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.