SOUTHWEST ASIA, Oct. 28, 2017 —
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting eight strikes consisting of 15 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.
Strike in Syria
In Syria, near Dayr Az Zawr, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of one engagement against an ISIS tactical unit.
Strikes in Iraq
In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 14 engagements against ISIS targets:
-- Near Qaim, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS command-and-control center, an ISIS safe house, two ISIS vehicles, one ISIS-held building, four rockets; and damaged two ISIS supply routes.
-- Near Rawah, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle maintenance facility, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, a tactical vehicle, a transport vehicle and a weapons cache.
-- Near Qayyarah, a strike engaged one ISIS tactical unit, resulting in terrain denial.
Oct. 17 Strikes
Additionally, four strikes consisting of 18 engagements were conducted in Iraq and a strike consisting of one engagement was conducted in Syria on Oct. 17.
-- Near Qaim, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed an explosives storage facility, four ISIS-held buildings, one construction vehicle and four storage cylinders. Additionally, eight ISIS supply routes were damaged.
-- Near Rawah, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS safe house.
-- Near Ash Shaddadi, Syria, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a VBIED.
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. This coalition strike release contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing, or remotely piloted aircraft, rocket propelled artillery and ground-based tactical artillery.
A strike, as defined in the coalition release, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative effect in that location. For example, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-held buildings and weapon systems in a compound, having the cumulative effect of making that facility harder or impossible to use. Strike assessments are based on initial reports and may be refined.
CJTF-OIR does not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. The information used to compile the daily strike releases is based on 'Z' or Greenwich Mean Time.