Iraq, Mosul District, Qayyarah on fire, by Mytyslav Chernov (CC4, 2016)

Coalition Destroys ISIS Oil Facilities

Operation Inherent Resolve Update

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 27 strikes consisting of 65 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) officials reported Friday, May 19, according to the latest U.S. Department of Defense briefing.

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

19 Strikes in Syria

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 27 engagements against ISIS targets:

— Near Abu Kamal, five strikes destroyed 10 ISIS oil storage tanks, three ISIS wellheads and an ISIS oil tanker.

— Near At Tanf, two strikes destroyed two front-end loaders, a piece of construction equipment, a tactical vehicle and a tank.

— Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike engaged and ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.

— Near Raqqa, eight strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed four fighting positions, two tunnels, two vehicle bomb-making facilities, a mortar system, a vehicle, a supply cache, an ISIS headquarters, a weapons cache, and a tactical vehicle; and damaged three fighting positions.

— Near Tabqa, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed a vehicle, a fighting position and a tunnel entrance.

8 Strikes in Iraq

In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 38 engagements against ISIS targets:

— Near Huwayjah, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS warehouse.

— Near Mosul, five strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and a sniper; destroyed 13 fighting positions, three rocket systems, two heavy machine guns, two medium machine guns, a vehicle bomb, and a mortar system; and damaged seven fighting positions and three ISIS supply routes.

— Near Sinjar, a strike destroyed four ISIS-held buildings.

— Near Tal Afar, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle.

Most Recent Strikes

Additionally, five strikes were conducted in Iraq and Syria on May 16 and 17 that closed within the last 24 hours:

— Near Raqqa, Syria, on May 16, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed six ISIS-held buildings, four ISIS tunnels, two fighting positons and one tactical vehicle.

— Near Sinjar, Iraq, on May 17, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three vehicles.

— Near Raqqa, Syria, on May 17, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed two fighting positions and a supply cache; and damaged two ISIS supply routes and a fighting position.

Image: Qayyarah on fire, Mosul District, Iraq, by Mytyslav Chernov (2016).

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