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The Fight Against ISIS Continues Under SECDEF Mattis – 92 Total Strikes Since Saturday

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Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the U.S. military’s operational name for the intervention against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (which includes Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel) which began in 2014, has continued under Secretary James Mattis since he was sworn in as head of the Pentagon on Friday.

Each day, the Department of Defense releases strike reports from the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) alerting the public about the progress of the mission against the Islamic State in the region. The CJTF defines a strike as a “means one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative effect for that location.”

They also specify that ground-based artillery “fired in counter-fire or in fire support to maneuver roles are not classified as a strike.”

Since taking office, Secretary Mattis has overseen the 92 strikes against the Islamic State. The CJTF has successfully targeted oil wellheads, tactical units, vehicles, and more.

Take a look at the strike reports from Syria and Iraq since Mattis took office:

STRIKES IN SYRIA

Attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 25 strikes consisting of 39 engagements in Syria on Saturday:

  • — Near Bab, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed an artillery piece and damaged a tactical vehicle.
  • — Near Raqqa, 22 strikes engaged 12 ISIL tactical units; destroyed nine fighting positions, two tunnels, two tanks an improvised-bomb factory and an ISIL headquarters; and suppressed three ISIL tactical units.
  • — Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed two oil well heads.

Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 34 strikes consisting of 49 engagements in Syria on Sunday:

  • Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed an oil wellhead.
  • Near Bab, five strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed three tactical vehicles, a mortar and an ISIL-held building.
  • Near Raqqah, 14 strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed four artillery pieces, a decoy artillery piece, an unmanned aerial vehicle tower, two tactical vehicles, a command-and-control node, 20 oil storage barrels, two tunnels and a decoy armored vehicle.
  • Near Dayr Az Zawr, 14 strikes destroyed 21 oil pump jacks, an oil tanker truck, an oil storage tank and two oil storage barrels.

Rocket artillery and bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 12 strikes consisting of 16 engagements in Syria on Monday:

  • Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed an oil wellhead.
  • Near Bab, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a vehicle, two mortar systems and an ammunition cache.
  • Near Shadaddi, a strike destroyed an ISIL front-end loader.
  • Near Raqqa, five strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an unmanned-aerial-vehicle tower, an ISIL decoy tank and an improvised-bomb factory.
  • Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed two oil trucks, two oil pump jacks and two vehicles.
  • Near Palmyra, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.

STRIKES IN IRAQ

Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted six strikes consisting of 16 engagements in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government on Saturday:

  • Near Rutbah, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle, two weapons caches and a mortar.
  • Near Beiji, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
  • Near Kisik, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and an ISIL-held building.
  • Near Mosul, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed a vehicle-borne-bomb factory, a vehicle-borne bomb, a tank, three fighting positions and a vehicle; and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
  • Near Tal Afar, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a semi-truck and a command-and-control node.

Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted eight strikes consisting of 22 engagements in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government on Sunday:

  • Near Kisik, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed a logistics node, and damaged a tunnel.
  • Near Mosul, four strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed two vehicle bombs, a fuel truck, a vehicle, a front-end loader, 10 boats, nine oil tanker trucks, three tanker trailers; and damaged a guard tower and a supply route.
  • Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicle bombs and an explosives factory.
  • Near Tuz, a strike destroyed an ISIL bulldozer.

Rocket artillery and attack, bomber, fighter, remotely piloted and rotary aircraft conducted seven strikes in Iraq, consisting of 38 engagements, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government on Monday:

  • Near Kisik, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed a vehicle, a supply cache and a fighting position; and damaged a tunnel.
  • Near Mosul, five strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units, a mortar cache, an improvised-bomb storage facility, an ammunition storage facility, two tactical vehicles, a fighting position, two mortars, a tow truck, 14 watercraft, three barges, two tanker trucks, two front-end loaders and eight vehicles; suppressed a mortar team; and damaged a supply route, a crane and a tractor.
  • Near Rawah, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed a recoilless rifle, a mortar system and a vehicle; and damaged a bunker.