Military reports – January 2015

Monthly summaryBelow are all known daily coalition military reports relating to  the air war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria for January 2015. We have also included relevant video and photo releases, as well as indicating where possible civilian or ‘friendly fire’ casualties may have occurred.

The month witnessed the most intense coalition bombing yet, with more than 620 strikes releasing 2,308 weapons across Syria and Iraq. While Western allies in Iraq stepped up their tempo of attack, there was a steep drop in participation by Arab allies in Syria – reportedly linked both to concerns at the campaign’s overall strategic aims, and to the downing and capture of a Jordanian pilot. 

Claimed civilian casualties were light in comparison with other months. Even so, nine alleged incidents indicated as many as 33 non-combatants may have died, though the evidence base was often poor. 

 

JANUARY 1st/2nd 2015
Iraq 11 strikes (900-911)
Syria 12 strikes (683-694)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, Canada

From CJTF-OIR:
‘January 2nd 2015: U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, Jan. 1, using fighter, bomber, and attack aircraft to conduct 12 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted 11 airstrikes in Iraq, Jan. 1, using fighter, attack, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, nine airstrikes struck a large ISIL unit and an ISIL fighting position and destroyed four ISIL buildings, 10 ISIL fighting positions, and an ISIL tank.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two airstrikes destroyed 20 ISIL armored vehicles.
*       Near Al Hasakah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle.
Iraq
*       Near Taji, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Al Asad, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Fallujah, three airstrikes struck a large ISIL unit and two ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a mortar system, an ISIL building, and a bunker complex.
*       Near Bayji, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Al Qaim, three airstrikes [1 British] struck an ISIL shipping container and destroyed an ISIL shipping container, a front end loader, and an armored vehicle.
*       Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL weapons cache and a VBIED.’

From UK MoD:
In the early hours of 2 January, a Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 armed reconnaissance patrol located an ISIL armoured personnel carrier to the east of Al Qaim, and conducted a successful strike with a Brimstone missile.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 1 January 2015, while taking part in coalition missions in support of Iraqi security forces (ISF) ground operations conducted north-west of Baghdad, two CF-188 Hornets successfully struck ISIL fighting positions using precision guided munitions.
On 1 January 2015, while taking part in coalition missions in support of Iraqi security forces (ISF) ground operations conducted in the vicinity of Al-Qa’im, two CF-188 Hornets successfully struck ISIL storage facilities using precision guided munitions.’

 

JANUARY 2nd/3rd 2015
Iraq 10 strikes (912-921)
Syria 10 strikes (695-704)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, France
12 civilian deaths reported near Tikrit, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR*:
‘January 3rd 2015: U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, Jan 2, using fighter and attack aircraft to conduct 10 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted 10 airstrikes in Iraq, Jan. 2, using fighter, attack, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 2, and 8 a.m., Jan. 3, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
* Near Kobani, seven airstrikes struck an ISIL fighting position and two ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions.
* Near Ar Raqqah, an airstrike destroyed two ISIL armored vehicles.
* Near Dawr az Zawr, two airstrikes destroyed five ISIL fighting positions.
Iraq
* Near Al Asad, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Fallujah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL anti-aircraft artillery emplacement.
* Near Sinjar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building, an ISIL armored vehicle, and two ISIL vehicles.
* Near Al Qaim, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.
* Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL backhoe and two ISIL armored vehicles.
* Near Kirkuk, an airstrike [French] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
* Near Rawah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle.
* Near Ramadi, an airstrike [British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building.’

[* Airwars note: This daily report was never publicly released, though CJTF-OIR has provided us with a PDF copy, published below.]

From UK MoD:
‘Later that day [January 2nd], a coalition surveillance aircraft observed ISIL positions concealed within woods north-west of Ramadi and another Tornado mounted an attack with two Paveway IV precision guided bombs.’ 

From French MoD:
‘Enfin, le 2 janvier, deux aéronefs sont de nouveau intervenus dans la région de Kirkouk, en neutralisant des combattants de Daech ainsi qu’un poste de combat.’

 

The Coalition's January 2nd/3rd 2015, which was never publicly released.
The Coalition’s January 2nd/3rd 2015, which was never publicly released.

 

JANUARY 3rd/4th 2015
Iraq 1 strike (922)
Syria 6 strikes (705-710)
Confirmed actions: US 

From CJTF-OIR:
January 4th 2015: U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, Jan. 3, using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct six airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted one airstrike in Iraq, Jan. 3, using fighter aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 3, and 8 a.m., Jan. 4, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, six airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL fighting position and destroyed three ISIL vehicles, four ISIL buildings, three ISIL fighting positions, and two ISIL staging areas.
Iraq
*       Near Mosul, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.’

F/A-18E Super Hornet cleared for launch from USS Carl Vinson, Jan 3rd 2015 (US Navy/ John Philip Wagner Jr)
Super Hornet cleared to launch from USS Carl Vinson Jan 3rd 2015 (US Navy/ John Philip Wagner Jr)

 

JANUARY 4th/5th 2015
Iraq 6 strikes (923-928)
Syria 14 strikes(711-724)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
January 5th 2015: U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, Jan. 4, using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct 14 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted six airstrikes in Iraq, Jan. 4, using fighter aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 4, and 8 a.m., Jan. 5, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, eight airstrikes struck two large ISIL units and an ISIL fighting position and destroyed 11 ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Dawr az Zawr, six airstrikes struck five ISIL crude oil collection points and an ISIL crude oil pipeline and destroyed two ISIL armored vehicles and an ISIL shipping container.
Iraq
*       Near Mosul, an airstrike struck a large ISIL unit.
*       Near Al Qaim, two airstrikes destroyed two ISIL excavators [1 British]
*       Near Ramadi, an airstrike struck a large ISIL unit.
*       Near Al Asad, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles.’

From UK MoD:
On 4 January, an RAF Reaper, working in support of Iraqi army units, identified an ISIL vehicle and engaged it with a Hellfire missile. Shortly afterwards, the Reaper discovered an ISIL position close by, and attacked this with another Hellfire.
Reaper and Tornado missions were also flown on the morning of 5 January. Tornados again patrolled the Al Qaim area, where they destroyed an ISIL excavator vehicle, used to construct fortified positions, with a Brimstone’

From Netherlands MoD: 
[Reports that 20 new missions targeted ‘combat positions, facilities, vehicles and fighters,’ releasing 15 bombs.]

‘Nederlandse F-16’s vlogen meer dan 20 missies boven Irak. De toestellen gooiden ruim 15 bommen op doelen van terreurorganisatie ISIS. De projectielen troffen gevechtsposities, opslagplaatsen, voertuigen en strijders. Een overzicht van Defensie-operaties in de week van 29 december 2014 tot en met 4 januari 2015.
Militaire trainers vertrokken naar Erbil in Irak. Ze leiden daar, evenals in hoofdstad Bagdad, Iraakse en Koerdische militairen op.’

 

JANUARY 5th/6th 2015
Iraq 2 strikes (929-930)
Syria 10 strikes (725-734)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 civilian death reported at Ma’ar Hatat, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
January 6th 2015: U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, Jan. 5, using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct 10 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted two airstrikes in Iraq, Jan. 5, using remotely piloted and attack aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 5, and 8 a.m., Jan. 6, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, eight airstrikes destroyed 13 ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL building and damaged an ISIL building.
*       Near Dawr az Zawr, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, an airstrike destroyed two ISIL tanks.
Iraq
*       Near Al Qaim, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Al Asad, an airstrike [British?] destroyed an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL armored vehicle and an ISIL vehicle and damaged an ISIL vehicle.’

From UK MoD:
January 5th 2015 – A Reaper, scouting ahead of Iraqi troops [at Al Asad?], spotted an armoured vehicle being moved by ISIL on a heavy equipment transporter. A Hellfire missile scored a direct hit on the armoured vehicle, another Hellfire destroyed the transporter itself, and a third missile struck an ISIL position nearby.’

From Danish MoD
[In its first report since December 11th, reports 37 new missions which dropped 13 bombs.]

05-01-2015 – kl. 19:38– De danske F-16-fly, der er udsendt som bidrag til Operation Inherent Resolve, har siden seneste opdatering 11. december fløjet 37 missioner og anvendt 13 bomber.
Missionerne, som de danske fly har deltaget i, har været offensive, og de danske fly har i den forløbne periode deltaget i missioner i områderne omkring Tikrit, Bayji, Mosul samt i Al-Anbar-regionen. Målene for bomberne har været køretøjer, bygninger og fjendtlige styrker.
De danske fly har primært fløjet missioner, der kaldes Airborne Alert Interdiction. Ved denne type missioner patruljerer flyet i luften, samtidig med at piloten får udpeget nogle objekter og steder på jorden, der skal ses nærmere på. Hvis der her lokaliseres og identificeres militære mål, kan flyene på samme måde som under Close Air Support-missioner (CAS) beordres til at angribe disse mål.
Derudover har de danske fly gennemført flere Close Air Support-missioner (CAS), hvor flyene er indsat direkte som luftstøtte til styrker på landjorden. Her vil flyene patruljere over et bestemt område, hvorefter de vil kunne blive indsat af koalitionen, når der er behov for støtte. Luftstøtten vil variere afhængig af hvad der er behov for.  Det kan både dreje sig om overvågningsopgaver og bombninger af mål.  På nogle af CAS-missionerne har de danske F-16 fly kastet bomber i forbindelse med kamphandlinger på jorden.
På de missioner, hvor de danske F-16 ikke har anvendt våben, har de bidraget med overvågning og indhentning af efterretninger. På sådanne overvågningsmissioner er flyene dog altid klar til at anvende våben, hvis der er behov for det.
Siden første mission den 16. oktober 2014, har det danske bidrag i alt fløjet 130 missioner og anvendt 87 bomber. Alle de danske bomber er præcisionsstyrede, hvilket vil sige at de styres mod deres mål af enten laser eller GPS.’

 

JANUARY 6th/7th 2015
Iraq 6 strikes (931-936)
Syria 11 strikes (735-745)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTF OIR:
January 7th 2015: U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, Jan. 6, using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct 11 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted six airstrikes in Iraq, Jan. 6, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 6, and 8 a.m., Jan. 7, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
* Near Kobani, 10 airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, four ISIL fighting positions, and an ISIL heavy weapons position and destroyed an ISIL artillery system, an ISIL building, and 13 ISIL fighting positions.
* Near Hasakah, an airstrike struck an ISIL crude oil collection point.
Iraq
* Near Al Qaim, an airstrike destroyed five ISIL armored vehicles.
* Near Al Asad, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL VBIED.
* Near Ramadi, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and a large ISIL unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
* Near Mosul, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL sniper position.’

From UK MoD:
January 6th 2015 – At the request of the Iraqi government, British forces took further action against ISILterrorist targets.’

 

JANUARY 7th/8th 2015
Iraq 7 strikes (937-943)
Syria 6 strikes (746-751)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTF-OIR:
January 8th 2015: U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, Jan. 7, using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct six airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted seven airstrikes in Iraq, Jan. 7, using bomber and fighter aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 7, and 8 a.m., Jan. 8, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, five airstrikes struck two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL staging area and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Al Hasakah, an airstrike struck four ISIL crude oil pumps and five ISIL crude oil well heads.
Iraq
*       Near Al Rutbah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Tal Afar, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL VBIED and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Kirkuk, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.
*       Near Fallujah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Al Asad, an airstrike struck a large ISIL unit.
*       Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.’

From Netherlands MoD:
[Reports that its squadron of 6 F-16s have so far carried out 375 missions and dropped more than 200 munitions.]

07-01-2015 – 14:40: Na 375 missies en meer dan 200 keer de wapens te hebben ingezet, keert deze week het eerste F-16-detachement uit het Midden-Oosten in Nederland terug. De jachtvliegers waren ingezet om ISIS te bestrijden.
Vandaag trad de nieuwe commandant aan onder wiens bevel het nieuwe detachement de taken tegen ISIS uitvoert. Met 6 F-16’s, 2 reservetoestellen en 250 militairen draagt de Koninklijke Luchtmacht bij aan de internationale strijd tegen ISIS in Irak. Dat gebeurt 24 uur per dag, 7 dagen per week. De opmars van ISIS en daaraan gelieerde organisaties, vormt een directe dreiging voor de regio en veroorzaakt instabiliteit aan de grenzen van Europa.’

Personnel identities are obscured for fear of retaliation, as new commander takes over anti-ISIL operations, January 7th 2015 (Dutch MoD)
Personnel identities are obscured for fear of retaliation, as new commander takes over Dutch F-16 anti-ISIL operations, January 7th 2015 (Dutch MoD)

 

JANUARY 8th/9th 2015
Iraq 6 strikes (944-949)
Syria 5 strikes (752-756)
Confirmed actions: US, Canada, UK, France

From CJTF-OIR:
January 9th 2015: U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, Jan. 8, using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct five airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted six airstrikes in Iraq, Jan. 8, using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 8, and 8 a.m., Jan. 9, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, five airstrikes struck an ISIL fighting position and two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building and seven ISIL fighting positions.
Iraq
*       Near Al Qaim, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Al Asad, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and a large ISIL unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Sinjar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL heavy weapon.
*       Near Mosul, an airstrike [1 French] struck an ISIL building and an ISIL tactical unit.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 8 January 2015, while taking part in coalition missions in support of Iraqi security forces (ISF) ground operations conducted in the vicinity of Haditha, two CF-188 Hornets successfully struck an ISIL position using precision guided munitions.’ 

From UK MoD:
‘On the evening of Thursday 8 January, a Reaper remotely piloted air system (RPAS) worked in close conjunction with other coalition aircraft to provide air support to Iraqi troops in Anbar province, western Iraq. The RAF Reaper provided targeting assistance to the fast jets in strikes against ISIL positions, and conducted a successful attack using its own Hellfire missiles.’

From French MoD:
[Reports that on Friday, January 9, operating in difficult weather conditions, an army reconnaissance patrol destroyed two fighting positions Daesh in the Mosul region of northern Iraq.]

‘Le vendredi 9 janvier, opérant dans des conditions météorologiques difficiles, une patrouille de reconnaissance armée a détruit deux positions de combat de Daech dans la région de Mossoul, au Nord de l’Irak.’

 

JANUARY 9th/10th 2015
Iraq 3 strikes (950-952)
Syria 12 strikes (757-768)
Confirmed actions: US, Canada, UK, France

From CJTF-OIR:
January 10th 2015:  On Jan. 9, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using attack, fighter, and bomber aircraft to conduct 12 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted three airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 9, and 8 a.m., Jan. 10, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, 11 airstrikes struck two large ISIL units and one ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed an ISIL building and 15 fighting positions.
*       Near Al Hasakah, an airstrike destroyed two ISIL guard facilities.
Iraq
*       Near Erbil, an airstrike [British?] struck an ISIL controlled bridge.
*       Near Ramadi, an airstrike [Canadian] destroyed a ISIL armored vehicle and semi-truck.
*       Near Mosul, an airstrike struck a ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions [French].’

From Canadian MoD:
On January 9, while taking part in coalition missions in support of Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) ground operations conducted in the vicinity of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, two CF-188 Hornets successfully struck an ISIL transport truck carrying an Armoured Personnel Carrier by using precision guided munitions. Striking ISIL military equipment degrades their fighting capabilities and contributes to increasing the ISF’s freedom of movement in the region.
Later that day, while taking part in coalition missions in support of Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) ground operations, two CF-188 Hornets successfully struck ISIL positions north of Baiji using precision guided munitions.’ 

From UK MoD:
‘Late on Friday night [January 9th 2015], 2 RAF Tornado GR4s, on an armed reconnaissance mission in northern Iraq, were summoned to assist the Kurdish peshmerga. Da’ish terrorists, who have lost a significant amount of territory to the peshmerga recently, were attempting to mount a local attack on a Kurdish unit. The GR4s delivered 4 precision strikes using Paveway IV guided bombs to disrupt the attack.’

 From French MoD:
‘Le vendredi 9 janvier, opérant dans des conditions météorologiques difficiles, une patrouille de reconnaissance armée a détruit deux positions de combat de Daech dans la région de Mossoul, au Nord de l’Irak.’

 

JANUARY 10th/11th 2015
Iraq 9 strikes (953-961)
Syria 10 strikes (769-778)
Confirmed actions: US, Canada

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 10, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using attack, fighter, and bomber aircraft to conduct 10 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted nine airstrikes in Iraq, using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 10, and 8 a.m., Jan. 11, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, nine airstrikes destroyed 15 ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Abu Kamal, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL shipping container, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL supply cache.
Iraq
*       Near Erbil, an airstrike struck a large ISIL unit.
*       Near Al Asad, an airstrike struck a large ISIL unit and destroyed two ISIL buildings.
*       Near Sinjar, three airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units and an ISIL building, and destroyed an ISIL sniper firing position and an ISIL building.
*       Near Mosul, four airstrikes struck an ISIL armored vehicle, an ISIL tactical unit, and a large ISIL unit and destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle, five ISIL vehicles, and 21 ISIL boats.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 10 January 2015, while taking part in coalition missions in support of Iraqi security forces (ISF) ground operations conducted south of Haditha, two CF-188 Hornets successfully struck an ISIL strongpoint, consisting of staging and storage facilities, using precision guided munitions.’

 

JANUARY 11th/12th 2015
Iraq 16 strikes (962-977)
Syria 11 strikes (779-789)
Confirmed actions: US, Canada, France 
‘Dozens’ of civilian deaths claimed at Qayyarah, Mosul, Iraq
4 to 5 civilian deaths reported at Dayr az Zawr, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 11, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using attack, fighter, and bomber aircraft to conduct 11 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted 16 airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 11, and 8 a.m., Jan. 12, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, nine airstrikes struck two large ISIL units and an ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed 10 ISIL fighting positions, five ISIL buildings, and two ISIL staging positions.
*       Near Abu Kamal, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL excavator.
*       Near Dawr az Zawr, an airstrike struck an ISIL oil refinery.
Iraq
*       Near Bayji, four airstrikes struck four ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Taji, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Al Qaim, two airstrikes destroyed two ISIL armored vehicles and 10 ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Ramadi, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Tal Afar, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL artillery system and an ISIL checkpoint.
*       Near Al Asad, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL rocket launcher and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck a large ISIL unit and destroyed two ISIL buildings.
*       Near Mosul, five airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and two large ISIL units, and destroyed four ISIL vehicles, an ISIL VBIED, two ISIL armored vehicles, an ISIL semi-truck, an ISIL mortar system, three ISIL buildings, three ISIL boats, and an ISIL tank.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 11 January 2015, while taking part in coalition missions in support of Iraqi security forces (ISF) ground operations conducted south of Bayji, two CF-188 Hornets successfully struck an ISIL fighting position using precision guided munitions.’

French MoD:
‘Lors d’une mission de reconnaissance armée le dimanche 11 janvier 2015, deux avions de chasse français sont intervenus contre Daech, guidés par un drone tactique qui suivait des combats au sol. Leur action a permis la neutralisation de combattants dans une zone de combat située au nord de Falloujah.’

From Netherlands MoD:
[Gives no new update on strikes, instead repeating previous report of 375 missions and 200 weapon releases.]

‘Een overzicht van Defensie-operaties in de week van 5 tot en met 11 januari 2015.
Midden-Oosten
Na 375 missies en meer dan 200 keer de wapens te hebben ingezet, keerde het eerste F-16-detachement uit het Midden-Oosten in Nederland terug. Het F16-detachement is ingezet om de opmars van ISIS tegen te gaan met 6 F-16’s en 250 militairen.
Het nieuwe detachement vloog afgelopen week inmiddels meerdere missies boven verschillende provincies van Irak. Daarbij zetten zij wapens in tegen doelen en strijders van ISIS. In Erbil en Bagdad arriveerden de eerste trainers voor de Iraakse en Koerdische strijdkrachten.’

 

JANUARY 12th/13th 2015
Iraq 7 strikes (978-984)
Syria 4 strikes (790-793)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, France

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 12, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct four airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted seven airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 12, and 8 a.m., Jan. 13, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, three airstrikes destroyed five ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Dawr az Zawr, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL tank.
Iraq
*       Near Tal Afar, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL building.
*       Near Sinjar, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Mosul, three airstrikes [1 British?, 1 French] destroyed an ISIL tactical unit, two ISIL bunkers, an ISIL heavy machine gun, two ISIL mortar positions, an ISIL armored vehicle and an ISIL excavator.
*       Near Baghdad, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIL tactical unit and struck another, destroyed an ISIL fighting position and two ISIL heavy machine guns.’

From UK MoD*:
‘In the early hours of Tuesday 13 January, an RAF Reaper was once again providing air support to the peshmerga in the north of Iraq when an ISIL vehicle was identified being used to reopen a terrorist communications route previously damaged by an attack. The RPAS hit the vehicle with Hellfire missiles and initial analysis suggests that the vehicle was successfully destroyed.’
[* Airwars note: This original report no longer appears in RAF summaries.]

From French MoD:
Le lundi 12 janvier, les chasseurs français sont de nouveau intervenus dans la région de Mossoul afin de neutraliser un poste de combat depuis lequel les combattants de Daech opéraient des tirs de mortier.’

From Danish MoD:
[Reports 9 new missions dropping 6 bombs since January 6th, in the Bayji and Anbar areas.]

12-01-2015 – kl. 16:42– De danske F-16-fly, der er udsendt som bidrag til Operation Inherent Resolve, har siden seneste opdatering 5. januar fløjet 9 missioner og anvendt 6 bomber.
Missionerne, som de danske fly har deltaget i, har været offensive, og de danske fly har i den forløbne periode deltaget i missioner i områderne omkring Bayji og Al-Anbar-regionen. Målene for bomberne har været fjendtlige styrker.
De danske fly har fløjet Close Air Support-missioner (CAS), hvor flyene er indsat direkte som luftstøtte til styrker på landjorden. Her vil flyene patruljere over et bestemt område, hvorefter de vil kunne blive indsat af koalitionen, når der er behov for støtte. Luftstøtten vil variere afhængig af, hvad der er behov for.  Det kan både dreje sig om overvågningsopgaver og bombninger af mål.
Derudover har de danske fly gennemført flere missioner, der kaldes Airborne Alert Interdiction. Ved denne type missioner patruljerer flyet i luften, samtidig med at piloten får udpeget nogle objekter og steder på jorden, der skal ses nærmere på. Hvis der her lokaliseres og identificeres militære mål, kan flyene på samme måde som under Close Air Support-missioner (CAS) beordres til at angribe disse mål.
På de missioner, hvor de danske F-16 ikke har anvendt våben, har de bidraget med overvågning og indhentning af efterretninger. På sådanne overvågningsmissioner er flyene dog altid klar til at anvende våben, hvis der er behov for det.
Siden første mission den 16. oktober 2014, har det danske bidrag i alt fløjet 139 missioner og anvendt 93 bomber. Alle de danske bomber er præcisionsstyrede, hvilket vil sige, at de styres mod deres mål ved hjælp af enten laser eller GPS.’

 

JANUARY 13th/14th 2015
Iraq 12 strikes (985-996)
Syria 6 strikes (794-799)
Confirmed actions: US 

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 13, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct six airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted 12 airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 13, and 8 a.m., Jan. 14, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, six airstrikes struck an ISIL fighting position and destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL armored vehicle.
Iraq
*       Near Bayji, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL artillery system.
*       Near Taji, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Ar Rutbah, two airstrikes struck an ISIL checkpoint and an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Baqubah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL recoilless rifle system.
*       Near Al Asad, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL VBIED.
*       Near Sinjar, an airstrike [British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL excavator.
*       Near Mosul, four airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units, two ISIL excavators, and an ISIL bunker, and destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Baghdad, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.’

From UK MoD:
‘On Tuesday 13 January, a pair of Tornado GR4s flew a reconnaissance mission ahead of Kurdish forces as they continued to strengthen security in the area east of Mount Sinjar, from which ISIL – or Da’ish as they are known to the Iraqi and Syrian people they abuse – was driven out in December. The aircraft spotted the terrorists constructing a fortified position; a Paveway IV precision guided bomb successfully destroyed the vehicle they were using.’

 

JANUARY 14th/15th 2015
Iraq 11 strikes (997-1,007)
Syria 11 strikes (800-810)
Confirmed actions: US
1 civilian death reported at Hama, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 14, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 11 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted 11 airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 14, and 8 a.m., Jan. 15, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, five airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL building and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, three airstrikes struck an ISIL weapon storage facility and an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL buildings and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Al Hasakah, three airstrikes destroyed an ISIL checkpoint, an ISIL fighting position, and three ISIL vehicles.
Iraq
*       Near Bayji, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units.
*       Near Al Qaim, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL shipping container.
*       Near Tal Afar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL buildings and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Taji, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Ar Rutbah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Al Asad, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building and seven ISIL boats.
*       Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck an ISIL building, an ISIL tactical unit, and an ISIL armored vehicle, and destroyed an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL armored vehicle, and an ISIL fighting position.’

 

JANUARY 15th/16th 2015
Iraq 5 strikes (1,008-1,012)
Syria 6 strikes (811-816)
Confirmed actions: US, Canada
1 civilian death reported at al Tayana, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 15, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct six airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted five airstrikes in Iraq, using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 15, and 8 a.m., Jan. 16, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, six airstrikes destroyed two ISIL staging positions and nine ISIL fighting positions.
Iraq
*       Near Ramadi, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL barge and four ISIL boats.
*       Near Al Qaim, an airstrike struck an ISIL building.
*       Near Al Asad, an airstrike struck two ISIL mortar firing positions.
*       Near Mosul, two airstrikes [1 Canadian] destroyed an ISIL mortar firing position and an ISIL fighting position.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 15 January, while taking part in coalition missions in support of Iraqi security forces ground operations conducted in an area south of Mosul, two CF-188 Hornets successfully struck ISIL fighting positions, including a mortar emplacement, by using precision guided munitions.’

From French MoD for 15 Jan:
[Reports 21 aerial missions in which 15 armed reconnaissance patrols has allowed the destruction of ground targets. On Friday, January 9, operating in difficult weather conditions, an army reconnaissance patrol destroyed two fighting positions Daech in the Mosul region of northern Iraq. During an armed reconnaissance mission Sunday, January 11, 2015, two French fighter jets intervened against Daesh, guided by a tactical drone that followed the fighting on the ground. Their action helped neutralize fighters in a combat zone north of Fallujah. On Monday January 12, the French hunters are again intervened in the Mosul region to neutralize a fighting position from which fighters were operating Daech mortar fire.]

‘    CHAMMAL : point de situation du 15 janvier 2015

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Cette semaine, la force Chammal a réalisé 21 missions aériennes aux cours desquelles une quinzaine de patrouilles de reconnaissance armée a permis la destruction d’objectifs au sol. A l’issue d’une escale technique planifiée, la frégate anti-aérienne Jean Bart a repris la mer et poursuit sa mission dans le golfe Arabo-Persique.
CHAMMAL : point de situation du 15 janvier 2015

Le vendredi 9 janvier, opérant dans des conditions météorologiques difficiles, une patrouille de reconnaissance armée a détruit deux positions de combat de Daech dans la région de Mossoul, au Nord de l’Irak.

Lors d’une mission de reconnaissance armée le dimanche 11 janvier 2015, deux avions de chasse français sont intervenus contre Daech, guidés par un drone tactique qui suivait des combats au sol. Leur action a permis la neutralisation de combattants dans une zone de combat située au nord de Falloujah.

Le lundi 12 janvier, les chasseurs français sont de nouveau intervenus dans la région de Mossoul afin de neutraliser un poste de combat depuis lequel les combattants de Daech opéraient des tirs de mortier.

Sur le volet maritime, la frégate anti-aérienne Jean Bart a appareillé samedi 10 janvier après une escale de maintenance. Elle poursuit sa mission d’escorte du porte-avions Carl Vinson et de contrôle de l’espace aérien irakien au sein de la Task Force 50.

Lancée le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à assurer un soutien aérien aux forces armées irakiennes dans leur lutte contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech. Le dispositif est structuré autour de neuf avions Rafale, six avions Mirage 2000D, un ravitailleur C-135 FR, un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2 et la frégate anti-aérienne Jean Bart, intégrée dans le groupe aéronaval américain constitué autour du porte-avions USS Carl Vinson.’

JANUARY 16th/17th 2015
Iraq 16 strikes (1,013-1,028)
Syria 13 strikes (817-829)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, Canada

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 16, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 13 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted 16 airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 16, and 8 a.m., Jan. 17, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, 11 airstrikes struck an ISIL tank, three ISIL fighting positions, and four ISIL tactical units, and destroyed an ISIL tank and eight ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Abu Kamal, an airstrike struck an ISIL vehicle and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.
*       Near Dawr az Zawr, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
Iraq
*       Near Hit, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Al Qaim, two airstrikes struck an ISIL checkpoint and destroyed an ISIL excavator.
*       Near Bayji, two airstrikes [British] struck a large ISIL unit and an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL buildings.
*       Near Taji, five airstrikes struck five ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL buildings.
*       Near Al Asad, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Sinjar, two airstrikes [1 Canadian] struck two ISIL tactical units and an ISIL fighting position and destroyed two ISIL buildings.
*       Near Mosul, two airstrikes [1 Canadian] struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL fighting position and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.’

From UK MoD:
‘Friday [January 16th] saw another Tornado patrol supporting the Iraqi army in its operations near Bayji. Three positions were identified and were struck simultaneously with Paveways. A fourth Paveway was used shortly afterwards against a further ISIL position near by.
That evening, an RAF Reaper, operating elsewhere in Iraq, identified another group of terrorists who had just attacked an Iraqi unit and conducted 2 successful attacks with Hellfire missiles.’

From Canadian MoD:
On January 16, while taking part in coalition missions in support of Iraqi security forces ground operations, CF-188 Hornets conducted an airstrike northeast of Mosul and another in the vicinity of Sinjar where ISIL fighting positions were successfully struck by using precision guided munitions.’

 

JANUARY 17th/18th 2015
Iraq 9 strikes (1,029-1,037)
Syria 15 strikes (830-844)
Confirmed actions: US 

From CJTF-OIR*:
‘On Jan. 17, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 15 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted nine airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 17, and 8 a.m., Jan. 18, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
* Near Kobani, 11 airstrikes struck two ISIL fighting positions and five ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL staging positions and six ISIL fighting positions.
* Near Ar Raqqah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Al Hasakah, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL checkpoints, an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL structures, an ISIL bunker, an ISIL shipping container, and an ISIL artillery system.
Iraq
* Near Bayji, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL sniper position and an ISIL fighting position.
* Near Al Asad, five airstrikes struck five ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL buildings.
* Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy weapon position and an ISIL building.
* Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle and an ISIL building.’

[* Airwars note:The coalition does not appear to have published its report for January 17th-18th, which we show below.]

The CJTF-OIR report for Jan 17th-18th 2015, which was not publicly released.
The CJTF-OIR report for Jan 17th-18th 2015, which was not publicly released.

 

JANUARY 18th/19th 2015
Iraq 11 strikes (1,038-1,048)
Syria 15 strikes (845-85)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, Canada
1 civilian death claimed at Al Tayana, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 18, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 15 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted 11 airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 18, and 8 a.m., Jan. 19, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, 11 airstrikes struck two large ISIL units and eight ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL staging positions, and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Aleppo, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Al Hasakah, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and an ISIL artillery system.
Iraq
*       Near Bayji, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and a large ISIL unit and destroyed three ISIL buildings.
*       Near Ar Rutbah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle.
*       Near Taji, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Fallujah, an airstrike struck a large ISIL unit.
*       Near Ramadi, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and a large ISIL unit and destroyed an ISIL building.
*       Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and a large ISIL unit and destroyed two ISL buildings and an ISIL artillery system.
*       Near Baghdad, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building.’

From UK MoD:
‘Reapers continued to provide support to the Iraqi army on Sunday 18 January – in the afternoon a Hellfire was used to strike a heavy machine-gun position that threatened Iraqi soldiers nearby, then during the night a further 3 missiles were used to target a large terrorist group as they began an attack on an Iraqi position.
Tornado GR4s were also active in the early hours of Monday morning [January 19th], flying armed reconnaissance in western Iraq, close to the Syrian border. An armoured personnel carrier was identified near Al Qaim and hit by a Brimstone missile. Continuing their patrol to the north east, the GR4s caught another group of ISIL vehicles attacked with a Paveway IV bomb.’

From Canadian MoD:
On January 18, while taking part in coalition missions in support of Iraqi security forces ground operations northwest of Mosul, CF-188 Hornets successfully struck an ISIL fighting position by using precision guided munitions.’

From Netherlands MoD:
[Reports that 7 bombs were dropped uring 20 new missions against ‘ISIS fighters, positions, vehicles and buildings.‘]

‘Een overzicht van Defensie-operaties in de week van 12 tot en met 18 januari 2015.
Midden-Oosten
Nederlandse F-16’s gooiden in 20 vluchten 7 bommen op doelen van terreurorganisatie ISIS. Ze troffen daarmee strijders, posities, voertuigen en gebouwen.
Nederlandse trainers begonnen in Erbil en Bagdad met voorbereidingen en proeftrainingen voor Iraakse en Koerdische commando’s en infanteristen.

 

JANUARY 19th/20th 2015
Iraq 9 strikes (1,049-1,057)
Syria 10 strikes (860-869)
Confirmed actions: US
3 civilians reported killed at al Shadadi, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 19, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft to conduct 10 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted nine airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 19, and 8 a.m., Jan. 20, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, nine airstrikes struck seven ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL staging positions, five ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Al Hasakah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
Iraq
*       Near Al Qaim, two airstrikes destroyed two ISIL armored vehicles.
*       Near Al Asad, two airstrikes destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL supply caches.
*       Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL mortar systems.
*       Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Kirkuk, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Ramadi, an airstrike struck a large ISIL unit and destroyed three ISIL buildings and two ISIL heavy weapons.’

From Danish MoD:
[Once again Denmark reports that its operations are focused on the Bayji and Anbar areas of Iraq, with 6 weapons dropped in 12 missions since January 12th.]

20-01-2015 – kl. 14:43 – Missionerne, som de danske fly har deltaget i, har været offensive, og de danske fly har i den forløbne periode deltaget i missioner i områderne omkring Bayiji og Al-Anbar provinsen.
De danske fly har primært fløjet missioner, der kaldes Close Air Support-missioner (CAS), hvor flyene er indsat direkte som luftstøtte til styrker på landjorden. Her vil flyene patruljere over et bestemt område, hvorefter de vil kunne blive indsat af koalitionen, når der er behov for støtte.
Luftstøtten kan også her bestå af flere forskellige opgaver, afhængig af hvad der er behov for. Det kan både dreje sig om overvågningsopgaver og bombninger af mål.  På nogle af CAS-missionerne har de danske F-16 fly kastet bomber i forbindelse med kamphandlinger på jorden. Målet for bomberne har været bygninger og fjendtlige styrker.
På de missioner, hvor de danske F-16 ikke har anvendt våben, har de bidraget med overvågning og indhentning af efterretninger. På sådanne overvågningsmissioner er flyene dog altid klar til at anvende våben, hvis der er behov for det.
I løbet af de seneste 12 missioner har de danske fly kastet seks bomber.
Siden første mission den 16. oktober 2014 har det danske bidrag i alt fløjet 151 missioner og anvendt 99 bomber. Alle de danske bomber er præcisionsstyrede, hvilket vil sige, at de styres mod deres mål af enten laser eller GPS.’

 

JANUARY 20th/21st 2015
Iraq 10 strikes (1,058-1,067)
Syria 13 strikes (870-882)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, Canada 

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 20, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 13 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted 10 airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 20, and 8 a.m., Jan. 21, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, 10 airstrikes struck seven ISIL tactical units and a large ISIL unit and destroyed eight ISIL staging positions, 13 ISIL fighting positions, and two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Abu Kamal, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL weapon cache and destroyed an ISIL guard facility.
Iraq
*       Near Tal Afar, three airstrikes struck a large ISIL unit and two ISIL logistic routes and destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle, two ISIL vehicles, five ISIL buildings, an ISIL shipping container, three ISIL heavy weapons, an ISIL bridge, five ISIL road crossings, and an ISIL IED.
*       Near Al Qaim, an airstrike destroyed two ISIL bunkers and a buried ISIL structure.
*       Near Al Asad, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building.
*       Near Bayji, an airstrike destroyed two ISIL buildings.
*       Near Ramadi, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL buildings.
*       Near Mosul, three airstrikes [1 Canadian] struck three ISIL tactical units and an ISIL checkpoint and destroyed an ISIL building, an ISIL heavy weapon, and two ISIL vehicles.’

From UK MoD:
‘RAF aircraft have been on hand to assist the latest Kurdish offensive operation; on Tuesday [January 20th], a Reaper was able to conduct a successful precision attack with a Hellfire missile on a terrorist group.
Early on Wednesday, 21 January, a pair of Tornado GR4s also flew in support of Kurdish troops, a Brimstone missile struck a heavily-armed ISIL truck and a Paveway IV guided bomb was used to target a terrorist observation post. Initial reports indicate both attacks were a success.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 20 January, while taking part in coalition missions in support of Iraqi security forces ground operations west of Mosul, CF-188 Hornets successfully struck an ISIL fighting position using precision guided munitions.’

 

JANUARY 21st/22nd 2015
Iraq 21 strikes (1,068-1,088)
Syria 10 strikes (883-892)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, France, Canada
6-27 civilians reported killed at Kisik, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 21, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 10 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted 21 airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 21, and 8 a.m., Jan. 22, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, nine airstrikes struck six ISIL tactical units and destroyed 17 ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL weapons storage facility.
Iraq
*       Near Kirkuk, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Mosul, 16 airstrikes [4 Canadian] struck two large ISIL units, two ISIL tactical units, an ISIL building, and an ISIL mortar team, and destroyed six ISIL culverts, two ISIL bridges, three ISIL buildings, an ISIL artillery system, 11 ISIL vehicles, an ISIL fighting position, six ISIL staging positions, two ISIL heavy weapons, an ISIL VBIED, and four ISIL armored vehicles.
*       Near Sinjar, two airstrikes [French] struck a large ISIL unit and an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar position, an ISIL fighting position, and an ISIL armored vehicle.
*       Near Tal Afar, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL VBIED.’

From French MoD:
Dans la nuit du 21 au 22 janvier, les avions français ont contribué à un raid de la coalition dans le nord du pays, dans la région de Sinjar. En fin de soirée, une patrouille a décollé pour un raid aérien planifié visant à détruire des positions de combat de Daech. Une dizaine d’objectifs a été détruit par les chasseurs français au moyen de bombes AASM1.’

From UK MoD:
‘On Wednesday evening [January 21st], a Reaper provided further surveillance for the peshmerga, and in a series of engagements used Hellfires to attack a number terrorist vehicles and a fighting position. Elsewhere in the country, in the early hours of Thursday, 22 January, an RAF Reaper provided air support to Iraqi soldiers engaged in a firefight with terrorists, including a heavily armed ISIL pick-up truck. One Hellfire accounted for the truck, another for a fighting position.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 21 January 2015, while taking part in coalition missions in support of Iraqi security forces ground operations conducted north-east of Mosul, one CF-188 Hornet successfully struck ISIL fighting positions on three different occasions, using precision guided munitions.
On 21 January 2015, while taking part in coalition missions in support of Iraqi security forces ground operations conducted northwest of Mosul, CF-188 Hornets successfully struck an ISIL fighting position using precision guided munitions.’

 

JANUARY 22nd/23rd 2015
Iraq 13 strikes (1,089-1,101)
Syria 12 strikes (893-904)
Confirmed actions: US, Canada, UK
2 or more civilians alleged killed near Mosul, Iraq
2 civilians reported killed in Mosul, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 22, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft to conduct 12 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted 13 airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 22, and 8 a.m., Jan. 23, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, 10 airstrikes struck six ISIL tactical units and a large ISIL unit and destroyed 12 ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL trailer.
*       Near Al Hasakah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL mobile oil drilling rig.
Iraq
*       Near Al Asad*, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, a large ISIL unit, and an ISIL vehicle, and destroyed an ISIL IED and two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Mosul, eight airstrikes [1 Canadian] struck three ISIL tactical units and a large ISIL unit and destroyed seven ISIL vehicles, two ISIL VBIEDs, an ISIL bulldozer, four ISIL buildings, an ISIL artillery system, an ISIL heavy weapon system, two ISIL armored vehicles, an ISIL shipping container, and an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Sinjar, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL building.
*       Near Tal Afar, an airstrike struck a large ISIL unit and destroyed an ISIL building and an ISIL vehicle’

From Canadian MoD:
On 23 January 2015, while taking part in coalition missions in support of Iraqi security forces ground operations conducted north-west of Mosul, one CF-188 Hornet successfully struck ISIL fighting positions using precision guided munitions.’ 

From UK MoD:
23 January: another Reaper flew on Friday morning to support the Iraqi army in the west of the country and observed ISIL fighters loading rockets into a truck. The vehicle was kept under close observation and then was successfully attacked with a Hellfire. A further attack was then conducted as the terrorists attempted to salvage equipment from the damaged truck.’

 

JANUARY 23rd/24th 2015
Iraq 13 strikes (1,102-1,114)
Syria 13 strikes (905-91)
Confirmed actions: US
6 civilians alleged killed at Ramadi, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 23, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 13 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted 13 airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 23, and 8 a.m., Jan. 24, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, 12 airstrikes struck eight ISIL tactical units and a large ISIL unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL building, and eight ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Al Hasakah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL mobile oil drilling rig.
Iraq
*       Near Al Qaim, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL weapons production facility.
*       Near Mosul, five airstrikes struck two large ISIL units, an ISIL choke point, an ISIL culvert, and four ISIL roads, and destroyed an ISIL culvert and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Ramadi, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Tal Afar, five airstrikes struck a large ISIL unit, two ISIL tactical units, an ISIL cantonment area, and an ISIL vehicle, and destroyed an ISIL building, six ISIL vehicles, an ISIL bunker, two ISIL shipping containers, and two ISIL checkpoints.
*       Near Erbil, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL shipping container, two ISIL vehicles, and three ISIL earth moving vehicles.’


Coalition destroys ‘ISIL weapon facility,’ Al Qaim, Iraq Jan 23rd 2015.

 

JANUARY 24th/25th 2015
Iraq 19 strikes (1,115-1,133)
Syria 15 strikes (918-932)
Confirmed actions: US, France, Canada 

From CJTF-OIR*:
‘On Jan. 24, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 15 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted 19 airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 24, and 8 a.m., Jan. 25, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
* Near Kobani, 13 airstrikes struck eight ISIL tactical units, two large ISIL units, and an ISIL fighting position, and destroyed 20 ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL vehicles.
* Near Idlib, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
* Near Al Hasakah, an airstrike destroyed two ISIL shipping containers and two ISIL bunkers.
Iraq
* Near Bayji, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.
* Near Haditha, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.
* Near Huwayjah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.
* Near Mahkmur, four airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and three large ISIL units and destroyed two ISIL buildings and an ISIL heavy weapon.
* Near Mosul, five airstrikes [1 French, 1 Canadian] struck an ISIL tactical unit, a large ISIL unit, and an ISIL vehicle, and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL building, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL weapons storage facility, and an ISIL structure. [see also Additional CENTCOM Report below]
* Near Ramadi, an airstrike [French] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL structure and an ISIL mortar firing position.
* Near Samarra, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL VBIED production facility.
* Near Tal Afar, five airstrikes struck two large ISIL units and two ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL buildings, an ISIL rocket system, an ISIL VBIED, four ISIL vehicles, an ISIL heavy weapon, and an ISIL armored vehicle.’

[* Airwars note: While this daily report was provided to us on request, it does not appear to have been publicly released.]

From French MoD:
‘Deux d’entre elles ont abouti sur des frappes contre des objectifs de Daech, les 24 et 25 janvier, permettant notamment la neutralisation d’une vingtaine de combattants terroristes. La première frappe a eu lieu dans la région de Mossoul, au sud-est de cette ville. La deuxième frappe a été effectuée dans la vallée de l’Euphrate, à l’est de Ramadi.’ 

From Canadian MoD:
On 24 January 2015, while taking part in coalition missions in support of Iraqi security forces ground operations conducted southeast of Mosul, CF-188 Hornets successfully struck an ISIL fighting position using precision guided munitions.’

Additional report from CENTCOM [archived]:
‘ISIL terrorist Abu Malik was killed Jan. 24 in a coalition airstrike in the vicinity of Mosul, Iraq. Malik was an ISIL chemical weapons engineer who worked at Saddam Hussein’s Muthana chemical weapon production facility before affiliating with al Qaeda Iraq in 2005. He later joined ISIL and his past training and experience provided the terrorist group with expertise to pursue a chemical weapons capability. His death is expected to temporarily degrade and disrupt the terrorist network and diminish ISIL’s ability to potentially produce and use chemical weapons against innocent people.’

Three French Rafales make their way to the Middle East, January 24th 2015  (Ministère de la Défense)

 

JANUARY 25th/26th 2015
Iraq 13 strikes (1,134-1,146)
Syria 21 strikes (933- 953)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, Canada
1 civilian death falsely reported at Aleppo, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 25, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 21 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted 13 airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 25, and 8 a.m., Jan. 26, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*      Near Al Qaim, an airstrike destroyed three ISIL armored vehicles.
*      Near Ar Raqqah, two airstrikes destroyed six ISIL armored vehicles and an ISIL vehicle.
*      Near Dayr az Zawr, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle.
*      Near Kobani, 17 airstrikes struck 14 ISIL tactical units, a large ISIL unit, and two ISIL fighting positions, and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL staging area.
Iraq
*      Near Fallujah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL excavator.
*      Near Haditha, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*      Near Mosul, four airstrikes [1 Canadian] struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL bunkers, two ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL armored vehicle.
*      Near Tal Afar, seven airstrikes struck a large ISIL unit and destroyed three ISIL mortar firing positions, three ISIL VBIEDs, eight ISIL armored vehicles, an ISIL checkpoint, 15 ISIL vehicles, and three ISIL fighting positions.’

From UK MoD:
25 January: a Reaper was once again on patrol over northern Iraq on Sunday, providing top cover to the peshmerga as they consolidated their latest successful offensive against ISIL. One Hellfire was used to attack an armoured personnel carrier, then a further 2 missiles were used against 2 ISIL positions near by.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 25 January 2015, while taking part in coalition missions in support of Iraqi security forces ground operations conducted northeast of Mosul, CF-188 Hornets successfully struck an ISIL fighting position using precision guided munitions.’

From Netherlands MoD:
[Reports 14 new missions and 13 weapon releases in the past week. To date Dutch pilots ‘have flown over 2000 hours spread over more than 400 missions. More than 250 weapons have been deployed.’]

‘Een overzicht van Defensie-operaties in de week van 19 tot en met 25 januari.
De Nederlandse F-16’s, actief in de strijd tegen ISIS, kwamen 14 keer in actie boven verschillende provincies van Irak. Ze zetten 13 keer wapens in. Sinds de start van de missie werd al meer dan 2000 uur gevlogen, verdeeld over meer dan 400 missies. Meer dan 250 keer werden wapens ingezet.’


Coalition strikes an ‘ISIL bunker’ near Mosul, January 25th 2015. 

 

JANUARY 26th/27th 2015
Iraq 7 strikes (1,147-1,153)
Syria 3 strikes (954-956)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTF-OIR*:
‘On Jan. 26, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft to conduct three airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted seven airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 26, and 8 a.m., Jan. 27, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
* Near Kobani, two airstrikes struck an ISIL staging position and two ISIL tactical units.
* Near Dayr az Zawr, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL shipping container.
Iraq
* Near Al Asad, an airstrike denied ISIL use of key terrain.
* Near Fallujah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL IED assembly and ammo storage facility.
* Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck an ISIL road and an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL armored vehicles and ISIL construction equipment.
* Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles.
* Near Mahkmur, an airstrike destroyed ISIL engineer equipment.’

[* Airwars note: While this daily report was provided to us on request, it does not appear to have been publicly released.]

Additional CENTCOM release:
‘TAMPA, Fla. – U.S. Central Command confirms that anti-ISIL forces now control approximately 90 percent of the city of Kobani. U.S. Central Command congratulates these courageous fighters and thanks them for their efforts.
Anti-ISIL forces have fought aggressively with resilience and fortitude. While the fight against ISIL is far from over, ISIL’s failure in Kobani has denied them one of their strategic objectives’

 

JANUARY 27th/28th 2015
Iraq 6 strikes (1,154-1,159)
Syria 13 strikes (957-969 )
Confirmed actions: US 

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 27, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 13 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted six airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 27, and 8 a.m., Jan. 28, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, 13 airstrikes struck 12 ISIL tactical units and an ISIL vehicle, and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL staging area, and three ISIL buildings.
Iraq
*       Near Al Asad, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL buildings.
*       Near Kirkuk, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Mosul, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIL checkpoint, six ISIL shipping containers, and four ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck a large ISIL unit and destroyed six ISIL buildings and an ISIL heavy weapon.
*       Near Tal Afar, an airstrike struck a large ISIL unit and destroyed four ISIL vehicles.’

From Danish MoD:
[Operations are expanded to include “Mosul, Bayji, the northwestern part of Ninawa province and western Al Anbar province. The objective of strikes has been enemy forces and buildings.” Six new bomb releases are reported.]

27-01-2015 – kl. 16:50– Missionerne, som de danske fly har deltaget i, har været offensive, og de danske fly har i den forløbne periode deltaget i missioner i områderne omkring Mosul, Bayji, den nordvestlige del af Ninawa provinsen og i den vestlige del af Al Anbar provinsen. Målene for bomberne har været fjendtlige styrker og bygninger.
De danske fly har fløjet Close Air Support-missioner (CAS), hvor flyene er indsat direkte som luftstøtte til styrker på landjorden. Her vil flyene patruljere over et bestemt område, hvorefter de vil kunne blive indsat af koalitionen, når der er behov for støtte. Luftstøtten vil variere afhængig af, hvad der er behov for.  Det kan både dreje sig om overvågningsopgaver og bombninger af mål. På nogle af disse missioner har de danske fly kastet bomber mod fjendtlige styrker/ bygninger/køretøjer i forbindelse med kamphandlinger på jorden.
De danske fly har også gennemført Air Interdiction-missioner.
Her planlægges et specifikt angreb mod et på forhånd defineret mål udførligt og detaljeret hjemmefra, og flyene flyver direkte frem til målet, kaster bomber og flyver retur. Ved disse missioner har målene for bomberne været fjendtlige bygninger.
På de missioner, hvor de danske F-16 ikke har anvendt våben, har de bidraget med overvågning og indhentning af efterretninger. På sådanne overvågningsmissioner er flyene dog altid klar til at anvende våben, hvis der er behov for det.
Siden første mission den 16. oktober 2014, har det danske bidrag i alt fløjet 163 missioner og anvendt 105 bomber. Alle de danske bomber er præcisionsstyrede, hvilket vil sige, at de styres mod deres mål ved hjælp af enten laser eller GPS.’

Update from French MoD for 27 Jan:
[Reports that this week Operation Chammal conducted 22 aerial missions over Iraqi soil. On the night of January 21 to 22, the French had helped the coalition raid in northern Iraq in the Sinjar region. By late evening, a patrol took off for a planned air strike to destroy the fighting positions Daech. Ten goals was destroyed by the French hunters through AASM1 bombs. This combined air operation (COMAO) was preceded, on 20 January, by a mission of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) performed by Atlantic 2nd Navy.]

‘    CHAMMAL : point de situation du 22 janvier 2015

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Mise à jour : 27/01/2015 11:24

Cette semaine, la force Chammal a réalisé 22 missions aériennes au-dessus du sol irakien.

Dans la nuit du 21 au 22 janvier, les avions français ont contribué à un raid de la coalition dans le nord du pays, dans la région de Sinjar.

En fin de soirée, une patrouille a décollé pour un raid aérien planifié visant à détruire des positions de combat de Daech. Une dizaine d’objectifs a été détruit par les chasseurs français au moyen de bombes AASM1.

Cette opération aérienne combinée (COMAO) a été précédée, le 20 janvier, d’une mission d’Intelligence, surveillance et reconnaissance (ISR) effectuée par un Atlantique 2de la Marine nationale. Cette mission « pré-strike », qui a mobilisé l’Atlantique 2durant plus de sept heures sur zone, a permis de rafraichir et confirmer les objectifs quelques heures avant leur neutralisation.

Hormis ce raid, les Rafale et Mirage2000D de l’armée de l’Air ont conduit quotidiennement des vols de reconnaissance armée, contribuant de façon complémentaire au recueil du renseignement sur le groupe terroriste Daech, en étroite coordination avec nos alliés présents dans la région.

Sur le volet maritime, la frégate anti-aérienne Jean Bart poursuit sa mission d’escorte du porte-avions USS Carl Vinson et de contrôle de l’espace aérien irakien au sein de la Task Force 50.

Lancée le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à assurer un soutien aérien aux forces armées irakiennes dans leur lutte contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech. Le dispositif est structuré autour de neuf avions Rafale, six avions Mirage 2000D, un ravitailleur C-135 FR, un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2 et la frégate anti-aérienne Jean Bart, intégrée dans le groupe aéronaval américain constitué autour du porte-avions USS Carl Vinson.

(1)L’AASM (Armement Air-Sol Modulaire) est une famille d’armements guidés air-sol intelligents de nouvelle génération. Tiré à distance de sécurité et autonome, l’AASM atteint une cible fixe ou mobile avec une très haute précision, de jour comme de nuit et par tous les temps.’

JANUARY 28th/29th 2015
Iraq 12 strikes (1,160-1,171)
Syria 6 strikes (970-975)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
9 claimed civilian deaths at Mosul, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 28, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct six airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted 12 airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 28, and 8 a.m., Jan. 29, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, five airstrikes struck an ISIL fighting position, three ISIL tactical units, and a large ISIL unit.
*       Near Dayr az Zawr, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL crude oil collection point.
Iraq
*       Near Al Asad, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Ar Rutbah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Mosul, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL weapons storage facility.
*       Near Sinjar, five airstrikes struck a large ISIL unit and destroyed 21 ISIL vehicles, four ISIL buildings, an ISIL shipping container, an ISIL modular structure, and an ISIL armored vehicle.
*       Near Tal Afar, four airstrikes struck two large ISIL units and an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL bunker, an ISIL armored vehicle, an ISIL bulldozer, three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL building, and an ISIL VBIED.’

From UK MoD:
‘As part of the international coalition’s efforts to support the Iraqi government in its fight against ISlL, RAF Tornado GR4s last night [January 28th] conducted an armed reconnaissance patrol over north-west Iraq, where the Kurdish peshmerga continue to press ISIL hard with a series of successful offensives.
Near Baa’j, the Tornados investigated a reported ISIL checkpoint, which was being used to prevent the local civilian population from being able to move freely. The checkpoint, which included a guard room and an equipment storage area, was destroyed with Paveway IV precision guided bombs.
Nearby, the GR4 patrol also located an ISIL armoured personnel carrier, and successfully attacked it with a Brimstone missile.’

RAF Tornado over Middle East after refueling from a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A tanker (Australian MoD)
RAF Tornado over Middle East after refueling from a Royal Australian Air Force tanker, Jan 29th 2015 (Australian MoD)

 

JANUARY 29th/30th 2015
Iraq 4 strikes (1,172-1,175)
Syria 2 strikes (976-977)
Confirmed actions: US, Canada
1 civilian reported killed at al Tayana, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 29, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using fighter aircraft to conduct two airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted four airstrikes in Iraq, using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 29, and 8 a.m., Jan. 30, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, two airstrikes struck two ISIL staging positions and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and one ISIL vehicle.
Iraq
*       Near Al Asad, an airstrike struck an ISIL firing position.
*       Near Tal Afar, three airstrikes struck two ISIL fighting positions [Canadian?] and destroyed an ISIL building, an ISIL bunker and an ISIL shipping container.’

From Canadian MoD:
On 29 January 2015, while taking part in coalition missions in support of Iraqi security forces ground operations conducted northwest of Mosul, CF-188 Hornets successfully struck two ISIL  fighting positions and two ISIL vehicles using precision guided munitions.’

 

JANUARY 30th/31st 2015
Iraq 17 strikes (1,176-1,192)
Syria 10 strikes (978-987)
Confirmed actions: US, Canada, France, UK 

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 30, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using fighter aircraft to conduct 10 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted 17 airstrikes in Iraq, using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 30, and 8 a.m., Jan. 31, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, eight airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and an ISIL building and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL artillery system, and an ISIL staging position.
*       Near Dayr az Zawr, two airstrikes destroyed four ISIL buildings, an ISIL bunker and an ISIL vehicle.
Iraq
*       Near Al Asad, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL rocket tube.
*       Near Tal Afar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL VBIED factory, an ISIL building, six ISIL vehicles, two ISIL heavy weapons and two ISIL pieces of engineer equipment.
*       Near Balad, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL armored vehicles and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units.
*       Near Ramadi, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Kirkuk, 10 airstrikes struck two ISIL large tactical units, three ISIL tactical units, four ISIL vehicles, and destroyed an ISIL bunker, three ISIL VBIEDs, an ISIL bulldozer, two ISIL armored vehicles, an ISIL artillery system, seven ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL buildings, and four ISIL vehicles.’[also see below]

Additional CENTCOM report:
On Jan. 30, Kurdish Security Forces (KSF) counterattacked ISIL on eight bridges they had captured during their initial assault on Kirkuk.  By the end of the day, the KSF had successfully recaptured five of the bridges.  On Jan. 31, the KSF continued to advance and eventually recaptured the remaining three bridges.  Afterwards, the KSF improved and reinforced the former ISIL positions in preparation for a counterattack which took place on Feb. 1.  ISIL attempted to regain all the crossing points with a synchronized, multipronged attack, and was defeated by the KSF.
From Saturday through Monday, coalition forces conducted 32 airstrikes in support of the KSF in Kirkuk, neutralizing or destroying ISIL armored tactical and armored vehicles, numerous ISIL formations and fighting positions, buildings and other equipment.
CENTCOM currently assesses that while ISIL still has the ability to conduct small-scale operations, their capacity to do so is degraded and their momentum is stalling.  The increasing tenacity of anti-ISIL forces along with coalition airstrikes has degraded ISIL’s ability to command and control forces; recruit, train and retain fighters, produce revenue from oil sales, and maintain morale.’ 

From Canadian MoD:
On 30 January 2015, while taking part in coalition missions in support of Iraqi security forces ground operations conducted northwest of Baghdad, CF-188 Hornets successfully struck an ISIL mortar using precision guided munitions.’ 

From French MoD:
Le 30 janvier 2015 matin, lors d’une mission de reconnaissance armée conduite entre Mossoul, Kirkourk et Baiji, un groupe de 150 combattants de Daecha été identifié en position de combat contre des forces peshmergas irakiennes. Une frappe des forces françaises a permis d’en neutraliser une cinquantaine. Le même jour et dans la même zone, les aéronefs ont également neutralisé une position de tir qui faisait feu sur des forces irakiennes.’ 

From UK MoD:
January 30th: An RAF Reaper operating in support of Iraqi ground forces conducted 4 strikes with Hellfire missiles on terrorists in the west of the country.
In the early hours of Saturday morning [January 31st] , a Tornado GR4 patrol located a group of armoured personnel carriers being used by ISIL and attacked them with a combination of Brimstone missiles and Paveway IV guided bombs.’

 

JANUARY 31st/FEBRUARY 1st 2015
Iraq 26 strikes (1,193-1,218)
Syria 8 strikes (988-995)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 31, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct eight airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted 26 airstrikes in Iraq, using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Jan. 31, and 8 a.m., Feb. 1, local time. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:
Syria
*       Near Kobani, seven airstrikes struck an ISIL staging area and four ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
Iraq
*       Near Al Asad, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Al Qaim, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL staging area.
*       Near Hit, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Kirkuk, 19 airstrikes struck four large ISIL units and 11 ISIL tactical units and destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL staging position, eight ISIL vehicles, two ISIL armored vehicles, an ISIL building, and an ISIL tank.
*       Near Mahkmur, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Sinjar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL buildings, an ISIL heavy weapon, an ISIL shipping container, and an ISIL modular structure.
*       Near Tal Afar, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.’ 

From UK MoD:
Later [January 31st], a Reaper was again on patrol in western Iraq, and used Hellfires to engage an ISIL truck and a group of terrorists.’

 

Australian Ministry of Defence
Monthly data for January 2015

Aircraft

Sorties

Hours

Munitions/Fuel (lbs)

E7 11 133 N/A
KC-30A 36 321 3,204,936
F/A 18F 70 600 53

US Air Force Central Command
Monthly Air Power Summary for January 2015

Afcent Jan 15