Military reports – July 2016

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

July 1st-July 2nd 2016
Iraq 15 strikes (9,133- 9,147)
Syria 3 strikes (4,399- 4,401)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
25 civilians alleged killed at Zankura, Anbar province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 1, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Manbij, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, five strikes struck two ISIL improvised weapons factories, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL staging facility, and an ISIL bed down location.
*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel entrance and an ISIL cave entrance and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Habbaniyah, two strikes destroyed two ISIL front-end loaders and two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Qayyarah, four strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-used road, two ISIL assembly areas, and an ISIL checkpoint and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL vehicles and an ISIL boat.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar system.

Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

A strike, as defined in the CJTF releases, means one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative effect for that location. So having a single aircraft deliver a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of buildings and vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making that facility (or facilities) harder or impossible to use. Accordingly, CJTF-OIR does not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target.

Ground-based artillery fired in counter-fire or in fire support to maneuver roles are not classified as a strike as defined by CJTF-OIR.

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community.

The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 1 July:

‘Friday 1 July – Tornados bombed a defensive position in northern Iraq…The following day [1 July], Tornados used a Paveway IV to destroy a Daesh defensive position in the Qayyarah area.’

An E2-C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)
An E2-C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)

July 2nd-July 3rd 2016
Iraq 15 strikes (9,148- 9,162)
Syria 8 strikes (4,402- 4,409)
Confirmed actions: US
1-4 civilians alleged killed at Al Khafsa nr Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘SOUTHWEST ASIA- On July 2, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using attack and bomber 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 rocket artillery and fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed two ISIL cranes and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Manbij, six strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Bayji, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed eight ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL command and control node, and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
*       Near Qayyarah, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL assembly areas, three ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL mortar position, two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL supply cache, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL front-end loader, two ISIL bulldozers, and an ISIL oil tanker.
*       Near Ramadi, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, five ISIL vehicles, an ISIL light machine gun, and an ISIL boat and damaged an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Tal Afar, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL improvised weapons factory, and an ISIL-used bridge and destroyed an ISIL bunker.’

 

July 3rd-July 4th 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (9,163 9,173)
Syria 18+1* strikes (4,410- 4,428)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
4-6 civilians including 2-4 children and 1 woman alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

 

From CJTF-OIR:
‘SOUTHWEST ASIA- On July 3, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes using bomber, attack, ground-attack, 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 bomber, attack, ground-attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Manbij, 14 strikes struck 12 separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 18 ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL tactical vehicles, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) facility, an ISIL VBIED, and six ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL tactical vehicles, an ISIL fighting position, and an ISIL VBIED.
*       Near Washiyah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed two ISIL bunkers.
*       Near Al Qaim, one strike damaged an ISIL headquarters building.
*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Bayji, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL VBIED, and an ISIL weapons cache and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and two ISIL improvised weapons factories and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed two ISIL weapons caches and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.’

* See July 4th-5th for additional Syria strike

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 3 July:

‘Sunday 3 July – Reapers supported Iraqi operations near Sharqat, conducting seven successful attacks, while Typhoons struck a tunnel and trench network in the west. Tornados also hit a further target in the north-west of Iraq…On Sunday 3 July, two RAF Reapers provided close air support to Iraqi security forces mounting an offensive near Sharqat. The Reapers gave targeting and surveillance assistance to three air strikes by coalition fast jets and conducted seven attacks of their own. They used six Hellfire missiles and a GBU-12 guided bomb against various groups of Daesh extremists engaged in close combat with the Iraqi troops, and a truck. In north-western Iraq, a Tornado flight used a Paveway IV to destroy a Daesh-held building near Tal Afar, while Typhoons successfully targeted a tunnel and trench network south-east of Hit, striking with two Paveway IVs.’

July 4th-July 5th 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (9,174- 9,184)
Syria 11 strikes +2* – 1* (4,429- 4,440)
Confirmed actions: US, France, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘SOUTHWEST ASIA- On July 4, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and fighter, attack, ground-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed six ISIL oil well heads.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Manbij, eight strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Washiyah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) factory.
*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL trench.
*       Near Mosul, one strike [French] struck an ISIL IED factory.
*       Near Qayyarah, three strikes [1 British] destroyed an ISIL excavator, an ISIL aircraft hangar, two ISIL vehicles, 18 ISIL rocket rails, 11 ISIL rockets, an ISIL boat, and an ISIL checkpoint.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike suppressed ISIL rocket fire.

*       Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL weapons caches, two ISIL tunnels, and four ISIL assembly areas.

Additionally, one strike from July 3 was not included on the July 4 strike release.

Syria

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

See July 5th-6th report for amended Syria strikes

From French MoD:
[Five French aircraft carried out a raid on Mosul]

Le 04 juillet 2016, cinq aéronefs déployés au Moyen-Orient dans le cadre de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé plusieurs frappes contre des positions de Daech dans la région de Mossoul.

Deux Mirage 2000D et un Atlantique2 de la Marine nationale qui venaient de la base aérienne projetée en Jordanie ont participé à cette frappe. Ils étaient accompagnés de deux Rafale stationnés dans le golfe arabo-persique. Les cinq aéronefs ont évolué dans une même zone, au sud-est de Mossoul.

Les deux Mirage 2000D et un Rafale ont dans un premier temps frappé simultanément plusieurs bâtiments, dans lesquels les combattants ennemis se trouvaient retranchés. Après un ravitaillement en vol, les Mirage 2000D ont ensuite illuminé des cibles dans la même zone au profit de l’Atlantique2 et d’un Rafale, qui ont à cette occasion pu procéder à deux tirs.

L’ensemble des objectifs identifiés ont été totalement détruits, permettant ainsi d’affaiblir sérieusement le dispositif défensif de Daech dans ce secteur.

Cette opération coordonnée, qui a impliqué plusieurs acteurs, illustre l’interopérabilité entre les équipages de la force Chammal, qu’ils soient de l’armée de l’Air ou de la Marine nationale. Pour l’Atlantique2 basé en Jordanie, cette frappe était la 7e réalisée sur le théâtre depuis le lancement de l’opération et la première depuis le mois d’avril.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal mobilise actuellement 1000 militaires. Elle vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à assurer un soutien aérien en Irak et en Syrie dans la lutte contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech, en frappant l’organisation terroriste avec ses moyens aériens. Le dispositif complet est actuellement structuré autour de quatorze avions de chasse de l’armée de l’Air (six Rafale, cinq Mirage 2000D et trois Mirage 2000N) d’un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique2 de la Marine nationale ainsi que de capacités de renseignement, de commandement, de contrôle (C2) et de ravitaillement. Il comprend également une centaine de militaires projetés à Bagdad et Erbil pour la formation et le conseil des états-majors et unités irakiennes.’

From UK MoD:

On Monday 4 July, a pair of Typhoon FGR4s used Paveway IV guided bombs to destroy a number of rocket launchers near Qayyarah. The Typhoons then moved further north and attacked a terrorist muster point some 25 miles south-east of Mosul.’

Update from Dutch MoD for 27 June – 4 July:
[Reports that Dutch of the Air Task Force Middle East (ATFME) performed the last command Close Air Support missions above the Iraqi provinces of Anbar and Ninawa. The baton has now been handed over to the Belgian Air Force after Dutch F-16s have been deployed for nearly two years in the fight against ISIS. On the Thursday, the F-16s returned to Volkel Air Base.]

‘Nederlandse F-16’s van de Air Task Force Middle East (ATFME) voerden als laatste opdracht Close Air Support-Missies uit boven de Iraakse provincies Al-Anbar en Ninawa. Hierna werd het stokje overgedragen aan de Belgische luchtmacht. Het F-16-detachement is bijna 2 jaar ingezet in de strijd tegen ISIS. Nederlandse militairen zorgen vanaf nu voor de force protection van het Belgische detachement. Donderdag keerden de F-16’s terug op Vliegbasis Volkel.’

 

July 5th-July 6th 2016
Iraq 14 strikes + 1* (9,185- 9,199)
Syria 13 strikes (4,441- 4,453)
Confirmed actions: US, France, Belgium, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 5, coalition military forces continued to attack 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. Coalition military forces conducted one strike in Syria in support of Coalition operations using fighter aircraft. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, attack, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Manbij, 13 strikes struck eight separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 21 ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL tactical vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Al Huwayjah, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL front-end loader and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL command and control node.
*       Near Kisik, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and suppressed ISIL rocket firing position.
*       Near Mosul, one strike [French and Belgian] struck an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) factory.
*       Near Qayyarah, three strikes [1 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL rocket system, and an ISIL headquarters.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 10 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL artillery piece, an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL rocket propelled grenade systems, five ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL boat, and an ISIL sniper position.
*       Near Waleed, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL fighting position.

Coalition military forces conducted one strike in Syria in support of Coalition operations using fighter aircraft:

*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck inoperable Coalition equipment denying ISIL access in support of Coalition operations.

Additionally, due to an administrative error, two strikes were not reported while an additional strike was misreported near Ayn Isa on the July 5 release.  The correct assessment reads:

Syria

*       Near Manbij, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.

An Aviation Structural Mechanic assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 cleans the landing gear of a F/A-18E Super Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)
An Aviation Structural Mechanic assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 cleans the landing gear of a F/A-18E Super Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)

From French MoD:
[French and Belgian aircraft conducted a night traid on a Daesh IED storage facility at Mosul]

Dans la nuit du 05 juillet 2016, les aéronefs déployés au Moyen-Orient dans le cadre de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé en coordination avec d’autres chasseurs de la coalition une frappe planifiée contre un site de Daech dans la région de Mossoul.

Deux Mirage 2000D de la base aérienne projetée H5 et quatre F16 belges ont participé à cette mission. Ils ont frappé simultanément plusieurs bâtiments d’un vaste site servant à fabriquer et à stocker des bombes artisanales.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal mobilise actuellement 1000 militaires. Elle vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à assurer un soutien aérien en Irak et en Syrie dans la lutte contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech, en frappant l’organisation terroriste avec ses moyens aériens. Le dispositif complet est actuellement structuré autour de quatorze avions de chasse de l’armée de l’Air (six Rafale, cinq Mirage 2000D et trois Mirage 2000N) d’un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique2 de la Marine nationale ainsi que de capacités de renseignement, de commandement, de contrôle (C2) et de ravitaillement. Il comprend également une centaine de militaires projetés à Bagdad et Erbil pour la formation et le conseil des états-majors et unités irakiennes. La frégate de défense aérienne Forbin est engagée dans l’opération Chammal en mer Méditerranée depuis le mois de mai.’

From UK MoD:

‘Typhoons were again active near Qayyarah on Tuesday 5 July, where they conducted two successful Paveway IV attacks that destroyed a mortar team and a nearby ammunition stockpile. The Typhoons were two of the fifty coalition aircraft controlled over Syria and Iraq that day by an RAF Sentry E-3D, making its regular contribution to the coalition’s command and control of a round-the-clock air campaign, and were, as ever, supported by a Voyager air refuelling tanker.’

From French MoD:
[France conducted 9 strikes in total in Iraq between June 29th and July 5th 2016]

Du 29 juin au 5 juillet 2016, les équipages des Mirage 2000 et des Rafale de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé 38 sorties (32 de bombardement, 6 de recueil de renseignement) :

  • Huit frappes ont été réalisées en Irak en appui des forces irakiennes en faisant effort sur les secteurs de Ramadi, Mossoul et Qayyarah.
  • Une frappe planifiée a été conduite dans la région de Mossoul, le 5 juillet, par un raid conjoint de Mirage 2000 français et de F16 belges. Ce raid a permis de détruire un vaste site d’assemblage et de stockage de bombes artisanales.

Ces neuf frappes ont entraîné la destruction de 28 objectifs.’

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From Netherlands MoD:
[The Dutch report an unspecified number of close air support missions in Iraq prior to drawdown and handover to Belgium]
June 27th-July 4th: Nederlandse F-16’s van de Air Task Force Middle East (ATFME) voerden als laatste opdracht Close Air Support-Missies uit boven de Iraakse provincies Al-Anbar en Ninawa. Hierna werd het stokje overgedragen aan de Belgische luchtmacht. Het F-16-detachement is bijna 2 jaar ingezet in de strijd tegen ISIS. Nederlandse militairen zorgen vanaf nu voor de force protection van het Belgische detachement. Donderdag keerden de F-16’s terug op Vliegbasis Volkel.’

July 6th-July 7th 2016
Iraq 15 strikes (9,200- 9,214)
Syria 14 + 2* strikes (4,454- 4,469)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 civilian alleged killed at Tokhaz Kabir nr Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
1 woman alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 6, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes using bomber, attack, ground-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 bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed an ISIL oil pump jack and five ISIL oil wellheads.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL-used bridge.
*       Near Manbij, 11 strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL-used bridges and damaged a separate ISIL-used bridge.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, three strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), an ISIL mortar system, and two ISIL weapons caches.
*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker and an ISIL tunnel.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL artillery piece, and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL vehicles, an ISIL mortar system, and an ISIL artillery piece and damaged an ISIL-used road and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, two ISIL fighting positions, and two ISIL mortar systems and damaged a separate ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Rawah, one strike struck an ISIL weapons factory.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL improvised weapons factory and destroyed an ISIL command and control node, an ISIL headquarters, and an ISIL bed down location.’

* See July 7th-8th entry

From UK MoD:

‘On Wednesday 6 July, Tornado GR4s used Paveway IVs to strike a river crossing near Qayyarah which had been improvised by Daesh following successful coalition attacks against their supply routes.
Meanwhile, a Reaper patrolled near Sharqat in support of Iraqi ground forces, and used Hellfire missiles against a motorcycle mounted terrorist observation team. It then struck a group of extremists identified manoeuvring in the open nearby.’

‘In the early hours of Thursday 7 July, an RAF Reaper assisted Iraqi ground forces operating near Sharqat in the north of the country. The Reaper’s crew conducted two successful precision attacks using Hellfire missiles against two small groups of Daesh extremists firing on the Iraqi troops from a fortified position. Having located a larger group of terrorists, the Reaper then provided targeting assistance to an attack by coalition fast jets.’

 

July 7th-July 8th 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (9,215- 9,223)
Syria 10 strikes (4,470- 4,479)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
3 civilians alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
2-4 civilians alleged killed at Beer Maghor or Dadat, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 7, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes using bomber, attack, ground-attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ayn Isa, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike struck an ISIL headquarters.
*       Near Manbij, seven strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 17 ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Bashir, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Kisik, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes [1 British] struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and five ISIL assembly areas.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike [British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL fighting position, and an ISIL recoilless rifle.
*       Near Waleed, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL mortar system.

Additionally, due to an administrative error, two strikes were not reported on the July 7 release.  The correct assessment reads:

Syria

*       Near Manbij, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.’

From UK MoD:

‘In northern Iraq [on July 7th 2016], Tornado GR4s dropped a Paveway IV guided bomb which destroyed a heavy position 15 miles east of Mosul.
Typhoon FGR4s meanwhile patrolled to the north of Ramadi and used a Paveway IV against a group of Daesh fighters concealed in a tree line.’

13528539_1719737594959041_8318300279574011362_oAn Iraqi soldier fires a .50-caliber sniper rifle as an Australian soldier attached to Task Group Taji spots a target for him during a zeroing class at Camp Taji, Iraq.’

From Danish MoD:
[Denmark reports dropping 8 precision munitions on mortar positions, bunkers and buildings in the Iraqi provinces of Nineveh, Anbar and Salah al Din between June 29th and July 6th. There were no strikes in Syria]

Mission Update nr. 3 

Opdatering fra de danske styrker indsat i Operation Inherent Resolve

Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Transportflybidraget
Det danske C130J transportfly er nu på plads på Ali Al Salem Airbase i Kuwait. Herfra skal de 28 medarbejdere støtte koalitionens specialoperationsopgaver i Irak og Syrien og løse generelle transportopgaver. Disse opgaver kan blandt andet omfatte almindelige lufttransportopgaver, nedkastning af forsyninger til styrker på jorden og evakuering af syge og sårede.

– Vi er nu på plads hernede, og fra detachementets side har vi nu påbegyndt opgaveløsningen for koalitionen og dermed gennemført de første flyvninger. Vi er blevet taget særdeles godt imod af de danske kollegaer i det nationale støtteelement, som vi kommer til at arbejde tæt sammen med under udsendelsen hernede på Ali Al Salem. Det er vi også blevet af vores amerikanske samarbejdspartnere fra Air Force Special Operations Detachment her på basen, siger oberstløjtnant Hans Skovmose, der er chef for det danske transportflybidrag.
Missionen er planlagt til at køre frem til december 2016.

Radarbidraget
– Bidraget har nu opereret siden februar, og det går rigtig godt. Vi har netop modtaget ros og stor anerkendelse fra USA, der er vores nærmeste samarbejdspartner herude. Vores operative arbejde foregår naturligvis et stykke fra selve kamphandlingerne, men vores operatører sidder og er med til at styre slagets gang over et meget stort område. Det er unægtelig noget andet end at sende afvisningsberedskabet til Østersøen for at hævde dansk suverænitet og holde øje med trafikken. Mine folk er yderst professionelle, og de løser opgaven perfekt, siger oberstløjtnant John Roland Pedersen, der er chef for det danske radarbidrag.

Kampflybidraget
I perioden fra onsdag den 29. juni til onsdag den 6. juli har de danske F-16 fløjet knap 130 timer fordelt på 12 missioner i Operation Inherent Resolve. Missionerne er foregået i Irak i provinserne Al Anbar, Ninawa og Salah Ad Din. Målene har blandt andet været morterstillinger, bunkere og bygninger.
Der er ikke blevet fløjet missioner med de danske kampfly i Syrien i den forgangne uge.

Antal fløjne missioner i den forgangne uge:            12
Antal anvendte præcisionsbomber i den forgangne uge: 8

Fra kampflybidragets første indsættelse den 17. juni frem til onsdag den 6. juli klokken 0900 er der i alt blevet fløjet 325 timer fordelt på 29 missioner, og der er  anvendt 31 præcisionsbomber.

Træningsbidraget
På Al Assad Airbase har DANCON Hold 3 på anden uge været i gang med træningen af en enhed fra de irakiske sikkerhedsstyrker. Der er primært blevet gennemført enkeltmandsuddannelser, men man har også bevæget sig ind på gruppeuddannelse og arbejdet med det ansvar, der påhviler førere for enheder.
Efter afslutningen af enkeltmandsuddannelsen starter der nu en turnusperiode, hvor den irakiske enhed kommer til at arbejde mere i rammen af sin gruppe og deling.

DANCON Hold 3 har med udgangen af uge 27 bidraget til træningen af i alt 1.663 irakiske soldater.
Lægges dette tal til de to foregående holds arbejde, har danske soldater dermed i alt støttet uddannelsen af 4.935 irakiske soldater.’

 

July 8th-July 9th 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (9,224- 9,231)
Syria 9 + 3* strikes (4,480- 4,491)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
6 civilians including 4 children alleged killed at Al Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq
2 civilians alleged killed at Tal al Samin, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 8, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using bomber, ground-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 fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed three ISIL wellheads.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes struck two ISIL-used bridges.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Manbij, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL-used bridge.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike struck an ISIL operations center.

Iraq

*       Near Bashir, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL front-end loader.
*       Near Hit, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL weapons cache, and two ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike [British?] destroyed an ISIL front-end loader.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike [British] struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL rocket propelled grenade system, an ISIL recoilless rifle, an ISIL anti-air artillery piece, six ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL supply cache, and an ISIL fighting position and damaged a separate ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.’

* See July 9th-10th entry

From UK MoD:

Friday 8 July saw a Reaper again supporting operations around Sharqat. It conducted four attacks, with three Hellfires and one GBU-12 guided bomb, against several groups of terrorists manoeuvring in a gully, and an ammunition truck which was being loaded with rocket-propelled grenades.
Over Anbar province, Typhoons maintained their patrols along the Euphrates north and west of Ramadi and supported an Iraqi unit engaged in very close combat with three Daesh heavy machine-gun and rocket-propelled grenade teams. Despite the proximity of the Iraqi troops, the three positions were successfully struck with Paveway IVs.’

 

July 9th-July 10th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (9,232- 9,241)
Syria 13 strikes (4,492- 4,504)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
4 civilians including 2 children alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
5 civilians including 2 women and 1 child  alleged killed at  Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
”On July 9, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes using bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, ground-attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed two ISIL oil wellheads.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL used-bridge.
*       Near Manbij, 11 strikes struck eight separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL-used bridge and suppressed an ISIL sniper position.

Iraq

*       Near Bashir, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Bayji, two strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL tunnel.
*       Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL artillery piece and an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Mosul, one strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL excavator, four ISIL vehicles, an ISIL fighting position, six ISIL rockets, and four ISIL rocket rails and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

Additionally, due to an administrative error, three strikes were not reported on the July 9 release.  The correct assessment reads:

Syria

*       Near Manbij, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL-used bridge.’

From UK MoD:

‘A Reaper employed a Hellfire on Saturday 9 July to destroy a truck carrying a Daesh group north of Bayji.’

July 10th-July 11th 2016
Iraq 14 strikes (9,243- 9,255)
Syria 12 strikes (4,505- 4,516)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
5 civilians including 1 woman and 1 child alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 10, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed five ISIL oil wellheads.
*       Near Manbij, 10 strikes struck eight separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL-used bridge, an ISIL headquarters, and an ISIL artillery piece.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike produced inconclusive results.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike struck an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) factory.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes [1 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL supply caches, an ISIL weapons cache, five ISIL assembly areas, and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Qayyarah, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL rocket storage facility and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL headquarters, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL assembly area, and an ISIL vehicle and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, three strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL supply cache, two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, four ISIL front end loaders, and an ISIL tactical vehicle.
*       Near Sinjar, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL mortar systems and an ISIL assembly area.’

From UK MoD:

‘On Sunday 10 July, Tornados conducted an armed reconnaissance mission in the Mosul area. North-west of the city, they used Paveway IVs to attack a command and control post, a mortar team, and a weapons cache, then used a Brimstone missile to destroy a second weapons stockpile.
A second Tornado flight operated over Anbar province conducted four attacks with Brimstone missiles to destroy a group of engineering vehicles, which Daesh had mustered to construct positions 35 miles south-west of Ramadi.’

 

 

July 11th-July 12th 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (9,256- 9,262)
Syria 16 strikes (4,517- 4,532)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
5 civilians including 2 women and 3 children alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
2-3 civilians including 1 woman alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 11, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes using bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, ground-attack, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes struck an ISIL used-bridge and destroyed an ISIL oil wellhead and three ISIL pump jacks.
*       Near Manbij, 14 strikes struck nine separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 17 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL logistics hub, and an ISIL artillery piece and damaged an ISIL fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL communication relay tower.
*       Near Bashir, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Qayyarah, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL assembly area, an ISIL excavator, an ISIL mortar system, and three ISIL boats and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 11 July:

‘Monday 11 July – Tornados hit a Daesh mortar position in northern Iraq…Royal Air Force aircraft have continued round-the-clock air operations against Daesh terrorists in Iraq and Syria over recent days, including an attack on a meeting of terrorist commanders at Kerabilah. On Monday 11 July, Tornado GR4s conducted an armed reconnaissance patrol in the Sharqat area in support of Iraqi ground forces. Our aircraft were able to identify a mortar position and delivered a successful attack using a Paveway IV guided bomb.’

160711-N-VD165-166 ARABIAN GULF (July 11, 2016) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Chase Coker launches an AV-8B Harrier II, attached to 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), off the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th MEU, is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jose Jaen/Released)
A US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II leaves the flight deck of amphibious assault ship the USS Boxer on July 11th 2016 (US Navy/ Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jose Jaen)

 

July 12th-July 13th 2016
Iraq 17 strikes (9,263- 9,279)
Syria 10 strikes (4,533- 4,542)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1-3 civilians including 1 woman alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
4-9 civilians including 4 or more children alleged killed at Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 12, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes using bomber, attack, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, attack, ground-attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed three ISIL oil wellheads.
*       Near Manbij, eight strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, five strikes struck an ISIL bed down location, an ISIL staging area, two ISIL weapons caches, and an ISIL weapons storage facility.
*       Near Al Qaim, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL staging area.
*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun.
*       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL bunker, four ISIL tents, and an ISIL petroleum, oil, and lubricant site.
*       Near Hit, one strike destroyed an ISIL artillery piece.
*       Near Kisik, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Mosul, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes [1 British?] destroyed an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL checkpoint, and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 12 July:

‘Tuesday 12 July – Tornados bombed a meeting of terrorist commanders on the Syrian-Iraqi border, as well as destroying two truck-bombs, while Typhoons attacked two armed trucks in northern Iraq…Patrols by Paveway-armed Typhoon FGR4s continued over northern Iraq on Tuesday 12 July. One flight destroyed a heavily armed Daesh truck near Qayyarah, taking great care to avoid causing damage to a nearby mosque. Near Tal Afar a second Typhoon mission struck another armed truck concealed in a covered parking bay – a large secondary explosion followed as the vehicle’s cargo of ammunition detonated.
That night close to the Iraqi border with Syria, a meeting of Daesh commanders was known to be in progress at Kerabilah and a pair of Tornados conducted an attack with a salvo of four Paveway IVs that completely demolished the building. The Tornados then flew north-east to the area north of Bayji and used Brimstone missiles to destroy two terrorist truck-bombs.’

July 13th-July 14th 2016
Iraq 15 strikes (9,280- 9,294)
Syria 12 strikes (4,543- 4,554)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
3 civilians including 1 woman and 1 child alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
6-12 civilians including 2 or more women and children alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 13, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using bomber, 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 rocket artillery and attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL front-end loader.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed an ISIL excavator.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed two ISIL oil wellheads.
*       Near Manbij, nine strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 14 ISIL fighting positions and damaged two separate ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).
*       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Hit, three strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL mortar systems and an ISIL mortar cache.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas.
*       Near Qayyarah, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL weapons storage facility and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL tactical vehicle, and four ISIL mortar systems and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL staging area and damaged a separate ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 13 July:

‘Wednesday 13 July – Typhoons destroyed a Daesh strongpoint in northern Iraq, Tornados struck two mortar positions near Hit…On Wednesday 13 July a Tornado mission also used Brimstones to destroy two 120mm heavy mortars some distance from Hit, whilst Typhoons destroyed a Daesh strong-point south of Sinjar using Paveway IVs.’

Air Task Group E-7A Detachment (Task Element 630.1.2) Rotation Six Aircraft Maintainer, Leading Aircraftman Lee Childs, removes engine protectors from a Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail aircraft, prior to an inspection, at Australia’s main support base in the Middle East region. (Aus MoD)
An aircraft man removes engine protectors from a Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail aircraft, prior to an inspection, at Australia’s main support base in the Middle East region. (Aus MoD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 14th-July 15th 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (9,295- 9,301)
Syria 11 strikes (4,555- 4,565)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
8 civilians including 1 woman and 4 children alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 14, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes using bomber, 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 bomber, ground-attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Coalition military forces conducted one strike in Iraq in support of Coalition operations using fighter aircraft. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Manbij, 11 strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 18 ISIL fighting positions and damaged an ISIL-used bridge.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Al Qaim, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Mosul, one strike struck an oil tanker storage area.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) production and storage facility.

Coalition military forces conducted one strike in Iraq in support of Coalition operations using fighter aircraft:

*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck inoperable Coalition equipment denying ISIL access in support of Coalition operations.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 14 July:

‘Thursday 14 July – Typhoons destroyed a Daesh armoured vehicle and a maintenance crane in northern Iraq…On Thursday 14 July, two Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4s patrolling the Mosul area spotted Daesh personnel using a truck-mounted crane to perform maintenance work on an armoured vehicle. Paveway IV guided bombs destroyed both vehicles with direct hits.’

The US Navy issues a rare photo of hardware-packed deck of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer, supporting war against Daesh (via US Navy)
The US Navy issues a rare photo of hardware-packed deck of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer, supporting war against Daesh (via US Navy)

From Danish MoD:
[Denmark reports dropping 14 precision munitions on Daesh vehicles, fighters in open terrain and buildings in the Iraqi provinces of Al Anbar, Salah Ad Din, Erbil, Kirkuk and Ninawa   between July 7th and July 13th. There were no strikes in Syria]

Mission Update Nr. 4 

Opdatering fra de danske styrker indsat i Operation Inherent Resolve

Kampflybidraget
De danske F-16 har i den seneste uge fløjet 110 timer. Operationerne har fundet sted over provinserne Al Anbar, Salah Ad Din, Erbil, Kirkuk og Ninawa i Irak.

Missionerne har omfattet angreb på bygninger og køretøjer med fjender i, fjender i åbent terræn samt en installation, der fremstillede våben.

Der er ikke blevet fløjet missioner med de danske kampfly over Syrien i den seneste periode.

– Vi nærmer os nu tidspunktet, hvor vi har fløjet missioner i en måned. F-16 bidraget har på denne korte tid gennemført operationer, der især har bidraget til den store fremgang, styrkerne på landjorden i Irak har haft. Det danske kampflybidrag er derfor med til at gøre en forskel i operationsområdet, siger chefen for det danske kampflybidrag, oberst Peter Johan Bødker.

Til og med onsdag den 13. juli kl. 12 er følgende gældende:

Antal fløjne missioner i den forgangne uge: 12
Antal anvendte præcisionsbomber i den forgangne uge: 14

Antal fløjne missioner totalt: 41
Antal anvendte præcisionsbomber totalt: 45
Antal fløjne timer totalt: 435

Radarbidraget
I løbet af den forgangne uge har TPS77-radaren kørt uden vanskeligheder, og der er leveret input til koalitionens samlede luftovervågningsbillede. Rotationen mellem Hold 2 og Hold 3 på Al Asad Airbase er vel overstået. Hold 3 har således overtaget de tekniske opgaver med radaren de næste fire måneder.

Luftaktivitetsniveauet over Irak er faldet markant i takt med, at kampen om Fallujah er stilnet af. Det betyder, at arbejdspresset er faldet til et mere normalt niveau for radaroperatørerne.

Som noget nyt støtter bidragets efterretningsmedarbejder i den daglige morgenbriefing af det samlede operative personel ved Command and Control Center Kingpin.

Træningsbidraget
På Al Asad Air Base har de danske soldater i DANCON OIR Hold 3 fokus på træning og uddannelse af godt 300 betjente fra det irakiske grænsepoliti. Træningsforløbet er nu midtvejs, og der har den forgangne uge været fokus på skarpskydning, patruljetjeneste, kamp i by samt uddannelse af gruppeførere og delingsførere. Ifølge oberstløjtnant Kenneth Strøm, der er styrkechef for træningsbidraget, er træningen udbytterig for de irakiske betjente:

– Det har været meget positivt at uddanne betjente fra det irakiske grænsepoliti. Vi oplever betjente, der er særdeles villige til at lære. Mange af dem sidder i små grupper i pauserne og drøfter det, de lige har lært. De sidste par dage har én af de irakiske betjente selv gennemført undervisningen på tunge våben. I starten med lidt støtte fra de danske instruktører, men til sidst fuldstændig på egen hånd. Han var rigtig stolt bagefter – hvilket han med rette kunne være, siger Kenneth Strøm.

Af de i alt 301 betjente er 18 officerer, 18 befalingsmænd og de resterende 265 menige. Samlet set er de 301 betjente blev klædt på med 3.043 individuelle uddannelser i militære færdigheder, som efterfølgende sætter dem i stand til at passe den irakiske grænse.
Ved siden af uddannelsen af de irakiske sikkerhedsstyrker er der fortsat også danske soldater, der udfører den vigtige opgave at passe på lejren.

Transportflybidraget
C-130 bidraget er i gang med missionens anden uge. Trods udfordringer med enkelte aflyste missioner er bidraget ved godt mod og klar til at støtte koalitionens kamp med ISIL.

Bidraget har siden 7. juli fløjet to ud af fire planlagte missioner.’

Update from French MoD on 15 July:

‘France reports 11 strikes this week (6-12 July) in Iraq and Syria, with 15 targets destroyed.’

 

July 15th-July 16th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (9,302- 9,311)
Syria 13 strikes (4,566- 4,578)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
4 civilians alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 15, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes using bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack helicopter and bomber, ground-attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Raqqah, two strikes struck two ISIL oil pump-jacks.
*       Near Manbij, nine strikes struck eight separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 14 ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes destroyed three ISIL mortar systems.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL bunker, and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).
*       Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed 21 ISIL boats and suppressed two ISIL mortar positions.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL staging area.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike [1 British] suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes struck an ISIL VBIED factory and damaged an ISIL excavator.’

Additional press release from CJTF-OIR for July 15:

‘The Syrian Arab Coalition, supported by Coalition strikes, maneuvered toward the center of Manbij City, denying Da’esh access to critical supply routes.

Coalition strikes on key targets halted Da’esh attempts to reinforce positions in the north and severed a main resupply and reinforcement route Da’esh used to conduct vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attacks.

The continued pressure SAC is applying to Da’esh inside the city has enabled civilians to flee through the SAC perimeter and escape Da’esh control.

The fight remains heavily contested.  The SAC continues to hold their defensive positions and launch offensive operations into the north and south sides of the city, despite multiple Da’esh attacks with VBIEDs, armored vehicles, and large formations of fighters.

Since the start of the operation, the Coalition has conducted more than 400 strikes near Manbij, destroying Da’esh heavy weapons, vehicles, fortifications, VBIED facilities, armored vehicles, technical vehicles, bridges, and caches.

Ground operations by Syrian moderate opposition forces in Manbij, supported by Coalition air strikes, continue to weaken Da’esh’s threat to Turkey, Europe, and the United States.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 15 July:

‘Friday 15 July – Typhoons attacked a terrorist mortar position in north-western Iraq…The following day [15 July], Typhoons operating further west, conducted a Paveway bomb attack on a mortar position concealed in a tree-line a number of miles south of Sinjar.’

A Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A Hornet prepares to depart on a mission to strike a Deash headquarters compound in Mosul, Iraq, from Australia's main air operating base in the Middle East region. (Aus MoD)
A Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A Hornet prepares to depart on a mission to strike a Deash headquarters compound in Mosul, Iraq, from Australia’s main air operating base in the Middle East region. (Aus MoD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 16th-July 17th 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (9,312- 9,319)
Syria 9 strikes (4,579- 4,587)
Confirmed actions: US
1 civilian alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 16, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using bomber, 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 bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck two ISIL oil pump jacks.
*       Near Manbij, seven strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL tactical vehicle, and an ISIL house borne improvised explosive device (HBIED).

Iraq

*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL supply cache, two ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL bunker, and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) facility, and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed two ISIL mortar systems, 11 ISIL oil tankers, an ISIL supply cache, and an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Ramadi, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar system and an ISIL bulldozer.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED.’

n F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)
An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)

 

July 17th-July 18th 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (9,320- 9,330)
Syria 12 strikes (4,588- 4,599)
Confirmed actions: US, FRANCE, UK
5 civilians including 2 women and 2 children alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
15-16 civilians alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 17, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using bomber, attack, ground-attack, 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 rocket artillery and attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed two ISIL oil wellheads.
*       Near Manbij, 11 strikes struck eight separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 22 ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL bed down location and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed three ISIL tunnel entrances and an ISIL tunnel vent.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes [1 French] struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL security headquarters and destroyed two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL mortar systems, 14 ISIL rocket rails, and an ISIL vehicle and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Sinjar, two strikes destroyed an ISIL mortar system and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL headquarters.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 17 July:

‘Sunday 17 July – Typhoons bombed a Daesh weapons store near Ramadi…Typhoons also patrolled over Anbar province in western Iraq on Sunday 17 July. Some miles north-west of Ramadi, they observed a vehicle being loaded with weapons from a terrorist storehouse. A Paveway IV destroyed both the store and the supply truck.’

Update from French MoD for 17 July:
[Reports that on July 17 in Mosul, two Mirage 2000D destroyed a significant headquarters Daech, also serving as barracks and ammunition storage place]

‘Chammal : Frappes planifiées en Irak pour les avions Français.

Mise à jour : 19/07/2016 18:57

Les 17 et 18 juillet, trois frappes planifiées ont été réalisées dans le Nord de l’Irak par des avions de chasse français dans le cadre de la coalition Operation Inherent Resolve. Ces frappes font partie de l’effort visant à appuyer l’offensive des forces de sécurité irakiennes pour reprendre Mossoul, en frappant les lieux à partir desquels s’organise la défense de Daech. Les appareils basés au Levant et dans le golfe arabo-persique ont frappé à Mossoul et Tall Afar des sites servant à commander, entraîner et équiper les combattants de Daech.

Le 17 juillet dans la région de Mossoul, deux Mirage 2000D ont détruit un important quartier général de Daech, servant également de caserne et de lieu de stockage de munitions. Le 18 juillet, toujours à Mossoul, un nouveau raid de deux Mirage 2000D et deux Mirage 2000N a pris pour cible un complexe de plusieurs bâtiments abritant un poste de commandement, un centre d’entraînement au combat urbain, et un entrepôt de véhicules suicide. Dans le même, à Tall Afar, deux Rafales ont détruit un site de plusieurs bâtiments servant de centre d’entraînement.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal mobilise actuellement 1000 militaires. Elle vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à assurer un soutien aérien en Irak et en Syrie dans la lutte contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech, en frappant l’organisation terroriste avec ses moyens aériens. Le dispositif complet est actuellement structuré autour de quatorze avions de chasse de l’armée de l’Air (six Rafale, cinq Mirage 2000D et trois Mirage 2000N) d’un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique2 de la Marine nationale ainsi que de capacités de renseignement, de commandement, de contrôle (C2) et de ravitaillement. Il comprend également une centaine de militaires en charge de la formation et du conseil des états-majors et unités irakiennes.’

Update from French MoD for 17 July:
[Reports that on 17 and 18 July, three planned strikes were carried out to support the offensive of the Iraqi security forces to take over Mosul, hitting the places from which Daesh organises its defences.]

Les 17 et 18 juillet, trois frappes planifiées ont été réalisées pour appuyer l’offensive des forces de sécurité irakiennes pour reprendre Mossoul, en frappant les lieux à partir desquels s’organise la défense de Daech.’

July 18th-July 19th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (9,331- 9,340)
Syria 21 strikes (4,600- 4,620)
Confirmed actions: US, FRANCE, UK
8 civilians including 2-3 children  alleged killed at Al Tokhaz village nr Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
2 or more civilians including 1 woman alleged killed at Haymar Labda village nr Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
7 civilians alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
73-212 civilians includign 11 or more children and 5 or more women alleged killed at Al Tokhaz nr Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Sharqat, near Mosul, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 18, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes using bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIL crane and an ISIL front-end loader.
*       Near Manbij, 18 strikes struck 15 separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 13 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL mortar system, seven ISIL vehicles, two ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive devices, an ISIL staging area, and an ISIL tactical vehicle.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL staging area and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Hit, one strike struck an ISIL VBIED facility.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes [1 French] struck an ISIL headquarters and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL tunnel entrance.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed an ISIL headquarters and an ISIL training camp.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike [1 French] struck an ISIL headquarters.’

Additional press release from CJTF-OIR for July 19:

‘The Syrian Arab Coalition captured a Da’esh headquarters July 17 in western Manbij, Syria.

The Da’esh headquarters, located in a hospital, was being used as a command center and logistics hub. The SAC also seized a significant amount of the city during the operation, which provided civilians the opportunity to escape.

The SAC continues to fight Da’esh on four fronts within the city of Manbij, carefully clearing territory toward the city center while ensuring the safety of any civilians who still remain.

Da’esh continues to fight hard within the center of Manbij and has mounted local counterattacks against SAC forces, but the SAC is maintaining their momentum with support from Coalition strikes.

Since the operation began, the Coalition has conducted more than 450 strikes near Manbij. These airstrikes destroyed Da’esh heavy weapons, vehicles, fortifications, vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, VBIED facilities, armored vehicles, technical vehicles, bridges, and caches. The destruction of these Da’esh assets disrupts their operations and make them vulnerable here and on the Mar’a line.

The Coalition-supported Syrian moderate opposition efforts in Manbij continue to weaken Da’esh’s threat to Turkey, Europe, and the United States.’

A snapshot of targets destroyed/damaged July 12th-18th
A snapshot of targets destroyed/damaged July 12th-18th

Update from UK MoD for Monday 18 July:

‘Monday 18 July – Typhoons struck a group of terrorist targets in western Iraq…The next day [18 July], again in Anbar Province, Typhoons observed terrorist activity around a tent hidden in a dense palm grove. An attack with a Paveway IV not only struck the terrorists but also set fire to two stockpiles of ammunition and equipment and damaged a Daesh truck parked nearby, again under the trees.’

On July 18, 2016, in Mosul (Iraq), a raid by two Mirage 2000D and two Mirage 2000N targeted a complex of several buildings housing a Daesh headquarters, a training center for urban combat, and a warehouse for suicide vehicles.

Update from French MoD for 18 July:
[Reports that on July 18, in Mosul, a new raid by two Mirage 2000D and two Mirage 2000N targeted a Daesh complex of several buildings housing a headquarters, a training center for urban combat, and a warehouse of suicide vehicles. At the same, in Tal Afar, two Rafales destroyed a site of several buildings used as training center.]

‘Chammal : Frappes planifiées en Irak pour les avions Français.

Mise à jour : 19/07/2016 18:57

Les 17 et 18 juillet, trois frappes planifiées ont été réalisées dans le Nord de l’Irak par des avions de chasse français dans le cadre de la coalition Operation Inherent Resolve. Ces frappes font partie de l’effort visant à appuyer l’offensive des forces de sécurité irakiennes pour reprendre Mossoul, en frappant les lieux à partir desquels s’organise la défense de Daech. Les appareils basés au Levant et dans le golfe arabo-persique ont frappé à Mossoul et Tall Afar des sites servant à commander, entraîner et équiper les combattants de Daech.

Le 17 juillet dans la région de Mossoul, deux Mirage 2000D ont détruit un important quartier général de Daech, servant également de caserne et de lieu de stockage de munitions. Le 18 juillet, toujours à Mossoul, un nouveau raid de deux Mirage 2000D et deux Mirage 2000N a pris pour cible un complexe de plusieurs bâtiments abritant un poste de commandement, un centre d’entraînement au combat urbain, et un entrepôt de véhicules suicide. Dans le même, à Tall Afar, deux Rafales ont détruit un site de plusieurs bâtiments servant de centre d’entraînement.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal mobilise actuellement 1000 militaires. Elle vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à assurer un soutien aérien en Irak et en Syrie dans la lutte contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech, en frappant l’organisation terroriste avec ses moyens aériens. Le dispositif complet est actuellement structuré autour de quatorze avions de chasse de l’armée de l’Air (six Rafale, cinq Mirage 2000D et trois Mirage 2000N) d’un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique2 de la Marine nationale ainsi que de capacités de renseignement, de commandement, de contrôle (C2) et de ravitaillement. Il comprend également une centaine de militaires en charge de la formation et du conseil des états-majors et unités irakiennes.’

Australian Air Task Group Strike Element pilot, Squadron Leader Chris, conducts preflight checks on a F/A-18A Hornet prior to departing on a mission to strike a Deash headquarters compound in Mosul, Iraq, from Australia's main air operating base in the Middle East region. (Aus MoD)
Australian Air Task Group Strike Element pilot, Squadron Leader Chris, conducts preflight checks on a F/A-18A Hornet prior to departing on a mission to strike a Deash headquarters compound in Mosul, Iraq, from Australia’s main air operating base in the Middle East region. (Aus MoD)

From French MoD on 19 July:
[Reports that French Mirage 2000s reached a milestone of 10,000 flight hours on the second patrol of the day of 15 July 2016]

‘Chammal : 10 000 heures de vol en opération pour les Mirage 2000 basés en Jordanie

Mise à jour : 19/07/2016 17:36

Le 15 juillet 2016, les Mirage 2000 stationnés sur la Base aérienne projetée (BAP) en Jordanie ont franchi le cap des 10 000 heures de vol, réalisées dans le cadre de l’opération Chammal. Dix-sept mois plus tôt, le 12 décembre 2014, une patrouille de Mirage 2000D réalisait sa première mission aérienne à partir de la BAP.

Le cap des 10 000 heures de vol a été franchi lors de la deuxième patrouille de la journée du 15 juillet 2016. Un Mirage 2000D et un Mirage 2000N armés se sont rendus dans la région de Sinjar, au nord de l’Irak, pour y réaliser une mission d’appui au sol (Close Air Support) au profit des Peshmergas. Les Peshmergas ayant été pris sous le feu de combattants de Daech, les avions sont intervenus contre des positions de mortiers du groupe terroriste afin de permettre aux troupes kurdes de reprendre leur progression.

Le cap des 10 000 heures de vol est emblématique pour la base aérienne projetée en Jordanie, car il illustre les efforts permanents d’un plot tactique réduit, mais qui frappe de façon permanente Daech en Irak et en Syrie.

Depuis le 12 décembre 2014, 2 300 missions nécessitant près de 6 000 ravitaillements en vol ont été réalisées contre le groupe terroriste Daech. Deux types de missions sont réalisés quotidiennement, nuit et jour, par les Mirage 2000 stationnés en Jordanie :

Des frappes qui sont réalisées dans le cadre de missions d’appui des troupes au sol. Il s’agit de frappes d’opportunité, destinées à aider les forces irakiennes et les Peshmergas engagés dans les combats contre Daech et permettant d’exercer une pression sur l’adversaire. Dans les zones les plus sensibles, ce soutien est quasi permanent, afin de garantir aux combattants au sol une aide pour lutter contre un point de résistance ou de se dégager d’une difficulté, à tout moment.

Des frappes planifiées qui ciblent quant à elles les infrastructures clés de Daech comme les centres de commandement ou de transmissions, les dépôts de munitions, les casernements, les camps d’entrainement et les sites de fabrication d’armement et de véhicules piégés. Elles nécessitent un important travail préalable de renseignement destiné à alimenter le processus de ciblage.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal mobilise actuellement 1000 militaires. Elle vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à assurer un soutien aérien en Irak et en Syrie dans la lutte contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech, en frappant l’organisation terroriste avec ses moyens aériens. Le dispositif complet est actuellement structuré autour de quatorze avions de chasse de l’armée de l’Air (six Rafale, cinq Mirage 2000D et trois Mirage 2000N) d’un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique2 de la Marine nationale ainsi que de capacités de renseignement, de commandement, de contrôle (C2) et de ravitaillement. Il comprend également une centaine de militaires en charge la formation et le conseil des états-majors et unités irakiennes.’

 

July 19th-July 20th 2016
Iraq 13 strikes (9,341- 9,353)
Syria 3 strikes (4,621- 4,623)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 19, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three strikes using bomber and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Manbij, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL command and control node, and 12 ISIL vehicles.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed three ISIL weapons caches.
*       Near Hit, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL supply cache and suppressed an ISIL sniper position.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and seven ISIL media sites and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes [1 British] destroyed an ISIL mortar system and an ISIL improvised explosive device factory.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and suppressed two ISIL mortar positions and an ISIL machine gun position.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL media site.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 19 July:

‘Tuesday 19 July – Tornados and Typhoons hit mortar positions in northern Iraq…On Tuesday 19 July, Tornado GR4s used a Paveway IV against a mortar position near Qayyarah, while Typhoons employed a Paveway bomb to attack another mortar position south-east of Mosul.’

July 20th-July 21st 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (9,354- 9,364)
Syria 9 strikes (4,624- 4,632)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 20, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Manbij, five strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and damaged a separate ISIL fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Al Qaim, one strike produced inconclusive results.
*       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed an ISIL command and control node.
*       Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes [1 British] struck a large ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL headquarters, and an ISIL financial headquarters and destroyed seven ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL artillery piece.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL boats, an ISIL mortar system, and an ISIL tunnel.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL recoilless rifle, an ISIL fighting position, and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike struck one ISIL tactical unit.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 20 July:

‘Wednesday 20 July – Tornados bombed a Daesh position north of Mosul…Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s, supported by a Voyager air refuelling tanker, patrolled over northern Iraq on Wednesday 20 July. North of Mosul, a Daesh-held building was identified in the path of a Kurdish advance. This was successfully targeted by Tornados using a Paveway IV guided bomb.’

Update from Danish MoD on 21 July:
[Denmark reports dropping 7 precision munitions on Daesh buildings – housing members of the terrorist group – a vehicle that was transporting weapons, and a rocket launching position  in the Iraqi provinces Al Anbar, Salah Ad Din, Erbil and Ninawa  between July 14th and July 20th. They reported no strikes in Syria.]

‘Mission Update Nr. 5
Opdatering fra de danske styrker indsat i Operation Inherent Resolve.
21-07-2016 – kl. 14:00

Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Kampflybidraget
De operationer, som de danske F-16-fly deltaget i i den forgangne uge, har fundet sted over de irakiske provinser Al Anbar, Salah Ad Din, Erbil og Ninawa. Missionerne har omfattet angreb på bygninger, som husede fjender, nedkæmpelse af et køretøj, der transporterede våben, nedkæmpelse af en position, hvorfra der blev afskudt raketter samt angreb på fjender i åbent terræn.

På grund af urolighederne i Tyrkiet henover weekenden har operationerne ved Incirlik-flybasen været standset i en kortere periode. Operationerne blev genoptaget mandag. De udsendte danskere på basen har det fint og er ved godt mod.

Til og med onsdag den 20. juli kl. 12 er følgende gældende:

Antal fløjne missioner i den forgangne uge: 5
Antal anvendte præcisionsbomber i den forgangne uge: 7

Antal fløjne missioner totalt: 46
Antal anvendte præcisionsbomber totalt: 52

Radarbidraget
I løbet af den forgangne uge har TPS77-radaren kørt uden vanskeligheder, og der er leveret input til koalitionens samlede luftovervågningsbillede.

Træningsbidraget
I denne uge har DANCON afsluttet træning og uddannelse af ca. 300 betjente fra det irakiske grænsepoliti. Træningen er de seneste fire uger blevet gennemført på Al Asad Air Base, hvor de danske soldater i DANCON OIR Hold 3 har gennemført et intensivt forløb med fokus på blandt andet skarpskydning, forhold overfor improviserede sprængladninger (IED) og etablering af stationære og mobile checkpoints.

Afslutningen af træningsforløbet blev markeret med en parade og overrækkelse af kursusbeviser onsdag, og de irakiske grænsebetjente er nu klar til indsættelse i kampen mod ISIL ved Iraks grænse.
– Vi er den eneste nation i koalitionen, som gennemfører træningsforløb for det irakiske grænsepoliti, og det er gået over al forventning. Trods et stramt og intensivt program har betjentene været meget engagerede under træningen, som hver dag er blevet indledt tidligt om morgenen på grund af varmen hernede, siger oberstløjtnant Kenneth Strøm, der er chef for DANCON hold 3.

Godt halvdelen af de ca. 300 betjente er kurdiske yazidier; en befolkningsgruppe, der har lidt særligt meget under ISIL’s overgreb.
– Mange af betjentene er fordrevet fra byer i det nordlige Irak, og mange har oplevet store personlige ofre som følge af ISIL’s hærgen. Om det har været en motiverende faktor for betjentenes engagement i undervisningen, skal jeg ikke kunne udelukke, men deres gåpåmod har været helt fantastisk, siger
Kenneth Strøm, og fortsætter:
– Da jeg i en pause talte med nogle af dem, fortalte de om, hvordan de drømte om et fredeligt Irak. De her betjente er sammen med resten af de irakiske sikkerhedsstyrker én af nøglerne til, at den drøm kan gå i opfyldelse. At grænsebetjentene også har været taknemmelige for vores træningsindsats, oplevede vi tydeligt under ceremonien, hvor deres bataljonschef takkede mange gange for den danske indsats. Bedst af alt var det dog at se de irakiske betjentes taknemmelighed, da de takkede trænerne samtidig med, at de fik udleveret deres uddannelsescertifikat. Det var et mindeværdigt øjeblik.

Tilstede ved paraden var også chefen for 7. irakiske division; en enhed som de danske soldater også har trænet og som i mandags angreb og generobrede endnu en by i nærheden af Al Asad Air Base.

Samlet set har de 301 betjente modtaget 3.949 individuelle uddannelser i militære færdigheder, som efterfølgende sætter dem i stand til at beskytte den irakiske grænse.

Transportflybidraget
C-130 bidraget har siden 14. juli fløjet fire ud af fire planlagte missioner. Bidraget oplever i stigende grad at blive indsat til transport i operationsområdet og dermed støtte den overordnede kamp mod ISIL ved at fragte gods til en række enheder.’

July 21st-July 22nd 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (9,365- 9,373)
Syria 8 strikes (4,633- 4,640)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
3 civilians alleged killed at  Al Hamr Shaqiya near Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 21, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, attack, fighter, and ground-attack aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIL workover rig.
*       Near Manbij, seven strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL artillery piece.

Iraq

*       Near Hit, two strikes destroyed an ISIL mortar cache and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device.
*       Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas and an ISIL vehicle and suppressed a separate ISIL vehicle, an ISIL mortar position, and an ISIL rocket firing position.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes struck three ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL vehicle, ISIL-used engineering equipment, two ISIL mortar systems, two ISIL tunnel systems, four ISIL supply caches, and four ISIL assembly areas.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 21 July:

‘Thursday 21 July – Tornados destroyed a terrorist strongpoint in northern Iraq…Tornados again operated over northern Iraq on Thursday 21 July. A Paveway IV bomb attack destroyed a Daesh-held building, along with a terrorist vehicle, a few miles to the south of Bashiqah.’

Update from French MoD for 13-19 July:
[France reports six strikes destroying 11 targets from 13-19 July: Three ground support strikes were carried out in Iraq during the week in Sinjar and Ramadi and
three planned strikes were carried out in Iraq. On 17 and 18 July, three planned strikes were carried out to support the offensive of the Iraqi security forces to take over Mosul. On July 17, two Mirage 2000D destroyed a significant Daesh headquarters in Mosul, serving also as a barracks and ammunition storage place. On July 18, also in Mosul, another raid by two Mirage 2000D and two Mirage 2000N targeted a complex of several buildings housing a headquarters, a training center for urban combat, and a warehouse of suicide vehicles. Meanwhile, in Tal Afar, two Rafales destroyed a site of several buildings used as Daesh training center.]

‘Point de situation des opérations au jeudi 21 juillet 2016

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Chammal : point de situation au levant

Cette semaine, la situation militaire a été marquée par une accélération de la progression des forces de sécurité irakiennes (FSI) dans le secteur de Qayyarah. A moins de 75 kilomètres de Mossoul, elles ont établi la jonction entre les rives Ouest et Est du Tigre le 15 juillet. Daech, affaibli par ces combats et les frappes aériennes, continue sa logique de repli pour consolider ses lignes de défense autour de Mossoul.

En parallèle la coalition a intensifié ses frappes sur les régions d’Haditha et de Tal Afar, véritables nœuds logistiques du dispositif de Daech.

En Syrie, dans la région de Deir Ez Zor et à l’Est de Palmyre, Daech continue à perdre du terrain. A Manbij, la situation a peu évolué cette semaine, la progression des forces aux sol étant ralentie par un terrain truffé d’engins explosifs installés par l’organisation terroriste.

Activités de la force Chammal

La force Chammal poursuit la campagne aérienne et les missions de formation et de conseil.

Du 13 au 19 juillet 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech, en réalisant 40 sorties dont 38 de bombardement et 2 de recueil de renseignement.

Elles ont permis la réalisation de 6 frappes, aboutissant à la destruction de 11 objectifs de Daech.

3 frappes d’appui au sol ont été réalisées en Irak au cours de la semaine à Sinjar et Ramadi.

3 frappes planifiées ont été conduites en Irak.

Chammal : appui de l’offensive sur Mossoul

Les 17 et 18 juillet, trois frappes planifiées ont été réalisées pour appuyer l’offensive des forces de sécurité irakiennes pour reprendre Mossoul, en frappant les lieux à partir desquels s’organise la défense de Daech.

Le 17 juillet, deux Mirage 2000D ont détruit un important quartier général de Daech dans la région de Mossoul, servant également de caserne et de lieu de stockage de munitions.

Le 18 juillet, toujours à Mossoul, un autre raid de deux Mirage 2000D et deux Mirage 2000N a pris pour cible un complexe de plusieurs bâtiments abritant un poste de commandement, un centre d’entraînement au combat urbain, et un entrepôt de véhicules suicide. Dans le même temps, à Tall Afar, deux Rafale ont détruit un site de plusieurs bâtiments servant de centre d’entraînement.’

France reports 6 strikes destroying 11 targets in Iraq from 13-19 July.

 

July 22nd- July 23rd 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (9,374- 9,383)
Syria 13 strikes (4,641- 4,653)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 22, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted ten strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed three ISIL command and control nodes.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL checkpoint.
*       Near Manbij, nine strikes struck nine separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 12 ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIL oil well head and an ISIL drilling rig.

Iraq

*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes struck three ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL unmanned aerial vehicle, an ISIL mortar system, ISIL-used engineering equipment, an ISIL tunnel system, and two ISIL assembly areas and suppressed and ISIL rocket position.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Tuz, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Ar Rutbah, one strike struck an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device storage facility.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL weapons storage facility.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 22 July:

‘Friday 22 July – Typhoons eliminated a Daesh team operating a pair of mortars in the Euphrates valley…On Friday 22 July, RAF Typhoon FGR4s flew an armed reconnaissance mission along the Euphrates valley. They identified and struck a Daesh mortar team on the northern bank of the river with a Paveway IV.’

July 23rd- July 24th 2016
Iraq 4 strikes (9,384- 9,387)
Syria 9 strikes (4,654- 4,662)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, FRANCE
10-22 civilians alleged killed at Al Nawaja near Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 23, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted four strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike [1 French] struck an ISIL improvised explosive device factory.
*       Near Manbij, eight strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL command and control node.

Iraq

*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike [1 British?] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL mortar systems, 12 ISIL rockets, 19 ISIL rocket rails, seven ISIL oil tankers, and an ISIL assembly area and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL weapons storage facility.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 23 July:

‘Saturday 23 July – a Reaper provided close support to Iraqi forces fighting in northern Iraq…Reaper remotely piloted aircraft have also continued to be very active in both their surveillance and attack roles over Iraq and Syria. A Reaper operated in close support of Iraqi ground forces in northern Iraq, around the Sharqat and Qayyarah areas, on Saturday 23 July. The Reaper’s crew conducted a successful attack, using a Hellfire missile against a Daesh mortar team firing on the Iraqis. They also provided targeting support to several highly accurate strikes by both artillery and coalition fast jets, which destroyed a number of rocket launchers.’

Update from French MoD for 23 July:
[One planned strike was conducted in the Raqqah region of Syria on 23 July against a car bomb manufacturing site.]

‘1 frappe planifiée a été conduite en Syrie le 23 juillet dans la région de Raqqah, par quatre Mirage 2000 contre un site de fabrication de véhicules piégés.’

Iraqi border troops receiving training from Danish forces at Al Asad airbse, July 2016 (via Danish MoD)
Iraqi border troops receiving training from Coalition forces at Al Asad airbase, July 2016 (via Danish MoD)

July 24th- July 25th 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (9,388- 9,394)
Syria 13 strikes (4,663- 4,675)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2 civilians alleged killed at Al Mayadeen desert, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed near Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 24, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes using bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Manbij, seven strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 15 ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL supply cache.
*       Near Mar’a, six strikes [2 British?] struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device, and an ISIL vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Ar Rutbah, one strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Mosul, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, five ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL command and control node, and an ISIL supply cache.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed six ISIL rocket rails and an ISIL VBIED factory and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL weapons storage facility.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike struck three separate ISIL media facilities.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 24 July:

‘Sunday 24 July – a Reaper supported Syrian moderate opposition forces engaged with Daesh along the Mar’a Line…The following day [24 July], another Reaper flew over northern Syria to support Syrian moderate opposition forces fighting Daesh terrorists along the so-called Mar’a Line. The Reaper used a Hellfire missile to destroy a terrorist position which had been firing at the Syrians. The Reaper then used its sensors to locate a second position, which was successfully struck by another coalition aircraft.’

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Jeremy Parrish, a native of Apopka, Fla., directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) (via US Navy)
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Jeremy Parrish, a native of Apopka, Fla., directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) (via US Navy)

July 25th- July 26th 2016
Iraq 13 strikes (9,395- 9,407)
Syria 7 strikes (4,676- 4,682)
Confirmed actions: US
4 civilians alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 25, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using attack, ground-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Manbij, seven strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL house borne improvised explosive device.

Iraq

*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Hit, one strike produced inconclusive results.
*       Near Mosul, six strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL weapons facility, an ISIL vehicle borne IED factory, and two ISIL media sites and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL mortar systems and an ISIL artillery piece and suppressed an ISIL mortar firing position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area, two ISIL vehicles, five ISIL rockets, and six ISIL rocket rails and suppressed an ISIL mortar position and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes struck an ISIL check point and suppressed an ISIL machine gun position.’

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)
An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)

July 26th- July 27th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (9,408- 9,417)
Syria 12 strikes (4,683- 4,694)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2 or more civilians alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
1 child alleged killed at Al Jafil or Al Hakal village, near Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 26, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Manbij, eight strikes struck eight separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 12 ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two ISIL headquarters.
*       Near Palmyra, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL weapons storage facility.
*       Near Hit, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles and an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL rockets, 33 ISIL rocket rails, and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike suppressed three ISIL mortar positions.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 26 July:

‘Tuesday 26 July – Typhoons bombed a terrorist mortar position in northern Iraq…Following their recent victory at Qayyarah West airfield, Iraqi ground forces continued offensive operations against Daesh around Qayyarah and Sharqat, supported by coalition aircraft. On Tuesday 26 July, Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4s provided overwatch, and conducted a successful attack with a Paveway IV guided bomb against a terrorist mortar position.’

 

July 27th- July 28th 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (9,418- 9,428)
Syria 14 strikes (4,695- 4,708)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2 or more civilians alleged killed at Hit, Anbar province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 27, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Manbij, nine strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL tactical vehicle.
*       Near Mar’a, four strikes [1 British?] struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed two ISIL mortar systems.
*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an ISIL-used safe house.
*       Near Fallujah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL antenna, an ISIL unmanned aerial vehicle, 25 ISIL rocket rails, two ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL rocket, two ISIL rocket systems, and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and three ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Mosul, one strike destroyed an ISIL excavator.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Rawah, one strike struck an ISIL improvised explosive device factory.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle and an ISIL assembly area.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 27 July:

‘Wednesday 27 July – Typhoons destroyed Daesh strongpoints on the Mar’a Line in Syria, whilst Tornados attacked a safe house for foreign fighters in northern Iraq…Tornado GR4s were also active in the same area the following day [27 July], when they used a pair of Paveway IVs to demolish a building which had been identified as a safe house used by Daesh foreign fighters near Sharqat. Meanwhile, Typhoons conducted a successful Paveway attack on two terrorist strongpoints, close to Syria’s border with Turkey, at the northern end of the so-called Mar’a Line.’

Update from Danish MoD on 28 July:
[Since 20th July Denmark reports dropping 19 precision munitions. F-16s operated over the Iraqi provinces of Al Anbar, Salah Ad Din, Erbil, Dahuk and Ninawa and the Syrian provinces of Ar Raqqah and Aleppo. Missions have included attacks in Iraq targeting Daesh buildings, armories and facilities that were used for storing cars fitted with improvised explosive devices (VBIED), and surveillance and intelligence gathering.]

Mission Update nr. 6 

Opdatering fra de danske styrker indsat i Operation Inherent Resolve.
28-07-2016 – kl. 14:00

Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando
Kampflybidraget

De operationer, som de danske F-16-fly har deltaget i i den forgangne uge, har fundet sted over de irakiske provinser Al Anbar, Salah Ad Din, Erbil, Dahuk og Ninawa samt de syriske provinser Ar Raqqah og Aleppo.Missionerne har omfattet angreb i Irak rettet mod fjender i bygninger, våbenlagre, faciliteter som blev anvendt til opbevaring af biler monteret med improviserede sprængladninger (VBIED), samt overvågning og indsamling af efterretninger.

Til og med onsdag den 27. juli 2016 kl. 12 er følgende gældende:

Antal fløjne missioner siden 20. juli 2016 kl. 12: 9

Antal anvendte præcisionsbomber siden 20. juli 2016 kl. 12: 19

Antal fløjne missioner totalt: 55

Antal anvendte præcisionsbomber totalt: 71

– Militærkuppet fredag den 15. juli startede en periode med nogen usikkerhed, men på nuværende tidspunkt er situationen ved at nærme sig normalen for operationer. Det danske bidrag har på intet tidspunkt været udsat for fare, og alle har det godt, beretter Detachment Commander, oberst Peter Johan Bødker.

Radarbidraget

I løbet af den forgangne uge har TPS77-radaren kørt uden vanskeligheder, og radarbidraget har leveret input til koalitionens samlede luftovervågningsbillede.

Træningsbidraget

DANCON OIR Hold 3 afsluttede i sidste uge træning og uddannelse af cirka 300 betjente fra det irakiske grænsepoliti, og overdragelsen til OIR Hold 4 er nu så småt gået i gang.I øjeblikket træner det danske bidrag højtstående stabsofficerer fra den irakiske hærs 7. Division. Træningen tager udgangspunkt i den aktuelle operative situation for de irakiske styrker.

– Vores træning af stabsofficerer fra 7. Division har det klare formål at give divisionsstaben nogle håndgribelige værktøjer, som de kan anvende i forbindelse med de kommende operationer mod Daesh, siger chefen for DANCON OIR Hold 3, oberstløjtnant Kenneth Strøm.

De danske soldater i DANCON er stationeret på Al Asad Air Base omkring 200 km. nordvest for Bagdad. Her holder den irakiske 7. Division også til.- I går afsluttede vi træningen af stabsofficerer fra divisionsstaben. De kommende dage fortsætter vi med træningen af alle divisionens brigadechefer og nogle af deres udvalgte stabsofficerer. Derefter kommer bataljonscheferne også ind til træning, fortæller Kenneth Strøm og tilføjer:- Det er et dansk pilotprojekt, som vi allerede nu har ret god erfaring med. Vi underviser de irakiske chefer i den form for operationer, som de skal gennemføre umiddelbart efter træningen. Vi tager udgangspunkt i det aktuelle terræn, og jeg synes, vi havde nogle rigtig gode taktiske drøftelser. Jeg er overbevist om, at træningen også denne gang vil være med til at gøre en forskel i forbindelse med 7. Divisions kommende operationer mod Daesh, vurderer den danske styrkechef.

Transportflybidraget

Siden begyndelsen af juli i år har det danske forsvar endvidere haft et C130 Hercules transportfly udsendt til Kuwait til støtte for indsatsen i Operation Inherent Resolve.Det danske C-130 bidrag er vel etableret i missionen og har i den forgangne uge gennemført seks missioner i missionsområdet. Det danske C130 fly har i den forgange uge gennemført missioner i Jordan, Irak og Tyrkiet fra basen i Kuwait. Formålet med missionerne har primært været lufttransport af forsyninger til enheder i Irak og Tyrkiet, idet der også er ydet støtte til faldskærmstræning for amerikanske specialstyrker i området.Samarbejdet med de amerikanske partnere fra Air Force Special Operations Detachment (AFSOD) fungerer rigtig godt, og der er en passende mængde relevante opgaver for bidraget at løse.’

 

July 28th- July 29th 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (9,429- 9,437)
Syria 22 strikes (4,695- 4,716)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
28-41 civilians including 7-10 children and 1 woman alleged killed at Al Ghandourra village, near Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
5-7 civilians includign 3 women alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 28, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device storage area.
*       Near Manbij, 19 strikes struck [1-2 British?] 19 separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 17 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, and two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, one ISIL rocket rail, and an ISIL vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Haditha, one strike [1 British] destroyed and ISIL bunker.
*       Near Hit, two strikes destroyed an ISIL supply cache.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units, and destroyed six ISIL assembly areas, six ISIL weapons caches, four ISIL vehicles, three ISIL-used roads, and two ISIL command and control nodes.
*       Near Qayyarah, three strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL rocket rails, five ISIL boats, three ISIL mortar systems, and an ISIL rocket system.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 28 July:

‘Thursday 28 July – a Reaper provided close air support to Syrian democratic forces fighting near Manbij, Tornados destroyed a mortar in northern Iraq, and Typhoons bombed a bunker in western Iraq…RAF aircraft continued to provide close air support to the Syrian democratic forces on Thursday 28 July, when a Reaper patrolled the Manbij area. The Reaper’s crew conducted four attacks with Hellfire missiles against several groups of Daesh fighters, and assisted in four further attacks by coalition fast jets. In Iraq, Brimstone-armed Tornados destroyed a mortar near Qayyarah, while a pair of Typhoons used a Paveway IV to strike a Daesh bunker on the shores of Lake Qadisiyah.’

Update from French MoD for 28 July:
[France reports six airstrikes destroying 10 targets from 20-26 July: five ground support strikes were carried out in Iraq  including in Mosul and Qayyarah; one planned strike was conducted in the Raqqah region of Syria on 23 July against a car bomb manufacturing site.]

Point sur les opérations au 28 juillet 2016

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Point sur les opérations au 28 juillet 2016

Chammal : point de situation au levant
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Cette semaine, en Irak les forces de sécurité irakiennes ont consolidé leurs positions dans le secteur de Qayyarah, de part et d’autre du Tigre. Daech confirme sa logique de repli défensif autour des villes de Mossoul et d’Alq Qaim, ainsi que sur les axes y conduisant.

En Syrie, les forces démocratiques syriennes progressent lentement vers le centre de Manbij, défendu avec acharnement par Daech. A l’est de Palmyre, Daech est engagé dans de rudes combats pour la défense du carrefour clef de Deir-er-Zor.

ACTIVITES DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL

La force Chammal poursuit la campagne aérienne et les missions de formation et de conseil.

Du 20 au 26 juillet 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech, en réalisant 37 sorties, dont 28 de bombardement et 9 de recueil de renseignement.

Elles ont permis la réalisation de 6 frappes, aboutissant à la destruction de 10 objectifs de Daech.

5 frappes d’appui au sol ont été réalisées en Irak au cours de la semaine notamment à Qayyarah et Mossoul.

1 frappe planifiée a été conduite en Syrie le 23 juillet dans la région de Raqqah, par quatre Mirage 2000 contre un site de fabrication de véhicules piégés.’

Commander Air Task Group, Air Commodore Philip Gordon, in front of an F/A-18A Hornet on the flight line of Australia's main air operating base in the Middle East region. (Aus MoD)
Commander Air Task Group, Air Commodore Philip Gordon, in front of an F/A-18A Hornet on the flight line of Australia’s main air operating base in the Middle East region. (Aus MoD)

 

July 29th- July 30th 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (9,438 9,446)
Syria 12 strikes (4,717- 4,728)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTF-OIR:
On July 29, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using bomber, attack, ground-attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Manbij, 11 strikes struck 10 separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 12 ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed and ISIL vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL rocket rails, an ISIL bunker, and an ISIL storage facility.
*       Near Ar Rutbah, one strike destroyed an ISIL bulldozer.
*       Near Haditha, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Hit, one strike produced inconclusive results.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes struck and ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL headquarters and destroyed an ISIL supply cache, an ISIL assembly area, and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike struck and ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and suppressed ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar system and suppressed an ISIL sniper position.’

 

July 30th- July 31st 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (9,447 9,454)
Syria 12 strikes (4,729- 4,740)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 30, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes destroyed six ISIL excavators.
*       Near Manbij, eight strikes [1-2 British] struck eight separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Mosul, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL weapons cache and an ISIL assembly area and degraded an ISIL tunnel and suppressed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 15 ISIL rocket rails, 13 ISIL rockets, seven ISIL mortar tubes, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL artillery piece, and an ISIL supply cache.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL headquarters.
*       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed an ISIL cave entrance and an ISIL tunnel.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 30 July:

‘Saturday 30 July – a Reaper provided further close air support near Manbij in Syria…A Reaper was again in action over Manbij on Saturday 30 July, when it conducted two attacks with Hellfire missiles on Daesh fighters and also provided targeting assistance to a coalition air strike.’

Sailors make final checks on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 prior to launching from flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)
Sailors make final checks on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 prior to launching from flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)

 

 

July 31st- August 1st 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (9,455 – 9,464)

Syria 10 strikes (4,741 – 4,750)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, FRANCE
10-19 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On July 31, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 10 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 rocket artillery and attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Manbij, eight strikes struck eight separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, and ISIL-used engineering equipment.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Haditha, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Hit, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fueling station.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes [1 French with others] struck an ISIL headquarters and suppressed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Qayyarah, three strikes [1 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL vehicles, two ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL-used road, and two ISIL assembly areas.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 31 July:

‘Sunday 31 July – Tornados attacked a group of Daesh terrorists in northern Iraq…Sunday 31 July saw Tornados patrolling near Qayyarah, where they used a Paveway IV to bomb a group of terrorists spotted in the open.’

Update from French MoD for 31 July:

[In the Mosul region, four Mirage 2000D along with other Coalition partners, destroyed a Daesh command center.]

‘1 frappe planifiée a été conduite en Irak le 31 juillet. Dans la région de Mossoul, 4 Mirage 2000D ont mené un raid auquel étaient associés des avions de la coalition. Un centre de commandement de Daech a été détruit.’

Commander Air Task Group, Air Commodore Philip Gordon, straps in to an F/A-18A Hornet prior to departing on a mission out of Australia's main air operating base in the Middle East region. (Aus MoD)
Commander Air Task Group, Air Commodore Philip Gordon, straps in to an F/A-18A Hornet prior to departing on a mission out of Australia’s main air operating base in the Middle East region. (Aus MoD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monthly Australian MoD summary for July 2016

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Monthly AFCENT data for July 2016

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