Military reports – December 2015

Monthly summary: Below are all known daily Coalition military reports relating to the air war against Islamic State/ Daesh in Iraq and Syria for December 2015. We have also included relevant video and photo releases, as well as indicating where any known alleged civilian or ‘friendly fire’ casualties have been reported.

December 1st-2nd 2015
Iraq 15 strikes (5,639-5,653)
Syria 2 strikes (2,945-2,946)
Confirmed actions: US, Canada
Up to 8 civilians reported killed at Qayyarah, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 1, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted two strikes using attack aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery, 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 Ayn Isa, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Ramadi, nine strikes struck three ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL mortar position, 10 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL tactical vehicle, five ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL RPG positions, an ISIL tunnel, an ISIL anti-tank position, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), an ISIL staging location, two ISIL buildings, an ISIL command and control node, cratered an ISIL-used road, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar position, an ISIL fighting position, and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL VBIED facility and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 1 December 2015, while taking part in coalition operations in support of Iraqi security forces, two CF-18 Hornets successfully struck an ISIS fighting position southwest of Sinjar using precision guided munitions.’

From Netherlands MoD:
Update for week ending December 1st 2015
[Reports ‘about 10 missions… with targets including a headquarters and warehouses of ISIS]

‘Nederlandse F-16’s, actief in de strijd tegen ISIS in het Midden-Oosten, vlogen ongeveer 10 missies. Ze bestookten een hoofdkwartier en opslagplaatsen van ISIS. Een overzicht van Defensieoperaties in de week van 23 tot 30 november.
In het Noord-Irakese Erbil volgden 700 Peshmerga-strijders de Infanterie Basiscursus. In Bagdad gingen de Iraakse cursisten verder met de verschillende commando-opleidingen.’

US Marines load ordnance onto an AV-8B Harrier on the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge, December 2nd 2015 (US Navy/Seaman Apprentice Dana D. Legg)
US Marines load ordnance onto an AV-8B Harrier on the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge, December 2nd 2015 (US Navy/Seaman Apprentice Dana D. Legg)

 

December 2nd-3rd 2015
Iraq 18 strikes (5,640-5,671)
Syria 14 strikes (2,947-2,960)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, France
1-7 civilians alleged killed at Rawa, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 2, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 18 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 Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL check point.
*       Near Abu Kamal, three strikes struck three ISIL oil field well heads.
*       Near Al Hasakah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL buildings and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL buildings and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, six strikes [British] struck six ISIL oil field well heads.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle, denied an ISIL tactical vehicle movement, and wounded eight ISIL fighters.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and two ISIL heavy machine guns.
*       Near Fallujah, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Ramadi, eight strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL tunnel, three ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED), nine ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL light machine gun positions, three ISIL heavy machine gun positions, an ISIL recoilless rifle, an ISIL tactical vehicle and denied ISIL access to terrain. [see video below]
*       Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and two ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Hit, one strike destroyed an ISIL-used bridge.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes [French] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL weapons storage facility, and wounded an ISIL fighter.

From UK MoD:
‘Following the vote in the House of Commons last night, Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 aircraft flew their first offensive operation against Daesh terrorist targets inside Syria.

The mainstay of Daesh’s financial income is derived from exploitation of a number of oilfields that they hold. These are overwhelmingly located in Daesh’s heartlands in eastern Syria. Several of these oilfields have already been effectively targeted by other coalition partners; RAF aircraft and precision weaponry are well suited to attacking, with low collateral risk, this type of target.
Overnight, RAF Tornado GR4s, supported by a Voyager air refuelling tanker and a Reaper, and operating in conjunction with other coalition aircraft, employed Paveway IV guided bombs to conduct strikes against six targets within the extensive oilfield at Omar, 35 miles inside Syria’s eastern border with Iraq. The Omar oilfield is one of the largest and most important to Daesh’s financial operations, and represents over 10% of their potential income from oil. Carefully selected elements of the oilfield infrastructure were targeted, ensuring the strikes will have a significant impact on Daesh’s ability to extract the oil to fund their terrorism.
Coalition air operations have already degraded Daesh’s front-line military capabilities and have assisted the Iraqi ground forces in liberating some 30% of the territory that the terrorists initially seized in that country during the summer of 2014. By extending RAF offensive operations into Syria, our aircraft are now able to help dismantle the means by which Daesh plan, direct and sustain their campaign of terror.
Before our aircrew conducted their attacks, as is normal they used the aircraft’s advanced sensors to confirm that no civilians were in the proximity of the targets, who might be placed at risk. Our initial analysis of the operation indicates that the strikes were successful.

An RAF Typhoon lands in Cyprus hours after UK voted to extend airstrikes to Syria (UK MoD)
An RAF Typhoon lands in Cyprus hours after the UK voted to extend airstrikes to Syria (UK MoD)

From French MoD:
[French raid on an IED factory at Tal Afar]

Le mercredi 2 décembre 2015 en début d’après-midi, des chasseurs français ont frappé un site de stockage d’armement et de fabrication d’engins explosifs improvisés (IED) exploité par Daech dans la région de Tall Afar en Irak.
Le raid a été conduit par des Mirage 2000 qui ont décollé de la Base aérienne projetée (BAP) en Jordanie. L’objectif ciblé a été détruit.
C’est la deuxième fois en 48h00 que la force Chammal participe à des frappes sur des sites dans lesquels Daech assemble les engins qui lui permettent de conduire des attaques kamikazes et de piéger les routes. L’objectif est donc d’affaiblir Daech en visant ses capacités militaires.
Ce raid s’inscrit dans la phase d’effort de la coalition destinée à consolider le contrôle de l’axe logistique permettant de relier Mossoul à la Syrie.’

Le 2 décembre 2015 les Mirage 2000 ont frappé à Tall Afar un site de stockage d’armement et de fabrication d’engins explosifs improvisés (IED).

French warplanes prior to a strike on Tal Afar, Iraq December 2nd 2015 (Ministère de la défense)
French warplanes prior to a strike on Tal Afar, Iraq December 2nd 2015 (Ministère de la défense)

 

December 3rd-4th 2015
Iraq 6 strikes (5,672-5,677)
Syria 20 strikes (2,961-2,980)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, Canada
2 civilians reported killed near Mosul, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 3, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes using attack, fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted six strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, fighter, and attack 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, six strikes struck an ISIL gas and oil separation plant.
• Near Abu Kamal, two strikes struck an ISIL oil field well head.
• Near Ayn Isa, four strikes struck four ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, and wounded an ISIL fighter.
• Near Mar’a, eight strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle, four ISIL staging areas, an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle borne explosive device (VBIED), an ISIL compound, and wounded four ISIL fighters.

Iraq

• Near Kisik, one strike suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
• Near Ramadi, four strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 14 ISIL heavy machine guns, five ISIL RPGs, an ISIL recoilless rifle, two ISIL anti-air artillery pieces, three ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL sniper positions, three ISIL staging areas, three ISIL bed down locations, two ISIL compounds, an ISIL VBIED, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
• Near Mosul, one strike [Canadian] damaged an ISIL VBIED storage location.
Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

From UK MoD:
Overnight on 3/4 December, Tornado GR4s from RAF Akrotiri conducted missions over Syria and Iraq. Two GR4s flew an armed reconnaissance patrol over eastern Syria, gathering intelligence on terrorist activity.
A second pair of GR4s patrolled over western Iraq, where they provided close air support to Iraqi forces engaged in combat with Daesh in and around Ramadi. A terrorist sniper team opened fire from a compound on Iraqi troops, but was silenced by a direct hit from a Paveway IV guided bomb.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 3 December 2015, while taking part in coalition operations in support of Iraqi security forces, two CF-18 Hornets successfully struck an ISIS fighting position northwest of Mosul using precision guided munitions.’

From French MoD:
Update for week ending December 3rd 2015
[Reports multiple strikes in Syria and Iraq]

Daech est aujourd’hui sous pression, à l’intérieur et aux périmètres de la zone qu’il contrôle.
En Irak, au Nord et à l’Est, la coalition consolide ses positions dans la région de Baiji et dans la région de Sinjar. À Sinjar, l’offensive des forces irakiennes a permis de couper l’axe entre Raqqah et Mossoul qui servait de cordon logistique à Daech. Face à cette situation, Daechmultiplie ses actions de harcèlement et cherche à renforcer ses points forts.
À l’Ouest de l’Irak, le long de l’Euphrate, les forces irakiennes, bénéficiant de l’appui aérien de la coalition, ont réussi à encercler la ville de Ramadi. Elles exercent par ailleurs une pression sur une ligne Hit – Haditha.
En Syrie, les frappes se poursuivent sur les centres de commandement et d’entraînement de Daech, ainsi que sur ses capacités logistiques et ses sources de financement.
La force Chammal poursuit sa campagne aérienne. Du 26 novembre au 2 décembre 2015, les équipages ont réalisé 83 sorties aériennes :

  • 23 objectifs ont été détruits en Irak ;
  • 2 frappes planifiées ont été réalisées. Elles ont visé des infrastructures de fabrication d’engins explosifs improvisés, dans la région de Al Raïm et dans la région de Tal Afar (en Irak).

L’armée française poursuit par ailleurs son action de formation au profit des forces irakiennes, principalement à Bagdad.’

French combat pilot over the Middle East (Ministère de la Défense)
French combat pilot over the Middle East (Ministère de la Défense)

 

December 4th-5th 2015
Iraq 12 strikes (5,678-5,689)
Syria 11 strikes (2,981-2,991)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, Canada

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 4, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, bomber 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 Al Hawl, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), and four ISIL fighting positions.
Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
Near Ayn Isa, one strike produced in inconclusive results.
Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes [British] struck an ISIL gas and oil separation plant well-head.
Near Mar’a, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building and wounded an ISIL fighter.

Iraq

Near Habbaniyah, one strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
Near Mosul, two strikes [1 Canadian] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and two ISIL fighting positions.
Near Ramadi, seven strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL bunker, two ISIL VBIEDs, 15 ISIL fighting positions, 12 ISIL buildings, three ISIL light machine guns, three ISIL RPGs, an ISIL anti-air artillery piece, an ISIL assembly area, five ISIL staging areas, an ISIL weapons cache, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED and an ISIL fighting position.

From UK MoD:
‘During the evening of Friday 4 December, Tornado GR4s and Typhoon FGR4s, based at RAF Akrotiri, conducted a further series of strikes on targets in the very large Daesh-controlled oilfield at Omar in eastern Syria. As with the attacks on 3 December which immediately followed the Parliamentary decision to extend offensive air operations to Syrian airspace, the Tornados and Typhoons used Paveway IV guided bombs to hit wellheads, thus cutting off the terrorists’ oil revenue at the very source. Eight attacks [3 strikes] were carried out, and early reports suggest that they were successful.
Our aircraft then remained on patrol to collect intelligence on possible terrorist positions and be ready to strike any further targets that might be identified in eastern Syria or western Iraq. The Typhoons and the Tornados received vital support from an RAF Voyager air refuelling tanker during their missions.
At the same time, an RAF Reaper provided close air support to Kurdish security forces in north-west Iraq as they continue to drive back Daesh after defeating the terrorists at Sinjar. A Daesh truck-bomb was identified south of Sinjar, and the Reaper’s crew were able to destroy it by means of a direct hit from a Hellfire missile.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 4 December 2015, while taking part in coalition operations in support of Iraqi security forces, two CF-18 Hornets successfully struck an ISIS fighting position northeast of Mosul using precision guided munitions.’

A Canadian F-18 refuels from a US air tanker December 4th 2015 (USAF/ Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)
A Canadian F-18 refuels from a US air tanker December 4th 2015 (USAF/ Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)

 

December 5th-6th 2015
Iraq 17 strikes (5,690-5,706)
Syria 12 strikes (2,991-3,003)
Confirmed actions: US, Canada, France
5 civilians reported killed at Ramadi, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 5, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, bomber and attack aircraft against ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Mar’a, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL building.
*       Near Ayn Isa, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL excavator, an ISIL tactical vehicle, and an ISIL building.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes [1 French] destroyed five ISIL oil well-heads. [see video below]
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and wounded an ISIL fighter.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL tunnel.
*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and suppressed an ISIL rocket rail.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL mortar tube, an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL command and control node, an ISIL excavator, an ISIL heavy machine gun, and suppressed a separate ISIL heavy machine gun position.
*       Near Ramadi, six strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL sniper position, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) facility, four ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, three ISIL buildings, four ISIL command and control nodes, three ISIL staging areas, two ISIL weapons caches, damaged an ISIL fighting position, and denied ISIL access to terrain. [see video below]
*       Near Sinjar, two strikes [Canadian] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL heavy machine guns.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL heavy machine gun, and an ISIL vehicle.

From Canadian MoD:
On 5 December 2015, while taking part in coalition operations in support of Iraqi security forces, two CF-18 Hornets successfully struck two ISIS fighting positions south-southwest of Sinjar using precision guided munitions.’

From French MoD:
Le 5 décembre 2015 en Syrie, Chammal a de nouveau frappé un objectif planifié, en coordination avec la coalition. Engagés à partir de la Jordanie, deux avions de chasse ont bombardé des têtes de puits de pétrole dans la région de Deir ez-Zor.’

France rotated in three Mirage 2000-Ns to Jordan on December 5th (Ministère de la Défense)
France rotated in three Mirage 2000-Ns to Jordan on December 5th (Ministère de la Défense)

 

December 6th-7th 2015
Iraq 11 strikes (5,707-5,717)
Syria 9 strikes (3,004-3,012)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
3 ‘friendly forces’ alleged killed at Al Ayyash, Syria
3 civilians reported killed at Dayr ez Zawr, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 6, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, bomber, and attack aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Al Hawl, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), and three ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Dayr Ar Zawr, four strikes [1 British] struck four ISIL oil well-heads.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike damaged an ISIL artillery piece.

Iraq

*       Near Kisik, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun.
*       Near Mosul, one strike destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Ramadi, seven strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 13 ISIL buildings, nine ISIL fighting positions, six ISIL heavy machine guns, three ISIL staging areas, two ISIL house borne IEDs, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL tunnel, an ISIL IED, an ISIL assembly area, wounded five ISIL fighters, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.’

From UK MoD:
6 December: RAF Tornado GR4s carried out a further UK mission against additional wellheads in the extensive and sprawling Omar oil field. They joined other coalition aircraft in a carefully coordinated strike against the oil infrastructure upon which Daesh relies for much of their revenue to fund their barbaric activities. The GR4s conducted successful attacks using Paveway IV guided bombs.
The Tornados then joined Typhoon FGR4s, also flying from RAF Akrotiri, in conducting armed reconnaissance to investigate possible further terrorist targets.’

 

December 7th-8th 2015
Iraq 20 strikes (5,718-5,737)
Syria 11 strikes (3,013-3,023)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
26-40 civilians reported killed at Al Hawl, Syria
1 civilian reported killed at Fallujah, Iraq
11 civilians reported killed at Mosul, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 7, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, bomber, 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 Hawl, five strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Mar’a, five strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL structure and wounded two ISIL fighters.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL tunnel, damaged an ISIL trench, and wounded two ISIL fighters.
*       Near Kisik, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL rocket cache.
*       Near Mosul, one strike destroyed an ISIL excavator.
*       Near Ramadi, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL ammo caches, 12 ISIL buildings, an ISIL command and control node, an ISIL sniper position, seven ISIL heavy machine guns, four ISIL staging areas, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL tunnel entrance, seven ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL supply caches, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed three ISIL weapons caches, nine ISIL bunkers, three ISIL tunnels, and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Hit, one strike destroyed an ISIL homemade explosives facility and two ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED).
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed an ISIL logistics facility and an ISIL VBIED factory.’ [see video below]

From UK MoD:
7 December: A pair of Tornado GR4s provided close air support to offensive operations by Iraqi forces in western Ramadi. A Daesh mortar position was identified and successfully engaged with a Brimstone missile.
Over northern Iraq, a Reaper was meanwhile supporting Kurdish troops, and it used a Hellfire missile to destroy a terrorist vehicle.’

 

December 8th-9th 2015
Iraq 22 strikes (5,738-5,759)
Syria 4 strikes (3,024-3,027)
Confirmed actions: US, France, UK, Canada

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 8, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted four strikes using fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and fighter, bomber, 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 Dayr Az Zawr, one strike struck an ISIL oil well-head.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike struck an ISIL oil well-head.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed four ISIL bunkers and seven ISIL trenches.
*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, two ISIL rockets, and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Kirkuk, one strike [French] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, two ISIL fighting positions, and suppressed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed four ISIL rockets.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes [1 French] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Qayyarah, seven strikes [2 British] struck an ISIL logistical facility, an ISIL training facility, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL weapons storage facility, two ISIL staging areas, an ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Ramadi, four strikes struck three separate large ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL bed down locations, two ISIL light machine guns, two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL recoilless rifle, four ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL tactical vehicle, three ISIL buildings, four ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED), an ISIL VBIED factory, an ISIL staging area, an ISIL compound, an ISIL resupply location, two ISIL command and control nodes, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sinjar, three strikes [1 or more British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, and immobilized an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building.
*       Near Fallujah, one strike destroyed an ISIL homemade explosives cache, an ISIL bed down location, and a VBIED factory.’

From UK MoD:
8 December: West of Qayyara, Tornados conducted two Brimstone attacks on Daesh terrorists.
That evening, a further pair of Tornados assisted Iraqi soldiers north-east of Bayji; the GR4s used Paveway IVs to destroy three Daesh positions which were directing heavy machine-gun and mortar fire at the Iraqis.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 8 December 2015, while taking part in coalition operations in support of Iraqi security forces, two CF-18 Hornets successfully struck two ISIS compounds used as staging areas and weapons caches during two separate airstrikes west of Makhmur using precision guided munitions.’

From French MoD:
Update for week ending December 8th 2015
[Reports 15 new airstrikes in Iraq and Syria]

‘Depuis le 2 décembre 2015, les équipages français ont réalisé 69 sorties aériennes au-dessus des zones contrôlées par Daech en Irak et en Syrie, dont 48 de bombardement sur des objectifs planifiés ou d’opportunité et 11 de recueil de renseignement.

32 objectifs de Daech ont été détruits.

Appui au sol

12 frappes d’appui au sol (close air support) ont été réalisées au cours de la semaine.

· En Irak, la force Chammal a concentré ses efforts sur les missions d’appui au sol dans la région de Ramadi, où des combats sont toujours en cours. En 92 heures, les équipages des Rafale Marine et des Mirage 2000 de l’armée de l’air ont ainsi effectué 6 frappes, dont 3 dans la seule journée du 4 décembre.

· 6 frappes ont par ailleurs été réalisées dans les régions de Sinjar, Mossoul, Falloujah, Haditha et Kirkouk.

Frappes sur des objectifs planifiés

3 raids ont été conduits sur des objectifs planifiés au cours de la semaine.

· Le 2 décembre 2015 les Mirage 2000 ont frappé à Tall Afar un site de stockage d’armement et de fabrication d’engins explosifs improvisés (IED).

· Le 5 décembre 2015 en Syrie, Chammal a de nouveau frappé un objectif planifié, en coordination avec la coalition. Engagés à partir de la Jordanie, deux avions de chasse ont bombardé des têtes de puits de pétrole dans la région de Deir ez-Zor.

· Le 8 décembre, des Rafale intégrés dans un raid de la coalition ont détruit un camp d’entrainement et de stockage de munitions situés entre les villes de Mossoul et Kirkouk.’

From Netherlands MoD:
Update for week ending December 8th 2015
[Reports ‘about 10 new missions…. bombing  headquarters and warehouses of ISIS in Iraq’]

‘Nederlandse F-16’s bestookten een hoofdkwartier en opslagplaatsen van ISIS in Irak. Ze vlogen ongeveer 10 missies. Een overzicht van Defensieoperaties in de week van 1 tot 7 december.
In het Noord-Irakese Erbil kregen 700 Peshmerga-strijders les van onder meer Nederlandse instructeurs. De strijders volgen de Infanterie Basiscursus. In Bagdad gingen de Iraakse cursisten verder met de verschillende commando-opleidingen.’

Dutch troops training Iraqi forces in the north of the country (Dutch MoD)
Dutch troops training Iraqi forces in the north of the country (Netherlands MoD)

December 9th-10th 2015
Iraq 20 strikes (5,760-5,779)
Syria 3 strikes (3,028-3,030)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, Canada
4 civilians reported killed at Ramadi, Iraq
1 civilian reported killed at Mosul, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 9, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, bomber, 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 struck an ISIL tactical unit and wounded an ISIL fighter.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Kobani, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL building.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and wounded two ISIL fighters.
*       Near Al Qaim, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Fallujah, one strike destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Kisik, three strikes [1 British] struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL checkpoint.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Ramadi, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL boats, five ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL weapons caches, and four ISIL command and control nodes. [see video below]
*       Near Sinjar, two strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL fighting position, and two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL vehicle.’

From UK MoD:
On Wednesday 9 December, a pair of Tornados provided close air support to Kurdish soldiers fighting Daesh in northern Iraq, and used a Paveway IV guided bomb to destroy a terrorist position, including a mortar team, centred on a building near Kisik.
A Reaper maintained overwatch for the Kurds into the night, and having assisted other coalition aircraft in a successful strike on a heavy machine-gun position, its crew conducted successful Hellfire missile attacks of their own against three Daesh vehicles south of Sinjar, despite the trucks being parked under cover.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 9 December 2015, while taking part in coalition airstrikes in support of Iraqi security forces’ offensive operations to clear ISIS from Ramadi, two CF-18 Hornets successfully struck an ISIS fighting position in the vicinity of Ramadi using precision guided munitions.’

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December 10th-11th 2015
Iraq 21 strikes (5,780-5,800)
Syria 4 strikes (3,031-3,034)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
7 to 8 civilians reported killed at Ramadi, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 10, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted four strikes using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, bomber, 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 struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and wounded ISIL fighters.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL staging area.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint, three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) factory. [see video]
*       Near Ramadi, five strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL bed down location, an ISIL VBIED, and an ISIL staging area.
*       Near Sinjar, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, and suppressed an ISIL sniper position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike cratered four ISIL-used roads.
*       Near Fallujah, one strike destroyed two ISIL bed down locations.
*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike cratered two ISIL-used roads.
*       Near Tikrit, one strike destroyed two ISIL bunkers.’

From UK MoD:
On Thursday 10 December, two Typhoons, working in close cooperation with another coalition aircraft, carried out Paveway IV bomb attacks on a terrorist-held building and a bunker in northern Iraq.
A Tornado patrol was meanwhile operating in conjunction with a Reaper south-west of Sinjar; the Tornados destroyed another Daesh building and a mortar position with Paveways, whilst the Reaper followed up with a successful Hellfire attack on a terrorist location.
The Reaper stayed on patrol to support the Kurdish forces, and when they came under fire from a sniper, eliminated the threat with a direct hit from a GBU-12 guided bomb.
Before returning to base, the Reaper destroyed a Daesh vehicle with a Hellfire.’

 

December 11th-12th 2015
Iraq 12 strikes (5,801-5,812)
Syria 5 strikes (3,035-3,039)
Confirmed actions: US, Canad, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 11, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted five strikes using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and fighter, bomber, 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, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building and an ISIL drone.
*       Near Mar’a, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and damaged four ISIL buildings and wounded two ISIL fighters.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and wounded an ISIL fighter.
*       Near Makhmur, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL light machine gun, three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL mortar tube, and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Ramadi, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL anti-air artillery piece, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL weapons cache, and two ISIL assembly areas.
*       Near Sinjar, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL light machine gun, an ISIL fighting position, and an ISIL supply cache.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 11 December 2015, while taking part in coalition operations in support of Iraqi security forces, two CF-18 Hornets successfully struck an ISIS fighting position north of Al Kuwayr using precision guided munitions.’

From UK MoD:
‘The UK continues to hit Daesh hard as Royal Air Force fly intensive armed reconnaissance missions in Syria and Iraq, striking a number of terrorist targets.
While RAF Tornado, Typhoon and Reaper patrols have covered large swathes of Daesh-held territory in both Iraq and Syria, a particular focus for their recent air strikes has been in northern Iraq, where the Kurdish security forces continue to consolidate their significant victory over the terrorists at Sinjar in November.
On Friday 11 December, two Typhoon FGR4s from RAF Akrotiri provided close air support to Kurdish peshmerga operating near Mosul. Our aircraft used a Paveway IV guided bomb to destroy a heavy machine-gun position that was firing on the peshmerga, then employed two more Paveway IVs against a group of Daesh extremists as they attacked the Kurdish troops.
Further west, south of Sinjar, a Reaper similarly supported Kurdish forces, and its crew conducted a successful attack with a GBU-12 guided bomb on a sniper team which had opened fire from a building. A large secondary explosion resulted from the strike, which indicates that the building probably also contained a large stockpile of ammunition or explosives.
The Reaper subsequently delivered a second successful attack, striking a group of terrorists with a Hellfire missile as they set up rocket launchers.
That night, Typhoons returned to patrol over the Mosul region, and attacked a Daesh mortar position with a Paveway IV.’

 

December 12th-13th 2015
Iraq 15 strikes (5,813-5,827)
Syria 7 strikes (3,040-3,046)
Confirmed actions: US
5 civilians reported killed at Ramadi, Iraq
6 to 7 civilians reported killed at Kabsh, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 12, 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. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, bomber, 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 Abu Kamal, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and wounded two ISIL fighters.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed seven ISIL buildings.
*       Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL staging area and damaged two others.

Iraq

*       Near Fallujah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) facilities, two ISIL staging locations, and five ISIL buildings.
*       Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed two ISIL VBIED facilities.
*       Near Ramadi, six strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL command and control nodes, an ISIL assembly area, two ISIL fighting positions, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Rawah, one strike struck an ISIL VBIED facility.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and four ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.’

 

December 13th-14th 2015
Iraq 13 strikes (5,828-5,840)
Syria 3 strikes (3,047-3,049)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, Canada
3 to 4 civilians reported killed at Mosul, Iraq
An additional 19 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
”On Dec. 13, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter and bomber 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 struck an ISIL gas and oil separation plant.
*       Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and damaged an ISIL staging area.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Kisik, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED), two ISIL improvised explosive devices (IED), five ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, and an ISIL light machine gun.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL mortar tube.
*       Near Ramadi, three strikes struck three ISIL staging areas and destroyed an ISIL bed down location, two ISIL staging areas, an ISIL command and control node, and denied ISIL access to terrain. [see video below]
*       Near Sinjar, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and two light machine guns.
*       Near Tikrit, one strike destroyed two ISIL oil tanks.’

From UK MoD:
‘Operations in and around both Mosul and Sinjar continued on Sunday 13 December: Typhoons employed a Paveway IV in a successful attack on ten terrorists as they manned a rocket launcher position, whilst Tornado GR4s used Paveways to strike both a mortar firing point and another rocket launcher team.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 13 December 2015, while taking part in coalition operations in support of Iraqi security forces, two CF-18 Hornets successfully struck an ISIS fighting position northwest of Mosul using precision guided munitions.’

 

December 14th-15th 2015
Iraq 8 strikes (5,841-5,848)
Syria 6 strikes (3,050-3,055)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

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

Syria

*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike wounded two ISIL fighters.
*       Near Manbij, two strikes destroyed an ISIL excavator and an ISIL building.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and wounded an ISIL fighter.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike struck an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) factory.
*       Near Ramadi, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL light machine guns, an ISIL heavy machine gun, four ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL staging area, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sinjar, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL light machine gun, and halted an ISIL vehicle’s movement.’

From UK MoD:
On Monday 14 December, a Paveway IV attack by Typhoons destroyed a sniper position near Sinjar, while nearby, Tornados silenced a pair of heavy machine-guns that were firing on the Kurdish forces, the Kurds reporting that both weapons hit their targets with great accuracy despite difficult weather conditions.’

 

December 15th-16th 2015
Iraq 11+1 strikes (5,849-5,860)
Syria 6 strikes (3,056-3,061)
Confirmed actions: US, France, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 15, 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. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, bomber, 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 Ayn Isa, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Manbij, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint and an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), an ISIL fighting position, and an ISIL staging area.

Iraq

*       Near Al Qaim, three strikes struck an ISIL headquarters [French], an ISIL IED facility, and an ISIL VBIED facility. [see video below]
*       Near Hit, one strike destroyed two ISIL-used bridges.
*       Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Ramadi, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL tactical vehicles, two ISIL vehicles, nine ISIL staging areas, five ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, three ISIL bed down locations, cratered eight ISIL-used roads, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike [British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.’

From French MoD:
[A 10-plane French late morning raid struck a Daesh HQ in Al Qaim]

Mardi 15 décembre 2015 en fin de matinée, les forces françaises ont conduit un raid aérien contre une position de Daech situé en Irak, dans la région d’Al Qaim, dans l’Ouest du pays à la frontière entre l’Irak et la Syrie.
Situé dans la région d’Al Qaim – dans l’Ouest du pays, à proximité de la frontière syrienne, ce site était constitué de bâtiments, dont certains durcis, servant à la fois de quartier général, de centre d’entrainement et de dépôts logistique.
Engagé depuis le Golfe arabo-persique et la Jordanie le raid était constitué d’une dizaine d’avions de chasse (Rafale et Mirage 2000) équipés de bombes et de missiles SCALP (système de croisière autonome à longue portée). L’emploi de ces missiles est une première pour l’opération Chammal.
En parallèle de ces frappes planifiées, les avions de chasse de la force Chammal ont poursuivi leur mission d’appui au sol des troupes irakiennes engagées contre les éléments de Daech.’

From UK MoD:
On Tuesday 15 December, two Tornado GR4s patrolled over eastern Syria and northern Iraq and conducted a successful attack with a Paveway IV laser and GPS guided bomb to destroy a terrorist mortar position near Sinjar.
Further south, two Typhoon FGR4s supported the Iraqi army in its operations around Ramadi, and struck a Daesh encampment with two Paveway IVs.
A second pair of Tornados flew another mission over northern Iraq and destroyed an enemy mortar with a Paveway.’

From Netherlands MoD:
Update for week ending December 15th 2015
[Reports ‘about 10 missions. They besieged a headquarters and warehouses of ISIS.]

‘De Nederlandse instructeurs van de Capacity Building Mission Irak trainen momenteel een nieuwe groep Peshmerga. De militairen van de Mobile Training Teams (MTT’s) zijn dik tevreden. Een overzicht van Defensieoperaties in de week van 8 tot 14 december.
De 150 Peshmerga die momenteel de Infanterie Basiscursus krijgen, ontwikkelen zich goed. De Nederlanders in de MTT’s trainen hen in de autonome Koerdische regio van Irak. De coalitie traint nu 800 Koerdische strijders.
Afgelopen week rondden de op 17 oktober gestarte Commando Course en Commando Instructor Course af in de omgeving van Bagdad. Nederlandse militairen trainen samen met coalitiegenoten de Iraakse en Koerdische strijdkrachten om ISIS op de grond te bevechten.
Nederlandse F-16’s, actief in de strijd tegen ISIS in het Midden-Oosten, vlogen ongeveer 10 missies. Ze bestookten een hoofdkwartier en opslagplaatsen van ISIS.’

Iraqi troops being traned by Dutch forces, northern Iraq (Netherlands MoD)
Iraqi troops being traned by Dutch forces, northern Iraq (Netherlands MoD)

 

December 16th-17th 2015
Iraq 11 strikes (5,861-5,871)
Syria 7 strikes (3,062-3,068)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
8 civilians reported injured at Hit, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 16, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using attack, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, bomber, 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, three strikes struck an ISIL financial building, an ISIL headquarters building, and an ISIL training camp.
*       Near Al Hawl, one strike destroyed an ISIL artillery piece.
*       Near Manbij, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL bunkers.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and damaged an ISIL fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Fallujah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL sniper position, an ISIL tunnel, two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL RPG system, and wounded an ISIL fighter.
*       Near Hit, one strike destroyed an ISIL home-made explosives cache.
*       Near Kirkuk, one strike destroyed an ISIL excavator.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes [1 British] struck multiple large ISIL tactical units and three suicide bombers and destroyed 12 ISIL machine guns, 13 ISIL fighting positions, six ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED). [see video below]
*       Near Ramadi, four strikes [2 British] struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL machine gun, three ISIL fighting positions, five ISIL buildings, three ISIL staging areas, and an ISIL VBIED.
*       Near Sinjar, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL machine gun.’

From UK MoD:
Wednesday 16 December proved to be the most intensive day of combat operations by RAF aircraft since the start of the campaign in September 2014.
A pair of Tornados assisted the Iraqi troops battling Daesh on the outskirts of Ramadi, and used Paveway IVs to destroy two heavy machine-gun positions, a sniper team and a group of terrorist fighters.
In northern Iraq, two Tornados, two Typhoons and two Reapers, provided sustained close air support to the Kurdish peshmerga. Our aircraft delivered numerous precision attacks on terrorist targets, to the north and west of Mosul where the peshmerga were engaged in close combat with Daesh, using a mixture of Brimstone, Hellfire, Paveway IV and GBU-12 missiles and bombs. In total, these RAF strikes are estimated to have successfully destroyed four heavy machine-gun positions, two terrorist teams armed with rockets, three Daesh vehicles, one of which was a large truck-bomb, and six groups of terrorists.
In addition, the two Reapers were able to use their advanced reconnaissance sensors to assist twelve successful attacks by other coalition aircraft.
A further pair of Typhoons conducted tactical reconnaissance and another Tornado mission returned to Ramadi, where they destroyed a heavy machine-gun position and two terrorist-held buildings.’

From French MOD
Update for week ending December 16th 2015
[Reports ‘54 new sorties over Daesh-controlled areas in Iraq and Syria, including 45 bombings on planned targets or targets of opportunity; and two ISR flights. Some 22 Daesh goals were destroyed‘]

‘Depuis le 9 décembre 2015, les équipages français ont réalisé 54 sorties aériennes au-dessus des zones contrôlées par Daech en Irak et en Syrie, dont 45 de bombardement sur des objectifs planifiés ou d’opportunité et 2 de recueil de renseignement. 22 objectifs de Daech ont été détruits.

Appui au sol

11 frappes d’appui au sol (close air support) ont été réalisées.

  • En Irak, la force Chammal a concentré ses efforts sur les missions d’appui au sol dans les régions de Mossoul, Tall Afar, et Ramadi. Les équipages des Rafale et des Mirage 2000 ont ainsi effectué 9 frappes, dont 4 dans la seule journée du 9 décembre.
  • 2 frappes ont par ailleurs été réalisées dans les régions de Sinjar, et Falloujah.

Frappes sur des objectifs planifiés

Un raid a été conduits sur un objectif planifié.

Le 15 décembre 2015 dans la région d’Al Qaim en Irak, les Mirage 2000 et le Rafale ont frappé un site de Daech servant à la fois de quartier général, de centre d’entraînement et de dépôt de logistique. Lors de ce raid, la force Chammal a frappé avec des missiles de croisière SCALP pour la première fois depuis le lancement de l’opération.

 

December 17th-18th 2015
Iraq 19 strikes (5,872-5,890)
Syria 3 strikes (3,069-3,071)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, Canada
6 to 8 civilians reported killed at Fallujah, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 17, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three strikes using attack aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and bomber aircraft against ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Manbij, two strikes destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Fallujah, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL heavy machine guns, four ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL mortar position, two ISIL command and control nodes, an ISIL-used bridge, cratered an ISIL-used road, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Kisik, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL light machine guns, two ISIL fighting positions, and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes [1 Canadian] struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL vehicles, and two ISIL assembly areas.
*       Near Ramadi, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, six ISIL staging areas, and an ISIL building.
*       Near Sinjar, four strikes [1 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL vehicles, two ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL light machine guns, two ISIL excavators, an ISIL fighting position, and suppressed an ISIL light machine gun position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed five ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL communications tower.

Additionally, there was an unreported strike on Dec. 15:

*       Near Fallujah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL buildings, and denied ISIL access to terrain.’

From UK MoD:
‘Operations continued on Thursday 17 December, when a Tornado patrol south of Sinjar was able to destroy three vehicles with Brimstone missiles.
In western Iraq, Typhoons worked very closely with an advancing Iraqi unit which had discovered a string of improvised explosive devices blocking the road. The Typhoons dropped a pair of Paveway IVs, which safely detonated the Daesh booby-traps.
During the evening, another Tornado mission in northern Iraq located a large group of terrorists massing for an attempted attack on a Kurdish position, and delivered two Paveways into their midst.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 17 December 2015, while taking part in coalition operations in support of Iraqi security forces, two CF-18 Hornets successfully struck an ISIS fighting position northwest of Mosul using precision guided munitions.’

From French MoD:
Additional weekly update to December 17th 2015
[Reports 12 new airstrikes]

‘Actualités des opérations en cours (Barkhane, Chammal, Sangaris, et des forces de souveraineté) du 17 décembre 2015

Proche et Moyen-Orient :  Chammal

En Syrie, Daech est durement touché par les frappes de la coalition qui visent les capacités de commandement, de financement et de logistique. Si le groupe terroriste conserve une certaine liberté d’action, il reste sous la pression des forces locales aux marges de son sanctuaire.
En Irak, les forces poursuivent les opérations de reconquête de Ramadi avec le soutien aérien de la coalition. La ville a été piégée par Daech avec des engins explosifs, ce qui contraint les soldats irakiens à progresser lentement. Ils sont néanmoins parvenus à avancer jusqu’au centre-ville. Daech est en position défensive, menant un combat visant à infliger le maximum de pertes dans les rangs des forces irakiennes .
Au sol, les forces irakiennes bénéficient de l’appui de la coalition, avec près de 200 frappes en un mois.
À Baïji, les forces irakiennes consolident les positions acquises face aux combattants terroristes qui conservent une posture de défense ferme de leurs positions.
La coalition maintient un effort sur les zones clefs du terrain dans le Nord du pays —plus particulièrement entre Sinjar et Mossoul.
Dans ce contexte, depuis le 9 décembre 2015, les équipages français ont réalisé 54 sorties aériennes au-dessus des zones contrôlées par Daech en Irak et en Syrie, dont 45 sorties de bombardements en appui des troupes irakiennes au sol ou sur objectif planifié. De plus, 4 vols de recueil de renseignement et 5 sorties de ravitaillement ont été menés. Au total, 12 frappes ont détruit 22 objectifs tenus par Daech.
La force Chammal  a ainsi réalisé 11 frappes d’appui au sol (close air support—CAS) concentrant ses efforts dans la région de Mossoul. En 48 heures, les équipages des Rafale Air et des Mirage 2000 ont ainsi effectué 4 frappes, dont 2 dans la seule journée du 9 décembre. 7 frappes ont également été réalisées dans les régions de Tall Afar, Sinjar, Falloujah, et Ramadi.
Le 15 décembre 2015, des Mirage 2000 et des Rafale de l’armée de l’air ont frappé un objectif planifié (deliberate) dans la région d’Al Qaim. Des bâtiments de commandement, d’entrainement et des dépôts logistique ont été détruits. Lors de ce raid, les missiles de croisière SCALP ont été utilisés pour la première fois depuis le lancement de l’opération Chammal.’

 

December 18th-19th 2015
Iraq 17 strikes (5,891-5,907)
Syria 3 strikes (3,072-3,074)
Confirmed actions: US, Canada, UK
10-25 Iraq Army troops killed in confirmed friendly fire incident at Fallujah, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 18, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three strikes using attack and fighter aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and bomber aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ayn Isa, two strikes destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Manbij, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar position.

Iraq

*       Near Fallujah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, four ISIL fighting positions, and an ISIL front end loader. One strike is currently under investigation for a potential friendly fire incident.
*       Near Kirkuk, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL excavator and wounded ISIL fighters.
*       Near Makhmur, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL light machine gun and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
*       Near Mosul, six strikes [1 or 2 Canadian, 1 British] struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, two ISIL fighting positions, damaged an ISIL bunker, and suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Ramadi, four strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), an ISIL building, nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL sniper position, an ISIL staging area, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sinjar, three strikes [1 British] struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL heavy machine guns, and two ISIL fighting positions.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 18 Dec 2015, while taking part in coalition operations in support of Iraqi security forces, two CF-18 Hornets successfully struck three ISIS fighting positions northwest of Mosul, Iraq, using precision guided munitions‎.’

From UK MoD:
On Friday 18 December, Typhoons and Tornados operated over the Sinjar and Mosul areas, suppressing Daesh mortar positions with two Paveway attacks, while over Ramadi, Tornado GR4s supported the Iraqi forces again and struck three terrorist positions with Paveway IVs.’

Additional report from CJTF-OIR:
‘The Coalition offers condolences on the unfortunate loss of life of brave Iraq security forces on the front lines in the fight against Daesh today.  Acting on requests and information from Iraqi security forces on the ground near Fallujah, Coalition forces conducted several airstrikes against Daesh today.  Despite coordination with the Iraqi security forces on the ground, initial reports indicate the possibility one of the strikes resulted in the death of Iraqi soldiers.  We will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the facts.  We have formally invited Iraqi participation in the investigation.  All of our airstrikes in Iraq are conducted with the approval of the Government of Iraq in order to assist them in their fight against Daesh; we take great measures to prevent these types of incidents while protecting our partnered forces.  To the best of our knowledge, there have been no previous incidents of friendly fire in Iraq involving the Coalition during the course of Operation Inherent Resolve.  We are fully committed to the safety of our Iraqi partners while pursuing the destruction of our mutual enemies.’

 

December 19th-20th 2015
Iraq 14 strikes (5,908-5,921)
Syria 0+1 strikes (3,075)
Confirmed actions: US, France

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 19, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, bomber, and ground-attack aircraft. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Near Bayji, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL cave and cave entrance, and damaged six ISIL fighting
Near Fallujah, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED)  facility and denied ISIL access to terrain.
Near Mosul, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL excavators, an ISIL checkpoint, and suppressed an ISIL sniper position.
Near Ramadi, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL VBIED facility, an ISIL rocket position, two ISIL buildings, an ISIL tactical vehicle, and an ISIL tanker.
Near Sinjar, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.’

  • See December 20th for Coalition report of French strike at Raqqah

From French MoD:
Le 19 décembre 2015, les Mirage 2000 et les Rafale de l’armée de l’air ont frappé dans la région de Raqqah un site de production pétrolier.’

 

December 20th-21st 2015
Iraq 12 strikes (5,922-5,933)
Syria 3 strikes (3,076-3,078)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 20, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three strikes using ground-attack and remotely piloted aircraft.  In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, bomber, 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 Mar’a, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL staging area and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed an ISIL road obstacle and an ISIL improvised explosive device (IED).

Iraq

*       Near Bayji, two strikes [1 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL RPG, an ISIL heavy machine gun, seven ISIL vehicles, two ISIL caches, and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units, an ISIL weapons storage facility, and an ISIL weapons cache and destroyed two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL mortar tube, three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL checkpoint, two ISIL vehicles, and suppressed an ISIL light machine gun. [see video below]
*       Near Ramadi, four strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed eight ISIL buildings, eight ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL staging area, an ISIL command and control node, an ISIL tactical vehicle, three ISIL heavy machine guns, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

Additionally, there was an additional strike from Dec. 19 that was not included on the Dec. 20 strike release:

*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike [French] struck five ISIL gas and oil separation points and two ISIL crude oil collection points.’

From UK MoD:
‘Two Tornado GR4s patrolled over northern Iraq on Sunday 20 December and conducted a successful attack with a Paveway IV guided bomb on a large group of Daesh terrorists, loading supplies into a truck.
A second pair of GR4s flew a reconnaissance mission over Ramadi, where they provided surveillance assistance to an attack by other coalition aircraft. The GR4s were then diverted north to the area around Bayji, where Iraqi ground forces were in close combat with Daesh extremists. Despite the close proximity of the Iraqi troops, the Tornados were able to conduct two sucessful precision attacks with Paveway IVs on the terrorists, who had been directing rocket and small arms fire at the Iraqis.’

 

December 21st-22nd 2015
Iraq 17 strikes (5,934-5,950)
Syria 8 strikes (3,079-3,086)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
5 civilians reported killed at Ramadi, Iraq
6 civilians reported killed at Mosul, Iraq
17 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Iraq
12 to 20 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 21, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft.  In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, bomber, 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 Hasakah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building.
*       Near Al Hawl, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL excavator.
*       Near Mar’a, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL fighting position, damaged an ISIL fighting position, and wounded two ISIL fighters.

Iraq

*       Near Fallujah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an improvised explosive device (IED) facility and wounded two ISIL fighters.
*       Near Kisik, one strike suppressed ISIL rocket fire.
*       Near Mosul, seven strikes [2 British] struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building, 12 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, two ISIL vehicles, five ISIL bunkers, and destroyed seven ISIL assembly areas.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed an ISIL excavator.
*       Near Ramadi, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL command and control nodes, four ISIL weapons caches, two ISIL buildings, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), wounded two ISIL fighters, and denied ISIL access to terrain.’

From UK MoD:
‘The following day, Monday 21 December, Typhoon FGR4s and an RAF Reaper operated around the Mosul area. The Typhoons used a Paveway IV bomb to destroy a Daesh vehicle, while the Reaper provided targeting support to a coalition air strike that destroyed a terrorist mortar position before delivering two attacks with its own Hellfire missiles which destroyed a supply vehicle and a Daesh-held building.’

 

December 22nd-23rd 2015
Iraq 24 strikes (5,934-5,974)
Syria 8 strikes (3,079-3,094)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
8 civilians reported killed at Ramadi, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 22, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft.  In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, bomber, 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 Hawl, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building, an ISIL vehicle, four ISIL fighting positions, and an ISIL rocket system.
*       Near Al Hasakah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Manbij, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes destroyed two ISIL heavy machine guns and two ISIL mortar systems.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Habbaniyah, five strikes struck four ISIL staging areas and an ISIL headquarters.
*       Near Mosul, eight strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building, an ISIL crane, an ISIL bulldozer, two ISIL excavators, two ISIL vehicles, five ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL light machine gun, an ISIL checkpoint, and wounded an ISIL fighter.
*       Near Ramadi, four strikes [1 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL bunker, 19 ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL sniper positions, an ISIL anti-air artillery piece, four ISIL RPG positions, two ISIL recoilless rifles, two ISIL grenade launcher positions, two ISIL heavy machine gun positions, three ISIL command and control nodes, two ISIL bed down locations, an ISIL staging area, cratered an ISIL-used road, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Fallujah, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Kisik, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.’

From UK MoD:
‘With Iraqi troops conducting ground assaults on Daesh positions in Ramadi on 22 December, two pairs of RAF Tornados and a Reaper, provided the Iraqis with continuous close air support alongside other coalition aircraft. When the Daesh fighters fired rocket-propelled grenades and small arms at Iraqi soldiers tending to wounded personnel, the Tornados intervened with a very accurate Paveway strike.
The Reaper, meanwhile, assisted other coalition aircraft in an attack that destroyed an anti-aircraft gun.
A third pair of Tornados were over northern Iraq, supporting the Kurdish peshmerga, and conducted two successful Paveway IV attacks that destroyed a Daesh-held building and an observation post.’

A British Tornado is refuelled over Iraq by a US Stratotanker, December 22 2015 (USAF/ Staff Sgt Corey Hook)
A British Tornado is refuelled over Iraq by a US Stratotanker, December 22 2015 (USAF/ Staff Sgt Corey Hook)

From Netherlands MoD:
Summary for week ending December 22nd 2015
[Reports carrying out ‘over 5 missions‘]

‘Nederlandse F-16’s, actief in het Midden-Oosten in de strijd tegen ISIS, voerden meer dan 5 missies uit. Daarbij zetten zij wapens in tegen vuurposities en wapenopslagplaatsen van ISIS.
In Erbil gaven Nederlandse instructeurs les aan Peshmerga-strijders. Het is de achtste keer dat zij met instructeurs van de coalitie de Infantry Battle Course geven. In Bagdad gaven Nederlandse militairen les aan Iraakse commando’s. Daarnaast slaagden er meer dan 500 andere commando’s voor hun initiële training.’

‘A year of Dutch military operations’

 

December 23rd-24th 2015
Iraq 18 strikes (5,975-5,992)
Syria 6 strikes (3,095-3,100)
Confirmed actions: US, Canada, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 23, 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.  In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and attack, fighter, and bomber aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Manbij, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL logistics facility.

Iraq

*       Near Albu Hayat, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL heavy machine gun, and 24 ISIL rockets.
*       Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mosul, nine strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 24 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL vehicles, two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL excavator, and an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Ramadi, five strikes [1 Canadian] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, five ISIL command and control nodes, an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL bed-down location, an ISIL artillery site, cratered five ISIL-used roads, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 23 December 2015, while taking part in coalition airstrikes in support of Iraqi security forces’ offensive operations to clear ISIS from Ramadi, two CF-18 Hornets successfully struck an ISIS vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the vicinity of Ramadi using precision guided munitions.’

From UK MoD:
‘Operations against the Daesh terrorist network have continued at a high intensity over the holiday period, with Royal Air Force aircraft conducting air strikes in Syria and Iraq, particularly in support of successful Iraqi operations in Ramadi. Armed reconnaissance missions have been flown daily by RAF Tornado GR4, Typhoon FGR4, and Reaper aircraft, focusing on supporting the Iraqi security forces during their offensive operations in Ramadi, and also in northern Iraq in the area around Mosul.
On Wednesday 23 December, a Typhoon patrol to the east of Mosul conducted a total of six successful attacks with eight Paveway IV precision guided bombs, which destroyed four terrorist-held buildings and a tunnel, including ammunitions stores, several heavy machine-guns, and a sniper position.
Further south, two flights of Tornado GR4s were contributing to the coalition air effort which supported the Iraqi army’s offensive into the centre of Ramadi. The Tornados conducted six attacks, again with Paveway IVs, and although on every occasion Iraqi forces were in very close proximity to the terrorist targets, careful planning and the accuracy of the weapons allowed all six attacks to be a success. The Tornados’ targets included three terrorist teams armed with rocket-propelled grenades, a sniper position, a Daesh group in close combat with Iraqi troops, and a large group of at least 17 terrorists, who suffered a direct hit.
That night, a further pair of Tornados patrolled over Mosul, and destroyed two Daesh-held buildings with Paveways.’

From French MoD
Summary for week ending December 23rd 2015
[Reports 16 new strikes including one in Syria]

‘Depuis le 16 décembre 2015, les équipages français ont réalisé 71 sorties aériennes au-dessus des zones contrôlées par Daech en Irak et en Syrie, dont 57 de bombardement en appui des troupes irakiennes au sol ou sur un objectif planifié, et 6 de recueil de renseignement. 18 frappes ont détruit 43 objectifs de Daech.

 Appui au sol (close air support)

16 frappes d’appui au sol ont été réalisées au cours de la semaine.

  • En Irak, la force Chammal a concentré ses efforts sur les missions d’appui au sol dans la région de Mossoul, où les combattants de Daech occupent des positions et harcèlent les forces au sol.
  • Des frappes ont par ailleurs été réalisées dans les régions de Tall Afar, Sinjar, Falloujah, et Ramadi.

Frappe sur des objectifs planifiés (deliberate)

2 raids ont été menés sur des objectif planifiés au cours de la semaine.

  • Le 19 décembre 2015, les Mirage 2000 et les Rafale de l’armée de l’air ont frappé dans la région de Raqqah un site de production pétrolier
  • Le 22 décembre 2015, les Super-Etendard du GAN ont frappé un centre logistique situé entre Ramadi et Fallujah.

 

December 24th-25th 2015
Iraq 19 strikes (5,993-6,011)
Syria 12 strikes (3,101-3,112)
Confirmed actions: US, Canada, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 24, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft.  In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and attack, fighter, and bomber aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed two ISIL excavators.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike struck an ISIL crude oil collection point [see video below].
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and wounded an ISIL fighter.
*       Near Manbij, five strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL vehicles, an ISIL fighting position, and wounded two ISIL fighters.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, three strikes struck an ISIL cave complex, an ISIL staging facility, an ISIL staging area, and destroyed three ISIL buildings. [see video below]
*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an ISIL trench system.
*       Near Kirkuk, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Makhmur, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar firing position.
*       Near Mosul, seven strikes [1 Canadian] struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 13 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL heavy machine gun, five ISIL rockets, four ISIL bunkers, an ISIL command and control node, an ISIL assembly area, and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Ramadi, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, seven ISIL house borne improvised explosive devices (HBIED), three ISIL staging areas, three ISIL buildings, two ISIL tunnels, an ISIL homemade explosives (HME) cache, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed 10 ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike [Canadian] struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL staging area.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 24 December 2015, while taking part in coalition operations in support of Iraqi security forces, two CF-18 Hornets successfully struck an ISIS fighting position east of Mosul using precision guided munitions.
On 24 December 2015, while taking part in coalition operations in support of Iraqi security forces, two CF-18 Hornets successfully struck two ISIS fighting positions west of Tal Afar using precision guided munitions.’

From UK MoD:
Thursday 24 December saw Typhoons operating near Mosul, where they destroyed another Daesh building with a Paveway, whilst over Ramadi, two pairs of Tornados again provided close air support to the Iraqi troops. The GR4s worked closely with other coalition aircraft to deliver two successful Paveway attacks on groups of terrorist fighters.’

 

December 25th-26th 2015
Iraq 12 + 3 strikes (6,012-6,026)
Syria 5 + 1 strikes (3,113-3,118)
Confirmed actions: US, Canada, UK
7 civilians reported killed at Fallujah, Iraq
8 civilians reported killed at Ramadi, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 25, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted five strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft.  In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter and bomber 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 [British] wounded an ISIL fighter.
*       Near Manbij, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building and wounded an ISIL fighter.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

*       Near Fallujah, two strikes destroyed two ISIL tunnels, two ISIL improvised explosive device (IED) factories, and wounded an ISIL fighter.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Ramadi, three strikes [1 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL tactical vehicles, six ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL vehicles, two ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) factories, two ISIL heavy machine gun positions, an ISIL sniper position, two ISIL house borne improvised explosive devices (HBIED), and wounded two ISIL fighters.
*       Near Sinjar, four strikes destroyed three ISIL-used bridges and an ISIL-used culvert.’ [see Tal Afar video below]

  • See December 26th-27th report for details of four additional strikes

From Canadian MoD:
On 25 December 2015, while taking part in coalition operations in support of Iraqi security forces, two CF-18 Hornets successfully struck an ISIS fighting position west of Makhmur using precision guided munitions.’

From UK MoD:
‘Missions continued on Christmas Day, with Tornados maintaining close air support over Ramadi. Once again working closely with other coalition aircraft, they used Paveway IVs against two terrorist teams, an anti-aircraft gun, and a massed Daesh group who were assembling for an attempted counter-attack on the successful Iraqi advance.
Meanwhile, over Syria, an RAF Reaper struck a Daesh checkpoint south of Raqqa with a Hellfire missile. ‘

Coalition airstrikes on Daesh bridges and culverts near Tal Afar’, December 25 2015

 

December 26th-27th 2015
Iraq 28 strikes (6,027-6,054)
Syria 5 strikes (3,119-3,123)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 26, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted five strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft.  In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, attack, bomber, 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, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL weapons cache, and wounded ISIL fighters.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed three ISIL excavators, two ISIL bulldozers, and damaged an ISIL excavator.
Iraq
*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike destroyed two ISIL heavy machine guns and an ISIL homemade explosive cache.
*       Near Mosul, seven strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 15 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL bunker, four ISIL assembly areas, three ISIL command control nodes, and cratered two ISIL roads, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, four strikes destroyed two ISIL tactical vehicles, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), an ISIL VBIED factory, an ISIL VBIED staging location, an ISIL building, two ISIL house borne improvised explosive devices (HBIED), an ISIL staging area, an ISIL fighting position, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sinjar, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL-used bridges, and two ISIL-used culverts.
*       Near Tal Afar, seven strikes struck four ISIL-used bridges, an ISIL culvert, and destroyed 12 ISIL bunkers.
*       Near Fallujah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position, an ISIL-used bridge, an ISIL bunker, and an ISIL bed down location.
*       Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL tunnel.

Additionally, there were four additional strikes from Dec. 25 that were not included on the Dec. 26 strike release.

Syria

*       Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

*       Near Ramadi, three strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL anti-air artillery piece position, five ISIL staging locations, two ISIL HBIEDs, three ISIL weapon caches, three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL VBIED, two ISIL resupply locations, and an ISIL vehicle, cratered five ISIL-used roads, damaged an ISIL tactical vehicle, and wounded ISIL fighters.’

From UK MoD:
‘ On Saturday 26 December, another Reaper patrolled over northern Iraq, where it destroyed a terrorist vehicle with a Hellfire, then supported a coalition air strike on a Daesh tunnel entrance.’

 

December 27th-28th 2015
Iraq 21 strikes (6,055-6,075)
Syria 16 + 2 strikes (3,124-3,141)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, Canada

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 27, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft.  In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and fighter, attack, bomber, 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 Hasakah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL building.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Manbij, eleven strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), an ISIL building, cratered two ISIL-used roads, and damaged an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL staging area.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Fallujah, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building and an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Kisik, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL bulldozer.
*       Near Mosul, eight strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles, six ISIL fighting positons, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL checkpoint, and an ISIL tactical vehicle.
*       Near Ramadi, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL RPG positions, an ISIL bulldozer, two ISIL buildings, an ISIL staging area, an ISIL VBIED staging area, denied ISIS access to terrain, and wounded 12 ISIL fighters.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike [Canadian] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Tal Afar, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL assembly area.’

Two additional strikes for December 27th were reported on December 28th-29th.

From UK MoD:
RAF operations on Sunday 27 December focused largely on northern Iraq, with Typhoons using Paveway bombs to engage an armoured vehicle and mortar teams in the area of Tal Afar and Kisik.
South-west of Mosul, a Tornado flight destroyed two terrorist-occupied buildings with Paveway IVs, then attacked a group of extremists in the open.
A second Typhoon patrol over the northern region assisted Kurdish peshmerga in close combat with Daesh, striking two terrorist groups with Paveway IVs.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 27 December 2015, while taking part in coalition operations in support of Iraqi security forces, two CF-18 Hornets successfully struck an ISIS fighting positions south east of Sinjar using precision guided munitions.’

Additional CENTCOM release:
‘Iraqi Security Forces Seize Ramadi Government Center

BAGHDAD, IRAQ – Iraqi military leaders announced today Iraqi Security Forces seized the Government Center in Ramadi from Da’esh (the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State).
The Coalition congratulates the Iraqi Security Forces for its success in Ramadi.  The ISF operations to reach the center of Ramadi are a significant milestone on the path to clear Da’esh from the historic city and the overall campaign to defeat the terrorist group across Iraq.
“The Iraqi Security Forces, including the Counter-Terrorism Service, the Iraqi Army, the Iraqi Air Force, the federal and local police, and the tribal fighters, have demonstrated their resolve in the fight for Ramadi,” said Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force supporting Iraqi security operations.  “I also want to commend the thousands of troops of the Coalition who have made this success possible through relentless strikes against Da’esh, training and equipping support to the Iraqi Security Forces, and advice and assistance provided to Iraqi security leaders.  This success belongs to them as well, and we will all work together to defeat our common enemy.”
Coalition support to operations in Ramadi include more than 600 strikes focused against Da’esh targets in and around Ramadi, training and equipping of multiple elements of the Iraqi Security Forces, providing specialized engineering equipment to clear improvised explosives devices, and providing advice and assistance at multiple Iraqi headquarters.’

 

December 28th-29th 2015
Iraq 22 strikes (6,076-6,097)
Syria 9 strikes (3,142-3,150)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 28, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using attack, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft.  In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, attack, bomber, 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 Hawl, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL tunnel complex.
*       Near Manbij, five strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), an ISIL fighting position, and cratered three ISIL-used roads.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Fallujah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL bunkers, two ISIL tunnel entrances, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL trench system.
*       Near Kirkuk, one strike destroyed two ISIL excavators.
*       Near Kisik, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and wounded two ISIL fighters.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles, 14 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL tunnel, and three ISIL command and control nodes.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Ramadi, seven strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL oil tanker trucks, three ISIL heavy machine gun positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL front end loader, an ISIL VBIED, an ISIL sniper position, an ISIL house borne improvised explosive device (HBIED), and denied ISIL access to terrain [see video below]
*       Near Sinjar, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIL-used culvert.

Additionally, there were two additional strikes from Dec. 27 that were not included on the Dec. 28 strike release.

Syria

*       Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units.’

Iraqi Security Forces raise the Iraqi National Flag in Ramadi’, December 28 2015

From UK MoD:
On Monday 28 December, a Typhoon FGR4 flight conducted a simultaneous attack with Paveway IV bombs on two buildings north-east of Mosul, occupied by a group of terrorist fighters. Both buildings were demolished, along with the terrorists’ vehicle. The Typhoons then used Paveways to destroy two mechanical excavators being used by Daesh to construct defensive positions.
A second Typhoon mission was later flown over northern Iraq, and it delivered a successful Paveway IV strike on a team of terrorists who were preparing to fire rockets at Kurdish positions. ‘

 

December 29th-30th 2015
Iraq 24 strikes (6,098-6,121)
Syria 4 strikes (3,151-3,154)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2 or more civilians reported killed at Mosul, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 29, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted four strikes using attack, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft.  In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, attack, bomber, 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 Hasakah, one strike destroyed an ISIL excavator.
*       Near Aleppo, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike struck an ISIL main oil pump station [see video below].

Iraq

*       Near Fallujah, one strike damaged an ISIL trench system.
*       Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Mosul, nine strikes [1 British] struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL assembly area, an ISIL bed down location, 20 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL tunnel. [see video]
*       Near Ramadi, seven strikes [2 British] struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL rocket rail, an ISIL building, an ISIL homemade explosives (HME) cache, an ISIL front end loader, two ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL heavy machine gun positions, wounded an ISIL fighter, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sinjar, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, two ISIL fighting positions, and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions and suppressed an ISIL sniper position.
*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Hit, one strike struck an ISIL VBIED storage facility.’

From UK MoD:
‘The following day [December 29th 2016], Typhoons and Tornado GR4s operated over Ramadi, as the Iraqi forces closed in on remaining pockets of Daesh extremists. The Typhoons bombed two machine-gun positions, while the Tornados conducted three attacks on a further two machine-gun nests and a strongpoint. Despite bad weather meaning that these attacks had to be carried out through thick cloud and with Iraqi soldiers in close proximity to the targets, careful planning by the aircrew and the precision guidance systems of the Paveway IV bombs allowed all the attacks to be successful without risk to friendly forces.
Later on Tuesday evening, a Typhoon flying near Mosul was directed against a tunnel, where a large group of terrorists had been spotted massing inside. A direct hit was scored with a Paveway on the tunnel.’

Coalition airstrikes on Daesh main oil pump station near Dayr Az Zawr,’ December 29 2015

 

December 30th-31st 2015
Iraq 17 strikes (6,122-6,138)
Syria 7 strikes (3,155-3,161)
Confirmed actions: US, Canada, UK
10 civilians reported killed in Mosul, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 30, 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.  In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, attack, and bomber aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ayn Isa, two strikes destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL building.
*       Near Mar’a, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL fighting position, and wounded four ISIL fighters.
*       Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Mosul, nine strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, two ISIL staging locations, three ISIL headquarters, and destroyed 21 ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Ramadi, five strikes [1 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL staging area, 10 ISIL fighting positions, seven ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL sniper position, an ISIL rocket propelled grenade position, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sinjar, two strikes [1 Canadian, 1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position and suppressed an ISIL mortar position and a light machine gun position.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 30 December 2015, while taking part in coalition operations in support of Iraqi security forces, two CF18 Hornets successfully struck an ISIS fighting position south east of Sinjar, Iraq, using precision guided munitions.’

From UK MoD:
‘On Wednesday 30 December, two Tornado GR4s provided close air support over Ramadi, where they bombed two machine-gun positions engaged in close combat with Iraqi troops, and assisted another coalition aircraft in a strike on a Daesh team armed with rocket-propelled grenades.
Near Sinjar, Typhoons assisted the peshmerga with an attack on a terrorist rocket launcher team. Typhoons and Tornados continued to patrol the Sinjar area on the last day of the year, using Paveways against a heavy machine-gun position and a Daesh group firing on Kurdish troops.’

From French MoD:
Summary for week ending December 30th 2015
[Declares 23 new strikes in Iraq]

‘Depuis le 23 décembre 2015, les équipages français ont réalisé 83 sorties aériennes au-dessus des zones contrôlées par Daech en Irak et en Syrie, dont 60 de bombardement en appui des troupes irakiennes au sol ou sur un objectif planifié, et 13 de recueil de renseignement. 23 frappes ont détruit 34 objectifs de Daech.

21 frappes d’appui au sol ont été réalisées au cours de la semaine.

  • En Irak, la force Chammal a concentré ses efforts sur les missions d’appui au sol dans la région de Mossoul, où les combattants de Daech occupent des positions et harcèlent les forces au sol.
  • Elle a également appuyée les forces irakiennes dans leur action de reprise de la ville de Ramadi.
  • Des frappes ont par ailleurs été réalisées dans les régions de Tall Afar, Sinjar et Falloujah.

2 raids ont été menés sur des objectifs planifiés au cours de la semaine.

  • Le 24 décembre 2015, aux côtés des avions de la coalition, les Mirage 2000 ont frappé à 2 reprises des sites servant de base arrière aux éléments de Daech dans la région d’Al Assad.’

French strikes to Dec 30th 2015

 

December 31st 2015 – January 1st 2016
Iraq 24 strikes (6,139-6,152)
Syria 0 + 1 strikes (3,161-3,162)
Confirmed actions: US, France

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 31, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, fighter-attack, and bomber aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Iraq

*       Near Hit, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) facility and destroyed two ISIL buildings.
*       Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL heavy machine guns, six ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL command and control node, seven ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL trench, and an ISIL VBIED.
*       Near Ramadi, four strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL VBIED facility, five ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sinjar, three strikes destroyed an ISIL fighting position and suppressed two ISIL heavy machine gun positions.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed three ISIL weapons caches, an ISIL command and control node, and six ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Tal Afar, 11 strikes destroyed nine ISIL bunkers, five ISIL-used culverts, and four ISIL-used bridges.’

From French MoD:
[Reports a strike near Raqqah]

‘Dans la nuit du 31 décembre 2015 au 01 janvier 2016, les Mirage 2000 déployés sur la Base aérienne projetée (BAP) en Jordanie ont effectué une frappe sur les zones contrôlées par Daech en Syrie.
La frappe visait des installations de l’industrie pétrolière située en Syrie dans la région de Raqqah. Réalisée en coordination avec la coalition, elle a été menée sur la base des renseignements collectés ces dernières semaines lors des vols de reconnaissance. L’objectif recherché par la destruction de ce type d’installation est d’affaiblir les capacités de financement de Daech en perturbant l’exploitation des ressources pétrolières dans les zones sous son contrôle.
Les appareils engagés dans cette mission (2Mirage 2000 D) ont débuté leur mission à 22h00, heure française. Les deux objectifs ciblés ont été détruits. Ce raid n’a pas nécessité de ravitaillement en vol.’

The Dutch capacity building team in Irbil - welcoming in the New Year - don shades to help preserve their anonymity (Dutch MoD)
The Dutch capacity building team in Irbil – welcoming in the New Year – don shades to help preserve their anonymity (Dutch MoD)

Monthly Australian summary: December 2015

F/A-18 IRAQ
Month Sorties Hours Munitions
F/A-18F
Sep-14 4 10 0
Oct-14 79 638 25
Nov-14 62 489 49
Dec-14 76 586 61
Jan-15 70 601 53
Feb-15 66 541 35
Mar-15 61 496 55
F/A-18F Total 418 3361 278
F/A-18A
Mar-15 22 160 8
Apr-15 72 536 43
May-15 66 484 45
Jun-15 72 513 42
Jul-15 66 486 42
Aug-15 74 544 39
Sep-15 60 454 37
Oct-15 78 570 34
Nov-15 70 540 73
Dec-15 73 539 81
F/A-18A Total 653 4826 444
Total 1,071 8,187 722
F/A-18 SYRIA
Month Sorties Hours Munitions
F/A-18F
Sep-14 0 0 0
Oct-14 0 0 0
Nov-14 0 0 0
Dec-14 0 0 0
Jan-15 0 0 0
Feb-15 0 0 0
Mar-15 0 0 0
F/A-18F Total 0 0 0
F/A-18A
Mar-15 0 0 0
Apr-15 0 0 0
May-15 0 0 0
Jun-15 0 0 0
Jul-15 0 0 0
Aug-15 0 0 0
Sep-15 18 143 2
Oct-15 0 0 0
Nov-15 0 0 0
Dec-15 10 57 21
F/A-18A Total 28 200 23
Total 18 143 23

Monthly AFCENT update: December 2015

Afcent Dec 2015