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Coalition conducts 98 strikes in 3 days near Raqqa, Syria – CJTF-OIR

The U.S.-led Coalition conducted 98 strikes near Raqqa, Syria between October 6 and 8, destroying eight Islamic State command and control networks, Operation Inherent Resolve said in a Monday, October 9 press release.

On Saturday alone, “51 strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed 50 fighting positions, a tactical vehicle, six vehicles, one VBIED, and four command and control networks,” the release said.

On Sunday, 24 strikes against ISIS targets in the city destroyed a further four command and control networks, along with 15 fighting positions, 11 vehicles, one VBIED and a machine gun.

An additional 23 strikes in Raqqa on Friday destroyed 17 fighting positions, six vehicles, a VBIED, and a road, the release added.

October 7

On October 7, Coalition forces conducted a total 53 strikes consisting of 56 engagements in Syria:

  • Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIS tactical unit and a vehicle.
  • Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIS command and control network.
  • Near Raqqah, 51 strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed 50 fighting positions, a tactical vehicle, six vehicles, one VBIED, and four command and control networks.

In Iraq, the Coalition conducted 10 strikes consisting of 16 engagements:

  • Near Al Qaim, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a headquarters and a vehicle.
  • Near Bashir, one strike destroyed an ISIS tactical vehicle.
  • Near Hit, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a tunnel system.
  • Near Rawah, four strikes destroyed an ISIS headquarters, a VBIED and a weapons cache.
  • Near Tuz, one strike destroyed four ISIS-held buildings.
  • Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

October 8

On October 8, the Coalition conducted 25 strikes consisting of 30 engagements in Syria:

  • Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
  • Near Raqqah, 24 strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units, destroyed 15 fighting positions, 11 vehicles, one VBIED, one machine gun, and four command and control networks.

In Iraq, the Coalition conducted seven strikes consisting of seven engagements:

  • Near Al Qaim, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed one vehicle.
  • Near Huwijah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
  • Near Rawah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three staging areas, a headquarters and a vehicle.

Earlier strikes

Additionally, 25 strikes consisting of 31 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq between October 5 and 6:

  • On October 5, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike damaged an ISIS fighting position.
  • On October 6 near Al Huwayjah, Iraq, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
  • On October 6, near Raqqah, Syria 23 strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed 17 fighting positions, six vehicles, a VBIED, and an ISIS supply road.

The U.S.-led Coalition of more than 70 members has been conducting airstrikes, ground-based and rocket-propelled artillery fire against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq since 2014.

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