes, four fighting positions and an improvised explosive device; and suppressed three 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.
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    Strikes Continue in Syria, Iraq Against ISIS Terrorists

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 12, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 41 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 38 strikes consisting of 42 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, seven strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed two vehicles, a tactical vehicle, a vehicle-borne bomb and a fighting position.
    -- Near Raqqa, 31 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed 24 fighting positions, 17 vehicles, three logistics nodes, an ISIS headquarters, an improvised explosive device and a command-and-control node.
    Strikes in Iraq
    In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of eight engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Beiji, a strike destroyed four ISIS tunnel entrances.
    -- Near Huwayjah, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a command-and-control node and four tunnels.
    -- Near Rawah, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two ISIS-held buildings.
    Previous Strikes
    Additionally, 15 strikes consisting of 21 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Sept. 10 that closed within the last 24 hours.
    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
    -- Near Raqqa, Syria, 11 strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed 14 vehicles, three fighting positions, a logistics node and an anti-air artillery system; and suppressed a fighting position.
    -- Near Huwayjah, Iraq, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles and an ISIS headquarters.
    -- Near Rawah, Iraq, a strike destroyed three ISIS-held buildings.
    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.
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    Coalition Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

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    DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILSU.S. Central Command continues to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.








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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 13, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 65 strikes consisting of 76 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 62 strikes consisting of 64 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed a vehicle-borne-bomb facility.
    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, two vehicle-borne bombs, a vehicle-borne-bomb facility and a logistics node.
    -- Near Raqqa, 56 strikes engaged 17 ISIS tactical units; destroyed 56 fighting positions, three logistics nodes and two vehicles; and suppressed a fighting position.
    Strikes in Iraq
    In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of 12 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Huwayjah, three strikes destroyed six ISIS tunnels.
    Previous Strikes
    Additionally, 18 strikes consisting of 31 engagements were conducted in Syria on Sept. 11 that closed within the last 24 hours.
    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed four ISIS fighting positions.
    -- Near Raqqa, 16 strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed 17 fighting positions and a logistics node.
    -- Near Shadaddi, a strike destroyed an ISIS staging area.
    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.
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    Counter-ISIS Strikes Continue in Syria, Iraq

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 14, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 43 strikes consisting of 45 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 39 strikes consisting of 41 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters.
    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, nine strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed two tactical vehicles, an ISIS fuel station and a fighting position.
    -- Near Raqqa, 29 strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed 21 fighting positions, a vehicle-borne bomb and an ISIS unmanned aerial system; and suppressed four ISIS tactical units.
    Strikes in Iraq
    In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of four engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Huwayjah, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two weapons caches, two heavy machine guns, two bunkers, an ISIS headquarters, a vehicle-borne-bomb facility and a tunnel system.
    -- Near Qaim, a strike destroyed an ISIS staging area.
    -- Near Rawah, a strike destroyed an improvised explosive device facility.
    Previous Strikes
    Additionally, eight strikes consisting of 12 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Sept. 11-12 that closed within the last 24 hours.
    -- On Sept. 11, near Raqqa, Syria, a strike destroyed an ISIS fighting position.
    -- On Sept. 12, near Huwayjah, Iraq, two strikes destroyed four ISIS tunnels, an anti-air artillery system, a mortar system, a weapons cache, an improvised explosive device facility, a command-and-control node and a staging area.
    -- On Sept. 12, near Raqqa, Syria, five strikes destroyed 19 ISIS vehicles and suppressed 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.
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    Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 15, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 19 strikes consisting of 30 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 16 strikes consisting of 17 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two vehicles.
    -- Near Raqqa, 14 strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units; destroyed seven fighting positions, three vehicles and a command-and-control node; and suppressed two fighting positions.
    Strikes in Iraq
    In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of 13 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Huwayjah, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three ISIS headquarters, two weapons caches, two vehicle-borne bombs, two fighting positions, a command-and-control node, a mortar system, a heavy machine gun and a munitions cache.
    -- Near Rawah, a strike destroyed a command-and-control node.
    Previous Strikes
    Additionally, nine strikes consisting of 19 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Sept. 12-13 that closed within the last 24 hours.
    -- On Sept. 12, near Raqqa, Syria, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
    -- On Sept. 13, near Huwayjah, Iraq, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed four tunnel entrances, two vehicle-borne bombs and an ISIS-held building.
    -- On Sept. 13, near Raqqa, Syria, five strikes destroyed four vehicles, three fighting positions and two logistics nodes.
    -- On Sept. 13, near Rawah, Iraq, a strike destroyed an ISIS front-end loader.
    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.
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    Officials Release Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 16, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 28 strikes consisting of 33 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 24 strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed a weapons cache and an ISIS headquarters.
    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions.
    -- Near Raqqa, 19 strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed nine ISIS supply routes, eight fighting positions, a vehicle and a logistics node; and suppressed two fighting positions.
    Strikes in Iraq
    In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of five engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Huwayjah, two strikes destroyed seven vehicle-borne bombs, a bunker and a heavy machine gun.
    -- Near Rawah, two strikes destroyed two ISIS-held buildings, a command-and-control node and a vehicle.
    Previous Strikes
    Additionally, 38 strikes consisting of 55 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Sept. 14 that closed within the last 24 hours.
    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria six strikes destroyed an ISIS unmanned aerial system, a fighting position and an ISIS supply route and suppressed three fighting positions.
    -- Near Raqqa, Syria, 31 strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed 25 fighting positions, 25 vehicles, three ISIS supply routes, two logistics nodes, ISIS engineering equipment and an improvised explosive device.
    -- Near Huwayjah, Iraq, a strike destroyed 11 vehicle-borne bombs and a vehicle-borne-bomb 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.
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    Russian Strike Wounds Syrian Democratic Forces Troops

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 16, 2017 — At approximately 12:30 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time today, Russian forces struck a target east of the Euphrates River in Syria near Dayr Az Zawr, causing injuries to coalition partner forces, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials announced.



    Russian munitions impacted a location known to the Russians to contain Syrian Democratic Forces and coalition advisors, the officials said. Several SDF fighters were wounded and received medical care as a result of the strike.
    Multinational coalition troops advising and assisting the SDF were present but were not wounded as a result of the Russian strike.
    "Coalition officials are available and the deconfliction line with Russia is open 24 hours per day,” said Army Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, the coalition commander. "We put our full efforts into preventing unnecessary escalation among forces that share ISIS as our common enemy."
    Coalition officials said the coalition and its partners remain committed to the defeat of of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and to continued deconfliction with Russian officials. Coalition forces and partners always retain the right of self-defense, officials noted.
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    Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 18, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 94 strikes consisting of 126 engagements in Iraq and Syria over the last two days, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.



    Assessments of results are based on initial reports, officials said.
    Strikes in Syria
    Coalition military forces conducted 40 strikes consisting of 43 engagements Sept. 16 against ISIS targets in Syria:
    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS boat.
    -- Near Raqqa, 39 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units; destroyed 26 fighting positions, two ISIS communications infrastructure items, two vehicles, engineering equipment, an improvised explosive device, a logistics node, a tactical vehicle, a vehicle-borne-IED factory and a vehicle-borne IED; damaged two supply routes; and suppressed four fighting positions.
    In Syria yesterday, coalition military forces conducted 35 strikes consisting of 49 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Abu Kamal, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a logistics node and an ISIS headquarters.
    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle-borne IED and an ISIS headquarters.
    -- Near Raqqa, 30 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units, destroyed 44 vehicles and 13 fighting positions, damaged 13 supply routes and a vehicle-borne IED, and suppressed two fighting positions.
    Strikes in Iraq
    Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 15 engagements Sept. 16 against ISIS targets in Iraq:
    -- Near Hawijah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed four tunnels, three weapons caches, two fighting positions, an excavator, a tactical vehicle, a generator and a command-and-control node.
    -- Near Rawah, two strikes destroyed two ISIS staging areas and a vehicle-borne-IED production facility.
    -- Near Rutbah, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two vehicle-borne-IED storage facilities, two vehicles, a tactical vehicle and a command-and-control node.
    In Iraq yesterday, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 19 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Qaim, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle-borne-IED factory and an ISIS-held building.
    -- Near Beiji, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two weapons caches and a vehicle.
    -- Near Hawijah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed five tunnel entrances, two command-and-control nodes, a vehicle, a weapons cache and a generator.
    -- Near Rawah, six strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two ISIS-held buildings, an ISIS headquarters, a vehicle-borne-IED factory, a vehicle-borne-IED storage facility, a staging area and a command-and-control node.
    Sept. 15 Strikes
    Officials also provided details today on 13 strikes consisting of 18 engagements conducted Sept. 15 in Syria and Iraq for which the information was not available in time for previous reports:
    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions and a command-and-control node.
    -- Near Raqqa, five strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit, destroyed two fighting positions and suppressed three fighting positions.
    -- Near Hawijah, three strikes destroyed two tunnels, a vehicle-borne IED and a command-and-control node; damaged four supply routes; and suppressed 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.
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    Strikes Continue in Effort to Defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 19, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 13 strikes consisting of 21 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 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.
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    Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 20, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 44 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
    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.
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    U.S., Coalition Continue Strikes to Defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 21, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 23 strikes consisting of 41 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 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 Huwijah, 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 Huwijah, 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.
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    Iraqi Security Forces Begin Hawijah Offensive

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 21, 2017 — Iraqi security forces initiated major combat operations in Hawijah during today's early morning hours, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said.



    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria seized control of the city in early 2014, officials said in a statement announcing the new offensive. Hawijah became isolated from the rest of ISIS' territory in July 2016 during the battle of Mosul, when Shirqat was captured by Iraqi troops, they added.
    Liberating Iraqi Civilians
    "The liberation of Hawijah will be yet another major achievement in the Iraqi forces' relentless drive to liberate civilians trapped by ISIS," said Maj. Gen. Felix Gedney of the British army, the task force's deputy commander for strategy and support.
    Following rapid successes against ISIS in and around Tal Afar, Akashat, Haditha and Rayhanna, Iraqi forces began their offensive into the Middle Euphrates River Valley, which stands as one of two remaining pockets of ISIS fighters remaining in Iraq, along with western Anbar province, officials said.
    "The rapid, recent success of the Iraqi security forces points to [their] momentum in the campaign to destroy ISIS in Iraq," said U.S. Army Col. Ryan Dillon, the coalition's spokesman. "ISIS has never been capable of providing effective governance or services that benefited the people under its rule. Its defeat in Iraq further demonstrates ISIS is an organization in decline, whose leaders are no longer capable of effective military command and control."
    Recent ISIS attacks on civilian targets signal a shift in tactics from an organization unable to contend on the battlefield, Dillon said. "The coalition will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the [Iraqi security forces] in their fight against a brutal and backward organization and its ideology," he added.
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    Military Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 22, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 21 strikes consisting of 58 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
    Near Raqqa, in Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of eight engagements against ISIS targets. The strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed seven fighting positions, two vehicles, two logistics nodes, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device and a VBIED factory.
    Strikes in Iraq
    In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 50 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Baghdad, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
    -- Near Beiji, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions, two ISIS headquarters, a VBIED and a tactical vehicle.
    -- Near Huwijah, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed nine VBIEDs, nine fighting positions, five tunnels, two vehicles, two weapons caches, two command-and-control nodes, a VBIED facility, an artillery system, a tactical vehicle, a supply cache; and suppressed five mortar teams.
    -- Near Rawah, seven strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed seven fighting positions, four VBIEDs, two command-and-control nodes, two ISIS staging areas, two tactical vehicles, a bridge; and suppressed a sniper.
    Additional Strikes
    Additionally, 27 strikes consisting of 53 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Sept. 20 for which the information was not available in time for yesterday's report:
    -- On Sept. 20, near Raqqa, Syria, 25 strikes destroyed 30 fighting positions, a logistics node, a an ISIS supply route and damaged two fighting positions, and suppressed a fighting position.
    -- On Sept. 20, near Huwijah, Iraq, two strikes destroyed seven ISIS command-and-control nodes, three communications towers, and a supply depot.
    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.
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    Strikes Continue in Effort to Defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 23, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 51 strikes consisting of 68 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 41 strikes consisting of 43 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Abu Kamal, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed an ISIS supply route.
    -- Near Raqqa, 39 strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units, destroying 41 fighting positions, a command-and-control node and a supply route and suppressing two fighting positions.
    Strikes in Iraq
    In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 25 engagements against ISIS targets:
    -- Near Qaim, three strikes destroyed an ISIS headquarters, an improvised-explosive-device facility and a weapons facility.
    -- Near Huwijah, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed three vehicles, two command-and-control nodes, a rocket-propelled-grenade system, a medium machine gun, a staging area, an IED factory, a vehicle-borne-IED facility, a tactical vehicle and a weapons cache.
    -- Near Samarra, a strike destroyed coalition equipment that malfunctioned due to an engine failure unrelated to combat.
    -- Near Tal Afar, a strike engaged two ISIS snipers and destroyed two tunnel entrances.
    Additional Sept. 21 Strikes
    Officials also provided details today on 31 strikes in consisting of 48 engagements conducted Sept. 21 in Syria and Iraq for which the information was not available in time for yesterday's report:
    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed an ISIS tactical vehicle.
    -- Near Raqqa, 28 strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed 18 fighting positions, eight vehicles, a tactical vehicle, two IEDs, two supply routes and a logistics node, damaged seven fighting positions and suppressed two fighting positions.
    -- Near Huwijah, two strikes destroyed six ISIS fighting positions, three tunnel entrances, two command-and-control nodes, a vehicle-borne-IED facility and a front-end loader.
    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.
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