US carried out 97 air strikes in Syria, Feb. 24 – March 9, 2019

Smoke rises from a makeshift camp for Islamic State members and their families in the town of Baghuz, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir el-Zour, March 9, 2019.

18 March 2019 | US Central Command | CentCom

CJTF-OIR Strike Summary Feb. 24 – March 9, 2019

Release No: 19-013 March 15, 2019

March 13, 2019

Release # 20190313-02


CJTF-OIR Strike Summary Feb. 24 – March 9, 2019

Strike Summary

Between Feb. 24 – March 9, 2019, CJTF-OIR conducted 99 strikes consisting of 139 engagements against Daesh targets in Syria and Iraq.

 In Syria, CJTF-OIR conducted 97 strikes consisting of

  • 137 engagements,
  • engaged 228 Daesh tactical units, and
  • destroyed 71 tactical vehicles,
  • 35 vehicle borne improvised explosive devices,
  • 17 supply routes, 11 fighting positions,
  • 10 weapons caches, eight staging areas,
  • four command and control nodes,
  • two tunnels,
  • two heavy machine guns,
  • one anti-aircraft gun,
  • one fuel tanker, and
  • one boat.

In Iraq, CJTF-OIR conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements.

Between Feb. 24 – March 9, 2019, CJTF-OIR detected 88 strikes from other actors that crossed the Euphrates River Valley. CJTF-OIR is committed to avoiding and in every case minimizing civilian casualties; CJTF-OIR calls on all other actors in the area to observe the same precautions. 

This Coalition strike release contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing, or remotely piloted aircraft, rocket propelled artillery and ground-based tactical artillery.

A strike, as defined in the Coalition release, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative effect in that location. For example, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone Daesh vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of Daesh-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. 

CJTF-OIR 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. The information used to compile the daily strike releases is based on ‘Z’ or Greenwich Mean Time.

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continue to target and pursue the enduring defeat of Daesh.

 CJTF-OIR and its partner forces’ operations are exerting pressure on Daesh senior leaders and associates, as well as degrading, disrupting and dismantling Daesh organizational structures throughout Iraq and Syria.

 CJTF-OIR remains committed to the enduring defeat of Daesh to improve conditions for peace and stability in the region, and to protect all our homelands from Daesh’s terrorist threat. 

Original Link: CJTF-OIR Strike Summary Feb. 24 – March 9, 2019

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