Military reports – August 2016

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 August 2016. 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.

August 1st- August 2nd 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (9,465- 9,471)
Syria 7 strikes (4,751 – 4,757)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
9 civilians alleged killed at Al Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On August 1, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, ground-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Manbij, seven strikes [1-2 British] struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL rocket cache.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes [1 British with others] struck an ISIL foreign fighter meeting facility and an ISIL training site.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck three ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicle borne improvised devices, two ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL mortar position, and three ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL heavy machine gun position.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 1 August:

‘Monday 1 August – Tornados participated in a major coalition air strike on Saddam’s former palace in Mosul, used by Daesh as a headquarters and training establishment for foreign terrorists, while Typhoons destroyed a network of fortified positions on the outskirts of Manbij…In Mosul, extensive surveillance had established that Daesh were using a palace, built by the former dictator Saddam Hussein, as a major headquarters and training centre for foreign terrorist recruits. The complex, sat in a large secure compound next to the Tigris, included not just the main palace building, used as an accommodation and meeting venue by the terrorists, but also a number of more discreet outbuildings used for command and control, training, internal security and repression. A large coalition air package drawn from several nations conducted a carefully coordinated attack on the complex on the afternoon of Monday 1 August. The British contribution was a pair of Tornados, armed with the largest guided bombs in the RAF’s inventory, the 2000lb Enhanced Paveway III, which were used to target first the headquarters buildings, then a security centre. Initial analysis indicates that the coalition mission was successful.
Over Syria, Typhoons again flew close air support missions for the Syrian democratic forces on 1 August as they advanced into Manbij. A network of fortified positions on the south-western edge of the town, held by a large number of Daesh extremists, was destroyed by a salvo of eight Paveway IVs.’

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) pulls alongside the fast-combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) to conduct a replenishment-at-sea (US Navy)
The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) pulls alongside the fast-combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) to conduct a replenishment-at-sea (US Navy)

 

August 2nd- August 3rd 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (9,472 – 9,478)
Syria 5 strikes (4,758 – 4,762)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
42-46 civilians alleged killed at Al Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On August 2, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted five strikes using fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL headquarters.
*       Near Manbij, four strikes [1 British] struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL mortar system, two ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device, five ISIL vehicles, and four ISIL tactical vehicles.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL fuel tanker.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL headquarters.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 2 August:

‘Tuesday 2 August – a Reaper provided close air support to Iraqi troops near Qayyarah. Typhoons supported Syrian democratic forces fighting in Manbij…With Iraqi ground forces continuing their offensive to clear Daesh from the area around Qayyarah, a Royal Air Force Reaper provided close air support on Tuesday 2 August. The Reaper observed terrorists attempting to salvage a heavy machine-gun from a truck that had been hit by a previous coalition strike and successfully engaged them with a Hellfire missile. A second group of extremists were also attacked with another Hellfire. UK aircraft then provided targeting support that allowed a coalition fast jet to destroy a mortar team.
Over Syria, a pair of Typhoons were similarly supporting the Syrian democratic forces as they fought to secure Manbij. A number of buildings on the south-western edge of the town had been fortified by Daesh as a major defensive position. These were successfully struck by the Typhoons, using eight Paveway IV guided bombs, despite the proximity of the moderate Syrian forces.’

Maintenance is performed on an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)
Maintenance is performed on an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)

 

August 3rd- August 4th 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (9,479 – 9,489)
Syria 6 strikes (4,763 – 4,768)
Confirmed actions: US, FRANCE, UK
10 civilians alleged killed at Hawija, Kirkuk province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 3, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted six strikes using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Near At Tanf, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Manbij, five strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, four ISIL fighting positions, and an ISIL command and control node.

Iraq

*       Near Near Al Baghdadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL storage facility, an ISIL weapons cache, and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike destroyed an ISIL weapons cache and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Hit, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device facility.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed two ISIL VBIEDs and two ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Sinjar, two strikes destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and two ISIL fighting positions and suppressed ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL assembly areas, three ISIL supply caches, two ISIL tunnel entrances, and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 3 August:

‘Wednesday 3 August – Tornados destroyed a Daesh mortar to the north-west of Mosul…On Wednesday 3 August, Tornados destroyed a Daesh mortar position while patrolling the north and west of Mosul.’

Update from French MoD for August 3rd:
[On August 3rd, a patrol of two Mirage 2000D accompanied by an Atlantique 2  two Rafales carried out ground support strikes to destroy a Daesh position in southern Mosul. Iraqi security forces had identified a deserted hamlet which had been occupied by Daesh for several months. A dozen targets were defined for multiple strikes.]

‘Chammal : appui aux forces irakiennes dans le sud de Mossoul

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Le 3 août 2016, une patrouille de deux Mirage 2000D accompagné d’un Atlantique 2 et une patrouille de deux Rafale ont été sollicités par les forces terrestres irakiennes pour détruire une position tenue de longue date par Daech. Les missions d’appui au sol (close air support) permettent de favoriser l’avancée des forces de la coalition vers Mossoul et d’affaiblir les groupes terroristes. Retour sur ces missions quotidiennes de la force Chammal.

e 3 août au matin, les Mirage 2000D et l’Atlantique 2 de la force Chammal ont décollé tôt de la base aérienne projetée en Jordanie pour rejoindre la région de Mossoul en mission d’appui aérien. Deux Rafale, arrivant du golfe arabo-persique, une patrouille d’avions de chasse et un avion ravitailleur allié ont été sollicités pour prendre part à cette mission.

Les forces de sécurité irakiennes avaient identifié un hameau déserté de ses habitant mais occupé par Daech depuis plusieurs mois. Cette position permettait notamment à l’organisation terroriste de tenir Mossoul, en empêchant la progression des forces irakiennes

Après une heure d’étude sur zone et grâce aux renseignements fournis par l’Atlantique 2, les Mirage et les forces irakiennes au sol, une douzaine d’objectifs ont pu être définis pour des frappes multiples.

La patrouille de Mirage 2000D, désignée chef de mission, les Rafale et les aéronefs alliés ont donc exécuté simultanément leurs frappes et détruit tous les objectifs. Lors de cette mission, l’Atlantique 2 a été sollicité pour délivrer avec succès de l’armement sur un dernier objectif d’opportunité, en coopération avec un Rafale, qui a assuré le guidage de la munition tandis que la patrouille de Mirage 2000D rejoignait sa base.

Les missions d’appui aux forces terrestres s’inscrivent dans la stratégie d’affaiblissement de Daech, en détruisant systématiquement ses moyens militaires et logistiques.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal mobilise actuellement 1000 militaires. Elle vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à assurer un soutien aérien en Irak et en Syrie dans la lutte contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech, en frappant l’organisation terroriste avec ses moyens aériens. Le dispositif complet est actuellement structuré autour de quatorze avions de chasse de l’armée de l’Air (six Rafale, cinq Mirage 2000D et trois Mirage 2000N) d’un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2 ainsi que de capacités de renseignement, de commandement, de contrôle (C2) et de ravitaillement. Il comprend également une centaine de  militaires projetés à Bagdad et Erbil pour la formation et le conseil des états-majors et unités  irakiennes.’

Update from French MoD for August 3rd:
[France reports that on August  3rd, a patrol of two Mirage 2000D accompanied by an Atlantique 2 patrol and two Rafale was requested by Iraqi ground forces to destroy a position held by longtime Daech near Qayarah. The intervention of the French aircraft has destroyed a dozen barracks and tunnels of a defensive system used by fighters Daech.]

‘7 frappes d’appui au sol ont été réalisées en Irak au cours de la semaine notamment à Mossoul et Qayyarah. En particulier, le 3 août 2016, une patrouille de deux Mirage 2000D accompagnée d’un Atlantique 2 et une patrouille de deux Rafale ont été sollicitées par les forces terrestres irakiennes pour détruire une position tenue de longue date par Daech à proximité de Qayarah. L’intervention des aéronefs français a permis de détruire une douzaine de baraquements et tunnels d’un système défensif utilisés par les combattants de Daech.’

Update from French MoD for 3 August:
[On July 29, 2016, the Atlantic 2 (ATL2) patrol aircraft reached the milestone of its 100th sortie from the Air Force Base (BAP) in Jordan, under Operation Chammal. This represents approximately 800 flight hours with 1,500 points of interest analyzed to identify relevant Daesh]

‘Chammal : 100ème sortie pour l’Atlantique 2 basé en Jordanie

Mise à jour : 03/08/2016 17:25

Le 29 juillet 2016, l’Atlantique 2 (ATL2) de la Marine nationale a franchi le cap de sa 100ème sortie réalisée à partir de la Base aérienne projetée (BAP) en Jordanie, dans le cadre de l’opération Chammal. Cela représente environ 800 heures de vol et 1500 points d’intérêt analysés pour identifier des cibles pertinentes et contribuer à frapper Daech en profondeur.

Auparavant déployé dans le golfe arabo-persique pour mener des missions de reconnaissance aérienne au-dessus de l’Irak, l’ATL2 a été repositionné sur la base aérienne projetée depuis le 10 février 2016. Il se rapproche ainsi du théâtre des opérations et peut donc doubler la durée de ses vols au-dessus l’Irak et la Syrie.

L’ATL2 permet d’obtenir des renseignements sur le fonctionnement, la logistique, les ressources humaines, financières et matérielles de Daech. Grâce aux résultats de ses vols, des dossiers d’objectifs sont bâtis pour in fine frapper les installations et les forces de Daech.

L’ATL2 est également en en mesure de bombarder lui-même, comme ce fut le cas le mois dernier en coopération avec un Mirage 2000D de la BAP.

À l’origine, l’ATL2 est un avion de patrouille maritime et de lutte anti sous-marine permettant des missions à long rayon d’action au-dessus des mers. Mais les flottilles de patrouille maritime ont une bonne expérience des missions aéroterrestres, et leurs équipages, sont entraînés à sonder la profondeur des zones désertiques.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal mobilise actuellement 1000 militaires. Elle vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à assurer un soutien aérien en Irak et en Syrie dans la lutte contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech, en frappant l’organisation terroriste par le feu aérien. Le dispositif complet est actuellement structuré autour de quatorze avions de chasse de l’armée de l’Air (six Rafale, cinq Mirage 2000D et trois Mirage 2000N) d’un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique2 de la Marine nationale ainsi que de capacités de renseignement, de commandement, de contrôle (C2) et de ravitaillement. Il comprend également une centaine de militaires projetés à Bagdad et Erbil pour la formation et le conseil des états-majors et unités irakiennes.’

 

August 4th- August 5th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (9,490 – 9,499)
Syria 4 strikes (4,769 – 4,772)
Confirmed actions: US
4 civilians alleged killed at Baoizh village near Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 4, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted four strikes using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed 14 ISIL oil tankers.
*       Near Manbij, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL command and control node.

Iraq

*       Near Al Qaim, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Hit, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL ammunition cache.
*       Near Qayyarah, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 12 ISIL oil tankers, an ISIL staging facility, and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes struck an ISIL headquarters and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device factory.
*       Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL mortar system, and an ISIL command and control node.’

Update from French MoD for 4 August:
[From 27 July to 2 August 2016, France reports eight strikes in Iraq, destroying 13 targets: seven ground support strikes focused around Mosul and one planned strike was conducted on 31 July: In the region of Mosul, four Mirage 2000D joined other Coalition partners in destroying a Daesh command center. Additionally, on 30 July, a C135 tanker joined the French air base and two days after its arrival, the crew mobilized in the Iraqi skies.]

‘Point sur les opérations au 04 août 2016

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Point sur les opérations au 04 août 2016

Chammal : point de situation au  levant

Cette semaine, dans la vallée du Tigre, en Irak, les forces de sécurité irakiennes ont poursuivi la valorisation de leurs positions dans le secteur de Qayyarah, malgré des actions de harcèlement menées par Daech. Le groupe terroriste confirme sa logique de repli défensif autour des villes de Mossoul et d’Alq Qaim, ainsi que sur les axes y conduisant.

En Syrie, les forces démocratiques syriennes poursuivent leur progression dans la ville de Manbij. Leur avancée est prudente en raison du piégeage systématique du terrain. Par ailleurs, elles ont mis en échec une tentative de contre-offensive de Daech qui cherchait à défaire l’encerclement de la ville.

ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL     

La force Chammal poursuit la campagne aérienne, ainsi que les missions de formation et de conseil.

Du 27 juillet au 02 aout 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech, en réalisant 39 sorties, dont 32 de bombardement, 6 de recueil de renseignement et 1 de ravitaillement en vol.

Elles ont permis la réalisation de 8 frappes, aboutissant à la destruction de 13 objectifs de Daech.

7 frappes d’appui au sol ont été réalisées en Irak au cours de la semaine notamment à Mossoul.

1 frappe planifiée a été conduite en Irak le 31 juillet. Dans la région de Mossoul, 4 Mirage 2000D ont mené un raid auquel étaient associés des avions de la coalition. Un centre de commandement de Daech a été détruit.

Le 30 juillet 2016, un ravitailleur C135 a rejoint la base aérienne 104 pour être engagé au sein de l’opération Chammal. Un engagement récurrent puisque le C135 complète régulièrement le dispositif aérien mis en œuvre par la France dans la lutte contre le groupe terroriste Daech, en Irak et en Syrie. Deux jours après leur arrivée, les équipages du ravitailleur français étaient déjà mobilisés dans le ciel irakien.’

Video of France’s air defense frigate, The Forbin.

Update from Danish MoD for 4 August:

[In the past week, since 27 July, Danish F-16s have flown 12 missions and reports dropping 22 precision munitions. They attacked targets in Syria, specifically in the Syrian province of Al Raqqah, and have participated in operations over the Iraqi provinces of Al Anbar, Ninawa, Dahuk, Erbil and Salah Ad Din. The missions have included attacks on Daesh command, control and weapons facilities, combat positions and buildings. Finally, the F-16s also conducted surveillance and gathered intelligence.]

‘Mission update nr.7
Opdatering fra de danske styrker indsat i Operation Inherent Resolve
04-08-2016 – kl. 19:58
Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Kampflybidraget
I den forgangne uge har de danske F-16 kampfly angrebet mål i Syrien, nærmere bestemt i den syriske provins Al Raqqah, og har deltaget i operationer over de irakiske provinser Al Anbar, Ninawa, Dahuk, Erbil og Salah Ad Din. Missionerne har omfattet angreb på kommando- og kontrolfaciliteter, våbenlagre, kampstillinger og fjender i bygninger. Endelig har F-16 flyene også udført overvågningsopgaver og indsamlet efterretninger.
Til og med onsdag den 3. august kl. 12.00 er følgende gældende:
Antal fløjne missioner siden 27. juli: 12
Antal anvendte præcisionsbomber siden 27. juli: 22
Antal fløjne missioner i alt: 67
Antal anvendte præcisionsbomber i alt: 93

Radarbidraget
TPS77-radaren i Irak kører som planlagt, og bidraget leverer vigtig information til koalitionens luftovervågningsbillede. Operatørbidraget har forsat et godt samarbejde med koalitionen og løfter en væsentlig del af den operative opgave.

Træningsbidraget
Mere end 100 danske soldater er for nylig ankommet til Al Asad Airbase. Her er de nu i gang med at overtage træningsopgaven fra soldaterne på Hold 3, som inden længe vil returnere til Danmark efter seks måneders tjeneste i Irak. Overdragelsen af opgaven foregår i god ro og orden, og det er forventningen, at Hold 4 inden længe for alvor kan fortsætte træningen af de irakiske sikkerhedsstyrker.

Transportflybidraget
Den seneste uge har budt på meget forskellige opgaver for C-130 bidraget. Missionerne har omfattet støtte til træningen af koalitionens specialstyrker, der står i beredskab til hurtig indsættelse, og flytning af personel og gods for koalitionen i både Irak og Tyrkiet i den forsatte opbygning af specialoperationsbidragene. Desuden har de danske C-130 gennemført udskiftning af dansk personel ved træningsbidraget i Irak.
C-130 bidraget har endnu engang vist sig at være en meget fleksibel kapacitet, som er værdsat og høster stor anerkendelse hos Danmarks koalitionspartnere. I denne uge overdrager hold 1 opgaven i Kuwait til det næste hold, som vil være udsendt i de næste to måneder.’

 

August 5th- August 6th 2016
Iraq 13 strikes (9,500 – 9,512)
Syria 6 strikes (4,773 – 4,778)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 5, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted six strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL pump jack and damaged an ISIL oil tanker.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIL wellhead.
*       Near Manbij, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL supply cache.

Iraq

*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Haditha, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL fighting position, and an ISIL supply cache.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL weapons facility, and an ISIL cement plant.
*       Near Qayyarah, five strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 46 ISIL rockets, 40 ISIL rocket rail systems, nine ISIL boats, two ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL recruiting station, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device facility, an ISIL assembly area, and an ISIL vehicle storage facility and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL fighting position and suppressed an ISIL rocket position and an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike [1 British] suppressed an ISIL rocket propelled grenade system and an ISIL light machine gun.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 5 August:

‘Friday 5 August – Typhoons attacked two terrorist positions in the Euphrates valley, while Tornados bombed a machine-gun position in north-west Iraq…The following day, Tornados were again active over northern Iraq and conducted a Paveway IV attack on a machine-gun position in the hills to the north-west of Tall Afar. Meanwhile, Typhoons destroyed two Daesh-held buildings in western Iraq, while assisting Iraqi forces in the Euphrates Valley.’

 

August 6th- August 7th 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (9,513 – 9,520)
Syria 8 strikes (4,779 – 4,786)
Confirmed actions: US, FRANCE

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 6, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIL oil tanker.
*       Near Manbij, seven strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL improvised explosive device.

Iraq

*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Fallujah, one strike produced inconclusive results.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position and suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
*       Near Qayyarah, three strikes [1 French] struck a large ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL headquarters and destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device facility and an ISIL training camp.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle, two ISIL vehicle staging areas, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL fighting position.’

Update from French MoD for August 6th:
[France reports that one planned strike was conducted in Iraq on August 6th. In the region of Qayyarah, 2 Mirage 2000D destroyed a Daesh command center.]

‘1 frappe planifiée a été conduite en Irak le 06 août. Dans la région de Qayyarah, 2 Mirage 2000D ont détruit un centre de commandement local de l’organisation terroriste.’

Update from French MoD for August 6th:
[France reports that Air Commander Serge Cholley is now in charge of Operation Chammal.]

Chammal : un nouveau commandant pour l’opération

Le général de brigade aérienne Serge Cholley commande désormais l’opération Chammal, qui vise à frapper Daech en Irak et en Syrie, tout en appuyant la formation de l’armée irakienne.

Positionné auprès du centre de commandement de la coalition dont il sera l’interlocuteur privilégié, le général Cholley aura pour mission de conduire cette opération en étroite coordination avec nos alliés et dans le respect de nos règles d’engagement.

Toute ma confiance et tous mes encouragements pour cette difficile mission, essentielle dans notre stratégie militaire globale de lutte contre les groupes armés terroristes.

Général d’armée Pierre de Villiers’

 

Airman Justin Saulbury, of Gainesville, Va., fuels an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)
Airman Justin Saulbury, of Gainesville, Va., fuels an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)

 

August 7th- August 8th 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (9,521 – 9,528)
Syria 6 strikes (4,787 – 4,792)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2-7 civilians alleged killed at Al Tank oil field, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
0-3 civilians alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
2 children alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 7, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted six strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike [1 British] destroyed 83 ISIL oil tankers.
*       Near Manbij, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar system and an ISIL fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel entrance.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL headquarters and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and degraded an ISIL tunnel.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes [1-2 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL rocket systems, three ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL tactical vehicle, and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL supply cache, and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed two ISIL weapons facilities, an ISIL headquarters, and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device storage facility.’

U.S. Soldiers from Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute fire missions in support of Iraqi army elements from Kara Soar Base, Iraq, Aug. 7, 2016.

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 7 August:

‘Sunday 7 August – Tornados destroyed a number of Daesh tankers in a Syrian oilfield. Typhoons and a Reaper provided further close air support near Qayyarah in northern Iraq…Daesh were observed to be attempting to extract oil from one of the eastern Syrian oilfields which had been successfully targeted by previous coalition air strikes earlier this year. On Sunday 7 August, two Tornados attacked a convoy of tankers north of Abu Kamal. Four Paveway IVs and four Brimstone missiles accounted for a number of vehicles, denying the terrorists the oil revenue they desperately seek.
In northern Iraq, a Reaper and Typhoons were again supporting the Iraqi operations around Qayyarah. The Reaper conducted Hellfire attacks on a mortar team that was firing on the Iraqis and on a set of rocket rails. It then helped other coalition aircraft to successfully target an improvised armoured vehicle. The Typhoons also used three Paveway IVs to destroy three Daesh-held buildings.’

Update from French MoD on August 8th:
[On August 3rd, a patrol of two Mirage 2000D accompanied by an Atlantique 2  two Rafales carried out ground support strikes to destroy a Daesh position in southern  Mosul. Iraqi security forces had identified a deserted hamlet which had been occupied by Daesh for several months. A dozen targets were defined for multiple strikes.]

‘Chammal : appui aux forces irakiennes dans le sud de Mossoul

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Le 3 août 2016, une patrouille de deux Mirage 2000D accompagné d’un Atlantique 2 et une patrouille de deux Rafale ont été sollicités par les forces terrestres irakiennes pour détruire une position tenue de longue date par Daech. Les missions d’appui au sol (close air support) permettent de favoriser l’avancée des forces de la coalition vers Mossoul et d’affaiblir les groupes terroristes. Retour sur ces missions quotidiennes de la force Chammal.

Le 3 août au matin, les Mirage 2000D et l’Atlantique 2 de la force Chammal ont décollé tôt de la base aérienne projetée en Jordanie pour rejoindre la région de Mossoul en mission d’appui aérien. Deux Rafale, arrivant du golfe arabo-persique, une patrouille d’avions de chasse et un avion ravitailleur allié ont été sollicités pour prendre part à cette mission.

Les forces de sécurité irakiennes avaient identifié un hameau déserté de ses habitant mais occupé par Daech depuis plusieurs mois. Cette position permettait notamment à l’organisation terroriste de tenir Mossoul, en empêchant la progression des forces irakiennes

Après une heure d’étude sur zone et grâce aux renseignements fournis par l’Atlantique 2, les Mirage et les forces irakiennes au sol, une douzaine d’objectifs ont pu être définis pour des frappes multiples.

La patrouille de Mirage 2000D, désignée chef de mission, les Rafale et les aéronefs alliés ont donc exécuté simultanément leurs frappes et détruit tous les objectifs. Lors de cette mission, l’Atlantique 2 a été sollicité pour délivrer avec succès de l’armement sur un dernier objectif d’opportunité, en coopération avec un Rafale, qui a assuré le guidage de la munition tandis que la patrouille de Mirage 2000D rejoignait sa base.

Les missions d’appui aux forces terrestres s’inscrivent dans la stratégie d’affaiblissement de Daech, en détruisant systématiquement ses moyens militaires et logistiques.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal mobilise actuellement 1000 militaires. Elle vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à assurer un soutien aérien en Irak et en Syrie dans la lutte contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech, en frappant l’organisation terroriste avec ses moyens aériens. Le dispositif complet est actuellement structuré autour de quatorze avions de chasse de l’armée de l’Air (six Rafale, cinq Mirage 2000D et trois Mirage 2000N) d’un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2 ainsi que de capacités de renseignement, de commandement, de contrôle (C2) et de ravitaillement. Il comprend également une centaine de  militaires projetés à Bagdad et Erbil pour la formation et le conseil des états-majors et unités irakiennes.’

August 8th- August 9th 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (9,529 – 9,536)
Syria 7 strikes (4,793 – 4,799)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 8, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed nine ISIL oil tankers.
*       Near Manbij, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL tactical vehicle.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike destroyed an ISIL front-end loader.
*       Near Palmyra, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Hit, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Kisik, two strikes destroyed 30 ISIL rocket rails and 10 ISIL rockets and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes [1 British?] struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL mortar system, and an ISIL assembly area and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed eight ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL weapons cache, and an ISIL vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 8 August:

‘Monday 8 August – Typhoons bombed an artillery piece east of Mosul, while a Reaper destroyed a terrorist vehicle near Qayyarah…
In the past few days, Royal Air Force Tornados have conducted extensive reconnaissance missions over Syria and Iraq, while Typhoons and Reapers have delivered a series of strikes against Daesh positions in both countries.
A Reaper flew overwatch for Iraqi ground forces operating near Qayyarah in northern Iraq on Monday 8 August and used a Hellfire missile to destroy a terrorist vehicle as it was tracked at speed along an open road. To the east of Mosul, a light artillery piece had been identified, positioned within a building. This was successfully attacked by Typhoons with a Paveway IV guided bomb.’

August 9th- August 10th 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (9,537 – 9,547)
Syria 14 strikes (4,800 – 4,813)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 9, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike struck two ISIL crude oil collection points.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike struck two ISIL crude oil collection points.
*       Near Manbij, 11 strikes struck 11 separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions and three ISIL vehicles.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL rocket cache and damaged an ISIL rocket rail.
*       Near Hit, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL refueling point.
*       Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and three ISIL weapons caches.
*       Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes [1-2 British] destroyed four ISIL generators, 17 ISIL oil tankers, five ISIL rocket rails, five ISIL rockets, an ISIL excavator, and an ISIL mortar system and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL weapons caches, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL vehicle storage area, and seven ISIL rocket rails and damaged an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL tunnel entrance.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL improvised explosive device factory.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 7 ISIL assembly areas and three ISIL vehicles and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL vehicle borne IED factory.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 9 August:

‘Tuesday 9 August – a Reaper continued to provide close air support near Qayyarah. Typhoons struck a further four Daesh targets in the Mosul area…Typhoons were active over the same area the following day [9 August], conducting attacks with Paveway IVs which destroyed three Daesh-held buildings and a vehicle some 20 miles south-east of Mosul. The same day, a Reaper was again assigned to support Iraqi operations near Qayyarah. Its crew observed a Daesh team setting up a mortar and attacked with a Hellfire. It then used a second missile to destroy a mechanical excavator which was being used to help plant improvised explosive devices and tear up the carriageway of the main highway, in an attempt to hamper the Iraqi advance.’

August 10th- August 11th 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (9,548 – 9,556)
Syria 18 strikes (4,814 – 4,831)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
3 civilians alleged killed at Al Adkhar, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Zeban, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 10, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes using bomber, fighter, attack, ground-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed 15 ISIL oil tankers.
*       Near Manbij, 15 strikes [1 British] struck 14 separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions, six ISIL vehicles, an ISIL heavy machine gun, and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device.
*       Near Palmyra, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed five ISIL rocket rails, an ISIL rocket cache, two ISIL-used tunnels, and two ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Hit, one strike [1 British] destroyed two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL vehicle storage area, and an ISIL mortar cache and damaged an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL artillery piece, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle, five ISIL assembly areas, two ISIL-used tunnels, two ISIL VBIEDs, 22 ISIL rocket rails, and 22 ISIL rockets and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system and damaged an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 10 August:

‘Wednesday 10 August – a Reaper assisted Syrian democratic forces in close combat near Manbij. Typhoons attacked an armed truck in western Iraq…On Wednesday 10 August, a Reaper patrolled over Manbij, where Syrian democratic forces have cleared Daesh from much of the town. The Reaper intervened in close combat that developed just to the north of Manbij and successfully used Hellfires to clear two groups of extremists engaged in a fire fight with the Syrian moderates. Over Iraq, Typhoons bombed an armed truck concealed under trees some miles to the south-east of Hit. A number of secondary explosions followed as associated ammunition caught fire.’

Update from Danish MoD for August 11th:
[In past week Denmark reports 10 missions dropping 8 precision bombs on targets in Al Anbar, Salah Ad Din, Ninawa, Erbil and Dahuk provinces in Iraq. The missions have included attacks on Daesh buildings, fighters in the open terrain, vehicles and missile equipment.]

Mission Update Nr. 8 

Opdatering fra de danske styrker indsat i Operation Inherent Resolve.
11-08-2016 – kl. 13:30

Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Kampflybidraget
I den forgangne uge har de danske F-16 kampfly angrebet mål i Al Anbar, Salah Ad Din, Ninawa, Erbil og Dahuk provinserne i Irak. Missionerne har omfattet angreb på fjender i bygninger, fjender i det åbne terræn, køretøjer samt raketudstyr. Derudover har missionerne omfattet overvågningsopgaver og efterretningsindhentningsopgaver.
Til og med onsdag den 10. august kl. 12 er følgende gældende:

  • Antal fløjne missioner i den forgangne uge: 10
  • Antal anvendte præcisionsbomber i den forgangne uge: 8
  • Antal fløjne missioner totalt: 77
  • Antal anvendte præcisionsbomber totalt: 101

Ved siden af denne artikel på forsvarets hjemmeside findes der nu en artikel, der i detaljer beskriver beslutningsprocessen i forbindelse med indsættelse af kampfly.

Træningsbidraget
Hold 4 har nu afløst Hold 3. Rotationen mellem Hold 3 og Hold 4 er forløbet planmæssigt.
Hold 3 har leveret et professionelt stykke arbejde, der bliver rost af både irakiske partnere og koalitionspartnere. Hold 3 har således skabt et solidt fundament for Hold 4.
I den seneste uge har Hold 4 gennemført uddannelse for 7. Irakiske Division. Aktivitetsniveauet har været tilpasset overdragelsen mellem hold 3 og hold 4.
De næste opgaver for Hold 4 vil være at forberede uddannelsen af det næste store uddannelseshold af Border Guard Police, samtidig med forberedelse af modtagelse og koordination af danske specialoperationssoldater og deres etablering på Al Asad Airbase.

Transportflybidraget
I den seneste uge har C-130 bidraget for første gang gennemført taktisk air drop i Syrien til støtte for koalitionens specialstyrker. Operationen forløb planmæssigt og har vist bidragets fleksibilitet og alsidighed overfor koalitionspartnerne. I alt blev mere end 8000 kilo gods nedkastet med god præcision.’

 

Additional update from Danish MoD for August 11th:
[Denmark issue statement entitled: ‘The risk of civilian casualties’. They say that “Danish aircraft may have to fly missions where civilian casualties can not be avoided”, adding: “It is important to understand that there has been no change in the approach, as the Danish military contribution will always be subject to international law, including international humanitarian law. Nor has there in previous missions been a requirement that there might be civilian casualties. Therefore, the Danish tolerance for civilian casualties unchanged.
But we are in a situation now where our mandate can be tested to the limit, says Major General Flemming Lentfer, head of Operation Staff of the Joint Services Defence Command and thus head of the Danish soldiers deployed in Operation Inherently Resolve, and continues .
The protection of civilians is a crucial element for us in all that we do when we are at war. But at this point in this conflict, we must recognize that there may be situations where we will have to accept that the military goals are so important, that we can not avoid hitting civilians.”

Risiko for civile tab 

Den danske kampflyindsats mod ISIL i Operation Inherent Resolve bliver anderledes denne gang. Det kan ikke udelukkes, at danske fly kan komme til at flyve missioner, hvor civile tab ikke kan undgås.
11-08-2016 – kl. 13:25

Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Hele den danske indsats i kampen mod ISIL handler overordnet om at støtte koalitionen i bekæmpelsen af  terrororganisationen og at hjælpe med at beskytte civilbefolkningen mod alvorlige overgreb. Det danske mandat for missionen i Irak og Syrien følger selvsagt krigens love og humanitær folkeret i forhold til vurderingen af, om en specifik opgave, hvor der er risiko for  civile tab, kan godkendes. Kravet om proportionalitetsprincippet indebærer en nøje vurdering af mulighederne for  at minimere eller helt undgå civile tab. Det er vigtigt at forstå, at der ikke er sket nogen ændring i tilgangen, da det danske militære bidrag altid vil være undergivet folkeretten, herunder den humanitære folkeret. Der har heller ikke i tidligere missioner været et krav om, at der ikke måtte være civile tab. Derfor er den danske tolerance for civile tab uændret.

– Men vi står i en situation nu, hvor vores mandat kan blive prøvet til det yderste, siger generalmajor Flemming Lentfer, der er chef for Operationsstaben i Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando og dermed chef for de danske soldater, der er udsendt i Operation Inherent Resolve, og fortsætter.

– Beskyttelse af civile er et afgørende element for os i alt det vi gør, når vi er i krig. Men på dette tidspunkt i denne konflikt, må vi erkende, at der kan opstå situationer, hvor vi vil være nødt til at acceptere, at de militære mål er så vigtige, at vi ikke kan undgå at ramme civile.

På nuværende tidspunkt foregår flere kampe i beboede områder. I disse områder har ISIL haft lang tid til at forberede forsvarspositioner. De har blandt andet mineret områder og gravet tunneller mellem bygninger.

– Det betyder, at selvom vi kan vælge våben og mål, der kan reducere risikoen, så kan vi komme i en situation, hvor vi ikke kan undgå at ramme civile, siger Flemming Lentfer.

Fremgangsmåden
Forud for ethvert angreb med danske kampfly vil danske medarbejdere være en del af planlægningen. De skal på forhånd verificere, at indsatsen ligger inden for krigens love og det danske mandat. Efter indsatsen i Libyen og første udsendelse til Operation Inherent Resolve, har de danske soldater solid erfaring med dette arbejde. Hele processen styres af et Mission & Target Approval Authority-hold (MTAA), som sidder i koalitionens operative hovedkvarter i Qatar. Det består af specialister, efterretningspersonel og en  militærjurist. Holdet ledes af den såkaldte Red Card Holder, som er en erfaren F-16 pilot fra Flyvevåbnets chefgruppe med bred ekspertviden om luftoperationer. Til at tage beslutningerne har holdet en række informationer til rådighed. Det kan være billeder og rapporter, der kan komme fra flere forskellige steder –  både fra jorden og fra luften.

– Der er i sagens natur grænser for, hvor meget vi kan gå i detaljer med, hvordan efterretninger bliver indhentet, men generelt kan man sige, at hvis der bliver taget beslutning om at indsætte kampfly, så ligger der efterretninger bag, som vi har tillid til, siger Flemming Lentfer.

Ekstra godkendelse
Red Card Holderen har stadig sidste ord i forbindelse med missioner. Opstår der en situation, hvor MTAA-holdet vurderer, at et mål til trods for risikoen for civile tab,  har stor nok militær værdi til at et angreb kan godkendes, er der nu indsat et ekstra godkendelsesniveau. I sådanne tilfælde løftes beslutningen om godkendelse af angreb til en general i Danmark.

– Det her handler om proportionalitet –  altså en vurdering af vigtigheden af at et mål bliver angrebet set i forhold til de ødelæggelser angrebet vil medføre. Det er en militær vurdering, og ikke en juridisk vurdering. Hvis Red Card Holderen ikke vurderer, at de civile tab er proportionelle med den militære gevinst, vil han afvise angrebet og ikke videresende anmodningen. Men hvis han vurderer, at civile tab er proportionelt med den militære gevinst, sender han anmodningen med de nødvendige overvejelser til generalsniveauet  i Danmark til beslutning, siger Flemming Lentfer.’

Airman Jonathan Stabilito, from Brentwood, N.Y., cleans the canopy of an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)
Airman Jonathan Stabilito, from Brentwood, N.Y., cleans the canopy of an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)

 

August 11th- August 12th 2016
Iraq 12 strikes (9,557 – 9,568)
Syria 6 strikes (4,832 – 4,837)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 11, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted six strikes using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and bomber and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL excavator.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed eight ISIL oil tankers.
*       Near Manbij, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.

Iraq

*       Near Hit, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL headquarters and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL assembly area and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit and denied ISIL acces to terrain.
*       Near Qayyarah, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL-used solar panels, two ISIL-used roads, an ISIL headquarters, and an ISIL artillery system and damaged a separate ISIL headquarters.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL vehicles and three ISIL rocket sytems.
*       Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL improvised weapons cache and destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device storage facility.’

Update from French MoD for August 12th:
[From August 3rd – 9th, France reports eight strikes in Iraq destroying 18 targets. Seven ground support strikes were carried out, including near Mosul and Qayyarah. In particular, on August 3rd 2016, a patrol of two Mirage 2000D accompanied by an Atlantique 2 patrol and two Rafale was requested by Iraqi ground forces to destroy a position held by Daesh near Qayarah. The intervention of the French aircraft destroyed a dozen barracks and tunnels of a Daesh defensive system. One planned strike was conducted the the Qayyarah region on August 6th: two Mirage 2000D destroyed a Daesh command center.]

Point sur les opérations au 12 août 2016

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Point sur les opérations au 12 août 2016

Chammal : point de situation au  levant

Dans la vallée de l’Euphrate, les forces de sécurité irakiennes ont repris du terrain sur Daech. Elles ont ainsi libéré le poste-frontière d’Al-Walid qui permettait aux terroristes de transiter entre l’Irak et la Syrie. Dans la vallée du Tigre, Daech mène un grand nombre d’actions de harcèlement contre les forces irakiennes dans le secteur de Qayyarah. Pour le groupe terroriste, il s’agit de masquer ses opérations de repli en direction de Mossoul.

En Syrie, les forces démocratiques syriennes ont investi le centre-ville de Manbij où les derniers combattants de Daech se sont retranchés. La densité des habitations ralentit leur progression. Pour gagner de temps et tenter de permettre aux derniers défenseurs de s’échapper, le groupe terroriste a lancé une nouvelle contre-offensive le 09 août qui s’est soldée par un échec grâce à la réactivité et la vigilance des forces démocratiques syriennes.

ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL  

La force Chammal poursuit la campagne aérienne, ainsi que les missions de formation et de conseil.

Du 03 au 09 aout 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech, en réalisant 44 sorties, dont 32 de bombardement, 6 de recueil de renseignements et 6 de ravitaillement en vol.

Elles ont permis la réalisation de 8 frappes, aboutissant à la destruction de 18 objectifs de Daech.

7 frappes d’appui au sol ont été réalisées en Irak au cours de la semaine notamment à Mossoul et Qayyarah. En particulier, le 3 août 2016, une patrouille de deux Mirage 2000D accompagnée d’un Atlantique 2 et une patrouille de deux Rafale ont été sollicitées par les forces terrestres irakiennes pour détruire une position tenue de longue date par Daech à proximité de Qayarah. L’intervention des aéronefs français a permis de détruire une douzaine de baraquements et tunnels d’un système défensif utilisés par les combattants de Daech.

1 frappe planifiée a été conduite en Irak le 06 août. Dans la région de Qayyarah, 2 Mirage 2000D ont détruit un centre de commandement local de l’organisation terroriste.’

Iraqi soldiers with the 34th Armored Brigade provide security during personal security detail training at Camp Taji, Iraq, July 26, 2016 (US Army)
Iraqi soldiers with the 34th Armored Brigade provide security during personal security detail training at Camp Taji, Iraq, July 26, 2016 (US Army)

August 12th- August 13th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (9,569 – 9,578)
Syria 4 strikes (4,838- 4,841)
Confirmed actions: US, FRANCE

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 12, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted four strikes using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIL pump jack.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed 12 ISIL oil tankers and an ISIL oil storage tank.
*       Near Manbij, one strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed two ISIL communication towers.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes struck an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device factory and three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL observation post, seven ISIL weapons caches, two ISIL command and control nodes, and four ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed two ISIL command and control nodes and an ISIL VBIED factory.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL weapons caches, and an ISIL mortar system and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.’

Update from French MoD for August 12th:
[On 12 August 2016, when a patrol by a Rafale was requested by the Iraqi ground forces to strike defensive positions held by Daesh near Mosul. The intervention of the French aircraft destroyed several tunnels and combat positions.]

’11 frappes d’appui au sol ont été réalisées en Irak au cours de la semaine dans la région de Mossoul. En particulier, le 12 août 2016, lorsque une patrouille de Rafale a été sollicitée par les forces terrestres irakiennes pour frapper des positions défensives tenues par Daech à proximité de Mossoul. L’intervention des aéronefs français a permis de détruire plusieurs tunnels et postes de combat d’un système défensif mis en place par les combattants de Daech.’

Commander Air Task Group, Air Commodore Philip Gordon, straps in to an F/A-18A Hornet prior to departing on a mission out of Australia's main air operating base in the Middle East region. (Aus MoD)
Commander Air Task Group, Air Commodore Philip Gordon, straps in to an F/A-18A Hornet prior to departing on a mission out of Australia’s main air operating base in the Middle East region. (Aus MoD)

 

August 13th- August 14th 2016
Iraq 6 strikes (9,579 – 9,584)
Syria 5 strikes (4,842 – 4,846)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘ On Aug. 13, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted five strikes using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted six strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and bomber and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed eight ISIL oil tankers and two ISIL oil fields.
*       Near Manbij, one strike destroyed an ISIL front-end loader.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes damaged three ISIL fighting positions


Iraq

*       Near Mosul, three strikes struck an ISIL headquarters and a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL assembly areas, three ISIL command and control nodes, an ISIL-used observation post, an ISIL rocket rail, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device, and an ISIL supply cache.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two separate ISIL fighting positions and three ISIL vehicles.
*       Sultan Abdallah, two strikes destroyed seven ISIL vehicles and an ISIL fighting position and suppressed two ISIL mortar positions and denied ISIL to terrain.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday August 13th:

‘Saturday 13 August – a Reaper supported Iraqi forces near Qayyarah, conducting its own attacks on Daesh and facilitating several more by other coalition aircraft…A Royal Air Force Reaper remotely piloted aircraft provided overwatch to Iraqi ground forces clearing terrorist positions in the Qayyarah region of northern Iraq on Saturday 13 August. A number of groups of Daesh fighters, armed with rocket-propelled grenades, were active in the area, but were tracked down by the Reaper’s crew using the aircraft’s very capable surveillance sensors. Three successful attacks were conducted using the Reaper’s own Hellfire missiles, and the Reaper also made possible a further five attacks by coalition fast jets, which accounted for other groups of fighters, two vehicles and a mortar team.’

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) approaches the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) to conduct a replenishment-at-sea (US Navy)
The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) approaches the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) to conduct a replenishment-at-sea (US Navy)

 

August 14th- August 15th 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (9,585 – 9,591)
Syria 7 strikes (4,847 – 4,853)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, FRANCE
4 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
7-13 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 14, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Albu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIL oil wellhead and an ISIL-used oil equipment.
*       Near Ayn Isa, two strikes struck an ISIL staging area and an ISIL weapons storage facility.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes destroyed an ISIL fighting position and damaged four separate ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Tal Abyad, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL vehicles.


Iraq

*       Near Mosul, three strikes [1 French] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL improvised explosive device assembly area and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, six ISIL assembly areas, two ISIL command and control nodes, and one ISIL vehicle borne IED and suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun position and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes [1 British] struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, five ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL rocket rail, four ISIL rocket systems, three ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL command and control node, and an ISIL heavy machine gun and disabled an ISIL VBIED and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL headquarters.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 14th August:

‘Sunday 14 August – another Reaper continued to provide support around Qayyarah, attacking a further two targets… A second Reaper ensured that the Iraqi units continued to receive close support into Sunday 14 August, and this aircraft delivered two Hellfire attacks, again on Daesh rocket-propelled grenade teams..

Update from French MoD for August 14th:
[On August 14th, there was one planned strike by two Mirage 2000Ds which destroyed an IED manufacturing center near Mosul.]

‘1 frappe planifiée a été conduite en Irak le 14 août. Dans un raid mené par la coalition, 2 Mirage 2000D ont détruit un centre de fabrication d’IED de l’organisation terroriste à proximité de la ville de Mossoul.’

An Iraqi soldier fires a Pulemyot Kalashnikova machine gun during squad automatic weapons training at Camp Taji, Iraq (US Army)
An Iraqi soldier fires a Pulemyot Kalashnikova machine gun during squad automatic weapons training at Camp Taji, Iraq (US Army)

 

August 15th- August 16th 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (9,592 – 9,598)
Syria 14 strikes (4,854 – 4,867)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 civilian alleged killed at Khalouf al Daeef village, al Ma’aza mountain, al Hassakah governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at Ghirra Sgheer village near Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 15, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes using bomber, ground-attack, attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed 10 ISIL oil tankers.
*       Near Manbij, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Mar’a, 10 strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL headquarters and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL rocket propelled grenade system, and an ISIL weapons cache.

Iraq

*       Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL weapons cache, and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Mosul, one strike produced inconclusive results.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar system and degraded an ISIL tunnel.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike [1 British] destroyed an ISIL mortar system and damaged an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL assembly areas, two ISIL heavy machine guns, five ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL mortar systems, and an ISIL vehicle and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 15th August:

‘Monday 15 August – Typhoons bombed a terrorist mortar position in western Iraq…Typhoon FGR4s, based at RAF Akrotiri and supported by a Voyager tanker, patrolled over western Iraq on Monday 15 August. Some miles north of Ramadi, they used a Paveway IV guided bomb against a terrorist mortar position.’

 

August 16th- August 17th 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (9,599 – 9,606)
Syria 16 strikes (4,868 – 4,883)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘ 
On Aug. 16, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes using bomber, ground-attack, attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria  

*    Near Abu Kamal, two strikes struck an ISIL gas oil separation plant and a crude oil collection point.
*    Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIL oil wellhead.
*    Near Manbij, five strikes [1 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device, an ISIL mortar system, two ISIL artillery system, and an ISIL munitions cache.
*    Near Mar’a, seven strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, and an ISIL command and control node, and one strike produced inconclusive results.
*    Near Palmyra, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL anti-air artillery system.

Iraq

*    Near Hit, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and two ISIL mortar systems.
*    Near Mosul, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL oil black market and destroyed 15 ISIL petroleum, oil, and lubricant trucks, six ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL assembly areas, 10 ISIL vehicles, two ISIL mortar systems, five ISIL heavy machine guns, and an ISIL tunnel and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
*    Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 16th August:

‘Tuesday 16 August – Tornados attacked a heavy artillery piece south of Manbij whilst a Reaper destroyed a truck-mounted anti-aircraft gun in south-eastern Syria…Tornado GR4s and a Reaper conducted armed reconnaissance patrols over Syria on Tuesday 16 August; a coalition surveillance aircraft spotted a Daesh heavy artillery piece to the south of Manbij, and the Tornados were tasked to deal with it. The gun and an ammunition stockpile were concealed within a treeline at the edge of a road, but a pair of Paveway IVs struck their targets. The Reaper operated over south-eastern Syria, where it used a Hellfire to destroy an anti-aircraft gun mounted on a truck, around 40 miles north of Al Tanf.’

August 17th- August 18th 2016
Iraq 5 strikes (9,607 – 9,611)
Syria 14 strikes (4,884- 4,897)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2 civilians alleged killed at La’ata village, eastern Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 or more civilians alleged killed at Khan Touman, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 17, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes using bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted five strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike struck an ISIL oil wellhead.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL oil wellheads and three ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Manbij, three strikes destroyed two ISIL artillery systems and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Mar’a, six strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL mortar system, and an ISIL command and control     node.
*       Near Tal Abyad, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL propaganda billboard.

Iraq

*       Near Mosul, four strikes struck three ISIL tactical units and destroyed 38 ISIL oil tanker trucks, five ISIL vehicles, and six ISIL assembly areas and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike [1 British] destroyed two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL shelter.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 17th August:

‘Wednesday 17 August – Typhoons destroyed an armed truck in western Iraq, a Reaper eliminated a group of Daesh extremists in northern Iraq…A Reaper was again in action near Qayyarah on Wednesday 17 August, when it successfully engaged yet another group of Daesh terrorists armed with rocket-propelled grenades; a number of secondary explosions followed the impact of the Hellfire missile as the grenades caught fire. Typhoons also continued their patrols over western Iraq, along the Euphrates valley to the north-west of Ramadi, and here they used a Paveway IV to destroy an armed truck which the extremists had tried in vain to conceal under a large vehicle shelter.’

 

August 18th- August 19th 2016
Iraq 6 strikes (9,612 – 9,617)
Syria 8 strikes (4,898- 4,905)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 18, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using bomber, ground- attack, attack, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted six strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed two ISIL pump jacks, two ISIL oil tanker trucks, two ISIL oil tanks, and two ISIL wellheads.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed six ISIL oil tanker trucks and two ISIL wellheads.
*       Near Manbij, four strikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions, and an ISIL tactical vehicle and suppressed two ISIL tactical units.

Iraq

*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike destroyed two ISIL communication towers.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL finance storage center, and an ISIL finance distribution center and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive devices, two ISIL mortar systems, four ISIL assembly areas, and an ISIL tunnel and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike [1 British?] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 18th August:

‘Thursday 18 August – Tornados attacked two terrorist positions in northern Iraq…Thursday 18 August saw Tornados operating over northern Iraq. A coalition aircraft spotted a group of extremists hidden in a position beneath trees on the southern bank of the Great Zab River, and these were successfully attacked by the GR4s using a Paveway IV. The Tornados then conducted a further such attack on a Daesh machine-gun position, several miles to the south of Sinjar.’

An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)
An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)

Update from French MoD for August 19th:
[From August 10th-16th, France reports 12 strikes in Iraq destroying 25 targets. Eleven ground support strikes were carried out in the Mosul area. In particular, on 12 August 2016, when a patrol by a Rafale was requested by the Iraqi ground forces to strike defensive positions held by Daesh near Mosul. The intervention of the French aircraft destroyed several tunnels and combat positions. On August 14th, there was one planned strike by two Mirage 2000Ds which destroyed an IED manufacturing center near Mosul.]

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Chammal : point de situation au  levant

En Irak, les forces de sécurité irakiennes poursuivent leurs opérations de ratissage dans la vallée de l’Anbar et contraignent les combattants de l’organisation terroriste à se disséminer dans les zones désertiques Dans la vallée du Tigre, Daech poursuit sa stratégie de harcèlement contre les forces irakiennes dans le secteur de Qayarah. Le groupe terroriste en profite pour consolider ses défenses au sud de la ville de Mossoul.

En Syrie, les forces démocratiques syriennes ont libéré la ville de Manbij et chassé les derniers terroristes. Elles entament désormais les longues opérations de sécurisation et de déminage afin de permettre à la population de réinvestir la ville.

ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL   

La force Chammal poursuit la campagne aérienne, ainsi que les missions de formation et de conseil.

Du 10 au 16 aout 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech, en réalisant 43 sorties, dont 36 de bombardement, 6 de recueil de renseignements et 1 de ravitaillement en vol.

Elles ont permis la réalisation de 12 frappes, aboutissant à la destruction de 25 objectifs de Daech.

11 frappes d’appui au sol ont été réalisées en Irak au cours de la semaine dans la région de Mossoul. En particulier, le 12 août 2016, lorsque une patrouille de Rafale a été sollicitée par les forces terrestres irakiennes pour frapper des positions défensives tenues par Daech à proximité de Mossoul. L’intervention des aéronefs français a permis de détruire plusieurs tunnels et postes de combat d’un système défensif mis en place par les combattants de Daech.

1 frappe planifiée a été conduite en Irak le 14 août. Dans un raid mené par la coalition, 2 Mirage 2000D ont détruit un centre de fabrication d’IED de l’organisation terroriste à proximité de la ville de Mossoul.’

Update from Danish MoD for August 19th:
[In past week Denmark reports 14 missions over the Iraqi province of Nineveh. They dropped 43 precision bombs on targets including Deash vehicles, fighters and enemies in buildings.]

Mission Update Nr. 9 

Opdatering fra de danske styrker indsat i Operation Inherent Resolve.
19-08-2016 – kl. 10:15

Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Kampflybidraget

De operationer, som de danske F-16-fly har deltaget i i den forgangne uge, har fundet sted over den irakiske provins Ninawa. 
Indtil tirsdag morgen i denne uge er der samlet fløjet 981 flyvetimer. Missionerne har omfattet angreb rettet mod køretøjer, mortérudstyr, fjender, herunder fjender i bygninger, samt gennemført overvågning og indsamling af efterretninger.

Til og med onsdag den 17. august 2016 kl. 12 er følgende gældende:

  • Antal fløjne missioner i den forgangne uge: 14
  • Antal anvendte præcisionsbomber i den forgangne uge: 43
  • Antal fløjne missioner totalt: 91
  • Antal anvendte præcisionsbomber totalt: 144

Hold 2 har nu afløst det første F16-bidrag. Den 17. august blev kommandoen for F-16 bidraget officielt overdraget fra oberst Peter Johan Bødker til chefen for hold 2, oberst Martin Walldén Jespersen.

– Jeg er stolt over at overtage kommandoen, og mine dygtige medarbejdere og jeg ser frem til de næste måneders udfordringer, udtaler detachementscommander for hold 2, oberst Martin W. Jespersen.

Radarbidraget

I løbet af ugen har radaren kørt uden nævneværdige vanskeligheder. De input, der er leveret fra de danske radaroperatører til koalitionens samlede luftovervågningsbillede, har i løbet af ugen støttet koordinationen af koalitionens luftkamp mod ISIL.

Træningsbidraget

For tiden gennemfører DANCON Hold 4 træning af irakiske artilleriobservatører fra den 7. irakiske division. Derudover forsætter uddannelsen i basale infanterifærdigheder, der indebærer våbenbetjening, metoder til håndtering af IED’er (Improvised Explosive Devices) og taktiske forståelse af terrænets muligheder.

Transportflybidraget
I ugens løb har transportflyet og besætningen gennemført taktiske air drop i Syrien til støtte for koalitionens styrker’

Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Zachary Potts, from Hickory, N.C., conducts maintenance on the trailing edge flat fairing panel of an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)
Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Zachary Potts, from Hickory, N.C., conducts maintenance on the trailing edge flat fairing panel of an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)

 

August 19th- August 20th 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (9,618 – 9,626)
Syria 19 strikes (4,906- 4,924)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
5-19 civilians alleged killed at Jissag near Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 19, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes using bomber, ground-attack, attack, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed an ISIL oil workover rig and five ISIL oil tankers.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL oil crane and an ISIL oil tanker.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed two ISIL pump jacks.
*       Near Manbij, six strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Mar’a, nine strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device, seven ISIL IEDs, and two ISIL mortar systems.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Kisik, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and suppressed two ISIL mortar firing positions.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL beddown location and destroyed 39 ISIL oil tanker trucks and two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike [1 British] destroyed two ISIL mortar systems, five ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL bulldozer, two ISIL rocket rails, an ISIL rocket system and suppressed an ISIL mortar firing position and an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed and ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 19th August:

‘Friday 19 August – Tornados and a Reaper accounted for a number of rocket-launchers and mortars near Qayyarah in northern Iraq…The following day [19 August], a Reaper and a pair of Tornados worked together near Qayyarah against a number of terrorist rocket and mortar teams. The Reaper observed a mortar firing from a compound at Iraqi forces, and responded with a successful Hellfire missile attack. The Reaper then provided support to the Tornados as they used a pair of Paveway IVs against a widely dispersed group of rocket-launchers. The Tornados also used a Brimstone missile to destroy a second mortar team, and another Paveway IV to strike an additional set of rocket rails.’

A 480th Fighter Squadron "Warhawks" F-16C flies alongside after refuelling from a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport air-to-air refuelling aircraft in the skies over the Middle East Region. (Aus MoD)
A 480th Fighter Squadron “Warhawks” F-16C flies alongside after refuelling from a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport air-to-air refuelling aircraft in the skies over the Middle East Region. (Aus MoD)

 

August 20th- August 21st 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (9,627 – 9,634)
Syria 15 strikes (4,925- 4,939)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 20th, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.  In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes using bomber, ground-attack, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike struck three ISIL wellheads and a crude oil collection point.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes struck three ISIL wellheads and three crude oil collection points and destroyed a pump jack.
*       Near Manbij, nine strikes struck eight separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a vehicle, an artillery system, a supply cache, and a rocket launcher.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and five improvised explosive devices and damaged two fighting positions.
*       Near Tamakh, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and a tactical vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Bashir, one strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Hit, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed a fighting position and a vehicle.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike [1 British] destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, two rocket rails, two rocket systems, and two vehicle-borne improvised explosive device storage facilities and denied access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle checkpoint and a vehicle and suppressed two mortar positions.’

Additional CJTF-OIR press release for August 21st:

‘Operations continue in Manbij

SOUTHWEST ASIA – The Syrian Arab Coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces continue operations in Manbij City in the ongoing effort to clear the liberated city of Da’esh fighters, identify and remove improvised explosive devices, and establish a defensive posture capable of thwarting a Da’esh counter-attack.

The continued clearance is part of a broader effort to prepare defendable positions for long-term security in Manbij City.
The full extent and complexity of the improvised explosive devices and booby traps in Manbij City is slowly emerging and still presents a threat to civilians. These devices were left behind by Da’esh fighters to maim civilians and slow operations. To protect the local population, the Manbij Military Council Commander, Gen. Abu Amjad, has publicly warned citizens of these dangers.

The population is receiving a variety of assistance throughout the area. The SAC established dedicated medical facilities and continues to work with Coalition partners to ensure the availability of humanitarian assistance. The Kurdish Regional Government increased the capacity of the Fishkapour crossing to allow the movement of non-government officials to deliver humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons.

The Coalition-supported Syrian moderate opposition efforts in Manbij City and al Rai continue to weaken Da’esh’s threat to Turkey, Europe, and United States.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 20th August:

‘Saturday 20 August – a Reaper destroyed another terrorist mortar team near Qayyarah…Another Reaper patrolled over Qayyarah on Saturday 20 August, again hunting for a reported mortar team. The target was tracked down and successfully prosecuted using a Hellfire.’

Update from French MoD for August 21st:
[France reports that on August 21st, they conducted a strike – with with ten SCALP cruise missiles – on a Daesh center for storage and maintenance of heavy weapons in Raqqa, Syria. The add that this action comes after an intense week of strikes by French aircraft, and that these strikes have destroyed many combat positions, weapons caches and sites for manufacturing explosives and  heavy weapons.]

‘OPERATION CHAMMAL : Nouveau raid aérien français au coeur du dispositif de Daech à Raqqah en Syrie

Mise à jour : 22/08/2016 10:14

Le 21 août 2016, un raid aérien français a frappé un centre de stockage et de maintenance d’armements lourds de Daech à Raqqah, en Syrie.

Ce raid était composé de quatre Rafale, de quatre Mirage 2000 et d’un Atlantique 2. Une dizaine de missiles de croisière SCALP ont touché et détruit ce centre situé au cœur du territoire contrôlé par le groupe terroriste.

Cette action intervient après une intense semaine de frappes des aéronefs français, dans le cadre de la coalition internationale, en soutien aux opérations terrestres des forces irakiennes et kurdes près de Mossoul en Irak. Ces frappes ont détruit de nombreux postes de combat, des caches d’armes, des sites de fabrication d’engins explosifs et d’armements lourds. Elles contribuent au travail de préparation des batailles pour les reprises de Mossoul en Irak et de Raqqah en Syrie.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal mobilise actuellement 1000 militaires. Elle vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à assurer un soutien aérien en Irak et en Syrie dans la lutte contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech, en frappant l’organisation terroriste avec ses moyens aériens. Le dispositif complet est actuellement structuré autour de quatorze avions de chasse de l’armée de l’Air (six Rafale, huit Mirage 2000 D et N) d’un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2 ainsi que de capacités de renseignement, de commandement, de contrôle (C2) et de ravitaillement. Il comprend également une centaine de militaires projetés à Bagdad et Erbil pour la formation et le conseil des états-majors et unités irakiennes.’

August 21st- August 22nd 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (9,635 – 9,642)
Syria 10 strikes (4,940 4,949)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, FRANCE

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 21st, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes using ground-attack, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike [1 French] struck an ISIL weapons facility.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike struck seven ISIL wellheads and a crude oil collection point.
*       Near Manbij, six strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units, destroyed a fighting position, one tactical vehicle, and an anti-air artillery system.
*       Near Tamakh, one strike destroyed an ISIL tank.

Iraq

*       Near Bashir, one strike destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.
*       Near Haditha, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed three vehicles and a mortar position.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed a mortar system, a vehicle, five assembly areas, a supply cache, a front-end loader and denied access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, a vehicle, a boat and damaged a fighting position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL security headquarters.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 21st August:

‘Sunday 21 August – Tornados struck a terrorist group and a tank in northern Iraq, whilst Typhoons bombed an armed truck in western Iraq…On Sunday 21 August, a Typhoon flight bombed an armed truck a few miles to the north-west of Ramadi, on the northern bank of the Euphrates, while Tornados were active once more over northern Iraq; a Paveway IV attack struck a terrorist position to the south-west of Kirkuk, and a Brimstone missile was used to destroy a T-62 tank operated by Daesh to the north of Mosul.’

Update from French MoD for August 21st:
[France conducted one planned strike in Raqqa, Syria on 21 August. The French air strike hit a Daesh center for the storage and maintenance of heavy weapons. Ten SCALP cruise missiles hit and destroyed the center.]

‘1 frappe planifiée a été conduite en Syrie le 21 août. Le raid aérien français a frappé un centre de stockage et de maintenance d’armements lourds de Daech à Raqqah. Ce raid était composé de quatre Rafale, de quatre Mirage 2000 et d’un Atlantique 2. Une dizaine de missiles de croisière SCALP ont touché et détruit ce centre situé au cœur du territoire contrôlé par le groupe terroriste.’

ailors cunduct low power turn test of an F/A-18F Super /hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordmen of Strike Fiighter Squadron of (VFA) 32 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)
Sailors conduct low power turn test of an F/A-18F Super /hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordmen of Strike Fiighter Squadron of (VFA) 32 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)

August 22nd- August 23rd 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (9,643- 9,650)
Syria 8 strikes (4,950 4,957)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 22, coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using bomber and attack aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike struck an ISIL wellhead.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL workover rig, a pump jack, and an oil tanker truck.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes struck an ISIL wellhead and a staging area.
*       Near Manbij, four strikes struck four ISIL tactical units, and destroyed a fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL repeater tower.
*       Near Haditha, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed a fighting position, and damaged a tunnel entrance.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and a tunnel entrance.
*       Near Qayyarah, four strikes struck an ISIL training camp, destroyed two rocket rails, a fighting position, two mortar positions, a tunnel entrance, two assembly areas, an anti-air artillery system, six repeater tower generators, a communications tower, suppressed a rocket firing position, two mortar firing positions and denied access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 22nd August:

‘Monday 22 August – Typhoons attacked terrorists hiding in a cave in northern Iraq, as well as their transport vehicle…On Monday 22 August, two Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4s operated over northern Iraq. A group of Daesh extremists had been located, sheltering in a cave amongst hills on the southern bank of the Tigris, overlooking the river, some miles to the north-west of Mosul. The Typhoons used one Paveway IV guided bomb to attack the cave entrance, and a second to destroy the terrorists’ vehicle, parked on a nearby track.’

August 23rd- August 24th 2016
Iraq 4 strikes (9,651- 9,654)
Syria 17 strikes (4,958-4,974)
Confirmed actions: US
9-10 civilians alleged killed Mosul, Nineveh province, Syria
2 or more civilians alleged Ramiliyeh, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 23, coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes using bomber, attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted four strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery, fighter aircraft, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Al Shadadi, 10 strikes struck 10 separate ISIL tactical units, and destroyed six fighting positions, a tactical vehicle, three vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, four mortar positions, an anti-air artillery system and an armored personnel carrier.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL improvised weapons assembly area.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed two ISIL oil tanker trucks, two cranes, three bulldozers, and damaged another bulldozer.
*       Near Manbij, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed a vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Hit, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed a fighting position, and damaged another fighting position.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed a fighting position, and a mortar system.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.’

Additional press release from CJTF-OIR:

‘Statement on Possible Civilian Casualties near Ar Raqqah, Syria

TAMPA, Fla. – A strike yesterday on an ISIL weapons facility near Ar Raqqah, Syria, may have resulted in civilian casualties, according to U.S. Central Command’s own post-strike assessment.

CENTCOM’s internal assessment of possible civilian casualties in this incident has been deemed credible. The incident will be reviewed, next, at the joint task force level at which point officials will decide whether an investigation is needed.

Reports indicate that what appeared to be a non-military vehicle drove into the target area after the weapon was released from the aircraft. The vehicle’s occupants may have perished as a result of the strike.

CENTCOM has extensive processes and techniques in place to avoid or minimize civilian casualties. Every report of civilian casualties, from either internal or external sources, is scrutinized regarding possible casualties and collateral damage. Assessments that are determined to be credible are reviewed as to whether the actions comply with the principles of the Law of Armed Conflict.’

August 24th- August 25th 2016
Iraq 1 strike (9,655)
Syria 13 strikes (4,975-4,987)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 24, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes using bomber, attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted one strike coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter and aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Al Shadaddi, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed a fighting position, a tactical vehicle, and a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck two ISIL pump jacks.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes struck three ISIL wellheads.
*       Near Manbij, seven strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units, destroyed a fighting position, a vehicle, a command and control node, three mortar systems and damaged a mortar system.

Iraq

*       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed four rocket systems and four rocket rails.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 24th August:

‘Wednesday 24 August – Tornados and a Reaper provided close air support to Iraqi forces near Qayyarah, conducting a total of seven attacks on Daesh extremists, including mortar and rocket teams…Iraqi security forces continue to mount offensive operations against Daesh near Qayyarah, and they were well supported on Wednesday 24 August by coalition aircraft, including an RAF Reaper and a pair of Tornado GR4s. The GR4s were primarily deployed in the reconnaissance role, but conducted two attacks with Brimstone missiles against terrorists engaged in combat with the Iraqi troops. The Reaper provided surveillance support to other coalition aircraft which delivered an air strike on a Daesh strongpoint, and carried out five attacks with its own weaponry: four Hellfire missiles accounted for two mortar teams and two groups of terrorists manoeuvring along narrow alleyways, and a GBU-12 laser guided bomb destroyed several rocket-launchers which another coalition surveillance aircraft had spotted set up outside the town.’

Deputy Commander Joint Task Force 633, Brigadier Neil Sweeney (right), chats with Air Task Group Strike Element Line Safety Controller, Warrant Officer Adam Smith, during a tour of the flight line at Australia's main air operating base in the Middle East Region. (Aus MoD)
Deputy Commander Joint Task Force 633, Brigadier Neil Sweeney (right), take a tour of the flight line at Australia’s main air operating base in the Middle East Region. (Aus MoD)

Update from Danish MoD for August 25th:
[In past week Denmark reports 9 missions over the Iraqi provinces of Anbar, Dahuk, Irbil and Nineveh. They dropped 10 precision bombs on targets including Deash vehicles, fighters and buildings.]

Mission update nr.10
Opdatering fra de danske styrker indsat i Operation Inherent Resolve.
25-08-2016 – kl. 14:11

Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Kampflybidraget

I den forgangne uge, har operationerne som de danske F-16 har deltaget i, fundet sted over de irakiske provinser Ninawa, Al Anbar, Erbil og Dahuk. Indtil onsdag middag i denne uge er der samlet fløjet 1077 flyvetimer. Missionerne har omfattet angreb rettet mod køretøjer, mortérudstyr, tunge våben, fjender og bygninger. Desuden er der gennemført overvågning og indsamling af efterretninger.

Til og med onsdag den 24. august 2016 kl. 12 er følgende gældende:

Antal fløjne missioner i den forgangne uge: 9
Antal anvendte præcisionsbomber i den forgangne uge: 10
Antal fløjne missioner totalt: 100
Antal anvendte præcisionsbomber totalt: 154

Radarbidraget
I løbet af ugen har radaren kørt uden afbrydelser. Den danske radar har vist sig meget pålidelig i OIR missionen, og bidraget har indtil tirsdag morgen haft kontakt til 14.259 fly. I den forgangne uge har bidraget koordineret 80% af samtlige lufttankninger i OIR missionen.

Træningsbidraget
DANCON har afsluttet et tre ugers uddannelsesforløb af enheder fra den irakiske hær. Idet man afventer det næste store politihold til uddannelse, har DANCON i denne uge mulighed for at gennemføre intern instruktøruddannelse.

Transportflybidraget
Det danske C-130 har i den forgangne uge gennemført missioner i Irak og transportopgave til Tyrkiet og har i den forbindelse transporteret godt 12.000 kilo gods.’

Update from French MoD on August 25th:
[From August 17th to 23rd, France reports five strikes destroying five goals. Four ground support strikes were carried out in the Mosul area of Iraa. On August 21st, there was one planned strike in Raqqa, Syria. The strike hit a Daesh center for the storage and maintenance of heavy weapons. Ten SCALP cruise missiles hit and destroyed the center.]

Point sur les opérations au 25 août 2016

Mise à jour : 25/08/2016 19:22

Chammal : point de situation au Levant

En Irak, dans la vallée de l’Anbar, les forces de sécurité irakiennes mènent des opérations de sécurisation des principaux axes routiers entre la frontière syrienne – au poste-frontière d’Al Walid libéré – et la ville de Ruţbah. Dans la vallée du Tigre, elles ont repris les opérations offensives en entamant l’encerclement de la ville de Qayyarah, ville clef au sud de Mossoul.

Dans le même temps, les forces Peshmergas ont libéré un certain nombre de villages à l’ouest de la ville. Sur toutes les zones d’affrontement, les combattants de Daech multiplient les actions de harcèlement pour masquer leurs difficultés à tenir le terrain. En revanche, le groupe terroriste valorise ses lignes de défense autour de la ville de Mossoul.

En Syrie, les forces démocratiques syriennes ont libéré la ville de Manbij et chassé les derniers terroristes. Elles entament désormais les longues opérations de sécurisation et de déminage afin de permettre à la population de réinvestir la ville.

ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL           

La force Chammal poursuit la campagne aérienne, ainsi que les missions de formation et de conseil.

Du 17 au 23 août 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech, en réalisant 45 sorties, dont 32 de bombardement, 7 de recueil de renseignements et 6 de ravitaillement en vol.

Elles ont permis la réalisation de 5 frappes, aboutissant à la destruction de 5 objectifs de Daech.

4 frappes d’appui au sol ont été réalisées en Irak au cours de la semaine dans la région de Mossoul.

1 frappe planifiée a été conduite en Syrie le 21 août. Le raid aérien français a frappé un centre de stockage et de maintenance d’armements lourds de Daech à Raqqah. Ce raid était composé de quatre Rafale, de quatre Mirage 2000 et d’un Atlantique 2. Une dizaine de missiles de croisière SCALP ont touché et détruit ce centre situé au cœur du territoire contrôlé par le groupe terroriste.’

August 25th- August 26th 2016
Iraq 8 strike (9,656-9,663)
Syria 9 strikes (4,988-4,996)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 25, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Al Shadaddi, five strikes [1 British?] engaged five separate ISIL tactical units, destroyed five fighting positions, a tactical vehicle, and another vehicle.
*       Near Manbij, four strikes engaged four separate ISIL tactical units, destroyed three fighting positions, four vehicles, an artillery system, and a weapons cache.

Iraq

*       Near Kisik, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Mosul, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed a fighting position, and suppressed a tactical unit.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike engaged an ISIL vehicle-borne improvised explosive device factory.
*       Near Ramadi, three strikes destroyed an ISIL mortar position, a vehicle, and damaged a fighting position.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike suppressed an ISIL rocket position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 25th August:

‘Thursday 25 August – Tornados struck a Daesh group in eastern Syria, while Typhoons bombed a terrorist-held building in western Iraq…Typhoons, supported as is normal by a Voyager air refuelling tanker, patrolled the Euphrates valley west of Ramadi on Thursday 25 August, where they used a Paveway IV to attack a Daesh-held building on the northern river-bank. Over Syria, a pair of Tornados used two Brimstone missiles to engage a number of terrorists spotted occupying positions under trees in farmland in the east of the country.’

August 26th- August 27th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (9,664-9,673)
Syria 7 strikes (4,997-5,003)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 26, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using ground-attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Manbij, five strikes engaged four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device and another vehicle.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes engaged two separate ISIL tactical units, destroyed two fighting positions and an artillery system, and damaged another fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Fallujah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Hit, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and suppressed a mortar position.
*       Near Mosul, one strike engaged an ISIL communications facility.
*       Near Qayyarah, three strikes engaged an ISIL VBIED factory, a training camp, and a large tactical unit; destroyed two vehicles and an assembly area; and suppressed two tactical units.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes engaged two separate ISIL tactical units, and destroyed three fighting positions, a vehicle, and a weapons cache.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL safe house.’

 

August 27th- August 28th 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (9,674-9,681)
Syria 9 strikes (5,004-5,012)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 27, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using bomber, attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed two ISIL pump jacks.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed two ISIL pump jacks.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed five ISIL tanker trucks.
*       Near Manbij, two strikes engaged two separate ISIL tactical units, and destroyed a bed down location and a vehicle.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes engaged two separate ISIL tactical units, and destroyed two fighting positions and a vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed a fighting position and an ammunitions cache.
*       Near Hit, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device factory, and a vehicle.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes [2 British] engaged two separate ISIL tactical units, and destroyed an assembly area, a front-end loader, and denied access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED factory.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position, a vehicle, six rocket systems, seven rocket rails, and suppressed a mortar position and denied access to terrain.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 27th August:

‘Saturday 27 August – Reaper identified Daesh vehicles in northern Iraq, which were subsequently destroyed by coalition air attacks, including one by the Reaper itself…Saturday 27 August: A Reaper supported the Iraqi security forces advancing near Qayyarah. The aircraft spotted a heavy vehicle transporter being used by Daesh to move one of the mechanical excavators that are used to construct their fortified positions. Both the transporter and the excavator were destroyed by coalition fast jets, guided to the scene by the Reaper. The Reaper crew subsequently tracked an armed Daesh truck withdrawing from a nearby compound and attempted to conceal the vehicle in shed. A direct hit from a Hellfire missile destroyed the building and the truck inside.’

August 28th- August 29th 2016
Iraq 13 strikes (9,682-9,694)
Syria 2 strikes (5,013-5,014)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
20 or more civilians alleged killed at Jeb el Kussa, Aleppo governorate, Syria
15 civilians alleged killed at Al Armana, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 28, coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted two strikes using fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using ground-attack, attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIL wellhead.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL pump jack.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike [1 British] destroyed four ISIL rocket systems, three rocket rails, and a building.
*       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Hit, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three tanker trucks.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike engaged an ISIL staging area.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, five strikes engaged two ISIL headquarters building and a barracks, and destroyed two rocket systems, four rocket rails, a tunnel entrance, and 11 vehicle-borne improvised explosive device factories.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position, a mortar system, two weapons caches, and damaged three tunnel entrances.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 28th August:

‘Sunday 28 August – Typhoons struck a number of rocket-launchers in western Iraq…Sunday 28 August: A Typhoon patrol over western Iraq used a pair of Paveway IV guided bombs to destroy a dispersed group of rocket-launching rails hidden amidst trees on the northern bank of the Euphrates.’

Update from French MoD for August 29th:
[France reports that 6 Rafales from 30th and 4th fighter squadrons – taking over from Mirage 2000s – were deployed in two waves on August 22nd and 27th. In less than 24 hours, they started their first air support, intelligence and combat mission over Iraq and Syria.]

‘Chammal : déploiement des Rafale sur la base aérienne projetée en Jordanie

Mise à jour : 29/08/2016 08:17

Le 28 août 2016, six Rafale sont alignés sur le tarmac de la Base aérienne projetée (BAP) en Jordanie, dans le cadre de l’opération Chammal. Ils opèrent ainsi au plus près des combats menés contre l’organisation terroriste Daech.

Ce détachement, issu des 30e et 4e escadres de chasse, s’est déployé en deux vagues, les 22 et 27 août 2016, grâce aux ravitailleurs en vol C135FR et aux avions de transport A400M. La première projection, constituée de quatre chasseurs, a été accueillie par le colonel Jean-Luc, commandant la base aérienne projetée et par le colonel Michel Friedling, représentant le général Serge Cholley, commandant la force Chammal.

Prenant le relais des Mirage 2000 afin d’optimiser l’emploi des avions de chasse de l’armée de l’air sur les différents théâtres d’opérations, les Rafale ont été préparés au combat, en moins de 24 heures, grâce au soutien d’une base aérienne projetée entièrement mobilisée à cet effet. Les aéronefs ont aussitôt débuté leurs premières missions d’appui aérien, de renseignement et de combat dans la profondeur, au-dessus de la Syrie et de l’Irak.

Depuis 18 mois, l’armée de l’air fournit, dans la durée et au profit des opérations extérieures, une vingtaine d’avions de chasse, nombre bien supérieur au contrat opérationnel défini par le Livre Blanc 2013, tout en respectant les engagements nationaux à l’égard de la coalition internationale luttant contre Daech (opération Inherent Resolve).

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal mobilise actuellement près de 1 000 militaires. Elle vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à lutter contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech, en menant notamment des frappes aériennes contre lui.

Le dispositif complet en opérations extérieures au Levant est actuellement structuré autour de seize avions de chasse de l’armée de l’air (douze Rafale, quatre Mirage 2000D), d’un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2 ainsi que de capacités de renseignement, de commandement, de contrôle (C2) et de ravitaillement. Il comprend également une centaine de  militaires projetés à Bagdad et à Erbil pour la formation et le conseil des états-majors et unités irakiennes.’

 

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8), Aug. 26, 2016

August 29th- August 30th 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (9,695-9,701)
Syria 9 strikes (5,015-5,023)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 29, coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using bomber, fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets.  The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*     Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed inoperable coalition equipment.
*     Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL oil pump jack.
*     Near Manbij, six strikes engaged four separate ISIL tactical units, and destroyed a fighting position, a vehicle, a tank, and two vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices. *     Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed 10 ISIL weapon cache bunkers.

Iraq  

*     Near Albu Hayat, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and a medium machine gun.
*     Near Mosul, two strikes [1 British?] engaged an ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed four rocket rails.
*     Near Ramadi, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed two fighting positions, a vehicle, a command and control node, and a heavy machine gun.
*     Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed two fighting positions.
*     Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and a mortar system.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 29th August:

‘Monday 29 August – Typhoons bombed a bunker and tunnel to the north of Mosul…Monday 29 August: Typhoons operating ten miles north of Mosul delivered a Paveway attack on a bunker and tunnel network. A number of secondary explosions ensued, most likely from stored ammunition.’

An Air Task Group Strike Element member conducts maintenance on a Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A (Aus MoD)
An Air Task Group Strike Element member conducts maintenance on a Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A (Aus MoD)

August 30th- August 31st 2016
Iraq 14 strikes (9,702-9,715)
Syria 8 strikes (5,024-5,031)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Aug. 30, coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, fighter, ground-attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed two ISIL tanks, an ammunitions cache, and a tactical vehicle.
*       Near Manbij, six strikes engaged four separate ISIL tactical units, and destroyed five fighting positions, a vehicle, a weapons cache, and      two vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices.
*       Near Washiyah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed a vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike produced inconclusive results.
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Near Albu Hayat, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Bashir, one strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed another fighting position.
*       Near Hit, four strikes engaged an ISIL VBIED factory, a barracks, a headquarters building, and destroyed three fighting positions.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system, and suppressed another mortar position.
*       Near Mosul, one strike [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed a fighting position, a command and control node, two mortar systems, eight rocket rails, a rocket system, and a tunnel; damaged an excavator; and suppressed a mortar position.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed two fighting positions, two mortar systems, a mortar cache, two vehicles, and an artillery system; and damaged another mortar system.
*       Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed a vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 30th August:

‘Tuesday 30 August – Typhoons attacked a further three tunnels north of Mosul, as well as a mechanical excavator helping construct terrorist positions…Tuesday 30 August: Typhoons operating over the same area north of Mosul conducted successful attacks with Paveway IVs on a further three tunnels. An excavator preparing defences nearby was also destroyed.’

Additional press release from CJTF-OIR on August 30th:

Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on Precision Airstrike Targeting Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani

Today coalition forces conducted a precision strike near Al Bab, Syria, targeting Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani, one of ISIL’s most senior leaders. We are still assessing the results of the strike, but Al-Adnani’s removal from the battlefield would mark another significant blow to ISIL. Al-Adnani has served as principal architect of ISIL’s external operations and as ISIL’s chief spokesman. He has coordinated the movement of ISIL fighters, directly encouraged lone-wolf attacks on civilians and members of the military and actively recruited new ISIL members. The U.S. military will continue to prioritize and relentlessly target ISIL leaders and external plotters in order to defend our homeland, our allies and our partners, while we continue to gather momentum in destroying ISIL’s parent tumor in Iraq and Syria and combat its metastases around the world.’

 

August 31st- September 1st 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (9,716-9,723)
Syria 8 strikes (5,032-5,039)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Aug. 31, coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using ground-attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed four ISIL tanker trucks and a pump jack.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes engaged an ISIL vehicle-borne improvised explosive device facility, and destroyed three oil tanker trucks, a tank, and two tactical vehicles.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIL pump jack.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and a mortar system.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a building.
*       Near Bayji, one strike damaged an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a building.
*       Near Hit, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed three fighting positions and a weapons cache.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units, and destroyed a tunnel and two assembly areas.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed a building and a mortar system.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 31st August:

‘Wednesday 31 August – Typhoons destroyed a Daesh-held building to the east of Mosul…Wednesday 31 August: A Typhoon patrol found its target 15 miles to the east of Mosul, where advancing Iraqi forces had identified a Daesh-held building. It was hit with a Paveway IV leading to number of secondary explosions.’

From August 23rd to August 30th, France reports 5 airstrikes in Iraq.

Update from French MoD for Thursday September 1st:
[Since July 5, France reports 344 sorties – a rate of 6 sorties per day, carrying out 61 strikes with 100 targets destroyed. This averages at more than one strike per day. Nearly 80% of strikes have been around Mosul. They add that 12 Rafales are now deployed in Operation Chammal.]

Point de situation des opérations

Au Levant, la situation sécuritaire reste délicate. Cette crise évolue dans un environnement opérationnel complexe mais les avancées des forces de la coalition sur le terrain sont réelles. L’objectif de la coalition est bien de neutraliser les capacités militaires de Daech et de ramener les conditions minimales de sécurité.

Sur le terrain : En Irak, les forces de sécurité irakiennes ont poursuivi leurs opérations de reconquête lancées depuis le printemps. et ont repris certaines villes clefs :

  • dans la vallée de l’Anbar, elles se sont emparées du poste frontière d’Al Walid et ont consolidé leurs lignes de communication vers les frontières syrienne et saoudienne ;
  • dans la vallée du Tigre, les forces de sécurité ont réussi à s’emparer de verrous défensifs en direction de Mossoul, grande ville tenue par Daech. Après avoir percé au Nord de Baïji le 15 juillet, elles ont récemment pris le contrôle de la ville de Qayyarah. Il s’agit maintenant de sécuriser complètement cette ville, la « dépolluer », en retirant les pièges, mines, et engins artisanaux laissés par Daech, et consolider les positions.

En Syrie, la coalition a contribué à libérer la ville de Manbïj. Il s’agit maintenant de coordonner la suite de l’action.

Au cours de l’été, Chammal a poursuivi son action sur les 2 volets : celui de la formation des forces armées irakiennes et celui aérien qui permet de frapper les capacités militaires de Daech en Irak comme en Syrie.

  • Pilier opérations aériennes
Depuis le 5 juillet, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech. 344 sorties ont été effectuées soit plus de 6 sorties aériennes par jour, alternant reconnaissance aérienne (52), bombardements (273), et ravitaillement (19).
Au bilan, ce sont en tout 61 frappes réalisées et 100 objectifs neutralisés de Daech. Cette moyenne de plus d’une frappe par jour témoigne de l’intensité de notre engagement national.
Près de 80% de ces frappes françaises se sont concentrées sur les abords de Mossoul où la coalition porte son effort.

Ces frappes s’inscrivent dans une logique d’appui direct à la progression des troupes au sol pour affaiblir les défenses de Daech dans la région de Mossoul. Les 10 frappes planifiées conduites en Irak et en Syrie, visaient pour leur part des infrastructures clefs de Daech : atelier de fabrication d’IED, centre d’entraînement, de commandement.

  • Pilier formation

Les soldats français, essentiellement à Bagdad, poursuivent leurs actions de formation et de conseil au profit des forces irakiennes de l’ICTS et de la 6e division. selon un processus qui est désormais bien rodé.

MISE EN PLACE DU COMANFOR CHAMMAL :
Le 1er août 2016, le général de brigade aérienne Serge Cholley a pris le commandement de l’opération Chammal. Présent auprès de de l’état-major de la coalition installé au Koweït, il commande désormais les 1 000 militaires français déployés au Levant dans cette opération. > En savoir plus.

REDÉPLOIEMENT DES PLOTS CHASSE SUR LES THEATRES D’OPERATIONS.

 

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Dans un souci de rationalisation des parcs d’avions de chasse par théâtre d’opérations, les Rafale ont quitté la bande sahélo-saharienne afin d’être redéployés au Levant, tandis que l’opération Barkhane au Sahel engage désormais des Mirage 2000. Désormais :

  • 12 avions Rafale sont déployés au titre de l’opération Chammal ;
  • 4 Mirage 2000 interviennent dans la bande sahélo-Saharienne depuis N’Djaména.

Since Sept 19th 2014, France reports 4,450 flights in Iraq and Syria, 829 strikes against Daesh and 1,415 targets destroyed.

Update from Danish MoD for September 1st:
[Since August 24th, Denmark reports 11 missions over the Iraqi provinces of Irbil and Nineveh and Dayr Az Zawr and Hasakah in Syria. They dropped 21 precision bombs on targets including a Daesh safe house, communications facility, a headquarters and factories VBIED factories.]

including Deash vehicles, fighters and buildings

Mission Update nr. 11 

Opdatering fra de danske styrker i internationale missioner
01-09-2016 – kl. 14:58

Operation RECLIB

27. august gennemførte den dansk ledede styrke afhentning af kemisk materiale i den libyske havn Misratah.

Operationen på dagen startede klokken 05.00 om morgenen, da der blev etableret kontakt med de libyske myndigheder. Klokken 09.00 anløb DFDS-fragtskibet Ark Futura havnen i Misratah og mødtes der med de libyske samarbejdspartnere, der har haft opgaven med at sikre både havn og last. På overskuelig afstand fra havnen lå Absalon og et britisk flådefartøj klar til at støtte, hvis problemer skulle opstå.

Klokken 19.10 forlod kemikalierne libysk farvand ombord på Ark Futura.

Nu eskorterer Absalon fragtskibet mod den havn, hvor stofferne skal afleveres til destruktion. De nærmere omstændigheder i forbindelse med afleveringen vil blive beskrevet, når det er sikkerhedsmæssigt forsvarligt.

Det danske styrkebidrag udgøres af Forsvaret, SKAT og Beredskabsstyrelsen.

Forud for afhentningen har der været en komprimeret planlægningsproces, der har kørt henover sommeren. Absalon sejlede fra Danmark den 17. august, og kunne efter en kort og intens afsluttende forberedelse til søs være klar til at gennemføre afhentning.

OIR

Træningsbidrag
I denne uge har DANCON haft mulighed for, at gennemføre intern instruktøruddannelse. Derudover er man ved at klargøre til det første store polititræningshold til Hold 4.

F-16
De danske fly har siden onsdag 24. august kl. 12 fløjet missioner over de Irakiske provinser Ninawa og Erbil samt de Syriske provinser Dayr Az Zawr og Hasakah.

Missionerne har omfattet angreb på ISIL safehouse, angreb på ISIL kommunikationsfacilitet, angreb på ISIL hovedkvarter og angreb på fabrikker til fremstilling af køretøjer med improviserede sprængladninger (VBIED). Derudover har flyene indsamlet overvågning og efterretninger.

Der er i perioden 24. august kl. 1200 til 31. august kl. 1200 gennemført følgende:
Antal fløjne missioner i den forgangne uge:                         11
Antal anvendte præcisionsbomber i den forgangne uge:     21
Antal fløjne missioner totalt:                                                 111
Antal anvendte præcisionsbomber total:                              175

Radar
I løbet af den forgangne uge har TPS77-radaren, i Irak, kørt uden vanskeligheder, og der er blevet leveret input til koalitionens samlede luftovervågningsbillede. Ved radaroperatørerne pågår der i disse dage rotation. Hold 3 er på vej hjem, således at Hold 4 inden for den nærmeste fremtid kan overtage operationerne.

C-130
Den danske C-130 har i ugens løb gennemført missioner internt i Irak og har transporteret 25.000 kilo gods og 145 personer.

MINUSMA
Overordnet set har den forgangne uge for de danske styrker i MINUSMA været fokuseret på overdragelse af opgaver og materiel – og ikke mindst etablering af relationer til nye samarbejdspartnere.

De danske enheder er nået til forskellige faser af denne overdragelsesproces, idet det Nationale Støtte Element (NSE) efterhånden har været indsat i en måneds tid – og derved har opnået fortrolighed med de fleste arbejdsopgaver og relationer til samarbejdspartnere. Derfor arbejder NSE nu hårdt for at skabe et godt grundlag for den forestående rotation af specialoperationsstyrkebidraget.

NSE har i den forgangne uge blandt andet truffet aftaler med multinationale samarbejdspartnere om støtte til håndtering og transport af materiel og personel.

For specialoperationsstyrkebidragets vedkommende er den forgangne periode gået med klargøring til den forestående rotation, idet blandt andet materiel og køretøjer er blevet vedligeholdt grundigt inden overdragelsen gennemføres til Hold 2. Den seneste tids regn og pløre har – sammenholdt med det generelt krævende terræn i den nordlige del af Mali – slidt en del på materiellet, hvorfor en grundig gennemgang af biler og andet materiel har været tiltrængt.

Endelig er efterretningsbidraget – efter cirka et par ugers indsættelse i Mali – efterhånden ved at komme ind i rutinerne, og har lært samarbejdspartnere at kende.

Samlet set er alle danske styrkebidrag i Mali ved godt mod, og løser opgaverne på professionel vis.

Til øvrige missioner er der intet at bemærke.’

Australian MoD summary for August 2016:

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Monthly AFCENT data for August 2016:

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