Military reports – February 2017

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

February 1st – February 2nd 2017
Iraq 5 strikes (11,015 – 11,019)
Syria 16 strikes (6,851 – 6,866)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
5-12 civilians alleged injured at Idlib city, Idlib governorate, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Feb. 1, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of 38 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes consisting of 19 engagements using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft as well as artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, four strikes destroyed four oil wellheads, two oil storage tanks and an oil pump jack.
*       Near Al Bab, one strike destroyed four ISIL-held buildings.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, seven strikes destroyed an oil storage tank, an oil barrel, an oil inlet manifold, an oil separation tank, a VBIED, a tunnel, and a weapons storage facility; and damaged a supply route.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed two oil pump jacks, an oil tanker truck and an oil well head.

The Iraqi Security Forces are leading the Coalition’s fight to rid Iraq of ISIL. They are willing to take the brunt of the fighting to liberate their country and do not seek or desire the Coalition’s participation in direct ground combat operations. The Government of Iraq welcomes the Coalition because we are assisting them with our unique capabilities, at their request.

Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of 19 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as artillery against ISIL targets.

Iraq

*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL staging area.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes [1 British?] engaged two ISIL tactical units and an ISIL staging area; and destroyed three fighting positions, two vehicles, two VBIED factories, a tunnel entrance, a supply cache and a weapons cache; and damaged a supply route.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 1 February:

‘Wednesday 1 February – Typhoons struck a Daesh-held building to the west of Mosul…While other RAF aircraft conducted reconnaissance patrols to assess Daesh activity in Syria and Iraq, Typhoons were tasked on Wednesday 1 February with the destruction of a building some twenty miles west of Mosul which intelligence had identified was being used by Daesh as a staging post for the movement of extremists and equipment. A single Paveway IV sufficed to demolish the building once a very careful check had been made by the aircrew for any civilians who might be in the vicinity of the target.’

Coalition monthly civilian casualty release: February 2nd

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

 SOUTHWEST ASIA- December 2016, CJTF-OIR received 12 new reports and assessed 11 reports of possible civilian casualties resulting from Coalition strikes in Iraq and Syria in the fight to defeat ISIL. Coalition strikes are defined as ground artillery or air strikes conducted as part of the Coalition Air Tasking Order.

CJTF-OIR takes all reports of civilian casualties seriously and assesses reports as thoroughly as possible. Although we are unable to investigate all reports of possible civilian casualties using traditional investigative methods, such as by interviewing witnesses and examining the site, we do interview pilots and other personnel involved in targeting decisions, review aircraft video if available, and analyze 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 report, CJTF-OIR assessed that the following seven reports are non-credible at this time.  An assessment that a report is non-credible means that there is not sufficient evidence available to determine whether, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in the reported civilian casualties. 

1. Feb. 15, 2016, Hama Province, Syria, via social media report: Date correction. This report was previously incorrectly released as Feb. 2, 2016 in the Jan. 2, 2016 monthly report.  No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographic area of the reported civilian casualties.

2. July 20, 2016, near Manbij, Syria, via social media report: This report of civilian casualties was assessed to be a duplicate of a previous report released as July 18, 2016, near Manbij, Syria, in the Dec. 1, 2016, monthly report. 

3. Oct. 6, 2016, near Al Shadadi, Syria, via self-report: After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that no civilians were harmed in this strike. 

4. Nov. 25, 2016, near Ar Raqqah, Syria, via self-report: After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that no civilians were harmed in this strike. 

5. Dec. 1, 2016, near Al Qa’im, Iraq, via social media report: After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in this geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties. 

6. Dec. 7, 2016, near Al Qa’im, Iraq, via social media report: After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in this geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties. 

7. Dec. 25, 2016, near al-Ba’aj, Iraq, via media report: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographic area of the reported civilian casualties.

8. Dec. 29, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report: After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that no civilians were harmed in this strike. 

Although the Coalition takes extraordinary efforts to strike military targets in a manner that minimizes the risk to civilian casualties, in some incidents casualties are unavoidable. Four reports were assessed to be credible resulting in the unintended death of 11 civilians.  A credible assessment means that, it is more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in a civilian casualty.  In each of the reports below, it was assessed that even though feasible precautions were taken and the decision to strike complied with the Law of Armed Conflict, unintended civilian casualties unfortunately occurred.

1. Oct. 25, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report: During a strike on ISIL fighters in a moving vehicle it is assessed that one civilian was unintentionally killed when the target vehicle passed his location at the time of the munition’s impact.

2. Dec. 3, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report: During a strike on ISIL fighters firing a mortar on partnered forces it is assessed that one civilian was unintentionally killed. 

3. Dec. 7, 2016, near Ar Raqqah, Syria, via social media report:  During a strike on a compound occupied by ISIL fighters, it is assessed that seven civilians in the buildings were unintentionally killed.

4. Dec. 9, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report: During a strike on ISIL construction equipment in the process of repairing cratered roads it is assessed that two civilians were unintentionally killed by the munition’s strike blast when they entered the target area just prior to the munition’s impact. 

Currently, 10 reports of civilian casualties are still being assessed:

1. Sept. 20, 2015, near Mosul, Iraq, via media report. 

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

3. Nov. 14, 2016, near Tal Afar, Iraq, via self-report.

4. Nov. 19, 2016, near Ar Raqqah, Syria, via media report.

5. Nov. 27, 2016, near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, via self-report: Date and location correction.  This report was previously released as Nov. 24, 2016, near Omar Gosp, Syria in the Jan. 2, 2016, monthly report.

6. Dec. 11, 2016, near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, via self-report.

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

8. Dec. 22, 2016, near Ar Raqqah, Syria, via media report.

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

10. Dec. 30, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report.

 To date, based on information available, CJTF-OIR assesses that, it is more likely than not, at least 199 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve.  We regret the unintentional loss of civilian lives resulting from Coalition efforts to defeat ISIL in Iraq and Syria and express our deepest sympathies to the families and others affected by these strikes.’

Update from French MoD on February 2nd:
[Since January 25th, France reports four strikes destroying four ISIL targets: two strikes in Iraq and two in Syria. A planned strike was  conducted in Syria on the night of 28-29th January to destroy a bridge on the irrigation canals north of Raqqah city. Two Rafales joined five other Coalition aircraft in this strike. Task Force Wagram carried out 15 missions.]

OPÉRATION CHAMMAL

Appréciation de situation

En Irak, la reprise du quartier d’Al Rashidiyah le 25 janvier par les forces irakiennes a permis aux autorités irakiennes d’annoncer la reprise de l’Est de Mossoul. Dans ce contexte, Daech cherche à perturber la sécurisation des quartiers repris en menant des actions indirectes et à renforcer la défense de l’ouest de la ville. Dans le reste du pays, l’organisation intensifie ses actions asymétriques dans l’Anbar et à Bagdad.
En Syrie, la conférence d’Astana n’a pas permis d’avancée majeure dans la résolution des tensions entre parties. La trêve fragile se poursuit sur fond de reconfiguration du paysage insurrectionnel. Les lignes de front avec Daech ont peu évolué cette semaine.

Activités de la force Chammal

Appui aérien au Levant
Depuis le 25 janvier, 36 sorties aériennes ont été réalisées par les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal.
En plus des 2 sorties de renseignement et de ravitaillement, 34 missions de reconnaissances armées et d’appui au sol ont été conduites.
La reprise de Mossoul Est a permis de basculer dans une phase de sécurisation qui fait diminuer les besoins d’appui. Le nombre de frappes a logiquement diminué cette semaine avec 4 frappes et la destruction de 4 objectifs.
Une frappe planifiée a également été conduite en Syrie dans la nuit du 28 au 29 janvier, pour détruire un pont situé sur les canaux d’irrigation au Nord de la ville de Raqqah. Au cours de cette mission, les deux Rafale de l’armée de l’air et 5 autres avions de la coalition ont conduit des frappes répondant à la stratégie d’affaiblissement des moyens et des capacités militaires et logistiques de Daech.
Appui feu – TF Wagram
Cette semaine la TF Wagram a réalisé 15 missions de tirs en appui des forces irakiennes. Ces missions se sont réparties en 5 missions d’éclairement et 10 missions d’interdiction ou d’appui aux troupes au sol.’

 

February 2nd – February 3rd 2017
Iraq 10 strikes (11,020 – 11,029)
Syria 31 strikes (6,867 – 6,897)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Feb. 2, Coalition military forces conducted 41 strikes consisting of 64 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Syria

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 31 strikes consisting of 40 engagements using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft as well as artillery against ISIL targets.

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed a vehicle, and an oil inlet manifold.
*       Near Al Bab, four strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed two fighting positions; and damaged a command and control node.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, 21 strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units; destroyed 53 oil barrels, 39 oil storage tanks, four oil wellheads, four tunnel entrances, two tunnels, two vehicles, two UAVs, a fighting position and a tank; and damaged eight supply routes.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed three oil well heads, and two oil tanker trucks.

The Iraqi Security Forces are leading the Coalition’s fight to rid Iraq of ISIL. They are willing to take the brunt of the fighting to liberate their country and do not seek or desire the Coalition’s participation in direct ground combat operations. The Government of Iraq welcomes the Coalition because we are assisting them with our unique capabilities, at their request.

Iraq

Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 24 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as artillery against ISIL targets.

*       Near Kirkuk, one strike [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed a supply cache, and an ISIL-held building.
*       Near Kisik, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed two vehicle, a supply cache, a fighting position, and a tunnel.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed an artillery system, a checkpoint, and a bunker; and damaged three supply routes.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed two fuel storage tanks and a VBIED facility.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed a vehicle, a tactical vehicle and a VBIED.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 2 February:

‘Thursday 2 February – Tornados demolished a Daesh-held building west of Kirkuk…Royal Air Force Tornados, supported as ever by a Voyager air refuelling tanker, patrolled over northern Iraq on Thursday 2 February. Daesh were occupying a building some 20 miles west of Kirkuk, when Tornados, after conducting a careful check against any civilians being close to the target, struck the building with a Paveway IV guided bomb.’

February 3rd – February 4th 2017
Iraq 7 strikes (11,030 – 11,036)
Syria 31 strikes (6,898 – 6,928)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
0-10 civilians and 7-12 fighters alleged killed at Sarmin, Idlib governorate, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Feb. 3, Coalition military forces conducted 38 strikes consisting of 63 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 31 strikes consisting of 45 engagements using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft as well as artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, seven strikes destroyed 14 oil wellheads and two oil refinement stills.
*       Near Al Bab, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed two tactical vehicles, two heavy machine guns, and two fighting positions; and damaged a command and control node.
*       Near Raqqah, 20 strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units; destroyed 11 oil tanker trucks, six oil barrels, three oil refinement stills, two fighting positions, two tunnels, two vehicles, an ISIL headquarters, an oil storage tank and a command and control node; and damaged 16 supply routes.
*       Near Idlib, one strike destroyed a fighting position.

The Iraqi Security Forces are leading the Coalition’s fight to rid Iraq of ISIL. They are willing to take the brunt of the fighting to liberate their country and do not seek or desire the Coalition’s participation in direct ground combat operations. The Government of Iraq welcomes the Coalition because we are assisting them with our unique capabilities, at their request.

Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 7 strikes consisting of 18 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as artillery against ISIL targets.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an IED factory.
*       Near Erbil, one strike destroyed a front-end loader and a dump truck.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes [2 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed eight watercraft, three VBIEDs, two barges, a vehicle, and an artillery system; and damaged three supply routes; and suppressed a mortar team.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 3 February:

‘Friday 3 February – Typhoons destroyed an artillery piece in western Mosul, while Tornados sank two river vessels on the Tigris, north-west of the city…The following day, Typhoons operated over western Mosul as Iraqi forces continued their preparations to liberate that part of the city from the terrorists. Daesh had concealed an artillery piece in an open-sided building on the southern outskirts of west Mosul, covering the approaches to the city. Again, a single Paveway IV from the Typhoons destroyed the target. Meanwhile, a pair of Tornados conducted armed reconnaissance to the north-west of Mosul, where a barge and a smaller boat had been spotted being used by the terrorists on the Tigris. Two Brimstone missiles were fired, sinking both vessels.’

February 4th – February 5th 2017
Iraq 11 strikes (11,037 – 11,047)
Syria 21 strikes (6,929 – 6,949)
Confirmed actions: US
4 civilians  alleged killed at Al Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Feb. 4, Coalition military forces conducted 32 strikes consisting of 63 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Syria

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of 25 engagements using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIL tanker truck, two oil stills and three oil storage tanks.
*       Near Raqqah, 15 strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units; destroyed 11 oil tanker trucks, three oil storage tanks, three tunnels, two fighting positions, two oil pump jacks, a vehicle, and a command and control node; and damaged three supply routes.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed an ISIL pump jack and an oil well head.
*       Near Idlib, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed an ISIL tank.

Iraq

The Iraqi Security Forces are leading the Coalition’s fight to rid Iraq of ISIL. They are willing to take the brunt of the fighting to liberate their country and do not seek or desire the Coalition’s participation in direct ground combat operations. The Government of Iraq welcomes the Coalition because we are assisting them with our unique capabilities, at their request.

Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 38 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as artillery against ISIL targets.

*       Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an IED factory.
*       Near Kirkuk, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed three watercraft, a VBIEDs, a barge, a vehicle, a UAS, and an artillery system; and damaged 18 supply routes.
*       Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a mortar system.’

February 5th – February 6th 2017
Iraq 9 strikes (11,048 – 11,056)
Syria 16 strikes (6,950 – 6,965)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
 2 civilians  alleged killed at Al Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Iraq

 

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Feb. 5, Coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes consisting of 45 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Syria

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes consisting of 18 engagements using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

*       Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed five oil well heads.
*       Near Raqqah, six strikes destroyed three tunnels, an artillery system, a VBIED, and an ISIL headquarters.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, seven strikes destroyed nine oil tanker trucks, six oil wellheads, and a pump jack.

Iraq

The Iraqi Security Forces are leading the Coalition’s fight to rid Iraq of ISIL. They are willing to take the brunt of the fighting to liberate their country and do not seek or desire the Coalition’s participation in direct ground combat operations. The Government of Iraq welcomes the Coalition because we are assisting them with our unique capabilities, at their request.

Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 27 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as artillery against ISIL targets.

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed two ISIL-held buildings; and damaged a tunnel.
*       Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed three bunkers.
*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed an ISIL-held building and a command and control node.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes destroyed 23 ISIL-held buildings, an ISIL headquarters and a front-end loader; and damaged 14 supply routes and a tunnel.
*       Near Rawah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed a vehicle, a tactical vehicle, and a VBIED.
*       Near Tuz, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed two ISIL-held buildings and a vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 5 February:

‘Sunday 5 February – Typhoons bombed a headquarters and a vehicle shed in northern Iraq…On Sunday 5 February, Typhoons headed to a remote location some forty miles north-east of Tikrit, where a Daesh headquarters had been identified. The building and a vehicle shed were both destroyed by direct hits from Paveway IVs.’

 

February 6th – February 7th 2017
Iraq 7 strikes (11,057 – 11,063)
Syria 17 strikes (6,966 – 6,982)
Confirmed actions: US
20-42 civilians  alleged killed between Al Zinjili and al Thawra neighbourhoods, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
0-1 civilians  alleged killed at Minhar mountain, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:

On Feb. 6, Coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes consisting of 70 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Syria

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 28 engagements using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an oil well head.
*       Near Raqqah, six strikes destroyed three tunnels, a weapons facility, a vehicle, and an oil well head.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed a VBIED.
*       Near Palmyra, nine strikes destroyed 17 heavy equipment vehicles, 11 vehicles, four dump trucks, three front-end loaders, three VBIEDs and two tanks.

Iraq

The Iraqi Security Forces are leading the Coalition’s fight to rid Iraq of ISIL. They are willing to take the brunt of the fighting to liberate their country and do not seek or desire the Coalition’s participation in direct ground combat operations. The Government of Iraq welcomes the Coalition because we are assisting them with our unique capabilities, at their request.

Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 42 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using fighter aircraft, and artillery against ISIL targets.

*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed two tactical vehicles.
*       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed an ISIL-held building, a vehicle and a supply cache.
*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed an ISIL-held building and a supply cache.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units, and an ISIL staging area; destroyed two watercraft, two supply caches, two weapon caches, a barge, a bunker, a dump truck, a front-end loader, a mortar system, a vehicle, a VBIED facility, and an anti-air artillery system; and damaged 16 supply routes and a tunnel.’

 

February 7th – February 8th 2017
Iraq 12 strikes (11,064 – 11,075)
Syria 31 strikes (6,983 – 7,013)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
15-20 civilians  including 12-15 children and 10-11 women at Idlib city, Idlib governorate, Syria

 

From CJTF-OIR:
On Feb. 7, Coalition military forces conducted 43 strikes consisting of 92 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Syria

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 31 strikes consisting of 41 engagements using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five oil well heads.
* Near Al Bab, six strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed a fighting position, a tunnel system; and damaged seven ISIL-held buildings.
* Near Raqqah, 20 strikes engaged seven ISIL tactical units; destroyed eight fighting positions, four tunnel systems, destroyed three tunnels, two vehicle borne improvised explosive devices, two oil storage tanks, a VBIED facility, an engineering equipment piece, an unmanned aerial vehicle storage site, and a tactical vehicle; and damaged two supply routes.
* Near Palmyra, two strikes destroyed four excavators, two vehicles, two VBIEDs, a dump truck, a bulldozer, and a front-end loader.

Iraq

The Iraqi Security Forces are leading the Coalition’s fight to rid Iraq of ISIL. They are willing to take the brunt of the fighting to liberate their country and do not seek or desire the Coalition’s participation in direct ground combat operations. The Government of Iraq welcomes the Coalition because we are assisting them with our unique capabilities, at their request.

Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 51 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft; as well as artillery against ISIL targets.

* Near Ar Rutbah, one strike destroyed a VBIED.
* Near Kirkuk, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Mosul, nine strikes [1 British] engaged six ISIL tactical unit and two ISIL staging areas; destroyed 12 watercraft, eight cranes, seven engineering equipment pieces, five vehicles, four supply caches, two tunnels, two mortar systems, a front-end loader, a weapons cache, a fighting position, a tactical vehicle, a weapons facility, and a VBIED facility; and damaged nine supply routes.
* Near Qayyarah, one strike damaged four supply routes.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 7 February:

‘Tuesday 7 February – A Reaper sank a boat carrying a terrorist heavy machine-gun team across the Tigris near Mosul…A group of Daesh fighters, armed with a heavy machine-gun, attempted to cross the Tigris in a boat on Tuesday 7 February, close to where the Tornados had sunk the river craft two days earlier. The terrorists were unaware that they were being closely tracked by coalition surveillance aircraft, and a Hellfire missile from an RAF Reaper sank the boat in mid-channel.’

For February 1st-7th, France reports 3 strikes in  Iraq – 2 in Mosul, and 23 missions by Task Force Wagram.

 

February 8th – February 9th 2017
Iraq 12 strikes (11,076 – 11,087)
Syria 17 strikes (7,014 – 7,030)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
3-4 children alleged killed at Qasr al-Mataraan (Bishop Palace area) Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

 

From CJTF-OIR:
On Feb. 8, Coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes consisting of 64 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Syria

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 21 engagements using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

* Near Al Bab, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed two mortar systems, a VBIED, vehicle, and a tunnel entrance.
* Near Raqqah, 14 strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units; destroyed two fighting positions, two tunnel entrances, a tactical vehicle, a vehicle, and an IED; and damaged six supply routes.

Iraq

The Iraqi Security Forces are leading the Coalition’s fight to rid Iraq of ISIL. They are willing to take the brunt of the fighting to liberate their country and do not seek or desire the Coalition’s participation in direct ground combat operations. The Government of Iraq welcomes the Coalition because we are assisting them with our unique capabilities, at their request.

Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 43 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft; as well as artillery and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

* Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed two weapons caches, a fighting position, and an ISIL-held building; and suppressed a mortar team.
* Near Kirkuk, one strike [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL-held buildings.
* Near Kisik, ones strike engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed a supply cache and damaged a tunnel.
* Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British] engaged six ISIL tactical units; destroyed five watercraft, four vehicles, three excavators, three engineering equipment pieces, two ISIL-held buildings, a weapons cache, an ISIL headquarters, a front-end loader, a crane, a mortar system, a backhoe and a command and control node; damaged five supply routes; and suppressed six mortar teams.
* Near Qayyarah, one strike damaged three supply routes.
* Near Tuz, one strike damaged a supply route.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 8 February:

‘Wednesday 8 February – Tornados destroyed two Daesh buildings south of Kirkuk, while Typhoons struck terrorists concealed in a tunnel north-west of Mosul…A Tornado flight used two Paveway IVs on Wednesday 8 February to destroy a pair of Daesh-held buildings some 20 miles south of Kirkuk. To the north-west of Mosul, a Typhoon mission supported Kurdish forces, and used a Paveway IV to strike a tunnel in which a group of extremists had taken shelter.’

Update from French MoD on February 9th:
[France reports that 235 strikes have been carried out since October 17th 2016 – 21% of the strikes since the beginning of the French intervention in September 2014. Since September 19th 2014, there have been 6,016 air sorties and 1,122 strikes destroying 1,837 ISIL targets.]

OPÉRATION CHAMMAL

En Syrie, Daech continue de défendre les territoires tenus même si l’étau se resserre peu à peu : Daech est assiégée dans la ville d’Al Bab, encerclée par les forces armées syriennes au sud et par les rebelles syriens soutenus par les forces turques au nord. Près de Raqqah, les forces démocratiques syriennes se trouvent désormais à 20km de la ville.
La coalition continue de fournir des appuis et de préparer l’offensive grâce à des frappes en profondeur. Ainsi, le 29 janvier, un Atlantique 2 et deux Rafale détectaient et frappaient un puits de pétrole clandestin proche de la ville de Deir-ez-Zor, réduisant ainsi les soutiens financiers illicites de l’organisation terroriste.
En Irak, les forces irakiennes consolident leurs positions dans la vallée de l’Euphrate, notamment au Nord d’Haditah, pour limiter l’infiltration de djihadistes en direction de Bagdad, qui subit environ une action terroriste par jour.
A Mossoul, Daech s’accroche mais perd du terrain régulièrement et ses capacités de contre-attaque s’amenuisent. Elle continue de défendre la ville de Tall Kayf, située immédiatement au Nord, regroupe ses combattants dans l’ouest de la ville et renforce ses positions défensives.
La libération de Mossoul-Est est effective.
Les forces se réarticulent et poursuivent une phase de sécurisation interservices afin de favoriser un retour de la gouvernance dans ce secteur. Les armées françaises ont participé à ce succès à plusieurs titres.
Pilier aérien
Avec le pilier aérien, les frappes ont permis méthodiquement de dégrader les capacités de Daech avant l’offensive en frappant les centres de commandement, les usines de production d’IED, les positions de contrôle de zone ou de défense, les lignes logistiques. Pendant l’offensive, la précision et la diversité de nos armements, la réactivité de nos chaînes de décision ont permis d’agir, dans le respect de nos règles d’engagement national, jusqu’au cœur de la ville.
235 frappes françaises ont été réalisées depuis le 17 octobre 2016, soit, en trois mois et demi, 21% des frappes depuis le début de l’intervention française en septembre 2014. Au bilan pour l’Irak, avec 1 121 frappes aériennes, les armées françaises ont réalisé 10,13 % du total de la coalition.
Les frappes d’artillerie ont appuyé les FSI sur l’avant lors de la montée vers Mossoul, protégé les points d’appui coalisés comme la base de Q-West, cassé les contre-attaques contre les FSI. 343 missions ont ainsi été réalisées dont 97 depuis FF.
Pilier formation
Avec le pilier formation, les militaires de la TF Narvik forment, depuis mars 2015, les soldats de l’ICTS (Iraki Counter Terrorism Service), qui sont le fer de lance des forces de sécurité irakiennes. En sus de cette formation initiale, ces soldats reviennent pour s’entraîner, conforter leurs savoir-faire, se remettre à niveau ou acquérir de nouvelles techniques.

Le retour d’expérience des cadres de l’ICTS sur les combats menés permet également de mettre à jour les formations prodiguées, telles que la reconnaissance d’itinéraire, le secourisme au combat, la formation CIED, les procédés tactiques en véhicule en zone urbaine et l’entraînement tactique des unités de reconnaissance. Un programme d’aguerrissement des soldats de l’ICTS au travers de l’organisation de diverses activités physiques ou une formation de tireurs d’élite ont également été réalisés.
La France a également participé à la réalisation d’infrastructures d’entraînement répondant à des besoins opérationnels immédiats de l’ICTS : salle d’instruction sur les techniques de confection d’IED, bâtiment d’entraînement aux actions en zone urbaine.
Depuis le 1er février, Chammal a réalisé 33 sorties aériennes dont 28 de reconnaissance armée ou d’appui au sol, et 5 de recueil de renseignement. Les 3 frappes réalisées ont permis de détruire 5 objectifs. La TF Wagram a réalisé 23 missions de tirs en appui des forces irakiennes.
Depuis le 19 septembre 2014, 6 016 sorties aériennes ont été réalisées pour 1 122 frappes et 1 837 objectifs neutralisés. Le cap des 6 000 sorties a été franchi le 05 février, avec une frappe Rafale dans la région de Al Qaim visant des caches d’armes utilisées par Daech pour réapprovisionner les combattants au contact.’

 

February 9th – February 10th 2017
Iraq 9 strikes (11,088 – 11,096)
Syria 14 strikes (7,031 – 7,044)
Confirmed actions: US
7 civilians  alleged killed at  Al Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq
1 child alleged killed at  Al Ghadafeh, Idlib governorate, Syria
4 civilians  includign 2 women alleged killed at  Al Rahiat area, northern Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Feb. 9, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 62 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Syria

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 28 engagements using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed 23 oil storage tanks, two oil tanker trucks and an oil wellhead.
* Near Raqqah, 10 strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed five tunnels, three vehicles, two mortar systems and a fighting position; and damaged three supply routes.
* Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an oil wellhead.
* Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed a VBIED factory

Iraq

The Iraqi Security Forces are leading the Coalition’s fight to rid Iraq of ISIL. They are willing to take the brunt of the fighting to liberate their country and do not seek or desire the Coalition’s participation in direct ground combat operations. The Government of Iraq welcomes the Coalition because we are assisting them with our unique capabilities, at their request.

Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 34 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft; as well as artillery against ISIL targets.

* Near Al Qaim, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed three vehicles.
* Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a supply cache.
* Near Mosul, four strikes, engaged an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL mortar team; destroyed a vehicle and a VBIED; damaged eight supply routes; and suppressed 15 mortar teams.
* Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed a weapons cache and damaged four supply routes.’

 

February 10th – February 11th 2017
Iraq 13 strikes (11,097 – 11,109)
Syria 22 strikes (7,045 – 7,066)
Confirmed actions: US
4 civilians  including 3 children and 1 woman alleged killed at  Hatra,  Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at  Arjoun near Qusair, Idlib governorate, Syria
4 civilians alleged killed at  Hunaida village, Raqqa govenrorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Mansoura village, Raqqa govenrorate, Syria 

 

From CJTF-OIR:
On Feb. 10, Coalition military forces conducted 35 strikes consisting of 80 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Syria

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 30 engagements using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

* Near Al Bab, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units.
* Near Ar Raqqah, 10 strikes engaged four ISIL tactical unit; destroyed three tactical vehicles, three fighting positions, two vehicles, an ISIL headquarters, a tunnel system, and a weapons storage facility.
* Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
* Near Palmyra, nine strikes engaged seven ISIL staging areas and destroyed two tactical vehicles.

Iraq

The Iraqi Security Forces are leading the Coalition’s fight to rid Iraq of ISIL. They are willing to take the brunt of the fighting to liberate their country and do not seek or desire the Coalition’s participation in direct ground combat operations. The Government of Iraq welcomes the Coalition because we are assisting them with our unique capabilities, at their request.

Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes consisting of 50 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft; as well as artillery and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

* Near Al Huwijah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building.
* Near Kirkuk, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed a logistic node and a vehicle.
* Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed an ISIL checkpoint, a supply cache, and a bunker.
* Near Mosul, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed seven front-end loaders, four watercraft, three mortar systems, two excavators, two supply caches, a vehicle, and a barge; damaged 32 supply routes; and suppressed a mortar team and a sniper team.
* Near Qayyarah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed a UAV launch site; and damaged six supply routes.
* Near Rawah, two strikes engaged an ISIL staging area and destroyed a VBIED factory.
* Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL-held building.’

February 11th – February 12th 2017
Iraq 6 strikes (11,110 – 11,115)
Syria 14 strikes (7,067 – 7,080)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
0-1  civilians alleged killed at Raqqa city, Raqqa govenrorate, Syria
3 civilians alleged killed at Hamra Nasser village,  Raqqa govenrorate, Syria
7 civilians alleged killed at villages of Hamra, Bouwaitiya, Al A’nnadiya and Al Raqqa al Samra, Raqqa govenrorate, Syria
0-1  civilians alleged killed at Aleppo, Aleppo govenrorate, Syria 

From CJTF-OIR:
On Feb. 11, Coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes consisting of 47 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Syria

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 19 engagements using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed nine oil tanker trucks and an oil wellhead.

* Near Al Bab, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a heavy machine gun.

* Near Ar Raqqah seven strikes destroyed two oil stills, two tunnels, a tunnel system, an anti-air artillery system, an ISIL-held building and a bridge.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed eight oil tanker trucks, an oil wellhead and an oil still.

Iraq

The Iraqi Security Forces are leading the Coalition’s fight to rid Iraq of ISIL. They are willing to take the brunt of the fighting to liberate their country and do not seek or desire the Coalition’s participation in direct ground combat operations. The Government of Iraq welcomes the Coalition because we are assisting them with our unique capabilities, at their request.

Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 28 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter remotely piloted and rotary aircraft; as well as artillery against ISIL targets.

* Near Irbil, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed an ISIL-held building and a weapons cache.

* Near Mosul, five strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed 13 watercraft, three mortar systems, two front-end loaders, two supply caches, two ISIL-held buildings, two pieces of engineering equipment, and a tank; damaged three supply routes; and suppressed two mortar teams.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 11 February:

‘Saturday 11 February – Typhoons attacked a tunnel and bunker south-west of Mosul…As the Iraqi forces prepare for the offensive to liberate the western half of Mosul, Royal Air Force aircraft have patrolled the approaches to that part of the city, gathering intelligence and striking Daesh targets as they are identified. On Saturday 11 February, two Typhoon FGR4s from RAF Akrotiri, supported by a Voyager tanker and armed with Paveway IV guided bombs, conducted a successful attack on a terrorist tunnel and bunker dug into a hillside some seven miles to the south-west of the city.’

 

February 12th – February 13th 2017
Iraq 2 strikes (11,116 – 11,117)
Syria 15 strikes (7,081 – 7,095)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1  or more civilians alleged killed at Bab al-Sinjar and Al Shafaa nieghbourhoods, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
7-12 civilians including 1 child and 2 women alleged killed at Al Bab city, Aleppo governorate, Syria 

From CJTF-OIR:
On Feb. 12, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 37 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Syria

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes consisting of 15 engagements using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed 27 oil barrels, 11 oil storage tanks and two oil tanker trucks.

* Near Ar Raqqah, 13 strikes engaged eight ISIL tactical units; destroyed eight fighting positions and a vehicle; and damaged four supply routes.

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

Iraq

The Iraqi Security Forces are leading the Coalition’s fight to rid Iraq of ISIL. They are willing to take the brunt of the fighting to liberate their country and do not seek or desire the Coalition’s participation in direct ground combat operations. The Government of Iraq welcomes the Coalition because we are assisting them with our unique capabilities, at their request.

Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of 22 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and rotary aircraft; as well as artillery against ISIL targets.

* Near Mosul, two strikes [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and a staging area; destroyed eight watercraft, three barges, three vehicles, a tunnel entrance, a mortar system, and a weapons facility; and suppressed four mortar teams.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 12 February:

‘Sunday 12 February – Tornados destroyed two terrorist supply trucks north-west of Mosul…The following day, a pair of Tornado GR4s were directed towards two Daesh cargo trucks which had been spotted five miles north-west of Mosul. The Tornados each fired a Brimstone missile, resulting in direct hits on both vehicles’

 

February 13th – February 14th 2017
Iraq 8 strikes (11,118 – 11,125)
Syria 18 strikes (7,096 – 7,113)
Confirmed actions: US
2 civilians alleged killed at Al Maghla bridge, Raqqa city, Raqqa govenrorate, Syria
12-24 civilians including 3 children and 5 women alleged killed at Al Bab city, Aleppo govenrorate, Syria
3-4  civilians alleged killed at Hunaida village, Raqqa govenrorate, Syria
1  or more civilians alleged killed at Al Mansoura village, Raqqa govenrorate, Syria 

From CJTF-OIR:
On Feb. 13, Coalition military forces conducted 26 strikes consisting of 48 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Syria

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 21 engagements using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft; as well as rocket artillery against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an oil pump jack.

* Near Ar Raqqah, 15 strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units; destroyed 13 fighting positions, a tactical vehicle, and an ISIS headquarters; damaged three supply routes, and a bridge; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed nine oil tanker trucks and two oil pump jacks; and damaged on oil wellhead.

Iraq

Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 27 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using fighter and rotary aircraft; as well as artillery against ISIS targets.

* Near Mosul, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed four watercraft, three front-end loaders, and a mortar system; damaged nine supply routes; and suppressed eight ISIS mortar teams.

* Near Rawah, three strikes damaged three supply routes.

* Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIS fighting position.

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

From French MoD on February 13th:
[France published the first in a series of videos on Operation Chammal.]

Immersion en opération Chammal – Episode 1

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15h00-18h00 : mission appui feu sur Mossoul

La mission est confirmée. Deux Rafale composeront la patrouille. L’un sera équipé de quatre bombes à guidage laser type GBU 12, l’autre de quatre armements air/sol moyenne portée de type A2SM
Les pilotes sont réunis autour de la table. Le Commandant Marc, le chef de patrouille, déroule tour à tour les points principaux de la mission : les différents objectifs à traiter, les risques inhérents à la mission, les risques de riposte ennemie, les prévisions météo du jour, les différentes phases du vol.

Puis, il reprend chaque point de façon très précise et passe au suivant dès l’acquiescement de son équipier, le Capitaine Jean-Philippe. Tout est minuté de manière très précise : l’heure du rassemblement, du décollage, les fréquences radio, les temps de vol, les zones de ravitaillement ainsi que les options possibles en fonction du carburant et de la fin de mission.

Bien que tous deux connaissent parfaitement la zone, compte-tenu du nombre de missions réalisées, ils n’en demeurent pas moins conscients des risques encourus, mesurant pleinement les capacités de Daech et les perspectives d’une capture en cas d’éjection. Lors des phases de vol en moyenne altitude, la menace sera d’ailleurs plus présente. Nos combattants coordonnent leurs positions et leur couverture mutuelle en fonction des phases et des options du vol.

La recherche et la reconnaissance des objectifs ciblés, les séquences de tir rythment le tempo de cette dernière partie de briefing entre pilotes, sans exclure les terrains de déroutement, l’implication des moyens CSAR (Combat Search and Rescue) et les procédures de survie en cas de problème.

Immersion en opération – Chammal
16h00. Le briefing météo

Le Major Thierry intervient pour donner une multitude de chiffres dans un jargon que seuls les adeptes peuvent comprendre. Ces informations « fraîches » sont des paramètres essentiels puisque qu’elles conditionnent la réalisation de la mission. Le major commente donc : images satellite, cartes et graphiques pour donner la présence de nuages, visibilité, et force du vent.

Pour conclure, il présente les prévisions sur les différents terrains de déroutement et « s’éclipse » discrètement pour laisser la place au « Rens » (renseignements).

16h16. Le briefing renseignement :

Immersion en opération – Chammal
Officier « Rens », le lieutenant Adrien vient clore le briefing de mission avec les dernières mises à jour. Son rôle consiste à passer en revue les cartes et les risques en fonction de l’évolution de la situation. Il revoit les protocoles de communication. Il donne le niveau de menace et capacitaire global de l’ennemi sur les objectifs. Pour terminer, il rappelle les précédentes actions de la coalition sur et à l’arrière du front.

L’équipe est concentrée sur un briefing qui s’appuie sur des expertises de pointe, optimisant les données fournies par les moyens les plus performants en service dans nos armées. A l’issue, la cohésion demeure car c’est ensemble que le groupe unis par la mission se dirige vers les lieux de vie pour se restaurer. Le décollage aura lieu à l’aube.

À suivre…’

February 14th – February 15th 2017
Iraq 5 strikes (11,126 – 11,130)
Syria 17 strikes (7,114 – 7,130)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
3 civilians alleged killed at Qasr al-Mataraan (Bishop Palace area), Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
14-16 civilians alleged killed at al Matahin neighbourhood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
0-1 civilians alleged killed at Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Feb. 14, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 42 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Syria

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 21 engagements using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, seven strikes destroyed seven oil refinement stills, five oil storage tanks and three oil wellheads.

* Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes destroyed an ISIS headquarters; and damaged two supply routes and a bridge.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, six strikes destroyed five oil pump jacks, five oil wellheads, three oil storage tanks, two oil refinement stills and an oil tanker truck.

Iraq

Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of 21 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using fighter and rocket artillery against ISIS targets.

* Near Kisik, two strikes damaged a tunnel.

* Near Mosul, three strikes [1 British] engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed three VBIED facilities, two IED facilities, a weapons facility, an ISIS-held building, an excavator, a supply cache, and a command and control node; damaged five supply routes and a supply cache; and suppressed three mortar teams.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 14 February:

‘Tuesday 14 February – Typhoons bombed a Daesh headquarters in north-western Mosul…Careful surveillance operations allowed a building on the north-western outskirts of Mosul to be identified as a Daesh headquarters. With Iraqi forces keeping close watch from across the Tigris, a flight of Typhoons were able to conduct a highly accurate attack late at night on Tuesday 14 February; two Paveway IVs demolished the target.’

U.S. Army conducts pre-flight inspection on a MQ-1C Gray Eagle during Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq

From French MoD on February 14th:
[The second in a series of videos looking at France’s Operation Chammal.]

‘Immersion en opération Chammal – Episode 2

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La mission pour un appui feu au cœur de Mossoul est confirmée. Deux Rafale composeront la patrouille. L’un sera équipé de quatre bombes à guidage laser type GBU 12, l’autre de quatre armements air/sol moyenne portée de type A2SM.
La veille des missions, la réunion technico-opérationnelle ou « Messe », sert à confronter contrainte technico-logistiques (disponibilité avions) aux impératifs des missions opérationnelles (armements, emports carburant, nacelle de reconnaissance…). Ce jour-là, toutes les spécialités qui « gravitent » autour de l’avion et qui œuvrent pour maintenir une disponibilité maximale sont représentées.

Service de Piste, Vecteurs, Moteurs, Avioniques, Armuriers, Servitudes, Structures, Informaticiens HARPAGON, Chef de site, tous concourent à la réussite de la mission et en connaissent parfaitement les enjeux. Ils sont encadrés par le Chef des services techniques (CST) et l’adjoint au Commandant du détachement Chasse (DETCHASSE) – qui est aussi à cette occasion le leader de la première mission planifiée pour le lendemain. Ce chef de patrouille, « Marco », affiche ses exigences en termes de configurations des avions, de nombre d’avions et de tours (rotations par jounée). Aucun problème, « la mécanique » saura faire face à ce genre d’impératif au prix d’une nuit active pendant laquelle les spécialistes se relaieront. C’est d’ailleurs « une question d’honneur » d’y répondre devant la pression opérationnelle subie par les « cochers ».

Ce soir-là, la réunion se poursuit entre mécaniciens pour l’ensemble des aéronefs stationnés sur le théâtre, en étudiant les origines des pannes non-reproduites au sol, le rappel des procédures d’insertion de clés de cryptage IFF (Identification friends or foes), la disponibilité d’ensemble, le ravitaillement logistique, le plan d’action pour la relève de certains Rafale…

21h00 : La mise en configuration des Rafale.

Après validation par le service de piste, les demandes de mises en configuration sont lancées. Les deux Rafale identifiés pour frapper le lendemain, feront l’objet de toutes les attentions. En l’occurrence, les armuriers devront adapter la configuration armement. Les « Pétafs » sont déjà présents sur le tarmac et s’activent. Quatre à cinq spécialistes sont nécessaires pour fixer l’ensemble des GBU et A2SM sous voilure. Les Sergent-chef Mathieu et Romain suivis par deux camarades sont de la partie. Chacun connaît ses actions sur le bout des doigts. Le chef d’équipe sur l’opération, aux commandes de son chariot élévateur SOVAM, coordonne et vérifie toutes les tâches. Procédures suivies pas à pas, gestuelle maîtrisée, orchestrent une opération pointue mais maîtrisée, notamment lorsqu’il s’agit de faire la guerre.

Au-delà des aspects techniques, qu’il s’agisse de la réunion technico-opérationnelle de la maintenance ou encore de la configuration armement des avions, ces étapes dans la préparation d’une mission fédèrent tous les hommes autour d’un objectif commun, facteur de cohésion.

La suite : Un repos indispensable pour nos pilotes afin d’assurer le succès de leur future mission, tandis que les activités opérationnelles continuent…

À suivre…’

For February 8th – 14th, France reports 7 strikes: 5 in Iraq (4 in Mosul) and 2 in Syria. Task Force Wagram carried out 26 missions near Mosul.

 

February 15th – February 16th 2017
Iraq 9 strikes (11,131 – 11,139)
Syria 15 strikes (7,131 – 7,145)
Confirmed actions: US
3 civilians alleged killed at al Matahin/Mills neighbourhood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2 civilians alleged killed on road from al Omar to Karama, Raqqa or Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Feb. 15, Coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes consisting of 35 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes consisting of 19 engagements using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIS targets.

• Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed four oil pump jacks.

• Near Al Shadaddi, four strikes engaged an ISIS staging area, destroyed an ISIS headquarters and a weapons facility and damaged four supply routes.

• Near Ar Raqqah, five strikes destroyed three tunnels, an oil pump jack and an oil wellhead.

• Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed four oil refinement stills, two oil tanker trucks, an oil wellhead and an ISIS headquarters.

 In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 16 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter and artillery against ISIS targets.

• Near Mosul, eight strikes destroyed four weapons caches, two VBIED facilities, and an IED facility and damaged three supply routes.

• Near Rawah, one strike destroyed a bunker.’

From French MoD on February 15th:

[The third in a series of videos looking at France’s Operation Chammal.]

Immersion en opération Chammal – Episode 3

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La mission sur l’Est de Mossoul est prête. Les équipages se reposent tandis que pompiers et commandos veillent.
22h00 : Repos physiologique.

Sur la petite terrasse aménagée devant sa chambre en zone vie, « Marco », le chef de patrouille, oublie un instant la mission. Un instant de détente, un moment de décompression après une journée riche en préparation. Un magazine ou un livre entre les mains, une discussion légère, une note d’humour permettent « de recharger les batteries ». Un repos physiologique bien mérité et surtout nécessaire afin d’être prêt à « attaquer » très tôt le lendemain matin. Cependant la mission ne reste jamais bien loin et revient à l’esprit au détour d’une phrase… L’heure tourne, il est temps de quitter ce lieu de convivialité et de se plier au rythme circadien d’une nuit de sommeil.

00h10 : Retour de mission, les pompiers en alerte.

Une équipe de l’ESIS (Escadron de Sécurité, d’Incendie et de Sauvetage) est attentive dans sa zone d’alerte. En liaison permanente avec les contrôleurs aériens de la tour, elle veille. Le Sergent-chef Laury alias « Grump » est d’alerte ce soir-là avec son équipe. Le top est donné : deux Rafale sont de retour après une série de frappes en profondeur sur les positions ennemies. Les pompiers se répartissent en trois camions : l’un de type VMA (véhicule Mousse Aérodrome), le second de type VIRP (Véhicule d’Intervention Rapide Polyvalent), quant au troisième, il s’agit d’un véhicule de désincarcération VSA (Véhicule de Secours Aéronautique). Le type d’avion conditionne le type et le nombre de véhicules d’intervention. Dans le cockpit de leur Rafale, les pilotes passent sur fréquence sol afin d’être en relation directe avec les équipes de pompiers. Attentifs au posés des chasseurs, les séquences se déroulent : regards rivés sur les phares, les « pistards » guident les appareils jusqu’au parking, posent les sécurités, suivent la coupure des moteurs et mettent en place les échelles. Le vol est terminé mais les « soldats du feu » restent vigilants 20 minutes encore après l’arrêt des réacteurs, car un feu reste toujours possible sur des pièces métalliques qui ont largement dépassé les 1000 degrés en vol.

02h45 : Les commandos de l’air veillent.

Une patrouille cynophile arpente le tarmac au plus près des aéronefs. Dans la nuit, seul le vent et le pas des hommes viennent briser le silence. Trois fusiliers commandos de l’air armés de leurs HK 416 scrutent la pénombre, aidés par leur berger malinois « Jax ». Ce dernier, lui, profite de la brise qui lui apporte les odeurs. En triangulation, le trinôme progresse : le caporal-chef Jason, le cynophile, en pointe tandis que les caporaux-chef Joris et Steven sont en retrait en position de couverture. Les flammes des sécurités flottent sous la brise nocturne et les minutes passent. Même si l’obscurité se veut apaisante, il faut savoir rester attentifs et alertes.

Tout est calme pour le moment, mais dans quelques heures, la quiétude du matin sera brisée par le vrombissement des réacteurs. Deux Rafale vont déchirer le ciel, fondre sur l’ennemi, prêt à appuyer l’avancée inexorable des forces de sécurité irakiennes qui reprennent Mossoul, quartier par quartier.’

From French MoD on February 15th:
[France reports that the Forbin Air Defense frigate participated in Exercise Unified Trident January 31st to February 2nd. This major multilateral exercise, with all the coalitionTask Forces in the Gulf, brought together vessels and aircraft from the American, Australian, British and French navies. The scenarios put in place provided an opportunity for all these nations to work together in the constrained environment of the Arabian-Persian Gulf.]

Chammal : le Forbin participe à l’exercice Unified Trident

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Mise à jour : 15/02/2017
Déployée dans le golfe Arabo-persique au titre de l’opération Chammal, en soutien de l’opération Inherent Resolve depuis fin décembre 2016, la frégate de défense aérienne Forbin, a participé à l’exercice Unified Trident, du 31 janvier au 2 février 2017.

Chammal : le Forbin participe à l’exercice Unified Trident
Cet exercice multilatéral majeur réunissant l’ensemble des Task Forces de la coalition présentes dans le Golfe a permis de rassembler des bâtiments et aéronefs issus des marines américaine, australienne, britannique, et française. Les scénarios mis en place ont été l’occasion pour toutes ces nations de travailler ensemble dans l’environnement contraint du Golfe arabo-persique tout en balayant les différents types d’opérations maritimes : lutte anti aérienne, anti sous-marine, surface.

Le Forbin, dont les capteurs et les capacités de détection sont particulièrement performants, a participé à l’ensemble des scénarios mis en place et s’est plus particulièrement vu assigner la direction de la défense aérienne du groupe et de son navire amiral, le porte-hélicoptères « HMS Ocean ».

Quelques jours de travail commun ont permis aux participants de démontrer leur interopérabilité – ou leur « plug and fight capability» comme le disent les marins – et de partager leur expérience et leurs savoir-faire dans l’objectif de contribuer à la préservation de la sécurité maritime dans le golfe Arabo-persique.

Le contrôle de l’espace aérien, la surveillance de l’espace maritime réalisés par le Forbin pendant l’exercice Unified Trident ne l’ont toutefois pas empêcherde poursuivre sa mission opérationnelle au sein de la Task Force 50 en contribuant à l’appréciation de la situation tactique sur le théâtre du Levant.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal est le volet français de l’opération Inherent Resolve (OIR). A la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, l’opération Chammal vise, à apporter un soutien militaire aux forces locales engagées dans le combat contre Daech sur leur territoire.

L’opération Chammal repose sur deux piliers complémentaires :

– un pilier ” appui ” destiné à appuyer les troupes engagées au sol contre Daech et à frapper les capacités militaires de Daech ;

– un pilier ” formation” au profit des forces de sécurité nationales irakiennes.’

Update from French MoD on February 16th:
[France reports that over the last week they carried out 32 sorties and seven strikes destroying seven ISIL targets. five strikes were in the Mosul and Sinjar region andtwo were in the Raqqa region of Syria. Strikes targeted ISIL fighters and shooting positions. After two months of presence and operational missions in Operation Chammal, the two Rafales, deployed as reinforcements, left the Middle East. The number of French Rafale deployed in Operation Chammal, has now returned to 12.]

Chammal

APPRECIATION DE SITUATION

Sur l’ensemble du théâtre du Levant, la situation a peu évolué, au sens géographique du terme, cette semaine.

En Irak, la phase de sécurisation de Mossoul Est se poursuit et les forces de sécurisation se réarticulent pour libérer l’Ouest de Mossoul. Néanmoins, Daech continue de les harceler et durcit encore ses défenses dans la partie occidentale de la ville.

La capitale irakienne reste plongée dans une situation sécuritaire difficile en raison des attentats perpétrés.

En Syrie, les forces démocratiques syriennes ont progressé, notamment dans la partie Nord-Est de Raqqah. À Al Bab, le recul de Daech se poursuit au sein même de la ville même si la complexité des interactions entre protagonistes représente toujours un frein aux avancées tactiques.

ACTIVITES DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL

Appui aérien
Cette semaine, alors que la pause opérationnelle générée par la phase de sécurisation de Mossoul-Est se poursuit, les aéronefs ont réalisé 32 sorties aériennes dont 30 de reconnaissance armée ou d’appui au sol (CAS), et 2 de recueil de renseignement. 7 frappes ont été réalisées pour détruire 7 objectifs, dont 5 en Irak dans la région de Mossoul et de Sinjar, et 2 en Syrie dans la région de Raqqah. Les frappes ont ciblé des groupes de combattants, des positions de tir ou des pick-up de Daech.

Après deux mois de présence et de missions opérationnelles au sein de l’opération Chammal, les deux Rafale de l’armée de l’air, déployés en renfort sur la base de Jordanie pendant la période d’absence de porte-avions, sont rentrés en métropole. Le nombre de Rafale français déployés en opération Chammal, est désormais revenu à 12 chasseurs.

Appui artillerie :
Depuis ses deux emprises au Nord et au sud de Mossoul, la TF Wagram a été largement sollicitée cette semaine avec près de 25 missions d’appuis réalisées.

Depuis son emprise près de Mossoul, les artilleurs ont appuyé les troupes irakiennes pour des missions d’éclairement destinées à gêner les mouvements de Daech et les tentatives de franchissement du Tigre ou des missions d’interdiction et de destruction contre des positions ennemies.

Depuis Qayyarah, la TF Wagram a conduit 11 missions d’éclairement afin de harceler les positions ennemies et faciliter l’action des Forces irakiennes dans la région de la poche d’Hawijah.’

 

February 16th – February 17th 2017
Iraq  7 strikes (11,140 – 11,146)
Syria 34 strikes (7,146 – 7,179)
Confirmed actions: US
1-2 civilians alleged killed at Al Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
6 civilians alleged killed at Jeb Al Sha’ir, northern Raqqa countryside, Raqqa governorate, Syria
16
 civilians alleged killed at Tishreen farm and Kabish Sharqi, northern Raqqa countryside, Raqqa governorate, Syria
18-23 civilians alleged killed at Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, Syria 

From CJTF-OIR:
On Feb. 16, Coalition military forces conducted 41 strikes consisting of 62 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 34 strikes consisting of 35 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, five strikes destroyed seven oil tanker trucks, three oil refinement stills and two oil wellheads.

* Near Al Bab, one strike destroyed a decoy tactical vehicle.

* Near Ar Raqqah, 17 strikes engaged two ISIS staging areas and an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed four tunnels, three fighting positions, three ISIS-held buildings, two weapons storage areas, two ISIS headquarters, a VBIED storage facility, a fuel station and a bridge.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, 11 strikes destroyed 20 oil tanker trucks, six oil wellheads, two artillery systems, an oil storage tank and a crane.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 27 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

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

* Near Mosul, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed four watercraft, three front-end loaders, two shipping containers, a mortar system, an artillery system, a VBIED facility, a vehicle and an ISIS-held building; damaged 11 supply routes and a tunnel; and suppressed a mortar team and an artillery team.

* Near Tal Afar, three strikes destroyed an IED facility, a weapons storage facility, and a fuel storage area.’

Episode four of French series on Operation Chammal.

February 17th – February 18th 2017
Iraq 5 strikes (11,147 – 11,151)
Syria 15 strikes (7,180 – 7,194)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
18  civilians including 1 child alleged killed at Al Jumhuri medical community complex, western Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
14
 civilians alleged killed at Al Suweida village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria 

From CJTF-OIR:
On Feb. 17, Coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes consisting of 54 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes consisting of 19 engagements against ISIS targets.

• Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an oil wellhead.

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

• Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a tactical vehicle and a weapons cache.

• Near Ar Raqqah, seven strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed 70 oil barrels, three oil storage tanks, three fighting positions, two oil refinement stills and a weapons storage area; and damaged a bridge.

• Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed five oil wellheads.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of 35 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

• Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters.

• Near Kirkuk, one strike [1 British?] engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS-held building and a fighting position.

• Near Mosul, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed eight front-end loaders, four excavators, three watercraft, an ISIS-held building and a barge; damaged 11 supply routes; and suppressed five mortar teams and an ISIS tactical unit.’

Additional CENTCOM release for February 17th-18th:

‘Coalition forces strike five-story facility in Mosul

 SOUTHWEST ASIA- With the approval of the government of Iraq, Coalition forces struck an ISIS command and control headquarters and propaganda facility in Western Mosul on Feb. 17.

The five-story Bab Sinjar administration facility was located in the Al Jumhuri medical community complex. ISIS continues to ignore the Law of Armed Conflict and uses protected sites such as hospitals, schools, and mosques to try and shield themselves from Coalition airstrikes.

In this instance, the Coalition was able to determine through intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance efforts that ISIS did not use the building for any medical purposes and that civilians were no longer accessing the site.

The intelligence showed that its sole function was as a military command and control facility for ISIS to oversee its operations against the people of Iraq.

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 air strikes to reduce the risk of harm to civilians.

The air strikes conducted against legitimate ISIS military targets are just one of the ways the Coalition continues to work by, with, and through its Iraqi partners to defeat ISIS in Iraq.’

Episode five of French series on Operation Chammal

Update from UK MoD for Friday 17 February:

‘Friday 17 February – Tornados destroyed a Daesh strongpoint to the west of Kirkuk…On Friday 17 February, a pair of Tornado GR4s from RAF Akrotiri conducted an armed reconnaissance patrol over northern Iraq. They were directed towards a terrorist strongpoint which had been identified some 17 miles west of Kirkuk. Having carefully checked the surrounding area for any indication of civilians who might be placed at risk, the Tornados released a single Paveway IV guided bomb which destroyed the target with a direct hit.’

February 18th – February 19th 2017
Iraq 14 strikes (11,152 – 11,165)
Syria 26 strikes (7,195 – 7,220)
Confirmed actions: US
12-24 civilians at Bab al Beith area of western  Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
civilians including 1 woman alleged killed at Dir’iya neighbourhood, Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
civilians including 1 child and 2 women alleged killed at Al Akrad and Al Mashlab neighbourhoods, Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Waterway, Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2
 civilians alleged killed at city of Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Feb. 18, Coalition military forces conducted 40 strikes consisting of 71 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 26 strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles and a communications tower.

* Near Al Bab, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed a fighting position and a vehicle.

* Near Ar Raqqah, 10 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed four oil storage tanks, three fighting positions, two ISIS-held buildings, two vehicles, a weapons cache, an oil refinement still and a communications station.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, 10 strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed eight oil wellheads, a weapons cache, a fighting position and an oil pump jack.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 43 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three tents, a vehicle, and a tactical vehicle.

* Near Kirkuk, one strike destroyed three front-end loaders and a bulldozer.

* Near Kisik, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a weapons cache and an ISIS-held building.

* Near Mosul, nine strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and an ISIS staging area; destroyed four ISIS headquarters, four watercraft, three engineering equipment pieces, three command and control nodes, two artillery systems, a vehicle, an excavator, a fighting position, an ISIS-held building, and an ISIS support facility; damaged nine supply routes and three tunnels; and suppressed 11 mortar teams, and an artillery team.

* Near Taji, one strike destroyed an ISIS-held building’

February 19th – February 20th 2017
Iraq 13 strikes (11,166 – 11,178)
Syria 16 strikes (7,221 – 7,236)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
30-130 civilians alleged killed at Al Shafaa neighbourhood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
civilians ialleged killed at western Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Unknown number of civilians alleged killed on the road of Darkoush al Jamiliya, western Idlib countryside, Idlib governorate, Syria
1 civillian alleged killed in the area around the villages of Khatouniya and al Salhabiya, western Raqqa countryside, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Feb. 19, Coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes consisting of 92 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes consisting of 29 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Bab, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

* Near Al Shadaddi, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions and a vehicle.

* Near Ar Raqqah, eight strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed two ISIS headquarters, a vehicle, a command and control node, a VBIED, a VBIED facility, an artillery system, and a tunnel.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed seven oil wellheads.

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

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes consisting of 63 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Haditha, one strike destroyed five connexes.

* Near Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.

* Near Mosul, six strikes [2 British] engaged four ISIS tactical units and two ISIS staging areas; destroyed five mortar systems, four vehicles, three supply caches, three artillery systems, two command and control nodes, an ISIS headquarters, an IED facility, a heavy machine gun, a logistics node and a fighting position; damaged 15 supply routes; and suppressed nine mortar teams and an artillery team.

* Near Rawah, two strikes destroyed two VBIED facilities and an ISIS-held building.

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

* Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS-held building and an excavator.’

CENTCOM release for February 19th:

‘Iraqi Security Forces Begin Operations to Liberate West Mosul

On Feb. 19, the government of Iraq and Iraqi Security Forces announced the commencement of operations to liberate West Mosul from ISIS terrorists.

The battle for the complete liberation of Mosul cannot come soon enough for the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens who for more than two years have suffered under ISIS oppression in West Mosul, during which time ISIS committed horrible atrocities and terrorized the people of Mosul.

“ISIS’s cruelty, brutality and reach show they are not just a threat in Iraq and Syria, but to the region and the entire world,” said Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve.

 Over the course of the past two years, and in particular these past four months in Mosul, the Iraqi Security Forces have proven themselves an increasingly capable, formidable, and professional force.

“Mosul would be a tough fight for any army in the world, and the Iraqi forces have risen to the challenge,” said Townsend. “They have taken the fight to the enemy and sacrificed their blood for the people of Iraq and the rest of the world.”

The Iraqi Security Forces are standing fast against an enemy who employs ruthless means to hold onto power, to include the employment of suicide vehicles, improvised explosive devices, explosive-laden unmanned aerial vehicles and chemical weapons.

“While ISIS indiscriminately targets civilians the Iraqi Security Forces continue to do everything in their power to protect the citizens of Mosul, of all sects and religions,” said Townsend. “They have shown all of Iraq how to be a unified nation.”

Over the course of the past two years, a coalition of more than 65 nations united to defeat ISIS. The Coalition contributes to the defeat of ISIS by providing the Iraqi Forces with equipment, training, intelligence and surveillance, precision fire support and military advice to leaders.

To date, the Coalition has conducted more than 10,000 airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq and trained and equipped more than 70,000 Iraqi forces to support Iraqi operations.

“The entire Coalition salutes and wishes God’s blessings on the brave Iraqi soldiers, police and militias who today are fighting to liberate their country and make the region and the world a safer place,” said Townsend.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 19 February:

‘Sunday 19 February – Tornados supported Iraqi troops advancing on western Mosul, attacking mortar positions to the south and north-west of the city…With the launch on Sunday 19 February of the Iraqi offensive to liberate western Mosul, Tornados formed part of the coalition air support. Our aircraft conducted two attacks during the course of their mission: a Paveway IV was used to strike a Daesh mortar position just to the south of Mosul, then a second Paveway destroyed another mortar sited to the north-west of the city – although the mortar itself was not visible to the aircrew, the impact of the Paveway caused a sizeable secondary explosion, indicating that the ammunition supply had been hit.’

Episode six of French series on Operation Chammal.

February 20th – February 21st 2017
Iraq 9 strikes (11,179 – 11,187)
Syria 17 strikes (7,237 – 7,253)
Confirmed actions: US, FRANCE
1 or more civilians alleged killed at Tel Kaysoum village, south of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
89 
civilians alleged killed in several neighbourhoods in the west Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
5-10 civilians alleged killed at Al Maari school area, Raqqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria
7
-10 civilians including 3 children and 3 women alleged killed at Qitar street, Raqqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria
 civilians alleged killed at desert of Al Jalaa town, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
12-15 civilians includign 5 children and 4 women alleged killed at Al Bab city, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
‘On Feb. 20, Coalition military forces conducted 26 strikes consisting of 89 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Bab, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units, destroyed four ISIS-held buildings, and damaged an ISIS-held building.

* Near Ar Raqqah, seven strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed three fighting positions, a VBIED, a garage, an IED and a weapons facility; and damaged a bridge.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed six oil wellheads.

* Near Palmyra, three strikes destroyed 26 oil tanker trucks.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 61 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and an ISIS staging area and destroyed a weapons cache, a VBIED, and a VBIED facility.

* Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two ISIS-held buildings, a VBIED, a vehicle, a tactical vehicle and a UAV.

* Near Mosul, six strikes [2 French] engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed 11 mortar systems, three ISIS headquarters, three ISIS-held buildings, two anti-air artillery systems, two tactical vehicles, two supply caches, a front-end loader, a fighting position, a weapons facility, a VBIED and an IED; damaged nine supply routes and suppressed 14 mortar teams and an ISIS tactical unit.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed a VBIED facility.’

From French MoD for February 20th:

[France reports that on February 20th, in support of the Mosul offensive, it conducted two strikes southwest Mosul against ISIL artillery pieces installed in the key area of the airport.]

‘Dès le lancement de l’offensive pour la libération de Mossoul Ouest, les Rafale de l’armée de l’air sont entrés en action au-dessus de la ville. Le 20 février ils ont réalisé, en appui de l’offensive de Mossoul, deux frappes au Sud-Ouest de la ville, contre des pièces d’artillerie de Daech installées dans le secteur clef de l’aéroport.’

 

February 21st – February 22nd 2017
Iraq 9 strikes (11,188 – 11,196)
Syria 23 strikes (7,254 – 7,276)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
5-9 civilians including 3 children and 1-2 women alleged killed at Al Sahamiya village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2-9 civilians alleged killed at Fatatish village, eastern Raqqa countryside, Raqqa governorate, Syria
civilian alleged killed at Hazima and Al’Abbara villages, Raqqa countryside, Raqqa governorate, Syria
11 civilians alleged killed at Maadan town, Raqqa countryside, Raqqa governorate, Syria
civilians alleged killed at Al Manghiya neighbourhood, Al Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3 civilians including 1 womand and 1-2 children alleged killed at Uzri village, Tarmiyah district, north of Baghdad, Iraq 

From CJTFOIR:
‘On Feb. 21, Coalition military forces conducted 32 strikes consisting of 93 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 36 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Ar Raqqah, 10 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units; destroyed three fighting positions and three tactical vehicles; and damaged two bridges.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, nine strikes destroyed seven modular oil refineries, two workover oil rigs and a pump jack.

* Near Palmyra, four strikes destroyed a tactical vehicle, a heavy machine gun, and a pump jack; and damaged a tank.

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

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

* Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed 11 vehicles, a front-end loader and a weapons cache; and damaged a bridge.

* Near Mosul, four strikes [2 British] engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed three mortar systems, three vehicles, two IEDs, two command and control nodes, a supply cache, an artillery system, a front-end loader, an excavator, a tactical vehicle and a medium machine gun; damaged 13 supply routes and a tunnel; and suppressed 13 mortar teams and an artillery team.

* Near Rawah, one strike engaged two ISIS staging areas and an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed an anti-air artillery system and a storage facility.

* Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed an excavator and a VBIED.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 21 February:

‘Tuesday 21 February – Typhoons demolished a Daesh causeway across the Little Zab river, whilst Tornados struck an artillery piece near Mosul, and a tunnel on the southern outskirts of the city…Other RAF aircraft carried out intensive reconnaissance patrols over both Syria and Iraq during this period, and further attacks were delivered by both Tornados and Typhoons on Tuesday 21 February. Two Typhoon FGR4s were tasked with the mission of denying Daesh the use of a causeway across the Little Zab river, a number of miles west of Kirkuk. Paveway IV guided bombs demolished not only the causeway, but also heavy machine-gun and mortar positions guarding it. The Tornados continued their operations to support the Iraqi forces advancing on western Mosul. A Daesh artillery piece, sited some 15 miles north-west of the city, opened fire on Iraqi troops. Iraqi artillery fire in return forced the terrorists manning the gun to seek shelter, and before they were able to re-crew the weapon, the Tornado flight arrived on the scene and destroyed it with a direct hit from a Paveway IV. The ammunition stockpile was also set on fire. The Tornados then patrolled over west Mosul itself, and used a second Paveway IV to collapse a tunnel entrance on the city’s southern outskirts.’

For February 15th – 21st, France reports 2 strikes in Iraq (Mosul) and one in Syria.

February 22nd – February 23rd 2017
Iraq 14 strikes (11,197 – 11,210)
Syria 24 strikes (7,277 – 7,300)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
5 civilians alleged killed at Al Manghiya neighbourhood, Al Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
– 5 civilians alleged killed at villages of Khuytar and Jleib Khalil, north west Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
civilian alleged killed at Al Salhabiya village, west of Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
civilians includign 1 child and 1 woman alleged killed at Kabish Sharqi and Tishreen farm villages, north east of Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
Unknown number of 
civilians alleged killed at Kahtaniya and al Khatuniyah, Raqqa countryside, Raqqa governorate, Syria
civilians alleged killed at Al Farrar village, Abu Khashab, 70km west of Deir Ezzor city, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
civilians alleged killed in Idlib governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
‘On Feb. 22, Coalition military forces conducted 38 strikes consisting of 94 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes consisting of 32 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed four oil refinement stills and a vehicle.

* Near Al Bab, four strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed a VBIED.

* Near Al Shadaddi, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions and an ISIS headquarters.

* Near Ar Raqqah, seven strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and an ISIS staging area and destroyed three pump jacks, a command and control node, a fighting position and a tactical vehicle.

* Near At Tanf, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two tactical vehicles.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed seven oil separation tanks, and oil wellhead, an oil tanker truck and an oil inlet manifold.

* Near Palmyra, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed four tactical vehicles.

* Near Tamakh, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 62 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Bayji, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed a tactical vehicle and a heavy machine gun; and suppressed a mortar team.

* Near Mosul, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed three mortar systems, two ISIS-held buildings, two VBIED factories, a supply cache, a fighting position, a front-end loader, an excavator, a dump truck, a generator trailer, a weapons cache and a vehicle; damaged 15 supply routes and three tunnels; and suppressed 17 mortar teams and an artillery team.

* Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed a weapons cache.

* Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three ISIS-held building and a vehicle.

* Near Tal Afar, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and an ISIS staging area and destroyed two weapons caches, a VBIED, a front-end loader, an IED factory and an ISIS-held building.’

From UK MoD for Wednesday 22 February:

‘Wednesday 22 February – Tornados attacked four chokepoints on the road network leading out of western Mosul, to prevent truck-bombs and supplies being sent to hamper the Iraqi advance…A further Tornado mission on Wednesday 22 February saw our aircraft use Paveway IVs to cut the road network leading out of south-west Mosul, preventing efforts by Daesh to move men and supplies, particularly their favoured truck-bomb weapons, to resist the advance of the Iraqi forces. Four key chokepoints at a major junction on the southern outskirts of the city were chosen, all at a safe distance from residential areas, and all were accurately struck by the guided bombs.’

 

February 23rd – February 24th 2017
Iraq 8 strikes (11,211 – 11,218)
Syria 28 strikes (7,301 – 7,327)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
4 civilians alleged killed at Al Barouda village, western Raqqa countryside, Raqqa governorate, Syria
4 civilians alleged killed at Mosul al-Jadid (New Mosul) neighbourhood, Nineveh province, Iraq
11 civilians includign 3 children alleged killed at Mamoon neighbourhood, west of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
‘On Feb. 23, Coalition military forces conducted 36 strikes consisting of 120 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes consisting of 36 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed four oil separation tanks.

* Near Al Bab, one strike destroyed a tank.

* Near Al Shadaddi, six strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; and destroyed three fighting positions, two vehicles, a storage shed, a tactical vehicle and a weapons storage facility.

* Near Ar Raqqah, 17 strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and an ISIS staging area; and destroyed three pump jacks, a command and control node, a fighting position and a tactical vehicle.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed six oil tanker trucks.

* Near Palmyra, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 84 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British] engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed eight mortar systems, six fighting positions, three vehicles, three weapons caches, two supply caches, two VBIEDs, two VBIED facilities, an ISIS-held building, a rocket-propelled grenade system, an anti-air artillery system, a light machine gun, an explosives factory, a UAV factory, and an armoring factory; damaged 18 supply routes and six tunnels; and suppressed 33 mortar teams and an ISIS tactical unit.

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

* Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed a UAV launch site and a VBIED.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 23 February:

‘Thursday 23 February – Tornados bombed a Daesh mortar team inside western Mosul…

As Iraqi forces liberated Mosul airport and began pushing into the part of the city still held by Daesh, Royal Air Force and other coalition aircraft provided continual close air support.

A flight of RAF Tornados used a Paveway IV guided bomb on Thursday 23 February to attack a Daesh mortar team operating inside western Mosul. The aircrew waited patiently for some unidentified, possibly civilian, traffic to move clear of the target before they delivered a successful strike.’

Update from French MoD on February 23rd:
[France reports that in the last week it carried out 36 sorties and three strike destroying three ISIL targets. On February 20th, in support of the Mosul offensive, it conducted two strikes southwest Mosul against ISIL artillery pieces installed in the key area of the airport. A strike was also carried out in Syria in the area of Deir Ezzor, which destroyed a weapons cache.]

‘En Syrie, la situation évolue peu, que ce soit dans la région d’Al Bab où de Raqqah ou les forces démocratiques syriennes progresse méthodiquement en poursuivant leur manœuvre d’encerclement de la ville de Raqqah.

En Irak, l’organisation poursuit sa campagne d’attentats terroristes, visant toujours essentiellement la capitale Bagdad, en continuant à faire de nombreux morts parmi la population civile.

L’activité des opérations sur le théâtre du Levant a été marquée en début de semaine par le lancement de l’offensive visant à libérer la partie Ouest de la ville de Mossoul.

Dans une manœuvre cordonnée et planifiée, appuyée par la coalition, les unités irakiennes ont commencé leur progression. Faisant face à la défense de Daech, les forces irakiennes ont progressé sur le flanc sud-ouest de Mossoul. Ils sont parvenus à proximité d’Abu Saïf sur la rive occidentale du Tigre, au sud de l’aéroport de Mossoul, point clef avant d’atteindre les quartiers plus résidentiels de la ville.

Face à la reprise de l’offensive, Daech semble chercher à se réfugier dans la zone urbaine que ses combattants ont fortement fortifiée les semaines passées. Dans le même temps, l’organisation terroriste tente de fragiliser la sécurisation de l’Est de la ville par les FSI en y menant des actions de harcèlement et en en faisant la cible de tirs indirects.

Plus à l’ouest, Daech essaie de maintenir un axe logistique vers Tal Afar, porte de sortie vers la Syrie.
ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL

Cette semaine, les missions aériennes des avions français engagés contre Daech ont ainsi représenté 36 sorties dont 28 de reconnaissance armée ou d’appui au sol, et 8 de recueil de renseignements. Les 3 frappes réalisées ont permis de détruire 3 objectifs.

Dès le lancement de l’offensive pour la libération de Mossoul Ouest, les Rafale de l’armée de l’air sont entrés en action au-dessus de la ville. Le 20 février ils ont réalisé, en appui de l’offensive de Mossoul, deux frappes au Sud-Ouest de la ville, contre des pièces d’artillerie de Daech installées dans le secteur clef de l’aéroport.

Une frappe a par ailleurs été conduite en Syrie dans la région de Der Ez Zawr pour détruire une 1 cache d’armes.

Appui feu – TF Wagram

La reprise de l’offensive dans l’ouest de Mossoul et les opérations de sécurisation dans l’Est a également largement mobilisé la TF Wagram cette semaine. Ce sont en tout 45 missions de tirs en appui des forces irakiennes qui ont été réalisées. Le nombre de missions en augmentation sensible et la proportion croissante de missions de destruction (34) soulignent l’évolution des effets recherchés sur le terrain. Une grande partie des appuis fournis a visé l’arrière des défenses de Daech, afin de désorganiser ses unités, sa logistique et ses communications, et faciliter ainsi la progression des FSI.’

 

February 24th – February 25th 2017
Iraq 9 strikes (11,219 – 11,227)
Syria 12 strikes (7,328 – 7,339)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
9 civilians alleged killed atAl Qaim, Anbar  province, Iraq
10 civilians alleged killed at Mazir area, north of Kirkuk, Kirkuk province, Iraq
2 civilians alleged killed at Hasiba, Abu Kamal, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
3 civilians including 1 child alleged killed at Kasrat Juma’a village, western Raqqa countryside, Raqqa governorate, Syria

 

From CJTFOIR:
‘On Feb. 24, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of 125 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 30 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Shadaddi, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions, two vehicles, an ISIS headquarters, a storage facility and a VBIED.

* Near Ar Raqqah, five strikes destroyed an artillery system, a mortar system, a rocket system, a watercraft, a weapons storage facility and a chemical weapons facility.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed two oil well heads.

* Near Palmyra, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a tactical vehicle.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 95 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a heavy machine gun and a logistics node.

* Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed a homemade explosives cache and a VBIED factory.

* Near Bayji, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed five ISIS-held buildings, three vehicles, a fighting position and a front-end loader.

* Near Mosul, five strikes [2 British] engaged three ISIS tactical units and an ISIS sniper unit; destroyed nine fighting positions, eight mortar systems, five ISIS-held buildings, four command and control nodes, three VBIED facilities, three tactical vehicles, two vehicles, two artillery systems, two anti-air artillery systems, a rocket-propelled grenade system,  a UAV storage facility, a front-end loader, a VBIED staging area and a supply cache; damaged 12 supply routes and four ISIS-held buildings; and suppressed 22 mortars and an artillery system.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 24 February:

‘Friday 24 February – A Reaper destroyed three truck-bombs, while a Tornado struck a mortar, all in western Mosul…The following day [February 24th], another Tornado mission attacked a further mortar position which was under the cover of some trees in western Mosul, again using a single Paveway IV for the attack. A Reaper remotely piloted aircraft meanwhile flew overwatch for an Iraqi unit as it advanced into the city. The Iraqi troops encountered a bulldozer rigged with explosives which was blocking movement along a street. With the Iraqis taking cover, the Reaper’s crew were able to destroy safely the booby-trapped vehicle with a Hellfire missile. The Reaper then scouted over a group of workshops known to produce improvised armoured vehicles and truck bombs. Two such vehicles were identified, one parked in the open, the other being worked on in a garage, and both were destroyed with direct hits from Hellfires.’

February 25th – February 26th 2017
Iraq 23 strikes (11,228 – 11,250)
Syria 18 strikes (7,340 – 7,357)
Confirmed actions: US
5 civilians alleged killed at Rifai neighbourhood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
27 civilians alleged killed in several neighbourhoods on the right side of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
3-4 civilians including 2 women alleged killed at Khatouniya village in the western Raqqa countryside and Blassem village in the eastern Raqqa countryside, Raqqa govenrorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed in Al Tabaaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed in Al Tabaaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
5 civilians alleged killed in Al Tabaaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
‘On Feb. 25, Coalition military forces conducted 41 strikes consisting of 108 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 24 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed a VBIED.

* Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, a tactical vehicle and a mortar system.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, seven strikes destroyed six well heads, an oil tanker truck and a front-end loader.

* Near Palmyra, seven strikes engaged two ISIS staging areas and an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed five storage units, three tanks, two vehicles, an oil storage tank, a pump jack and an ISIS-held building; and damaged two oil storage tanks.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 84 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters.

* Near Bayji, seven strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed five vehicles, two ISIS compounds and a tunnel entrance.

* Near Kisik, two strikes destroyed an ISIS headquarters and an ISIS-held building.

* Near Mosul, seven strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed 15 fighting positions, 11 mortar systems, three vehicles, three weapons caches, two ISIS-held buildings, two VBIEDs, a sniper position, an ISIS headquarters, two heavy machine guns, an artillery system, a UAV staging area, and a supply cache; and suppressed 14 mortar teams, two ISIS tactical units, an artillery team and a rocket-propelled grenade team.

* Near Tal Afar, six strikes destroyed four ISIS headquarters, a vehicle and a tactical vehicle.’

 

February 26th – February 27th 2017
Iraq 10 strikes (11,251 – 11,260)
Syria 14 strikes (7,358 – 7,371)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2 civilians alleged killed in Raqqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria
33 civilians alleged killed at Al Kour and other neighbourhoods on the right side of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 child alleged killed at Makta’a Hajar, Manibij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:

‘On Feb. 26, Coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes consisting of 101 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 21 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Ar Raqqah, eight strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and an ISIS staging area and destroyed four fighting positions, two ammo caches, a mortar system, a vehicle, a chemical weapons facility and an ISIS headquarters.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed five well heads and an oil manifold.

* Near Palmyra, two strikes destroyed six pump jacks.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 80 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Kirkuk, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units, destroyed four ISIS-held buildings, and damaged a tunnel.

* Near Mosul, fives strikes [1 British] engaged four ISIS tactical units and two ISIS staging areas; destroyed eight fighting positions, six mortar systems, five vehicles, three VBIEDs, two roadblocks, two ISIS-held buildings, two rocket-propelled grenade systems, two VBIED facilities, two weapons caches, a tactical vehicle, a sniper position, a supply cache, a bulldozer and a tunnel entrance; damaged nine supply routes and a front-end loader; and suppressed 18 mortar teams and five ISIS tactical units.

* Near Rawah, one strike destroyed a weapons cache and a supply cache.

* Near Sinjar, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed eight tactical vehicles and two weapons storage facilities.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 26 February:

‘Sunday 26 February – Tornados attacked a terrorist group a few miles west of Mosul, as well as eliminating seven armoured vehicles to the west of Tall Afar…On Sunday 26 February, two flights of Tornados operated over northern Iraq. One patrolled just to the west of Mosul, where a Paveway IV was employed to kill a small group of terrorists as they manoeuvred in the open. The second pair of Tornados headed to an area some 25 miles south-west of Tall Afar, where a number of Daesh armoured trucks had been spotted. The Tornados found one pair of vehicles on the move across the desert and destroyed both with simultaneous attacks with Brimstone missiles. A convoy of five more armoured trucks was then identified nearby, stationary on a stretch of road. All were destroyed with a combination of Brimstones and Paveway IVs. A series of secondary explosions ensued as the vehicles and their cargoes burned.’

February 27th – February 28th 2017
Iraq 16 strikes (11,261 – 11,276)
Syria 15 strikes (7,372 – 7,386)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
10 civilians alleged killed at Al Jawsaq neighbourhood, right side of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
3 civilians alleged killed at Al Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq
4 civilians alleged killed at Ana, Anbar province, Iraq
5 civilians alleged killed at Hatla village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3 civilians alleged injured al Al Mansoura, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged Old Raqqa bridge, Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:

‘On Feb. 27, Coalition military forces conducted 31 strikes consisting of 99 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes consisting of 18 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Ar Raqqah, nine strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed two well heads, two fighting positions, an oil storage tank, an ISIS-held building, an ISIS headquarters, a tunnel, a vehicle and a VBIED.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed nine oil refinement stills, two barges, a watercraft, a vehicle and an oil tanker truck.

* Near Palmyra, two strikes [1-2 British] destroyed five tanks.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes consisting of 81 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Qaim, 10 strikes [1 British] engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two VBIED factories, two ISIS media facilities, an IED factory, a weapons storage facility, an anti-air artillery system, a vehicle, a fuel storage tank, an ISIS staging facility and an ISIS financial facility.

* Near Baghdad, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS-held building.

* Near Mosul, five strikes [1 British] engaged four ISIS tactical units and an ISIS staging area; destroyed seven mortar systems, four vehicles, four fighting positions, three ISIS-held buildings, two anti-air systems, two rocket-propelled grenade systems, two VBIEDs, a supply cache, a VBIED facility and a UAV control station; damaged six tunnels and six supply routes; and suppressed 21 mortar teams and an ISIS tactical unit.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 27 February:

‘Monday 27 February – Tornados struck a mortar team in Mosul and a Daesh tank in Palmyra, Syria, while a Reaper supported coalition air strikes at Al Qaim and destroyed an anti-aircraft gun…Tornados saw further action over western Mosul on Monday 27 February, when they struck another terrorist mortar team with a Paveway IV. The Tornado flight then headed west into Syria, where a main battle tank operated by Daesh had been identified at Tadmur, in the ancient city of Palmyra. A Brimstone missile scored a solid hit on the target. Close to Iraq’s border with Syria, a Reaper meanwhile provided surveillance support to coalition air strikes on two Daesh facilities in Al Qaim, manufacturing truck-bombs and other improvised explosive devices. An anti-aircraft gun was spotted, despite efforts to conceal it under cover, and was destroyed by one of the Reaper’s Hellfires.’

February 28th – March 1st 2017
Iraq 10 strikes (11,277 – 11,286)
Syria 11 strikes (7,387 – 7,397)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2 civilians alleged killed at Kasra Faraj village, south Raqqa countryside,  Raqqa governorate, Syria
Unknown number of civilians alleged killed at Tayran neighbourhood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
15 civilians alleged at several neighbourhoods, right side of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Unknown number of civilians alleged killed at Al Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:

‘On Feb. 28, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of 86 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed six watercraft, an ISIS training camp, and an ISIS maintenance facility.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, seven strikes destroyed seven oil refinement stills, four well heads, a pump jack and a crane and damaged a bridge.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 71 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Qaim, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a tactical vehicle.

* Near Bayji, one strike [1 British?] engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed four bunkers, a weapons cache and a VBIED.

* Near Mosul, five strikes [1 British?] engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed nine mortar systems, six fighting positions, five VBIED facilities, three supply caches, three ISIS-held buildings, three VBIEDs, and an improvised weapons factory; damaged six supply routes; and suppressed 14 mortar teams and two ISIS tactical units.

* Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, a weapons cache and a recoilless rifle.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 28 February:

‘Tuesday 28 February – Tornados destroyed Daesh positions north-west of Mosul, and several terrorist positions south-west of Bayji…

Royal Air Force aircraft have continued to provide close air support to Iraqi forces as they methodically clear Daesh positions in western Mosul.

On Tuesday 28 February, a pair of Tornados used two Paveway IV guided bombs to attack a network of trenches and firing points, which a coalition aircraft had identified just to the north-west of the city. The aircraft then headed south, to a remote area south-west of Bayji, where a number of Daesh fighters had been spotted with a truck. The Tornados observed the extremists making preparations to dry out home-made explosives. Apparently becoming aware of the aircraft overhead, the fighters split into two groups and attempted to move away on foot. However the groups were tracked by a Tornado and both were struck by Paveway IVs.’

‘U.S. Army Soldiers prepare for a divestiture of ammo and supplies to the Iraqi Army at the Besmaya Range Complex, Iraq.’

Monthly Australian MoD summary for February 2017:

 Monthly AFCENT data for February 2017:

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