Military Reports

Military Reports

CENTCOM for August 9, 2014 – August 10, 2014
Original
Annotated

Report Date

August 10, 2014

Aug 9th 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq today, successfully conducting four airstrikes to defend Yazidi civilians being indiscriminately attacked by ISIL near Sinjar.

At approximately 11:20 a.m. EDT, a mix of U.S. fighters and remotely piloted aircraft struck one of two ISIL armored personnel carriers firing on Yazidi civilians near Sinjar, destroying the APC. After the strike, U.S. forces monitored movement of the second ISIL APC from the vicinity, and subsequently located two ISIL APCs and an armed truck nearby.

At approximately 11:40 a.m. EDT, U.S. aircraft struck the two ISIL APCs and armed truck. After the initial strike, U.S. aircraft conducted a follow-up strike on one APC. All indications are that the strikes were successful in destroying their intended targets.

At approximately 3:00 p.m. EDT, U.S. aircraft located and struck another APC in the area of Sinjar. All indications are that this strike was also successful in destroying the APC. All aircraft safely exited the area.

Report Date

August 10, 2014

Report Summary

  • 4 total strikes
  • 4 in Iraq (4 – 7)

Confirmed Actions

US

Aug 9th 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq today, successfully conducting four airstrikes to defend Yazidi civilians being indiscriminately attacked by ISIL near Sinjar.

At approximately 11:20 a.m. EDT, a mix of U.S. fighters and remotely piloted aircraft struck one of two ISIL armored personnel carriers firing on Yazidi civilians near Sinjar, destroying the APC. After the strike, U.S. forces monitored movement of the second ISIL APC from the vicinity, and subsequently located two ISIL APCs and an armed truck nearby.

At approximately 11:40 a.m. EDT, U.S. aircraft struck the two ISIL APCs and armed truck. After the initial strike, U.S. aircraft conducted a follow-up strike on one APC. All indications are that the strikes were successful in destroying their intended targets.

At approximately 3:00 p.m. EDT, U.S. aircraft located and struck another APC in the area of Sinjar. All indications are that this strike was also successful in destroying the APC. All aircraft safely exited the area.

Pentagon for August 8, 2014 – August 9, 2014
Original
Annotated

Report Date

August 9, 2014

August 8th 2014 – At approximately 6:45 a.m. EDT, the U.S. military conducted a targeted airstrike against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists. Two F/A-18 aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece near Erbil. ISIL was using this artillery to shell Kurdish forces defending Erbil where U.S. personnel are located.

The decision to strike was made by the U.S. Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the commander in chief. As the president made clear, the United States military will continue to take direct action against ISIL when they threaten our personnel and facilities.

Report Date

August 9, 2014

Report Summary

  • 3 total strikes
  • 3 in Iraq (1 – 3)

Confirmed Actions

US

August 8th 2014 – At approximately 6:45 a.m. EDT, the U.S. military conducted a targeted airstrike against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists. Two F/A-18 aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece near Erbil. ISIL was using this artillery to shell Kurdish forces defending Erbil where U.S. personnel are located.

The decision to strike was made by the U.S. Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the commander in chief. As the president made clear, the United States military will continue to take direct action against ISIL when they threaten our personnel and facilities.

Pentagon for August 8, 2014 – August 9, 2014
Original
Annotated

Report Date

August 9, 2014

The U.S. military continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets near Erbil in northern Iraq today, conducting two additional airstrikes to help defend the city where U.S. personnel are assisting the Iraqi government, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Shortly after 10 a.m. EDT, remotely piloted aircraft struck a terrorist mortar position, Kirby said in a statement. When ISIL fighters returned to the site moments later, he added, the terrorists were attacked again and were killed.
At about 11:20 a.m. EDT, four F/A-18 aircraft successfully struck a stationary ISIL convoy of seven vehicles and a mortar position near Erbil. “The aircraft executed two planned passes,” Kirby said. “On both runs, each aircraft dropped one laser guided bomb making a total of eight bombs dropped on target, neutralizing the mortar and convoy.”

Report Date

August 9, 2014

Aug. 8, 2014 – The U.S. military continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets near Erbil in northern Iraq today, conducting two additional airstrikes to help defend the city where U.S. personnel are assisting the Iraqi government, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Shortly after 10 a.m. EDT, remotely piloted aircraft struck a terrorist mortar position, Kirby said in a statement. When ISIL fighters returned to the site moments later, he added, the terrorists were attacked again and were killed.

At about 11:20 a.m. EDT, four F/A-18 aircraft successfully struck a stationary ISIL convoy of seven vehicles and a mortar position near Erbil. “The aircraft executed two planned passes,” Kirby said. “On both runs, each aircraft dropped one laser guided bomb making a total of eight bombs dropped on target, neutralizing the mortar and convoy.”

Pentagon for August 7, 2014 – August 8, 2014
Original
Annotated

Report Date

August 8, 2014

Notes

President Obama authorizes airstrikes

Obama authorizes airstrikes in Iraq, initially framing the campaign as an effort both to “defend Americans” at risk in Iraq, and “to help save Iraqi civilians stranded on the mountain,” according to the Pentagon.

Report Date

August 8, 2014

Notes

President Obama authorizes airstrikes

Obama authorizes airstrikes in Iraq, initially framing the campaign as an effort both to “defend Americans” at risk in Iraq, and “to help save Iraqi civilians stranded on the mountain,” according to the Pentagon.

Comparing allegations of civilian harm from US-led Coalition and Russian campaigns

Airwars has tracked thousands of reported events in which Russian strikes in Syria or Coalition military actions in Iraq and Syria have allegedly killed civilians. While these raw claims should be treated with caution, they can nevertheless help us to understand trends over time. In March to May 2016 for example, alleged Russian incidents fell by 75% – most likely as a result of a regional ceasefire then in place.

Chart legend:

View this chart as:

Best for comparing an individual group over time Best for comparing totals over time
Credit: Airwars Graphic
Source: Airwars

Declared US-led Coalition air and artillery strikes in Iraq and Syria

The term strike refers both to air and artillery actions. Please note that according to the US-led Coalition against ISIS, a single strike might at times involve multiple aircraft, munitions released and locations.

Chart legend:

View this chart as:

Best for comparing an individual group over time Best for comparing totals over time

A strike, as defined in regular Coalition press releases, 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 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.”

Credit: Airwars Graphic
Source: Combined Joint-Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve

Coalition air-released munitions in Iraq and Syria 2014-2020

The graph models official data from Air Force Central Command (AFCENT) which reflects air-released munitions by the international allies during the war against so-called Islamic State. It does not include artillery or rocket strikes. In March 2020, AFCENT signalled an end to the release of this data.

Chart legend:

View this chart as:

Best for comparing an individual group over time Best for comparing totals over time
Credit: Airwars Graphic

ISR Missions in Iraq/Syria and Afghanistan 2014-2020

Modern militaries use Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions for both pre- and post-strike assessments and for targeting assistance. Measuring levels of ISR can therefore provide a useful indicator of efforts taken to better protect civilians on the battlefield. In March 2020, US Air Force Central Command (AFCENT) ceased regular provision of this data.

Chart legend:

View this chart as:

Best for comparing an individual group over time Best for comparing totals over time