Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continued to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq between April 27-May 3, conducting 27 strikes consisting of 35 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Strikes in Syria
Yesterday, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of one engagement against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal.
On May 1, coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of five engagements against ISIS targets:
— Near Abu Kamal, four strikes damaged an ISIS-held building.
— Near Shadaddi, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two headquarters buildings.
On April 30, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 12 engagements against ISIS targets:
— Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
On April 29, coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets:
— A strike took place near Dayr Az Zawr.
Strikes in Iraq
There were no reported strikes in Iraq May 2-3.
On May 1, coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of eight engagements against ISIS targets:
— Near Huwijah, two strikes destroyed 31 ISIS tunnel systems and six caves.
— Near Rutbah, a strike destroyed an ISIS bunker.
On April 30, coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of three engagements against ISIS targets:
–Near Rutbah, a strike destroyed an ISIS fighting position.
There were no reported strikes in Iraq on April 29.
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 ground-based tactical artillery, officials noted.
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.