Military reports – January 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 January 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.

January 1st – 2nd 2017
Iraq 9 strikes (10,781 – 10,789)
Syria 17 strikes (6,316 – 6,332)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2 or more civilians alleged killed at the road between Sarmada and Bab al-Hawa, Idlib governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 1, Coalition military forces conducted 26 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an oil well head and a crane.
.       Near Ar Raqqah, 12 strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, two oil storage tanks, and an ISIL checkpoint; damaged five supply routes, a bridge, and a trench.
.       Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a mortar system.
.       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an oil well head, a drilling truck, a dump truck, and two oil tanker trucks.
.       Near Idlib, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two tactical vehicles.

Iraq

.       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
.       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an observation post and a weapons cache.
.       Near Mosul, six strikes [3 British] engaged four ISIL tactical units; destroyed four mortars, five VBIEDs, a heavy machine gun, a vehicle, an ISIL-held building, a pontoon bridge, and three VBIED factories; disabled two bridges; damaged 31 supply routes; and suppressed six mortar teams.
.       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed two weapons storage facilities.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 1 January:

‘Sunday 1 January – Typhoons attacked a mortar position in northern Mosul, whilst a Reaper hit terrorist fighters and an armed truck in the south-east of the city…Similar Reaper operations occurred on New Year’s Day [Jan 1st], with our aircraft destroying a group of terrorists with one Hellfire, then using a second to knock out an armed truck which it had spotted reversing in and out of cover to fire bursts from a heavy machine-gun. A flight of Typhoon FGR4s were also active over northern Mosul, where they used a Paveway IV to attack a mortar position just to the north of the city.

Coalition monthly civilian casualty release: January 2nd 2016

During the month of November 2016, CJTF-OIR received 16 new reports and assessed seven previously received reports of possible civilian casualties resulting from Coalition strikes in Iraq and Syria in the fight to defeat ISIL. Thirteen of these reports were assessed to be non-credible, five were assessed to be credible, and five reports are still being assessed. Coalition strikes are defined as strikes conducted by 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 all 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, the Coalition interviews pilots and other personnel involved in the targeting process, reviews strike and surveillance video if available, and analyzes information provided by government agencies, non-governmental organizations, partner forces and traditional and social media. In addition, the Coalition considers 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 civilian casualty report, CJTF-OIR assessed that the following 13 reports are non-credible.  Non-credible means that at this time there is not sufficient information available to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in civilian casualties.

1.      Feb. 2, 2016, Hama Province, Syria:  No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographic area of the reported civilian casualties.

2.      Oct. 5, 2016, near al-Qayyarah, Iraq:  After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that no civilians were harmed in this strike.

3.      Oct. 6, 2016, near al Shaddadi, Syria:  After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that no civilians were harmed in this strike.

4.      Oct. 22, 2016, near Qaraqosh and Hasana, Iraq:  No Coalition strikes were conducted on structures in the geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.

5.      Oct. 23, 2016, near Qaraqosh and Hasana, Iraq:  Insufficient information provided or available to assess the credibility of the reported civilian casualties.

6.      Nov. 2, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq:  No Coalition strikes were conducted on structures in the geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.

7.      Nov. 7, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq:  After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that no civilians were harmed in this strike.

8.      Nov. 8, 2016, near Al Heisha or Ayn Issa, Syria:  Insufficient information provided or available to assess the credibility of the reported civilian casualties.

9.      Nov. 15, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq:  After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that no civilians were harmed in this strike.

10.     Nov. 22, 2016, near Tal Afar, Iraq:  No Coalition strikes were conducted on structures in the geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.

11.     Nov. 22, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq:  After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that no civilians were harmed in this strike.

12.     Nov. 24, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq:  After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that no civilians were harmed in this strike.

13.     Nov. 28, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq:  No Coalition strikes were conducted on structures in the geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.
Although the Coalition takes extraordinary efforts to strike military targets in a manner that minimizes the risk of civilian casualties, in some incidents casualties are unavoidable.  Five reports were assessed to be credible resulting in the unintended death of 15 civilians.

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

1.      Nov. 6, 2016, near Shahid-Yunis As Sab, Iraq:  During a strike on ISIL fighters in a moving vehicle it is assessed that seven civilians were unintentionally killed when the targeted vehicle came into close proximity to two stationary vehicles just prior to the munition’s impact.

2.      Nov. 21, 2016, near Al-Salahiyah, Syria:  During a strike on ISIL-held buildings it is assessed that two civilians were unintentionally killed.

3.      Nov. 26, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq:  During a strike on ISIL fighters and a technical vehicle it is assessed that two civilians were unintentionally killed by the munition’s strike blast.

4.      Nov. 26, 2016, near Ar Raqqah, Syria:  During a strike on ISIL fighters in a moving vehicle it is assessed that one civilian pedestrian was unintentionally killed by the munition’s strike blast.

5.      Nov. 29, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq:  During a strike on ISIL fighters it is assessed that three civilians were unintentionally killed when they entered the target area just prior to the munition’s impact.

Currently, five reports of civilian casualties received in November are still being assessed:

1.      Sept. 20, 2015, near Mosul, Iraq.

2.      July 20, 2016, near Manbij, Syria.

3.      Nov. 14, 2016, near Tal Afar, Iraq.

4.      Nov. 19, 2016, near Ar Raqqah, Syria.

5.      Nov. 24, 2016, near Omar Gosp, Syria.

Additionally, the Coalition is investigating the Dec. 29, 2016, strike on a van [in Mosul] carrying ISIL fighters observed firing a SPG9/RPG recoilless rifle. The van was struck in what was later determined to be a hospital compound parking lot resulting in possible civilian casualties.

To date, based on information available, CJTF-OIR has assessed that, it is more likely than not, at least 188 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.

 

January 2nd – 3rd 2017
Iraq 10 strikes (10,790 – 10,799)
Syria 14 strikes (6,333 – 6,346)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
4 women alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 2, Coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed three oil well heads.
.       Near Al Shadaddi, four strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL-held building, a fighting position, a weapons cache, a VBIED, and a VBIED storage facility.
.       Near Ar Raqqah, five strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a weapons cache, and an ISIL-held building.
.       Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed a VBIED.
.       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed four oil refinement tanks and an oil tanker truck.
.       Near Manbij, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions.

Iraq

.       Near Al Huwayjah, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a weapons cache, a piece of engineering equipment and an improvised weapons factory.
.       Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a checkpoint.
.       Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three tactical vehicles, an ISIL-held building, and an armored front-end loader.
.       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed an ISIL-held building, a heavy machine gun, and a mortar system.
.       Near Mosul, three strikes [1 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed three buildings, a heavy machine gun, two mortars, a piece of engineering equipment, a VBIED, and a front-end loader; damaged 17 supply routes; and suppressed four mortar teams.
.       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed a VBIED facility.’

Ammunition used to conduct a fire mission on a M109A6 Paladin howitzer at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Jan. 2, 2017 (US Army)
Ammunition used to conduct a fire mission on a M109A6 Paladin howitzer at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Jan. 2, 2017 (US Army)

Update from UK MoD for Monday 2 January:

‘Monday 2 January – A British soldier was killed in a non-combat incident at a training base in Taji. Over Mosul, a Reaper engaged a terrorist position…

The British military training mission in Iraq sadly suffered a fatality on Monday 2 January, when Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington from the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment died in a non-combat incident at a training camp in Taji. Further information can be found here.

A Reaper patrol also on 2 January over Mosul provided surveillance support to coalition air strikes on terrorist fighters, including a recoilless anti-tank gun team, and employed a Hellfire to silence a Daesh rooftop position that was firing on Iraqi troops.’

France reports that since September 19th 2014, they’ve carried out 5,729 flights in Iraq and Syria and 1,061 strikes against ISIL, destroying 1,762 targets.

January 3rd – 4th 2017
Iraq 6 strikes (10,800 – 10,805)
Syria 21 strikes (6,347- 6,367)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
22 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
11 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
3 children and 20-26 prisoners (combat status unclear) alleged killed at Sarmada, Idlib governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 3, Coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Al Shadaddi, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed a VBIED, a VBIED storage facility, and a fighting position; and damaged a repeater box and communications tower.
.       Near Ar Raqqah, seven strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units; destroyed a VBIED, a VBIED storage facility, a weapons cache, and 11 fighting positions; and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
.       Near Al Tanf, one strike destroyed an ISIL repeater box, two repeater antennas, and two solar panels.
.       Near Ayn Isa, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units, destroyed a fighting position, and disabled an ISIL armored vehicle.
.       Near Dayr Az Zawr, seven strikes destroyed two excavators, one bulldozer, two oil well heads, 13 oil construction vehicles, four cranes, a piece of engineering equipment, and seven front-end loaders.

Iraq

.       Near Al Huwayjah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed a pickup truck, and a VBIED storage facility.
.       Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
.       Near Mosul, three strikes [1 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed two mortars, a tactical vehicle, and two command and control nodes; damaged two supply routes, and suppressed nine mortar teams and an ISIL tactical unit.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 3 January:

‘Tuesday 3 January – Tornados destroyed a truck south of Kirkuk, a Reaper attacked terrorists in south-east Mosul…The following day [Jan 3rd], a further Reaper attack occurred in south-east Mosul, striking a pair of terrorists who were in close proximity to Iraqi forces, whilst some 20 miles south of Kirkuk, a Tornado flight destroyed a Daesh truck with a Paveway IV.’

January 4th – 5th 2017
Iraq 10 strikes (10,806 – 10,815)
Syria 15 strikes (6,368- 6,382)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
9 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 4, Coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Ar Raqqah, nine strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, four oil tanker trucks, an oil pump jack, an artillery system, and a command and control node; and damaged two supply routes.
.       Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed three ISIL tunnels.
.       Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes destroyed six oil pump jacks and an oil tanker truck.

Iraq

.       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an ISIL headquarters building.
.       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed a bridge.
.       Near Mosul, seven strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units; destroyed five ISIL-held buildings, four fighting positions, four mortar systems, two weapons caches, a supply cache, a communications tower, a vehicle, a command and control node, and a rocket and unmanned aerial vehicle factory; damaged 27 supply routes; and suppressed two mortar teams.
.       Near Tal Afar, one strike [1 British?] destroyed an ISIL VBIED factory.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 4 January:

‘Wednesday 4 January – Typhoons destroyed a truck-bomb factory in northern Iraq and a bridge used by Daesh in western Iraq…On Wednesday 4 January, two flights of Royal Air Force Typhoons carried out attacks on Daesh targets in northern and western Iraq. One pair of Typhoons headed to a site north of Tall Afar, where intelligence had located a group of three buildings used by Daesh to manufacture truck-bombs. All three buildings were demolished using Paveway IV guided bombs. The second flight, also armed with Paveway IVs, successfully targeted a bridge used by the terrorists to cross a tributary of the Euphrates in Anbar province.’

Update from Danish MoD on January 5th:
[Denmark report that they will be training about 350 men from the Iraqi Security Forces at Al Assad Air Base. Their radar contribution has continued despite a slow down due to poor weather.]

‘Mission Update nr. 1 2017
Opdatering fra de danske styrker i internationale missioner
05-01-2017 – kl. 12:53
Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Operation Inherent Resolve

Træningsbidraget – Irak
Træningsbidraget på Al Assad Airbase i Irak starter det nye år med at træne cirka 350 mand fra de irakiske sikkerhedsstyrker.

Radarbidraget – Irak og de Forenede Arabiske Emirater
Radarbidraget har i den forgangne uge løst deres opgaver på trods af periodevist meget dårligt vejr. Vejret har forårsaget en del ændringer i forhold til lufttankningen af koalitionens flyvende enheder. De danske operatører har håndteret disse ændringer og de afledte effekter.

Der er dermed intet nyt at berette fra andre missioner.’

Update from French MoD on January 5th:
[Since December 27th 2016, France reports conducting 18 strikes destroying 21 ISIL targets. In Iraq, 16 strikes were carried out, 11 of which were concentrated in the Mosul region. They targeted ISIL mortar positions, VBIED storage sites and barges. Five other strikes in Iraq were carried out in Stem and Euphrates valleys,  towards Baiji and Haditha. Two strikes were carried out in Syria in the Raqqa region. Since December 28th, task Force Wagram has conducted 22 support missions.]

Opération Chammal
Appréciation de situation

Au Levant, Daech offre toujours un rideau défensif dense là où la coalition porte son effort. L’organisation terroriste continue de mener des actions de harcèlement ailleurs pour tenter de disperser les forces coalisées et d’assurer le soutien logistique de ses combattants.

En Irak, Daech a poursuivi ses attaques quotidiennes et ses actions de harcèlement. La ville de Bagdad a ainsi été la cible de nombreux attentats la semaine passée. Dans la région de Mossoul, les forces de sécurité irakiennes (FSI) ont repris l’offensive pour la reconquête de Mossoul le 29 décembre après une pause opérationnelle de régénération permise par de mauvaises conditions météorologiques qui limitaient les appuis.

En Syrie, la fin de la bataille d’Alep va sans doute amorcer une transition vers une nouvelle phase du conflit, concentrant les efforts des différentes parties contre Daech sur Raqqah, Al Bab et Palmyre.
Avancée sur la bataille de Mossoul

Dans la région de Mossoul, les Popular Mobilization Forces (milices chiites) continuent de mener des opérations de contrôle de zone dans la région de Tal Afar pour couper les flux de Daech.

Parallèlement, dans l’offensive vers Mossoul, les forces irakiennes progressent de manière synchrone, appuyée par la coalition. Les efforts portent toujours sur 3 axes principaux : depuis le Nord vers Bawizah avec la 16e division, depuis l’Est avec l’ICTS et le Sud Est avec la 9e brigade.
Activités « appuis » de la force
Les opérations aériennes

Depuis le 27 décembre, l’activité aérienne des avions français est restée soutenue avec 76 sorties dont 63 de reconnaissances armées, 8 de recueil de renseignement par l’Atlantique 2 et les Rafale et 5 de ravitaillement par le C135 FR.

Au total, 18 frappes ont été menées par les Rafale contreDaech et ont détruit 21 objectifs. 16 frappes ont été réalisées en Irak dont 11 concentrées dans la région de Mossoul. Elles visaient en particulier des positions de mortier, des sites de stockage de VBIED, ou des barges de franchissement sur le Tigre. 5 autres frappes en Irak ont été conduites dans les vallées du Tige et de l’Euphrate vers Baiji et Haditah. 2 frappes ont été réalisées en Syrie dans la région de Raqqah.
Activité de la TF WAGRAM

Depuis le 28 décembre 2016, la TF Wagram a conduit 22 missions d’appui dont 7 missions d’interdiction en soutien des opérations et 15 missions d’éclairement.’

Additional update from French MoD on January 5th:
[France reports that Task Force Wagram now operates from two rights-of-way in support of the Iraqi security forces engaged in the Battle of Mosul. A second protected right-of-way is now located about twenty kilometers north of the city. The new system was set up at the request of the Coalition.]

Chammal – adaptation de la Task Force Wagram

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Depuis fin décembre, la Task Force (TF) Wagram opère désormais depuis deux emprises en appui des forces de sécurité irakiennes engagées dans la bataille de Mossoul. Ce nouveau dispositif, mis en place à la demande de la coalition, permet dès à présent, en complément de la mission initiale conduite depuis Q-West, d’apporter un soutien aux forces irakiennes engagées dans les combats au Nord et à l’Ouest de la ville.

Déployée en septembre dernier sur la base de Q-West (Sud de Mossoul), la Task Force Wagram est désormais également présente sur une deuxième emprise protégée située à une vingtaine de kilomètres au Nord de la ville.  Ce groupement d’artillerie, équipé de deux CAESAR (Canon équipé d’un système d’Artillerie), a pour mission d’appuyer les troupes irakiennes engagées dans la bataille de Mossoul lancée le 17 octobre dernier.

L’autre groupement d’artillerie à deux canons CAESAR resté à Qayyarah poursuit ses missions de protection de la base de Q West et d’appui au profit des unités irakiennes engagées dans les opérations de sécurisation des rives du Tigre, au sud de Mossoul.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal représente la participation française à l’OIR (opération  Inherent Resolve) et mobilise aujourd’hui près de 1 200 militaires. A la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, l’opération Chammal repose sur deux piliers complémentaires : un pilier « formation» au profit d’unités de sécurité nationales irakiennes et un pilier «  appui » consistant à soutenir l’action des forces locales engagées au sol contre Daesh et à frapper les capacités militaires de du groupe terroriste.

A ce jour, le dispositif complet de l’opération Chammal est structuré autour de 14 Rafale et d’un C-135FR de l’armée de l’air, d’un Atlantique-2 et d’un détachement d’artillerie CAESAR. Il comprend également une centaine de militaires projetés à Bagdad et Erbil pour la formation et le conseil des états-majors et unités irakiennes.’

France’s Task Force Wagram in action.

 

January 5th – 6th 2017
Iraq 6 strikes (10,816 – 10,821)
Syria 23 strikes (6,383- 6,405)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
At least 5 civilians including 2 women alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Unknown number of Iraqi troops alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
26 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
14 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 5, Coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Ar Raqqah, 17 strikes engaged 11 ISIL tactical units; destroyed 10 fighting positions, five oil pump jacks, four oil refinement stills, two oil tanker trucks, an oil storage tank, a tunnel system, a VBIED storage facility, and a vehicle.
.       Near Dayr Az Zawr, six strikes destroyed five oil and gas refinement buildings and a refinement still.

Iraq

.       Near Al Huwayjah, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed an ISIL-held building and a vehicle.
.       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed an artillery system.
.       Near Mosul, three strikes [2 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed three ISIL-held buildings, three supply caches, two mortar systems, a fighting position, and a VBIED; damaged 24 supply routes; and suppressed two mortar teams.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 5 January:

‘Thursday 5 January – Tornados struck a mortar in central Mosul, while a Reaper supported Iraqi troops in several fire fights in the south-east of the city…The main focus for RAF and other Coalition aircraft has remained the providing close air support to Iraqi operations to liberate Mosul. A Tornado mission on Thursday 5 January used a Paveway IV to destroy a mortar position in central Mosul. Meanwhile, a Reaper remotely piloted aircraft flew overwatch for Iraqi troops advancing in the south-eastern area of the city. Our aircraft conducted three very precise attacks with Hellfire missiles against extremists as they fought with the Iraqis, and provided surveillance support to three further strikes by other Coalition aircraft.’

 

January 6th – 7th 2017
Iraq 11 strikes (10,822 – 10,832)
Syria 27 strikes (6,406 6,432)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
20 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
17-18 civilians includiing 2 children and 2 women alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
4-7 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2 or more civilians alleged killed at Sumer, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1-2 civilians alleged killed at Taftanaz, Idlib governorate, Syria
From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 6, Coalition military forces conducted 38 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, 12 strikes [1 British?] engaged eight ISIL tactical units; destroyed 14 oil refinement tanks, seven fighting positions, a VBIED facility, a VBIED, an ISIL-held building, an artillery system, and a bunker system; and damaged two supply routes.
*       Near Ayn Isa, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position and an artillery system.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, nine strikes destroyed 18 oil refinement stills, 15 oil pump jacks, and an oil well head.
*       Near Idlib, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Manbij, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a command and control node.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four vehicles, two mortar systems, and a watercraft.
*       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL-held building and a weapons cache.
*       Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British] engaged five ISIL tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, two VBIEDs, two ISIL-held buildings, two heavy machine guns, two weapons caches, an IED, a mortar system, a homemade explosives facility, an ISIL headquarters building, a supply cache, and a mobile artillery system; damaged 21 supply routes; and suppressed five tactical units.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL-held building.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed three vehicles, an armored vehicle, and a VBIED; and suppressed a mortar position.’

A land–based Phalanx weapons system assigned to B Battery, 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment conducts a test fire mission to maintain mission readiness at Camp Manion, Iraq, Jan. 6, 2017 (US Army)
A land–based Phalanx weapons system assigned to B Battery, 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment conducts a test fire mission to maintain mission readiness at Camp Manion, Iraq, Jan. 6, 2017 (US Army)

Update from UK MoD for Friday 6 January:

‘Friday 6 January – Typhoons bombed a sniper position west of Raqqa in Syria, a Reaper provided further assistance to Iraqi forces in Mosul…Reaper operations over south-east Mosul continued on Friday 6 January, with three more Hellfire attacks which killed Daesh fighters engaged in very close-quarter combat with the Iraqi forces. Assistance was also provided to the Syrian Democratic Forces in their offensive towards Raqqa, with a pair of Typhoons bombing a Deash sniper position on the north-eastern shore of Lake Assad.’

 

January 7th – 8th 2017
Iraq 6 strikes (10,833 – 10,838)
Syria 28 strikes (6,433 6,460)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
5 civilians including 3 children and 2 women alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
15-27 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
12 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 7, Coalition military forces conducted 34 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, 15 strikes engaged six ISIL tactical units and destroyed four armored vehicles, two VBIEDs, two bunkers, a fighting position, and three tactical vehicles.
*       Near Ayn Isa, five strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units, destroyed two fighting positions, a and a vehicle, and damaged a supply route.
*       Near Dayr Az Zayr, eight strikes destroyed 24 oil tanker trucks, four oil pump jacks, and damaged three supply routes.

Iraq

*       Near Mosul, three strikes [1 British?] engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed five mortars, two supply caches, four fighting positions, a command and control node, a weapons cache, and a VBIED factory; suppressed three mortar teams; damaged 14 supply routes; and disabled a bridge.
*       Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position, a mortar, and a UAV.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed a semi-truck.’

‘Coalition partners advise and assist Iraqi security forces in mortar operations during building partner capacity training at Al Asad Air Base.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 7 January:

‘Saturday 7 January – A Reaper intervened twice in close-quarter fighting in south-east Mosul…On Saturday 7 January, a Reaper again used the precision of its Hellfire missiles to hit terrorists twice during street-fighting in south-eastern Mosul.’

January 8th – 9th 2017
Iraq 11 strikes (10,839 – 10,849)
Syria 23 strikes (6,461 6,483)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 civilian alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
50 or more
 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
‘Many’
 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Unknown number of civlians alleged killed at Hawija, Kirkuk province, Iraq


From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 8, Coalition military forces conducted 34 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
.       Near Ar Raqqah, 15 strikes [1 British] engaged five ISIL tactical units; destroyed six oil refinement stills, three supply caches, two bridges, two artillery systems, a VBIED, a bulldozer, a UAV, an IED, a dump truck, a pontoon bridge, a tank, and an armored vehicle; and damaged a supply route.
.       Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed a repeater station.
.       Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes destroyed eight oil pump jacks, six oil refinement stills, three excavators, and two cranes.
.       Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed an ISIL-held tank.

Iraq

.       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed a VBIED storage facility.
.       Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building, a VBIED, and a front-end loader.
.       Near Mosul, five strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units; destroyed three ISIL-held buildings, two vehicles, two mortar systems, a rocket propelled grenade launcher, a VBIED staging facility, and a VBIED; damaged 29 supply routes; and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit and a mortar team.
.       Near Rawah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL-held building and a VBIED.
.       Near Sinjar, two strikes destroyed three tunnel entrances and two ISIL fighting positions.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 8 January:

‘Sunday 8 January – Tornados attacked a truck-bomb workshop and buried weapons cache in northern Iraq, a Reaper destroyed a boat on the Tigris in Mosul, and Typhoons hit an artillery piece in Syria to the west of Raqqa…Sunday 8 January saw further Typhoon operations in support of the SDF west of Raqqa, destroying an artillery piece hidden in woods was hit with a Paveway IV. A Tornado flight also patrolled over northern Iraq, using a pair of Paveway IVs to destroy a truck-bomb workshop some 35 miles south-west of Kirkuk. A further pair of Paveways were used to attack a stockpile of weapons buried in shipping containers south of Sinjar. A Reaper, as ever maintaining a presence over Mosul, meanwhile observed a group of Daesh attempting to cross the Tigris in a small boat. A direct hit from a Hellfire completely destroyed the craft.’

January 9th – 10th 2017
Iraq 11 strikes (10,850 – 10,860)
Syria 15 strikes (6,484 – 6,498)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
3 civilians alleged killed at Officer neighborhood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2 civilians alleged killed at Muthanna, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 9, Coalition military forces conducted 26 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

. Near Ar Raqqah, 12 strikes engaged six ISIL tactical units; destroyed an IED, seven fighting positions, and a VBIED; and damaged four supply routes.
. Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed a VBIED and an ISIL tactical vehicle.
. Near Dayr Az Zayr, one strike destroyed an oil pump jack.
. Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed two ISIL weapons caches.

Iraq

. Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building.
. Near Mosul, seven strikes [3 British] engaged four ISIL tactical units; destroyed a fighting position, a heavy machine gun, seven ISIL-held buildings, four VBIEDs, a VBIED facility, two weapons caches, three tactical vehicles, a tunnel entrance, and a mortar; damaged 18 supply routes; and suppressed two mortar teams and an ISIL tactical unit.
. Near Tal Afar, three strikes destroyed an ISIL-held building and four UAV construction facilities.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 9 January:

‘Monday 9 January – Tornados struck four Daesh targets in Mosul and to the north near Nineveh, including a lorry-bomb and an armoured truck…

Royal Air Force aircraft have continued to provide close air support to the Iraqi operations in and around Mosul.

A pair of Tornados patrolled north of Mosul on Monday 9 January, assisting Iraqi forces as they cleared Daesh positions near Nineveh. The Iraqi troops came under fire from a Daesh-held building, as well as from a small group of extremists concealed under the canopy of another building. The Tornados were able to conduct a simultaneous attack on both targets, demolishing the first building with a Paveway IV guided bomb, and hitting those under the canopy with a Brimstone missile. A coalition aircraft had meanwhile identified a lorry-bomb nearby. Our Tornados destroyed the target with a second Brimstone. RAF aircraft then turned their attention to southern Mosul, where an armoured truck had been spotted. The truck was destroyed with a further Brimstone missile.’

 

January 10th – 11th 2017
Iraq 8 strikes (10,861 – 10,868)
Syria 15 strikes (6,499 – 6,513)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 or more civilians alleged killed at Hadbah, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 10, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Ar Raqqah, five strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a front-end loader, a VBIED, a fighting position, and a tunnel entrance.
.       Near Ayn Isa, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a vehicle, five fighting positions, a command and control node, a VBIED, and a heavy machine gun.
.       Near Dayr Az Zayr, five strikes destroyed three oil well heads, 16 oil tanker trucks, two oil pump jacks, and an excavator.
.       Near Palmyra, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two tactical vehicles.

Iraq

.       Near Al Huwayjah, two strikes disabled two bridges.
.       Near Mosul, three strikes [1-2 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed four fighting positions, two vehicles, an ISIL-held building, and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher; and damaged 39 supply routes, three tunnels, and a front-end loader.
.       Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a VBIED, a VBIED facility, and a UAV launch site.
.       Near Sinjar, one strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
.       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed a VBIED factory.’

Pre-flight checks are performed on a AH 64E Apache helicopter at Camp Erbil, Iraq, Jan. 10, 2017 (US Army)
Pre-flight checks are performed on a AH 64E Apache helicopter at Camp Erbil, Iraq, Jan. 10, 2017 (US Army)

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 10 January:

‘Tuesday 10 January – A Reaper eliminated a mortar team and a group of Daesh fighters while supporting Iraqi troops pushing into central Mosul…On Tuesday 10 January, an RAF Reaper supported Iraqi troops as they advanced further into central Mosul. The Reaper’s crew identified a Daesh mortar team trying to conceal their activity in a wooded area, and struck them with a Hellfire missile. A second Hellfire accounted for a group of terrorists close to an Iraqi unit. In the confusion of the street fighting, the Reaper observed Daesh firing on each other, with at least one terrorist killed by their own side.’

 

January 11th – 12th 2017
Iraq 8 strikes (10,869 – 10,876)
Syria 9 strikes (6,514 – 6,522)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
12 or more civilians alleged killed at Hadbah, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 more civilians alleged killed at Second Ka’afat neighbrohood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
11-19 civilians alleged killed at Maliyah neighborhood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2-4 civilians including 1 child alleged killed at Debsi Afnan village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
0-1 civilian alleged killed at Al Rashid farm, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Saraqeb, Idlib governorate, Syria
3
 civilian alleged killed at Taftanaz, Idlib governorate, Syria

 

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 11, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Ar Raqqah, six strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed two tunnels, two fighting positions, a tactical vehicle, and a front-end loader; and damaged three supply routes.
.       Near Dayr Az Zayr, three strikes destroyed three oil tanker trucks, two oil pump jacks, and an oil well head.

Iraq

.       Near Al Huwayjah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL-held buildings and a command and control node.
.       Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
.       Near Mosul, five strikes [2 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed three fighting positions, three ISIL-held buildings, two heavy machine guns, two mortar systems, a command and control node, a VBIED factory, a VBIED, an ISIL UAV, a supply cache, and an artillery system; and damaged 24 supply routes and an ISIL-held building.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 11 January:

‘Wednesday 11 January – A Reaper engaged Daesh fighters in northern Mosul and destroyed a car-bomb in the east of the city…Reaper operations over Mosul continued on Wednesday 11 January. Our aircraft conducted one attack in northern Mosul against a group of Daesh caught in the open. It then kept watch on a building where over a dozen Daesh fighters were observed assembling. The surveillance effort enabled a successful strike by a coalition fast jet which demolished the building. The Reaper then moved to patrol over eastern Mosul, where another coalition aircraft had successfully disabled a car-bomb. A Hellfire missile from the Reaper destroyed the threat outright.’

From January 4th – 10th, France reports 12 strikes: 10 in Iraq – 6 in Mosul – and 2 in Syria. Task Force Wagram conducted 11 missions near Mosul.

 

January 12th – 13th 2017
Iraq 15 strikes +1 * (10,877 – 10,892)
Syria 17 strikes (6,523 – 6,539)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
21-30 civilians alleged killed at New Mosul neighborhood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
4 civilians alleged killed at Al Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq
4-20 civilians alleged killed at Al Arba’een moutnain, southern Idlib, Syria
7 civilians alleged killed at Beza’a city, Aleppo governorate, Syria
0-24
 civilians alleged killed at Al Arabi, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2-3
 civilians including 1 child alleged killed at Tal Abyad street, Raqqa, raqqa governorate, Syria 

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 12, Coalition military forces conducted 32 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an oil pump jack.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, 11 strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 30 oil refinement stills, six fighting positions, three oil tanker trailers, an ISIL headquarters, a weapons cache and an oil well head.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed a bunker.
*       Near Dayr Ar Zawr, two strikes destroyed 15 oil refinement stills and nine oil tanker trucks.
*       Near Manbij, two strikes damaged a vehicle and a mortar system.

Iraq

*       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Mosul, nine strikes [2 British] engaged five ISIL tactical units; destroyed five vehicles, three mortar systems, two UAV launch sites, three fighting positions, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, a VBIED manufacturing and armoring facility, a heavy machine gun, a supply cache, and an anti-air artillery system; damaged 18 supply routes; and two bridges.
*       Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, a command and control node, and a weapons storage facility.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed a mortar system.
*       Near Tal Afar, three strikes destroyed a vehicle, a VBIED facility and a UAV launch site.’

* See 13th-14th January for amended Iraq strikes

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 12 January:

‘Thursday 12 January – Typhoons destroyed a building in south-central Mosul used by Daesh for remotely piloted aerial vehicle operations, while a Reaper engaged three groups of Daesh fighters in the south-east of the city…During the battle for Mosul, small armed remotely piloted aerial vehicles with grenades have been used by Daesh a number of times to harass Iraqi troops, with reports suggesting they have also been used to target civilian refugees. A building in the southern area of central Mosul was identified as being used as a base for these drones and their operators. On Thursday 12 January a pair of Royal Air Force Typhoons targeted the site, demolishing the building with two Paveway IV guided bombs. Over south-east Mosul, a Reaper meanwhile flew overwatch for Iraqi troops as they cleared further Daesh positions. The Reaper’s crew were able to identify a number of terrorists armed with heavy and light machine-guns firing at the Iraqi forces, and conducted three successful attacks with Hellfire missiles which eliminated the threat posed.’

Update from French MoD on January 12th:
[Since January 4th, Operation Chammal aircraft have continued their air missions against ISIL, carrying out 43 sorties. The 12 strikes made by the French planes destroyed 15 ISIL targets. Six of the 12 strikes were carried out in the Mosul region in support of land operations.]

Opération Chammal

Appréciation de situation

En Irak, la stratégie de Daech, axée sur la multiplication des actions de guérilla et de terrorisme, vise plus que jamais à essayer de divertir les forces irakiennes de leur effort sur Mossoul. Les combats pour la reprise de la ville sont toujours âpres depuis la relance de l’offensive des FSI fin décembre.

Daech poursuit ses actions de harcèlement et ses attentats en particulier danns la région de Baiji et à Bagdad.

En Syrie, la progression vers Raqqah se poursuit de façon limitée mais régulière, étant donné l’importance des travaux de défense réalisés par Daech sur le terrain.

Avancées sur la bataille de Mossoul

Depuis la reprise de l’offensive par les FSI fin décembre, les unités irakiennes avancent de façon coordonnée dans la partie Est de la ville, avec l’appui permanent de la coalition. Les efforts portent sur 3 axes principaux : depuis le Nord vers Bawizah avec la 16e division, depuis l’Est avec l’ICTS et le Sud Est avec la 9e brigade.

Les FSI sont parvenus à s’emparer de nombreux quartiers, notamment au Sud de la ville où l’ICTS a atteint les berges du Tigre. La capacité de résistance de Daech demeure, mais les combattants de l’organisation ne parviennent à contenir l’offensive et leurs contre-attaques récentes ont toutes été mises en échec. L’action étroitement coordonnée des FSI oblige désormais Daech à répartir ses forces sur l’ensemble des fronts.

Aujourd’hui la majeure partie des unités irakiennes se situe encore entre 2 et 4km des berges du Tigre, et les combats restent féroces sur un terrain urbain difficile et truffé d’engins explosifs.

Activités de la force Chammal

Appui aérien au Levant

Depuis le 4 janvier 2017, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech en réalisant 43 sorties dont 36 de reconnaissance armée, 5 de recueil de renseignement et 2 de ravitaillement. Les 12 frappes réalisées par les avions français ont permis de détruire 15 objectifs de Daech. 6 des 12 frappes ont été réalisées dans la région de Mossoul en appui des opérations terrestres

Appui feu – TF Wagram

Désormais déployée sur deux emprises au Nord et au Sud de Mossoul, la TFWagram poursuit ses missions d’appui des Forces de Sécurités Irakiennes. L’activité de la TF Wagram s’établit cette semaine à 11 missions de tir (réparties en 2 missions d’interdiction, 2 missions d’appui fumigènes, 7 missions d’éclairement).’

Additional press release from French MoD on January 12th:
[The Forbin Air Defense frigate has been integrated into Task Force 50, the flagship task force of the US Fifth Fleet. It is now  responsible for escorting British helicopter carrier HMS Ocean.]

Chammal : intégration du Forbin dans la TF 50

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Déployée dans le golfe arabo-persique et intégrée à l’opération Chammal, la frégate de Défense aérienne Forbin a intégré la Task Force 50. En escorte du bâtiment amiral, le porte-hélicoptères britannique HMS Ocean, elle participe à la mission de défense aérienne et contribue à la surveillance et à la maîtrise de l’espace aérien au large de l’Irak.

A 25 nœuds sur les eaux turquoises du détroit d’Ormuz, la frégate de défense aérienne « Forbin » est contactée par le sémaphore omanais de Musandam. La visibilité n’est pas bonne mais les yeux des veilleurs reconnaissent presque sans les voir les amers remarquables de ce passage tout à la fois délicat et familier. Quelques heures plus tôt dans l’après-midi, le « Forbin » est passé sous le commandement tactique du commandant de la TF50, le commodore Burns, un Britannique. Le « Forbin » est désormais chargé d’escorter son navire-amiral, le porte-hélicoptère « HMS Ocean ». Habituellement constituée autour d’un porte-avions US, la TF50 est la task force phare de la 5ème flotte américaine, celle du Moyen-Orient : à côté des TF regroupant les frégates, les chasseurs de mines, les avions de patrouille maritime ou les sous-marins, elle a comme mission la projection de puissance, le strike warfare, depuis le golfe arabo-persique. Aujourd’hui tournée vers les théâtres de Syrie et d’Irak au sein de l’Operation Inherent Resolve, la TF50 a toujours occupé une place de premier plan au sein de la stratégie américaine dans les conflits qui ont embrasé la région ces dernières dizaines d’années.

A l’occasion d’un carrier gap US, le commandement de la TF 50 a été confié aux Britanniques, à l’instar de ce qu’avait réalisé la France début 2016 avec le « Charles de Gaulle ». Les États-Unis avaient alors, pour la première fois, confié le commandement de la précieuse TF50 à un amiral non-américain. La présence du « Forbin » a ainsi un double objectif : renforcer la coopération avec la Royal Navy et entretenir le niveau d’intégration de la marine Nationale au sein des structures de commandement US, notamment à travers la défense aérienne de la zone.L’adaptation à la TF50 s’est déroulé sans difficulté et le « Forbin » a immédiatement occupé sa place aux côtés du « HMS Daring », frégate de type « 45 » dont les fonctions et capacités lui sont similaires, et le design assez proche.

La mission du « Forbin » s’inscrit dans la continuité des missions du groupe aéronaval Bois-Belleau (2013-2014) et Arromanches (2015- 2016) qui ont permis d’atteindre un remarquable niveau d’interopérabilité avec les forces américaines de l’US Navy et de l’US Air Force qui opèrent dans le cadre d’Inherent Resolve. Dans cette optique, le « Forbin » assure la responsabilité de la défense aérienne d’une partie du Golfe dont la surface est équivalente à celle de la moitié de la France. Grâce à une multitude de capteurs répartis dans toute la région, pas un avion ne vole sans être détecté, classifié, identifié et reporté au CAOC situé à Al Udeïd au Qatar. Au même titre qu’une frégate US, le « Forbin » est intégré dans un système qui vise à s’assurer de la maîtrise des airs, notamment dans la campagne aérienne contre Daech.Le déploiement du « Forbin » consacre la permanence de frégates françaises dans cette zone depuis de nombreuses années. Elle participe à l’établissement de la situation dans une zone aussi vitale pour les intérêts stratégiques français qu’elle est instable et complexe. L’intégration à la TF50 et la coopération avec les pays alliés du Golfe viennent compléter la contribution à l’opération Chammal.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, « Chammal » est le nom donné à l’opération française au sein de l’opération Inherent Resolve. Elle mobilise aujourd’hui près de 1 200 militaires. A la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, l’opération Chammal repose sur deux piliers complémentaires : un pilier « formation» au profit d’unités de sécurité nationales irakiennes (Task Force Narvik et Monsabert) et un pilier «  appui » consistant à soutenir l’action des forces locales engagées au sol contre Daech et frapper en profondeur les capacités militaires du groupe terroriste (TF Wagram).’

 

January 13th – 14th 2017
Iraq 7 strikes (10,893- 10,899)
Syria 15 strikes (6,540 – 6,554)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1-12 civilians alleged killed at Al Faisaliyah neighborhood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1-12 civilians alleged killed at Al Arabi neighborhood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
3
-12 civilians alleged killed at Tadeef, Aleppo governorate, Syria 

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 13, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, 13 strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units; destroyed four fighting positions, three VBIEDs, three tactical vehicles, a command and control node, a tunnel, an oil tanker truck, a front-end loader; and damaged three supply routes.
*       Near Dayr Ar Zawr, two strikes destroyed three oil wellheads.

Iraq

*       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed a bunker.
*       Near Kirkuk, one strike [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a tunnel.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed four fighting positions, two heavy machine guns, two watercraft, an ISIL headquarters building, a VBIED; and damaged eight supply routes.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed a mortar system and a fighting position.

Not previously reported

*       Near Mosul, Iraq, Jan. 12, 2017, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 13 January:

‘Friday 13 January – Tornados struck a tunnel west of Kirkuk, while a Reaper hit a rocket-laden truck in central Mosul…The following day [Jan 13th], two Tornados patrolled over northern Iraq, and were directed to a tunnel entrance which had been identified some 15 miles west of Kirkuk. Two Paveway IVs collapsed the entrance and set off secondary explosions from inside the tunnel. Reaper operations over Mosul continued, with our aircraft spotting a group of terrorists as they loaded a heavy rocket into a truck. They and the vehicle were promptly struck by a Hellfire missile. The Reaper then provided surveillance support to two Coalition air strikes which destroyed a heavy machine-gun position and a bridge.’

 

January 14th – 15th 2017
Iraq 5 strikes (10,900- 10,904)
Syria 16 strikes (6,555 – 6,570)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
12 civilians including 4 children alleged killed at Al Arabi neighborhood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2 civilians including 1 child alleged killed at Al Darkazliya neighborhood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at Jaza’ir/Algeria neighborhood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
17 or more civilians alleged killed at Dhubart and other neighborhoods, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian and up to 17 members of IS alleged killed at Al Mayadeen, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Jan. 14, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an oil well head.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, 13 strikes engaged seven ISIL tactical units; destroyed a bunker, an artillery system, five fighting positions, two supply caches, a vehicle, and 25 pieces of oil refinement equipment; and damaged five supply routes.
*       Near Dayr Az Zayr, two strikes destroyed 12 trucks and six oil refinement stills.

Iraq

*       Near Mosul, four strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units; destroyed a vehicle, a mortar, five supply caches, three fighting positions, a rocket propelled grenade launcher, two VBIED facilities, an ISIL-held building, a land bridge, a VBIED; damaged 21 supply routes; disabled an ISIL artillery system; and suppressed an artillery crew.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed two tactical vehicles.

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 14 January:

‘Saturday 14 January – A Reaper destroyed two armed trucks south-west of Tall Afar…RAF Reapers have also been conducting armed reconnaissance patrols near Tall Afar, and on Saturday 14 January one of our aircraft responded to a report from another Coalition surveillance aircraft which had identified a pair of armed trucks concealed in vehicle sheds some 30 miles to the south-west of the town. Both vehicles were destroyed using Hellfire missiles.’

January 15th – 16th 2017
Iraq 5 strikes (10,905- 10,909)
Syria 13 strikes (6,571- 6,583)
Confirmed actions: US
30 civilians alleged killed at New Mosul neighborhood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 15, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

  • Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an oil pump jack.
  • Near Ar Raqqah, eight strikes engaged six ISIL tactical units; destroyed seven fighting positions, a heavy machine gun, a vehicle, and a bridge; suppressed a heavy machine gun; and damaged a supply route.
  • Near Tabaqah Dam, four strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units, destroyed two fighting positions, and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

  • Near Mosul, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed two tactical vehicles, six fighting positions, an ISIL-held building, and two heavy machine guns; suppressed three tactical units; and damaged a tunnel and five supply routes.
  • Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed two ISIL bunkers and a vehicle.
  • Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an IED factory.’

France’s Operation Chammal in action.

January 16th – 17th 2017
Iraq 5 strikes (10,910- 10,914)
Syria 12 strikes (6,584- 6,595)
Confirmed actions: US, FRANCE, UK
2 or more civilians alleged killed at left side of Mosul neighborhoods, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 16, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*         Near Al Bab, two strikes destroyed a tactical vehicle and an excavator.
*         Near Ar Raqqah, nine strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed three fighting positions, an artillery system, a supply cache, a VBIED, a front-end loader, a tactical vehicle, and an ISIL weapons storage facility; and damaged a supply route.
*         Near Dayr Az Zayr, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.

Iraq

*         Near Mosul, four strikes [1 French] [1-2 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed a command and control node, a heavy machine gun, a tactical vehicle, 14 fighting positions, two vehicles, a mortar, an ISIL-held building, a VBIED, and an ISIL weapons factory; suppressed an ISIL mortar team and artillery crew; and damaged 32 supply routes and an ISIL defensive berm.
*         Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a VBIED.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 16 January:

‘Monday 16 January – Typhoons attacked three Daesh targets in and around Mosul, while a Reaper supported Iraqi troops in close combat in the east of the city…

Royal Air Force aircraft, along with coalition partners, have continued to provide intensive air support to Iraqi forces as they continued to clear eastern Mosul of Daesh positions, with the Iraqi commander reporting on 18 January that almost all districts on the left bank of the Tigris have now been successfully liberated.

On Monday 16 January, RAF Typhoons, armed with Paveway IV guided bombs, delivered an attack ten miles north-west of Mosul to breach a large defensive berm held by Daesh against the Kurdish Peshmerga. The Typhoons then flew to Mosul itself, where they first destroyed a terrorist strongpoint that dominated a road junction in central Mosul, then attacked a key route used by Daesh to move supplies and truck-bombs. A Reaper remotely piloted aircraft meanwhile provided close support to Iraqi forces engaged in close combat with Daesh. The Reaper used a Hellfire missile to kill a group of terrorists during street fighting.’

Update from French MoD for January 16th:
[France reports that a planned strike was conducted on the outskirts of Mosul on January 16th. Performed in conjunction with six other coalition fighter jets, the strike resulted in the destruction of ISIL-occupied buildings housing artillery pieces, armored suicide bombs, explosives and a command post.]

‘Focus sur Mossoul

Sur les 14 frappes menées dans la région de Mossoul, 13 ont été conduites pour appuyer les troupes au sol contre des groupes de combattants retranchés dans des bâtiments.

Une frappe planifiée a été conduite en périphérie de Mossoul le 16 janvier par une patrouille de Rafale de l’armée de l’air.

Effectuée conjointement avec six autres avions de chasse de la coalition, la frappe a permis la destruction de bâtiments occupés par Daech abritant des pièces d’artillerie, des véhicules suicides blindés chargés d’explosifs et un poste de commandement.’

Video of the French strike on ISIL-occupied buildings housing artillery pieces, armored suicide bombs, explosives and a command post, Jan 16th.

January 17th – 18th 2017
Iraq 6 strikes (10,915- 10,920)
Syria 17 strikes (6,596- 6,612)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
6 civilians alleged killed at Baysan neighborhood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
8-21 civilians alleged killed at Al Shifa neighborhood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Unknown number of civilians alleged killed at Al Rashidiyah neighborhood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Unknown number of civilians alleged killed at Al Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate,Syria

 

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 17, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, rotary and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed two oil well heads, an oil tanker truck, and four pieces of oil support equipment.
.       Near Al Bab, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
.       Near Ar Raqqah, 10 strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed a VBIED, a checkpoint, a command and control node; damaged two supply routes; and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
.       Near Ayn Isa, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position and supply cache.
.       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed eight oil stills, an oil well head and a fuel truck.

Iraq

.       Near Huwayjah, one strike destroyed a weapons cache,
.       Near Mosul, five strikes [2 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units, destroyed three tunnel entrances, two vehicles, three VBIEDs, three barges, a watercraft, three fighting positions, three tactical vehicles, two mortars, and an artillery piece; suppressed two ISIL tactical units; and damaged a tunnel, a fighting position, and 29 supply routes.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 17 January:

‘Tuesday 17 January – Iraqi troops and a Reaper saved civilians from a terrorist car-bomb in northern Mosul, and Typhoons destroyed a Daesh tunnel to the north-west of Mosul...Reaper support to the Iraqi units continued into Tuesday 17 January, when a car-bomb was spotted, hidden under a car-port in a newly liberated area of northern Mosul. The Reaper kept watch as the Iraqi security forces moved civilians in the area to safety, then destroyed the car-bomb with a direct hit from a Hellfire. Some 20 miles north-west of the city, a tunnel network had been identified close to the southern bank of the Tigris, and two Typhoons were tasked with its destruction. A Paveway IV struck the entrance, collapsing it.’

 

January 18th – 19th 2017
Iraq 6 strikes (10,921- 10,926)
Syria 20 strikes (6,613 6,632)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate,Syria
14 civilians alleged killed at Al Najjar neighbrohood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2-12
 civilian alleged killed at Al Zab, Kirkuk province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 18, Coalition military forces conducted 26 strikes consisting of 69 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes consisting of 24 engagements using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 45 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft as well as against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed a large oil tanker and an oil still.
.       Near Al Bab, three strikes [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two tactical vehicles and a supply cache.
.       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed a VBIED.
.       Near Ar Raqqah, 12 strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units, six fighting positions, a house borne IED, a tactical vehicle, a checkpoint, and two tunnels; suppressed four ISIL tactical units; and damaged a supply route.
.       Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three fighting positions and a heavy machine gun.
.       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed 20 oil refinement stills.

Iraq

.       Near Kisik, one strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
.       Near Mosul, four strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units, destroyed 49 watercraft, three ISIL-held buildings, four fighting positions, three mortars, three barges, two vehicles, a VBIED facility, a command and control node, and three excavators; suppressed an ISIL tactical unit; and damaged two tunnels and 12 supply routes.
.       Near Sinjar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a UAV launch site.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 18 January:

‘Wednesday 18 January – Tornados destroyed a terrorist armed truck near Al Bab in Syria…Surveillance and strike operations have also been maintained against Daesh in Syria, and on Wednesday 18 January, Tornados conducted an armed reconnaissance patrol near Al Bab, where they used a Paveway IV to destroy an armed truck which Daesh had attempted to conceal in a vehicle shelter.’

For January 11th – 17th, France report 17 strikes: 14 in Mosul, Iraq and 3 in Syria.

Update from French MoD on January 19th:
[In the past week, France reports carrying out 53 sorties, including 45 reconnaissance missions or planned strikes, 6 intelligence missions (ISR) and 2 refueling missions. There were 17 strikes destroying 21 targets. Of these, 14 strikes were carried out in support of the coalition operations around Mosul – 13 were conducted in support of troops on the ground against groups of ISIL fighters entrenched in buildings The other three strikes were carried out in Syria in the Raqqah and Hassakah areas. A planned strike was conducted on the outskirts of Mosul on January 16. Performed in conjunction with six other coalition fighter jets, the strike resulted in the destruction of Daech-occupied buildings housing artillery pieces, armored suicide bombs, explosives and a command post. Task Force Wagram led 16 support missions to Iraqi troops engaged in the takeover of Mosul.]

CHAMMAL

APPRECIATION DE SITUATION

Au Levant, Daech maintient une défense solide dans ses zones refuges. En Irak, l’organisation terroriste perd constamment du terrain dans la bataille de Mossoul, et l’Est de la ville se gagne pas à pas.

Dans le reste du pays, Daech oppose toujours une vive résistance aux opérations de l’armée irakienne dans la vallée de l’Euphrate. A Bagdad, l’organisation a mené à nouveau des attaques dans le but de maintenir l’insécurité dans la capitale et cherche ainsi à fragiliser l’action du gouvernement aux yeux de la population.

En Syrie, Daech perd également du terrain à proximité de Raqqah, tout en lançant une nouvelle offensive dans la région de Deir-eiz-zor.

AVANCEE SUR LA BATAILLE DE MOSSOUL

Dans la partie orientale de la ville de Mossoul, l’organisation terroriste ne parvient pas à contrer l’avance des forces irakiennes. Ces dernières se sont emparées dans la semaine de quartiers importants comme celui de l’Université de la ville le 14 janvier.

Daech se réfugie dans une stratégie de sanctuarisation de ses positions et renforce désormais les défenses de la partie occidentale de la ville. Les tentatives régulières de mouvement de ravitaillements logistiques témoignent d’une volonté de tenir cette zone.

ACTIVITES DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL

Appui aérien au Levant
Cette semaine, l’activité aérienne a représenté un volume de 53 sorties, dont 45 missions de reconnaissance armée ou de frappes planifiées, 6 missions de renseignement (ISR) et 2 de ravitaillement. Les missions réalisées ont permis de conduire 17 frappes et de neutraliser 21 objectifs. 14 des frappes ont été conduites en appui des opérations de la coalition autour de Mossoul. Les 3 autres frappes ont été réalisées en Syrie dans la région de Raqqah et de Hassaké.

Appui feu – TF Wagram
La TF Wagram a conduit 16 missions d’appui au profit des troupes irakiennes engagées dans la reprise de Mossoul : 7 missions d’éclairement, et 9 missions.

Focus sur Mossoul
Sur les 14 frappes menées dans la région de Mossoul, 13 ont été conduites pour appuyer les troupes au sol contre des groupes de combattants retranchés dans des bâtiments.

Une frappe planifiée a été conduite en périphérie de Mossoul le 16 janvier par une patrouille de Rafale de l’armée de l’air.

Effectuée conjointement avec six autres avions de chasse de la coalition, la frappe a permis la destruction de bâtiments occupés par Daech abritant des pièces d’artillerie, des véhicules suicides blindés chargés d’explosifs et un poste de commandement.’

 

January 19th – 20th 2017
Iraq 8 strikes (10,927- 10,934)
Syria 23 strikes (6,633 6,655)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
 34 civilians including 21 children alleged killed at several neighborhoods on the left side of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
14 civilians including 7 children and 4 women alleged killed at Rifai neighborhood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Unknown number of civilians alleged killed at Raqqa, Raqqa governorate,Syria
1-5 civilians alleged killed at Al Sweidiya Kabira, Raqqa governorate,Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘ 
On Jan. 19, Coalition military forces conducted 31 strikes consisting of 86 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 39 engagements using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 47 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

.    Near Al Bab, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and damaged a tactical vehicle.
.    Near Ar Raqqah, 18 strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units, destroyed five fighting positions, two tunnels, five tunnel entrances, and a weapons cache; and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
.    Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an oil well head.
.    Near Palmyra, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a headquarters, two vehicles, and an ISIL-held building.

Iraq

.    Near Mosul, seven strikes [1 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed 12 watercraft, five vehicles, a heavy machine gun, four mortars, a tunnel entrance, a bunker, a VBIED facility, a staging facility, eight shipping containers, and three VBIEDs; damaged 12 supply routes; and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
.    Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker. ‘

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 19 January:

‘Thursday 19 January – A Reaper assisted Iraqi forces clearing pockets of Daesh resistance in northern Mosul, conducting three attacks against terrorists…

With most districts of Mosul east of the Tigris reported by the Iraqi commander to have been liberated, operations by Iraqi units have focused on clearing remaining pockets of Daesh resistance in the north of the city. RAF Reapers supported this work on 19 and 20 January.

On Thursday 19 January, a Reaper conducted three precision attacks using Hellfire missiles against small groups of terrorists spotted firing at Iraqi troops.’

CENTCOM release: Unilateral US airstrike

‘U.S. manned and unmanned aircraft conducted a precision air strike Jan. 19 against an al-Qaida training camp in Idlib Province, Syria. More than 100 al-Qaida fighters were killed in the strike.

The Shaykh Sulayman Training Camp was operational since at least 2013. The removal of this training camp disrupts training operations and discourages hardline Islamist and Syrian opposition groups from joining or cooperating with al-Qaida on the battlefield.

U.S. strikes have killed more than 150 al-Qaida terrorists since Jan. 1. These strikes include the removal of Mohammad Habib Boussadoun al-Tunisi, an external operations leader, on Jan. 17; Abd al-Jalil al-Muslimi, a facilitator associated with a network plotting terror attacks in the west, on Jan. 12; and Abu Hasan al-Taftanaz, an al-Qaida senior leader, on Jan. 6. These strikes, conducted in quick succession, degrade al-Qaida’s capabilities, weaken their resolve, and cause confusion in their ranks.

We will continue to exert unrelenting pressure to defeat violent extremist groups across the globe.’

 

January 20th-21st 2017 [First day of Trump presidency]
Iraq 4 strikes (10,935 – 10,938)
Syria 22 strikes (6,656 – 6,677)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 woman alleged killed at Raqqa city, Raqqa governorate,Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘ 
On Jan. 20, Coalition military forces conducted 26 strikes consisting of 49 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 28 engagements using attack, bomber and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of 21 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter and rotary aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed two oil well heads.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, 16 strikes engaged six ISIL tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, two supply caches, an oil well head, and a mortar system; damaged two supply routes; and suppressed five ISIL tactical units.
*       Near At Tanf, one strike destroyed two fighting positions.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed two oil refinement stills, an oil well head and an oil storage tank.

Iraq

*       Near Kirkuk, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building and a supply cache.
*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and damaged two vehicles.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed 29 watercraft, three fighting positions, two vehicles, a mortar system, a light machine gun, and an anti-air artillery system; and damaged eight supply routes.’

 

Additional Coalition release

‘The Coalition struck 90 watercraft and three barges on the Tigris River in Mosul Jan. 18 – 20. Many of these watercraft were being used to ferry ISIL fighters and equipment across the Tigris River from East to West Mosul in an attempt to escape the Iraqi Security Forces as they continued to clear the remaining portions of East Mosul.

Iraqi Security Forces secured the Eastern bank of all five bridges across the Tigris River in Mosul during the past week of clearing operations making it difficult for ISIL fighters to flee the Iraqi Security Forces.

“We believe this was a desperate attempt to retrograde ISIL fighters now that the Iraqi Security Forces own the Eastern bank of every bridge in Mosul,” said Col. John L. “JD” Dorrian, CJTF-OIR Spokesman. “This is one more example of how the Coalition is supporting the military defeat of ISIL by launching air strikes while Iraqi military complete the clearance of Eastern Mosul.”

Since the operation to liberate Mosul began on Oct. 17, 2016, the Coalition has destroyed at least 112 watercraft on the Tigris River in Mosul, with several more damaged or destroyed outside of the city.

Video footage of airstrikes in support of this operation can be found at:
*       https://www.dvidshub.net/video/506093/coalition-airstrike-destroys-daesh-watercraft-near-mosul-iraq
*       https://www.dvidshub.net/video/504515/coalition-airstrike-destroys-daesh-barge-near-mosul-iraq

Update from UK MoD for Friday 20 January:

‘Friday 20 January – A Reaper continued operations over northern Mosul, striking a concealed armed truck…During operations on Friday 20 January, a Reaper identified a Daesh observation team at work, which enabled an attack by a coalition aircraft. The Reaper also provided surveillance support to two other successful coalition air attacks, before using one of its own Hellfires to destroy an armed truck which Daesh had attempted to conceal under a vehicle shelter.’

Update from French MoD on January 20th:
[France reports that on January 16th, a patrol of Rafales destroyed a tactical command center on the outskirts of Mosul. This was carried out in conjunction with six other coalition planes. This site included pieces of ISIL artillery, armored vehicles filled with explosives and tactical staff.]

Chammal : destruction par des Rafale d’un centre de commandement de Daech en périphérie de Mossoul

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Le 16 janvier 2017, une patrouille de Rafale de la base aérienne projetée (BAP) au Proche-Orient a frappé une nouvelle fois Daech, détruisant un centre de commandement tactique situé en périphérie de Mossoul et des capacités de harcèlement contre les forces de sécurité irakiennes.

Effectuée conjointement avec six autres avions de chasse de la coalition, cette mission avait pour objectif la destruction de bâtiments occupés par l’organisation terroriste. Ce site abritait notamment des pièces d’artillerie, des véhicules blindés emplis d’explosifs et un état-major tactique à la périphérie Sud de Mossoul.

Chaque Rafale engagé emportait, sous le fuselage, une bombe guidée laser de 1000 kg dotée d’une capacité de pénétration renforcée. Forts de leur haut degré d’interopérabilité (capacité à travailler ensemble avec des procédures communes), les chasseurs alliés ont détruit leurs objectifs et neutralisé les moyens militaires qui s’y trouvaient.

Cette frappe aérienne, la 1 105ème des avions de chasse français au Levant depuis le début de l’opération Chammal, a été menée tout en poursuivant les missions d’appui aérien et d’artillerie conduites en parallèle pour la reprise de Mossoul. Ainsi, dans un effort coordonné et global, les forces irakiennes et leurs alliés ont pu progresser jusqu’aux rivages du Tigre.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal incarne l’engagement militaire français au sein de l’opération Inherent Resolve. Elle mobilise aujourd’hui près de 1 200 militaires. A la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, l’opération Chammal repose sur deux piliers complémentaires : un pilier « formation» au profit d’unités de sécurité nationales irakiennes (Task Force Narvik et Monsabert) et un pilier « appui » aérien et artillerie consistant à soutenir l’action des forces locales engagées au sol contre Daech et à frapper en profondeur les capacités militaires du groupe terroriste.’

January 21st-22nd 2017
Iraq 6 strikes (10,939 – 10,944)
Syria 25 strikes (6,678 – 6,702)
Confirmed actions: US
11-15 civilians including 4 children and 1 woman alleged killed at Al Rashidiyah neighborhood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2 or more civilians alleged killed at Al Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 21, Coalition military forces conducted 31 strikes consisting of 55 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes consisting of 39 engagements using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 16 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Al Bab, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed an artillery piece, and damaged a tactical vehicle.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, 22 strikes engaged 12 ISIL tactical units; destroyed nine fighting positions, two tunnels, two tanks, an IED factory, and an ISIL headquarters; and suppressed three ISIL tactical units.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed two oil well heads.

Iraq

*       Near Ar Rutbah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle, two weapons caches, and a mortar.
*       Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and an ISIL-held building.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed a VBIED factory, a VBIED, a tank, three fighting positions, and a vehicle; and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a semi-truck and a command and control node.’

 

January 22nd – 23rd  2017
Iraq 8 strikes (10,945 – 10,952)
Syria 34 strikes (6,703 – 6,736)
Confirmed actions: US
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Safsaf farm, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3-5
 civilians including 2 children and 1 woman alleged killed at Al Nayrab, northern Idlib, Iraq
4
 civilians including 2 children and 1 woman alleged killed at Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 22, Coalition military forces conducted 42 strikes consisting of 71 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 34 strikes consisting of 49 engagements using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 22 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an oil well head.
*       Near Al Bab, five strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed three tactical vehicles, a mortar, and an ISIL-held building.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, 14 strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed four artillery pieces, a decoy artillery piece, a UAV tower, two tactical vehicles, a command and control node, 20 oil storage barrels, two tunnels, and a decoy armored vehicle.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, 14 strikes destroyed 21 oil pump jacks, an oil tanker truck, an oil storage tank, two oil storage barrels.

Iraq

*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed a logistics node, and damaged a tunnel.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed two VBIEDs, a fuel truck, a vehicle, a front-end loader, 10 boats, nine oil tanker trucks, three tanker trailers; and damaged a guard tower and a supply route.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL VBIEDs and an explosives factory.
*       Near Tuz, one strike destroyed an ISIL bulldozer.’

 

January 23rd – 24th  2017
Iraq 7 strikes (10,953 – 10,959)
Syria 12 strikes (6,737 – 6,748)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 23, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 54 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 16 engagements using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 38 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, remotely piloted, and rotary aircraft as well as rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

.       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an oil well head.
.       Near Al Bab, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a vehicle, two mortar systems, and an ammunition cache.
.       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed an ISIL front-end loader.
.       Near Ar Raqqah, five strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a UAV tower, an ISIL decoy tank, and an IED factory.
.       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed two oil trucks, two oil pump jacks and two vehicles.
.       Near Palmyra, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

.       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed a vehicle, a supply cache, a fighting position; and damaged a tunnel.
.       Near Mosul, five strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units, a mortar cache, an IED storage facility, an ammunition storage facility, two tactical vehicles, a fighting position, two mortars, a tow truck, 14 watercraft, three barges, two tanker trucks, two front-end loaders, and eight vehicles; suppressed a mortar team; and damaged a supply route, a crane and a tractor.
.       Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed a recoilless rifle, a mortar system, a vehicle; and damaged a bunker.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 23 January:

‘Monday 23 January – Tornados destroyed a command post, tunnel and a vehicle in northern Iraq…On Monday 23 January, Tornados, supported by a Voyager air-refuelling tanker, attacked a Daesh command post near the town of Mullah Abdullah, west of Kirkuk. A Brimstone missile and a Paveway IV guided bomb were used simultaneously. The Brimstone destroyed a truck parked outside, with the Paveway impacting shortly afterwards to demolish the building and collapse an associated tunnel.’

 

January 24th – 25th 2017
Iraq 7 strikes (10,960 – 10,966)
Syria 21 strikes (6,749 – 6,769)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 civilian alleged at Abu Jeddi village, western Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged at Sweidiya Saghira village, western Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 24, Coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes consisting of 74 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of 39 engagements using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, 20 strikes engaged 11 ISIL tactical units and destroyed 16 oil pump jacks, six oil storage tanks, six fighting positions, four tactical vehicles, two watercraft, a bunker, a VBIED, and a VBIED factory.
*       Near Manbij, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed three fighting positions, and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.

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 35 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, fighter, remotely piloted, and rotary aircraft as well as artillery against ISIL targets.

Iraq

*       Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes [1 British] engaged four ISIL tactical units; destroyed four mortar systems, two vehicles, two weapons caches, an ISIL headquarters, an anti-air artillery system, a fighting position, a supply cache, a tunnel entrance, a VBIED, a VBIED facility, an ISIL guard post, an ISIL-held building, and an IED factory; damaged a supply route; and suppressed an ISIL mortar team.
*       Near Tuz, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position and an artillery system.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 24 January:

‘Tuesday 24 January – A Tornado and Typhoon mission destroyed a car-bomb south-west of Mosul…Following their victory in eastern Mosul, Iraqi forces have begun preparations for the liberation of the western half of the city. Coalition aircraft conducted strikes on Tuesday 24 January against Daesh targets along the approaches to these districts. The RAF contribution was a combined formation of Tornado and Typhoon aircraft, supported by a Voyager tanker. The jets dealt with a car-bomb that had been identified to the south-west of the city. A direct hit from a Brimstone destroyed the booby-trapped vehicle.

January 25th – 26th 2017
Iraq 10 strikes (10,967 – 10,976)
Syria 17 strikes (6,770 – 6,786)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2 or more civilians alleged injured at alleged at Sahil al Khashab village, western Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 children alleged killed at Tadef, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Unknown number of friendly forces alleged killed at Al Furgan neighborhood, Mosul, Nineveh province

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Jan. 25, Coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes consisting of 50 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 27 engagements using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, 12 strikes [1 British] engaged eight ISIL tactical units and destroyed nine fighting positions, three tactical vehicles, two vehicles, a tunnel, a bunker, and an ISIL checkpoint.
*       Near Ayn Isa, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions, a tactical vehicle, and a heavy machine gun.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed an oil well head and an oil pump jack.

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 ten strikes consisting of 23 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 Mosul, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed three mortar systems and two watercraft; and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Sinjar, six strikes destroyed three ISIL headquarters and a weapons storage facility.
*       Near Tuz, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three VBIEDs, a tactical vehicle and a front-end loader.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 25 January:

‘Wednesday 25 January – Typhoons supported Syrian Democratic Forces west of Raqqa, striking a group of terrorists and an armoured personnel carrier…

Operations by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Raqqa also continue to receive support. On Wednesday 25 January, the SDF reported that they were taking fire from a group of Daesh fighters with an armoured personnel carrier, to the west of Raqqa, on the north-eastern shores of Lake Assad. Despite challenging weather conditions and the proximity of the SDF to the targets, two Typhoons used a pair of Paveway IV precision guided bombs which removed the threat.

Daesh targets have been less common since their defeat in eastern Mosul. As a result, no RAF attacks were required in the latter part of the week. Our aircraft, however, continued intensive armed reconnaissance patrols to gather intelligence on suspected terrorist positions and movement, and to be ready to strike should the situation require. Sentinel aircraft have also flown a number of surveillance missions, similarly gathering valuable information on Daesh. Hercules transports have also continued their essential role in providing logistical support required to British forces in the Middle East, particularly for the training and liaison teams deployed as part of the Coalition’s efforts to help the Iraqi security forces further improve their capabilities.’

Update from French MoD on January 26th:
[In the past week, France reports seven strikes destroying nine ISIL targets: six in Iraq in Mosul – concentrated on the edge of the city, and one strike in Syria, near Raqqa, against ISIL defenses near the Tabqah dam to destroy a combat site in which a tank was concealed. Task Force Wagram carried out 22 missions in Mosul.] 

OPÉRATION CHAMMAL

Au Levant, Daech continue de reculer globalement.

En Irak, 3 mois après le lancement de la bataille de Mossoul, Daech perd pied dans les quartiers de la rive Est du Tigre, mais consolide ses positions sur la rive Ouest. L’organisation parvient encore à conserver un certain espace de manœuvre pour organiser des bascules de combattants, régénérer ses forces et empêcher les forces irakiennes d’enfermer ses combattants dans une poche.
Dans le reste du pays, les forces irakiennes ont consolidé leurs positions pour empêcher les actions asymétriques des terroristes. En vallée de l’Euphrate, les forces irakiennes ont consolidé leurs positions au Nord d’Haditah dans l’objectif d’interdire aux combattants de Daech de s’infiltrer en direction de Bagdad.
En Syrie, Daech cherche à tirer profit de la multitude d’acteurs prenant part au conflit pour essayer d’obtenir des gains tactiques sur le terrain. L’organisation mène de rudes combats dans les zones qu’elle considère comme son sanctuaire. Ainsi, dans la région de Raqqah, l’organisation terroriste mène une défense de plus en plus agressive à mesure que les forces kurdes s’approchent du barrage de Tabqah. A Der Eiz Zor, les combats sont intenses entre les combattants de Daech et les forces du régime syrien.

Avancée sur la bataille de Mossoul

La défense de Daech dans la partie Est de la ville de Mossoul est grandement affaiblie. Alors qu’au début de l’offensive les FSI subissaient près de dix attaques à la voiture piégée par jour, le rythme de ces attaques est désormais de dix par semaine. Alors que les combats se concentrent dans le quartier d’Al Rashidiyyiah, la quasi-totalité de la rive Est est désormais entre les mains des soldats irakiens qui procèdent aux opérations de sécurisation des quartiers récemment conquis.
Dans un combat retardateur, Daech défend âprement la ville de Tall Kayf située immédiatement au Nord de Mossoul. Daech cherche ainsi à continuer à gagner du temps pour regrouper ses combattants dans l’ouest de la ville et valoriser ses positions.

Actualité des opérations – pilier appui :

Appui aérien

Depuis le 18 janvier 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech en réalisant 46 sorties dont 40 reconnaissances armées et d’appui au sol, 4 de recueil de renseignement et 2 de ravitaillement. Les 7 frappes réalisées par les avions français ont permis de détruire 9 objectifs.
Les frappes des aéronefs français se sont concentrées sur la périphérie de la ville de Mossoul. Il s’agit d’affaiblir les positions de l’organisation à l’extérieur de la ville pour réduire la capacité opérationnelle de Daech.
Dans la région de Raqqah, une frappe a été menée contre les défenses de Daech à proximité du barrage de Tabqah pour détruire un emplacement de combat dans lequel un char était dissimulé.

Appui feu (TF Wagram) :

cette semaine la TF Wagram a réalisé 22 missions de tirs en appui des forces irakiennes. Ces missions se sont réparties en 13 missions d’éclairement et 9 missions d’interdiction, destruction ou semonce. Ces dernières étaient plus particulièrement dédiées à l’appui des unités irakiennes engagées dans la reprise de la ville de Tall Kayf. Elles ont également visé à interdire à Daech le franchissement du fleuve Tigre alors que ses combattants cherchaient à ravitailler les premières lignes.’

 

January 26th – 27th 2017
Iraq 11 strikes (10,977 – 10,987)
Syria 12 strikes (6,787 – 6,798)
Confirmed actions: US
30-34 civilians alleged killed at western Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
0-1 civilians alleged killed at Al Ghakka village east of Al Shadadi, Al Hassaka governorate, Syria
3 civilians alleged killed at Hunaida area, Al Tabaqa countryside, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 26, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 42 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 18 engagements using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as against ISIL targets.

.       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an oil well head.
.       Near Ar Raqqah, nine strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 10 oil refinement stills, five oil storage tanks, three oil pump jacks, an ISIL-held building, and two oil tanker trucks.
.       Near At Tanf, one strike damaged an ISIL supply route.
.       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an oil pump jack.

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 24 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft as well as artillery against ISIL targets.

.       Near Al Huwayja, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
.       Near Haditha, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed three vehicles, a rocket system, and a VBIED.
.       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a UAV launch site and an ISIL-held building.
.       Near Mosul, five strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed two ISIL headquarters, two VBIED facilities, two barges, a fighting position, a tactical vehicle, a VBIED, and an anti-air artillery system; and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
.       Near Sinjar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
.       Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a command and control node and a UAV.’

 

January 27th – 28th 2017
Iraq 3 strikes (10,988 – 10,990)
Syria 6 strikes (6,799 – 6,804)
Confirmed actions: US
20 civilians alleged killed at Dawasa and Farouk neighborhoods, western Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2-4 civilians including 1-2 children and 1 woman alleged killed at Baza’a town, Aleppo governorate, Syria
4 civilians including 0-3 children and 1 woman alleged at Shanina village, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 27, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 16 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

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

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed four oil tanker trucks.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes destroyed three oil pump jacks, an ISIL-held building, a tank and an oil inlet manifold, and damaged six supply routes.

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 three strikes consisting of nine engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets.

Iraq

*       Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL training camp, and destroyed four bunkers and a supply cache.
*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a supply cache and a tunnel.
*       Near Mosul, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, a heavy machine gun; and damaged a supply route.’

 

January 28th – 29th 2017
Iraq 2 strikes (10,991 – 10,992)
Syria 15 strikes (6,805 – 6,819)
Confirmed actions: US, FRANCE

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 28, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 29 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes consisting of 24 engagements using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed an oil truck and two oil well heads.
*       Near Al Bab, one strike destroyed an ISIL headquarters building and a bunker.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, 12 strikes [1 French with others] engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed seven bridges, an ISIL headquarters building, and a fighting position; and damaged a supply route.

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 five engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets.

Iraq

*       Near Mosul, two strikes destroyed an ISIL anti-air artillery system, a fighting position, and two barges; suppressed two mortar teams; and damaged three supply routes.’

Update from French MoD on February 2nd:

[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.]

‘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.’

January 29th – 30th 2017
Iraq 5 strikes (10,993 – 10,997)
Syria 10 strikes (6,820 – 6,829)
Confirmed actions: US
1 civilian alleged killed at Farouk neighborhood, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
7 civilians alleged killed at Isilah Zeraei (Agrarian reform) neighborhood, Mosul province, Iraq
2 civilians including 1 woman and 1 child alleged  at Al Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq
1-2 civilians alleged killed at Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria


From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 29, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes consisting of 35 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 14 engagements using attack, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed three oil well heads and two oil storage tanks.
*       Near Al Bab, two strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes destroyed a front-end loader, an ammunition factory, an oil pump jack and an oil storage tank; and damaged a supply route.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed two oil well heads.

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 21 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, fighter, remotely piloted aircraft, and artillery against ISIL targets.

Iraq

*       Near Mosul, five strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed five watercraft, four VBIED factories, four front-end loaders, an artillery system, a vehicle, two ISIL-held buildings and a command and control node; and suppressed an ISIL mortar team.’

 

January 30th – 31st 2017
Iraq 12 strikes (10,998 – 11,009)
Syria 10 strikes (6,830 – 6,839)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
11 civilians alleged killed at Tanak neighborhood, western Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at countryside of west Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2-3
 civilians alleged killed at Al Tabaqa, Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

 

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 30, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 47 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 12 engagements using attack, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

  • Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed three oil wellheads.
  • Near Al Bab, one strike destroyed a tunnel and damaged an ISIL headquarters.
  • Near Ar Raqqah, five strikes destroyed two oil refinement stills, two oil storage tanks, an oil pump jack, a VBIED factory and destroyed an oil inlet manifold.
  • Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed 10 oil drums, two oil storage tanks and an oil wellhead.

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 35 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, fighter, remotely piloted aircraft, and artillery against ISIL targets.

Iraq

  • Near Al Asad, two strikes [1-2 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed two vehicles and damaged a supply route.
  • Near Kisik, one strike destroyed a tunnel entrance.
  • Near Mosul, seven strikes [1 British] engaged six ISIL tactical units and an ISIL mortar team; destroyed two VBIED facilities, two ISIL-held buildings, a weapons facility, a fighting position, a VBIED, an ISIL headquarters, a tunnel, a tactical vehicle, a mortar system and a weapons cache; damaged three supply routes and suppressed a mortar team.
  • Near Rawah, one strike destroyed a front-end loader.
  • Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIL headquarters.’

Update from French MoD on January 31st:
[France reports that the Montcalm Anti-Submarine Frigate (FASM) is now deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean, in Operation Chammal. The current mission is intelligence-based.]

Chammal : la frégate Montcalm contribue au suivi de la situation au Levant

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Mise à jour : 31/01/2017
Après un appareillage le 04 janvier 2017 depuis Toulon, la Frégate Anti-Sous-Marine (FASM) Montcalm est aujourd’hui déployée en Méditerranée Orientale, au sein de l’opération Chammal. Bien que Daech se soit éloignée des littoraux, les forces en présence sur le théâtre syrien restent morcelées et requièrent un suivi régulier de tous les espaces pour pouvoir appréhender la situation.

Chammal : mission de renseignement du Montcalm en MEDOR
Au large de la Syrie, la mission du Montcalm est double. D’une part, il assure la présence française en Méditerranée Orientale, observe et surveille son environnement aéro-maritime, collecte de l’information et contribue ainsi à l’autonomie nationale d’appréciation de la situation. La présence du Montcalm permet également d’être en mesure de réagir très rapidement en cas de crise, en particulier en cas de nécessité d’évacuation de ressortissants français ou européens.

La mission actuelle est axée autour du renseignement. S’adaptant aux conditions de propagations électromagnétique, accoustique, infrarouge… dans cette région de la Méditerranée, l’équipage du Montcalm optimise les réglages de ses multiples senseurs pour scruter les trois dimensions. L’hélicoptère Lynx détaché de la flottille 34F donne une allonge supplémentaire à la frégate en termes de détection et d’action. Les informations obtenues sont alors comparées aux « patterns of life » (comportements habituels) établis par les unités se succédant dans cette zone pour déceler des indices ou des changements de comportement qui pourraient présenter un intérêt opérationnel.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, « Chammal » est le nom donné à l’opération française au sein de l’opération Inherent Resolve. Elle mobilise aujourd’hui près de 1 200 militaires. A la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, l’opération Chammal repose sur deux piliers complémentaires : un pilier « formation» au profit d’unités de sécurité nationales irakiennes (Task Force Narvik et Monsabert) et un pilier « appui » consistant à soutenir l’action des forces locales engagées au sol contre Daech et frapper en profondeur les capacités militaires du groupe terroriste (bases aériennes projetée ou permanente, TF Wagram).’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 30 January:

‘Monday 30 January – Tornados engaged two groups of terrorists south of Mosul, while a Reaper destroyed two vehicles in western Iraq…

With eastern Mosul liberated from Daesh, Iraqi forces have conducted operations along the approaches to the western half of the city, supported by coalition aircraft.

A pair of Royal Air Force Tornados assisted Iraqi troops on Monday 30 January, some ten miles south of Mosul, on the west bank of the Tigris. The Tornados spotted machine-gun fire being directed at an Iraqi unit, and on investigating were able to identify a number of Daesh terrorists divided into three small groups. The Tornados used a pair of Paveway IV guided bombs to kill the members of two of these groups, while an attack by another coalition aircraft accounted for the third. In western Iraq, some forty miles south-west of the Al Asad airfield, a Reaper remotely piloted aircraft meanwhile tracked two trucks carrying several Daesh fighters. Both vehicles were struck in succession by Hellfires from the Reaper, and a series of secondary explosions from the vehicles’ cargo ensued for several minutes afterwards.’

 

January 31st – February 1st 2017
Iraq 5 strikes (11,010 – 11,014)
Syria 11 strikes (6,840 – 6,850)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTF-OIR:
On Jan. 31, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes consisting of 27 engagements against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 16 engagements using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, five strikes destroyed six oil well heads, five front-end loaders, a bulldozer and an oil tanker.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes destroyed 20 oil barrels, three tunnels, an oil inlet manifold and an oil storage tank.
*       Near Ayn Isa, three strikes damaged three supply routes.

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 11 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed a fighting position and a supply cache.
*       Near Ar Rutbah, two strikes destroyed three vehicles and a VBIED.
*       Near Kirkuk, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed a fighting position, a supply cache, and an observation post.
*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit, and damaged a tunnel.’

From French MoD:

For January 25th-31st, France report 4 strikes: 2 in Iraq (1 in Mosul) and 2 in Syria. 

Monthly Australian summary for January 2017:

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Monthly AFCENT figures for January 2017:

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