Military reports – April 2017

Monthly summary: Below are all known published daily Coalition military reports relating to the air war against so called Islamic State or Daesh in Iraq and Syria for April 2017. We have also included relevant video and photo releases, as well as cross-indicating where any known alleged civilian or ‘friendly fire’ casualties have been reported.

 

April 1st – April 2nd 2017
Iraq 7 strikes (11,555 -11,561)
Syria 9 strikes (7,832- 7,840)
Confirmed actions: US
Between 14 and 15 civilians alleged killed in several neighbourhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh, Iraq
3 civilians alleged killed in Al Bu A’ssi village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed in Raqqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria
5 civilians alleged killed at Fardous neighbourhood of Raqqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Mansoura, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed in Ratla village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 or 2 civilians alleged killed in Raqqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2-4 civilians alleged killed at Hunaida, Al Safsaf Al Wistani (central Safsaf) and Al Tahtani (lower Al Safsaf) villages, Raqqa governorate, Syria
5 civilians alleged killed at Ratla village and Al Akeirshi village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3 civilians alleged killed in Yarmouk neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 or more civilians alleged killed in Farouk neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On Apr. 1, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes consisting of 76 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 31 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Ar Raqqah, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed eight barges and five fighting positions; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

* Near Palmyra, two strikes destroyed three ISIS command and control nodes, three supply caches, a checkpoint, and a bunker; and damaged three bunkers.

* Near Tabqah, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 45 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Kirkuk, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

* Near Mosul, six strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and an ISIS staging area; destroyed three rocket-propelled grenade systems, three fighting positions, a heavy machine gun, an artillery system, a weapons factory, and a VBIED factory; damaged seven supply routes and five fighting positions; and suppressed 12 ISIS mortar teams, four ISIS tactical units, and an ISIS sniper team.’

Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve Monthly Civilian Casualty Report

‘ During the month of February 2017, CJTF-OIR carried over 19 open reports of possible civilian casualties from previous months, received 41 new reports, and completed the assessment on 17 reports resulting from Coalition strikes in Iraq and Syria in the fight to defeat ISIS. Twelve of these reports were assessed to be non-credible and five were assessed to be credible. A total of 43 reports are still open and being assessed at the end of the month. Coalition strikes are defined as ground artillery or air strikes conducted as part of the Coalition Air Tasking Order.

CJTF-OIR takes all reports of civilian casualties seriously and assesses all reports as thoroughly as possible. Although we are unable to investigate all reports of possible civilian casualties using traditional investigative methods, such as by interviewing witnesses and examining the site, the Coalition interviews pilots and other personnel involved in the targeting process, reviews strike and surveillance video if available, and analyzes information provided by government agencies, non-governmental organizations, partner forces and traditional and social media. In addition, the Coalition considers new information when it becomes available in order to promote a thorough and continuous review process.

To date, based on data between August 2014 and February 2017, the Coalition conducted a total of 18,645 strikes that included 42,089 separate engagements. During this period, the total number of reports of possible civilian casualties was 396. The total number of credible reports of civilian casualties during this period was 102. The percent of engagements that resulted in a report of possible civilian casualties
was .94%. The percent of engagements that resulted in a credible report of civilian casualties was .24%.

In Mosul, Iraq, since the start of operations to liberate the city on Oct. 17, 2016, to the liberation of the East side of Mosul on Feb. 18, 2017, the total number of reports of possible civilian casualties was 37. The total number of credible reports during this time period was 15. The percent of engagements in Mosul during this time period that resulted in a credible report of credible civilian casualties was .37%.

After a thorough review of the facts and circumstances of each civilian casualty report, CJTF-OIR assessed that the following 12 reports are non-credible. Non-credible means that at this time there is not sufficient information available to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in civilian casualties.

1. Jan. 2, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographic area of the reported civilian casualties.

2. Jan. 2, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographic area of the reported civilian casualties.

3. Jan. 13, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report: After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in this geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.

4. Jan. 19, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographic area of the reported civilian casualties.

5. Jan. 22, 2017, near Al-Tabqah, Syria, via social media report: After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in this geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.

6. Jan. 25, 2017, near Abu Jadi, Syria, via social media report: After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in this geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.

7. Feb. 1, 2017, near Idlib, Syria, via social media report: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographic area of the reported civilian casualties.

8. Feb. 3, 2017, near Al-Abyad, Iraq, via self-report: After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that no civilians were harmed in this strike.

9. Feb. 4, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report: After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that no civilians were harmed in this strike.

10. Feb. 8, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report: After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that no civilians were harmed in this strike.

11. Feb. 19, 2018, near Manbij, Syria, via NGO report: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographic area of the reported civilian casualties.

12. Feb. 24, 2017, near Al-Qa’im, Iraq, via self-report: After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that no civilians were harmed in this strike.

Although the Coalition takes extraordinary efforts to strike military targets in a manner that minimizes the risk of civilian casualties, in some incidents casualties are unavoidable. Five reports were assessed to be credible resulting in the unintended death of nine civilians.

A credible assessment means it is more likely than not a Coalition strike resulted in a civilian casualty. In each of the incidents below, the investigation assessed that although all feasible precautions were taken and the decision to strike complied with the Law of Armed Conflict, unintended civilian casualties unfortunately occurred.

1. Sept. 20, 2015, near Mosul, Iraq, via media report: During a Sept. 21 strike on what was evaluated at the time to be an ISIS headquarters building. After receiving additional information, it was assessed that four civilians were unintentionally killed and two civilians were unintentionally injured in the building.

2. Jan. 30, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report: During a strike on an ISIS weapons manufacturing facility, it was assessed that one civilian in the building was unintentionally killed.

3. Feb. 6, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report: During a strike on ISIS fighters, it was assessed that three civilians were unintentionally injured when they entered the target area after the munition was released.

4. Feb. 12, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report: During a strike on an ISIS VBIED facility, it was assessed that two civilians were unintentionally killed when they entered the target area after the munition was released.

5. Feb. 16, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report: During a strike on an ISIS VBIED facility, it was assessed that two civilians were unintentionally killed when they entered the target area after the munition was released.

Currently, 43 reports of possible civilian casualties are still being assessed:

1. April 22, 2015, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report, re-opened due to new information being provided.

2. March 23, 2016, near Hajj Ali, Iraq, via NGO report.

3. June 18, 2016, near Manbij, Syria, via NGO report.

4. Sept. 17, 2016, near Al Tabqah, Syria, via self-report.

5. Nov. 17, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq, via NGO report.

6. Dec. 11, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq, via NGO report.

7. Dec. 20, 2016, near Al Tabqah, Syria, via NGO report.

8. Dec. 29, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report.

9. Jan. 6, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report.

10. Jan. 15, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via social media report.

11. Jan. 16, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via self-report.

12. Jan. 17, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report.

13. Jan. 22, 2017, near Nayrab, Syria, via social media report.

14. Jan 26, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report.

15. Jan. 31, 2017, near Dayr Az Zayr, Syria, via self-report.

16. Jan. 31, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report.

17. Feb. 3, 2017, near Dayr Az Zayr, Syria, via social media report.

18. Feb. 7, 2017, near Idlib, Syria, via social media report.

19. Feb. 9, 2017, near Al Qaim, Iraq, via self-report.

20. Feb. 14, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via social media report.

21. Feb. 14, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report.

22. Feb. 16, 2017, near Tabqah, Syria, via social media report.

23. Feb. 16, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via social media report.

24. Feb. 17, 2017, near Tabqah, Syria, via social media report.

25. Feb. 18, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report.

26. Feb. 18, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report.

27. Feb. 19, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report.

28. Feb. 19, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report.

29. Feb. 19, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report.

30. Feb. 19, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report.

31. Feb. 20, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via media report.

32. Feb. 20, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via NGO report.

33. Feb. 20, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via social media report.

34. Feb. 20, 2017, near Dayr Az Zayr, Syria, via social media report.

35. Feb. 20, 2017, near Al Bab, Syria, via social media report.

36. Feb. 21, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via social media report.

37. Feb. 21, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report.

38. Feb. 22, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report.

39. Feb. 22, 2017, near Tabqah, Syria, via social media report.

40. Feb. 23, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report.

41. Feb. 25, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report.

42. Feb. 25, 2017, near Kheurbet el-Baida, Syria, via self-report.

43. Feb. 27, 2017, near Al Qaim, Iraq, via self-report.

Additionally, a 15-6 investigation has been opened in regard to strikes conducted on or about March 17, 2017, in the Al-Jadida neighborhood of Mosul, Iraq.

To date, based on information available, CJTF-OIR assesses that, it is more likely than not, at least 229 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve. We regret the unintentional loss of civilian lives resulting from Coalition efforts to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria and express our deepest sympathies to the families and others affected by these strikes.’

 

April 2nd – April 3rd 2017
Iraq 11 strikes (11,562-11,572)
Syria 9 strikes (7,841- 7,849)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, FRANCE
3 civilians alleged killed in Mahalet Al-Hamam neighbourhood, Central Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2-23 civilians alleged killed in Mashahade, Yarmouk, Farouk and Makawi neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On Apr. 2, Coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes consisting of 51 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 13 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed two ISIS well heads, two heavy equipment pieces, and two oil storage tanks.

* Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three fighting positions.

* Near Ar Raqqah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed three ISIS well heads.

* Palmyra, one strike destroyed an ISIS improvised weapons facility and an IED.

* Tabqah, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed two tactical vehicles, a fighting position, and a tank; and damaged four supply routes.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 38 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Qaim, six strikes [1 French with others] destroyed two VBIED facilities, a VBIED factory, a VBIED, an explosives cache, and an ISIS finance office.

* Near Mosul, five strikes [1 British] engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed a fighting position, a mortar system, and a rocket-propelled grenade system; damaged three fighting positions, two supply routes, and a supply cache; and suppressed eight ISIS mortar teams and four ISIS tactical units.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 2 April:

‘Sunday 2 April – Tornados engaged a mortar team firing from the ground floor of a large building in western Mosul…On Sunday 2 April, Tornados, supported by a Voyager air tanker, patrolled over western Mosul. When Iraqi forces came under Daesh mortar fire, the Tornados’ aircrew were able to identify the mortar team firing their weapon out of the ground floor of a large building. This allowed the Tornados to achieve a clear line of fire for a Brimstone missile, which scored a direct hit on the mortar team while causing minimal damage to the rest of the building.’

From French MoD on April 6th:
[France reports a planned strike on Sunday April 2nd in the Al Qaim area on a VBIED manufacturing site, with the engagement of six Rafales and an ATL2 from the two air bases to the Levant. It took the form of a major Coalition raid, with France deploying 10 SCALP cruise missiles.]

‘…2 frappes ont été réalisées par les avions français en Irak.
la première a été conduite dans la zone de Mossoul en appui des troupes irakiennes contre une trentaine de combattants se préparant à une contre-attaque,
la seconde est une frappe planifiée avec l’engagement de 6 Rafale et d’un ATL2 en provenance des deux bases aériennes au Levant, frappe réalisée dimanche dans la zone d’Al Qaim sur un site de fabrication de VBIED. Elle a pris la forme d’un raid majeur, en coalition, avec le tir de 10 missiles de croisière SCALP pour les chasseurs français.’

From French MoD for April 2nd:

[Following a reconnaissance flight from the Atlantic 2, Rafales from the airforce and navy  led a strike on April 2nd against an ISIL factory for the production of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and the assembly of suicide vehicles loaded with explosives in the Al Qaim region of Iraq. Ten SCALP cruise missiles were used supplemented by GPS-guided bomb strikes by coalition aircraft.]

Chammal : première mission opérationnelle d’ampleur pour les avions Rafale du « plot mixte »

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Mise à jour : 12/04/2017
Mis en place le 31 mars, les Rafale du « plot mixte » ont conduit, dès le 02 avril 2017, une mission opérationnelle complète et importante. A la suite d’un vol de reconnaissance de l’Atlantique 2, les Rafale « Air » et « Marine », ont mené une frappe et réalisé les observations post-raid contre une unité d’assemblage de Daech de véhicules piégés et d’engins explosifs.

Le 02 avril, le vol de reconnaissance et de renseignement de l’Atlantique 2 confirme, dans un premier temps, l’objectif désigné: une importante usine située dans la région d’Al Qaim destinée à la production d’engins explosifs improvisés (EEI) et à l’assemblage des véhicules suicides chargés d’explosifs. Engins dont Daech fait un usage intensif, permettant de ralentir la progression des forces irakiennes au sol, en piégeant les bâtiments où les routes.

Sur la base des derniers renseignements fournis par l’Atlantique 2, six Rafale de l’armée de l’air (provenant des bases aériennes du théâtre situées en Jordanie et aux Emirats arabes unis) conduisent une frappe coordonnée de 10 missiles de croisière SCALP (« Système de croisière conventionnel autonome à longue portée ») sur l’objectif, complétée par des frappes de bombes à guidage GPS, réalisées par des aéronefs de la coalition.

Une patrouille composée de Rafale « Marine », alors en mission de reconnaissance armée et d’appui au sol, est envoyée sur la zone des frappes afin d’y conduire les observations post-raid.

Une fois analysées par les états-majors, les images prises par les Rafales « Marine » ont permis de confirmer la réussite de cette importante mission opérationnelle de la coalition et qui aura sollicité les moyens français récemment arrivés sur le théâtre.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal représente la participation française à l’OIR (Operation Inherent Resolve) et mobilise aujourd’hui près de 1 200 militaires. A la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, l’opération Chammal repose sur deux piliers complémentaires : un pilier « formation », au profit d’unités de sécurité nationales irakiennes et un pilier « appui », consistant à soutenir l’action des forces locales engagées au sol contre Daesh au travers de la Task Force Wagram et à frapper les capacités militaires du groupe terroriste à l’aide du système d’armes RAFALE.’

 

April 3rd – April 4th 2017
Iraq 13 strikes (11,573-11,585)
Syria 14 strikes (7,850- 7,863)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
4-13 civilians alleged killed in Hunaida village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed in Rabi’a village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed in Al Salhabiya al Gharbiya village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3 civilians alleged killed in Al Mansoura, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed in Al Thawra neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
20 civilians alleged killed in Tal-Afar neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2-12 civilians alleged killed in Al Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On April 3, Coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes consisting of 55 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 17 engagements against ISIS targets.

• Near Abu Kamal, four strikes destroyed nine ISIS well heads and an oil storage tank.

• Near Ar Raqqah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

• Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed five ISIS well head and five barges.

• Near Palmyra, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed a heavy machine gun.

• Near Tabqah, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; and destroyed two fighting positions and a tank.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes consisting of 38 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

• Near Al Qaim, five strikes destroyed two VBIED factories, two weapons storage facilities, and an ISIS-held building.

• Near Mosul, six strikes [2 British] engaged five ISIS tactical units and an ISIS machine gun team; destroyed five fighting positions, two VBIED factories, a weapons facility, and an anti-air artillery system; damaged three supply routes and three fighting positions; and suppressed four ISIS mortar teams, two ISIS tactical units, and an ISIS artillery team.

• Near Rawah, two strikes engaged two ISIS staging areas.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 3 April:

‘Monday 3 April – Tornados and Typhoons engaged Daesh mortar positions in western Mosul…Tornados and Typhoons conducted attacks in western Mosul on Monday 3 April, also against Daesh mortars. The Typhoons had to bomb through cloud, but the Iraqi ground forces, only metres away, reported that the terrorist position had been struck accurately. The Tornados, also hampered by cloud, targeted a mortar that was firing on an Iraqi unit from the top storey of a tall building. A Paveway IV was employed with a carefully selected fuse setting, and it successfully demolished just the uppermost storey, leaving the rest of the building intact.’

April 4th – April 5th 2017
Iraq 11 strikes (11,586-11,596)
Syria 15 strikes (7,864- 7,878)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
16-25 civilians alleged killed in Al Shafaa neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
4-8 civilians alleged killed in Rifai neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
8 civilians alleged killed in Seven Kilometre neighbourhood, Ar Rutba, Anbar province, Iraq
40 or more civilians alleged killed at Mayouf, NW Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
51 civilians alleged killed in Makawi, Fateh, 17 July, Matahen and Zanjili neighbourhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at Ratla, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
On April 4, Coalition military forces conducted 26 strikes consisting of 74 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

 In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes consisting of 22 engagements against ISIS targets. 

• Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed eight ISIS oil tanker trucks and two well heads.

• Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; and destroyed three fighting positions, three vehicles, a mortar system, a rocket system, and an excavator.

• Near Dayr Az Zawr, seven strikes destroyed 10 ISIS well heads, an explosives cache, and an oil inlet manifold.

• Near Tabqah, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 52 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets. 

• Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an ISIS media facility.

• Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a watercraft.

• Near Mosul, seven strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units; destroyed two mortar systems, two command and control nodes, a supply cache, and a fighting position; damaged nine supply routes and a bridge; and suppressed 10 ISIS mortar teams and two ISIS tactical units.

• Near Rawah, one strike destroyed 16 rockets, six rocket systems, and a VBIED.

• Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS-held building.’

A Belgian Air Component F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft refuels from a U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender over Syria during a sortie in support of Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve, April 10, 2017 (US Air Force)

April 5th – April 6th 2017
Iraq 9 strikes (11,597-11,605)
Syria 20 strikes (7,879- 7,898)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
8-9 civilians alleged killed at Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
5 civilians alleged killed at Howeija Al-Sawaki, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3-18 civilians alleged killed at Zanjili neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh Province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On April 5, Coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes consisting of 85 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

 In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets.

• Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting positon.

• Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed an ISIS vehicle.

• Nera Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed five ISIS well heads, two pump jacks, an oil storage tank, and an oil equipment piece.

• Near Tabqah, 13 strikes [1 British] engaged nine ISIS tactical units; destroyed two fighting positions, two vehicles, a tactical vehicle, and a tunnel; and damaged two supply routes.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 57 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

• Near Al Qaim, one strike [1 British?] destroyed two anti-air artillery systems and two ISIS held-buildings.

• Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed a VBIED and a vehicle.

• Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British] engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed five mortar systems, three VBIED factories, three ISIS-held buildings, two anti-air artillery systems, two supply caches, a tactical vehicle, a vehicle, and a weapons facility; damaged nine supply routes, and suppressed six ISIS mortar teams.

• Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed two ISIS-held buildings and a supply cache.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 5 April:

‘Wednesday 5 April – Typhoons supported Syrian Democratic Forces west of Raqqa, while Tornados assisted Iraqi troops both in Mosul and the western deserts of Iraq…

The RAF is continuing to support Iraqi forces in their effort to liberate western Mosul. While the operating environment in the city is very challenging, particularly given the closely-packed buildings, very narrow streets, and the density of the urban population, our aircrew have continued to deliver precision strikes in close support of Iraqi troops on the ground. Daesh’s current tactics, including the illegal use of civilians as human shields, and fighting from sites such as schools, hospitals, religious sites and civilian neighbourhoods, increases the risk to innocent life. While no military operations come without risk, particularly in dense urban environments and against such inhuman Daesh tactics, the RAF continues to take all steps necessary to minimise civilian causalities.

Royal Air Force Typhoons provided close air support to Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Wednesday 5 April, as they consolidated their hold on the huge Tabqah Dam, recently seized from Daesh’s control, to the west of Raqqa. Daesh had tried, in their desperation, to counter-attack with suicide truck-bombs, so the Typhoons conducted an air strike to cut the approach road to the SDF positions and make any further truck-bomb attacks much more difficult. Given attempts by both Daesh and Russia to claim falsely that Coalition air attacks have been directed at the dam itself, it is important to emphasise that the Typhoons’ target was two miles to the south-east and posed no threat whatsoever to the dam’s structural integrity. A pair of Tornados meanwhile supported the Iraqi forces driving Daesh out of western Mosul, and used a Paveway IV guided bomb to engage a mortar position. The Tornados then flew down to Iraq’s western desert, where other Iraqi troops were operating against Daesh to the south of Al Qaim. A Brimstone missile was used to destroy a motorcycle combination carrying three terrorists at speed over the desert and a second Brimstone eliminated a light machine-gun position.’

From French MoD on April 5th:
[France reports that on March 29th, two Rafales from the navy joined the French airbase projected in Jordan. Two days later, two more joined them bringing to the total number of fighters deployed in Operation Chammal to eight.]

Chammal : 200e mission ATL2 et plot mixte Rafale. Chammal, optimisée pour durer

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Mise à jour : 06/04/2017
Le 29 mars 2017, deux Rafale de la marine nationale se posent sur la base aérienne projetée en Jordanie et se rangent aux côtés des Rafale de l’armée de l’air. Deux jours plus tard, deux autres les rejoignent portant à huit, le nombre de chasseurs français disponibles pour l’opération Chammal sur le flanc occidental du théâtre.

Chammal : mise en place du plot mixte
Pour les pilotes de la flottille 12F, ce détachement permet de poursuivre l’effort de guerre contre Daech tout en maintenant leurs compétences opérationnelles. Pour l’armée de l’air, les pilotes de Saint-Dizier et de Mont-de-Marsan poursuivent par rotation un engagement des Rafale Air au Levant désormais permanent.

Comme ce fut le cas en fin d’année 2016 après le retour du GAN, la BAP accueille donc huit Rafale au sein du détachement « Chammal XVI ». Avec ce « plot mixte », la France marque sa volonté de poursuivre le combat contre Daech tout en s’inscrivant dans la durée en optimisant la gestion de ses flottes en métropole afin de pouvoir répondre aux autres sollicitations comme la tenue permanente de la posture de sûreté aérienne et de dissuasion, la formation des jeunes pilotes et le soutien des exportations.

Chammal : mise en place du plot mixte
De son côté, l’Atlantique 2 déployé également sur la BAP poursuivait ses vols de reconnaissance et, ponctuellement, de frappes aériennes. Ainsi, le 25 mars, lors d’une mission de « dynamic targeting » (ciblage dynamique de cibles d’opportunité) en collaboration avec une patrouille de RAFALE de l’armée de l’Air, il franchissait la barre symbolique des 200 sorties au départ de la base aérienne projetée. Déployé au Levant depuis le mois de février 2016, le détachement ATL2 a également dépassé lors de cette même sortie les 1 500 heures de vol effectuées depuis la BAP.

Dans le cadre de frappes planifiées plus importantes, ce dispositif peut également rejoindre en vol les autres moyens aériens français déployés aux Emirats-Arabes-Unis et au Qatar (Rafale et E-3F) comme ce fut le cas lors de la mission du dimanche 02 avril.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal représente la participation française à l’OIR (Opération Inherent Resolve) et mobilise aujourd’hui près de 1 200 militaires. A la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, l’opération Chammal repose sur deux piliers complémentaires : un pilier « formation », au profit d’unités de sécurité nationales irakiennes et un pilier « appui », consistant à soutenir l’action des forces locales engagées au sol contre Daesh au travers de la Task Force Wagram et à frapper les capacités militaires du groupe terroriste à l’aide du système d’armes RAFALE.’

April 6th – April 7th 2017
Iraq 10 strikes (11,606-11,615)
Syria 14 strikes (7,899- 7,912)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2 civilians alleged killed at Rabia mosque, Raqqa governorate, Syria
5-7 civilians alleged killed at Hamra Ghanem, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3-4 civilians alleged killed at Ratla, Raqqa governorate, Syria
18-21 civilians alleged killed at Huneida, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2-9 civilians alleged killed at Shoa’yrat airfield, Homs governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Kalta, Raqqa governorate, Syria
22 civilians alleged killed at Farouk, Zinjili and Islah Zeraei neighbourhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Saha, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On April 6, Coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes consisting of 58 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

 In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 16 engagements against ISIS targets.

• Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIS well head.

• Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; and destroyed four fighting positions and a tactical vehicle.

• Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIS well head.

• Near Tabqah, eight strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units; destroyed three fighting positions and a VBIED; and suppressed two ISIS tactical units.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 42 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets. 

• Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a supply cache.

• Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed an improvised weapons facility and a vehicle.

• Near Bayji, one strike destroyed a tactical vehicle.

• Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British] engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed four mortar systems, three fighting positions, two VBIED factories, two command and control nodes, a rocket system, and a tactical vehicle; and suppressed six mortar teams and two ISIS tactical units.

• Near Qayyarah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and an ISIS staging area; and destroyed a supply cache and an artillery system.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 6 April:

‘Thursday 6 April – A combined Tornado and Typhoon formation destroyed a mortar team on a truck in Mosul and a Daesh team planting improvised explosive devices on the move west of Kirkuk…A Tornado and a Typhoon flew as a pair on Thursday 6 April, armed with a mix of Paveway IVs and Brimstone missiles. Over north-western Mosul, they engaged a Daesh motor team who were moving to a new position on a truck. A number of unidentified individuals were seen on foot nearby, so our aircrew waited patiently until they had moved away from the immediate proximity of the vehicle. A Brimstone missile, which has a smaller warhead than a Paveway, was then used to destroy the target. The RAF flight then patrolled an area some 25 miles west of Kirkuk, where they were able to track a truck carrying a terrorist team who had been planting booby traps, scoring a direct hit on the moving vehicle with another Brimstone missile.’

Update from French MoD on April 6th:

[In the past week France reports two strikes in Iraq. The first was conducted in the Mosul area in support of Iraqi troops against some ISIL thirty fighters preparing for a counterattack. The second was a planned strike with the engagement of 6 Rafales and an ATL2 from the two air bases to the Levant. The strike was carried out on Sunday [April 2nd]  in the Al Qaim area on a VBIED manufacturing site. It took the form of a major Coalition raid, with France deploying 10 SCALP cruise missiles. It adds that four Rafales from the navy have been deployed to the airbase in Jordan. Total number now deployed increased from 12 to 14.]

OPÉRATION CHAMMAL

En Syrie, les Forces Démocratiques Syriennes (FDS) poursuivent leurs actions le long de l’Euphrate en direction de Raqqah, depuis l’Est et l’Ouest de la ville, et font face à une très vive opposition.
En Irak, Daech conduit toujours une campagne asymétrique dans les régions de l’Anbar et de Hawijah sous forme d’actions de harcèlement et d’attentats terroristes.
Dans la région de Mossoul la situation a peu évolué cette semaine, les conditions météorologiques défavorables, la résistance opposée par les combattants de Daech et l’utilisation par ces derniers de nombreux civils comme boucliers humains ayant imposé aux Forces de sécurité irakiennes une pause dans leurs actions.
Dans la ville même, l’offensive est bloquée aux portes de la Médina où Daech est solidement retranchée. L’ICTS poursuit ses opérations de contournement de la vieille ville par l’Ouest, le reste des unités irakiennes restant dans une posture défensive, dans le but de contrer tout mouvement offensif des combattants terroristes.

ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL
Appui feu – TF Wagram

La Task Force (TF) Wagram a poursuivi cette semaine ses missions de tir. Elle a réalisé 41 missions de tir en appui des unités irakiennes, concentrées sur le Nord-Ouest de Mossoul en appui de la 9e Division.

Appui aérien au Levant

Cette semaine, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé 45 sorties aériennes dont 35 de reconnaissance armée ou d’appui au sol, 2 de commandement et de contrôle aérien, et 8 de recueil de renseignements.
2 frappes ont été réalisées par les avions français en Irak.
la première a été conduite dans la zone de Mossoul en appui des troupes irakiennes contre une trentaine de combattants se préparant à une contre-attaque,
la seconde est une frappe planifiée avec l’engagement de 6 Rafale et d’un ATL2 en provenance des deux bases aériennes au Levant, frappe réalisée dimanche dans la zone d’Al Qaim sur un site de fabrication de VBIED. Elle a pris la forme d’un raid majeur, en coalition, avec le tir de 10 missiles de croisière SCALP pour les chasseurs français.
Le bilan des opérations aériennes est de 6285 sorties 1194 frappes réalisées pour détruire 1932 objectifs.

FOCUS MISE EN PLACE DU PLOT MIXTE ET FRAPPE SCALP

Depuis le 31 mars, 4 Rafale de la marine nationale sont déployés sur la base aérienne projetée en Jordanie aux côtés de quatre Rafale de l’armée de l’air. Deux Rafale Air sont rentrés en métropole depuis.
Huit Rafale au sein du détachement « Chammal XVI » marque la volonté des armées françaises de poursuivre le combat tout en optimisant la gestion des flottes aériennes. Avec les 6 Rafale déployés également sur l’autre base aérienne, un ATL2 est également engagé pour les missions de reconnaissance et ponctuellement de frappes, ainsi qu’un E-3F pour les missions de commandement et de contrôle.
Le nombre de Rafale déployés au Levant a évolué de 12 à 14 Rafale.

FORBIN

Déployée en mission opérationnelle depuis plus de 5 mois et demi, la frégate de défense aérienne « Forbin » achève une mission en Méditerranée orientale, en océan Indien et dans le Golfe Arabo-persique.
Après avoir appareillé de Toulon le 25 octobre 2016, la frégate aura escorté pendant près d’un mois, le groupe aéronaval français articulé autour du porte-avions Charles-de-Gaulle lors de son engagement au large de la Syrie dans le cadre de l’opération Chammal.
Puis, le Forbin aura rejoint en Océan Indien et dans le golfe Arabo-persique.
En intégrant d’abord la Task force 150, laquelle contribue à la sécurité maritime et à la lutte contre le terrorisme dans le nord de l’océan Indien.
Puis la TF50 pour participer, dans le cadre de l’opération Inherent Resolve, à l’escorte du porte- hélicoptères britannique HMS Ocean puis du porte-avions américain USS Bush.
Les responsabilités de commandement de la défense aérienne de ces Task Force et le contrôle des espaces aériens adjacents auront également fait partie des missions sensibles confiées.
Le Forbin, dans ses multiples capacités, aura aussi contribué à consolider l’appréciation de situation de la France dans ces régions sensibles.
Au cours de cette mission le « Forbin » et ses 215 marins auront parcouru 43000 milles marins (2 fois le tour de la terre) et conduit 163 jours d’opération.

 

April 7th – April 8th 2017
Iraq 7 strikes (11,616-11,622)
Syria 7 strikes * +7 (7,913- 7,926)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
Alleged civilian casualties from unilateral US cruise missile strike in Syria
7-40 civilians alleged killed at Shoa’ib Al-Zikir, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at Okayrashi, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3 civilians alleged killed at 17 July neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
13 civilians alleged killed in several neighbourhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On April 7, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 65 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 7 strikes consisting of 14 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Tabqah, seven strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed four vehicles, three fighting positions, and two tactical vehicles; and suppressed nine ISIS tactical units.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 7 strikes consisting of 51 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and damaged a tunnel.

* Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British] engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed four mortar systems, two fighting positions, a supply cache, a VBIED factory, an ISIS-held building, and a front-end loader; damaged two supply routes; and suppressed 14 ISIS mortar teams and five ISIS tactical units.’

* See April 9th-10th for amended number of Syria strikes.

Update from UK MoD for Friday 7 April:

‘Friday 7 April – A Reaper provided close support over Mosul, destroying two terrorist mortar teams…On Friday 7 April, a Reaper remotely piloted aircraft flew overwatch for Iraqi troops in west Mosul. Coalition surveillance aircraft identified two Daesh mortar teams: one firing from the doorway of a building, the other from a small courtyard. The Reaper’s crew were able to conduct successful attacks with Hellfire missiles which accounted for both teams.’

Pentagon release on unilateral US strike on Assad forces

“At the direction of the president, U.S. forces conducted a cruise missile strike against a Syrian Air Force airfield today at about 8:40 p.m. EDT (4:40 a.m., April 7, in Syria).  The strike targeted Shayrat Airfield in Homs governorate, and were in response to the Syrian government’s chemical weapons attack April 4 in Khan Sheikhoun, which killed and injured hundreds of innocent Syrian people, including women and children.

The strike was conducted using Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) launched from the destroyers USS Porter and USS Ross in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.  A total of 59 TLAMs targeted aircraft, hardened aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems, and radars.   As always, the U.S. took extraordinary measures to avoid civilian casualties and to comply with the Law of Armed Conflict.  Every precaution was taken to execute this strike with minimal risk to personnel at the airfield.

The strike was a proportional response to Assad’s heinous act. Shayrat Airfield was used to store chemical weapons and Syrian air forces.  The U.S. intelligence community assesses that aircraft from Shayrat conducted the chemical weapons attack on April 4.  The strike was intended to deter the regime from using chemical weapons again.

Russian forces were notified in advance of the strike using the established deconfliction line.  U.S. military planners took precautions to minimize risk to Russian or Syrian personnel located at the airfield.

We are assessing the results of the strike.  Initial indications are that this strike has severely damaged or destroyed Syrian aircraft and support infrastructure and equipment at Shayrat Airfield, reducing the Syrian Government’s ability to deliver chemical weapons.  The use of chemical weapons against innocent people will not be tolerated.”

One of 59 cruise missiles fired by the US at Shayrat airbase April 7th (Image: US Navy)
Shayrat Airfield in Syria. Image released by Pentagon

Russian MoD drone footage of reported aftermath of strike

 

April 8th – April 9th 2017
Iraq 10 strikes (11,623-11,632)
Syria 16 strikes (7,927- 7,942)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
3 civilians alleged killed at Al Manghiya neighbourhood, Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
0-2 civilians alleged killed at Kasrat Faraj, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at Fardous neighbourhood, Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at Al Mashad, Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 or more civilians alleged killed at Zinjili neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh provine, Iraq
1 or more civilians alleged killed at Rifai and 17 July neighbourhoods,
West Mosul, Nineveh provine, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at Yarmouk neighbourhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh provine, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On April 8, Coalition military forces conducted 26 strikes consisting of 60 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes consisting of 22 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIS well head.

* Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units, and destroyed a fighting position and tactical vehicle.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed an ISIS well head and damaged five and five anti-air artillery systems were damaged.

* Near Tabaqah, 10 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units; destroyed two defensive fighting positions; and destroyed four ISIS vehicles.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 38 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Huwajah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS staging area.

* Near Bayji, one strike destroyed a VBIED

* Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British] engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed seven fighting positions, three mortar systems, two caches, a command and control node, a VBIED factory, a VBIED, a rocket-propelled grenade system, an ISIS-held building; damaged seven ISIS supply routes; and suppressed five ISIS mortar teams.

* Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed a weapons factory and an improvised explosive device factory.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 8 April:

‘Saturday 8 April – A combined Tornado and Typhoon formation struck a truck-bomb factory in Mosul…The following day [April 8th], a Tornado and Typhoon pair used two Paveway IVs to strike a truck-bomb factory in Mosul.’

April 9th – April 10th 2017
Iraq 9 strikes (11,633-11,641)
Syria 18 strikes (7,943- 7,960)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
4-10 civilians alleged killed at Tishreen Farm, Raqqa governorate, Raqqa
6-10 civilians alleged killed at Shoa’ib Al-Zakir village and Dibsi Faraj, Raqqa governorate, Raqqa
1 civilian alleged killed at Al-Idikhar, Raqqa governorate, Raqqa
4 civilians alleged killed at Hunaida, Raqqa governorate, Raqqa
3 civilians alleged killed at Sekak neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
28-30 civilians alleged killed at Yarmouk neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On April 9, Coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes consisting of 89 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 35 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Tabqah, 14 strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed five vehicles, two fighting positions, and a VBIED; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

* Near Abu Kamal, four strikes destroyed two ISIS pump jacks and two well heads.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 54 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Taji, one strike engaged an ISIS staging area and destroyed two ISIS-held buildings; and damaged a supply route.

* Near Mosul, five strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed five fighting positions, five mortar systems, three medium machine guns, and a vehicle; damaged 22 supply routes; and suppressed four mortar teams.

* Near Al Qaim, three strikes [1 British] destroyed five fuel trucks and three explosives caches.

Additionally, seven strikes were conducted in Syria from April 7-8 that have been closed within the last 24 hours.

On April 7, near At Tanf, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed 10 fighting positions.

On April 7, near Tabqah, six strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and suppressed five fighting positions, an ISIS tactical unit, and a sniper team.’

An F/A-18C Hornet attached to the “Ragin’ Bulls” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (US Navy)

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 9 April

‘Sunday 9 April – Tornados bombed a stockpile of home-made explosives near Al Qaim in western Iraq…On Sunday 9 April, two Tornados patrolled the Iraqi border with Syria, where they bombed a stockpile of home-made explosives near Al Qaim.’

 

April 10th – April 11th 2017
Iraq 12 strikes (11,642-11,653)
Syria 19 strikes (7,961- 7,979)
Confirmed actions: US
6 civilians alleged killed at Anah, Anbar province, Iraq
30 or more civilians alleged killed at al-Saha and al-Sham gate neighbourhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2 or more civilians alleged killed at Resala neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
13 civilians alleged killed at Yarmouk neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On April 10, Coalition military forces conducted 31 strikes consisting of 99 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 26 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, one strike damaged two ISIS well heads.

* Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed an ISIS well head and damaged an ISIS well head.

* Near Tabqah, 12 strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units; destroyed four vehicles, destroyed three fighting positions, one VBIED and a tactical vehicle.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 73 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed an ISIS staging area and an ISIS fuel truck; and damaged a vehicle.

* Near Mosul, six strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed a fighting position, a supply cache, a rocket-propelled grenade system, an anti-air artillery system, one VBIED; damaged a fighting position; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit and a mortar team.

* Near Qayyarah, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed two vehicles.

* Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIS tactical vehicle and destroyed an anti-air artillery system.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed three bunkers and one vehicle.’

A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender prepares for flight in support of Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, April 10, 2017 (US Air Force)

April 11th – April 12th 2017
Iraq 8 strikes (11,654-11,661)
Syria 4 strikes + 8 * (7,980- 7,991)
Confirmed actions: US
Confirmed ‘friendly fire event kills 18 SDF forces near Tabqa, Syria
8-9 civilians alleged killed at Farouk neighbourhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
0-1 or more civilians alleged killed at Hunaida, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Tabaqa Junction, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at Ma’adan, Raqqa governorate, Syria
4 civilians alleged injured at Hunaida, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
On April 11, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 58 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of seven engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Tabqah, four strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed two fighting positions, two vehicles and a heavy weapons system.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 51 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

* Near Mosul, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed four fighting positions, two vehicles, two mortar systems, a heavy machine gun, a sniper position and a VBIED factory; damaged 13 supply routes and two fighting positions; and suppressed six mortar teams.

* Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed a supply cache and a fuel storage location.’

* For amended number of Syria strikes see release (below) for April 12th-13th

Two U.S. Air Force F-22 fly in formation behind a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron during a Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve mission over Iraq, April 11 (US Air Force)

Coalition press release (issued April 13th):

“SOUTHWEST ASIA- A Coalition air strike in support of partnered forces fighting ISIS south of Tabqah, Syria, resulted in 18 Syrian Democratic Forces personnel killed April 11.

The strike was requested by the partnered forces, who had identified the target location as an ISIS fighting position.  The target location was actually a forward Syrian Democratic Forces fighting position.

The Coalition’s deepest condolences go out to the members of the SDF and their families.  The Coalition is in close contact with our SDF partners who have expressed a strong desire to remain focused on the fight against ISIS despite this tragic incident.

The Coalition is assessing the cause of the incident and will implement appropriate safeguards to prevent similar incidents in the future.”

From French MoD on April 12th:
[Following a reconnaissance flight from the Atlantic 2, Rafales from the airforce and navy  led a strike on April 2nd against an ISIL factory for the production of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and the assembly of suicide vehicles loaded with explosives in the Al Qaim region of Iraq. Ten SCALP cruise missiles were used supplemented by GPS-guided bomb strikes by coalition aircraft.]

Chammal : première mission opérationnelle d’ampleur pour les avions Rafale du « plot mixte »

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Mis en place le 31 mars, les Rafale du « plot mixte » ont conduit, dès le 02 avril 2017, une mission opérationnelle complète et importante. A la suite d’un vol de reconnaissance de l’Atlantique 2, les Rafale « Air » et « Marine », ont mené une frappe et réalisé les observations post-raid contre une unité d’assemblage de Daech de véhicules piégés et d’engins explosifs.

Le 02 avril, le vol de reconnaissance et de renseignement de l’Atlantique 2 confirme, dans un premier temps, l’objectif désigné: une importante usine située dans la région d’Al Qaim destinée à la production d’engins explosifs improvisés (EEI) et à l’assemblage des véhicules suicides chargés d’explosifs. Engins dont Daech fait un usage intensif, permettant de ralentir la progression des forces irakiennes au sol, en piégeant les bâtiments où les routes.

Sur la base des derniers renseignements fournis par l’Atlantique 2, six Rafale de l’armée de l’air (provenant des bases aériennes du théâtre situées en Jordanie et aux Emirats arabes unis) conduisent une frappe coordonnée de 10 missiles de croisière SCALP (« Système de croisière conventionnel autonome à longue portée ») sur l’objectif, complétée par des frappes de bombes à guidage GPS, réalisées par des aéronefs de la coalition.

Une patrouille composée de Rafale « Marine », alors en mission de reconnaissance armée et d’appui au sol, est envoyée sur la zone des frappes afin d’y conduire les observations post-raid.

Une fois analysées par les états-majors, les images prises par les Rafales « Marine » ont permis de confirmer la réussite de cette importante mission opérationnelle de la coalition et qui aura sollicité les moyens français récemment arrivés sur le théâtre.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal représente la participation française à l’OIR (Operation Inherent Resolve) et mobilise aujourd’hui près de 1 200 militaires. A la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, l’opération Chammal repose sur deux piliers complémentaires : un pilier « formation », au profit d’unités de sécurité nationales irakiennes et un pilier « appui », consistant à soutenir l’action des forces locales engagées au sol contre Daesh au travers de la Task Force Wagram et à frapper les capacités militaires du groupe terroriste à l’aide du système d’armes RAFALE.’

 

April 12th – April 13th 2017
Iraq 8 strikes (11,662-11,669)
Syria 4 strikes (7,992- 7,995)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
Up to 100 civilians alleged killed at Hatla, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
3 civilians alleged killed at Al Jazara and Khatoniya, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at Huneida, Raqqa governorate, Syria
4 civilians alleged killed at The Grand Mosque neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On April 12, Coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes consisting of 100 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 21 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Raqqa seven strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed a vehicle and a fighting position.

Additionally, eight strikes were conducted in Syria from April 11-12 that have been closed within the last 24 hours.

* On April 11, near Raqqa, eight strikes engaged an ISIS staging area, weapons storage cache, and command and control node.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 79 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS fuel truck, a mortar system and a weapons cache.

* Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British] engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed 11 fighting positions, five vehicles, two VBIEDs, two VBIED factories, a medium machine gun, a rocket-propelled grenade system, a mortar system; and damaged 15 ISIS supply routes, and a fighting position; in addition, suppressed 10 mortar systems, six fighting positions, two artillery systems and a rocket system.

* Near Rawah, one strike destroyed six ISIS-held buildings and one VBIED factory.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position, a weapons cache, and an ISIS fuel truck.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 12 April:

‘Wednesday 12 April – Typhoons eliminated a Daesh sniper team in western Mosul…

The RAF is continuing to support Iraqi forces in their effort to liberate western Mosul. While the operating environment in the city is very challenging, particularly given the closely-packed buildings, very narrow streets, and the density of the urban population, our aircrew have continued to deliver precision strikes in close support of Iraqi troops on the ground. Daesh’s current tactics, including the illegal use of civilians as human shields, and fighting from sites such as schools, hospitals, religious sites and civilian neighbourhoods, increases the risk to innocent life. While no military operations come without risk, particularly in dense urban environments and against such inhuman Daesh tactics, the RAF continues to take all steps necessary to minimise civilian causalities.

Royal Air Force aircraft have continued to provide intensive air support to both the Syrian Democratic Forces advancing on Raqqa and to the Iraqi troops fighting to clear Daesh from western Mosul. On Wednesday 12 April, two Typhoons came to the assistance of Iraqi troops when they came under fire from a sniper team in Mosul. A single Paveway IV guided bomb successfully dealt with the threat.’

Update from French MoD for April 13th:
[In the past week France reports carrying out four strikes French in Iraq, all in support of Iraqi units against ISIL fighters in Mosul, Baiji and Al Qaim areas.]

Point de situation des opérations au 13 avril 2017

APPRÉCIATION DE SITUATION

Point de situation des opérations au 13 avril 2017
En Syrie, les Forces Démocratiques Syriennes (FDS) ont poursuivi leurs actions offensives le long de l’Euphrate dans la région de Tabqah. Elles ont réussi à isoler la ville par une manœuvre d’encerclement au Nord et au Sud. Daech poursuit ses attaques de harcèlement depuis la ville et depuis le secteur d’As Safsafah dans l’objectif de rompre le dispositif des combattants soutenus par la coalition.
En Irak, Daech maintient sa campagne d’actions asymétriques dans les régions de l’Anbar, de Hawijah et de Diyala sous forme d’actions de harcèlement et d’attentats terroristes. Le groupe terroriste a par ailleurs mené des attaques sur les zones frontalières avec la Syrie pour tenter de détourner les forces irakiennes de leurs actions offensives. Le 8 avril, des terroristes, bénéficiant de plusieurs de véhicules suicides, ont conduit une attaque complexe du poste d’Al Tanf et ont tenté de s’emparer de la garnison irakienne. Leur action a été mise en échec.
Dans la région de Mossoul, la situation évolue peu. Avec une ligne de contact située sur le contour de la Medina, l’ICTS est parvenue à poursuivre sa progression, mais les avancées sont rendues complexes par la configuration des lieux et les actions de harcèlement conduites par les combattants de Daech. En parallèle, le groupe terroriste conduit des attaques mortiers sur les secteurs libérés à l’est du Tigre pour tenter de maintenir un climat d’insécurité.

ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL
Cette semaine, les actions du pilier appui ont été perturbées par une météo très défavorable, gênant les capacités de la coalition à fournir des appuis au sol.
Appui feu – TF Wagram
La Task Force (TF) Wagram a poursuivi cette semaine ses missions de tir en appui de la 9e division irakienne engagée dans la région de Badush.
Elle a réalisé 58 missions de tir en appui des unités irakiennes et concentré son action sur la défense des positions de la division au Nord-Ouest de la ville de Mossoul et le harcèlement des combattants de Daech préparant des contre-offensives tactiques.
Appui aérien au Levant
Cette semaine, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé 27 sorties aériennes dont 20 de reconnaissance armée ou d’appui au sol (CAS), 1 de commandement et de contrôle aérien, et 6 de recueil de renseignements.
4 frappes ont été réalisées par les avions français en Irak, toutes en appui d’unités irakiennes engagées contre les combattants de Daech dans les régions de Mossoul, de Baïji et d’Al-Qaïm.
Le mercredi 12 avril, un ravitailleur C-135 FR du groupe de ravitaillement en vol 02.091 « Bretagne » a rejoint le Golfe arabo-persique. Il vient ainsi compléter le dispositif aérien engagé dans l’appui aux forces irakiennes luttant contre le groupe terroriste Daech.’

From April 5th-11th, France reports 4 strikes in Iraq – 2 in Mosul – and 58 artillery missions in Mosul.

April 13th – April 14th 2017
Iraq 5 strikes (11,670-11,674)
Syria 9 strikes (7,996- 8,004)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
5 civilians alleged killed at Musherfa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
22-37 civilians alleged killed in several neighbourhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
7 civilians alleged killed at Ras Al Jadda neighbourhood, Old Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On April 13, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 64 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes damaged three ISIS supply routes.

* Near Raqqa, four strikes [2 British] engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions.

* Near Tabqah, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units, destroyed a fighting position, and damaged a supply route.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of 54 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Mosul, five strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed four fighting positions, a VBIED, a command-and-control node, a tunnel; and damaged five fighting positions, and four ISIS supply routes.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 13 April:

‘Thursday 13 April – Typhoons supported the Syrian Democratic Forces, hitting seven terrorist positions north of Raqqa in Syria…The following day [April 13th], Typhoons patrolled over Raqqa. North of the city, Syrian Democratic Forces reported being in very close combat with a group of seven, strongly defended, Daesh positions. Despite heavy cloud, the Typhoons were able to destroy one position on their first pass, then having confirmed the exact location of the other six targets, struck all of those simultaneously with Paveway IVs on a second pass.

 

April 14th – April 15th 2017
Iraq 5 strikes (11,675-11,679)
Syria 7 strikes (8,005- 8,011)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
9 civilians alleged killed at Rayhana village, Anah, Anbar province, Iraq
42 civilians alleged killed at Bab-Sinjar neighbourhood, Old-Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
8 civilians alleged killed at Islah Zeraei neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On April 14, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 55 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets.

*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike damaged an ISIS fuel facility.
*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike damaged an ISIS fuel facility.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed an ISIS-held building
*       Near Raqqa, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three fighting positions and a weapons cache.
*       Near Tabqa, one strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of 45 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

*       Near Mosul, five strikes [1 British] engaged an ISIS tactical unit, destroyed two rocket-propelled grenade systems, destroyed two fighting positions, damaged four supply routes and a fighting position, and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.”

Update from UK MoD for Friday 14 April:

‘Friday 14 April – Tornados destroyed a car-bomb in Mosul…Tornados focused their efforts over Mosul, where Iraqi troops identified a car-bomb that had been positioned on a road leading out of the north of the city on Friday 14 April. A Brimstone missile destroyed the booby-trapped vehicle with a direct hit..

April 15th – April 16th 2017
Iraq 9 strikes (11,680-11,688)
Syria 20 strikes (8,012- 8,031)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTFOIR:
On April 15, Coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes consisting of 70 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes consisting of 29 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed three ISIS well heads and ISIS engineering equipment.
* Near Raqqah, six strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units, destroyed an ISIS bridge, and damaged an ISIS supply route.
*  Near Tabqah, 11 strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units, destroyed seven fighting positions and an ISIS vehicle.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 41 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an ISIS oil rig.
* Near Bayji, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three bunkers, two VBIED bunkers, two vehicle storage areas, a command and control node, and an ISIS staging area.
* Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British] engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed five mortar systems, an ISIS storage facility, a fighting position, a command and control node, an ISIS tunnel, a rocket-propelled grenade system; damaged six ISIS supply routes and a fighting position; and suppressed five mortar teams, a fighting position and an ISIS tactical unit.”

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 15 April:

‘Saturday 15 April – Typhoons attacked a Daesh-held building west of Raqqa, while Tornados assisted Iraqi forces inside western Mosul…On Saturday, a further Tornado patrol supported Iraqi forces engaged in a firefight with Daesh positioned in a large building in western Mosul. Two Paveway IVs silenced the terrorist fire. Meanwhile, Typhoons continued their support for the SDF as they pushed east from Tabqah towards Raqqa, bombing a terrorist-held building.’

 

April 16th – April 17th 2017
Iraq 12 strikes (11,689-11,700)
Syria 21 strikes (8,032- 8,052)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
24-55 civilians alleged killed at Zanjili and other neighbourhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2 or more civilians alleged killed at Al Thawra neighbourhood, Old Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On April 16, Coalition military forces conducted 33 strikes consisting of 105 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle.

* Near Raqqah, five strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions and a mortar system.

*  Near Dayr Az Zawr, nine strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed nine ISIS oil equipment items, five well heads, and one vehicle; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

* Near Tabqah, five strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and suppressed three ISIS tactical units.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 90 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle.

* Near Mosul, eight strikes [2 British] engaged seven ISIS tactical units; destroyed eight fighting positions, three VBIEDs, three mortar systems, two ISIS vehicles, two heavy machine guns, and one front-end loader; damaged 16 ISIS supply routes and four fighting positions; and suppressed 10 mortar teams and an ISIS tactical unit.
* Near Rawah, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two anti-air artillery systems.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.”

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 16 April:

‘Sunday 16 April – Tornados struck a terrorist position and an engineering vehicle in Mosul…Easter Day saw two flights of Tornados active over Mosul. Each flight conducted a successful attack with a Brimstone missile, accounting for a terrorist position on top of a building and an engineering vehicle used by Daesh to construct defensive positions.’

April 17th – April 18th 2017
Iraq 7 strikes (11,701-11,707)
Syria 16 strikes (8,053- 8,068)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
12-24 civilians alleged killed at several neighbourhoods, Old Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2 or more civilians alleged killed at Republican Hospital, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On April 17, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 75 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes consisting of 19 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIS staging area.

* Near Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed an ISIS tank.

*  Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed four ISIS well heads, a command and control node and an ISIS vehicle.

* Near Palmyra, two strikes destroyed two ISIS tunnels and an ISIS shed.

* Near Raqqah, one strike destroyed a front-end loader.

* Near Tabqah, seven strikes [1 British] engaged five ISIS tactical units, destroyed three fighting positions and damaged six fighting positions.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 56 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Mosul, six strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; these destroyed five fighting positions, three VBIEDs, one mortar system, and one front-end loader; damaged three fighting positions and two supply routes; and suppressed one ISIS tactical unit, one mortar team and one artillery system.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIS staging area.’

A Belgian Air Component F-16 Fighting Falcon approaches a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron before aerial refueling during a Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve mission over Iraq, April 11, 2017 (US Air Force)

Update from UK MoD for Monday 17 April:

‘Monday 17 April – Typhoons struck a further target in Syria, south of Tabqah, and Tornados destroyed a heavy machine-gun in Rawah, western Iraq…On Monday 17 April, the Tornados operated over western Iraq, where a heavy machine-gun had been spotted, concealed within a grove of trees at Rawah. A single Paveway IV destroyed the weapon. Typhoons continued their support to the SDF west of Raqqah, and conducted a successful Paveway attack on a group of terrorists positioned in a treeline to the south of Tabqah.’

April 18th – April 19th 2017
Iraq 12 strikes (11,708-11,719)
Syria 21 strikes (8,069- 8,089)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTFOIR:
On April 18, Coalition military forces conducted 33 strikes consisting of 124 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, five strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three ISIS oil exploitation equipment sites, an ISIS vehicle and an ISIS well head.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes destroyed five ISIS barges and five ISIS well heads.

* Near Raqqah, eight strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed three VBIEDs, two fighting positions, two command and control nodes, an ISIS bridge, an anti-air artillery system, a weapons cache; in addition they suppressed a mortar team and an ISIS tactical unit.

* Near Tabqah, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 96 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Ar Rutbah, one strike destroyed an ISIS bunker.

* Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a dump truck.

* Near Mosul, eight strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units, destroyed 11 fighting positions, six rocket-propelled grenade systems, five anti-air artillery systems,  four medium machine guns, four VBIEDs, a weapons cache, a front-end loader, an ISIS vehicle, a command and control node; and suppressed four fighting positions, four ISIS supply routes and four ISIS tactical units.

* Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an anti-air artillery system.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed a weapons cache.’

 

April 19th – April 20th 2017
Iraq 9 strikes (11,720-11,728)
Syria 17 strikes + 8* +1** (8,090- 8,115)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTFOIR:
On April 19, Coalition military forces conducted 26 strikes consisting of 66 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 19 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed a VBIED factory.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, six strikes destroyed six ISIS well heads and two ISIS oil equipment items.

* Near Raqqah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit, destroyed a front-end loader and a fighting position.

* Near Tabqah, seven strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed five ISIS oil tankers, two command and control nodes, two fighting positions, one tunnel, one ISIS-held building, and one VBIED facility; and damaged a fighting position.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 47 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed a heavy machine gun and an ISIS vehicle.

* Near Mosul, seven strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed five VBIEDs, five front-end loaders, four mortar systems, a medium machine gun and a VBIED factory.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIS tactical vehicle.’

* See press release for April 21st-22nd for amended number of Syria strikes
* * See press release for April 23rd-24th for amended number of Syria strikes

Update from French MoD on April 21st:
[In the past week France reports conducting six strikes in Iraq, all in support of Iraqi units engaged against ISIL fighters in the Mosul and Tall Afar regions as well as near Tikrit. More than 1200 strikes have been conducted by the French since the beginning of Operation Chammal. Task Force Wagram carried out 32 artillery strikes in support of Iraqi units’ progress towards the northwest and south to expand the 9th Division controlled area around Badush.]

CHAMMAL

APPRÉCIATION DE SITUATION

Point de situation des opération au 20 avril 2017
Au Levant, dans l’ensemble des zones où se tiennent les principaux affrontements contre Daech (région de Mossoul et région de Tabqah en Syrie), les combattants de l’organisation terroriste opposent une vive résistance et cherchent à renforcer leur dispositif défensif, mais ne parviennent pas à contenir la progression des forces soutenues par la coalition.

En Syrie, dans la région de Tabqah, Daech mène une campagne de harcèlement pour tenter de freiner la progression des Forces Démocratiques Syriennes (FDS).

En Irak, Daech a poursuivi ses actions asymétriques en visant les principaux axes routiers dans les régions de Rutbah et de Hawijah, en ayant recours à des poses d’IED et des attaques indirectes.

Dans la ville de Mossoul, après une stagnation relative des lignes de front ces dernières semaines, les actions offensives de l’ICTS et des FEDPOL ont permis de poursuivre la manœuvre d’isolement de la médina en parvenant à établir une tête de pont dans celle-ci. Ces progressions, bien que d’ampleur limitées, marquent l’incapacité de Daech à tenir le terrain en dépit de la résistance féroce de ses combattants. Les cellules dormantes laissées par Daech sur les arrières imposent, en revanche, un effort permanent et méthodique de sécurisation.

Aux abords de la ville la 9e division irakienne a poursuivi l’extension de sa zone de contrôle en direction du Sud et de l’Ouest.

En marge des combats, Daech continue de mener de manière sporadique des tirs de mortiers non discriminés sur Mossoul-Est.

ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL

Appui aérien au Levant
Cette semaine, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé 35 sorties aériennes dont 28 de reconnaissance armée ou d’appui au sol (CAS), 1 de commandement et de contrôle aérien, 2 de ravitaillement, et 4 de recueil de renseignements.

6 frappes ont été réalisées par les avions français en Irak, toutes en appui d’unités irakiennes engagées contre les combattants de Daech dans les régions de Mossoul et de Tall Afar ainsi que près de Tikrit.

Plus de 1200 frappes ont ainsi été conduites par les moyens français depuis le début de l’opération Chammal.

Appui feu – TF Wagram
La Task Force (TF) Wagram a poursuivi cette semaine ses missions de tir en appui de la 9e division irakienne engagée dans la région de Badush.

Elle a réalisé 32 missions de tir en appui des unités irakiennes, appuyant leur progression en direction du Nord-Ouest et du Sud pour élargir la zone contrôlée par la 9e division autour de Badush.

Relève de la FREMM Provence par la frégate LFY
Le dispositif de la force Chammal a évolué avec la relève le 13 avril de la frégate Provence par la frégate Lafayette. Déployée en Méditerranée orientale, la frégate La Fayette a intégré l’opération Chammal au sein de laquelle ses capacités d’observation permettent de recueillir des informations et de contribuer à l’appréciation nationale de situation sur le théâtre du Levant, en complément des autres moyens français présents sur zone.’

 

April 20th – April 21st 2017
Iraq 11 strikes +1 * (11,729-11,740)
Syria 21 strikes +1 * +1* (8,116- 8,137)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTFOIR:
On April 20, Coalition military forces conducted 32 strikes consisting of 80 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Abu Kamal, five strikes destroyed seven ISIS well heads, five oil tankers, and five oil processing equipment items.

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed two bunkers, an ISIS well head, and a front-end loader.

*Near Raqqah, five strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions.

*Near Tabqah, eight strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a command and control node, and an ISIS staging area.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 52 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an ISIS-held building and a mortar system.

*Near al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a weapons cache, a tactical vehicle, and an anti-aircraft artillery system.

*Near Fallujah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

*Near Mosul, six strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units, destroyed 11 rocket-propelled grenade systems, seven fighting positions, six VBIEDs, five mortar systems, three VBIED facilities, a weapons cache, a medium machine gun and an ISIS staging area; damaged 11 ISIS supply routes, four fighting positions; and suppressed two mortar teams and ISIS tactical unit.

*Near Rawah, one strike destroyed four weapons caches, a VBIED, and a bunker.

*Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed a front-end loader.’

* See press release for April 21st – April 22nd for amended number of Syria strikes.

* See press release for April 22nd-23rd for amended number of Iraq and Syria strikes.
** See press release for April 23rd-24th for amended number of Syria strikes

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 20 April:

‘Thursday 20 April – Typhoons supported Syrian Democratic Forces, striking a Daesh-held building north-west of Raqqa, and a mortar team hiding in a tunnel in the east of the country…

The RAF is continuing to support Iraqi forces in their effort to liberate western Mosul. While the operating environment in the city is very challenging, particularly given the closely-packed buildings, very narrow streets, and the density of the urban population, our aircrew have continued to deliver precision strikes in close support of Iraqi troops on the ground. Daesh’s current tactics, including the illegal use of civilians as human shields, and fighting from sites such as schools, hospitals, religious sites and civilian neighbourhoods, increases the risk to innocent life. While no military operations come without risk, particularly in dense urban environments and against such inhuman Daesh tactics, the RAF continues to take all steps necessary to minimise civilian causalities.

The RAF assisted Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Thursday 20 April. A pair of Typhoons struck a Daesh-held building to the north-west of Raqqa. The Typhoons then hit a Daesh mortar team hiding in a tunnel in the east of the country.’

April 21st – April 22nd 2017
Iraq 8 strikes (11,741-11,748)
Syria 37 strikes +1* +1** (8,138- 8,175)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTFOIR:
On April 21, Coalition military forces conducted 45 strikes consisting of 91 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 37 strikes consisting of 39 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, 10 strikes destroyed 16 ISIS oil equipment items, five ISIS storage tanks, four ISIS well heads and three ISIS oil pumps.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed three storage tanks and three well heads.

* Near Al Shadadi, one strike destroyed a weapons cache.

* Near Raqqah, 15 strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed a fighting position, an ISIS bridge, a command and control node, and a mortar system.

* Near Tabqah, eight strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions, an ISIS vehicle and a command and control node.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 52 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Mosul, seven strikes [1 British] engaged eight ISIS tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, two VBIEDs, two mortar systems, two tactical vehicles, a weapons cache, a front-end loader, a rocket-propelled grenade system and an ISIS warehouse; damaged 22 ISIS supply routes and two fighting positions; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit and rocket team.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed a tactical vehicle and a weapons cache.

Additionally, nine strikes were conducted in Syria from April 19-20 that have been closed within the last 24 hours.

* On April 19, near Raqqah, eight strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed four fighting positions and a VBIED factory; and damaged four ISIS supply routes.

* On April 20, near Tabqah, one strike destroyed a command and control node.’

* See press release for April 22nd-23rd for amended number of Syria strikes.
** See press release for April 23rd-24th for amended number of Syria strikes

Update from UK MoD for Friday 21 April:

‘Friday 21 April – Tornados struck a Daesh supply vehicle and a group of fighters engaged in close combat with Iraqi troops in Mosul…RAF Tornados provided close air support over western Mosul on Friday 21 April. A pick-up truck used by Daesh was destroyed with a Brimstone missile. The Tornados then struck a group of Daesh fighters in a building which had been firing on Iraqi troops.’

April 22nd – April 23rd 2017
Iraq 12 strikes (11,749-11,760)
Syria 24 strikes (8,176- 8,199)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTFOIR:
On April 22, Coalition military forces conducted 36 strikes consisting of 74 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes consisting of 26 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed three ISIS well heads.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed 15 oil stills and five ISIS well heads.

* Near Raqqah, 10 strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit, destroyed 24 ISIS oil facility assets and a fighting position.

* Near Tabqah, eight strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units and destroyed five fighting positions and two IEDs.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 48 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Kisik, one strike suppressed two mortar teams.

* Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British] engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed six mortar systems, four fighting positions, four rocket-propelled grenade systems, three ISIS vehicles, two front-end loaders, two ISIS watercraft, one weapons cache, and a tunnel; damaged 11 ISIS supply routes and a fighting position; and suppressed two ISIS tactical units.

* Near Qayyrarah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

* Near Rawah, three strikes destroyed eight weapons caches and two ISIS staging areas.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS fuel truck.

Additionally, two strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq from April 20-21 that have been closed within the last 24 hours.

* On April 20, near Mosul, Iraq, one strike destroyed a rocket system.

* On April 21, near Tabqah, Syria, one strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 22 April:

‘Saturday 22 April – Tornados took part in a Coalition attack on Daesh accommodation and vehicle sheds south-east of Rawah, and two engineering vehicles in Mosul…Tornado patrols over Mosul continued on Saturday 22 April, when the aircraft used Brimstone missiles to destroy two vehicles used by Daesh. Two other Tornados struck a group of Daesh buildings to the south-east of Rawah, in western Iraq.’

April 23rd – April 24th 2017
Iraq 7 strikes (11,761-11,767)
Syria 24 strikes (8,200- 8,223)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

NOTE: On April 24th, the Coalition informed Airwars that daily reports will from now include airstrikes plus rocket, artillery and helicopter strikes in Iraq.

It provided updated numbers which include artillery going back to August 2014. The numbers are as follows:

Iraq: 12,475
Syria: 8,332

From CJTFOIR:
On April 23, Coalition military forces conducted 31 strikes consisting of 97 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes consisting of 48 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed three ISIS well heads.

* Near Palmyra, two strikes destroyed four fighting positions and two ISIS shipping containers.

* Near Raqqah, seven strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions, a heavy machine gun, a tactical vehicle, and an ISIS well head.

* Near Tabqah, 12 strikes engaged [1 British] 10 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 12 fighting positions, one tactical vehicle, one ISIS vehicle, one heavy machine gun, and a command and control node.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 49 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS staging area.

* Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British] engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed 11 fighting positions, eight heavy machine guns, four rocket-propelled grenade systems, two ISIS-held buildings, one ISIS-held bridge, and a VBIED; damaged 14 ISIS supply routes and a fighting position; and suppressed four rocket teams, three mortar teams, and an ISIS tactical unit.

Additionally, three strikes were conducted in Syria from April 19-21 that have been closed within the last 24 hours.

* On April 19, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike damaged a command and control node.

* On April 20, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike suppressed two ISIS tactical units and damaged a fighting position.

* On Apr. 21, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike destroyed an IED factory and suppressed two ISIS tactical units.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 23 April:

‘Sunday 23 April – Typhoons destroyed an armed truck south-west of Tabqah in Syria, while Tornados bombed a Daesh position in western Mosul…On Sunday 23 April, Typhoons assisted the SDF, destroying an armed truck near Tabqah, west of Raqqa. In western Mosul, a Daesh-held building was struck by a Paveway IV, released by a Tornado flight, after Iraqi troops came under fire from the building.’

April 24th – April 25th 2017
Iraq 16 strikes (12,476-12,491)
Syria 19 strikes + 2* + 4** (8,333- 8,357)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTFOIR:

‘On April 24, Coalition military forces conducted 35 strikes consisting of 78 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 24 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed five ISIS well heads.

* Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit, a fighting position, and a mortar system.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, nine strikes destroyed 10 ISIS oil processing equipment items, four ISIS fuel trucks, and three ISIS well heads.

* Near Tabqah, seven strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed three ISIS command and control nodes, a fighting position, and a heavy machine gun; and suppressed two ISIS tactical units.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes consisting of 54 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Kisik, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and suppressed a mortar team and a rocket team.

* Near Mosul, five strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed four weapons caches, two VBIEDs, a mortar system, a rocket-propelled grenade system, an ISIS fuel truck, a front-end loader, a rocket system, an ISIS staging area; and damaged four ISIS supply routes and a fighting position.

* Near Sinjar, eight strikes destroyed five weapons facilities, two ISIS staging areas, a weapons cache, a VBIED factory, and an IED factory.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed a weapons cache, an ISIS staging area, and a VBIED.

Additionally, two strikes were conducted in Syria from April 23 that have closed within the last 24 hours.

* On April 23, near Raqqah, Syria, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed two fighting positions; and suppressed two ISIS tactical units.’

** See Press release for April 25th-26th (below) for amended Syria strikes

April 25th – April 26th 2017
Iraq 9 strikes (12,492-12,500)
Syria 14 strikes +3 *  (8,358- 8,373)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTFOIR:
On April 25, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 69 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 22 engagements against ISIS targets.

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit

*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, seven strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed eight ISIS well heads, five oil processing equipment items, two ISIS barges, and two fighting positions.

*       Near Tabqah, six strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; and destroyed four fighting positions and a fuel truck.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 47 engagements against ISIS targets.

*       Near Kirkuk, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a command and control node.

*       Near Mosul, six strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and a sniper; and destroyed eight weapons caches, three mortar systems, two fighting positions, an ISIS vehicle, a rocket system, a front-end loader, and a VBIED.

*       Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed a tactical vehicle and a weapons cache.

*       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed eight VBIED storage areas.

Additionally, four strikes were conducted in Syria from April 24 that have closed within the last 24 hours.

*       On April 24, near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed three barges.

*       On April 24, near Raqqah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three ISIS vehicles.

*       On April 24, near Tabqah, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; and destroyed two fighting positions and a rocket-propelled grenade team.’

* See press release for April 26th-27th for amended number of Syria strikes

April 26th – April 27th 2017
Iraq 14 strikes (12,501-12,514)
Syria 15 strikes +1*   (8,374- 8,389)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTFOIR:
On April 26, Coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes consisting of 56 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes consisting of 17 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle.

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, six strikes destroyed nine ISIS oil tankers, two ISIS well heads, an ISIS barge, and five ISIS oil refinery equipment items.

*Near Raqqah, four strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed a front-end loader, a fighting position, and a mortar team.

*Near Tabqah, four strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 39 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS media center.

*Near Mosul, seven strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed 19 vehicles, eight front-end loaders, two ISIS fortifications, a command and control node, a mortar system, and an ISIS staging area; damaged seven ISIS supply routes and suppressed two mortar teams.

*Near Rawah, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two VBIED storage areas, a tactical vehicle, a VBIED, a weapons cache, and an ISIS staging area.

*Near Sinjar, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a command and control node and a VBIED storage facility.

*Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed a VBIED facility, a tunnel, and an ISIS staging area.

Additionally, three strikes were conducted in Syria from April 25 that have closed within the last 24 hours.

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, on April 25, one strike destroyed three ISIS barges.

*Near Tabqah, on April 25, two strikes destroyed two fighting positions.’

* See press release for April 27th-28th (below) for amended number of Syria strikes

April 27th – April 28th 2017
Iraq 11 strikes (12,515-12,525)
Syria 17 strikes  (8,390- 8,406)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTFOIR:
On April 27, Coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes consisting of 53 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 20 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed two ISIS well heads.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two ISIS well heads, an ISIS fuel truck, an ISIS oil tank, and a crane.

* Near Raqqah, two strikes destroyed a command and control node and a front-end loader.

* Near Tabqah, eight strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions, two command and control nodes, two bunkers, and an ISIS staging area.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 33 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Qaim, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three weapons caches and an ISIS media center.’

* Near Mosul, six strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed eight front-end loaders, two recoilless rifles, a vehicle, a mortar system, an excavator, and an anti-air artillery system; damaged a VBIED facility and suppressed two mortar teams.

* Near Rawah, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit, destroyed a tactical vehicle and a VBIED.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed an ISIS staging area and two bunkers.

Additionally, one strike was conducted in Syria April 26 that closed within the last 24 hours.

* Near Al Shadaddi, on April 26, one strike destroyed a mortar system, a UAV launch facility, a command and control node, and a VBIED facility.’

Update from French MoD for April 27th:
[For the past week, France reports carrying out 54 sorties and six strikes – 1 in Iraq and 5 in Syria. There was a special effort this week in support of operations in the Raqqah region with three strikes reported there. Task Force Wagram carried out 30 artillery missions in Mosul]

CHAMMAL
APPRÉCIATION DE SITUATION

Point de situation des opérations au 27 avril 2017

En Syrie les FDS ont continué à engranger des gains territoriaux aux dépends de l’organisation terroriste. Dans la région de Tabqah, la progression se poursuit dans la ville même et aux abords du barrage. Dans la région de Raqqah, le périmètre défensif de Daech au Nord de la ville continue de se réduire.
En Irak, Daech a poursuivi ses actions asymétriques et cherche à tirer parti d’une météo peu favorable à l’efficacité des appuis aériens de la coalition.
Dans la région de Mossoul, la situation continue à évoluer favorablement pour les FSI. Au nord-ouest, sur les abords de la ville, la 9e division a marqué une pause dans sa progression pour se concentrer sur la sécurisation de la zone sous son contrôle, notamment pour contrer les tentatives infiltrations de groupes terroristes. Plus au sud, dans les quartiers de la ville de Mossoul, l’ICTS et les FEDPOL poursuivent leur progression méthodique visant à isoler la médina.
Ces unités font face à une résistance toujours aussi vive de la part des membres de Daech, qui cette semaine ont lancé, sans succès, plusieurs contre-attaques depuis la médina.

ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL

Appui feu – TF Wagram

La Task Force (TF) Wagram a poursuivi cette semaine ses missions de tir en appui de la 9e division irakienne engagée dans la région de Badush.
Elle a réalisé 30 missions de tir en appui des unités irakiennes, dans le cadre de leurs opérations de sécurisation de la zone face à des groupes de Daech cherchant à s’infiltrer. Il s’agit, dans des proportions égales, de missions de tirs éclairants ou de destruction contre des unités de Daech.

Appui aérien au Levant

Cette semaine, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé 54 sorties aériennes dont 40 de reconnaissance armée ou d’appui au sol (CAS), 3 de commandement et de contrôle aérien, 5 de ravitaillement, et 6 de recueil de renseignements.
6 frappes ont été réalisées par les avions français en Irak et en Syrie, avec un effort particulier consenti cette semaine en appui des opérations dans la région de Raqqah.’