Military reports – June 2016

Monthly summary: Below are all known published daily Coalition military reports relating to the air war against Islamic State/ Daesh in Iraq and Syria for June 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.

 

June 1st-2nd 2016
Iraq 17 strikes (8,650-8,666)
Syria 15 strikes (4,023-4,037)
Confirmed actions: US
10 civilians including 3 women alleged killed at Raqqa, Syria
10-40 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 01, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes using bomber, attack, fighter, 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 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 Ar Raqqah, three strikes destroyed six ISIL oil pump jacks and an ISIL crane.
*       Near Manbij, 12 strikes struck 11 separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL-used cave, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), ISIL-used tunnel systems, and four ISIL vehicles and damaged a separate ISIL vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Qaim, one strike [1 British?] struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL VBIED.
*       Near Fallujah, four strikes [2 British] struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 10 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL recoilless rifle, an ISIL heavy machine gun, and an ISIL-used tunnel system and damaged a separate ISIL fighting position and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Haditha, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Hit one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL assembly area and suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes [1 British] destroyed three ISIL rocket rails and an ISIL rocket system.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL VBIED factory.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 1 June:

‘Wednesday 1 June – Tornados struck three Daesh strongpoints on the southern outskirts of Fallujah, whilst Reapers destroyed a terrorist check-point and a rocket launcher in western and northern Iraq respectively…Reapers were in action again on Wednesday 1 June. One patrolled the skies above Qayyarah, where a camouflaged set of loaded rocket launch rails were spotted and destroyed with a Hellfire missile. A second Reaper patrolled over eastern Syria and western Iraq, and located a terrorist check-point on the Iraqi side of the border, west of Al Qa’im, which was stopping the free movement of traffic. Again, a Hellfire missile was employed and the check-point successfully attacked. Two Tornado missions provided reconnaissance and close air support to Iraqi forces around Fallujah. One pair of Tornados used Paveway IVs to conduct simultaneous attacks on two Daesh-held buildings close to a canal to the south of the city; one building housed a terrorist sniper team, the other a recoilless anti-tank artillery piece. Both targets were destroyed by direct hits. The second Tornado flight successfully silenced a heavy-machine-gun positioned in a third Daesh strongpoint after it opened fire on the advancing Iraqi troops.’

 

June 2nd-3rd 2016
Iraq 15 strikes (8,667-8,681)
Syria 14 strikes (4,038-4,051)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
20 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 02, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes using bomber, ground-attack, 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 Ar Raqqah, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL oil pump jack.
*       Near Manbij, 10 strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL cave entrances, two ISIL caves, and an ISIL-used bridge.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike destroyed an ISIL artillery system.

Iraq

*       Near Fallujah, four strikes [2 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 11 ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL recoilless rifles, five ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL weapons caches, and two ISIL staging areas.
*       Near Habbaniyah, two strikes struck two separate large ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Hit one strike produced inconclusive results.
*       Near Kisik, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL headquarters and destroyed an ISIL mortar system and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes [1 British?] struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL mortar system, and an ISIL vehicle and damaged a separate ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) factory.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 2nd June:

‘Thursday 2 June – Tornados and Typhoons provided close air support over Fallujah, striking eight targets, whilst other Typhoons patrolled over northern Iraq, hitting Daesh positions near Kisik and Mosul…
The offensive by Iraqi ground forces to liberate Fallujah has continued to be the major focus for the Royal Air Force contribution to the coalition air campaign against Daesh.
Three successive flights of Tornado GR4s and Typhoon FGR4s provided close air support to Iraqi units on the southern outskirts of the city on Thursday 2 June. One Tornado flight conducted four attacks with Paveway IV guided bombs, striking a bunker and three teams of terrorists armed with an anti-tank gun, rocket-propelled grenades and a heavy machine-gun. A second Tornado mission delivered simultaneous attacks on two Daesh-held buildings, then a third bombing attack on a heavy machine-gun position that had opened fire on Iraqi troops. The Typhoon flight dealt with a further artillery piece, using a Paveway IV.
In northern Iraq, another pair of Typhoons struck a group of terrorists spotted advancing towards peshmerga positions near Kisik, then headed to an area south-east of Mosul where they used three Paveways to attack more extremists mustering in and around a large warehouse.’

Update from French MoD for 2 June:
[Since 25 May, reports 27 ground support strikes destroying 31 Daesh targets. Operations were focused on Mosul and Falljujah. This effort was particularly intense on 28 and 29 May, with 14 strikes carried out in less than 48 hours against Daesh fortified positions, command posts and logistics pads. Additionally, on 1 June, 3 Mirage 2000N arrived in Jordan to join three Mirage 2000D.]

‘Point de situation des opérations

 État-major des armées | 2 juin 2016
IRAK / SYRIE : CHAMMAL
La situation militaire est marquée par la poursuite des opérations de reconquête des zones occupées par Daech. Le groupe terroriste conduit une défense discontinue des territoires conquis en 2014 pour sanctuariser ses points forts et ses axes logistiques.
En Irak, les Forces de sécurité irakiennes (FSI) sont engagées depuis peu dans la reprise de la ville de Falloujah.
  • Dans la vallée de l’Euphrate, les FSI conservent l’initiative sur Daech. Depuis un mois, elles ont repris le contrôle de près de 60 kilomètres de territoire sur les berges du fleuve. Après la libération de la ville de Rutbah, du 13 au 19 mai 2016, les troupes irakiennes cherchent à rouvrir et sécuriser l’axe économique avec la Jordanie. Par ailleurs, leurs efforts se concentrent sur la ville de Falloujah qui a été encerclée. Les FSI ont pris pied dans les faubourgs et les opérations de reconquête sont en cours.
  • Au Nord du pays, dans la vallée du Tigre, Daech reste en posture de défense ferme autour de Mossoul. En revanche, les forces irakiennes conservent la capacité d’interdire à Daech toute reprise du terrain.
En Syrie, la coalition appuie actuellement une offensive dans le Nord du pays en direction de Manbij.
Bien que sur le recul, Daech conserve cependant une capacité d’action asymétrique. Bagdad a ainsi encore été touchée par plusieurs attentats dans la semaine.
Activités de la force Chammal
La force Chammal poursuit la campagne aérienne et les missions de formation et de conseil.
Depuis le 25 mai 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech, en réalisant 40 sorties dont 36 de bombardement et 3 de recueil de renseignement.
Elles ont permis la réalisation de 27 frappes, aboutissant à la destruction de 31 objectifs de Daech.
La force Chammal poursuit l’appui des opérations terrestres dans les régions de Mossoul et de Falloujah.
Cet effort a été particulièrement intense les journées du 28 et du 29 mai, avec 14 frappes réalisées en moins de 48 heures contre des positions fortifiées, des moyens de tir indirect, ainsi que des postes de commandement et des plots logistiques de Daech.
27 frappes d’appui au sol ont été réalisées en Irak au cours de la semaine
La force Chammal a réalisé des missions d’appui au sol en soutien des FSI, particulièrement dans les secteurs de Falloujah et Mossoul.
Missions de formation et de conseil
Les forces irakiennes présentes à Falloujah, appartiennent à la 6e division d’infanterie irakienne mais surtout à l’ICTS (unité de contre-terrorisme) dont la force Chammal assure l’instruction avec une centaine de formateurs présents à Bagdad. En dépit des combats, les actions de formation se poursuivent.
  • La Task Force Narvik participe ainsi à la formation de près de 400 stagiaires qui devraient rejoindre les zones de combats au terme de leur formation ;
  • La Task Force Monsabert poursuit son travail de conseil auprès de l’état-major de la 6e division d’infanterie et contribue à finaliser les préparatifs de ses unités.

Le 1er juin, 3 Mirage 2000N sont arrivés en Jordanie pour relever 3 Mirage 2000D.’

June 3rd-4th 2016
Iraq 13 strikes (8,682-8,694)
Syria 12 strikes (4,052-4,063)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
10 civilians alleged killed at village of Ojkana near Manbij, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 03, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using ground-attack, attack, fighter, 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 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 five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL caves, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised device (VBIED).
*       Near Mar’a, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units, an ISIL weapons storage facility, and an ISIL staging area and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL rocket rail.

Iraq

*       Near Fallujah, four strikes [1 British?] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL supply caches, and six ISIL staging areas and damaged three ISIL fighting positions and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Habbaniyah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL heavy machine gun, and an ISIL VBIED.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL staging area and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes struck an ISIL IED facility and an ISIL VBIED factory.’

Update from UK for Friday 3 June:

‘Friday 3 June – Typhoons conducted further strikes in the Fallujah area, supporting Iraqi efforts to liberate the city…Operations over southern Fallujah continued on Friday 3 June, when a pair of Typhoons conducted Paveway attacks on two Daesh strongpoints which had opened fire on Iraqi forces with machine-guns and other weapons.’

A Mirage 2000N, deployed as part of France’s Operation Chammal, at the airbase in Jordan.

 

June 4th-5th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (8,695-8,704)
Syria 13 strikes (4,064-4,076)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 04, 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 rocket artillery and bomber, ground-attack, 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, nine strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL-used bridge, five ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL headquarters.
*       Near Mar’a, four strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL bed down location and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL mortar system, and an ISIL weapons storage facility.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed four ISIL rockets rails, an ISIL rocket cache, and an ISIL petroleum, oil, and lubricants facility.
*       Near Fallujah, two strikes [1 British?] struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL recoilless rifle, and two ISIL tunnels and damaged two ISIL fighting positions and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL boat, three ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL assembly areas and an ISIL mortar system and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL headquarters and destroyed 17 ISIL boats.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 4th June:

‘Saturday 4 June – Reapers worked very closely with Iraqi ground forces around Fallujah, delivering five attacks themselves and facilitating five more by coalition aircraft…Two Reaper remotely piloted aircraft patrolled over the city the following day [Saturday 4th June], exploiting their long endurance and excellent surveillance capabilities to provide persistent overwatch for the Iraqi troops on the ground.
During the course of Saturday, the Reapers delivered five attacks, using two GBU-12 guided bombs and three Hellfire missiles, against two machine-gun teams, two Daesh firing positions and a tunnel network. They also provided assistance to five other air strikes conducted by coalition fast jets on terrorist positions.’

June 5th-6th 2016
Iraq 14 strikes (8,705-8,718)
Syria 8 strikes (4,077-4,084)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 5, 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 14 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 Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed two ISIL excavators.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL workover rig and an ISIL crane.
*       Near Manbij, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL bed down location, and an ISIL anti-air artillery piece.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Albu Hayat, two strikes struck an ISIL training facility and destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.
*       Near Fallujah, four strikes [2 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) factory, two ISIL VBIEDs, an ISIL warehouse, and an ISIL tunnel entrance and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed an ISIL artillery piece, an ISIL ammunition cache, and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed three ISIL mortar systems.
*       Near Rawah, one strike struck an ISIL staging facility.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIL front-end loader.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 5th June:

‘Sunday 5 June – Tornados again patrolled over Fallujah, destroying a truck-bomb factory and hitting two anti-tank guns…Tornados were again in action over southern Fallujah on Sunday 5 June. A factory producing improvised truck-bombs was struck with a pair of Paveway IVs, destroying two vehicles that were being prepared for use, and two further attacks with Paveways accounted for two anti-tank weapons.’

 

June 6th-7th 2016
Iraq 17 strikes (8,719-8,735)
Syria 18 strikes (4,085-4,102)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
7 civilians including 5 children and 1 woman alleged killed at Fallujah, Anbar province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 6, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes using bomber, attack, fighter, 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, 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, 15 strikes struck 13 separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL vehicles, an ISIL cave entrance, and an ISIL command and control node.
•       Near Mar’a, three strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL command and control node, and an ISIL headquarters and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

Iraq

•       Near Bayji, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL mortar system.
•       Near Fallujah, four strikes [1 British?] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) factory and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL weapons cache, three ISIL heavy machine guns, and an ISIL front end loader and damaged an ISIL fighting position and denied ISIL access to terrain.
•       Near Habbaniyah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
•       Near Haditha, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
•       Near Kisik, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL weapons caches, two ISIL bed down locations, and an ISIL command and control node.
•       Near Mosul, three strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL oil tanker storage area, an ISIL logistics facility, and an ISIL VBIED factory.
•       Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed seven ISIL rocket rails.
•       Near Rawah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
•       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.’

Additional press release for June 7 from from CJTF-OIR:

‘Manbij Offensive

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Since the start of their offensive to liberate Manbij, Syria, the Syrian Arab Coalition has freed a total of 344 square kilometers from Da’esh control.

The Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve has conducted more than 105 strikes in support of the battle to liberate Manbij.

The Syrian Arab Coalition is leading the operation and will be responsible for securing Manbij once it is freed.

Coalition advisors are assisting the Syrian Arab Coalition leadership with command and control from nodes located behind the forward line of friendly forces.

The Syrian Arab Coalition supported by Coalition air power have destroyed 108 Da’esh fighting positions, 31 Da’esh vehicles, 17 Da’esh heavy-weapons, two Da’esh weapon caches, and one Da’esh vehicle borne improvised explosive device.

The operation to free Manbij is part of the Coalition-supported moderate Syrian opposition efforts to clear Da’esh from the Turkish border and the Mar’a line. The goal is to limit the flow of foreign fighters and minimize Da’esh’s threat to Turkey, the rest of Europe, and the United States.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 6 June:

‘Monday 6 June – Tornados struck a large truck-bomb factory near Mosul, while Typhoons provided close air support around Fallujah…Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4s continued to provide close air support on Monday 6 June to the Iraqi operation to liberate Fallujah. A coalition surveillance aircraft spotted a group of Daesh terrorists taking up position in a building to the west of the city, allowing them to be quickly targeted by the Typhoons using a Paveway IV guided bomb. In northern Iraq, intelligence had located a large truck-bomb factory near Mosul and two RAF Tornado GR4s armed with 1000lb Enhanced Paveway II guided bombs were tasked with its destruction. A single EPW II destroyed the factory.’

Update from Dutch MoD for 30 May – 6 June:
[Dutch F-16s bombed several Daesh targets in Iraq, and gave support to Iraqi security forces and Peshmerga fighters.]

‘ Weekoverzicht Defensieoperaties

Nieuwsbericht | 07-06-2016 | 16:00

Nederlandse F-16’s bombardeerden diverse doelen in Irak in de strijd tegen terreurorganisatie ISIS. Een overzicht van Defensieoperaties in de week van 30 mei tot 6 juni.
F-16’s van de Air Task Force Middle East gaven afgelopen week luchtsteun aan de Iraakse veiligheidstroepen en Peshmerga-strijders. Met hen zorgt de coalitie voor ontwrichting van ISIS. Sinds augustus 2014 verloor ISIS meer dan 25.000 vierkante kilometer gebied (45%) in Irak en meer dan 9.000 vierkante kilometer in Syrië (20%). Een uitgebreid overzicht van de inzet van de coalitie in de strijd tegen ISIS staat op de website van het United States Central Command.’

 

June 7th-8th 2016
Iraq 15 strikes (8,736-8,750)
Syria 10 strikes (4,103-4,112)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2-20 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 7, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes using bomber, 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 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 an ISIL crane and an ISIL front-end loader.
•       Near Manbij, eight strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles and an ISIL-used bridge.

Iraq

•       Near Fallujah, three strikes [1 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL front-end loader, an ISIL weapons cache, and an ISIL heavy machine gun and denied ISIL access to terrain.
•       Near Habbaniyah, two strikes destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL staging area and denied ISIL access to terrain.
•       Near Haditha, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL staging area, and an ISIL artillery piece.
•       Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL command and control node.
•       Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL staging area and an ISIL headquarters.
•       Near Ramadi, one strike damaged an ISIL tactical vehicle.
•       Near Rawah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
•       Near Tal Afar, two strikes struck an ISIL modular oil refinery and destroyed an ISIL supply cache.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 7 June:

‘Tuesday 7 June – Tornados destroyed a weapons stockpile near Fallujah…Operations around Fallujah continued on Tuesday 7 June, when Tornados successfully attacked a weapons and ammunition stockpile hidden to the south-east of the city.’

Since 1 January 2016, France reports 1,347 flights in Iraq and Syria, 332 strikes against Daesh and 540 targets destroyed.

Update from French MoD for 1-7 June:

[Reports three strikes destroying four goals against Daesh in Iraq. The focus was on the support of ground operations in Mosul and Fallujah and action was mainly aimed at armed Daesh positions. One planned strike was conducted in Iraq on June 5 against a Daesh training building and and two ground support strikes were carried out on June 6 and 7 against terrorists’ armed positions. “The drop in activity is mainly explained by the crew falls on BAP of Jordan. Chammal the device has changed slightly since the E3-F AWACS operations left the theater on June 4 and three Mirage 2000D were replaced by 3 Mirage 2000N.’]

‘IRAK / SYRIE : CHAMMAL
La coalition poursuit la stratégie qui consiste à appuyer les troupes locales dans leurs combats contre Daech tout en frappant les capacités de l’organisation terroriste.
Daech recule là où la coalition accentue la pression (Falludjah, Sud Mossoul, Manbij). L’organisation tente de reprendre pied en conduisant des attaques de harcèlement sur les forces de sécurité irakiennes (Tikrit et Nasir). Elle poursuit également les attentats suicides à Bagdad.
La bataille pour libérer Fallujah se poursuit et les forces de sécurité irakiennes progressent, malgré la posture défensive de Daech qui se renforce à mesure qu’elles se rapprochent de la ville. Les forces de l’ICTS entrainées à Bagdad par les instructeurs français participent à la reprise de la ville.
Activités de la force Chammal
Du 1er au 7 juin 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech, en réalisant 37 sorties, dont 25 de bombardement et 11 de recueil de renseignement.

Au total 3 frappes
    ont détruit 4 objectifs
    de Daech.

Cette semaine, l’action de la force Chammal concernait surtout l’appui des opérations terrestres dans les régions de Mossoul et Fallujah. Son action visait principalement des positions armées de Daesh.

1 frappe planifiée a été conduite en Irak le 5 juin contre un bâtiment d’entraînement de Daech.
2 frappes d’appui au sol ont été réalisées en Irak le 6 et 7 juin contre des positions armées terroristes.

La baisse d’activité s’explique principalement par la relève d’équipage sur la BAP de Jordanie.
Le dispositif de Chammal a légèrement évolué puisque l’E3-F AWACS a quitté le théâtre des opérations le 4 juin et 3 Mirage 2000D ont été remplacés par 3 Mirage 2000N.’

Update from French MoD for 7 June:

[Reports that French E-3Fs, known as AWACS, finished its mission to benefit the Chammal operation on 4 June. They have been deployed on the American base at Al Udeid in Qatar since March 31, 2016. For this third participation in Operation Inherent Resolve, the AWACS performed fifteen outings and completed nearly 150 flight hours.]

‘Chammal : Bilan de l’action du troisième déploiement AWACS

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Mise à jour : 07/06/2016 17:34

L’E-3F Français, plus connu sous le nom d’AWACS, a terminé le 4 juin 2016 sa mission au profit de l’opération Chammal. Déployé sur la base américaine d’Al Udeïd au Qatar depuis le 31 mars 2016, l’avion et son équipage ont assuré des missions de « command and control » au sein de la coalition internationale.
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Pour sa troisième participation à l’Opération Inherent Resolve, l’AWACS a effectué une quinzaine de sorties et réalisé près de 150 heures de vol au-dessus du théâtre d’opérations. Sa mission consiste à assurer la « déconfliction » entre les moyens aériens de la coalition (drônes, chasseurs, ravitailleurs, bombardiers), c’est-à-dire la coordination des missions des nombreux aéronefs qui volent dans l’espace restreint de la zone d’opération.

La flotte d’E-3F totalise plus de 13 700 heures de vol en opérations. L’AWACS a participé à de nombreuses opérations françaises : Serval, Salamandre, Trident, Harmattan ou encore Chammal. Il y assure chaque fois les fonctions opérationnelles de « command and control » (C2) et de détection avancée (AEW), essentielle dans les opérations modernes qui réservent un rôle décisif à l’arme aérienne.

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, huit Mirage 2000 D et N) 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.’

June 8th-9th 2016
Iraq 18 strikes (8,751-8,768)
Syria 16 strikes (4,113-4,128)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2-24 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 8, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes using bomber, fighter, attack, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and bomber, fighter, 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 Ar Raqqah, four strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) factory and destroyed six ISIL oil pump jacks and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Manbij, 11 strikes struck 10 separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL mortar system and damaged a separate ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike struck an ISIL improvised weapons factory.
*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED.
*       Near Fallujah, two strikes [2 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 23 ISIL fighting positions, eight ISIL light machine guns, six ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL recoilless rifles, an ISIL supply cache, and an ISIL rocket propelled grenade system and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Haditha, two strikes struck an ISIL staging facility and destroyed three ISIL vehicles and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Kisik, one strike stuck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL tunnel system.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes [2 British] struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas.
*       Near Qayyarah, five strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL weigh station, an ISIL bed down location, an ISIL headquarters, and an ISIL meeting site and destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL rocket rail and an ISIL supply cache.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 8 June:

‘Wednesday 8 June – Reapers attacked targets near Raqqa in Syria, and Qayyarah in Iraq; Typhoons and Tornados supported Iraqi ground operations in both Fallujah and east of Mosul…

The following day, Tornados conducted three attacks to support Iraqi ground forces engaged in firefights with terrorists inside Fallujah. Despite the close proximity of the Iraqi forces, the GR4s were able to deliver simultaneous attacks with Paveway IVs against two strongpoints housing Daesh machine-gun and artillery teams. They then struck a further machine-gun position when it also opened fire on the Iraqis.

Typhoons also contributed to the Fallujah operations, using Paveway IVs against two groups of Daesh extremists armed with a light machine-gun and rocket-propelled grenades. In northern Iraq, another Typhoon mission successfully attacked a Daesh-held building east of Mosul, whilst a Reaper used a GBU-12 bomb to demolish a building where another coalition surveillance aircraft had observed terrorists unloading supplies. A second Reaper patrolled over Syria and employed a Hellfire missile to destroy a Daesh truck travelling at speed on the open road south of Raqqa.’

June 9th-10th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (8,769-8,778)
Syria 9 strikes (4,129-4,137)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
5-7 civilians alleged killed at Shabali village, south of Manbij city, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On June 9, 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 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using ground-attack, 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 an ISIL oil pump jack.
•       Near Manbij, eight strikes struck eight separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 11 ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.

Iraq

•       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed two ISIL rocket rails.
•       Near Fallujah, two strikes [2 British] struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 16 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL vehicles, two ISIL rocket propelled grenade systems, an ISIL recoilless rifle, three ISIL light machine guns, four ISIL heavy machine guns, and an ISIL mortar system and denied ISIL access to terrain.
•       Near Habbaniyah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL mortar system, two ISIL bunkers, an ISIL staging area, and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) and denied ISIL access to terrain.
•       Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas.
•       Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL improvised weapons factory and destroyed an ISIL command and control node.
•       Near Sinjar, one strike produced inconclusive results.
•       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL staging area.’

UK update for Thursday 9 June:

‘Thursday 9 June – Tornados provided close air support to Iraqi forces in and around Fallujah…Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s continued to provide close air support on Thursday 9 June to Iraqi ground forces fighting to liberate Fallujah. One Tornado flight conducted successful attacks using Paveway IV guided bombs against four Daesh-held buildings from which terrorists were directing machine-gun fire at the Iraqi forces. A second Tornado mission used a Paveway IV to destroy a building west of the city, within which a terrorist armed vehicle was reported by nearby Iraqi troops to be concealed.’

June 10th-11th 2016
Iraq 18 strikes (8,779-8,796)
Syria 13 strikes (4,138-4,150)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On June 10, 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 18 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 Manbij, eight strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.
•       Near Mar’a, five strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL tactical vehicle, and two ISIL vehicles.

Iraq

•       Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed two ISIL artillery pieces and an ISIL front-end loader.
•       Near Fallujah, two strikes [1 British?] struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL recoilless rifles, three ISIL light machine guns, two ISIL heavy machine guns, and an ISIL anti-air artillery piece and denied ISIL access to terrain.
•       Near Habbaniyah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL staging area, an ISIL command and control node, and two ISIL storage areas and denied ISIL access to terrain.
•       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed an ISIL rocket cache.
•       Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL supply cache and an ISIL vehicle.
•       Near Mosul, three strikes [1 British] struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, three ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), and an ISIL heavy machine gun and denied ISIL access to terrain.
•       Near Qayyarah, seven strikes [3-4 British] struck a large ISIL tactical unit, five ISIL communication sites, an ISIL recruitment facility, and an ISIL bed down location and destroyed four ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL vehicle, six ISIL rocket rails, and an ISIL mortar position and suppressed a separate ISIL mortar position.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 10 June:

‘Friday 10 June – Tornados provided further support over Fallujah, whilst a Reaper and Typhoons prosecuted multiple Daesh targets in northern Iraq…On Friday 10 June, a Reaper worked in close conjunction with other coalition aircraft to engage Daesh rocket and mortar teams operating near Qayyarah. The Reaper provided support to two coalition strikes on rocket positions, then used its own Hellfire missiles and a GBU-12 guided bomb against a further set of rocket launchers and a mortar. A Typhoon FGR4 flight was also operating near Qayyarah, and they conducted attacks against five targets: three buildings where Daesh extremists had been spotted gathering and two more rocket launcher positions. North-east of Mosul, another pair of Typhoons destroyed a heavy machine-gun team with a Paveway IV. To the south, Tornados again provided close air support over Fallujah, using their Paveways against three strongpoints which housed two machine-gun teams and a group of terrorists armed with rocket-propelled grenades.’

 

June 11th-12th 2016
Iraq 20 strikes (8,797- 8,816)
Syria 16 strikes (4,151- 4,166)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
10 civilians including 4 women alleged killed at Al Hadhad village near Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On June 11, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes using bomber, ground-attack, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 20 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 two ISIL oil well heads.
•       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
•       Near Manbij, 11 strikes struck 11 separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles, four ISIL fighting positions, and an ISIL mortar position.
•       Near Mar’a, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL weapons storage facility, and an ISIL ammunition storage facility and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

•       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed two ISIL artillery pieces and an ISIL vehicle.
•       Near Bashir, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL assembly area, and an ISIL supply cache.
•       Near Fallujah, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL vehicles, two ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED), an ISIL heavy machine gun, and six ISIL light machine guns and damaged two separate ISIL fighting positions and denied ISIL access to terrain.
•       Near Qayyarah, eight strikes [1-3 British?] struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL weigh station and destroyed three ISIL mortar systems, 10 ISIL rocket rails, two ISIL VBIED facilities, and an ISIL assembly area and damaged an ISIL mortar system and denied ISIL access to terrain.
•       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED storage facility and an ISIL anti-air artillery piece.
•       Near Sinjar, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL rocket rail, an ISIL tactical vehicle, two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL fighting position, and an ISIL storage area.
•       Near Tal Afar, one strike suppressed an ISIL bunker.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 11 June:

‘Saturday 11 June – A Reaper attacked mortar and rocket teams near Qayyarah in northern Iraq…An RAF Reaper continued to hunt terrorist rocket and mortar teams around Qayyarah on Saturday 11 June, conducting three attacks with Hellfire missiles.’

June 12th-13th 2016
Iraq 19 strikes (8,817- 8,835)
Syria 13 strikes + 2* (4,167- 4,181)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 12, 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 19 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, ground-attack, 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 well heads.
•       Near Ayn Isa, five strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, five ISIL vehicles, an ISIL command and control node, and an ISIL front-end loader.
•       Near Manbij, six strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL cave entrance, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL light machine gun.
•       Near Mar’a, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL tactical vehicle.

Iraq

•       Near Bayji, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
•       Near Fallujah, three strikes [1-2 British] struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 11 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL vehicles, two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL anti-air artillery piece, five ISIL light machine guns, three ISIL tunnel systems, and an ISIL recoilless rifle and damaged a separate ISIL fighting position and denied ISIL access to terrain.
•       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
•       Near Kisik, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
•       Near Mosul, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL oil tanker storage area and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL vehicle and suppressed an ISIL machine gun position.
•       Near Qayyarah, seven strikes [1-3 British] struck two separate large ISIL tactical units, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) facility, and three ISIL-used bridges and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, seven ISIL assembly areas, two ISIL artillery pieces, an ISIL tactical vehicle, three ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL mortar position, an ISIL rocket rail, four ISIL VBIEDs, and 18 ISIL boats and suppressed a separate ISIL tactical unit.’

* See 13-14th June for amended number of Syria strikes.

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 12 June:

‘Sunday 12 June – Typhoons and a Reaper attacked further targets near Qayyarah and Mosul, Tornados provided close air support over Fallujah and destroyed a truck-bomb factory in northern Iraq…Another Reaper patrolled over Qayyarah on Sunday 13 [12] June, and also fired three Hellfires, its targets were two terrorist vehicles and a group of Daesh fighters. Typhoons were also active nearby, and used Paveway IVs to attack two groups of terrorists caught in the open and two Daesh-held buildings. A Typhoon mission also joined Tornados operating over Fallujah; the Typhoons used one Paveway IV against a machine-gun position, whilst the Tornados delivered five very precise attacks in very demanding circumstances, with Iraqi troops extremely close to the terrorist targets. Paveway IVs were used to destroy a rocket team, an anti-tank gun, a heavily armed pick-up truck and a heavy machine-gun team, whilst a Brimstone missile silenced a light machine-gun.
During Sunday night, a pair of Tornados armed with 1000lb Enhanced Paveway II guided bombs conducted a carefully planned strike on a factory to the south-west of Qayyarah where truck-bombs were being built by Daesh. Four EPW IIs hit their targets accurately and initial reports suggest the mission was a success.’

A picture of a recent night time artillery engagement from Kara Soar base, supporting Iraqi troops (via US army)
A picture of a recent night time artillery engagement from Kara Soar base, supporting Iraqi troops (via US army)

June 13th-14th 2016
Iraq 14 strikes (8,836- 8,849)
Syria 16 strikes (4,182- 4,197)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
A whole family alleged killed at Shirkak, Salaheldin province, Iraq
8-20 civilians and 10 Daesh fighters alleged in Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 13, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes using bomber, ground-attack, 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 Manbij, 13 strikes struck 10 separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL cave entrances, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL command and control node, two ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL security headquarters.
•       Near Mar’a, three strikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL tactical vehicle, and an ISIL mortar system.

Iraq

•       Near Bayji, one strike struck an ISIL weapons factory.
•       Near Fallujah, two strikes [1 British] struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed 19 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL vehicles, four ISIL heavy machine guns, four ISIL rocket propelled grenade systems, eight ISIL light machine guns, three ISIL recoilless rifles, and an ISIL mortar system and denied ISIL access to terrain.
•       Near Kisik, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
•       Near Mosul, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL supply cache, and an ISIL vehicle.
•       Near Qayyarah, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL headquarters and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL assembly area, and two ISIL mortar systems and suppressed a separate ISIL tactical unit and denied ISIL access to terrain.
•       Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL fighting position.
Additionally, two strikes from June 12 were not included on the June 13 strike release.

Syria

•       Near Manbij, two strikes struck two ISIL tactical units.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 13 June:

‘Monday 13 June – Typhoons provided air support to Iraqi forces engaged in close combat in Fallujah, striking five terrorist strongpoints…Whilst Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s have undertaken reconnaissance missions over Syria and Iraq, Typhoon FGR4s and Reapers have in recent days provided close air support to Iraqi and Kurdish security forces conducting offensive operations in Fallujah and around Qayyarah.
On Monday 13 June, a pair of Typhoons assisted Iraqi troops as they engaged in very close combat inside Fallujah. Our aircraft delivered four precision attacks, all with Paveway IV guided bombs, that destroyed five strongpoints defended by Daesh terrorists armed with machine-guns, rocket-propelled grenades and an anti-tank gun.’

Update from Dutch MoD for 6-13 June:
[Dutch F-16s have provided air support to Iraqi security forces and Peshmerga fighters. Planned strikes were also conducted on Daesh attacks on targets, mainly on logistical supply lines. Targets destroyed include collection centers and armories.]

‘Midden-Oosten

In de strijd tegen terreurorganisatie ISIS gaven Nederlandse F-16’s van de Air Task Force Middle East luchtsteun aan Iraakse veiligheidstroepen en Peshmerga-strijders. Naast deze Close Air Support-missies voerden ze ook aanvallen uit op geplande doelen. De inzet was voornamelijk gericht op logistieke aanvoerlijnen. De gevechtstoestellen vernietigden onder meer verzamelplaatsen en wapenfabrieken.

Door de verschillende operaties van de coalitie neemt de druk op ISIS toe. Iraakse troepen hebben de stad Fallujah verder geïsoleerd en vervolgen hun operaties om de buitenwijken van de stad te bevrijden. Kijk op de website van het United States Central Command voor een uitgebreidere update over operaties rond Fallujah en Mosul in Irak en de Syrische stad Manbij.’

A pilot sits in the cockpit of a Dutch F16 with a second F-16 in the sky in the background (Dutch MoD)
A pilot sits in the cockpit of a Dutch F16 with a second F-16 in the sky in the background (Dutch MoD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 14th-15th 2016
Iraq 20 strikes (8,850- 8,869)
Syria 6 strikes (4,198- 4,203)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
7 members of the the same family alleged killed at village of Ghouz, near Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
3 civilians  alleged killed at village of Samouqa near Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 14, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted six strikes using bomber, ground-attack, attack, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 20 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 Manbij, six strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL home-made explosives cache.
*       Near Bashir, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL command and control node and two ISIL assembly areas.
*       Near Fallujah, two strikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed 11 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns, and six ISIL light machine guns and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Mosul, six strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and foreign fighter support facilities including an ISIL operations center, two ISIL headquarters, and an ISIL weapons factory and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Qayyarah, six strikes [1-2 British] struck four separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL communications facility and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, four ISIL assembly areas, five ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL mortar position, nine ISIL boats, eight ISIL rocket rails, an ISIL rocket system, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL ammunition cache, and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised device (VBIED) and suppressed a separate ISIL tactical unit and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL boat.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed three ISIL rocket rails and three ISIL rocket systems and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.’

Additional press release from CJTF-OIR:

‘Syrian Arab Coalition complete isolation of Manbij in Northern Syria

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On June 13 the Syrian Arab Coalition (SAC) elements completed the first phase of their operation to free Manbij City by securing the territory surrounding the city.  After clearing Da’esh from this area they are now ready for the second phase to liberate the city itself.

Operating on multiple fronts, the SAC have secured the routes to and from Manbij.  For the SAC, civilian safety is a critical concern, and as a consequence people are returning to the already liberated inhabited villages.

Since the operation began the Coalition has conducted more than 190 airstrikes in the vicinity of Manbij and in the last four days destroyed three command headquarters, which is encouraging ISIL’s retreat into the city.

The Manbij City operation, coupled with the Coalition-supported Syrian moderate opposition efforts to clear Da’esh from the Turkish border and the Mar’a Line, continues to attrite Da’esh forces and minimize the threat to Turkey, the rest of Europe, and the United States.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 14 June:

‘Tuesday 14 June – Typhoons conducted further air attacks against Daesh positions in Fallujah, and near Qayyarah; a Reaper also attacked four targets near Qayyarah…The Typhoons continued operations over Fallujah the following day [Tuesday 14 June], and again worked very closely with the Iraqi units hitting five terrorist positions including sniper and machine-gun teams. In northern Iraq, around Qayyarah, a second Typhoon flight and a Reaper supported Iraqi and Kurdish units. The Typhoons attacked a Daesh-held building with a Paveway IV, while the Reaper conducted four attacks: a GBU-12 guided bomb was used against a group of terrorists gathered at a weapons stockpile, and three mortars were attacked in turn with Hellfire missiles. The Reaper also tracked the arrival of a truck-bomb and observed it being concealed inside a garage – this surveillance enabled a successful attack to then be delivered by a coalition aircraft which destroyed the vehicle.’

Since 1 January 2016, France has conducted 1,371 flights across Iraq and Syria, 340 strikes against Daesh and destroyed 552 targets.

Update from French MoD for 8-14 June:
[Reports 8 ground support strikes destroying 12 Daesh targets. This week Operation Chammal continued to support ground forces by Iraqi security forces. Missions were carried out in Fallujah and also Sinjar]

‘Chammal : 8 frappes contre Daech en Irak cette semaine, 12 objectifs détruits
Armée française – Opérations militaires·Wednesday, 15 June 2016
État-major des armées | 15 juin 2016
Du 8 au 14 juin 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes dirigées contre Daech en réalisant 24 sorties, dont 20 de bombardement et 4 de recueil de renseignement. Au total 8 frappes ont permis de détruire  12 objectifs de Daech.
Cette semaine la force Chammal a maintenu son effort d’appui au sol des forces de sécurité irakiennes.

8 frappes d’appui au sol
ont été réalisées en Irak au cours de la semaine

Les missions se sont portées en priorités dans la région de Falloujah où les forces irakiennes reconquièrent peu à peu  le terrain, mais aussi dans la région de Sinjar où elles consolident leurs positions.’

 

June 15th-16th 2016
Iraq 20 strikes (8,870- 8,889)
Syria 7 strikes (4,204- 4,210)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 civilian alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
10 civilians including 4 women and 3 children alleged killed at Fallujah, Anbar province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 15, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery 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 Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed four ISIL oil well heads.
*       Near Manbij, six strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, and six ISIL command and control nodes.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed an ISIL bunker and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike struck an ISIL oil compound.
*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Fallujah, three strikes [1 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 10 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL light machine gun, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), two ISIL rocket propelled grenade systems, and an ISIL recoilless rifle and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Haditha, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL foreign fighter weapons storage facility.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Qayyarah, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL VBIED facility and destroyed four ISIL assembly areas, two ISIL mortar systems, five ISIL vehicles, two ISIL tunnel systems, two ISIL bunkers, and an ISIL command and control node.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL staging area, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL rocket propelled grenade system, and an ISIL light machine gun.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed eight ISIL rocket systems and an ISIL assembly area and suppressed a separate ISIL tactical unit.’

A French Air Force Mirage 2000 receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, over Iraq, June 15, 2016 [US Air Force]
A French Air Force Mirage 2000 receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, over Iraq, June 15, 2016 [US Air Force]
Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 15 June:

‘Wednesday 15 June – Typhoons destroyed seven terrorist teams during continued fighting in Fallujah…Two Typhoon flights saw action over Fallujah on Wednesday 14 [15] June, and between them they conducted seven successful attacks with Paveway IVs. Again all were in very close support of Iraqi ground forces, accounting for terrorist teams armed with heavy weapons, rocket-propelled grenades, and a 23mm anti-aircraft gun.’

June 16th-17th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (8,890- 8,899)
Syria 12 strikes (4,211- 4,222)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
10 civilians including 4 women and 3 children alleged killed at Fallujah, Anbar province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Nawaja village, near Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
6 civilians including 4 children alleged killed at Tal Afar, Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 16, 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 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, 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 Manbij, 10 strikes struck nine separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker and an ISIL supply cache.
*       Near Bashir, two strikes destroyed two ISIL bed down locations, three ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL weapons cache, and three ISIL command and control nodes.
*       Near Fallujah, two strikes [1 British?] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL heavy machine guns, 10 ISIL fighting positions, and an ISIL recoilless rifle and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Mosul, one strike destroyed an ISIL assembly area and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and three ISIL fighting positions and suppressed two separate ISIL tactical units.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and an ISIL fighting position and damaged a separate ISIL fighting position.

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 16 June:

‘Thursday 16 June – Typhoons provided close air support to Iraqi forces fighting to liberate Fallujah…With Iraqi forces making steady progress pushing into Fallujah, two flights of Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4s contributed to the coalition’s air support provided on Thursday 16 June. Our aircraft successfully attacked four Daesh machine-gun positions that were identified by the Iraqi ground forces, using Paveway IV guided bombs.’

Update from French MoD on 16 June:
[Reports 8 strikes destroying 12 Daesh targets. The effort has been focused on support missions to the ground by Iraqi security forces. The missions were primarily carried out in the Fallujah region, but also in the Sinjar region.]

‘Point de situation des opérations
Armée française – Opérations militaires·Thursday, 16 June 2016
État-major des armées | 16 juin 2016

IRAK / SYRIE : CHAMMAL

La situation militaire reste marquée par la poursuite des opérations de reconquête des zones occupées par Daech depuis en 2014.
En Irak, Daech ne semble plus en mesure d’opposer de résistance coordonnée à l’avancée des forces de sécurité irakienne (FSI). Les frappes aériennes conduites par la coalition continuent d’infliger de lourdes pertes au groupe terroriste.

Dans la vallée de l’Euphrate, l’action des FSI se concentre sur les opérations de reprise de la ville de Falloujah dont l’isolement est maintenant réalisé. Elles poursuivent leur engagement en direction du centre-ville, où Daech semble concentrer sa résistance.
Dans la vallée du Tigre, Daech est installé dans un dispositif de défense ferme, s’appuyant notamment sur le verrou que constitue la ville de Quayarah. Le groupe terroriste tente par ailleurs de desserrer l’étau qui se resserre sur la ville de Mossoul, en menant des attaques locales en direction de Baïji et de Nasir.

En Syrie, la coalition appuie les opérations de reprise de la ville de Manjib,  qui est encerclée depuis le 12 juin dernier.
Face à cette situation, le groupe terroriste continue d’user de la terreur. Dans la semaine, plusieurs attentats ont ainsi frappé la capitale irakienne.
Activités de la force Chammal :
La force Chammal poursuit sa participation à la campagne aérienne ainsi que ses missions de formation et de conseil. Cette semaine la force Chammal a maintenu son effort pour appuyer les opérations terrestres, en particulier dans les zones où les forces irakiennes reconquièrent du terrain et consolident leurs positions.
Au cours de la semaine, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé 24 sorties, dont 20 de bombardement et 4 de recueil de renseignement.

Au total 8 frappes
ont permis de détruire
12 objectifs de Daech.

L’effort a été porté sur les missions d’appui au sol des forces de sécurité irakiennes. Les missions se sont portées en priorité dans la région de Falloujah, mais aussi dans la région de Sinjar.
Missions de formation et de conseil :
La semaine a été marquée par la relève des Task Force Narvik et Monsabert, les deux détachements français dédiés à la formation des forces de sécurité irakiennes.

Les soldats de la 6e brigade légère blindée (6e BLB) succèdent à ceux de la 11e  brigade parachutiste (11° BP).

Leur mandat aura été marqué par une accélération du tempo des opérations des forces irakiennes.
La Task Force Narvik : déployée à Bagdad au sein de l’académie de l’ICTS. Elle dispense une instruction générale (tests de sélection et stage commando) et spécialisée (moniteurs contre-IED, sauvetage de combat, combat en zone urbaine). Très appréciée, cette action bilatérale a conduit les Irakiens à élargir leurs demandes en matière de formation. Depuis le début de l’année 2016, le détachement d’instruction opérationnel a participé à la formation de près de 1350 stagiaires avec la Coalition
La Task Force Monsabert : sa mission est davantage tournée vers le conseil des cadres de l’état-major de la 6e division d’infanterie irakienne. Depuis le début de son déploiement, la Task force Monsabert a prodigué plus de 1 800 heures de conseil dans les domaines des opérations, du renseignement, de l’emploi des armes d’appui (génie et artillerie), de la logistique et des transmissions. Elle a également réalisé près de 90 stages au profit de 700 cadres de la 6e division dans les domaines du contre-IED, du secourisme de combat, du combat antichar, du tir ou du combat rapproché. ‘

French pilots leave for a mission as part of Operation Chammal

Update from French MoD for 16 June:
[French aircraft stationed in Jordan and the Persian Gulf, have been involved for days in support of ground fighting for the liberation of Fallujah involving troops trained by the French military Baghdad.]

‘Chammal : La force appuie les forces irakienne pour la bataille de Falloujah

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Les aéronefs français de la force Chammal, stationnés en Jordanie et dans le golfe Arabo-persique, participent depuis plusieurs jours à l’appui des combats au sol pour la libération de la ville de Falloujah à laquelle participent des troupes formées par les militaires français à Bagdad.

Située à soixante kilomètres de Bagdad, dans la province d’Al-Anbar, Falloujah est devenue l’une des principales places fortes des djihadistes dans le pays. Elle constitue un enjeu aussi crucial que symbolique pour les Forces de sécurité irakiennes (FSI). Tombée aux mains du groupe terroriste Daech en janvier 2014, avant même leur offensive générale en Irak, Falloujah fait l’objet d’un siège depuis plusieurs mois.

Les FSI ont lancé le 23 mai une grande offensive dans l’objectif de reprendre la ville, avec l’appui des forces aériennes de la coalition internationale. Le 22 mai, quatre Mirage 2000D stationnés sur la base aérienne projetée en Jordanie et équipés de missiles SCALP (système de croisière autonome à longue portée) ont frappé et détruit un site de production d’armement et d’explosifs à Falloujah. Cette mission planifiée a été menée en préalable à l’offensive des FSI.

Entre le 23 mai et le 30 mai, Mirage 2000D et Rafale ont multiplié les missions d’appui au sol (close air support) au profit des forces amies. Mitrailleuses lourdes, positions de mortiers et combattants terroristes retranchés dans des bâtiments ont ainsi fait l’objet de nombreuses frappes aériennes qui ont permis de faciliter la progression des colonnes irakiennes dans la ville.

Parmi les troupes irakiennes engagées au sol, la 24e brigade de la 6e division d’infanterie irakienne s’est illustrée, en progressant rapidement et avec efficacité autour de la ville sur d’importants objectifs tenus par Daech.

La Task ForceMonsabert à Bagdad, qui participe au programme de la coalition « advise and assist », conseille et assiste les cadres de la 6eme division d’infanterie irakienne dans leurs travaux de planification des opérations. Cette formation porte essentiellement sur les domaines du renseignement, de l’emploi des appuis (démineurs, artillerie, etc.) et de la coordination aéroterrestre.

La bataille de Falloujah continue : ville d’une importante valeur stratégique, sa libération permettrait d’accroitre la sécurité à Bagdad située à proximité immédiate et de concentrer les efforts des FSI et de la coalition vers Mossoul, « capitale »  de Daech en Irak.

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, huit Mirage 2000 D et N) 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.’

 

June 17th-18th 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (8,900- 8,910)
Syria 16 strikes (4,223- 4,238)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
3 civilians alleged killed at Al Mansoura village, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 17, 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 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using 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 Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed nine ISIL oil well heads.
*      Near Al Shadaddi, one strike struck an ISIL-used logistics route.
*      Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes struck an ISIL-used logistics route and an ISIL-used culvert.
*      Near Manbij, eight strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).
*      Near Mar’a, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL command and control node and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL mortar system.


Iraq

*      Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*      Near Al Huwayjah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL assembly areas.
*      Near Bayji, two strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL mortar system.
*      Near Fallujah, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL VBIED factory, and an ISIL improvised weapons factory and destroyed 15 ISIL fighting positions, eight ISIL heavy machine guns, five ISIL light machine guns, an ISIL recoilless rifle, an ISIL rocket propelled grenade system, and an ISIL vehicle.
*      Near Kisik, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*      Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL weapons storage facility and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*      Near Ramadi, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL boat and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 17 June:

‘Friday 17 June – A Reaper attacked two terrorist targets in northern Iraq…Friday 17 June saw an RAF Reaper patrolling over northern Iraq, north of Bayji. The Reaper’s crew identified a large mortar and a Daesh truck, both were destroyed by Hellfire missiles.’

 

June 18th-19th 2016
Iraq 18 strikes (8,911- 8,928)
Syria 16 strikes (4,239- 4,254)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On June 18, 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 18 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery 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 Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed three ISIL oil well heads.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes struck two ISIL-used bridges and an ISIL staging area.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed two ISIL rocket systems.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Manbij, nine strikes [1 British] struck nine separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 11 ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL heavy machine gun.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes struck an ISIL bed down facility and an ISIL staging area and destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Bayji, two strikes [1 British?] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL recoilless rifle, and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Fallujah, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 22 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL vehicles, 10 ISIL heavy machine guns, seven ISIL light machine guns, an ISIL recoilless rifle, three ISIL rocket propelled grenade systems, and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL oil headquarters.
*       Near Qayyarah, five strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL assembly area, an ISIL weapons cache, and an ISIL command and control node and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL VBIED, an ISIL boat, and an ISIL light machine gun and damaged a separate ISIL boat.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike struck two separate ISIL foreign fighter command posts.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 18 June:

‘Saturday 18 June – Tornados destroyed a Daesh foreign fighters headquarters complex in north-western Iraq, whilst Reapers engaged terrorists five times in the north of the country, as well as a target in Syria…A second Reaper operated in the same area [Bayji] the following day [18 June], supporting an offensive by Iraqi forces. It used four Hellfires and a GBU-12 guided bomb to successfully engage three armed pick-up trucks which were firing at the Iraqi troops, a fourth vehicle and a trench position. In north-west Iraq, in Harunah, two pairs of Tornado GR4s, armed with eight 1000lb Enhanced Paveway IIs conducted a pre-planned strike on a complex of buildings which had been identified by intelligence as a headquarters, accommodation and weapons facility for Daesh foreign fighters. All four target buildings were destroyed. Another Reaper patrolled over Syria and attacked a Daesh vehicle south-west of Manbij, destroying it with a Hellfire missile.’

Soldiers attach a rocket to a Dutch F-16. (Dutch MoD)
Soldiers attach a rocket to a Dutch F-16. (Dutch MoD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 19th-20th 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (8,929- 8,939)
Syria 12 strikes (4,255- 4,266)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, FRANCE
1 civilian alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
10-16 civilians including 1 woman alleged killed at Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 19, 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 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and 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 Manbij, 10 strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL rocket propelled grenade system.

Iraq

*       Near Bayji, one strike [1 British?] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL tunnel entrance, an ISIL rocket cache, and two ISIL rocket rails.
*       Near Fallujah, two strikes [1-2 British] struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 17 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, five ISIL heavy machine guns, eight ISIL light machine guns, and an ISIL rocket propelled grenade system and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes [1 British? 1-2 French] struck a large ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL weapons and foreign fighter support facility and destroyed an ISIL tunnel, two ISIL assembly areas, and an ISIL command and control node and suppressed an ISIL rocket firing position.
*       Near Ramadi, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL boat, an ISIL bed down location, an ISIL weapons cache, and an ISIL staging area.
*       Near Rawah, two strikes struck an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) factory and an ISIL improvised weapons factory.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 19 June:

‘Sunday 19 June – Typhoons conducted attacks on six Daesh positions in central Fallujah, Tornados and a Reaper struck five more targets in northern Iraq…Typhoons were in action over Fallujah on Sunday 19 June, providing close air support to Iraqi troops who had penetrated to the city centre. Six terrorist strongpoints housing machine-gun, artillery and rocket-propelled grenade teams were struck in a series of precision Paveway attacks. In northern Iraq, a Reaper used a pair of Hellfires to engage two groups of Daesh extremists north of Bayji, while Tornados used a Brimstone missile against a third group in the same area, and a Paveway IV against a rocket-launcher north of Mosul.’

Update from French MoD for 19 June:
[Reports that on 19 June, a patrol of three Mirage 2000D and a Mirage 2000N has made night a planned strike mission (air ban) northwest of the city of Haditha on the banks of the Euphrates. An important site of arms production was totally destroyed. The ban air missions are often conducted as part of Combined Air Operations (combined mixed air operations), which integrate devices and French allies on common goals. Besides the joint preparation between crews, these missions require great coordination in flight. On June 19, the French crews ensured the command of this combined air operation which, besides the Mirage 2000, included several allied aircraft. Hours later, a joint patrol of two Mirage 2000D and N intervened in support of ISPs, some forty kilometers south of Mosul ISPs used the French aircraft, which hit enemy entrenchments and a mortar position twice, facilitating the progress of Allied troops.]

‘Chammal : Les Mirage 2000 frappent Daech en Irak

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Deux jours de suite les Mirage 2000 déployés sur la base aérienne projetée en Jordanie ont frappé le groupe terroriste Daech en appui aux Forces de sécurité irakiennes (FSI).

Le 19 juin 2016, une patrouille composée de trois Mirage 2000D et d’un Mirage 2000N a réalisé de nuit une mission de frappe planifiée (air interdiction) au nord-ouest de la ville d’Haditha, sur les bords de l’Euphrate. Un important site de production d’armement a ainsi été totalement détruit.

Les missions d’air interdiction sont souvent réalisées dans le cadre d’opérations aériennes combinées (combined mixed air operations), qui intègrent appareils français et alliés sur des objectifs communs. Outre la préparation commune entre équipages, ces missions nécessitent une grande coordination en vol. Le 19 juin les équipages français assuraient le commandement de cette opération aérienne combinée qui, outre les Mirage 2000, comprenait plusieurs avions alliés.

Quelques heures plus tard, une patrouille conjointe de deux Mirage 2000D et N est intervenue en appui des FSI, à une quarantaine de kilomètres au sud de Mossoul. Prises sous le feu de combattants de Daech, les FSI ont fait appel aux appareils français, qui ont frappé à deux reprises des retranchements ennemis ainsi qu’une position de mortier, facilitant ainsi la progression des troupes alliées.

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.’

 

Members of the third rotation of Task Group Taji deployed to Iraq during May and June 2016 on their mission to train Iraqi Security Forces to defeat Daesh terrorism (Aus DoD)
Members of the third rotation of Task Group Taji deployed to Iraq during May and June 2016 on their mission to train Iraqi Security Forces to defeat Daesh terrorism (Aus DoD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 20th-21st 2016
Iraq 20 strikes (8,940- 8,959)
Syria 16 strikes (4,267- 4,282)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2 civilians alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 20, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and 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 Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes struck an ISIL-used bridge and destroyed five ISIL oil pump jacks.
*       Near Manbij, 13 strikes struck 12 separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL vehicles and damaged a separate ISIL fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed an ISIL boat and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Bayji, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, two ISIL vehicles, two ISIL VBIEDs, and an ISIL tunnel system and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Fallujah, four strikes [1 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL heavy machine gun, seven ISIL light machine guns, and an ISIL rocket propelled grenade system and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL tunnel.
*       Near Qayyarah, six strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL bunkers, two ISIL tunnel entrances, an ISIL command and control node, two ISIL mortar systems, and six ISIL boats and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL boat.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker, four ISIL weapons caches, an ISIL assembly area, and an ISIL bed down location.’

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Pukin’ Dogs” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman [US Navy]
An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Pukin’ Dogs” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman [US Navy]
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Update from UK MoD for Monday 20 June:

‘Monday 20 June – Tornados destroyed a truck-bomb in eastern Syria, a Reaper conducted three attacks near Raqqah, while other Tornados and Typhoons struck four terrorist positions in Fallujah…On Monday 20 June, an armed reconnaissance patrol by Tornados over eastern Syria used a Brimstone missile to attack a truck-bomb hidden under a tarpaulin between two ruined buildings north of Dayr az Zawr. The Brimstone scored a direct hit; a massive explosion followed, which confirmed how heavily the vehicle had been laden with explosives. Further west, near Raqqah, a Reaper conducted three attacks with Hellfire missiles against a Daesh vehicle and extremists on foot. Typhoons and Tornados were again active over Fallujah, and used Paveway IV bombs to destroy four Daesh machine-gun posts engaged in very close combat with the Iraqi security forces. Since the start of the operation to liberate Fallujah, RAF aircraft have prosecuted some 96 targets in and around the city and neighbouring areas in the Euphrates valley.’

 

June 21st-22nd 2016
Iraq 17 strikes (8,960- 8,976)
Syria 18 strikes (4,283- 4,300)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 civilian alleged killed at Ja’abat village, near Maskana, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Up to 32 civilians including 6 children and 1 woman alleged killed at Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 21, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes using bomber, attack, fighter, 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 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 Abu Kamal, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL headquarters, and an ISIL finance center and destroyed two ISIL oil pump jacks.
*       Near Manbij, 12 strikes struck 12 separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL front-end loader.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

*       Near Bayji, two strikes [1-2 British?] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL improvised explosive device (IED), an ISIL vehicle borne IED, four ISIL rocket rails, two ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL supply cache, and an ISIL anti-air artillery piece and damaged five ISIL berms.
*       Near Fallujah, three strikes struck two separate large ISIL tactical units and destroyed 11 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL heavy machine guns, five ISIL light machine guns, five ISIL rocket propelled grenade systems, and two ISIL mortar systems and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Kisik, two strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL tunnel, and three ISIL rocket rails.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, six ISIL assembly areas, and an ISIL rocket system.
*       Near Qayyarah, three strikes destroyed three ISIL rocket rails and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL light machine gun, an ISIL rocket propelled grenade system, an ISIL boat, and three ISIL weapons caches.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 21 June:

‘Tuesday 21 June – Typhoons and a Reaper attacked six targets in northern Iraq…Reaper patrols north of Bayji continued on Tuesday 21 June, and five attacks were conducted in support of Iraqi offensive operations. Hellfires accounted for two supply vehicles and a truck armed with an anti-aircraft gun, as well as an observation post dug-in on a ridgeline. A GBU-12 guided bomb destroyed a Daesh mortar team, spotted as they fired at an Iraqi position. A Typhoon flight operated further north, north-west of Mosul, where they used a Paveway IV to hit a rocket-launcher site..

Update from Dutch MoD for 21 June:
[Dutch F-16s flew several missions in the Iraqi provinces of Kirkuk, Ninawa and Al Anbar. They supported Peshmerga near Mosul and gave support to Iraqi security forces in and around the city of Fallujah. Iraqi security forces therefore made great progress in liberating Fallujah. The battle continues, and it will be some time until the entire city is liberated.]

‘Midden-Oosten

Nederlandse F-16’s van Air Task Force Middle East vlogen diverse missies in de Iraakse provincies Kirkuk, Ninawa en Al Anbar. Ze ondersteunden Peshmerga in de omgeving van Mosul en gaven in en om de stad Fallujah luchtsteun aan Iraakse veiligheidstroepen. Die wisten met hulp van de coalitie het gemeentehuis in Fallujah te heroveren op terreurorganisatie ISIS. De Iraakse veiligheidsdiensten boekten hiermee een grote vooruitgang in het bevrijden van Fallujah. De strijd duurt echter voort, en het zal nog enige tijd duren totdat de hele stad is bevrijd.

Door constant verlies van strijders, bronnen en terrein is de terreurorganisatie steeds minder in staat veroverd terrein te behouden. Steeds meer strijders verlaten de groepering en de aanwas van nieuwelingen daalt dramatisch. Kijk voor meer informatie op de website van het United States Central Command.
Frontex’

Update from French MoD for 15-21 June:
[Reports 12 strikes destroying 18 Daesh targets: 11 ground support strikes focussed around Fallujah and Mosul and 1 planned strike: On June 19, a patrol of 4 M2000 conducted a raid in the area of Haditha against a weapons production site.]

‘Chammal : 12 frappes contre Daech en Irak cette semaine, 18 objectifs détruits
Armée française – Opérations militaires·Wednesday, 22 June 2016
État-major des armées | 22 juin 2016
Du 15 au 21 juin 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal  ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech  en réalisant 40 sorties dont 28 de bombardement et 12 de recueil de renseignement. Au total 12 frappes ont détruit 18 objectifs de Daech.
Cette semaine la force Chammal  a poursuivi son effort au-dessus de Mossoul et de Fallujah en appui des  opérations terrestres. Elle a également frappé un site logistique important en arrière des lignes, maintenant la pression sur l’organisation terroriste.

11 frappes d’appui au sol ont été réalisées en Irak au cours de la semaine  

La force Chammal a réalisé des missions d’appui au sol en soutien des forces de sécurité irakiennes en faisant effort sur les secteurs de Fallujah et Mossoul.

1 frappe planifiée a été conduite en Irak

Le 19 juin une patrouille de 4 M2000 a réalisé un raid dans la région de Haditha contre un site de production d’armement.  ‘

A Dutch F-35 Lightning II in the foreground with a F-16 in the background (via Dutch MoD)
A Dutch F-35 Lightning II in the foreground with a F-16 in the background (via Dutch MoD)

June 22nd-23rd 2016
Iraq 22 strikes (8,977- 8,998)
Syria 12 strikes (4,301- 4,312)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 civilian alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 22, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using attack, ground-attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 22 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 struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL-used bridge and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Manbij, nine strikes struck eight separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel system.
*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
*       Near Bashir, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL command and control nodes.
*
       Near Bayji, one strike  [1 British] struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL tunnel entrance, and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).
*       Near Fallujah, four strikes [1 British?] struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, five ISIL light machine guns, an ISIL rocket propelled grenade system, and an ISIL boat and damaged two separate ISIL fighting positions and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Mosul, eight strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units, an ISIL ministry of oil headquarters, and an ISIL VBIED factory and destroyed three ISIL vehicles, two ISIL weapons caches, 10 ISIL assembly areas, two ISIL command and control nodes, and an ISIL tunnel entrance.
*       Near Qayyarah, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and eight ISIL boats and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 14 ISIL boats and two ISIL weapons caches.’

Additional press release from CJTF-OIR:

‘The Syrian Arab Coalition (SAC) elements have consolidated their position around Manbij in anticipation of the next phase of operations to secure the city.  For the last seven days they have been refining their plans as to how to gain a foothold in Manbij and maintain the safety of the civilian population trapped by Da’esh.

Despite this consolidation the pressure on Da’esh is unrelenting.  Last week 73 strikes were conducted bringing the total to 233 since the assault began.  The SAC are also seeing firsthand the large foreign fighter influence in Manbij.  This information will be vital in continuing to protect Turkey, wider Europe, and the United States from this threat.

To the east of Manbij displaced persons are returning to several villages.  They welcomed the freedom and security the SAC have so far brought.  We are working closely with NGOs to ensure they can focus their initial efforts on these villagers.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 22 June:

‘Wednesday 22 June – Tornados and a Reaper conducted attacks on six Daesh positions north of Bayji, while Typhoons provided close air support over Fallujah…Typhoon FGR4s, based at RAF Akrotiri and supported by a Voyager air refuelling tanker, flew close air support missions over Fallujah on Wednesday 22 June. They successfully attacked three Daesh strongpoints with Paveway IV guided bombs, the targets had been identified by Iraqi ground forces as being manned by machine-gun and rocket-propelled grenade teams.
North of Bayji, Tornado GR4s and a Reaper supported an Iraqi offensive operation. The Tornados employed one Paveway IV and three Brimstone missiles to destroy four Daesh fighting positions along a defensive embankment, whilst the Reaper used a single GBU-12 guided bomb to destroy two more positions.’

June 23rd-24th 2016
Iraq 16 strikes (8,999- 9,014)
Syria 12 strikes (4,313- 4,324)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 23, 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 16 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 destroyed three ISIL oil well heads.
*       Near Manbij, eight strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel system and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel entrance, an ISIL weapons cache, and an ISIL bulldozer.
*       Near Albu Hayat, two strikes struck an ISIL logistics facility and an ISIL bed down location.
*       Near Bayji, two strikes [1 British?] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, five ISIL vehicles, an ISIL tactical vehicle, two ISIL weapons caches, and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Fallujah, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL boats and an ISIL staging area.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Qayyarah, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) factory and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and an ISIL tunnel and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL staging area, and an ISIL rocket propelled grenade system.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL trench.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 23 June:

‘Thursday 23 June – A Reaper struck a further target north of Bayji, Typhoons attacked terrorist positions in northern Syria and Fallujah…A second Reaper continued support in the area [Bayji] into Thursday 23 June and used a Hellfire missile to eliminate a terrorist spotted with a man portable surface-to-air missile. Typhoons continued their support over Fallujah as well, conducting a Paveway IV attack on a machine-gun team. Another Typhoon flight operated over northern Syria, close to the Turkish border and destroyed two Daesh-held buildings several miles east of Azaz.’

Update from French MoD for 23 June:
[Reports 12 strikes in Iraq: 11 ground support strikes focused around Mosul and Fallujah and 1 planned strike near Haditha. As part of the Fallujah offensive, they report that they have carried out 66 strikes between March 2015 and June 2016.]

‘Chammal : point de situation au  levant

L’affaiblissement de Daech se matérialise par une succession de revers militaires dont le tempo s’est accéléré au cours des derniers mois. Si son appareil militaire a perdu l’initiative, il  demeure toutefois combatif. Daech est désormais engagé dans une défense discontinue des territoires tenus depuis 2014. Cette défense est centrée sur les points d’appuis urbanisés. Elle s’étend aux zones de production pétrolières, aux lignes de communication logistiques et aux zones de transit frontalier.

Pour se faire,  l’organisation terroriste met toujours en œuvre un large spectre de modes d’actions allant des actions conventionnelles aux actions insurrectionnelles. Elle maintient par ailleurs son effort dans le domaine de la propagande.

En Irak, c’est dans la vallée de l’Euphrate et au Sud de l’Anbar que le recul de Daech est le plus significatif.

Cette semaine, les opérations de conquête de la ville de Falloujah ont connu une avancée très significative. Les forces irakiennes sont en train de reprendre progressivement cette ville tenue par Daech depuis le 4 janvier 2014. Ces opérations sont principalement menées par les forces de l’ICTS, fer de lance des forces irakiennes à Falloujah. Actuellement, les combats se déroulent dans le centre de la ville autour de la route nationale reliant Bagdad à Ramadi.

Il est difficile de juger de la poursuite des combats à ce jour. Le contrôle de la ville prendra du temps.

Les manœuvres en zones urbaine restent particulièrement contraignantes et complexes. Le milieu cloisonné offre à l’ennemi des possibilités de résister même en petit nombre, voire de prendre en otage des civils. Il nécessite surtout de la part de l’assaillant des techniques d’investigations spécifiques.

De mars 2015 à juin 2016, pour contribuer au déclenchement de cette offensive,  faciliter les approches de la ville et déstructurer l’organisation de ses défenseurs, la force Chammal a réalisé 66 frappes et détruit 96 objectifs au profit des troupes irakiennes engagées au sol.

Dans la vallée du Tigre, Daech mène toujours une défense ferme de la ville de Mossoul. Sa défense s’appuie au plus loin sur les verrous de Tall Afar à l’ouest et d’Hawijah, Sharquat et Quayarrah au Sud. L’objectif de Daech est d’interdire les possibilités d’avancée aux FSI (Peshmergas et forces irakiennes).

En plus de ces villes clefs, Daech a su utiliser la topographie de la ville pour aménager un réseau de défense très perfectionné. Toute opération sera compliquée pour reprendre la ville.

En Syrie, la coalition rapporte que les opérations en cours dans le corridor de Manbij sont en passe de couper l’une des lignes de communication essentielle de Daech qui contribuera à l’affaiblissement de l’EI et à l’isolement militaire de Raqqa.

ACTIVITES DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL

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

Depuis le 15 juin 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech en réalisant 40 sorties dont 28 de bombardement et 12 de recueil de renseignement. Au total 12 frappes ont détruit 18 objectifs de Daech.

Cette semaine la force Chammal a poursuivi son effort au-dessus de Mossoul et de Fallujah en appui des opérations terrestres. Elle a également frappé un site logistique important en arrière des lignes, maintenant la pression sur l’organisation terroriste.

11 frappes d’appui au sol ont été réalisées en Irak au cours de la semaine :

La force Chammal a réalisé des missions d’appui au sol en soutien des FSI en faisant effort sur les secteurs de Fallujah et Mossoul.

1 frappe planifiée a été conduite en Irak :

Le 19 juin une patrouille de 4 M2000 a réalisé un raid dans la région de Haditha contre un site de production d’armement.’

Since 1 Jan 2016, France reports carrying out 1,411 flights in Iraq and Syria, 352 strikes against Daesh and 570 targets destroyed.

 

June 24th-25th 2016
Iraq 20 strikes (9,015- 9,034)
Syria 12 strikes (4,325- 4,336)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, France

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 24, 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 20 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and 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 Ar Raqqah, two strikes struck two ISIL logistical routes and an ISIL administration facility.
*       Near Manbij, eight strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 11 ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed three ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) factories, an ISIL VBIED, an ISIL weapons cache, and an ISIL bunker and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Bayji, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL rocket rail, and an ISIL front-end loader.
*       Near Fallujah, two strikes [1 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL boat, and two ISIL light machine guns.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL weapons cache and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British?] struck four separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL VBIED factory and destroyed four ISIL vehicles and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Qayyarah, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL boat and four ISIL assembly areas and suppressed two separate ISIL tactical units and three separate ISIL mortar positions and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 10 ISIL boats, an ISIL staging area, and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL mortar system.’

Air Task Group Strike Element Armament Technicians load ordnance on to an F/A-18A Hornet on the flight line of Australia's main air operating base in the Middle East region. [Aus DoD]
Air Task Group Strike Element Armament Technicians load ordnance on to an F/A-18A Hornet on the flight line of Australia’s main air operating base in the Middle East region. [Aus DoD]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update from French MoD for 24 and 25 June:
[On 24 and 25 June a 2000 Mirage stationed in Jordan conducted four strikes in support of the Iraqi armed forces in areas of Ramadi, Fallujah and Mosul]

‘Les 24 et 25 juin, les Mirage 2000 stationnés en Jordanie ont effectué 4 frappes en appui des forces armées irakiennes dans les régions de Ramadi, Falloujah et Mossoul. Les patrouilles de Mirage sont intervenues à la demande et en appui des FSI, afin de faciliter leur progression sous le feu de combattants de Daech.’

From French MoD on 24 June:
[Reports that the Forbin was placed from 2 to 14 June 2016 in associated support of the American carrier battle group carrier strike group 8 (CSG-8), which has operated for fifteen days since the Eastern Mediterranean.]

‘Chammal : Le Forbin retrouve le groupe aéronaval américain CSG-8 en Méditerranée Orientale

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Déployé depuis le 19 mai 2016 dans l’opération Chammal, le Forbin a été placé du 2 au 14 juin 2016 en soutien associé du groupe aéronaval américain Carrier Strike Group 8 (CSG-8), qui a opéré pendant une quinzaine de jours depuis la Méditerranée orientale.

Le Forbin connait bien ce groupe puisqu’il avait déjà été intégré au CSG-8 lors de son passage en Méditerranée en décembre dernier, avant qu’il ne rejoigne le golfe arabo-persique pour opérer aux côtés de la TF473.

Le CSG-8 est constitué autour du porte-avions Harry S. Truman, qui emporte un groupe aérien composé de cinq flottilles de F/A-18, d’une flottille d’E2-C Hawkeye et de deux flottilles d’hélicoptères MH-60 Sea Hawk. Il est escorté par le croiseur USS Anzio, deux frégates Harleigh Burke et un ravitailleur.

Après avoir combattu Daech depuis le golfe arabo-persique de décembre à mi-mai, l’USS Truman a continué la lutte depuis la Méditerranée orientale, en catapultant ses aéronefs pour des missions d’appui aux troupes combattant au sol ou de frappes délibérées contre Daech en Syrie et en Irak.

Positionné en piquet radar dans le canal de Syrie, le Forbin a soutenu pendant 15 jours le CSG-8. Partageant sa situation tactique avec le groupe US par liaisons de données, il a permis de fournir un préavis important sur tout ce qui pouvait menacer le groupe aéronaval américain ou ses avions. Après avoir particulièrement apprécié ce positionnement qui confère une réelle profondeur dans l’élaboration de la situation tactique, le contre-amiral Batchelder, commandant le CSG-8, a fait remplacer le Forbin dans cette tâche par l’USS Donal Cook, lorsque le bâtiment a commencé à faire route vers Haïfa.

Pendant cette période, le Forbin a pu bénéficier du soutien logistique du ravitailleur américain USNS Medgar evers qui avait rejoint le CSG-8. Le 10 juin, la frégate française et l’unité américaine ont procédé à un ravitaillement en combustible à la mer.

Les intégrations de bâtiment de défense aérienne dans des groupes aéronavals américains sont régulières. Visant à développer l’interopérabilité entre nos deux marines, elles permettent à chaque fois de démontrer rapidement à nos partenaires américains notre capacité à assumer des responsabilités de commandement et de contrôle dans le domaine de la défense aérienne d’une force navale.

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.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 24 June:

‘Friday 24 June – Tornados and a Reaper attacked Daesh equipment in northern Iraq, while Typhoons conducted further air support over Fallujah…On Friday 24 June, a Reaper supported an Iraqi offensive near Sharqat, west of Kirkuk. Its crew used a Hellfire missile to destroy an engineering vehicle which was being used to create defences ahead of the Iraqi advance. Tornados patrolled further north and employed a Paveway IV against a mortar position north-west of Mosul
Typhoons conducted further operations over Fallujah and were called in by the Iraqi army to destroy two machine-gun positions on the northern outskirts of the city. A total of 101 targets have been successfully prosecuted by the RAF in Fallujah and neighbouring areas since the start of the Iraqi operation to liberate the city.’

Update from Danish MoD for 17-24 June:
[Reports 8 missions and 8 bombs dropped (c. 3 strikes) with targets hit in the Iraqi provinces of Ninawa, Salah Ad Din and Al Anbar.]

Mission Update
Opdatering fra de danske styrker indsat i Operation Inherent Resolve

Disse opdateringer vil fremadrettet blive offentliggjort på forsvaret.dk sidst i
hver uge. Der vil her være opdateringer fra alle de danske bidrag til kampen mod ISIL.

Kampflybidraget
Danske F-16 kampfly har siden den 17. juni 2016 været indsat i Operation Inherent Resolve. Der er indtil onsdag morgen klokken 0600 fløjet 8 missioner.

De danske fly har i perioden fløjet Close Air Support-missioner (CAS), hvor flyene er indsat som luftstøtte til styrker på landjorden. Her vil flyene patruljere over et bestemt område, hvorefter de vil kunne blive indsat af koalitionen, når der er behov for støtte. Luftstøtten vil variere afhængig af, hvad der er behov for.  Det kan både dreje sig om overvågningsopgaver og bombninger af mål. På de missioner, hvor de danske F-16 ikke har anvendt våben, har de bidraget med overvågning og indhentning af efterretninger. På sådanne overvågningsmissioner er flyene dog altid klar til at anvende våben, hvis der er behov for det.

Missionerne er foregået over både irakisk territorium og over det østlige Syrien. Der er angrebet mål i de irakiske provinser Ninawa, Salah Ad Din og Al Anbar.

Målene har blandt andet været morterstillinger og tunge maskinkanonstillinger.

Kommentar fra chefen for flybidraget:
– Vi har arbejdet hårdt for at komme på plads, så vi kan løse vores opgave. Flyene kom herned onsdag den 15. juni, og allerede to dage efter fløj vi den første mission. Vores udgangspunkt er, at vi flyver 12 missioner om ugen – medmindre der i særlige situationer er behov for mere. Jeg har været imponeret over, hvordan hele holdet har arbejdet på at få tingene til at fungere her i opstartsfasen, hvor man altid kan støde på udfordringer. Jeg kan mærke, at der er god stemning, og at folk er ved godt mod, udtaler chefen for kampflybidraget, oberst Peter Johan Bødker.

Antal missioner: 8
Antal flyvetimer: Knap 100
Antal præcisionsbomber: 8

Træningsbidraget
I den seneste uge har DANCON gennemført specialistuddannelse for irakiske hærenheder inden for områderne skydning, C-IED (forholdsregler i forhold til improviserede sprængladninger – vejsidebomber) og føreruddannelse.
I denne uge ankommer det første store kontingent af Border Guard Police til
uddannelse. Uddannelsen har til formål at træne irakiske politienheder i militære færdigheder, således politistyrkerne er i stand til at deltage i kampen mod ISIL.

Antal soldater der har gennemgået uddannelse ved danske styrker på Al Assad Air Base: Cirka 4.630

Gennemførte enkeltmandskurser af Hold 3 siden februar: Cirka 6.500
(Samme soldat modtager ofte uddannelse i et større antal fag (kurser). Eksempelvis førstehjælp, skydning, forholdsregler mod IED eller krigens love.)

Radarbidrag
Den danske radar på Al Assad Air Base i Irak har siden den 31. januar leveret input til koalitionens samlede luftovervågningsbillede.
Radarbidraget oplever for tiden forhøjet aktivitetsniveau i luften som følge af
kamphandlingerne i Irak. I weekenden havde operatørerne første gang kontakt til danske F-16 fly. Det er noget helt særligt, da danske radaroperatører og danske kampfly aldrig tidligere har arbejdet sammen i internationale operationer.

Rotation mellem bidragets hold 2 og 3 pågår og forventes afsluttet i den kommende weekend.

Hercules
Det danske Hercules-bidrag ventes at flyve til Ali Al Salem Air Base i Kuwait i slutningen af juni. Herfra skal flyet og dets besætning transportere mandskab og gods til støtte for koalitionens specialoperationsopgaver.

Læs mere om koalitionens gennemførte angreb og opgaver hos US Central Command på www.centcom.mil og www.inherentresolve.mil.’

June 25th-26th 2016
Iraq 18 strikes (9,035- 9,052)
Syria 14 strikes (4,337- 4,350)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, France
8 civilians alleged killed Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 25, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes using bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 18 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, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and two ISIL tactical vehicles.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes struck an ISIL gas and oil separation plant and destroyed two ISIL oil well heads.
*       Near Manbij, eight strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), and an ISIL improvised explosive device (IED) and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike struck an ISIL staging facility.
*       Near Ar Rutbah, one strike [1 French] struck two ISIL VBIED facilities.
*       Near Fallujah, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 10 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL boat, eight ISIL light machine guns, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL staging area, an ISIL VBIED, and two ISIL rocket propelled grenade systems and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL VBIED storage facility and five bed down locations.
*       Near Qayyarah, five strikes struck three ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL boats, an ISIL assembly area, three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL VBIED, and an ISIL front-end loader and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes destroyed two ISIL boats and an ISIL front-end loader and an ISIL supply cache.
*       Near Sinjar, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and two ISIL assembly areas and damaged an ISIL vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 25 June:

‘Saturday 25 June – A Reaper destroyed three terrorist targets in northern Iraq…The following day saw a Reaper again on patrol near Sharqat, and this aircraft delivered three successful attacks with Hellfire missiles against a truck, a group of terrorists, and a van which Daesh had been seen loading with weapons and ammunition.’

Update from French MoD for 24 and 25 June:
[On 24 and 25 June a 2000 Mirage stationed in Jordan conducted four strikes in support of the Iraqi armed forces in areas of Ramadi, Fallujah and Mosul and on  June 25, a Rafale patrol AASM missile was launched alongside coalition aircraft to destroy a vehicle production plant trapped in the Rutbah region in western Iraq, about twenty kilometer from the Syrian border. ]

‘Les 24 et 25 juin, les Mirage 2000 stationnés en Jordanie ont effectué 4 frappes en appui des forces armées irakiennes dans les régions de Ramadi, Falloujah et Mossoul. Les patrouilles de Mirage sont intervenues à la demande et en appui des FSI, afin de faciliter leur progression sous le feu de combattants de Daech.’

‘Le 25 juin, une patrouille Rafale équipée de missiles AASM a été engagée aux côtés d’avions de la coalition pour détruire un site de production de véhicules piégés dans la région de Rutbah, dans l’Ouest de l’Irak, à une vingtaine de kilomètre de la frontière syrienne. Ciblant la capacité logistique de Daech à approvisionner ses combattants en armement, cette frappe s’inscrit dans la stratégie de déstructuration de l’organisation terroriste.’

Update from French MoD for 25 June:
[Reports that on 25 June, a patrol of two Rafale carried out a strike in the region of Akashat, Iraq. This mission allowed to destroy an assembly site of suicide vehicles.]

‘…Le 25 juin en Irak, une patrouille de 2 Rafale a réalisé une frappe dans la région d’Akashat. Cette mission a permis de détruire un site d’assemblage de véhicules suicides.’

June 26th-27th 2016
Iraq 23 strikes (9,053- 9,075)
Syria 7 strikes (4,351- 4,357)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Shayoukhat neighbourhood, Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
25 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 26, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and 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 Manbij, seven strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL tunnels and damaged an ISIL fighting position and denied ISIL access to terrain.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel entrance and damaged an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL training facility.
*       Near Ar Rutbah, one strike struck an ISIL improvised weapons facility.
*       Near Hit, two strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Mosul, six strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Qayyarah, nine strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL boat, two ISIL assembly areas, three ISIL vehicles, three ISIL excavators, four ISIL oil tankers, an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL tunnel entrance, and an ISIL front-end loader and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed an ISIL tunnel, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL mortar system.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 26 June:

‘Sunday 26 June – Tornados used Stormshadow missiles against a very large concrete bunker in western Iraq, Typhoons destroyed a smaller bunker, and a Reaper struck targets in the north…Intelligence had determined that Daesh were using a large concrete bunker in western Iraq as a weapons facility. Due to the massive construction, built during the Saddam era, it was decided to use four Stormshadow missiles against it, as the weapon has particularly good capabilities against such a challenging target. The missiles were launched on Sunday 26 June by two Tornados, all four Stormshadows scored direct hits and penetrated deep within the bunker. Also in western Iraq, south-east of Hit, a Typhoon flight used a single Paveway IV to destroy a much smaller bunker built by Daesh south-east of Hit. In northern Iraq, a Reaper provided close air support near Sharqat for the third successive day, using its Hellfires to attack a vehicle, a group of terrorists on foot, and a team planting improvised explosive devices.’

June 27th-28th 2016
Iraq 11+1* strikes (9,076- 9,087)
Syria 12 strikes (4,358- 4,369)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘ On June 27, 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 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Coalition military forces also 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 Ar Raqqah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL-used bridge.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike struck an ISIL gas and oil separation plant.
*       Near Manbij, seven strikes [1 British?] struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, and an ISIL anti-tank guided weapon and damaged three ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and two ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Bashir, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL tunnel system.
*       Near Fallujah, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL front-end loader, seven ISIL vehicles, two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), and an ISIL staging area and damaged two ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Hit, one strike destroyed an ISIL anti-aircraft gun and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Mosul, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Qayyarah, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL vehicle, eight ISIL rocket rails, an ISIL headquarters, and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar system.

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

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

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) [US Navy]
An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) [US Navy]

Update from UK MoD for Monday 27 June:

‘Monday 27 June – Typhoons provided close air support to Syrian democratic forces fighting in Manbij…On Monday 27 June, while Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s conducted reconnaissance missions to gather intelligence on Daesh activity, Typhoon FGR4s and Reaper remotely piloted aircraft provided support to both Syrian democratic forces and Iraqi units. The same day, in Syria, a pair of Typhoons conducted a successful attack with Paveway IV guided bombs against a Daesh strongpoint on the south-western outskirts of Manbij.’

Update from French MoD for 27 June:
[France reports that in last 48 hours they have conducted five strikes and destroyed several targets, mainly in Anbar province. On 24 and 25 June a 2000 Mirage stationed in Jordan conducted four strikes in support of the Iraqi armed forces in areas of Ramadi, Fallujah and Mosul. On June 25, a Rafale patrol AASM missile was launched alongside coalition aircraft to destroy a vehicle production plant trapped in the Rutbah region in western Iraq, about twenty kilometer from the Syrian border.]

‘Chammal : frappe « AASM » contre un site de fabrication de véhicules piégés

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Les chasseurs de l’opération Chammal poursuivent leurs missions de destruction des capacités de combat de Daech. Ces dernières 48 heures, ils ont mené 5 frappes et détruit plusieurs objectifs, principalement situés dans la province de l’Anbar. Ils ont ainsi directement contribué à maintenir le rythme des opérations des forces irakiennes qui ont poursuivi, dans le week-end, leurs opérations de reconquête des territoires tenus par l’organisation terroriste.

Les 24 et 25 juin, les Mirage 2000 stationnés en Jordanie ont effectué 4 frappes en appui des forces armées irakiennes dans les régions de Ramadi, Falloujah et Mossoul. Les patrouilles de Mirage sont intervenues à la demande et en appui des FSI, afin de faciliter leur progression sous le feu de combattants de Daech.

Le 25 juin, une patrouille Rafale équipée de missiles AASM a été engagée aux côtés d’avions de la coalition pour détruire un site de production de véhicules piégés dans la région de Rutbah, dans l’Ouest de l’Irak, à une vingtaine de kilomètre de la frontière syrienne. Ciblant la capacité logistique de Daech à approvisionner ses combattants en armement, cette frappe s’inscrit dans la stratégie de déstructuration de l’organisation terroriste.

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.’

In 48 hours, the French have conducted five strikes in Iraq

Update from Dutch MoD for 28 June:
[Dutch F-16s of the Air Task Force Middle East contributed to the liberation of Fallujah. Targets destroyed included Daesh firing positions in the center of town, meaning the security forces were able to advance further. The F-16s also supported Peshmerga near Mosul, where they destroyed heavy weapons and storage sites. In addition to these so-called Close Air Support missions, they conducted a successful a planned attack on a factory where car bombs were made.]

‘ Weekoverzicht Defensieoperaties

Nieuwsbericht | 28-06-2016 | 16:00

Zr. Ms. Van Amstel redde 150 migranten op de Middellandse Zee. Het multipurposefregat neemt deel aan een grensbewakingsoperatie van Frontex. Een overzicht van Defensieoperaties in de week van 21 juni tot 27 juni.

Het schip is ook gealarmeerd om ongeveer 1.000 migranten uit het water te halen. Bij aankomst waren ze al door andere schepen gered.
ATF-ME

De commandant van de Iraakse veiligheidstroepen verklaarde dat de stad Fallujah volledig op ISIS is heroverd. Wel biedt de terreurorganisatie nog weerstand, vooral in de noordoostelijke wijken. Er is nog veel werk te verzetten; onder meer geïmproviseerde explosieven maken de stad onveilig.

Nederlandse F-16’s van de Air Task Force Middle East droegen bij aan de operatie. De toestellen vernietigden onder meer vuurposities in het centrum van de stad. Daardoor konden de veiligheidstroepen verder oprukken. De F-16’s ondersteunden ook Peshmerga in de omgeving van Mosul, waarbij ze vuurposities met zware wapens en opslaglocaties van ISIS vernietigden. Naast deze zogenoemde Close Air Support-missies voerden ze nog succesvol een geplande aanval uit op een fabriek waar autobommen werden gemaakt.

Trainingen in Irak

De standaardtrainingen voor de Modern Brigade Course 2 zijn in volle gang. De lessen bestaan uit het verbeteren van de schietvaardigheid, eerste hulp onder gevechtsomstandigheden en het tactisch patrouilleren.

Het Mobile Support Team is ook weer ingezet. Er werd les gegeven onder meer op het gebied van optreden in stedelijk gebied, herkennen van geïmproviseerde explosieven en hulp onder gevechtsomstandigheden. De Peshmerga geven aan veel waarde te hechten aan de trainingen.
Lopende operaties buitenland:

In Mali voerde een Chinook-transporthelikopter onder bescherming van een Apache-gevechtshelikopter diverse bevoorradingsvluchten en troepentransporten uit. De Apaches begeleidden meerdere konvooien.
Voor de NAVO-operatie Resolute Support in Afghanistan adviseerden Nederlandse militairen Afghaanse collega’s van krijgsmacht en politie over hoe zij het beste hun werk doen. Vanwege de ramadan zijn de bezoeken met name in de ochtend. Een beveiligingseenheid en een geneeskundig detachement staan de adviseurs bij. De Nederlanders opereren vanuit het noordelijke Mazar-e-Sharif. Tevens zijn er Nederlanders actief op het hoofdkwartier van de missie in Kabul.
Op de Griekse eilanden Chios en Lesbos werken 2 Border Security Teams (BST). Die bestaan uit medewerkers van marechaussee, landmacht, marine, Nationale Politie en het ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie. Ze screenen, identificeren en registreren migranten. De BST’s werken onder de vlag van Frontex. Dat is het EU-agentschap dat de operationele samenwerking aan de buitengrenzen van de Europese Unie beheert.
Beveiligingsteams van mariniers, zogenoemde vessel protection detachments, beschermden Nederlandse schepen tegen mogelijke aanvallen van piraten.
Zr. Ms. Groningen voert als stationsschip in het Caribisch gebied kustwachttaken en antidrugsoperaties uit. Een Cougar-transporthelikopter doet dat ook vanuit Hato, Curaçao.

Lopende operaties/acties binnenland:

De landmacht ondersteunde de Koninklijke Marechaussee bij de grensbewaking in de zeehavens.
De Explosieven Opruimingsdienst Defensie maakte meer dan 20 bommen onschadelijk, voornamelijk uit de Tweede Wereldoorlog.
Defensie hielp de politie bij strafrechtelijke onderzoeken. Een zogenoemd Advanced Search Team kamden diverse panden en percelen uit op 2 locaties bij Den Bosch.’

Update from Belgium MoD for 27 June:
[On Monday June 27 a Belgian detachment with six F-16s departed from the air base of Kleine Brogel to the Middle East. Belium now takes over the role of the Dutch Air Force, which arranged the past 12 months for the mission. The aircraft, pilots and support personnel will be operating from an air base in the Middle East. The units will be deployed against targets of the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and, following the recent enlargement of the area of action by the Government, in Syrian airspace.]

‘Belgische F-16’s starten missie in het Midden-Oosten

Op maandag 27 juni vertrekt vanop de luchtmachtbasis van Kleine-Brogel, in het kader van de Operatie Desert Falcon, een Belgisch detachement met zes F-16’s naar het Midden-Oosten. Ons land neemt er de rol over van de Nederlandse Luchtmacht, die de voorbije 12 maanden instond voor de missie. Het detachement maakt deel uit van de internationale coalitie in de strijd tegen DAESH.

De vliegtuigen, de piloten en het ondersteunende personeel zullen opereren vanaf een luchtmachtbasis in het Midden-Oosten. De toestellen zullen worden ingezet tegen doelwitten van de terreurgroep Islamitische Staat in het Iraakse en, na de recente uitbreiding van het actiegebied door de Regering, in het Syrische luchtruim.

In oktober 2014 ontplooide de luchtcomponent al zes F-16’s naar het Midden-Oosten voor luchtopdrachten in het Iraakse luchtruim. Op 2 juli 2015 keerden de laatste toestellen terug naar België. De Nederlandse Luchtmacht zette de operatie verder, terwijl ons land instond voor de bescherming van het detachement op de grond. Na onderlinge afspraak levert België nu de vliegtuigen terwijl Nederland de beveiliging garandeert.’

 

June 28th-29th 2016
Iraq 17 strikes (9,088- 9,104)
Syria 15 strikes (4,370- 4,384)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, FRANCE

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 28, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes using bomber, attack, ground-attack, fighter, 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, 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, eight strikes [2 French] struck two ISIL tactical units, an ISIL intelligence training center, two ISIL-used bridges, an ISIL headquarters, an ISIL training camp, and an ISIL bed down location and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Manbij, six strikes [1 British?] struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL anti-air artillery piece.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).

Iraq

*       Near Al Qaim, five strikes struck two ISIL weapons caches, an ISIL finance distribution center, and two ISIL communication facilities.
*       Near Ar Rutbah, one strike struck an ISIL VBIED facility.
*       Near Fallujah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL VBIED and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Qayyarah, five strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, two ISIL bunkers, four ISIL rocket rails, two ISIL rocket systems, an ISIL excavator, an ISIL rocket propelled grenade system, and ISIL-used engineering equipment.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 28 June:

‘Tuesday 28 June – Typhoons provided further support over Manbij, whilst a Reaper assisted Iraqi ground forces near Sharqat…Typhoons executed a similar attack on Tuesday 28 June against a mortar position close to Manbij. Over Iraq, a Reaper supported Iraqi ground forces near Sharqat in the north of the country. The Reaper used Hellfire missiles against two groups of extremists caught in the open, including a machine-gun team engaged in combat with the Iraqi troops.’

Update from French MoD for 22-28 June:
[Reports 17 airstrikes destroying 38 targets: 14 ground support strikes in the areas of Ramadi, Fallujah and Qayyarah, and 3 planned strikes: June 25 in Iraq, a patrol of two Rafale carried out a strike in the Akashat region, destroying an assembly site and suicide vehicles. On June 28, in Syria, in the Abu Kamal region, a raid of two Mirage 2000 and Rafale 2 conducted a strike to destroy an important Daesh training center. On June 28 in Syria, also in the Abu Kamal, a patrol of two Mirage 2000 conducted a strike against a Daesh firing position.]

‘Chammal : 17 frappes contre Daech en Irak et en Syrie cette semaine, 38 objectifs détruits

Armée française – Opérations militaires·Wednesday, 29 June 2016
État-major des armées | 29 juin 2016

Du 22 au 28 juin 2016,  les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions  aériennes contre Daech en réalisant 44 sorties, dont 38 de bombardement  et 6 de recueil de renseignement. Au total 17 frappes  ont permis de détruire 38 objectifs de Daech.
Parmi les sites visés, trois ont fait l’objet d’attaques planifiées, l’une en Irak et deux autres en Syrie.

14 frappes d’appui au sol
    ont été réalisées en Irak
    au cours de la semaine

La force Chammal a poursuivi ses missions d’appui au sol en soutien des  forces de sécurité irakiennes, en faisant effort sur les secteurs de  Ramadi, Fallujah et Qayyarah.

3 frappes planifiées ont été conduites en Irak et en Syrie

Le 25 juin en Irak, une patrouille de 2 Rafale a réalisé une frappe dans la région d’Akashat. Cette mission a permis de détruire un site d’assemblage de véhicules suicides.
Le 28 juin en Syrie, dans la région d’Abu Kamal,  un raid de 2 Mirage 2000 et de 2 Rafale a réalisé une frappe permettant  de détruire un important centre d’entraînement de Daech.
Le 28 juin en Syrie, toujours dans la région  d’Abu Kamal, une patrouille de 2 Mirage 2000 a réalisé une frappe contre  une caserne de Daech.’

France reports 17 strikes in Iraq and Syria from 22-28 June.

From Belgian MoD:
[Update on new operations in Iraq and Syria]

“Na een jaar keert het kroonjuweel van de Belgische Luchtcomponent terug naar de vliegbasis van waaruit de coalitie de strijd aangaat met DAESH”, vertelt generaal-majoor vlieger Frederik Vansina, commandant van de Luchtcomponent. Hij was erbij toen het Nederlandse detachement op 28 juni het commando overdroeg aan de Belgen.

Operation Inherent Resolve omvat de strijd tegen DAESH die de coalitie onder leiding van de Verenigde Staten sinds september 2014 in het Midden-Oosten is aangegaan. Van meet af aan sloegen Belgen en Nederlanders de handen in elkaar om de coalitie vanuit de lucht bij te staan. De Belgische Defensie doopte zijn operatie Desert Falcon (ODF).

De Belgen en Nederlanders doen haasje-over bij hun samenwerking. Terwijl de ene partij zich concentreert op de opdrachten van de gevechtsvliegtuigen, zorgt de ander voor de beveiliging van het detachement binnen de vlieghaven. Vanaf juni 2015 stonden de Belgen in voor de troepenbescherming van het Nederlandse F-16-detachement. Maar op 28 juni vond de overname officieel plaats.

Onder het goedkeurende oog van generaal-majoor vlieger Vansina bedankte de Nederlandse detachementcommandant tijdens een plechtigheid zijn mensen en ook de Belgische beschermingstroepen voor hun inzet. Die manier van samenwerken is uniek binnen de coalitie maar hoe verloopt die? En wat wordt er het komende jaar verwacht van onze F-16’s? Samen met generaal-majoor Vansina werpen we een blik op het verleden, heden en toekomst van operatie Desert Falcon.

Onze F-16’s zijn maandag pas in Kleine-Brogel opgestegen maar donderdag 30 juni kunnen ze hun eerste operationele opdracht al aanvatten. Hoe kan die overname zo snel plaatsvinden?

“De samenwerking tussen de Luchtcomponent en onze noorderburen van de Koninklijke Luchtmacht verloopt subliem. Door internationale oefeningen en operaties hebben we over de jaren heen een vertrouwensband gecreëerd die intussen oersterk is. In die mate zelfs dat we zonder verpinken de veiligheid van het ons F-16-detachement in handen leggen van de Nederlandse troepenbescherming. Los daarvan hebben we door het concept van ‘train together to fight together’ grotendeels dezelfde procedures, technieken en tactieken. Maar het is inderdaad een uniek gegeven binnen de coalitie.”

Samenwerken: ja. Maar waarom is Nederland een uitgelezen partner en wat zijn de voordelen?

“Eerst en vooral hebben we dezelfde gevechtsvliegtuigen, dat is een vereiste. Verder hebben we beide een bescheiden luchtmacht. Naast ODF zal ook de F-16-operatie Enhanced Air Policing Mission (EAPM) in de Baltische regio in 2017 een vervolg krijgen. In totaal kunnen we tien F-16’s operationeel inzetten: zes voor ODF en vier voor EAPM. Maar we moeten ook rekening houden met de mensen en het budget. Om die evenwichtsoefening houdbaar te maken voor een lange periode is een samenwerking meer dan aangewezen.”

Voor een tweede keer vervoegen onze F-16’s de coalitie in het Midden-Oosten en dit voor de periode van een jaar. In welke fase bevindt operatie Inherent Resolve zich momenteel en wat kan het detachement verwachten?

“De eerste fase, de opmars van DAESH een halt toeroepen, is intussen voorbij. Momenteel trachten we in een tweede fase DAESH terug te duwen en te verdelen. Net als tijdens de vorige ODF zullen we in Irak nabije luchtsteun bieden aan grondtroepen en installaties van DAESH aanvallen. Maar dankzij het fiat van de regering zullen voortaan ook installaties in Syrië een doelwit vormen. Luchtsteun bieden aan mogelijke grondtroepen in Syrië is voorlopig niet aan de orde.”

Ondertussen zijn we dus aanbeland in de tweede en meteen ook voorlaatste fase van de operatie. Wat is het uiteindelijke doel van deze inzet?

“Uiteindelijk wil de coalitie idealiter naar een normalisatie van de staat gaan. Om dit te kunnen bereiken trachten we DAESH te verslaan en dat bij voorkeur zonder collaterale schade te veroorzaken. Dat laatste is iets waar onze Luchtcomponent erg veel waarde aan hecht. We staan bekend om onze secuurheid. Hierdoor staan we zeer hoog aangeschreven bij onze internationale luchtmacht-collega’s. Onze geloofwaardigheid is ons handelsmerk.”

 

June 29th-30th 2016
Iraq 19 strikes (9,105- 9,123)
Syria 7 strikes (4,385- 4,391)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 29, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 19 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 Abu Kamal, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL tactical vehicle and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Manbij, six strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL mortar system, and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes struck an ISIL staging facility and destroyed an ISIL bunker and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Al Qaim, one strike struck an ISIL VBIED facility.
*       Near Bayji, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL VBIED.
*       Near Fallujah, two strikes [2 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 42 ISIL vehicles and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 120 ISIL vehicles, an ISIL tactical vehicle, and three ISIL VBIEDs.
*       Near Haditha, one strike struck an ISIL staging facility.
*       Near Hit, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 13 ISIL vehicles and damaged another.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL supply cache.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed eight ISIL rocket rails and five ISIL rocket systems.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL mortar system, and an ISIL staging area and damaged two ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Waleed, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and two ISIL weapons caches.’

 Four aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 perform a fly-by off the port side of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) [US Navy]
Four aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 perform a fly-by off the port side of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) [US Navy]
Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 29 June:

‘Wednesday 29 June – Typhoons and two Reapers struck Daesh terrorist retreating from Fallujah, a third Reaper continued operations near Sharqat…Typhoons and Reapers conducted a number of attacks on Wednesday 29 June against Daesh terrorists fleeing in the face of Iraqi operations in Fallujah. A Typhoon struck two vehicles and a large group of extremists with Paveway IV bombs west of Fallujah and two Reapers destroyed a further four vehicles and a group of fighters, using Hellfire missiles and a GBU-12 guided bomb. One Reaper observed the Daesh vehicles refusing to stop and pick up fellow armed extremists trying to escape on foot. Another Reaper was active near Sharqat, where it destroyed two vehicles with Hellfire missiles and attacked a group of terrorists with a GBU-12 bomb..

Update from French MoD for 30 June:
[Reports 17 airstrikes destroying 38 targets: 14 ground support strikes in the areas of Ramadi, Fallujah and Qayyarah, and 3 planned strikes: June 25 in Iraq, a patrol of two Rafale carried out a strike in the Akashat region, destroying an assembly site and suicide vehicles. On June 28, in Syria, in the Abu Kamal region, a raid of two Mirage 2000 and Rafale 2 conducted a strike to destroy an important Daesh training center. On June 28 in Syria, also in the Abu Kamal, a patrol of two Mirage 2000 conducted a strike against a Daesh firing position.]

‘Point de situation au 30 juin 2016

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Chammal

Cette semaine, la situation militaire a été marquée par la libération de la ville de Falloujah en Irak. Elle témoigne d’un nouvel affaiblissement de Daech, qui subit à cette occasion un revers militaire supplémentaire.

Pour autant, même s’il a perdu l’initiative, le groupe terroriste conserve un appareil militaire combatif. Il reste engagé dans une défense discontinue des territoires qu’il tient depuis 2014.

En Irak, les Forces de sécurité irakiennes (FSI) ont progressé dans la vallée de l’Anbar où elles font toujours face à une résistance importante dans la vallée du Tigre.

Dans l’Anbar, la semaine a été marquée par la libération de Falloujah. Si Daech a perdu la bataille, des opérations de sécurisation doivent encore être menées. L’organisation terroriste a tenu la ville pendant plus de deux ans et a très largement miné le terrain.
La vallée du Tigre fait l’objet de plus durs combats. Les forces irakiennes ont réussi à s’emparer de quelques villages aux sorties Nord de la ville de Baïji, au prix de nombreux efforts. Elles font désormais face aux premières défenses qui interdisent, pour l’heure, la progression en direction de Mossoul.

En Syrie, la coalition fournit toujours son appui aux opérations de libération de la ville de Manbij. Daech résiste quartier par quartier et utilise toutes les formes du combat insurrectionnel pour freiner la reprise de la ville.

ACTIVITES DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL

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

Du 22 au 28 juin 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech, en réalisant 44 sorties dont 38 de bombardement et 6 de recueil de renseignement.

Elles ont permis la réalisation de 17 frappes, aboutissant à la destruction de 38 objectifs de Daech.

Parmi les sites visés, trois ont fait l’objet d’attaques planifiées, l’une en Irak et deux autres en Syrie.

Quatorze frappes d’appui au sol ont été réalisées en Irak au cours de la semaine. La force Chammal a poursuivi ses missions d’appui au sol en soutien des forces de sécurité irakiennes, en faisant effort sur les secteurs de Ramādī, Falloujah et Qayyarah.

Trois frappes planifiées ont été conduites en Irak et en Syrie :

Le 25 juin en Irak, une patrouille de deux Rafale a réalisé une frappe dans la région d’ Akashat. Cette mission a permis de détruire site d’assemblage de véhicules suicides.

Le 28 juin en Syrie, dans la région d’Abu Kamal, un raid de deux Mirage 2000 et deux Rafale a réalisé une frappe permettant de détruire un important centre d’entraînement de Daech.

Le 28 juin en Syrie, toujours dans la région d’Abu Kamal, une patrouille de deux Mirage 2000 a réalisé une frappe contre une caserne de Daech.’

Additional press release from CJTF-OIR on 30 June:

‘Syrian Arab Coalition Provides Aid to People of Manbij SOUTHWEST ASIA – The Syrian Arab Coalition continues its efforts to liberate Manbij City from Da’esh control.

Through deliberate clearing operations, the SAC recently gained a critical foothold in the southern portion of the city and maintain control of the flow of vehicles and people to and from the city.

Coalition aircraft supported SAC operations with 44 air strikes in the last week.

Da’esh continues to use civilians as human shields and is employing snipers, tunnels, and booby traps to slow the SAC advance.  Da’esh also executed families caught trying to flee the city.

SAC forces directed the remaining civilians to nearby villages and provided them food and water.  SAC leadership also coordinated for additional humanitarian assistance to relieve the suffering of those escaping the violence.’

 

June 30th-July 1st 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (9,124- 9,132)
Syria 7 strikes (4,392- 4,398)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On June 30, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven 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 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 Mar’a, one strike destroyed an ISIL bulldozer.
*       Near Manbij, six strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL cave entrance.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed four ISIL assembly areas.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes [1 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 23 ISIL vehicles, five ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL heavy machine guns, and three ISIL rocket rails.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 30 June:

‘Thursday 30 June – RAF Tornados destroyed five Daesh vehicles in western Iraq. Typhoons and a Reaper also struck two mortar teams and two terrorist groups in northern Iraq…With Daesh forces continuing to flee in defeat from their former stronghold of Fallujah, on Thursday 30 June Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s patrolled over the desert of Anbar province and located a group of terrorist vehicles a number of miles to the south-west of Ramadi. Attacks with four Brimstone missiles and a Paveway IV guided bomb successfully accounted for five trucks. In northern Iraq, a pair of Typhoons used Paveway IVs to bomb two Daesh mortar teams some 25 miles south-east of Mosul, while a Reaper conducted two attacks with Hellfire missiles against terrorists fighting Iraqi forces near Qayyarah.’

Update from French MoD for 30 June:
[Reports that on 28 June, two French fighter jet patrols  hit several Daesh targets in Abu Kamal in Syria: a first patrol of two Mirage 2000D and two Rafale was engaged in a strike against a Daesh training camp. Particularly extensive, it was used to train terrorists fighters in the use of heavy weapons. A second patrol  of Mirage 2000D hit  a military barracks in the same sector a few hours later.]

‘Chammal : frappes planifiées Syrie pour les avions Français.

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Le 28 juin 2016, deux patrouilles d’avions de chasse français basés au Levant et dans le golfe arabo-persique ont frappé plusieurs objectifs de Daech en Syrie à Abu Kamal. Cette ville située à la frontière immédiate de l’Irak est un carrefour fluvial et routier stratégique.

Insérés dans un groupe aérien conséquent aux côtés de plusieurs avions de chasse de la Coalition, une première patrouille de deux Mirage 2000D et deux Rafale a été engagée dans une frappe contre un camp d’entrainement de Daech. Particulièrement étendu, celui-ci servait à entraîner les combattants terroristes au maniement d’armes lourdes. Une seconde patrouille de deux Mirage 2000D a elle frappé quelques heures plus tard une caserne situé dans le même secteur.

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.’

Since 1 Jan 2016, France has carried out 1,455 flights in Iraq and Syria, 369 strikes against Daesh and destroyed 608 targets.

Update from Dutch MoD for 30 June:
[Speaking at Volkel Air Base, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert says that since August 2014 ISIS have lost over 25,000 km2 area in Iraq and more than 9,000 km2 in Syria, and that since October 2014, Dutch F-16s have flown at least 2,100 missions and used their weapons at least 1,800 times.]

‘ Hennis bij terugkeer F-16’s: “ISIS is nog niet van ons af”

Nieuwsbericht | 30-06-2016 | 17:00

“Onze F-16’s hebben een cruciale rol vervuld in het verzwakken en terugdringen van ISIS.” Dat zei minister van Defensie Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert vandaag op Vliegbasis Volkel. Ze verwelkomde er de jachtvliegers, die terugkeerden uit het Midden-Oosten. “Maar”, zei ze, “de strijd gaat onverminderd door.”

Volgens Hennis toont de recente aanslag op de luchthaven van Istanbul dat de terreurorganisatie een kat in het nauw is. “Juist nu is volharding nodig. De Belgen hebben het stokje van ons overgenomen, een teken dat we als coalitie eensgezind en samen de strijd tegen ISIS voortzetten.”

Vruchten

Nederlandse militairen zorgen in het Midden-Oosten nog voor de beveiliging van het Belgische detachement. “Ook in Irak gaan onze militairen door met het trainen van Koerdische Peshmerga-strijders en Iraakse special forces”, voegt Hennis toe. “Dat dit zijn vruchten afwerpt blijkt uit de recente strijd om Fallujah en de druk die steeds verder wordt opgevoerd rond Mosul. ISIS is dus nog niet van ons af.”

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Over de resultaten die Nederland samen met coalitiepartners boekte,  is Hennis tevreden. “Sinds augustus 2014 verloor ISIS ruim 25.000 km2 gebied in Irak en meer dan 9.000 km2 in Syrië. De Nederlandse F-16’s vlogen, sinds hun bijdrage aan de luchtcampagne in oktober 2014, minimaal 2.100 missies. Daarbij zijn tenminste 1.800 keer wapens ingezet.”

Dat gebeurde bijvoorbeeld bij het ondersteunen van grondtroepen in Irak tijdens hun gevechten tegen ISIS. Ook bombardeerden de luchtmachtmilitairen doelen van de terreurorganisatie, zoals wapenopslagplaatsen en brandstofdepots in Irak en Oost-Syrië.’

Minister Hennis at the arrival of the F-16s at Volkel Air Base. [Dutch MoD]
Minister Hennis at the arrival of the F-16s at Volkel Air Base. [Dutch MoD]
Update from Danish MoD on 30 June:
[Reports that in the past week Danish F-16 fighter jets were deployed 9 times and attacked targets in the Iraqi provinces of Al Anbar, Salah Ad Din and Ninawa. No missions were flown in Syria. 15 bombs were dropped (c. 5 strikes) in the last week.]

‘Mission Update nr. 2
Opdatering fra de danske styrker indsat i Operation Inherent Resolve

Træningsbidraget
DANCON Hold 3 ved Al Asad Airbase har netop afsluttet et dansk-ledet pilotprojekt. Henover en uge har irakiske stabsofficerer, en brigadechef, fire bataljonschefer samt kompagnichefer fra 7. Division fået undervisning og mulighed for sparring i forhold til igangværende operationer, som de for tiden gennemfører i byen Hit. Officererne er kommet direkte fra fronten, de har modtaget fem timers intensiv træning og sparring og er kort efter taget tilbage til fronten for at bekæmpe ISIL.

Desuden har artilleriobservatører modtaget en uges repetition i påkald og ledelse af skydning med artilleri, så de bedre kan bekæmpe ISIL på længere afstande.

– Det er netop eksempler som de her, der gør træningsmissionen her til noget helt særligt. Det, vi lærer soldaterne fra de irakiske sikkerhedsstyrker, bliver anvendt direkte i de igangværende kampe mod ISIL, siger chefen for DANCON OIR Hold 3, oberstløjtnant Kenneth Strøm.

Kampflybidraget
I den forgangne uge har danske F-16 kampfly været indsat i Operation Inherent Resolve 9 gange, hvor der er blevet angrebet mål i de irakiske provinser Al Anbar, Salah Ad Din og Ninawa. Målene har blandt andet været fjender, der gemte sig i bygninger samt opmarcheringsfaciliteter.

Der er ikke blevet fløjet missioner med de danske F-16 i Syrien i den forgange uge.

Fløjne missioner i den forgangne uge:  9
Antal flyvetimer i den forgangne uge:  Knap 100
Præcisionsbomber anvendt i den forgangne uge: 15

I alt er der siden kampflybidragets indsættelse indtil onsdag den 29. juni klokken 06.00 blevet fløjet 17 missioner og anvendt 23 bomber.

Radarbidraget
Radaren har inden for den seneste uge kørt uden større vanskeligheder og har leveret input til koalitionens samlede luftovervågningsbillede. På nær nogle tekniske udfordringer, som forstyrrede indhentningen, har radarbidraget leveret efter planen.

Lørdag formiddag overtog det nyankomne radarbidrags Hold 3 opgaven fra det tidligere hold. Hold 3 fortsætter med at levere overbliksbillede til koalitionen de næste tre måneder.’

 

Monthly Australian MoD summary for June 2016:

ATG Operations

F/A-18 IRAQ
Month Sorties Hours Munitions
F/A-18F
Sep-14 4 10 0
Oct-14 79 638 25
Nov-14 62 489 49
Dec-14 76 586 61
Jan-15 70 601 53
Feb-15 66 541 35
Mar-15 61 496 55
F/A-18F Total 418 3361 278
F/A-18A
Mar-15 22 160 8
Apr-15 72 536 43
May-15 66 484 45
Jun-15 72 513 42
Jul-15 66 486 42
Aug-15 74 544 39
Sep-15 60 454 37
Oct-15 78 570 34
Nov-15 70 540 73
Dec-15 73 539 81
Jan-16 74 561 111
Feb-16 62 474 69
Mar-16 82 624 80
Apr-16 80 624 71
May-16 78 614.2 91
Jun-16 78 610.8 67
F/A-18A Total 1111 8365.7 931
Total 1,529 11,727 1,216
F/A-18 SYRIA
Month Sorties Hours Munitions
F/A-18F
Sep-14 0 0 0
Oct-14 0 0 0
Nov-14 0 0 0
Dec-14 0 0 0
Jan-15 0 0 0
Feb-15 0 0 0
Mar-15 0 0 0
F/A-18F Total 0 0 0
F/A-18A
Mar-15 0 0 0
Apr-15 0 0 0
May-15 0 0 0
Jun-15 0 0 0
Jul-15 0 0 0
Aug-15 0 0 0
Sep-15 18 143 2
Oct-15 0 0 0
Nov-15 0 0 0
Dec-15 10 57 21
Jan-16 6 33 11
Feb-16 4 27 4
Mar-16 0 0 0
Apr-16 0 0 0
May-16 0 0 0
Jun-16 0 0 0
F/A-18A Total 38 259.6 38
Total 38 260 38

 

Monthly AFCENT data for June 2016

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