U.S. Forces Conduct Strike Against ISIS Training Camps in Yemen


WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2017 — Defense Department officials announced that U.S. forces killed dozens of ISIS members in a strike on two Islamic State of Iraq and Syria training camps today in Yemen’s al Bayda governorate, disrupting the organization’s attempts to train new fighters.

At the camps, ISIS militants conducted endurance training and trained to conduct terror attacks with AK-47s, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, DoD officials said.

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ISIS has used the ungoverned spaces of Yemen to plot, direct, instigate, supply and recruit for attacks against America and its allies around the world, officials said. For years, Yemen has been a hub for terrorist recruiting, training and transit, they added.


In coordination with the government of Yemen, U.S. forces are supporting ongoing counterterrorism operations in Yemen against ISIS and al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula to degrade the groups’ ability to coordinate external terror attacks and limit their ability to hold territory seized from the legitimate government of Yemen, DoD officials said.


Strikes against ISIS targets disrupt and destroy militants’ attack-plotting efforts, leadership networks and freedom of maneuver within the region, the officials said.

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting four strikes consisting of four engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of three engagements against ISIS targets:

— Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters building.

— Near Shadaddi, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions and a logistics node.

Strikes in Iraq

Near Qaim, Iraq, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of one engagement, which destroyed a piece of ISIS communications infrastructure.

Previous Strikes

Additionally, seven strikes consisting of 10 engagements were conducted Oct. 12 in Syria and Iraq that closed within the last 24 hours.

— Near Qaim, Iraq, two strikes destroyed an ISIS vehicle-borne-bomb factory and a headquarters building.

— Near Ramadi, Iraq, a strike destroyed an ISIS camp.

— Near Raqqa, Syria, four strikes destroyed three ISIS lines of communication and a fighting position.

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 some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted.

Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. 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- U.S. Department of Defense



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