In the period between October 5 and October 9, US-led coalition forces conducted 176 strikes on ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq, according to strike reports released by Operation Inherent Resolve website. 136 strikes were conducted in Syria, while 40 strikes were conducted in Iraq.
In Syria, Combined Joined Strike Force engaged ISIS near Al Shadaddi, Raqqah, Abu Kamal, Al Hawl, and Dayr Az Zawr. The Coalition has destroyed a number of vehicles, ISIS staging areas, IEDs, logistic nodes, command and control networks, communications infrastructures, VBIEDs, and ISIS tactical units.
In Iraq, the Coalition forces have engaged ISIS forces near Al Bashir, Al Asad, Al Qaim, Hit, Tuz, Sultan Abdallah, Huwijah, Taji and Rawah. A number of ISIS headquarters, weapon caches, VBIEDs, bunkers, ISIS tactical units and ISIS-held buildings were destroyed.
The main bulk of the engagements took place in Syria, with only 40 out 176 strikes conducted in Iraq. This corresponds with Russian Defense Ministry statement issued October 10, stating that the US-led forces conducted less and less strikes on Iraq. Major General Igor Konashenkov, Russia’s Ministry of Defense spokesperson, claimed that this let ISIS forces easily move to Syria, thus hindering the liberation of Deir ez-Zor province.