Coalition military forces continued strikes against Islamic State this week, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of recent strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. The list of strikes is reported below.
Strikes in Syria
In Syria, coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of eight engagements against ISIS targets:
— Near Abu Kamal, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit destroyed an ISIS tactical vehicle.
— Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS transport vehicle, an indirect fire weapon, a crew-served machine gun, and two defensive fighting positions.
Strikes in Iraq
In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of seven engagements against ISIS targets:
— Near Al Qaim, two strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS tactical vehicle.
Nov. 2 Strikes
Officials also provided details today on Nov. 2 strikes for which the information was not previously available:
— Near Abu Kamal on Nov. 2, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three roadside bombs, one road block, and damaged nine ISIS supply routes.
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.
We understand that 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.