War on Terrorism

Monday, September 25, 2017

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq



From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 25, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 85 strikes consisting of 167 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

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

Strikes in Syria

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

-- Near Raqqa, 29 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed 20 fighting positions, 22 vehicles, three ISIS headquarters, a command-and-control node; and suppressed three fighting positions.

-- Near Shadaddi, seven strikes destroyed three ISIS headquarters and two ISIS-held buildings, two logistics nodes, a command-and-control node and a vehicle.

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

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed a fighting position.

-- Near Raqqa, 27 strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units, destroyed 29 fighting positions and three vehicles and suppressed a fighting position.

-- Near Shadaddi, a strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters.

Strikes in Iraq

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

-- Near Haditha, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS staging area and a vehicle.

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

-- Near Rawah, two strikes destroyed eight ISIS boats and two command-and-control nodes.

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

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

-- Near Rawah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a command-and-control node and two ISIS staging areas and damaged four ISIS supply routes.

Additional Strikes

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

-- Near Abu Kamal, Syria, a strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters.

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

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said.

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

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

For example, task force officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-held buildings and weapon systems in a compound, having the cumulative effect of making that facility harder or impossible to use. Strike assessments are based on initial reports and may be refined, officials said.

The task force does not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Strikes Continue in Effort to Defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq



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.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Military Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq



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.
Operation Inherent resolve

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.