Military reports – December 2016

Monthly summary: Below are all known published daily Coalition military reports relating to the air war against so called Islamic State or Daesh in Iraq and Syria for December 2016. We have also included relevant video and photo releases, as well as cross-indicating where any known alleged civilian or ‘friendly fire’ casualties have been reported.

December 1st – December 2nd 2016
Iraq 4 strikes (10,596 – 10,599)
Syria 4 strikes (5,998 – 6,001)
Confirmed actions: US
15 civilians alleged killed at Al Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 1, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes using attack aircraft, bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike engaged an ISIL chemical weapon and ammunition storage facility.
*       Near Day az Zawr, two strikes destroyed four oil well heads, two oil tanker trucks, an oil tanker trailer, and an oil work-over rig.

Iraq

*       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and a weapons cache; destroyed four heavy machine guns, four fighting positions, two VBIEDs, and a rocket propelled grenade; suppressed a tactical unit; and damaged eight supply routes.’

 

Coalition Monthly Civilian Casualty Report – issued December 1st 2016

‘During the month of October, CJTF-OIR received 18 reports of possible civilian casualties resulting from Coalition strikes in Iraq and Syria in the fight to defeat ISIL. Twelve of these reports were determined to be non-credible, three were determined to be credible, and three reports are still being assessed. Coalition strikes are defined as strikes conducted by ground artillery or air strikes authorized as part of the Coalition Air Tasking Order.

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

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

1. Sept. 20, 2015, near Ramadi, Iraq: Insufficient evidence available to determine credibility.

2. Oct. 9, 2015, near Kabaisa, Iraq: Insufficient evidence available to determine credibility.

3. Feb. 15, 2016, near Hama, Iraq: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographical area. [NB The Coalition later informed Airwars this was Hama in Syria]

4. May 5, 2016, near Aleppo, Syria: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographical area.

5. June 12, 2016, near Dayr az Zawr, Syria: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographical area.

6. July 19, 2016, near Aleppo, Syria: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographical area.

7. Sept. 19, 2016, near Kabaisa, Iraq: Report indicated civilians in a house were killed, but the only strike in the area that day was on a moving vehicle in a remote area.

8. Oct. 1, 2016, near Ghaytun, Syria: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographical area.

9. Oct. 1, 2016, near Dayr az Zawr, Syria: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographical area.

10. Oct. 3, 2016, near Mar’a, Syria: Further examination affirms that only Da’esh fighters were killed in the strike.

11. Oct. 5, 2016, near Aleppo, Syria: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographical area.

12. Oct. 6, 2016, near Aleppo, Syria: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographical area.

Although the Coalition makes extraordinary efforts to strike military targets in a manner that minimizes the risk of civilian casualties, in some cases casualties are unavoidable. Four past reports of possible civilian casualties and three of the reports received in October were determined to be credible resulting in the unintended death of 54 civilians.

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

1. March 31, 2016, near Sala Heya, Syria: During a strike on an ISIL mortar system, it was assessed that three civilians were inadvertently killed by Coalition counter-battery artillery near the point of origin of an ISIL mortar strike on friendly forces.

2. May 16, 2016, near As Shaddadi, Syria: During a strike on seven ISIL fighters in a moving vehicle, it was assessed that two civilians were inadvertently killed. One civilian passenger in the vehicle was killed and one civilian riding a motorcycle was killed when he came into proximity of the ISIL vehicle after the munition was released.

3. July 18, 2016, near Manbij, Syria: During a strike that killed nearly 100 ISIL fighters, and destroyed 13 fighting positions, seven ISIL vehicles, two VBIEDs, a tactical vehicle, and a mortar system, it is assessed that up to 24 civilians who had been interspersed with combatants were inadvertently killed in a known ISIL staging area where no civilians had been seen in the 24 hours prior to the attack. Reports indicated that approximately 100 ISIL fighters were preparing for a large counterattack against partnered Syrian Arab Coalition/Syrian Democratic Forces and, unknown to Coalition planners, civilians were moving around within the military staging area, even as other civilians in the nearby village had departed over the previous days.

4. July 28, 2016, near Arghanndorh, Syria: During a strike on a moving ISIL vehicle, 15 civilians were inadvertently killed when the munition struck the vehicle after it slowed in a populated area after the munition was released.

5. Oct. 4, 2016, near Taltanah, Syria: During a strike targeting ISIL fighters it is assessed that one civilian was inadvertently killed as a result of the blast following the strike.

6. Oct. 17, 2016, near Idlib, Syria: During a strike on ISIL fighters it is assessed that one civilian was inadvertently killed when he entered the target area after the munition was released.

7. Oct. 22, 2016, near Fasitiyah, Iraq: During a strike on a building from which ISIL fighters were firing on partnered Iraqi forces, eight civilians were inadvertently killed.

Currently, three reports received in October are still being assessed:

1. Oct. 6, 2016, near As Shaddadi, Syria.

2. Oct. 22, 2016, near Qaraqosh and Hasana, Iraq.

3. Oct. 23, 2016, near Qaraqosh and Hasana, Iraq.

To date, based on information available, CJTF-OIR has assessed it is more likely than not that, since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve, 173 civilians have been inadvertently killed by Coalition strikes. We regret the unintentional loss of civilian lives resulting from Coalition efforts to defeat ISIL in Iraq and Syria and express our deepest sympathies to the families and others affected by these strikes.’

 

December 2nd – December 3rd 2016
Iraq 2 strikes (10,600 – 10,601)
Syria 2 strikes (6,002 – 6,003)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 2, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack and fighter aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed a communications tower.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed an artillery system.

Iraq

*       Near Mosul, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed an ISIL-held building; damaged eight supply routes; and suppressed a tactical unit.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed a VBIED factory.’

Update from French MoD for December 2nd:
[On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, four Rafales of the French air force base in the Middle East, joined two Rafales from the aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle, and successfully fired eight SCALP cruise missiles on a plant for the production and storage of weapons, in particular chemical weapons near Raqqa, Syria.]

‘Chammal : les missiles SCALP frappent Daesh à Raqqah

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Mardi 29 novembre 2016, quatre Rafale de l’armée de l’Air de la base aérienne projetée au Proche-Orient, rejoints par deux Rafale Marine du porte-avions Charles-de-Gaulle, ont tiré avec succès huit missiles de croisière SCALP sur d’importantes installations militaires de Daech au sud-ouest de la ville de Raqqah (Syrie).

Cette mission de frappes planifiées dans la profondeur a ainsi permis la destruction d’une installation de production et de stockage d’armes, notamment chimiques. Décidées par le commandement de la force interarmées (CJTF, Combined Joint Task Force) situé au Koweït, préparées et conduites par le centre des opérations aériennes de la coalition (CAOC, combined air operations center) situé à Al Udeïd au Qatar, ces missions s’inscrivent dans la stratégie d’affaiblissement de Daech en détruisant systématiquement ses moyens militaires et logistiques. Celle du 29 novembre marque la poursuite  de l’effort de la coalition sur la ville de Raqqah, bastion de Daech en Syrie, qui a commencé il y a un an, en réponse aux attaques terroristes à Paris.
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Les raids Scalp font l’objet d’une planification précise et détaillée, afin d’optimiser les effets de cette arme aux spécificités uniques, sur des objectifs de haute valeur pour le groupe terroriste. A l’effet de surprise offert par l’arme, s’ajoute celui de la maîtrise des coups portés, limitant les dommages collatéraux, optimisant les effets contre Daech. En choisissant précisément les points d’impact, après une phase de renseignement, ce type de frappe permet de détruire tous les endroits utilisés par le groupe terroriste quasi simultanément.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal représente la participation française à l’Opération Inherent Resolve et mobilise aujourd’hui près de 4 000 militaires. A la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, l’opération Chammal repose sur deux piliers complémentaires : un pilier « formation» au profit d’unités de sécurité nationales irakiennes et un pilier «  appui » consistant à soutenir l’action des forces locales egagées au sol contre Daech et à frapper les capacités militaires du groupe terroriste.

A ce jour, le dispositif complet de l’opération Chammal est structuré autour de trente-six Rafale (douze de l’armée de l’Air et vingt-quatre de la Marine nationale), d’un détachement d’artillerie CAESAR (Camion équipé d’un système d’artillerie), des bâtiments du groupe aéronaval, de deux avions E-2C Hawkeye et d’un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2. Il comprend également une centaine de militaires projetés à Bagdad et Erbil pour la formation et le conseil des états-majors et unités irakiennes’

An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter is washed down on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Dec 2nd (US Navy)
An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter is washed down on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Dec 2nd (US Navy)

Update from Danish MoD on December 2nd:
[The Danish contribution in the fight against ISIL returns home after six months of battle against ISIL. The government proposes to expand the training efforts in Iraq with an engineering and construction teams.]

‘Det danske fly-bidrag i kampen mod ISIL vender hjem
Kampfly-bidraget vender som planlagt hjem efter seks måneders kamp mod ISIL, og det samme gør det danske Hercules transportfly. Regeringen lægger op til at udvide træningsindsatsen i Irak med et ingeniør- og konstruktionshold.
02-12-2016 – kl. 13:15
F-16 vender hjem som planlagt

Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Forsvarschef, general Peter Bartram, er tilfredshed med hjemtagelsen af flybidragene.

– Det er glædeligt, at den planlagte udsendelsesperiode overholdes. Ikke mindst for vores udsendte personel. F-16 kampfly bidraget og C-130 transportflyet har endnu engang løst den vigtige opgave på et højt fagligt niveau. De kan se frem til at fejre en velfortjent jul hjemme hos familien, siger general Peter Bartram.

De danske fly returnerer som planlagt til Danmark medio december

Efter hjemtagelsen af de to flyvende bidrag vil Danmark fortsat levere en markant militær indsats til støtte for kampen mod ISIL. Regeringen lægger således op til at udvide den danske træningsindsats i Irak med et ingeniør- og konstruktionshold.  De skal træne irakiske styrker i blandt andet minerydning og hjælpe det nuværende træningsbidrag.

Læs om de danske bidrag til kampen mod ISIL her.’

December 3rd – December 4th 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (10,602 – 10,608)
Syria 9 strikes (6,004 – 6,012)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
9-21 civilians alleged killed at Al Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 3, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using attack, bomber and fighter aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, rotary and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed three oil wellheads.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL command and control node.
*       Near Ayn Isa, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL-held building and an ISIL command and control node.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed an oil tanker truck, an oil wellhead, and an oil rig.
*       Near Manbij, one strike destroyed an ISIL artillery piece.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, three strikes disabled a bridge and destroyed five ISIL-held buildings.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes [1 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed a mortar, a weapons cache, four ISIL-held buildings, a command and control node, an explosives factory, and a heavy machine gun; damaged a land bridge, an ISIL-held building, and 16 supply routes; and suppressed an ISIL tactical       unit.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED factory.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 3 December:

‘Saturday 3 December – a Reaper attacked a mortar near Mosul…Very bad weather, including violent thunderstorms, seriously hampered air operations for several days. However, conditions improved sufficiently for a Reaper to resume operations over Mosul on Saturday 3 December. It conducted one attack, using a Hellfire, against a mortar, and was able to alert other coalition forces to the location of a large number of civilians potentially at risk in the area.’

 

December 4th – December 5th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (10,609 – 10,618)
Syria 11 strikes (6,013 – 6,023)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 4, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed two oil manifold valves.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed an ISIL command and control node.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes [1 British with others] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a weapons production facility, a vehicle, and a bulldozer.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions, a vehicle, and an oil wellhead.
*       Near Manbij, two strikes destroyed an ISIL bulldozer and a VBIED.

Iraq

*       Near Al Asad, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED.
*       Near Bashir, one strike destroyed an ISIL-held building and an anti-air artillery system.
*       Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a bunker.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes [1 British] engaged four ISIL tactical units; destroyed seven mortar systems, four ISIL-held buildings, two vehicles, a VBIED factory, and a front-end loader; and damaged 31 supply routes.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a weapons system.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a building.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 4 December:

‘Sunday 4 December – Tornados bombed a Daesh weapons factory and a headquarters in Syria, whilst a Reaper provided close air support around Mosul…Another Reaper continued to provide close air support to the Iraqi forces as they engaged in intensive street fighting around Mosul on Sunday 4 December; the Reaper’s crew twice exploited the accuracy and small warhead of their Hellfire missiles to strike Daesh terrorists engaged in close combat with Iraqi troops, and also gave surveillance support to four successful attacks by coalition aircraft on heavily defended buildings, including one where a group of suicide bombers had mustered. Meanwhile, two flights of Tornados prosecuted Daesh targets in Syria: one pair joined other coalition aircraft in an attack on a large weapons factory which intelligence had established was being operated by Daesh some 15 miles west of Raqqah. The Tornados dropped three Enhanced Paveway II bombs which scored direct hits on their targets. In eastern Syria, the second Tornado flight used a pair of Paveway IV bombs to destroy a terrorist headquarters, plus an associated vehicle, located some 25 miles north-east of At Tibni.’

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower conducts a routine, scheduled transit through the Suez Canal, Dec 4th (US Navy)
The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower conducts a routine, scheduled transit through the Suez Canal, Dec 4th (US Navy)

December 5th – December 6th 2016
Iraq 6 strikes (10,619 – 10,624)
Syria 5 strikes (6,024 – 6,028)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 woman alleged killed at Al Hazima, northern Raqqa governorate, Syria
3 civilians alleged killed at Al Jarnia, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 5, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed a fighting position.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike damaged an ISIL VBIED.
*       Near Manbij, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

*       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes [2 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed nine ISIL-held buildings, four mortar systems, two VBIEDs, a vehicle, a heavy machine gun, two repeater tower power stations, and a land bridge; damaged a bridge, a front-end loader, 47 roads; and suppressed a tactical unit.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED.
*       Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an air defense artillery system.’

A USAF F-15E Strike Eagle disconnects from a USAF KC-10 Extender after receiving fuel over Iraq, Dec 5th (US Air Force)
A USAF F-15E Strike Eagle disconnects from a USAF KC-10 Extender after receiving fuel over Iraq, Dec 5th (US Air Force)

Update from UK MoD for Monday 5 December:

‘Monday 5 December – A Reaper supported Iraqi troops fighting in eastern Mosul, destroying a heavy machine-gun and keeping watch over civilian refugees in the area…With Iraqi forces continuing to clear Daesh positions in eastern Mosul, a Royal Air Force Reaper flew overwatch for the operation on Monday 5 December. It performed an important role in tracking the movements of civilian refugees through the area, allowing coalition attacks to be halted or delayed as necessary. The Reaper also identified a group of Daesh fighters who were subsequently struck by Coalition fast jets. The Reaper’s crew then spotted a heavy machine-gun firing on Iraqi troops, and destroyed it with a Hellfire missile’

 

December 6th – December 7th 2016
Iraq 5 strikes (10,625 – 10,629)
Syria 13 strikes (6,029 – 6,041)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 6, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed two oil wellheads and an oil pump jack.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two storage sheds, a vehicle, and a decoy tank.
*       Near Ayn Isa, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed an artillery system, and disabled an ISIL VBIED.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed four wellheads and two oil trucks.
*       Near Manbij, one strike destroyed an ISIL decoy artillery system.
*       Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed a vehicle.

 Iraq

*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun fighting position.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed a VBIED facility and an excavator, damaged three supply routes, and suppressed two tactical units.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED and a homemade explosives cache.’

In the last week France has conducted 10 strikes: Eight in Iraq (near Mosul) and two in Syria. Eleven ISIL targets were destroyed.

December 7th – December 8th 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (10,630 – 10,640)
Syria 12 strikes (6,042 – 6,053)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
Unknown number of friendly forces alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
98 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
60-100 civilians including 21 children and 13 alleged killed at Al Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq
11-20 civilians alleged killed at Al Msheirfa town, northern Raqqa, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec.7, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using attack, bomber,fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely pilotedaircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria
*    Near Ar Raqqah, six strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and a staging area; destroyed a mortarsystem, a fighting position, and a training camp; and damaged two supply routes
*    Near Ayn Isa, two strikes destroyed an ISIL road block and damaged four
supply routes

*    Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed 17 oil tanker trucks and three oil wellheads
*   Near Manbij, one strike destroyed an ISILvehicle

Iraq
*  Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL
-held buildings.
 *  Near Baghdad, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
 *  Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar cache.
 *  Near Mosul, five strikes [2 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed 11 armored vehicles, five vehicles, four ISIL-held buildings, three VBIEDs, two fighting positions, two mortar systems, a VBIED facility, a front-endloader, and an artillery system; damaged three supply routes, three ISIL-held buildings, and an armored vehicle; and suppressed five tactical units.
*  Near Ramadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
 *  Near Rawah, two strikes destroyed an ISIL bunker and a mounted artillery system.
An M777 A2 Howitzer is fired at night in support of Iraqi security forces at Platoon Assembly Area 14, Iraq, Dec. 7 (US Army)
An M777 A2 Howitzer is fired at night in support of Iraqi security forces at Platoon Assembly Area 14, Iraq, Dec. 7 (US Army)
Additional press release from CJTF-OIR December 8th:
‘Coalition Strikes Mosul Hospital
SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Dec. 6th, Iraqi Security Forces attempted to seize the Al Salem hospital complex from ISIL fighters in the heart of East Mosul. ISIL was using the hospital as a base of operations and command and control headquarters.  After seizing the area, the ISF fought off several counterattacks and six VBIEDs the following day before retrograding a short distance, under heavy enemy fire, to strengthen their position.On Dec. 7th, after Iraqi forces continued to receive heavy and sustained machine gun and rocket propelled grenade fire from ISIL fighters in a building on the hospital complex, they requested immediate support from the Coalition. In support of the Iraqi Security Forces, Coalition aircraft conducted a precision strike on the location to target enemy fighters firing on Iraqi forces.The Coalition complies with the Law of Armed Conflict and takes all feasible precautions during the planning and execution of airstrikes to reduce the risk of harm to non-combatants. We will continue to strike ISIL military targets in support of our partners in order to defeat ISIL in Iraq.
Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 7 December:
‘Wednesday 7 December – Typhoons bombed a bunker in western Iraq and a Daesh-held building north of Mosul, while a Reaper struck three groups of terrorists in the east of the city…On Wednesday 7 December, a pair of Typhoons, armed with Paveway IV guided bombs, and supported by a Voyager air refuelling tanker, attacked a Daesh bunker dug into the hills some 25 miles north-west of Haditha. After the attack, smoke rose from the tunnel entrances some distance away, proving that the strike was successful. A second pair of Typhoons operated north of Mosul, where they used a Paveway IV to destroy a Daesh-held building. Meanwhile, a Reaper continued close air support over eastern Mosul. An armoured truck was tracked as Daesh fighters attempted to hide it in a vehicle shelter, allowing it to be destroyed by coalition jets. The Reaper then conducted three attacks using its own Hellfires against groups of extremists engaged in close combat with the advancing Iraqi troops.’

 

Update from Danish MoD on December 8th:
[From Wednesday  November 30th  to Wednesday December 7th, Denmark reports 11 missions over the Iraqi province of Ninawa and the Syrian governorate of Ar Raqqah. Attacks were carried out on ISIL combat positions, personnel, buildings and manufacturing facilities for VBIEDs. They dropped 25 precision bombs.]Mission Update nr. 25
Opdatering fra de danske styrker i internationale missioner.
08-12-2016 – kl. 14:00
Af Værnsfælles ForsvarskommandoOperation Inherent ResolveKampflybidraget – Tyrkiet
De danske F-16 kampfly har i den seneste uge gennemført 11 missioner.
Der er udført overvågning, efterretningsindhentning samt angreb på kampstillinger, personel, bygninger og faciliteter, der fremstillede improviserede sprængladninger til fremføring med køretøj.Missionerne er foregået over den irakiske provins Ninawa og den syriske provins Ar Raqqah.Fra onsdag 30. november kl. 1200 til onsdag den 7. december kl. 1200 er følgende gældende:Der er fløjet 11 missioner
Der er anvendt 25 præcisionsbomber
Der er totalt fløjet 267 missioner
Der er totalt anvendt 364 præcisionsbomber
Træningsbidraget – Irak
Det danske træningsbidrag uddanner i denne periode både enheder fra Border Guard Police såvel et mindre bidrag fra den irakiske hær. Der er tale om i alt næsten 500 soldater, der bl.a. har modtaget undervisning i krigens love, våbenbetjening og skydning.
C-130 bidrag – Kuwait
Transportflybidraget har i den seneste uge gennemført 5 missioner til destinationer i Irak og Tyrkiet. Bidraget har været udfordret af dårligt vejr i missionsområdet.
Resolute Support Mission – Afghanistan
På trods af den seneste tids angreb i Kabul, fortsætte de danske styrkebidrag deres indsats med træning, rådgivning og assistance til opbygning af forskellige enheder fra Afghan National Army. Transporten rundt i landet er udfordret af øget behov for vedligeholdelse af helikoptere i missionen, der betyder at personeltransporter ofte nedprioriteres til fordel for andre opgave.Flyvevåbnet gennemfører for tiden personelrotation ved de forskellige bidrag i missionen.
Andre missioner
Der er ikke noget nyt at berette fra de øvrige danske internationale missioner.For at få et overblik over danske udsendte soldater, klik på verdenskortet på forsiden af www.forsvaret.dk’
Update from French MoD on December 8th:
[In the past week, France reports carrying out 70 missions including 9 intelligence sorties and 3 command and control sorties. The 58 armed reconnaissance sorties led to 10 Strikes destroying 11 targets. Of these 10 eight strikes were on Mosul, targeting ISIL fighters, mortar positions and VBIEDs. Missions by Task Force Wagram increased this week: The TF carried out 26 missions, against 4 last week.]
Point de synthèse du 8 décembre 2016
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Opération ChammalLa situation en Irak est contrastée selon les zones. A Mossoul, Daech continue de lutter contre son isolement progressif sous les effets de l’avancée de la coalition.Cependant Daech augmente son activité, notamment dans l’Anbar pour conserver l’Euphrate comme ligne de communication entre Irak et Syrie. Par ailleurs, Daech a mené cette semaine des attaques dans la zone désertique située au sud de l’axe Tal Afar-Sinjar récemment coupé, pour essayer de maintenir ses itinéraires logistiques vers la Syrie.Les actions de Daech visent ainsi à disperser les efforts des FSI et à desserrer l’étau autour de Mossoul.En Syrie, le jeu complexe des différents belligérants engagés contre Daech bloque la situation et aucune progression n’est à noter cette semaine que ce soit vers Al Bab ou vers Raqqah.
Avancée sur la bataille de MossoulL’offensive sur Mossoul se poursuit en dépit du mauvais temps qui a impacté l’activité des moyens aériens de la coalition, notamment les missions de renseignement nécessaires pour permettre d’appuyer par la suite les opérations au sol.Les progressions des FSI sont réduites, cependant au sud-est de la ville la 9e brigade est parvenue à reprendre certains blocs des quartiers sud-est tandis que l’ICTS a poursuivi la sécurisation méthodique et lente des quartiers repris. C’est désormais près d’un quart de l’Est de la ville de Mossoul qui est sécurisé par les FSI.
Activités de la force ChammalAppui aérien au LevantLes moyens aériens français ont réalisés 70 missions aériennes dont 9 sorties de renseignement et 3 sorties de commandement et de contrôle. Les 58 sorties de reconnaissance armée des Rafale (air et marine) ont permis de conduire 10 Frappes et de neutraliser 11 objectifs.

Focus sur MossoulCette semaine, sur les 10 frappes réalisées, 8 l’ont été sur Mossoul. Les frappes ont visé des groupes de combattants, des positions de mortier de Daech ou des véhicules suicide blindés chargés d’explosifs (VBIED – Vehicule Borne Improvised Explosive Devices)Appui feu – TF Wagram

Le nombre de missions de la TF Wagram a augmenté cette semaine. Le travail de la TF Wagram s’est concentré sur la mission d’appui au profit des FSI dans les opérations de sécurisation autour des poches de résistances dans les environs de Sharqat. La TF a mené 26 missions de tirs (contre 4 la semaine passée) répartis entre 6 missions d’interdiction et 20 missions d’illumination.

Activité du groupe aéronaval

Le groupe aéronaval continue d’opérer au large de la Syrie. Il a reçu la visite cette semaine du lieutenant Général Stephen J. Townsend, commandant de l’opération Inherent Resolve.’

December 8th – December 9th 2016
Iraq 5 strikes (10,641 – 10,645)
Syria 7 strikes (6,054 – 6,060)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
42 civilians alleged killed at Tal Abtah (Tal Afar) , Nineveh province, Iraq
At least 1 civilian alleged killed at Al Bahra village, Al Bukamal countryside, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 8, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed a vehicle, a fighting position, and a supply cache.
*       Near Ayn Isa, two strikes damaged five ISIL supply routes.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an oil wellhead.
*       Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed 168 oil tanker trucks.

Iraq

*       Near Bashir, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL rocket system.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes [1-2 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed six vehicles, two front-end loaders, two VBIEDs, an armored vehicle, an ISIL command and control facility, a heavy machine gun, and a fighting position; damaged an excavator, and two supply routes; and suppressed a tactical unit.’

Additional press release from CJTF-OIR on December 9th:

‘Coalition airstrikes destroy 168 ISIL oil tanker trucks in Syria

SOUTHWEST ASIA – In the largest air strike of its kind to date, Coalition airstrikes destroyed a fleet of 168 ISIL oil tanker trucks near Palmya, Syria, Dec. 8, 2016.

“The Coalition continues to forcefully prosecute the air war on ISIL revenue capability,” said Col. John L. “JD” Dorrian, CJTF-OIR Spokesman. “When ISIL has access to large sums of money, they use it to conduct violent terror attacks against anyone who doesn’t share their barbaric ideology.”

The Coalition is systematically targeting ISIL-affiliated oil infrastructure to eliminate millions of dollars in potential revenue. This most recent strike resulted in estimated lost revenue of more than $2 million.  Stopping or severely hampering ISIL cash flow degrades their ability to fund the war effort in Iraq and Syria and terrorist attacks around the world.

The destruction of ISIL oil tanker trucks and petroleum equipment is just one of the multiple targets the Coalition strikes to hasten the military defeat ISIL in Iraq and Syria by, with and through partnered forces.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 8 December:

‘Thursday 8 December – Tornados destroyed an armoured personnel carrier in southern Mosul, a Reaper attacked three targets in the city centre…Tornados and a Reaper patrolled over Mosul on Thursday 8 December. The Tornados were able to use the small, highly accurate Brimstone missile to dispose safely of an armoured personnel carrier positioned close to a hospital in the south of the city. Meanwhile, the Reaper hunted targets in the city centre, using three Hellfire missiles to pick off groups of extremists caught moving in the open.’

December 9th – December 10th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (10,646 – 10,655)
Syria 10 strikes (6,061 – 6,070)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
17-32 civilians alleged killed at Ma’yezila village, northern Raqqa goernorate, Syria
13 civilians alleged killed at Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 9, Coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and a chemical storage area and destroyed a VBIED decoy, a command and control node, a communications node, a weapons storage facility, and a fighting position.
*       Near Ayn Isa, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed five fighting positions and two VBIEDs.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIL oil well head.
*       Near Manbij, one strike destroyed an ISIL headquarters building.
*       Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed 20 oil tanker trucks.

Iraq

*       Near Mosul, nine strikes [3 British] engaged four ISIL tactical units; destroyed seven ISIL-held buildings, five vehicles, 10 fighting positions, eight front-end loaders, three mortar systems, two weapon caches, an excavator, an armored vehicle, and a heavy weapons system; damaged 11 supply routes and two  ISIL compounds; and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a front-end loader, two dump trucks, and a tunnel entrance.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 9 December:

‘Friday 9 December – Typhoons demolished a Daesh-held building in eastern Mosul, while a Reaper struck a further three terrorist groups, including a mortar team, in central Mosul…Another Reaper enjoyed similar success the following day, Friday 9 December, when it also operated over central Mosul. It conducted three Hellfire attacks against Daesh fighters, including some armed with rocket-propelled grenades, and a mortar team that was spotted as it opened fire. In the east of the city, Typhoons assisted Iraqi forces as they fought a Daesh group holding a building at the end of a street. Particular care was taken in planning the air attack, as the Iraqi troops were very close to the target, but our aircrew were able to score a direct hit with a Paveway IV, which destroyed the building and removed the threat to the ground forces.’

December 10th – December 11th 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (10,656 – 10,664)
Syria 18 strikes (6,071 – 6,088)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 10, Coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed two oil pump jacks.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a communications tower and a vehicle.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL-held building.
*       Near Ayn Isa, 10 strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units; destroyed an IED, three fighting positions, and a weapons cache; and damaged eight ISIL supply routes.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed five oil well heads, an oil storage tank, and an oil tanker truck.
*       Near Palmyra, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Bashir, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a VBIED.
*       Near Bayji, two strikes destroyed a cave entrance, four ISIL fighting positions, two weapons caches, and a heavy machine gun.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed seven front-end loaders, three fighting positions, two ISIL-held buildings, two tractor trailer trucks, a vehicle, a land bridge, and three tunnels; damaged six tunnels; and disabled two bridges.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle.’

Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Vermont Air National Guard join the fight against ISIL, Dec 10th.
Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Vermont Air National Guard join the fight against ISIL, Dec 10th.

 

December 11th – December 12th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (10,665- 10,674)
Syria 9 strikes (6,089 – 6,097)
Confirmed actions: US
9-10 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
4-11 civilians alledged killed at Kisham desert oil fields, eastern Deir Ezzor, Syria

15 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 11, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted ten strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, rotary and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed seven oil tanker trucks and an oil well head.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL chemical weapon facility and an armored vehicle.
*       Near Ayn Isa, four strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed eight oil tanker trucks.

Iraq

*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed five ISIL-held buildings, two VBIED facilities, three VBIEDs, six fighting positions, three mortar systems, a heavy machine gun, a weapons cache, two front-end loaders, two tactical vehicles, a tunnel, and two pieces of engineering equipment; damaged 15 supply routes; and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL dump truck and damaged an artillery system.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle.’

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, host a joint press conference at Qayyarah Airfield West, Iraq, Dec. 11 (DoD)
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, host a joint press conference at Qayyarah Airfield West, Iraq, Dec. 11 (DoD)

 

December 12th – December 13th 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (10,675- 10,681)
Syria 8 strikes (6,098 – 6,105)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
12 civilians including 6 children and 1 woman alledged killed at Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, Syria
26-34 civilians including 7-4 children and 2 women alledged killed at Ar Raqqa, Ar Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 12, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack and fighter aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Ayn Isa, four strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units, destroyed a command and control node and damaged five supply routes.
.       Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed four oil well heads and three oil tanker trucks.

Iraq

.       Near Bayji, one strike [1 British] destroyed a homemade explosives factory and supply cache.
.       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed two front-end loaders and a VBIED.
.       Near Mosul, five strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed four ISIL vehicles, four mortar systems, four ISIL-held buildings, three rocket-propelled grenades, two VBIED facilities, two front-end loaders, a tunnel, a land bridge, and a supply cache; damaged 13 supply routes, a tunnel and bridge; and suppressed three ISIL tactical units.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 12 December:

‘Monday 12 December – Typhoons destroyed an explosives factory and weapons store north-east of Bayji…Intelligence analysis identified a set of buildings some miles north-east of Bayji, where Daesh were storing weapons and manufacturing explosives. A pair of Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4s, supported by a Voyager tanker, were tasked to attack the site on Monday 12 December. Our aircraft used three Paveway IV guided bombs against different buildings within the compound, and successfully destroyed each of these targets.’

 

December 13th – December 14th 2016
Iraq 5 strikes (10,682- 10,686)
Syria 2 strikes (6,106 – 6,107)
Confirmed actions: US
40-50 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
3 or more civilians alleged killed at al Kour village, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 13, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes using bomber and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack and fighter aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Ayn Isa, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and damaged six supply routes.

Iraq

.       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed a bridge.
.       Near Mosul, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed three fighting positions, a supply cache, a bunker, a tunnel, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and a mortar system; suppressed two mortar systems and a bunker, and damaged six supply routes.
.       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL-held building.’

Update from Danish MoD on December 14th:
[Denmark report that their seven F-16s returned home to Skrydstrup airbase on December 15th. They’ve flown 276 missions and dropped 384 precision bombs].

‘Danske kampfly vender hjem efter seks måneders indsats mod ISIL
De danske F-16 har siden juni deltaget i Operation Inherent Resolve.
14-12-2016 – kl. 08:49
Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

De syv F-16 Fighting Falcon kampfly, der de seneste seks måneder har været udsendt til Incirlik-basen i Tyrkiet, vender torsdag den 15. december hjem til Skrydstrup. Siden juni har flyene – fire operative og tre i reserve – deltaget i Operation Inherent Resolve mod ISIL. Det har hele tiden været planen, at fly og mandskab skulle vende hjem efter seks måneders mission.

– Jeg glæder mig meget til at få fly og mandskab hjem igen i god behold. Alle har ydet en rigtig god og meget professionel indsats og har fortjent at holde jul herhjemme sammen med deres familier, udtaler chefen for Fighter Wing i Skrydstrup, oberst Anders Rex.

De danske F-16 har siden juni fløjet missioner over både Irak og Syrien og har blandt andet støttet koalitionens kamp for at befri Mosul. I alt er det blevet til 276 missioner. Der er i den forbindelse blevet anvendt 384 præcisionsbomber.

Anden gang

Det er anden gang, danske kampfly har deltaget i Operation Inherent Resolve. Første gang var fra oktober 2014 til oktober 2015, og dengang var det med udgangspunkt fra en base i Kuwait.

Nu er der ikke umiddelbart missioner i horisonten for de danske F-16. Men det betyder langtfra, at Fighter Wing kommer til at ligge på den lade side, oplyser chefen for Flyverstaben, generalmajor M.A.L.T. Nielsen.

– Der er masser at tage sig til i forhold til at gøre klar til det nye kampfly, F-35. Samtidig skal der være fokus på at opbygge kampkraften samt at vedligeholde træningen, siger M.A.L.T. Nielsen.

Medierne inviteres til at være til stede på Flyvestation Skrydstrup, når de udsendte F-16 Fighting Falcon torsdag eftermiddag vender tilbage til Danmark. Kontakt presseofficer ved Fighter Wing Skrydstrup, Kurt Hansen, på telefonnummer 7284 8012 for yderligere oplysninger om arrangementet.’

 

December 14th – December 15th 2016
Iraq 2 strikes (10,687- 10,688)
Syria 5 strikes (6,108 – 6,112)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Dec. 14, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike damaged six canal bridges and a minor water control network.
.       Near Ayn Isa, two strikes engaged a tactical unit, destroyed a fighting position, and damaged four supply routes.
.       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed seven oil tanker trucks, two oil well heads, and an oil workover rig.

Iraq

.       Near Mosul, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed a fighting position; suppressed 11 ISIL tactical units and 13 mortar teams.’

Update from French MoD on December 15th:
[Since December 7th, France reports carrying out 71 sorties including 62 armed reconnaissance sorties. A total of 17 strikes in Iraq – 13 in Mosul – destroying 29 ISIl targets were conducted. Eight of the Mosul strikes were in Mosul’s eastern districts. Task Force Wagram carried out 35 missions.]

OPÉRATION CHAMMAL
APPRÉCIATION DE SITUATION
Sur l’ensemble du théâtre, le recul de Daech continue en dépit d’une résistance marquée. L’organisation terroriste exploite les moindres hésitations ou défauts de coordination entre les forces qui luttent contre elle.
En Irak, les combats pour la reprise de Mossoul mobilisent une grande partie des forces. En parallèle, les FSI poursuivent la sécurisation des rives du Tigre. Dans l’Anbar, les Popular Mobilization Forces et les Kurdes s’emploient à coordonner leur action pour couper les flux de Daech.
En Syrie, alors que la pression sur Daech se fait croissante, la reprise de la ville de Palmyre par l’organisation constitue plus une victoire symbolique qu’une rupture.
AVANCÉE SUR LA BATAILLE DE MOSSOUL
Les capacités opérationnelles de Daech diminuent peu à peu sous l’effet des efforts de la coalition. Les combattants de l’organisation terroristes font toujours preuve d’une certaine résilience et ont poursuivi leurs attaques asymétriques sur les différents fronts : au Nord, à l’Est et au Sud de la ville essentiellement.
Seule l’ICTS est parvenue à gagner quelques blocs dans les quartiers Est de la ville cette semaine, bénéficiant de l’appui de la coalition Les FSI (9e brigade) qui s’étaient avancées dans la profondeur au sud-est de Mossoul jusqu’à reprendre l’hôpital Al Salam ont été contraints de se replier sous l’effet d’une contre–attaque violente de Daech. Au nord, le front est relativement stable et les forces se concentrent sur la sécurisation des zones reprises.
ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL
Appui aérien au Levant
Depuis le 7 décembre 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech en réalisant 71 sorties dont 62 reconnaissances armées, 6 de recueil de renseignement et 3 de contrôle de l’espace aérien. Au total 17 frappes ont détruit 29 objectifs de Daech.
Après près de deux mois et demi de déploiement, les avions du Groupe aéronaval ont effectué leurs dernières frappes le 9 décembre. Le déploiement aura permis d’intensifier les frappes françaises de manière significative et de contribuer ainsi à l’effort de la coalition concentré sur l’offensive de Mossoul.
Focus sur Mossoul
Cette semaine la force Chammal a appuyé la progression méthodique de l’ICTS dans les quartiers est de la ville en menant 8 frappes. Elle a également frappé les systèmes défensifs de l’organisation terroriste en dehors de la ville pour affaiblir les capacités militaires de défenseurs qui font face aux unités Irakiennes.
Appui feu – TF Wagram
La Task Force Wagram est toujours engagée dans la protection de la base de Qayyarah-West, mais surtout dans la partie appui aux opérations de sécurisation dans la région de Sharqat.
La 60e brigade irakienne, appuyée par la TF, continue d’avancer vers le Sud dans des opérations de sécurisation des villages en bordure du Tigre une quinzaine de kilomètres au nord de Sharqat. L’activité de la TF Wagram n’a pas baissé cette semaine avec 35 missions, réparties en 9 missions d’interdiction et 26 missions d’éclairement.
Depuis son engagement sur Q-west et sa pleine capacité opérationnelle le 20 septembre, la TF Wagram a désormais dépassé les 200 missions d’appui.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 14 December:

‘Wednesday 14 December – Tornados scored a direct hit through solid cloud cover on a Daesh position whilst supporting Iraqi troops in eastern Mosul…

Operations to liberate Mosul continue, with Iraqi troops carefully clearing terrorists from areas in the east of the city. On Wednesday 14 December, a unit encountered significant resistance from a group of Daesh fortified in a building. RAF Tornado GR4s were overhead, but unable to see the target due to thick cloud cover. Nevertheless, very careful coordination with the ground forces, who were very close to the terrorist strongpoint, allowed the Tornados to deliver a precision strike through the cloud cover with a Paveway IV which the Iraqi troops reported scored a direct hit on the building and eliminated the threat they faced.

Other RAF aircraft have continued to fly reconnaissance missions over both Syria and Iraq, with Airseeker and Sentinel surveillance platforms gathering vital intelligence on Daesh activity in recent days. Hercules transports have also continued their essential work, supporting the large British military training teams which are constantly working with coalition partners to help improve the capabilities of the Iraqi forces so that they are even better equipped to defeat the terrorists.’

Update from Danish MoD on December 15th:
[Denmark reports return of F-16’s to Skrydstrup airbase and that since June they have flown 276 missions and used 384 precision bombs in Iraq and Syria.]

Mission Update nr. 26
Opdatering fra de danske styrker i internationale missioner.
15-12-2016 – kl. 12:50
Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Operation Inherent Resolve
Denne uge har blandt andet budt på besøg fra statsminister Lars Løkke Rasmussen med følge. Han havde her lejlighed til at hilse på en del af de udsendte danske soldater fra både træningsbidraget, radarbidraget og transportbidraget. Han besøgte også kampflybidraget i Tyrkiet.

Kampflybidraget – Tyrkiet
Den sidste mission for de danske F-16 i kampen mod ISIL er nu fløjet. Efter 6 måneders indsættelse kan de danske F-16 og deres mandskab se frem mod hjemrejsen til Danmark.

– Danmarks F-16-bidrag har ydet en rigtig god indsats og høstet stor anerkendelse fra vores koalitionspartnere, fortæller oberst Kim Jensen, chef for styrkebidraget.

– Vi kan se, at indsatsen har haft en stor effekt, og støtten til koalitionens styrker på landjorden har betydet noget og gjort en forskel, forklarer styrkechefen.

De næste uger skal gå med at pakke sammen. Men allerede torsdag den 15. december vender de syv F-16 fly tilbage til Flyvestation Skrydstrup.

– Det er en ære at være chef for så dedikerede soldater, der virkelig yder en stor indsats, når de er udsendt, siger Kim Jensen.

– Men det er en helstøbt indsats af hele Fighter Wing og andre dele af Forsvaret, som gør denne indsats til en succes, tilføjer han.

Den sidste uge i missionen – fra onsdag den 7. december klokken 12 til tirsdag den 13. december klokken 23.59, hvor de danske kampflys del af missionen formelt sluttede – har danske F-16 udført overvågning, efterretningsindhentning samt angreb på bygninger med ISIL personel, angreb på vejblokader samt på et våben- og ammunitionslager. Der i perioden fløjet 9 missioner og anvendt 20 præcisionsbomber. Missionerne foregik over de irakiske provinser At Ta’mim, Erbil og Ninawa og de syriske provinser Ar Raqqah og Halab.

Dermed har de danske F-16 siden juni fløjet 276 missioner og anvendt 384 præcisionsbomber.

Træningsbidraget – Irak
Træningsbidraget uddanner i denne periode både enheder fra det irakiske Border Guard Police såvel som et mindre bidrag fra den irakiske hær. De danske specialstyrker er begyndt at uddanne lokale styrker.

Resolute Support Mission – Afghanistan
Tjenestehunden Obelix samt føreren Klaus er denne måned blevet udnævnt til ”Warrior of the month”af TAAC-Air, der er luftdelen af ”Train Advice Assist Command” ved missionen. Obelix fik tildelt titlen fordi han ”har næse for sikkerheden ved TAAC-Air”. Klaus fik titlen for sin store hjælp med at få uddannelsen af de afghanske tjenestehunde startet op.

Der er ikke noget nyt at berette fra de øvrige danske internationale missioner. ‘

December 15th – December 16th 2016
Iraq 3 strikes (10,689- 10,691)
Syria 15 strikes (6,113 – 6,127)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
12-40 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 15, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

 Syria

.       Near Ayn Isa, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed an ISIL-held building, and damaged two supply routes.
.       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes damaged a modular oil refinery and an excavator.
.       Near Palmyra, 10 strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed 14 tanks, three artillery systems, two ISIL-held buildings, two tactical vehicles, and an air defense artillery system.

Iraq

.       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building.
.       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building and a vehicle.
.       Near Mosul, one strike [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed five ISIL-held buildings, two fighting positions, a heavy machine gun, a bulldozer, and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher; and suppressed three tactical units and a mortar.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday December 15th:

‘Thursday 15 December – Tornados provided close air support in difficult weather to Iraqi forces fighting in eastern and northern Mosul…

Despite very heavy cloud over Mosul, Royal Air Force and other coalition aircraft have continued to provide support to the Iraqi ground forces advancing into the city.

On Thursday 15 December, Iraqi troops engaged a large group of Daesh fighters in close combat in eastern Mosul. A pair of Tornados worked in very close coordination with the Iraqi unit to establish both their precise positions and those of the terrorists. As a result, two Paveway IV guided bombs were dropped with great accuracy through the clouds. The Iraqis reported that they had scored direct hits, killing their opponents. The Tornados then provided assistance to troops fighting in the north of the city, who had encountered a building from where Daesh were directing rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine-gun fire. As before, the Tornado crews were unable to see the target themselves but were able to demolish the building with an Enhanced Paveway II guided bomb without injury to the nearby Iraqi forces.’

Additional press release from CJTF-OIR on December 16th:

‘Airstrikes destroy ISIL’s captured tanks

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Thursday, Dec. 15, Coalition aircraft from CJTF-OIR destroyed 14 ISIL tanks and other equipment captured near Palmyra, Syria.

ISIL seized the tanks and other military hardware from Tiyas Military Airfield near Palmyra, Syria, between 11-13 Dec.

“The CJTF-OIR commanding general, Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, made it clear during his Dec.14th press conference that we would strike the equipment before it posed a threat to counter-ISIL operations,” said Col. John “J.D.” Dorrian, the CJTF-OIR spokesperson. “We will not allow ISIL to maintain capabilities that threaten Coalition or partner forces.”

The attacks occurred during daylight hours from late morning to early evening on Thursday. In addition to the 14 tanks, three artillery systems, two ISIL-held buildings, two tactical vehicles, and an air defense artillery system were also destroyed in the strike. The equipment was destroyed in the vicinity of the airfield, northeast of the city along a highway.

During the operation, 16 Coalition aircraft fired 22 munitions destroying 22 targets.

Video footage of airstrikes in support of this operation can be found at:

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/500972/coalition-airstrike-destroys-daesh-tank-and-artillery-piece-near-palmyra-syria

 

December 16th – December 17th 2016
Iraq 3 strikes (10,692- 10,694)
Syria 10 strikes (6,128 – 6,137)
Confirmed actions: US
16 child soldiers (generally classed as combatants in international law) alleged killed at Al Shadadi, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
11-15 civilians alleged killed at Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 16, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike damaged two bridges and a water control system.
*       Near Ayn Isa, four strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed a fighting position, an ammunition storage facility; and damaged two supply routes.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an oil well head.
*       Near Palmyra, four strikes destroyed seven aircraft shelters and four weapons storage bunkers.

Iraq

*       Near Mosul, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed six ISIL-held buildings, two fighting positions, two heavy machine guns, and a front-end loader.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed two bunkers.’

Update from French MoD on December 16th:
[France has decided to commit two additional Rafales in Operation Chammal for several months. This will increase the number of Rafales from six to eight, and will in the coming weeks increase the number of misisons against ISIL.]

‘Chammal : deux Rafale supplémentaires pour la base aérienne projetée

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Le 12 décembre 2016, aux alentours de 16h30, deux Rafale en provenance de la 30ème escadre de chasse de Mont-de-Marsan et de la 4ème escadre de Saint-Dizier, convoyés par un Boeing C-135 FR d’Istres, se sont posés sur la base aérienne projetée au Proche-Orient.

Lors de la dernière conférence de génération de force de la coalition tenue fin novembre, les pays membres ont été sollicités pour fournir des moyens aériens supplémentaires pour prendre en compte, notamment, les désengagements du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle et du porte-avions américain Eisenhower.

A ce titre, la France a décidé d’engager deux Rafale supplémentaires dans l’opération Chammal pour plusieurs mois. La base aérienne projetée en Jordanie voit ainsi le nombre de ses Rafale passer de six à huit et pourra, dans les prochaines semaines, augmenter son nombre de missions quotidiennes contre Daech. Avec ce renfort, la France porte à quatorze le nombre total de ses chasseurs engagés au Levant par l’armée de l’Air et marque ainsi sa détermination à continuer le combat contre le groupe terroriste.

Pièce maîtresse du pilier appui de l’opération Chammal, la base aérienne projetée monte en puissance avec l’arrivée de ces deux nouveaux avions de combat, et ce dans une période d’activité opérationnelle intense alors que la bataille de Mossoul bat son plein et que celle de Raqqah pourrait s’intensifier dans les prochains jours. Pas moins de 29 objectifs ont ainsi été frappés cette semaine avec un engagement remarqué du dispositif de la BAP.

Pièce maîtresse du dispositif de l’opération Chammal, pion tactique de projection de puissance de la composante aérienne, la base aérienne projetée monte ainsi en puissance avec l’arrivée de ces deux nouveaux avions de combat. Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal représente la participation française à l’Opération Inherent Resolve et mobilise aujourd’hui près de 1 200 militaires. A la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, l’opération Chammal repose sur deux piliers complémentaires : un pilier « formation» au profit d’unités de sécurité nationales irakiennes et un pilier «  appui » consistant à soutenir l’action des forces locales engagées au sol contre Daech et à frapper en profondeur les capacités militaires du groupe terroriste.

A ce jour, le dispositif complet de l’opération Chammal est structuré autour de 14 Rafale de l’armée de l’air, d’un C135FR, d’un Atlantique 2 et d’un détachement d’artillerie CAESAR. Il comprend également une centaine de militaires projetés à Bagdad et Erbil pour la formation et le conseil des états-majors et unités irakiennes.’

 

December 17th – December 18th 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (10,695- 10,701)
Syria 3 strikes (6,138 – 6,140)
Confirmed actions: US
More than 40 civlians alleged killed or injured at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
3 civlians alleged  killed or injured at Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 17, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Ayn Isa, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an anti-air artillery system, an ammunition storage facility, and two buildings.
*       Near Dawr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed two oil well heads.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed a VBIED facility.
*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL-held building, and an ISIL supply boat.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed three tactical vehicles, a supply cache, two front-end loaders, a VBIED, five fighting positions, three ISIL-held buildings, a communications tower, an anti-air artillery system; damaged five ISIL supply routes; and suppressed three mortar       teams, a bunker, and an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.’

December 18th – December 19th 2016
Iraq 4 strikes (10,702- 10,705)
Syria 4 strikes (6,141 – 6,144)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 18, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three fighting positions.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

*       Near Mosul, four strikes [1 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, three ISIL-held buildings, two vehicles, an ISIL headquarters building, a media center, a land bridge, a tunnel, a bunker, a front-end loader, and a mortar system; damaged five supply routes and a tunnel; and suppressed four tactical units and a mortar system.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 18 December:

‘Sunday 18 December – A Reaper destroyed a Daesh armoured truck as it attempted to attack Iraqi troops on the northern outskirts of Mosul…A Reaper operated over the northern outskirts of Mosul on Sunday 18 December. Its crew observed a number of Daesh fighters on board an armoured truck which proceeded to drive at speed towards Iraqi positions just north of the city. A Hellfire missile from the Reaper brought the attempted attack to an immediate halt, knocking out the truck’

France’s Wagram artillery group

December 19th – December 20th 2016
Iraq 5 strikes (10,706- 10,710)
Syria 11 strikes (6,145 – 6,155)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 19, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes destroyed one oil tanker truck and damaged an ISIL supply route.
.       Near Ayn Isa, five strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two VBIEDs and an ISIL-held building.
.       Near Palmyra, three strikes destroyed an ISIL-held tank, a tactical vehicle, and an artillery piece.

Iraq

.       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an ISIL command control node.
.       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL-held building.
.       Near Mosul, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed 11 fighting positions, three ISIL-held buildings, an anti-air artillery piece, and a tunnel; suppressed three ISIL tactical units and a mortar team; and damaged four ISIL supply routes.
.       Near Tal Afar, one strike [1 British] destroyed an ISIL-held building.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 19 December:

‘Monday 19 December – Typhoons struck terrorist accommodation east of Tall Afar…The following day  [19 Dec], two Typhoons armed with Paveway IV guided bombs attacked two buildings east of Tall Afar, which intelligence had revealed were being used by Daesh as accommodation blocks. One building was completely demolished, the other set ablaze by the strike.’

 

December 20th – December 21st 2016
Iraq 5 strikes (10,711- 10,715)
Syria 20 strikes (6,156- 6,175)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
7 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
3 civilians alleged killed at al Tabaqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 20, Coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack and fighter aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Ar Raqqah, 11 strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units; destroyed three oil storage tanks, two oil well heads, two oil tanker trucks, two fighting positions, two tactical vehicles, a financial storage facility, an artillery system, and a VBIED; and damaged a supply route.
.       Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed seven oil well heads and an oil pump jack.
.       Near Palmyra, five strikes destroyed four ISIL-held tanks, three hardened aircraft shelters, an excavator, and an air defense artillery system.

Iraq

.       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL-held buildings, a tunnel, and a supply cache.
.       Near Mosul, three strikes [1 British?] destroyed eight fighting positions, five ISIL-held buildings, two land bridges, a VBIED factory, an artillery system, an anti-air artillery piece, and a weapons storage facility; damaged 11 supply routes; and suppressed a mortar team and two ISIL tactical units.
.       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed a weapons storage facility.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 20 December:

‘Tuesday 20 December – Tornados bombed a machine-gun team firing on Iraqi forces in north-eastern Mosul…Operating again in challenging conditions over Mosul on Tuesday 20 December, two Tornados were still able to support Iraqi forces as they engaged a Daesh light machine-gun team defending a building in the north-eastern area of the city. As with the attacks a few days earlier, the Iraqi troops were very close to the target, but our aircrew carried out a successful attack with a Paveway IV.’

 

December 21st – December 22nd 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (10,716- 10,723)
Syria 8 strikes (6,176- 6,183)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 21, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an oil well head.
.       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed a decoy tactical vehicle.
.       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed an ISIL mortar system and suppressed a tactical unit.
.       Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
.       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed three oil well heads, three oil tanker trucks, an excavator, and a crane.
.       Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed two bunkers and an ISIL artillery system.

Iraq

.       Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
.       Near Bashir, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and a tunnel.
.       Near Bayji, one strike [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building and a generator.
.       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building.
.       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL held building.
.       Near Mosul, three strikes [1 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, three mortar systems, an ISIL headquarters, a tactical vehicle, a command and control node, a munitions production factory, and an IED factory; damaged seven ISIL supply routes; and suppressed five tactical units and three mortar teams.

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 21 December:

‘Wednesday 21 December – Tornados destroyed another machine-gun position in eastern Mosul, while Typhoons dealt with a stockpile of Improvised Explosive Devices north-east of Bayji…Wednesday 21 December saw Typhoons tasked with the destruction of a Daesh-held building some miles to the north-east of Bayji, where intelligence reports indicated a number of improvised explosive devices had been stockpiled by the terrorists. A Paveway IV levelled the building. In eastern Mosul, Iraqi troops came upon a heavy machine-gun team, once again fortified inside a building, and sought assistance from a Tornado patrol which was able to destroy the target with a Paveway IV.’

For December 14th to 20th, France reports 10 strikes: 8 in Iraq – 7 of which were in Mosul – and 2 in Syria. They reported that 16 targets were destroyed.

 

December 22nd – December 23rd 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (10,724- 10,732)
Syria 10 strikes (6,184- 6,193)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
7-9 civilians including 1 woman alleged killed at Ja’abar Sharqi village near Tabaqa Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 22, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Ar Raqqah, eight strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed six oil storage tanks, two VBIEDs, and destroyed a technical vehicle; and damaged a supply route, a fighting position, and a truck.
.       Near Ayn Isa, one strike damaged three ISIL supply routes.
.       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an oil well head.

Iraq

.       Near Bashir, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle.
.       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED, two vehicles, and a supply cache.
.       Near Mosul, five strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed two vehicles, a building, two tunnels, an ISIL command and control headquarters; and damaged a supply route.
.       Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed a building, and suppressed a VBIED.
.       Near Sinjar, one strike [1 British] destroyed an ISIL tank.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 22 December:

‘Thursday 22 December – Tornados destroyed a tank south-west of Sinjar in northern Iraq…Operations against the Daesh terrorist network have continued unabated during the holiday period, with Royal Air Force aircraft supporting Iraqi operations to liberate Mosul, and the advance on Raqqah by Syrian Democratic Forces. On Thursday 22 December, two Tornado GR4s, based at RAF Akrotiri, were tasked against one of the few tanks operated by Daesh, which had been spotted by coalition surveillance aircraft hidden under a tarpaulin in an orchard to the south-west of Sinjar. The tank was destroyed by a direct hit from a Brimstone missile.’

Additional press release from CJTF-OIR on December 22nd:

‘Iraqis air drop ‘Letters to Mosul’

SOUTHWEST ASIA – The Iraqi air force air dropped four million letters to the long-suffering residents of Mosul Dec. 22, to provide them courage and support while they await liberation from ISIL.

This air drop is the culminating event of The Institute for War and Peace Reporting initiative named, Letters to Mosul.

IWPR digitally launched their campaign on Oct. 17, 2016, the same day as the operation to liberate Mosul began. They photocopied and distributed 2,160 hand written letters to the people still held captive by ISIL.

The letters of empathy and support for Mosul residents were written by Iraqis from all over the country. This initiative by the people of Iraq reassures the residents of Mosul, held hostage by ISIL for more than two years, that they have not been forgotten and that the rest of Iraq is standing with them, waiting to welcome them back in solidarity when ISIL is defeated.

The Iraqi security forces are more than two months into operations to liberate Mosul. The government of Iraq initiated offensive operations on Oct. 17, 2016 to liberate Iraq’s second largest city, which has been held by ISIL for more than two years.

The Iraqi security forces are making deliberate progress each day placing the safety of citizens above their own as they conduct operations to liberate the people of Mosul.

Below are a sample of some of the letters dropped over Mosul:

“In the name of God the Merciful”
To our dear people, fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters, we are with you in everything and our hearts to you, and we feel what you feel of cold, hunger, and the harshness of days and you should be patient and endured that victory is close, God willing, what remained little but hold on to advocate Mosul. We ask you that you keep on your faith with God because he is alone capable of that removes this ordeal and to relieve you, your concerns and always night comes after day, God willing, your sun will shine and we will see the smile and joy on your faces and in the near, we will embrace each other and join each other and return Mosul to Iraq.
Daughter of Anbar
—————————-

Dear Mosul you will be liberated soon by our heroes Our people in Mosul, we are with you in our hearts and souls, I do not find the right words to express to you but do not forget you are part of Iraq, and we will not abandon you, no matter how grown enemies. Victory will come soon, God willing. PMF, ISF, and Peshmerga are coming.

You will liberate Mosul by standing together as one hand. To who reads my letter if is from Mosul and its people, we want to say we love you, do not be sad nor afraid everything will end soon and if was one of ISF or PMF, we want to say you are our heroes our hope and you will liberate Mosul be strong.

———————–

My city Mosul
My love and respect and appreciation to you my family
You have my respect and affection
You are part of us no matter what happens we will keep you in the heart
You folks of patience and endurance, and know that no matter what happens you stay at the heart and we will fight to free you, and Whatever happens don’t give up in life, we’re fighting for you.

——————

My hand, trembling and my pen incapable of including internal words of longing and love to this beautiful city of the Prophet Yunis, the city that I wished to live in or visit …
You will return to your most beautiful days with your family and you will hear the prays of the mosques in Mosul sky, the culture and science will return because everything been robbed from you will come back to you.

——————–

Greeting to the land of Rabiein (Two springs)
To the green city
To both banks left and right …
You have all our love for your good land …
Thousands of greeting to you and peace …
To your aromatic forests …
Where have you been all this time …
Who betrayed you, sweetheart .. ??
Behold, we are coming for you when you called us …
Behold, we have paid our blood for your love …
We gave you a lot … a thousand spirit of the martyr …
And the blood of lovers and enamored …
Is this enough to the right of your love to gather us again…
Long as you are safe in the arms of your children …
‘The peace and love may bend to you again…

 

From French MoD:
Update for week of December 15th-22nd 2016:

OPÉRATION CHAMMAL: APPRÉCIATION DE SITUATION

‘Dans leur recul global sur le théâtre, les combattants de Daech continuent de faire preuve d’une combativité qui freine la progression des troupes engagées contre eux.
En Irak, l’effort de la Coalition et l’attention restent concentrés sur les combats pour la reprise de Mossoul, gênés par une météo défavorable. Ailleurs en Irak les forces irakiennes poursuivent leurs actions de sécurisation contre des groupes isolés de Daech, notamment dans la région de Sharqat. Dans le centre du pays, l’organisation terroriste maintient sa logique de harcèlement en poursuivant sa campagne d’attentats, en particulier à Bagdad.
En Syrie, après la reprise de la ville de Palmyre par l’organisation, la Coalition a réalisé plusieurs frappes afin de neutraliser des concentrations de combattants et de matériels.
AVANCÉE SUR LA BATAILLE DE MOSSOUL
Cette semaine, des conditions météorologiques peu propices ont limité les avancées militaires au sol. Les FSI ont utilisé cette pause opérationnelle pour consolider les quartiers sous leur contrôle, dans lesquels Daech poursuit ses actions de harcèlement aux moyens de SVBIED et de tireurs isolés. Plusieurs contre-attaques ont encore été menées par des groupes de combattants djihadistes pour tenter de rependre des quartiers à l’ICTS et à la 9e division irakienne, mais se sont soldées par des échecs.
ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL
  • Appui aérien au Levant
Les deux Rafale déployés en renfort sur la base aérienne projetée ont réalisé leur première mission opérationnelle dès le 16 décembre.
Depuis le 14 décembre 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech en réalisant 58 sorties dont 50 de reconnaissances armées, 4 de recueil de renseignement par l’Atlantique 2 et des Rafale, 3 de ravitaillement. Au total les 10 frappes menées par les Rafale contre Daech ont détruit 16 objectifs. Les frappes réalisées se sont concentrées dans la région de Mossoul et d’Hawijah en Irak et dans la région de Raqqah en Syrie. Une mission de frappe planifiée dans la profondeur a été conduite dans la région d’Hawijah, détruisant une fabrique de véhicules blindés explosifs improvisés.
  • Focus sur Mossoul
Cette semaine les missions d’appui aérien conduites par les aéronefs de Chammal en appui des forces irakiennes ont abouti à la réalisation de 7 frappes, concentrées dans les quartiers au Sud et Est de la ville. Elles ont participé notamment à l’arrêt de plusieurs contre-attaques menées par Daech.
  • Appui feu – TF Wagram
La Task Force Wagram est toujours engagée dans la protection de la base de Qayyarah-West, ainsi que dans l’appui aux opérations de sécurisation de la région de Sharqat.
La TF Wagram a conduit cette semaine 15 missions d’éclairement au profit de la 60e brigade irakienne, en appui des opérations de sécurisation le long du Tigre entre Qayyarah et Sharqat.’

December 23rd – December 24th 2016
Iraq 6 strikes (10,733- 10,738)
Syria 14 strikes (6,194- 6,207)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
20-25 civilians alleged killed at Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3 civilians alleged killed at Sweida Sagheer, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 23, Coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Raqqah, 13 strikes engaged 10 ISIL tactical units; destroyed seven fighting positions, three vehicles, and a VBIED; and damaged a supply route.
*       Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and damaged an artillery system.

Iraq

*       Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and damaged a tunnel entrance.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes [1 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed five ISIL-held buildings, four fighting positions, a vehicle, a mortar system, a weapons cache, and a VBIED factory; damaged five supply routes, three bridges, and a tunnel; and suppressed five tactical units and three mortar systems.
*       Near Rawah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a weapons cache.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 23 December:

‘Friday 23 December – Typhoons bombed a terrorist position north of Tabaqah in Syria; in Iraq, Tornados hit a weapons cache north-east of Haditha, and a Reaper destroyed an artillery gun near Mosul…The next day [Dec 23rd], Typhoon FGR4s, armed with Paveway IV guided bombs, patrolled over Syria and successfully attacked a terrorist position which SDF fighters had encountered to the north of Tabaqah, near Lake Assad. In Iraq, Tornados used Paveway IVs to destroy a weapons stockpile some 50 miles north-east of Haditha, whilst a Reaper remotely piloted aircraft assisted the Iraqi operations in Mosul; its crew conducted a thorough check for civilians who might be at risk before a successful coalition air strike destroyed another weapons stockpile. The Reaper then delivered an attack using one of its own Hellfire missiles to destroy an artillery piece loaded on a trailer – as with the tank, the terrorists had attempted to hide the gun under a tarpaulin in thick woodland to the north-west of the city, but to no avail.’

From Danish MoD:
December 23rd 2016 release

Danske øjne styrer fly sikkert gennem Irak og Syrien 

“Hvis man forestiller sig at skulle lande i en lufthavn eller flyve, hvor flyvelederne sidder med lukkede øjne, så har man situationen, hvis vores radar ikke snurrede rundt.”
23-12-2016 – kl. 11:00

Af radarbidraget og ACW

I en amerikansk enhed arbejder et mindre radarbidrag fra Flyvevåbnet, hvor de holder styr på luftrummet over Irak og Syrien i kampen mod ISIL.

Kingpin bliver kontrolcentralen kaldt, hvorfra det amerikanske flyvevåbens 727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron sammen med både australiere, englændere og danskere er øjne, øre og guidende hænder for flytrafikken.

24 timer i døgnet holder de øje med luftrummet over Afghanistan, den Arabiske Gulf, Irak og Syrien. De danske udsendte fra Flyvevåbnets Air Control Wing koncentrerer sig om Irak og Syrien og går under kaldenavnet Gotham, hvor de blandt andet anvender den danske radar på Al Asad Airbase i Irak, som er en del af det samlede danske radarbidrag. Men de trækker også på en række andre radarer, radioer og overvågningsfly, så der konstant kan produceres et opdateret luftbillede, så flyene kan blive støttet i deres missioner.

– Vi er et relativt lille bidrag på i alt cirka 30 mand med operatører og radarteknikere, men effekten af bidraget er enormt. Hvis man forestiller sig at skulle lande i en lufthavn eller flyve, hvor flyvelederne sidder med lukkede øjne, så har man situationen, hvis vores radar ikke snurrede rundt, siger chefen for radarbidraget, oberstløjtnant Kim Krogh.’

December 24th – December 25th 2016
Iraq 3 strikes (10,739- 10,741)
Syria 9 strikes (6,208- 6,216)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 24, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using bomber and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Ar Raqqah, nine strikes engaged eight ISIL tactical units, destroyed seven fighting positions and a tunnel and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

.       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four buildings and two tunnels.
.       Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged two ISIL VBIED factories and a weapons storage facility.
.       Near Mosul, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed four buildings, four heavy machine guns, three tactical vehicles, and three VBIEDs; and suppressed nine mortar teams and two ISIL tactical units.’

 

December 25th – December 26th 2016
Iraq 4 strikes (10,742- 10,745)
Syria 14 strikes (6,217- 6,230)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
20 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 25, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two vehicles and a heavy machine gun.
.       Near Ar Raqqah, 11 strikes engaged eight ISIL tactical units; destroyed 11 fighting positions, four tactical vehicles, a heavy machine gun, and a VBIED; and damaged a supply route.
.       Near Manbij, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.

Iraq

.       Near Mosul, two strikes [2 British] ngaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, a land bridge, two tactical vehicles, two buildings, a heavy machine gun, and two mortars; suppressed an ISIL tactical unit and two mortar teams; and damaged a supply route.
.       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed a front end-loader.
.       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL warehouse.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 25 December:

‘Sunday 25 December – Tornados and Typhoons attacked three Daesh targets in and around Mosul…Christmas Day saw Mosul blanketed with thick cloud, but both Typhoons and Tornados were able, by dint of close cooperation with the Iraqi forces on the ground, to prosecute Daesh targets in and around the city. A pair of Typhoons used a Paveway IV to attack a small bridge used by the terrorists, whilst a Tornado flight attacked two Daesh strong-points with which the Iraqi troops were engaged in close combat; the first was destroyed by an Enhanced Paveway II guided bomb, the second – from which a machine-gun was firing – was struck by a Paveway IV. Both attacks were delivered blind through the cloud, but the Iraqi units reported direct hits which eliminated the threats that they had faced.’

An F-16 after a successful refueling over Iraq, December. 25, 2016. "Many pilots wore a traditional red “Santa” hat while flying on Christmas Day." (U.S. Air Force/ Senior Airman Tyler Woodward)
An F-16 after a successful refueling over Iraq, December. 25th 2016. “Many pilots wore a traditional red “Santa” hat while flying on Christmas Day.” (U.S. Air Force/ Senior Airman Tyler Woodward)

 

December 26th – December 27th 2016
Iraq 4 strikes (10,746- 10,749)
Syria 12 strikes (6,231- 6,242)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 26, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

.Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an oil well head.
.Near Ar Raqqah, nine strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed six VBIEDs, three tactical vehicles, a bridge, a fighting position, and a supply cache.
.Near Ayn Isa, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions.

Iraq

.Near Bashir, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed three ISIL-held buildings, an observation post, and a weapons cache.
.Near Mosul, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed four VBIEDS, two VBIED factories, a mortar, an ISIL-held building, a tactical vehicle, and a front-end loader; damaged an ISIL-held building, a tunnel, and eight ISIL supply routes; disabled a bridge; and suppressed a mortar and ISIL tactical unit.’

From CENTCOM:
December 29, 2016
Release #20161229-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Monday, Dec. 26, Abu Jandal al-Kuwaiti, an ISIL gang leader in Raqqah was struck and killed by a coalition airstrike near Tabqa Dam, Syria.

He was a previous member of the ISIL’s War Committee and was involved in their retaking of Palmyra, Syria, before being reassigned to Tabqa to try to improve ISIL’s defenses against the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Abu Jandal was involved in the use of suicide vehicles, IEDs and chemical weapons against the SDF. Because of his associations with ISIL terror attack planners and War Council members, his death will degrade ISIL’s ability to defend Raqqah and launch external operations against the West.’

 

December 27th – December 28th 2016
Iraq 4 strikes (10,750- 10,753)
Syria 15 strikes (6,243- 6,257)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
19-20 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 27, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

.  Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle.
.  Near Ar Raqqah, 13 strikes engaged [1 British] seven ISIL tactical units; destroyed 11 fighting positions, a surface-to-air missile truck and a radar truck, a heavy machine gun, and a mortar system; damaged two supply routes; and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
.  Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed two supply caches.

Iraq

.  Near Kirkuk, one strike engaged an ISL tactical unit and destroyed a tractor.
.  Near Mosul, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed four mortar systems, two VBIED factories, an unmanned aerial vehicle facility, two front-end loaders, an ISIL tactical vehicle, and an ISIL-held building; damaged a front-end loader and a VBIED; disabled two bridges; and suppressed two ISIL tactical units and a mortar system.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 27 December:

‘Tuesday 27 December – Typhoons destroyed a heavy machine-gun position whilst supporting Syrian Democratic Forces west of Raqqah…Typhoons continued to support the SDF operations in Syria, and on Tuesday 27 December, they used a Paveway IV to strike a heavy machine-gun position located in a building to the west of Raqqah.’

 

December 28th – December 29th 2016
Iraq 3 strikes (10,754 – 10,756)
Syria 8 strikes (6,258 – 6,265)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 28, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an oil well head.
.       Near Ar Raqqah, six strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units; destroyed a fighting position, a heavy machine gun, a mortar system, and a vehicle; and disabled a bridge.
.       Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed an ISIL-held tank.

Iraq

.       Near Mosul, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed seven front-end loaders, four command and control nodes, two land bridges, a VBIED factory, a vehicle, and a steam roller; and damaged 24 supply routes.’

From December 21-27th, France reports 6 strikes in Iraq – 5 of which were in Mosul.

 

December 29th – December 30th 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (10,757 – 10,764)
Syria 10 strikes (6,266 – 6,275)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
30-41 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
5-6 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 29, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed three oil well heads and a oil tanker truck.
.       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
.       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed a command and control node, a weapons cache, and a fighting position.
.       Near Manbij, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
.       Near Palmyra, three strikes [1 British] destroyed three ISIL-held artillery systems, a crane, a heavy machine gun, and a tank.

Iraq

.       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building.
.       Near Al Qaim, three strikes destroyed a VBIED facility, an IED factory, and an ISIL-held building.
.       Near Mosul four strikes [3-4 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed 11 ISIL-held buildings, five supply caches, three tactical vehicles, two mortar systems, two fighting positions, two VBIEDs, a tunnel, an observation post, a research lab, a command and control node, an up-armored VBIED, two barges, and two artillery pieces; suppressed five mortar teams; and damaged 20 supply routes and two repeater towers.’

From CENTCOM:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA — Today, with Coalition air and artillery support, the Iraqi Security Forces announced that several elements of the Iraqi Army, Federal Police and Counter Terrorism Service initiated a simultaneous advance along three axes in Mosul to defeat ISIL.

On the north axis, units of the 16th Division of the Iraqi Army advanced south to clear additional neighborhoods as they take new ground. On the east axis, Counter Terrorism Service units pushed west and south along two fronts. On the south axis, units of the Federal Police began clearing neighborhoods to the North.

The Iraqi multi-axis advance opens two new fronts within the city and increases pressure on ISIL’s dwindling ability to generate forces, move fighters or resupply.  Since the start of the Mosul operation on Oct. 17, the Coalition has struck ISIL with more than 7,650 munitions in support of the Iraqi Security Forces.  Additionally, at the request of the government of Iraq, the Coalition re-struck Mosul Bridges #4 and #5 Tuesday, and disabled Bridge #1 Monday, the last bridge crossing the Tigris River inside Mosul. The strikes were conducted to reduce enemy freedom of movement, and to further disrupt ISIL’s ability to reinforce, resupply, or use vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices in East Mosul.

Coalition forces provide operational advice and assistance to Iraqi units along with intelligence, logistics, artillery and air support to the Iraqi Security Forces in a partnership to defeat ISIL in Iraq.  Support is being provided in response to requests by the government of Iraq and in a deliberate and consultative manner to avoid unnecessary casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure.’

From CENTCOM:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Coalition strike results in possible civilian casualties

‘SOUTHWEST ASIA- During operations to liberate Mosul on Dec. 29, a Coalition air strike struck a van carrying ISIL fighters observed firing a SPG9/RPG recoilless rifle before loading the weapon in the van and driving off.  The van was struck in what was later determined to be a hospital compound parking lot resulting in possible civilian casualties.

CJTF-OIR takes all allegations of civilian casualties seriously and this incident will be fully investigated and the findings released in a timely and transparent manner.

CJTF-OIR releases monthly reports covering our tracking and investigation of allegations of civilian casualties.  Coalition forces comply with the Law of Armed Conflict, work diligently to be precise in our airstrikes, and take all feasible precautions during the planning and execution of airstrikes to reduce the risk of harm to civilians.’

From French MoD:

OPÉRATION CHAMMAL: APPRÉCIATION DE SITUATION

Au Levant, Daech continue d’être sous la pression des forces locales appuyées par la coalition mais l’organisation terroriste conserve combativité dans ses modes d’action et résilience dans le soutien logistique de ses combattants.
En Irak, les mauvaises conditions météorologiques ont contraint les forces de sécurité irakiennes (FSI) à baisser le tempo de leurs opérations de reconquête. En particulier, dans la région de Mossoul où elles ne pouvaient plus bénéficier d’un appui permanent de la coalition. Daech a mis cette période à profit pour harceler les forces irakiennes sur la ligne de front et mener des actions à fort retentissement médiatique dans la profondeur. Dans le but de contraindre les FSI à desserrer l’étau autour de Mossoul, l’organisation a mené plusieurs attaques dans la vallée de l’Anbar dans le secteur des trois frontières.
En Syrie, l’organisation terroriste est également sous la pression des forces locales face à laquelle elle oppose une vive résistance à l’approche de ses zones sanctuaires. Elle a multiplié les attaques et les tirs indirects pour la défense de la ville d’Al-Bab, à proximité de la frontière turque, empêchant toute progression des unités engagées au sol. En revanche, les forces démocratiques syriennes ont poursuivi leur progression dans la région de Raqqah en s’emparant de zones le long du Tigre en direction de la ville de Tabqah.
Les mauvaises conditions météorologiques ont encore perturbé les opérations au sol cette semaine. Les FSI ont tiré profit de cette prolongation de la pause opérationnelle pour sécuriser les quartiers conquis récemment. Daech a poursuivi ses actions de harcèlement sur la ligne de front (snipers, tirs de mortier,…) et mené des actions sur les arrières. Le 22 décembre, l’organisation terroriste ainsi a perpétré un attentat dans le quartier de Gogjali contre un marché populaire.

ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL

Malgré des conditions météorologiques dégradées, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech et appuyé les FSI dès que possible.
Depuis le 21 décembre, ils ont réalisé 58 sorties dont 48 de reconnaissances armées, 5 de recueil de renseignement par l’Atlantique 2 et les Rafale et 5 de ravitaillement par le C135 FR.
Au total, 6 frappes ont été menées par les Rafale contre Daech et ont détruit 6 objectifs. Les frappes réalisées se sont concentrées dans la région de Mossoul en Irak. Elles visaient à appuyer les forces de sécurité irakiennes engagées dans la reprise de la ville. En particulier, plusieurs frappes ont neutralisé des snipers et des groupes de combattant de Daech qui harcelaient les forces de l’ICTS.’
Update from UK MoD for Thursday 29 December:

‘Thursday 29 December – Tornados and a Reaper struck five Daesh targets in Mosul, with the Tornados also destroying an artillery weapons north of Palmyra in Syria…The major focus for Royal Air Force operations against the Daesh terrorist network has continued to provide support to the Iraqi offensive to liberate Mosul. Two Tornado GR4s and a Reaper patrolled over the city on Thursday 29 December. The Reaper used its advanced sensors for the vital task of scanning for any sign of civilians who might be placed at risk by the fighting. It also provided surveillance assistance to five coalition air attacks that struck two communications towers, a mortar, a transport vehicle and a recoilless anti-tank gun, as well as conducting three successful attacks using its own Hellfire missiles against a mortar team firing from a treeline and two groups of terrorist fighters located in south-east Mosul. The Tornados meanwhile used a Brimstone missile to destroy a cart laden with weapons in a street in eastern Mosul, and Paveway IV guided bombs against an artillery position hidden amongst trees in parkland in northern Mosul. The GR4s were then tasked to fly west into Syria to deal with a terrorist artillery piece, mounted on a trailer, which had been identified a couple miles north of Palmyra. The weapon was destroyed by a direct hit from a Brimstone.

December 30th – December 31st 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (10,765 – 10,771)
Syria 21 strikes (6,276 – 6,296)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
Unknown number of civilians alleged killed and 200 reported injured at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
11 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
5-7 civilians alleged killed at Debsi Afnan, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Dec. 30, Coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

* Near Ar Raqqah, 17 strikes engaged 14 ISIL tactical units; destroyed 12 fighting positions, three oil storage tanks, a VBIED, and an oil well head; damaged two supply routes; and suppressed a tactical unit.
* Near At Tanf, four strikes destroyed two VBIEDs.

Iraq

* Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an ISIL-held building.
* Near Haditha, one strike damaged a fighting position.
* Near Mosul, four strikes [1 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed five fighting positions, three mortar systems, three ISIL-held buildings, a vehicle, a crane, a weapons factory, a VBIED, and a mortar position; damaged 12 supply routes; and suppressed four mortar positions.
* Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed an ISIL weapons storage facility.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 30 December:

‘Friday 30 December – A Reaper engaged two groups of terrorists engaged in combat with Iraqi forces inside Mosul…A Reaper continued patrols over eastern Mosul on Friday 30 December. It provided targeting assistance to coalition air attacks on a Daesh-held compound and a group of extremists, and used its Hellfire missiles to intervene with great precision in two actions where Iraqi troops were engaged in close combat with terrorist fighters.’

 

December 31st 2016 – January 1st 2017
Iraq 9 strikes (10,772 – 10,780)
Syria 19 strikes (6,297 – 6,315)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTF-OIR:
On On Dec. 31, Coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

• Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an oil tanker truck. • Near Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed a VBIED.
• Near Ar Raqqah, 15 strikes engaged nine ISIL tactical units; destroyed four VBIEDs, eight fighting positions, two heavy machine guns, and a supply route; and damaged an ISIL tactical vehicle.
• Near Ayn Isa, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position and an antiair artillery piece.

Iraq

• Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a rocket rail.
• Near Haditha, two strikes damaged four ISIL defensive berms.
• Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL tactical vehicle.
• Near Mosul, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed three front-end loaders, a bulldozer, five mortars, two supply caches, a truck, inoperable coalition equipment, two VBIEDs, and a barge; suppressed three ISIL mortar teams; and damaged 19 ISIL supply routes and a defensive berm.
• Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed an ISIL highway checkpoint and a VBIED factory

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 31 December:

‘On Saturday 31 December, Reaper remotely piloted aircraft from the Royal Air Force were operating over Iraq. A Reaper aircraft enabled the destruction of a Daesh mortar position which was firing on Iraqi ground troops. The Reaper’s reconnaissance enabled a coalition aircraft to successfully remove the imminent terrorist threat to the Iraqi forces.’

Australian summary for December 2016:

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Monthly AFCENT figures for December 2016:

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