US Army, CJTF-OIR, M777 Howitzer near Dashisha, Syria, June 9, 2018 (DVIDS) [880]

ISIS Still Fighting Near Abu Kamal, Syria

Anti-ISIS Coalition Strikes Target Terrorist Units in the Middle Euphrates Region

Strikes continue against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal in Syria, according to the US Department of Defense. A spokesman for the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve released details of the latest strikes in Syria as part of Operation Roundup, August 27.

Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve continues to work by, with and through regional partners to militarily defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, in order to enable whole-of-coalition governmental actions to increase regional stability.

Operation Roundup, which began May 1 to accelerate the defeat of ISIS in the Middle Euphrates River Valley and Iraq-Syria border region, has continued to gain ground and remove terrorists from the battlefield through offensive operations coupled with precision coalition strike support.

Between Aug. 20-26, coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes, consisting of 26 engagements, in Iraq and Syria

Military Operations Near Abu Kamal

On Aug. 25, coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of three engagements against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal. The strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit, and destroyed an ISIS supply route, an ISIS-held building and an ISIS vehicle.

On Aug. 24, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of one engagement against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal. The strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle.

On Aug. 23, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of one engagement against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal.

On Aug. 22, coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of three engagements against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal. The strikes destroyed three ISIS supply routes.

On Aug. 21, coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of four engagements against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal. The strikes destroyed three ISIS supply routes and an ISIS headquarters.

On Aug. 19, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of one engagement against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal. The strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle.

On Aug. 18, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of one engagement against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal. The strike destroyed an ISIS supply route.

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.


Source: DoD

Image: US Army coalition advisors fire their M777 Howitzer near Dashisha, Syria, June 9, 2018. The Coalition has provided assistance and training to the Syrian Democratic Forces as they continue to reclaim their homeland from ISIS during Operation Roundup. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster)