US and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State, conducting 16 strikes consisting of 36 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Strikes in Syria
In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes consisting of 36 engagements against targets:
— Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed two oil stills, two oil tanks and a separator.
— Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed five oil stills.
— Near Raqqa, 14 strikes engaged 13 tactical units and destroyed 26 fighting positions, an IS headquarters, a command-and-control node and IS engineering equipment.
Strikes in Iraq
In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 45 engagements against IS targets:
— Near Qaim, three strikes destroyed two IS headquarters and two weapons caches.
— Near Tal Afar, five strikes engaged four tactical units; destroyed eight fighting positions, seven mortar systems, four buildings, two tactical vehicles, two medium machine guns, a vehicle, an anti-air artillery system, a weapons cache, a command-and-control node, an artillery system and a supply cache; and damaged four supply routes.
Strikes in Previous Days
Officials also reported today details of 30 strikes consisting of 66 engagements conducted in Syria and Iraq on previous days for which the information was not yet available at the time of yesterday’s report:
— On Aug. 19 near Raqqa, a strike suppressed a tactical unit.
— On Aug. 21 near Raqqa, 24 strikes engaged 16 tactical units and destroyed 33 fighting positions, a logistics node, a mortar system and an anti-air artillery system.
— On Aug. 21 near Tal Afar, five strikes engaged an tactical unit; destroyed 49 vehicles, 21 oil trucks, three front-end loaders, two command-and-control nodes and a tank; damaged a supply route; and suppressed five mortar teams.
Part of Operation Inherent Resolve
These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
The destruction of IS 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.