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Officials Provide Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS

From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

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SOUTHWEST ASIA, Oct. 16, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting ten strikes consisting of 11 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

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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 two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets:

-- Near Ash Shadaddi, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle.

Strikes in Iraq

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

-- Near Qaim, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed five supply routes, two vehicle-bomb factories and an ISIS-held building.

-- Near Rutba, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed three vehicles.

-- Near Rawa, a strike destroyed two command-and-control nodes and an anti-air artillery system.

-- Near Tuz, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a tunnel.

Additionally, officials announced details today of an Oct. 14 strike near Qaim for which the information was not previously available. The strike destroyed five ISIS supply routes and a tunnel entrance.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

These strikes are 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.