Military reports – March 2017

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

 

March 1st – March 2nd 2017
Iraq 5 strikes (11,287 – 11,291)
Syria 5 strikes (7,398 – 7,402)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
12 civilians including 4 children alleged killed at Al Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate
4 civilians alleged killed at Sha’aren market, right side of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
50-80 civilians alleged killed at Al Faruq neighbourhood, right side of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2 or more civilians including 2 children alleged killed at New Mosul, right side of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1-5 civilians alleged killed at Kasrat Sheikh al Juma’a village, south west of Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria 

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 1, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 67 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

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

* Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes destroyed an ISIS training camp, an ISIS-held building, a weapons storage facility; and a VBIED factory.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed a well head and a pump jack.

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

* Near Mosul, four strikes [2 British] engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed 19 fighting positions, four supply caches, four mortar systems, four VBIEDs, three tunnels, two recoilless rifles, two VBIED factories, an ISIS-held building, a command and control node; and a barge; damaged 10 supply routes and two tunnels; and suppressed 14 mortar teams and three ISIS tactical units.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed a tactical vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 1 March:

‘Wednesday 1 March – Tornados and a Reaper struck five Daesh targets in western Mosul, including a truck-bomb factory…A Reaper remotely piloted aircraft assisted Iraqi troops in western Mosul on Wednesday 1 March, using a Hellfire missile and a GBU-12 guided bomb to eliminate Daesh fighters, including a sniper, engaged at close quarters with the Iraqis. The Reaper also used its surveillance sensors to check that a target area was clear of civilians before a coalition air strike. Two flights of Tornados armed with Paveway IVs also operated over western Mosul that day. The first pair destroyed a strong-point held by terrorists armed with light machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades, while the second pair dealt with a sniper before demolishing two buildings that were part of a factory producing truck-bombs.’

For February 22nd-28th, France reports 11 strikes: 6 in Mosul area of Iraq, 5 in Syria. 28 mission were carried out by Task Force Wagram.

Update from French MoD on February 3rd March:
[France reports carrying out 34 sorties in the last week – and 11 strikes destroying 19 ISIL targetsIn Iraq, the six strikes were concentrated in the Mosul region. They targeted mortar positions, combatant groups, a logistics depot and a command center. In Syria, two ground troop support missions were carried out in the Raqqah and Deir Ezzor areas against artillery pieces and an armored vehicle, loaded with an explosive device (SVBIED). The intervention of a Rafale patrol, after detection and guidance of the ATL2, led to the destruction of 2 clandestine oil wells in the south-east of Raqqah. In the region of Palmyra, two planned strikes were carried out and enabled the neutralization of a military storage site and a vehicle-bomb manufacturing site (VBIED).Task Force Wagram carried out 28 missions]

CHAMMAL

APPRÉCIATION DE SITUATION

Point de situation sur les opérations au 02 mars 2017
En Syrie, à Al Bab, les forces d’opposition soutenues par la Turquie ont pu saisir la ville après le retrait de Daech de la ville. En périphérie, les forces armées syriennes et les FDS tentent d’accentuer ce repli progressif des combattants de Daech vers l’Est. Si ce repli dessine un renforcement probable de Raqqah par les combattants exfiltrés, la menace d’actions asymétriques reste présente.

En Irak, Daech poursuit ses actions de harcèlement, notamment dans l’Anbar, par l’intermédiaire d’embuscades, de tirs de mortiers ou d’attaques par drones.

Dans la région de Mossoul, l’encerclement progressif de l’agglomération perturbe le ravitaillement de Daech même si l’étendue de la zone ne permet pas de garantir l’étanchéité du dispositif.

Dans la partie occidentale de la ville, le recul de Daech se poursuit. Près du Tigre, après la reprise de l’aéroport, les forces de police fédérale et l’ICTS continuent leur progression coordonnée vers le nord. Dans la périphérie ouest de Mossoul, les forces irakiennes avancent vers la prison de Badush et la crête d’Astanah. La résistance se durcit à mesure que le cercle se resserre et que les forces irakiennes s’approchent des zones urbanisées. A l’Est de la ville, Daech maintient ses actions de harcèlement par tirs indirects.

ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL

Appui aérien au Levant
Point de situation sur les opérations au 02 mars 2017
Cette semaine, les aéronefs ont réalisé 34 sorties aériennes dont 32 de reconnaissance armée ou d’appui au sol (CAS), et 2 de recueil de renseignement. 11 frappes ont été réalisées par les avions français, elles ont permis la destruction de 19 objectifs.

En Irak, les 6 frappes se sont concentrées dans la région de Mossoul. Elles s’inscrivent dans le cadre de l’appui des troupes irakiennes engagées dans l’offensive visant à reprendre la partie ouest de Mossoul. Elles ont ciblé des positions de mortier, des groupes de combattants, un dépôt logistique ainsi qu’un centre de commandement.

En Syrie, 2 missions d’appui des troupes au sol ont été conduites dans la région de Raqqah et de Der Er Zawr contre des pièces d’artillerie, un véhicule suicide, blindé, chargé d’engin explosif (SVBIED). L’intervention d’une patrouille de Rafale, après détection et guidage de l’ATL2, a par ailleurs permis la destruction de 2 puits de pétrole clandestins dans le sud-est de Raqqah.

Dans la région de Palmyre, 2 frappes planifiées ont été réalisées et ont permis la neutralisation d’un site de stockage de matériel militaire et d’un site de fabrication de véhicules piégés (VBIED).

Appui feu – TF Wagram
Cette semaine, le détachement de la Task Force (TF) Wagram déployé au nord de Mossoul a fourni un appui important aux troupes engagées au sol, avec un effort marqué à l’ouest de la ville.

Les 28 missions réalisées comprennent 21 de neutralisation, destruction ou harcèlement contre des positions de combattants, des pièces de mortier ou contre des tentatives d’infiltrations en bordure du Tigre.

7 missions d’éclairement ont également été effectuées pour interdire l’utilisation du terrain par Daech.

La reprise de l’offensive sur Mossoul-Ouest a marqué un tournant dans la physionomie de l’activité de la TF. Au cours des 3 dernières semaines, l’intensification des missions confiées à la TF et la proportion croissante de missions de neutralisation ou de destruction sont significatives. Cette évolution de l’activité est couplée aux progressions sur le terrain des forces de sécurité irakiennes, elle souligne l’importance et l’efficacité des appuis fournis par la partie française.’

March 2nd – March 3rd 2017
Iraq 14 strikes (11,292 – 11,305)
Syria 2 strikes (7,403 – 7,404)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
5 civilians alleged killed at Al Rasafa, Al Mansoura road, 30km west of Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
20 civilians alleged killed at Al Shafaa neighbourhood, right side of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
14 
civilians alleged killed at Nabi Sheet, right side of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
4 civilians alleged killed at Al Mansour neighbourhood of west Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq 

From CJTFOIR:

‘On Mar. 2, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes consisting of 78 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of four engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed a weapons storage facility.

* Near Palmyra, one strike damaged a bridge.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 74 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an ISIS storage facility.

* Near Haditha, one strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

* Near Mosul, two strikes [1 British] engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed six fighting positions, four heavy machine guns, three medium machine guns, two tunnels, a rocket-propelled grenade system, a VBIED, and a VBIED facility; damaged seven supply routes; and suppressed 22 mortar teams.

* Near Rawah, 10 strikes engaged an ISIS staging area and destroyed nine ISIS-held buildings.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 2 March:

‘Thursday 2 March – Typhoons hit a machine-gun position in western Mosul…Typhoons had to deal with heavy cloud over Mosul on Thursday 2 March, with the challenging weather conditions denying them clear sight of the target when an Iraqi unit came under machine-gun fire from a Daesh strong-point at short range. Despite these conditions, very careful coordination with the Iraqi troops allowed the Typhoons to hit the Daesh position accurately with a Paveway IV, without endangering friendly forces. The Iraqi unit reported that the machine-gun had been silenced and the threat to them eliminated.’

March 3rd – March 4th 2017
Iraq 4 strikes (11,306 – 11,309)
Syria 7 strikes (7,405 – 7,411)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2 or more civilians alleged killed at Al Mahatta (Station neighbourhood), right side of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
3
-4 civilians more civilians alleged killed at Miksar oil well, north of Al Rasafa, 30km west of Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
5-12 civilians more civilians including 5 women and children alleged killed at Al Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
‘On Mar. 3, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 69 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

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

* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed a gas oil separation plant.

* Near Ar Raqqah, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions, a VBIED factory, and a VBIED staging area.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike damaged a bridge.

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

* Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an improvised weapons factory.

* Near Mosul, three strikes [2 British] engaged an ISIS tactical unit and an ISIS staging area; destroyed 21 mortar systems, 13 fighting positions, five heavy machine guns, four medium machine guns, and an ISIS headquarters; and damaged five supply routes.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 3 March:

‘Friday 3 March – Typhoons and Tornados struck seven Daesh targets in western Mosul…Tornados experienced similarly difficult cloud conditions on Friday 3 March, when they struck four Daesh-held buildings in western Mosul. The Iraqi ground forces reported that all four targets had been safely destroyed, with at least one heavy machine-gun also put out of action. Typhoons also engaged a further three targets in the city, striking a road junction to prevent Daesh moving supplies and truck-bombs along the route, and eliminating sniper and light machine-gun teams.’

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

SOUTHWEST ASIA- During the month of January 2017, CJTF-OIR carried over 10 open reports of possible civilian casualties from previous months, received 27 new reports, and completed the assessment on 19 reports resulting from Coalition strikes in Iraq and Syria in the fight to defeat ISIS. Ten of these reports were assessed to be non-credible and nine were assessed to be credible.  A total of 19 reports are still open and being assessed at the end of the month. Coalition strikes are defined as ground artillery or air strikes conducted as part of the Coalition Air Tasking Order.

CJTF-OIR takes all reports of civilian casualties seriously and assesses all reports as thoroughly as possible. Although we are unable to investigate all reports of possible civilian casualties using traditional investigative methods, such as by interviewing witnesses and examining the site, the Coalition interviews pilots and other personnel involved in the targeting process, reviews strike and surveillance video if available, and analyzes information provided by government agencies, non-governmental organizations, partner forces and traditional and social media. In addition, the Coalition considers new information when it becomes available in order to promote a thorough and continuous review process.

After a thorough review of the facts and circumstances of each civilian casualty report, CJTF-OIR assessed that the following 10 reports are non-credible.  Non-credible means that at this time there is not sufficient information available to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in civilian casualties.

1. Nov. 2, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report: After a review of available information and/or strike video it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in this geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.

2. Nov. 19, 2016, near Ar Raqqah, Syria, via media report: After a review of available information and/or strike video it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in this geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.

3. Dec. 22, 2016, near Ar Raqqah, Syria, via media report: After a review of available information and/or strike video it was assessed that no civilians were harmed in the strikes conducted in this area on that day.

4. Dec. 30, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq, via NGO report: After a review of available information and/or strike video it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.

5. Dec. 30, 2016, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report: After a review of available information and/or strike video it was assessed that no civilians were harmed in the strikes conducted in this area on that day.

6. Jan. 3, 2017, Sarmada, Syria, via social media report: The report contained insufficient information on the time, location and details of strike to assess its credibility.

7. Jan. 10, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report: After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that no civilians were harmed in this strike.

8. Jan. 10, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report: After a review of available information and strike video there was insufficient information to assess that any civilians were harmed in this strike.

9. Jan. 12, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via NGO report: After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographic area of the reported civilian casualties.

10. Jan. 17, 2017 near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report: After a review of available information and/or strike video it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in this geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.

Although the Coalition takes extraordinary efforts to strike military targets in a manner that minimizes the risk of civilian casualties, in some incidents casualties are unavoidable.  Nine reports were assessed to be credible resulting in the unintended death of 21 and injury to two civilians.

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

1. Nov. 14, 2016, near Tal Afar, Iraq, via self-report: During a strike on an ISIS checkpoint it was assessed that one civilian was unintentionally injured when the vehicle he was driving approached the checkpoint just prior to the munition’s impact.

2. Nov. 27, 2016, near Dayr Az Zayr, Syria, via self-report: During a strike on ISIS oil tanker trucks it was assessed that three civilians were killed.  After warning shots were fired to dislodge drivers from the vehicles a number of the trucks scattered.  Three of the trucks were subsequently engaged, destroyed, and their drivers presumed killed.  The other vehicles in the area were abandoned after the warning shots were fired and subsequently destroyed with no assessed civilian casualties.

3. Dec. 11, 2016, near Dayr Az Zayr, Syria, via self-report: During a strike on an ISIS oil tanker trucks it is assessed that five civilians were unintentionally killed. After warning shots were fired truck drivers vacated their vehicles and moved a safe distance away.  Aircraft engaged targets and following munition release five of the drivers returned to their vehicles and were killed by munition’s impact.

4. Jan. 4, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via media report: During a strike on ISIS fighters in a house it was assessed that one civilian was unintentionally injured in the house.

5. Jan. 4, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via media report: During a strike on ISIS fighters in a moving vehicle it was assessed that one civilian pedestrian was unintentionally killed near when the vehicle was struck.

6. Jan. 7, 2017, near As Sawa, Syria, via self-report: During a strike on ISIS oil tanker trucks it is assessed that two civilians were killed. After warning shots were fired to dislodge drivers from the vehicles a number of the trucks scattered.  Two of the trucks were subsequently engaged, destroyed, and their drivers presumed killed.  The other vehicles in the area were abandoned after the warning shots were fired and subsequently destroyed with no assessed civilian casualties.

7. Jan. 7, 2017, near Dayr Az Zayr, Syria, via self-report:  During a strike on ISIS oil tanker trucks it is assessed that one civilian driver was unintentionally killed. After warning shots were fired to dislodge drivers from the vehicles, aircraft engaged the targets. After munitions’ impact a driver exited a vehicle and attempted to flee when he was killed by a secondary explosion from one of the oil tanker trucks.

8. Jan. 13, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report: During a strike on ISIS fighters in a house it was assessed that eight civilians were unintentionally killed.  During post-strike video analysis civilians were identified near the house who were not evident prior to the strike.

9. Jan. 14, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report: During a counter-fire strike on an ISIS mortar team it was assessed that one civilian was unintentionally killed when he entered the target area after weapon was fired.

Currently, 19 reports of civilian casualties are still being assessed:

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

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

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

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

5. Jan. 2, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report.

6. Jan. 2, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report.

7. Jan. 6, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report.

8. Jan. 13, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report.

9. Jan. 15, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via social media report.

10. Jan. 16, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via self-report.

11. Jan. 17, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report.

12. Jan. 19, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report.

13. Jan. 22, 2017, near Al-Tabqah, Syria, via social media report.

14. Jan. 22, 2017, near Nayrab, Syria, via social media report.

15. Jan. 25, 2017, near Abu Jadi, Syria, via social media report.

16. Jan 26, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report.

17. Jan. 30, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via self-report.

18. Jan. 31, 2017, near Dayr Az Zayr, Syria, via self-report.

19. Jan. 31, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media report.

The Coalition is in the process of conducting an audit of its civilian casualty report tracking and reporting from August 2014 to the present. The intent is always to be as thorough as possible in our investigations and as accurate and forthcoming as possible in our reporting.

To date, based on information available, CJTF-OIR assesses that, it is more likely than not, at least 220 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve.  We regret the unintentional loss of civilian lives resulting from Coalition efforts to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria and express our deepest sympathies to the families and others affected by these strikes.’

 

March 4th – March 5th 2017
Iraq 5 strikes (11,310 – 11,314)
Syria 8 strikes (7,412 – 7,419)
Confirmed actions: US
36-40 civilians including at least 5 children alleged killed at Al Matahin neighbourhood (Station) and other neighbourhoods, right side of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2-4 civilians alleged killed at Al Mansour neighbourhood, right side of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
6 civilians alleged killed at Hamra Naser and Hamra Balasem villages, Raqqa governorate, Syria 

From CJTFOIR:
‘ On Mar. 4, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes consisting of 57 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

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

* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed a weapons storage facility.

* Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes engaged an ISIS staging area and damaged a supply route.

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

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of 49 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Mosul, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and a rocket-propelled grenade team; destroyed nine fighting positions, a heavy machine gun, an ISIS-held building, and a mortar system; damaged 26 supply routes; and suppressed 15 mortar teams.

* Near Rawah, two strikes destroyed a fuel storage tank and an ISIS-held building.’

March 5th – March 6th 2017
Iraq 9 strikes (11,315 – 11,323)
Syria 8 strikes (7,420 – 7,427)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
64-130 civilians alleged killed at Dawassa neighbourhood, right side of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Raqqah, Raqqah governorate, Syria 

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 5, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 83 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

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

* Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed a well head and an oil inlet manifold.

* Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed two vehicles; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed four tactical vehicles, four ISIS-held buildings, two well heads, two engineering equipment pieces and a tank.

* Near Manbij, two strikes destroyed a vehicle and an artillery system.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 72 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an improvised weapons factory.

* Near Mosul, six strikes [2-3 British] engaged six ISIS tactical units and an ISIS staging area; destroyed 11 fighting positions, eight mortar systems, seven vehicles, four VBIEDs, three ISIS-held buildings, two medium machine guns, two command and control nodes, two roadblocks, a heavy machine gun, an artillery system, and an ISIS checkpoint; damaged 11 supply routes, eight vehicles, and two fuel tanker trucks; and suppressed 10 mortar teams and three ISIS tactical units.

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

* Near Tal Afar, one strike [1 British?] engaged an ISIS tactical unit and an ISIS staging area; and destroyed two vehicles, a fighting position, and a cave entrance.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 5 March:

‘Sunday 5 March – Tornados destroyed a Daesh-held building and tunnel on the banks of the Tigris, while Typhoons hit two targets in Mosul, as well as a cave and fortified position near Tall Afar…On Sunday 5 March, a pair of Typhoons operated around Tall Afar. They used Paveway IVs to target successfully a cave where terrorists had set up base, together with a near-by fortified position. A second pair of Typhoons maintained close air support over western Mosul, where they bombed first a Daesh strong-point and then a checkpoint that had been established in a large building on the outskirts to control a route out of the city. 20 miles north-west of Mosul, another Daesh location had been detected, with terrorists occupying a building on the banks of the Tigris. Tornados struck the building, and then used a further Paveway IV to collapse a tunnel that had been dug close by.’

March 6th – March 7th 2017
Iraq 11 strikes (11,324 – 11,334)
Syria 21 strikes (7,428 – 7,448)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
16 civilians alleged killed at  Nabi Sheet neighbourhood, right side of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
18-33 civilians and 8 ISIL fighters alleged killed at Railway station, right side of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
41-52 civilians alleged killed at several neighbourhoodsat the right side of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
11-55 civilians alleged killed at Sumud Quarter, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
4-12 civilians including 1 child alleged killed at Kdeiran town, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Khatouniya and Al Salhabiya villages, western Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 6, Coalition military forces conducted 32 strikes consisting of 92 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of 31 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed a gas oil separation plant and damaged a bridge.

* Near Al Shadaddi, one strike [1 British?] destroyed an ISIS headquarters.

* Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed a footbridge and an ISIS-held building.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, 16 strikes destroyed nine well heads, six fighting positions, three oil inlet manifolds, three barges, a pump jack, and a connex; and damaged three supply routes and two bridges.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 61 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Huwayjah, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and an ISIS staging area; and destroyed a tunnel complex.

* Near Al Qaim, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an anti-air artillery system and a vehicle.

* Near Mosul, five strikes [1 British] engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed nine fighting positions, five VBIEDs, four vehicles, three roadblocks, two mortar systems, two tactical vehicles, two rocket-propelled grenade systems, a supply cache, an artillery system, a sniper position, a UAV launch site, and a VBIED factory; damaged 23 vehicles, 10 supply routes, and a tunnel; and suppressed two mortar teams.

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

* Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed a mortar system.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 6 March:

‘Monday 6 March – Typhoons demolished a Daesh headquarters in eastern Syria, while Tornados struck terrorist supply routes within Mosul…Careful intelligence analysis allowed the Coalition to pinpoint the location of a Daesh headquarters at a compound in a remote area of eastern Syria. Two Typhoons were dispatched from RAF Akrotiri on Monday 6 March, targeting the two key buildings within the compound. Both were demolished by Paveway IV guided bombs. Tornados meanwhile supported Iraqi ground operations in western Mosul by using Paveway IVs to strike three key routes within the city, helping to prevent Daesh from sending reinforcements or truck-bombs to areas being successfully liberated by the Iraqi troops.’

March 7th – March 8th 2017
Iraq 12 strikes (11,335 – 11,346)
Syria 20 strikes (7,449 – 7,468)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2 or more civilians alleged killed at Old Prison, right side of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2-10 civilians alleged killed at Al mansour neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
3 civilians including 1 child alleged killed at Euphrates river near Al Jasir Al Jadeed (the New Bridge), Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
5
 civilians alleged killed at Al Salhabiya village, Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 7, Coalition military forces conducted 32 strikes consisting of 100 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes consisting of 25 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed two well heads.

*Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes destroyed three fighting positions, two tunnels, a vehicle repair facility, and a tactical vehicle.

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, 13 strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed six well heads, three gas oil separation plants, a vehicle, a fighting position, a VBIED, a weapons storage facility, and a tank.

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

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 75 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

*Near Al Qaim, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two vehicles.

*Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and an ISIS staging area.

*Near Mosul, six strikes [1-2  British] engaged five ISIS tactical units and an ISIS staging area; destroyed nine fighting positions, four mortar systems, three VBIEDs, two VBIED factories, two vehicles, a supply cache, a UAV launch site, a medium machine gun, an ISIS-held building, a watercraft, and a command and control node; damaged 11 supply routes and a fighting position; and suppressed two ISIS tactical units and a sniper team.

*Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an artillery system and two supply caches.

*Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS-held building, a weapons cache, a tactical vehicle, an ISIS headquarters, and an improvised weapons factory.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 7 March:

‘Tuesday 7 March – Tornados eliminated a sniper team in Mosul, while Typhoons cut a road linking Mosul with Daesh positions to the north-west…Similar work was performed by Paveway-armed Typhoons the following day [March 7th], when they cut a major highway leading out of Mosul towards positions still held by Daesh to the north-west of the city. Inside Mosul, a Tornado flight used a Paveway IV to deal very effectively with a sniper team which was holding up an Iraqi advance.’

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush signal pilots in preparation for flight operations, march 8th (US Navy)
Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush signal pilots in preparation for flight operations, march 8th (US Navy)

March 8th – March 9th 2017
Iraq 8 strikes (11,347 – 11,354)
Syria 14 strikes (7,469 – 7,482)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2-3 civilians alleged killed at Ratlah and Al Aekershi villages, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Ahwas village, eastern Raqqa governorate, Syria
1-2 civilians alleged killed at Al Karama town, eastern Raqqa governorate, Syria
14-24 civilians including 6-8 children and 4-6 women alleged killed at Al Bu Rashed village, eastern Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 8, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 82 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

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

*Near Ar Raqqah, nine strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed three weapons caches, two mortar systems, an artillery system, an ISIS training center, a vehicle, a VBIED, and a fighting position.

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed two barges, five well heads, a fighting positions, and a vehicle; and damaged two barges.

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

*Mosul, fives strikes [1-2 British] engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed six vehicles, five tanker trucks, four mortar systems, 4 VBIEDs, two supply caches, a fighting position, an artillery system, an ISIS-held building, a tactical vehicle, an ISIS headquarters, and a weapons storage facility; damaged 32 supply routes; and suppressed nine mortar teams, a sniper team, a medium machine gun team, and an ISIS tactical unit.

*Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed two heavy machine guns and a weapons cache.

*Tal Afar, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and an ISIS staging area; and destroyed two vehicles, an ISIS-held building, and a tactical vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 8 March:

‘Wednesday 8 March – Tornados engaged a mortar position north-west of Mosul, and Daesh extremists, including a sniper, within the city…On Wednesday 8 March, a pair of Tornados initially operated north-west of Mosul, where they struck a mortar position on the south bank of the Tigris using a Paveway IV. They then provided direct support to Iraqi forces inside western Mosul, engaging a sniper who was firing on the Iraqis, and hitting a building defended by a number of terrorists.’

For March 1st-7th, France reports 8 strikes in Mosul, Iraq, and 1 in Raqqa, Syria. There were 53 artillery missions in Mosul.

Update from French MoD on March 9th:
[France reports that in the last week it carried out 29 sorties and 9 strikes destroying 12 ISIL targets. In Iraq, all 8 strikes were carried out in support of operations in Mosul. They targeted mortar positions and defensive positions in the city as well as in the outskirts of Badush. In Syria, in the Raqqah region, a Rafale patrol was engaged on a ground support mission to neutralize ISIL fighters leading an attack against the SDF.]

Opération Chammal

En Syrie le recul de Daech se poursuit. Après avoir dû se retirer d’Al Bab la semaine passée, l’organisation terroriste a perdu cette semaine le contrôle de la ville de Palmyre, tandis que la manœuvre d’isolement de Raqqah au Nord de l’Euphrate est sur le point de s’achever.

En Irak, Daech tente d’entretenir l’insécurité en poursuivant sa campagne d’actions asymétriques, en particulier dans l’Anbar, dans une logique de dispersion des forces engagées contre elle.

En périphérie de Mossoul Ouest, la manœuvre d’encerclement menée par les forces de sécurité irakiennes (FSI) progresse dans sa partie occidentale. Les combats qui ont lieu depuis le début de la semaine autour de la localité de Badush au Nord-Ouest de la ville en sont la conséquence.

Dans la partie sud de Mossoul Ouest, les FSI poursuivent également leur progression dans le centre urbain et se trouvent désormais aux portes du centre historique. Avançant toujours le long du Tigre depuis l’aéroport, les combattants de la police fédérale et de l’ICTS sécurisent méthodiquement chaque quartier, faisant face à une défense féroce des combattants terroristes. Dans le même temps, Daech maintient ses actions de harcèlement contre la partie orientale de Mossoul, en réalisant des tirs de mortiers sporadiques et aveugles.

Appui aérien au Levant

Cette semaine, les aéronefs ont réalisé 29 sorties aériennes dont 26 de reconnaissance armée ou d’appui au sol (CAS), et 3 de recueil de renseignement. 9 frappes ont été réalisées par les avions français, elles ont permis la destruction de 12 objectifs.

En Irak, les 8 frappes ont toutes été réalisées en appui des opérations sur Mossoul. Elles s’inscrivent dans le cadre de l’appui des troupes irakiennes engagées dans l’offensive visant à reprendre la partie ouest de Mossoul. Elles ont ciblé des positions de mortier et des positions défensives dans la ville de Mossoul elle-même, ainsi que dans la périphérie de Badush.

En Syrie, dans la région de Raqqah, une patrouille de Rafale a été engagée en mission d’appui des troupes au sol pour neutraliser des combattants de Daech menant une attaque contre des forces démocratiques syriennes.

Appui feu – Task Force Wagram

Cette semaine, l’effort du détachement de la Task Force (TF) Wagram, désormais regroupée sur une même emprise au nord de Mossoul, s’est intensifié. Les appuis ont marqué l’effort au profit des troupes engagées au sol dans la région de Badush.

53 missions ont été réalisées cette semaine. Elles comprennent 22 actions de neutralisation, destruction ou harcèlement visant soit à détruire des positions défensives adverses, soit à empêcher tout mouvement des groupes de combattants de Daech. 31 missions d’éclairement ont également été effectuées afin d’entraver les tentatives d’infiltration de la part de groupes de combattants terroristes cherchant à mener des actions de harcèlement nocturne contre les FSI.’

March 9th – March 10th 2017
Iraq 13 strikes (11,355 – 11,367)
Syria 19 strikes (7,483 – 7,501)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2-24 civilians alleged killed at Amil (Worker) neighbourhood, West of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
50-200 civilians alleged killed at Al Mua’lmen (Teachers) neighbourhood, West of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 woman alleged killed at Sanjak village, Al Qaim, Westen Anbar province, Iraq or Al Hari border area, Al Bukamal region, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
7-14 civilians alleged kiled at Al Karama town and nearby villages of Al Ghassaniya, Jadida Khabour and Al Kleib, Raqqa governorate, Syria
12-24 civilians alleged killed at Tawafa, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

 

From CJTFOIR:
‘On Mar. 9, Coalition military forces conducted 32 strikes consisting of 104 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 34 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Ar Raqqah, 13 strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units; destroyed four vehicles, a fighting position, a tactical vehicle, an ISIS headquarters, and a VBIED factory; and damaged three supply routes.

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, six strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed fives barges, four well heads, and a weapons factory; and damaged an ISIS-held building.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes consisting of 70 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

*Near Al Huwayjah, one strike damaged a tunnel.

*Near Bayji, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, two vehicles, and a weapons cache.

*Near Mosul, six strikes [2 British] engaged five ISIS tactical units and an ISIS staging area; destroyed 11 vehicles, nine mortar systems, eight fighting positions, five VBIEDs, two medium machine guns, two roadblocks, two watercraft, an anti-air artillery system, a supply cache, an ammunition cache, and a recoilless rifle; damaged 15 supply routes; and suppressed 10 mortar teams.

*Near Sinjar, two strikes destroyed a weapons storage facility and an ISIS headquarters

*Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and an ISIS staging area.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 9 March:

‘Thursday 9 March – Typhoons and Tornados attacked five targets in Mosul, as well as a Daesh tunnel to the west of Kirkuk…A Coalition surveillance patrol observed a Daesh tunnel system some 30 miles west of Kirkuk on Thursday 9 March. Royal Air Force Typhoons used a single Paveway IV guided bomb to collapse the tunnel entrance. The Typhoons then flew north-west to support Iraqi forces in western Mosul. Two choke-points had been identified on the road network into a district which the Iraqi troops were clearing. These choke-points were duly struck with Paveway IVs to prevent any Daesh reinforcements or truck-bombs being moved into the area. Tornados were also active that day over Mosul. They successfully used a total of three Paveway IVs to engage two mortars and a building from which Daesh fighters were firing at the Iraqi forces.

March 10th – March 11th 2017
Iraq 9 strikes (11,368 – 11,376)
Syria 19 strikes (7,502 – 7,520)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
4 civilians alleged killed at Hamrea Blassem village, east of Raqqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1
 civilian alleged killed at Raqqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria
19-24 civilians including 1 child alleged killed at Farouk neighbourhood, West of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Unknown number of civilians ialleged killed at Al Yarmouk neighbourhood, West of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at Nablus neighbourhood, West of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
3 civilians alleged killed at Qahtani village, Raqqa governorate

 

From CJTFOIR:
‘On Mar. 10, Coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes consisting of 111 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 25 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two pieces of engineering equipment and a vehicle.

* Near Ar Raqqah, nine strikes, engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed four fighting positions, two ISIS-held buildings, two watercraft, two weapons factories, a tunnel, a vehicle, and a VBIED; and damaged a supply route.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, eight strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed two well heads; and damaged four supply routes and a crane.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 86 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Asad, one strike destroyed two tactical vehicles.

* Near Bayji, one strike suppressed an ISIS heavy machine gun team.

* Near Kirkuk, one strike destroyed a vehicle and a mortar system.

* Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, an ISIS-held building, and a mortar system.

* Near Mosul, four strikes [2 British] engaged three ISIS tactical units, an ISIS heavy machine gun team and an ISIS sniper team; destroyed six fighting positions, two heavy machine guns, two rocket-propelled grenade systems, two VBIEDs, two VBIED factories, two mortar systems, a command and control node, a tactical vehicle, a roadblock, a supply cache, and an ISIS-held building; damaged eight supply routes and an ISIS-held building; and suppressed 17 ISIS mortar teams and ten ISIS tactical units.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed a VBIED and weapons cache.”

Update from UK MoD for Friday 10 March:

‘Friday 10 March – Typhoons provided very close air support to Iraqi troops in and around Mosul, hitting three targets…Two flights of Paveway-armed Typhoons maintained a presence in the Mosul area on Friday 10 March. One pair destroyed a mortar team on a hill above the Tigris, to the west of the city, then eliminated a group of Daesh fighters engaged in close combat with Iraqi troops inside western Mosul. The second flight also struck a Daesh position inside the city. This was again a challenging target, given the proximity of friendly forces, but the attack was accomplished successfully.’

 

March 11th – March 12th 2017
Iraq 7 strikes (11,377 – 11,383)
Syria 15 strikes (7,521 – 7,535)
Confirmed actions: US
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Mansoura town, Raqqa governorate
civilians alleged killed at Al Karama and Al Ghassaniya, east of Raqqa, Raqqa governorate
12-22 civilians including 6 children and 7 women alleged killed at Kasrat Al Faraj, east of Raqqa, Raqqa governorate
8-10
 civilians alleged killed at Maskana, Aleppo governorate
12-24 civilians alleged killed at central neighbourhoods of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
‘On Mar. 11, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 82 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

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

*Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed a well head.

*Near Ar Raqqah, 12 strikes, engaged three ISIS tactical units and two ISIS staging areas; destroyed three fighting positions, two tanker trucks, a weapons storage facility, a well head, an ISIS-held building, and an anti-air artillery system; and damaged two bridges.

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed an oil inlet manifold and a well head.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 67 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

*Near Bayji, one strike destroyed a tactical vehicle.

*Near Mosul, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and an ISIS sniper team; destroyed seven fighting positions, three ISIS-held buildings, two rocket-propelled grenade systems, a medium machine gun, a VBIED, an artillery system, and a watercraft; damaged 20 supply routes and an ISIS-held building; and suppressed 15 mortar teams and five ISIS tactical units.

*Near Sinjar, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed two ISIS-held buildings, two ISIS headquarters, and two supply caches.”

In the north of Mosul, four CAHSAR guns of Operation Chammal support the Iraqi troops engaged on the ground in the region of Badush.

 

March 12th – March 13th 2017
Iraq 8 strikes (11,384 – 11,391)
Syria 5 strikes (7,536- 7,540)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
5 civilians alleged killed at Al Karama and Al Ghassaniya, east of Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians including 1 child and 1 woman alleged killed at Kasrat Al Faraj, east of Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Ahwas village, eastern Raqqa countryside, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 12, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes consisting of 90 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of 8 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes [1 British] engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions and an ISIS headquarters.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an oil refinement still and work rig.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 82 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British] engaged six ISIS tactical units, an ISIS staging area and an ISIS sniper team; destroyed 16 fighting positions, five VBIEDs, four mortar systems, two rocket-propelled grenade systems, two supply caches, two VBIED factories, and a vehicle; damaged 22 supply routes; and suppressed 14 ISIS mortar teams, two ISIS tactical units, and an ISIS sniper team.

* Tal Afar, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed six ISIS-held buildings, two weapons caches, and a bunker.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 12 March:

‘Sunday 12 March – Tornados bombed a large Daesh headquarters in Syria, just south of Raqqa, while Typhoons destroyed a Mosul strongpoint…On Sunday 12 March, Tornados armed with Enhanced Paveway II weapons conducted a carefully planned strike on a large Daesh headquarters in Syria, situated a couple of miles south of Raqqa. The attack had to be delivered through heavy cloud, but both of the target buildings were destroyed by direct hits. Support to the Mosul operation also continued, with Typhoons demolishing a strong-point which the Iraqi forces had encountered during their advance.’

March 13th – March 14th 2017
Iraq 8 strikes (11,392 – 11,399)
Syria 12 strikes (7,541- 7,552)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
25-30 civilians including 2 children alleged killed at central and western neighbourhoods of Mosul Nineveh province, Iraq
9 civilians alleged killed at Al Mahatta (Sation), West of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2 civilians alleged killed at Zor Shamr village, east of Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
‘On Mar. 13, Coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes consisting of 104 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 20 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Ar Raqqah, six strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed four fighting positions, an ISIS-held building, and a vehicle; and damaged two supply routes.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, six strikes destroyed eight well heads, four pump jacks, and three oil tanker trunks; and damaged two pump jacks and a well head.

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

* Near Haditha, one strike destroyed three IEDs.

* Near Mosul, five strikes [3 British] engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed 27 fighting positions, three rocket-propelled grenade systems, two VBIEDs, an artillery system, a mortar system, a heavy machine gun, a road block, a vehicle and a VBIED factory; damaged 12 supply routes; and suppressed five ISIS mortar teams and two ISIS tactical units.

* Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed an ISIS-held building; and damaged three supply routes.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 13 March:

‘Monday 13 March – Typhoons struck a supply route north-west of Mosul, and six strong-points within the city…Royal Air Force Typhoons provided close air support to Iraqi troops engaged in intensive street fighting with Daesh extremists inside Mosul on Monday 13 March. The Typhoons, armed with Paveway IV guided bombs, first conducted an attack north-west of the city on a terrorist supply route. They then carried out strikes which destroyed six Daesh defensive positions in western Mosul. Each of these six targets required very demanding work from our aircrew, since the targets were at times obscured by cloud, and the Iraqi troops whom they were supporting were extremely close to the strong-points. Nevertheless, each of the six targets were destroyed by a direct hit, and the Iraqi forces confirmed that the threat each had posed had been eliminated.’

Update from French MoD for March 13th:
[France reports that March 13th was a day of intense activity in Operation Chammal, with French artillery and warplanes providing strong support to Iraqi ground troops on various fronts in West Mosul. In the south of West Mosul, Rafale planes on an armed reconnaissance patrol were called upon seven times to provide fire support ensuring the destruction of ISIL’s defensive positions. Meanwhile, further to the north, in support of fighting near the town of Badush, Task Force Wagram provided massive artillery support to the Iraqi 9th Division. For more than an hour, four French Caesar guns fired at ISIL fighters entrenched in buildings in the hamlet. Later in the day, Taks Force Wagram completed six other support missions in the same area.]

Chammal : journée d’appuis intensifs autour de Mossoul pour les soldats de l’opération Chammal

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La journée du 13 mars représente une journée d’intense contribution du pilier « appui » des forces françaises de l’opération Chammal. Les canons et les avions français sont fortement sollicités par les soldats irakiens combattants au sol, sur les différents fronts de l’offensive visant à reprendre Mossoul Ouest.
Dans le sud de Mossoul-Ouest, les forces irakiennes des Fedpol (Police fédérale) et de l’ICTS (Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service) sont engagées dans un combat urbain pour la reconquête, maison par maison, de la partie occidentale de la ville. Les Rafale de la Base Aérienne Projetée (BAP), en patrouille de reconnaissance armée, sont sollicités à sept reprises afin de fournir un appui feu et d’assurer la destruction de positions défensives de Daech. Dans ce contexte d’affrontements à très courte distance, où l’imbrication des troupes s’ajoute à la complexité géographique des zones urbanisées, l’effort de discrimination et la précision des chasseurs équipés de bombes guidées sont déterminants et permettent de fournir des appuis. L’intervention des avions français permet de lever les uns après les autres les verrous rencontrés par les combattants irakiens sur leurs axes de progression.
Plus au nord, en appui des combats à proximité de la ville de Badush, destinés à isoler définitivement Mossoul, la Task Force Wagram (TFW) contribue à l’appui des combats au sol en réalisant un tir massif d’artillerie pour appuyer l’offensive d’une brigade irakienne de la 9e division. Pendant plus d’une heure, alors que les combattants irakiens montent à l’assaut, les quatre canons CAESAR entretiennent des tirs précis et réguliers sur les positions des combattants de Daech solidement retranchés dans les bâtiments d’un hameau vidé de ses habitants et transformé en position défensive.
Plus tard dans la journée, la TW Wagram réalise 6 autres missions d’appui aux opérations dans le même secteur.
Les actions des soldats de l’opération Chammal, au sein de l’opération Inherent Resolve, se font en phase avec les avancées des soldats irakiens sur le terrain. L’intense activité des troupes irakiennes engagées dans des combats sans merci dans l’offensive visant à reprendre Mossoul Ouest, a conduit les artilleurs et les aviateurs de l’opération Chammal, à intervenir à de nombreuses reprises et à mettre hors de combat en une journée un grand nombre de véhicules, de pièces d’artillerie, et plusieurs dizaines de combattants terroristes.
La complémentarité des capacités et des effets offerts par les différents moyens d’appui de l’opération Chammal, permet de combiner ou d’adapter les appuis aux besoins des combats en zone urbaine dense ou en zones plus ouvertes entourant la ville de Mossoul, et de soutenir efficacement les soldats irakiens dans les combats menés contre Daech.
Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, « Chammal » est le nom donné à l’opération française au sein de l’opération Inherent Resolve. Elle mobilise aujourd’hui près de 1 200 militaires. A la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, l’opération Chammal repose sur deux piliers complémentaires : un pilier «formation» au profit d’unités de sécurité nationales irakiennes (Task Force Narvik et Monsabert) et un pilier « appui » consistant à soutenir l’action des forces locales engagées au sol contre Daech et frapper en profondeur les capacités militaires du groupe terroriste (bases aériennes projetée ou permanente, TF Wagram).’

March 14th – March 15th 2017
Iraq 14 strikes (11,400 – 11,413)
Syria 11 strikes (7,553- 7,563)
Confirmed actions: US
2 civilians alleged killed at Al Thani neighbourhood, Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
7 civilians including 3 children alleged killed at Al Karama, Al Ghassaniya, Jadidat Al Khabour and Kleib villages, Raqqa governorate, Syria
5-7 civilians (from the same family) alleged killed at Dur Al Sekak, West of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
12-24 civilians alleged killed at Emergency Hospital in Bab Al Sinjar neighbourhood, West of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
7 civilians alleged killed at Dur Al Resala neighbourhood, West of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

 

From CJTFOIR:
‘On Mar. 14, Coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes consisting of 81 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

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

* Near Ar Raqqah, eight strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions, two mortar systems, an ammunition cache, an ISIS-held building, and a weapons cache.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes engaged an ISIS staging area and destroyed six barges and a front-end loader.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 70 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Asad, one strike destroyed a VBIED and a weapons cache.

* Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed a vehicle.

* Near Bayji, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and an ISIS sniper team; and destroyed five mortar systems.

* Near Haditha, one strike destroyed five IEDs.

* Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit: and destroyed a weapons cache.

* Near Mosul, five strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and an ISIS sniper team; destroyed 11 fighting positions, five mortar systems, three watercraft, two supply caches, two VBIEDs, a medium machine gun, a heavy machine gun, a rocket-propelled grenade system, an anti-air artillery system, and an ISIS headquarters; damaged 18 supply routes; and suppressed 11 ISIS mortar teams and six ISIS tactical units.

* Near Rawah, one strike destroyed a fuel cache.

* Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed a VBIED facility and a weapons cache.’

Update from French MoD on March 15th:
[France reports that March 13th was a day of intense activity in Operation Chammal, with French artillery and warplanes providing strong support to Iraqi ground troops on various fronts in West Mosul. In the south of West Mosul, Rafale planes on an armed reconnaissance patrol were called upon seven times to provide fire support ensuring the destruction of ISIL’s defensive positions. Meanwhile, further to the north, in support of fighting near the town of Badush, Task Force Wagram provided massive artillery support to the Iraqi 9th Division. For more than an hour, four French Caesar guns fired at ISIL fighters entrenched in buildings in the hamlet. Later in the day, Taks Force Wagram completed six other support missions in the same area.]

Chammal : journée d’appuis intensifs autour de Mossoul pour les soldats de l’opération Chammal

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Dans le sud de Mossoul-Ouest, les forces irakiennes des Fedpol (Police fédérale) et de l’ICTS (Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service) sont engagées dans un combat urbain pour la reconquête, maison par maison, de la partie occidentale de la ville. Les Rafale de la Base Aérienne Projetée (BAP), en patrouille de reconnaissance armée, sont sollicités à sept reprises afin de fournir un appui feu et d’assurer la destruction de positions défensives de Daech. Dans ce contexte d’affrontements à très courte distance, où l’imbrication des troupes s’ajoute à la complexité géographique des zones urbanisées, l’effort de discrimination et la précision des chasseurs équipés de bombes guidées sont déterminants et permettent de fournir des appuis. L’intervention des avions français permet de lever les uns après les autres les verrous rencontrés par les combattants irakiens sur leurs axes de progression.
Plus au nord, en appui des combats à proximité de la ville de Badush, destinés à isoler définitivement Mossoul, la Task Force Wagram (TFW) contribue à l’appui des combats au sol en réalisant un tir massif d’artillerie pour appuyer l’offensive d’une brigade irakienne de la 9e division. Pendant plus d’une heure, alors que les combattants irakiens montent à l’assaut, les quatre canons CAESAR entretiennent des tirs précis et réguliers sur les positions des combattants de Daech solidement retranchés dans les bâtiments d’un hameau vidé de ses habitants et transformé en position défensive.
Plus tard dans la journée, la TW Wagram réalise 6 autres missions d’appui aux opérations dans le même secteur.
Les actions des soldats de l’opération Chammal, au sein de l’opération Inherent Resolve, se font en phase avec les avancées des soldats irakiens sur le terrain. L’intense activité des troupes irakiennes engagées dans des combats sans merci dans l’offensive visant à reprendre Mossoul Ouest, a conduit les artilleurs et les aviateurs de l’opération Chammal, à intervenir à de nombreuses reprises et à mettre hors de combat en une journée un grand nombre de véhicules, de pièces d’artillerie, et plusieurs dizaines de combattants terroristes.
La complémentarité des capacités et des effets offerts par les différents moyens d’appui de l’opération Chammal, permet de combiner ou d’adapter les appuis aux besoins des combats en zone urbaine dense ou en zones plus ouvertes entourant la ville de Mossoul, et de soutenir efficacement les soldats irakiens dans les combats menés contre Daech.
Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, « Chammal » est le nom donné à l’opération française au sein de l’opération Inherent Resolve. Elle mobilise aujourd’hui près de 1 200 militaires. A la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, l’opération Chammal repose sur deux piliers complémentaires : un pilier «formation» au profit d’unités de sécurité nationales irakiennes (Task Force Narvik et Monsabert) et un pilier « appui » consistant à soutenir l’action des forces locales engagées au sol contre Daech et frapper en profondeur les capacités militaires du groupe terroriste (bases aériennes projetée ou permanente, TF Wagram).’

For March 8th – 14th, France reports 17 strikes – 16 in Mosul, one near Deir Ezzor, Syria – and 60 artillery missions by Task Force Wagram near Mosul.

 

March 15th – March 16th 2017
Iraq 7 strikes (11,414 – 11,420)
Syria 17 strikes (7,564 -7,580)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2-3 civilians including 2 women alleged killed at Jadida Khabour village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1-2 civilians alleged killed at Al Thani neighbourhood and Awwal neighbourhood, Al Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
4-24 civilians alleged killed at Bab Al Tob area, central Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 15, Coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes consisting of 67 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 20 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Ar Raqqah, 13 strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions, an IED, a weapons storage facility, a storage facility, a VBIED facility, a UAV facility, a logistics facility, and an ammunition cache.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed two well heads, two tanker trucks, a front-end loader, and a bulldozer; and damaged a bridge.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 47 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

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

* Near Kirkuk, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a supply cache.

* Near Mosul, five strikes [1 British] engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed 11 fighting positions, four mortar systems, two ISIS-held buildings, two vehicles, a medium machine gun, an artillery system, and a rocket-propelled grenade system; damaged 17 supply routes and three ISIS-held buildings; and suppressed six ISIS mortar teams and three ISIS tactical units.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 15 March:

‘Wednesday 15 March – Tornados attacked three heavily defended terrorist positions in western Mosul…On Wednesday 15 March, Iraqi troops in west Mosul reported encountering a former school compound and two neighbouring buildings now occupied by a large number of Daesh fighters, armed with light machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades. Two Tornados attacked after dark, having conducted careful checks for any sign of civilians in the area, and hit the Daesh positions in the former school’s courtyard and the nearby buildings with three Paveway IVs, which destroyed the terrorist firing points.’

March 16th – March 17th 2017
Iraq 7 strikes (11,421 – 11,427)
Syria 12 strikes (7,581- 7,592)
Confirmed actions: US
21-34 civilians alleged killed at several neighbourhoods in the West of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 16, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 51 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 14 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Ar Raqqah, eight strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions, a vehicle, an ISIS-held building, and an oil refinement still.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed four well heads, two front-end loaders, and an oil inlet manifold.

* Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed a tank.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 37 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Huwayjah, two strikes engaged an ISIS staging area and destroyed a UAV storage facility and a VBIED storage facility.

* Near Mosul, four strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed 11 fighting positions, seven vehicles, a recoilless rifle, a heavy machine gun, a rocket-propelled grenade system, an explosives factory, a supply cache, and an ISIS-held building; damaged 14 supply routes and a fighting position; and suppressed 13 ISIS mortar teams.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed a VBIED facility and an ISIS-held building.’

Update from French MoD on March 16th:
[In the past week, France report 33 sorties, 28 of which were armed reconnaissance or ground reconnaissance. It carried out 17 strikes destroying 20 ISIL targets. In Iraq, 16 strikes were aimed at targets in the city of Mosul itself. They are part of the support of Iraqi troops engaged in the offensive to retake the western part of the city. In Syria, one planned strike was conducted in the Deir Ezzor area to destroy an oil wellhead. Task Force Wagram carried out 60 artillery missions.]

OPÉRATION CHAMMAL

APPRÉCIATION DE SITUATION

En Syrie, chassés d’Al Bab, les combattants de Daech continuent de perdre du terrain dans le Nord-Ouest de la Syrie face aux forces armées syriennes. Dans la région de Raqqah, les FDS ont achevé leur manœuvre d’isolement de la ville sur la rive Nord de l’Euphrate. Daech conserve cependant le contrôle des rives Sud du fleuve.
En Irak, Daech maintient sa logique de harcèlement dans l’Anbar par le biais d’actions asymétriques, toujours dans le but de divertir les FSI de leur effort sur Mossoul.
Dans la région de Mossoul l’encerclement de l’agglomération est achevé, les 9e et 16e divisions irakiennes ayant opéré leur jonction au Nord-Ouest de la ville. Si la logistique de Daech semble coupée et les combattants restés dans Mossoul désormais isolés, la sécurisation des secteurs abandonnés par les combattants de Daech commence et vise à nettoyer les nombreux IED qui y ont été disséminés.

Dans la partie occidentale de la ville, le recul de Daech se poursuit. Les forces de la police fédérale et l’ICTS ont continué leur progression coordonnée le long du Tigre. Elles ont atteint les limites de la vieille ville, dans laquelle les combats se déroulent désormais. Cette zone urbaine à l’architecture ancienne et aux rues particulièrement sinueuses et étroites est plus favorable à la défensive, ce qui devrait ralentir le rythme de la progression des forces de sécurités irakiennes dans les jours à venir.

ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL
Appui aérien au Levant

Cette semaine, les aéronefs français ont réalisé 33 sorties aériennes dont 28 de reconnaissance armée ou d’appui au sol (CAS), 2 de contrôle aérien, et 3 de recueil de renseignements.

17 frappes ont été réalisées
par les avions français,
elles ont permis la destruction
de 20 objectifs.

En Irak, les 16 frappes réalisées ont toutes visé des objectifs dans la ville même Mossoul. Elles s’inscrivent dans le cadre de l’appui des troupes irakiennes engagées dans l’offensive visant à reprendre la partie ouest de la ville. Elles ont été réalisées sur demande des unités de l’ICTS et des FEDPOL, pour détruire des positions de mortier et des bâtiments transformés en position défensive, ainsi que pour briser dans leur élan plusieurs tentatives de contre-offensive lancées par les combattants de Daech.
En Syrie, 1 frappe planifiée a été conduite dans la région de Der Er Zawr afin de détruire une tête de puits de pétrole. Elle participe de l’action globale de la coalition pour tarir les ressources que Daech exploite comme source de financement.

Appui feu de la TF Wagram

Cette semaine, le détachement de la Task Force (TF) Wagram déployé au nord de Mossoul a une fois de plus été sollicité de façon particulièrement intense par les troupes irakiennes engagées au sol, principalement en appui de la 9e division.
Les 60 missions réalisées comprennent 22 missions de neutralisation, destruction ou harcèlement contre des positions tenues par des combattants, des pièces de mortier ou contre des tentatives d’infiltrations en bordure du Tigre.
38 missions d’appui éclairement et fumigène ont également été effectuées pour interdire l’utilisation du terrain par Daech ou au contraire faciliter les mouvements des troupes irakiennes.

Complémentarité des effets
au sein du pilier appui

Les combats en terrain ouverts pour la prise du verrou dans le secteur de Badush, ultime étape pour la fermeture de la poche de Mossoul, marquent un point culminant dans le rythme d’activité de la TF Wagram. La seule journée du 13 mars les 7 missions d’appui réalisées par la TF Wagram ont ainsi nécessité l’utilisation de plus de 160 obus. Ce surcroît d’activité a concerné l’ensemble du pilier appui puisque sur Mossoul, durant cette même journée, 9 objectifs ont été détruits par les avions français dans le secteur de Mossoul. L’intense activité des 2 volets, coordonnée au sein de la coalition, illustre la complémentarité des capacités et des effets offerts par les différents moyens d’appui de l’opération Chammal et de la coalition, dans le seul but de soutenir efficacement les soldats irakiens dans les combats menés contre Daech.’

 

March 17th – March 18th 2017
Iraq 8 strikes (11,428 – 11,435)
Syria 7 strikes (7,593- 7,599)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
Between 137 and 520 civilians alleged killed at Al Jadida/New Mosul neighbourhood, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 17, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes consisting of 80 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

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

* Near Ar Raqqah, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units, destroyed three fighting positions, two ISIS tactical vehicles, and an ISIS weapons factory; and damaged a bridge.

* Near Palmyra, two strikes destroyed two ISIS front-end loaders and a cave entrance.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 73 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an ISIS explosives cache.

* Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIS vehicle.

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

* Near Mosul, four strikes [1-2 British] engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed 56 ISIS vehicles, 25 fighting positions, five rocket-propelled grenade systems, two medium machine guns, two mortar systems, and an ISIS VBIED; and suppressed 20 ISIS mortar teams and four ISIS tactical units.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIS VBIED factory.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 17 March:

‘Friday 17 March – Tornados supported Iraqi troops advancing inside western Mosul, destroying five Daesh targets…Tornado close support missions over Mosul continued on Friday 17 March. Our aircrew again faced very challenging conditions with heavy cloud and having to engage targets perilously close to the Iraqi troops whom they were assisting. Nevertheless, five terrorist positions, including a mortar team, were successfully destroyed by Paveway IVs.’

March 18th – March 19th 2017
Iraq 6 strikes (11,436 – 11,441)
Syria 17 strikes (7,600- 7,616)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
5 civilians alleged killed at Al Mashahda Quarter of West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Between 13 and 50 civilians alleged killed at Aserjkhanh neighbourhood of West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
5 civilians alleged killed at A’Keirshi village, SE of Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
Between 7 and 9 civilians alleged killed at Shabhar or Al Matar village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 or more civilians alleged killed at Al Maghla bridge, near al Karama, Raqqa governorate, Syria
Between 9 and 18 civilians alleged killed at Al Andalus Farm, Raqqa governorate, Syria
Between 10 and 15 civilians alleged killed at Al Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
Between 1 and 10 civilians alleged killed at Hamra Blassem village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
Between 46 and 47 civilians alleged killed at Old Mosul, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 18, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 56 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 18 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three tactical vehicles.

* Near Ar Raqqah, 11 strikes [1 British] engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed five fighting positions, two ISIS headquarters; and damaged three bridges and two supply routes.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed four wellheads and a fighting position.

* Near Palmyra, two strikes destroyed three ISIS-held buildings and two well heads.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 38 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Haditha, one strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

* Near Mosul, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed 14 fighting positions, four vehicles, two rocket-propelled grenade systems, a medium machine gun, and an artillery system; damaged 14 supply routes; and suppressed five mortar teams and three ISIS tactical units.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 18 March:

‘Saturday 18 March – Tornados destroyed a terrorist headquarters near Raqqa in Syria…Although the immediate primary operational focus remains on supporting the liberation of western Mosul, operations against Daesh in Syria have not been neglected, with RAF aircraft conducting intensive armed reconnaissance missions there. A Daesh headquarters was identified at a small building five miles east of Raqqa, and on Saturday 18 March, this was destroyed by a direct hit from a Paveway IV released by a Tornado flight.’

 

March 19th – March 20th 2017
Iraq 6 strikes (11,442- 11,447)
Syria 19 strikes (7,617- 7,635)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
43 or more civilians alleged killed at Zanjili neighbourhood, West of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
55 civilians alleged killed at New Bab and Farouk neighbourhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

Between 11 and 17 civilians alleged killed at Nabi Jarjis neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Between 49 and 50 civilians alleged killed at West Mosul neighbourhoods, Nineveh province, Iraq

7 civilians alleged killed at Cairo neighbourhood of Anah, Anbar province, Iraq
8 civilians alleged killed at Al Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3 civilians alleged killed at Al A’rid Street, Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
5 civilians alleged killed at Market car park, Manghiya neighbourhood, Al Ayed farm and Al Villat area, Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
Between 8 and 9 civilians alleged killed at Al Makaf area of Raqqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at Kasrat Sheikh village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
Between 10 and 14 civilians alleged injured at Sabka village, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
‘On Mar. 19, Coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes consisting of 92 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 27 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed two well heads, two tanker trucks, and a pump jack.

* Near Ar Raqqah, 18 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units; destroyed 10 fighting positions, six barges, three ISIS headquarters, a tactical vehicle, an IED factory, and a weapons factory; and damaged a supply route.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 65 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Mosul, six strikes [3 British] engaged four ISIS tactical units and four ISIS sniper teams; destroyed 17 fighting positions, six heavy machine guns, four vehicles, three rocket-propelled grenade systems, a mortar system, a VBIED factory, an artillery system, and a roadblock; damaged nine supply routes; and suppressed six ISIS mortar teams, five ISIS tactical units, and an ISIS anti-air artillery team.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 19 March:

‘Sunday 19 March – Typhoons and Tornados attacked eleven terrorist positions inside western Mosul…Sunday 19 March proved a busy day for both the Tornado and Typhoon aircrews over Mosul. Yet again working very closely with the Iraqi troops, they repeatedly struck Daesh positions engaged in extremely close combat with the security forces. In total, eleven Daesh targets, including sniper, heavy machine-gun and rocket-propelled grenade teams, were eliminated by Paveway IVs.’

March 20th – March 21st 2017
Iraq 6 strikes (11,448- 11,453)
Syria 22 strikes (7,636- 7,657)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
Between 1 and 2 civilians alleged killed at Al Akrad neighbourhood, Raqqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria
Between 33 and 420 civilians alleged killed at Al Mansoura, Raqqa governorate, Syria
Between 15 and 20 civilians alleged killed at Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
7 civilians alleged killed at July 17th neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
6 civilians alleged killed at New Mosul neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 20, Coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes consisting of 81 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed three well heads and a pump jack.

* Near Ar Raqqah, 19 strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units; destroyed four petroleum oil lubricant equipment pieces, three barges, three fighting positions, three ISIS headquarters, two VBIED facilities, two VBIEDs, a VBIED factory, a tunnel, a vehicle, a weapons storage facility, and a command and control node; and damaged two supply routes.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 53 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

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

* Near Mosul, four strikes [1-2 British] engaged four ISIS tactical units and three ISIS sniper teams; destroyed 14 fighting positions, five rocket-propelled grenade systems, three VBIEDs, a supply cache, an anti-air artillery system, and a heavy machine gun; damaged six supply routes and two fighting positions; and suppressed four ISIS mortar teams and three ISIS tactical units.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIS-held building.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 20 March:

‘Monday 20 March – Typhoons and Tornados hit a further three targets in Mosul…Action continued into Monday 20 March, when Tornados bombed a strong-point in the west of the city, and Typhoons struck two Daesh positions, including one from which heavy machine-gun fire was being directed at the Iraqis.’

French artillery in action in Mosul

From Belgium MoD on March 21st:

[The Belgian F-16s have reached the milestone of seven thousand flight hours during Operation Desert Falcon (ODF) in Iraq and Syrai since October 2014.]

‘De Belgische F-16’s hebben de kaap van zevenduizend vlieguren tijdens operatie Desert Falcon (ODF) bereikt. Sinds oktober 2014 voeren de toestellen opdrachten uit boven Irak en later Syrië. Daar geven ze luchtsteun aan grondtroepen, vallen ze doelwitten aan van Islamitische Staat (IS) en voeren ze verkenningsopdrachten uit.

Snow City: een helwitte vlek in het midden van de vaalbruine Jordaanse woestijn en de naam van de Belgisch-Nederlandse basis van waaruit dagelijks F-16’s vertrekken voor opdrachten in Irak en Syrië. Om een beter zicht te krijgen op hoe zo’n operatie er op het terrein precies aan toe gaat, bezochten Defensieminister Steven Vandeput en de leden van de parlementscommissie voor Defensie op 20 maart de basis.

De minister en parlementsleden waren er dan ook bij toen de F-16 landde die net het zevenduizendste uur had gevlogen. Een memorabel moment voor de operatie, maar minder spectaculair voor de piloot zelf, die er net een marathonvlucht van vijf uur op had zitten. “Ik weet van deze middag dat ik het zevenduizendste uur heb gevlogen, maar het is natuurlijk wel een mijlpaal die we gezet hebben.”

Zevenduizend vlieguren, dat betekent zevenduizend uur lang luchtsteun geven aan grondtroepen, doelwitten van IS aanvallen en verkenningsopdrachten uitvoeren boven Irak en sinds 2016 ook boven Syrië. Om die opdrachten naar behoren uit te kunnen voeren, beschikken de F-16’s over een aantal hoogtechnologische snufjes, zoals de sniper pod, een krachtige visuele en infraroodcamera waarmee de piloot doelwitten kan identificeren. Ook de piloot zelf is hoogtechnologisch uitgerust. Zijn helm heeft niet zomaar een vizier, maar een scherm waarop alle wapensystemen van zijn toestel worden geprojecteerd.

Al die snufjes gebruiken ze intensief. Tijdens de huidige ODF-opdracht, die startte in juli 2016, hebben de Belgische F-16’s 326 missies gevlogen, goed voor zo’n 3.400 vlieguren. Daarvan bestond 45 procent uit ‘kinetische’ missies, de militaire manier om te zeggen dat er bommen gedropt werden op doelwitten. Het merendeel van die opdrachten, ongeveer tachtig procent, vond plaats in Irak.

De Belgische F-16’s blijven nog tot 1 juli in Jordanië. Daarna is een politieke beslissing nodig voor een verdere inzet, ten vroegste vanaf januari 2018.’

March 21st – March 22nd 2017
Iraq 6 strikes (11,454- 11,459)
Syria 23 strikes (7,658- 7,680)
Confirmed actions: US
2 civilians alleged killed at Al Jadida village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
20 civilians alleged killed at Bab Laksh neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
4 civilians alleged killed at Rumaila neighbourhood, Northern part of Raqqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at Fakhikha village, Raqqa countryside, Raqqa governorate, Syria
4 civilians alleged killed at Ratla village, Southern Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 or more civilians alleged killed at Hawi Al Kanissa, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Between 12 and 24 civilians alleged killed at Islah Al Zeraei neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
15 civilians alleged killed at Yarmouk neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
12-100 civilians alleged killed at Rajm Hadid neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
52 civilians alleged killed at Al Thani neighbourhood, Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
‘On Mar. 21, Coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes consisting of 60 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 25 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed a well head.

* Near Al Shadaddi, one strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

* Near Ar Raqqah, 18 strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and an ISIS staging area; destroyed four command and control nodes, three tanker trucks, three ISIS-held buildings, an oil storage tank, a VBIED, an ISIS headquarters, a fighting position, and an ISIS media facility; and damaged four supply routes.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed two well heads and an oil inlet manifold.

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

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

* Near Mosul, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed 11 tunnels, 10 fighting positions, three mortar systems, a rocket-propelled grenade system, an artillery system, and a heavy machine gun; damaged 12 supply routes, three fighting positions, three tunnels, and a vehicle; and suppressed four ISIS tactical units.

* Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; and destroyed an ISIS headquarters and a VBIED facility.’

For March 15th-21st, France reports 13 strikes in Mosul, destroying 19 ISIL targets, and 13 missions by Task Force Wagram – 11 of which were in Mosul.

 

March 22nd – March 23rd 2017
Iraq 9 strikes (11,460- 11,468)
Syria 8 strikes (7,681- 7,688)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
4 civilians alleged killed at Al Awwal, Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 22, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 76 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of nine engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Ar Raqqah, eight strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed two tactical vehicles, a fighting position, and a heavy transport equipment piece; and damaged four supply routes.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 67 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed a tactical vehicle and a bulldozer.

* Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed five mortar systems.

* Near Mosul, five strikes [2 British?] engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed 11 fighting positions, eight vehicles, four rocket-propelled grenade systems, two VBIEDs, a mortar system, and a tunnel, damaged three supply routes and a fighting position; and suppressed five ISIS tactical units and an ISIS sniper team.

* Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an IED facility.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 22 March:

‘Wednesday 22 March – Typhoons provided close support to Iraqi troops in west Mosul, hitting three Daesh positions…

The RAF has continued to support Iraqi forces in their effort to liberate western Mosul. While the operating environment in the city is very challenging, particularly given the closely-packed buildings, very narrow streets, and the density of the urban population, our aircrew have continued to deliver precision strikes in close support of Iraqi troops on the ground. Daesh’s current tactics, including the illegal use of civilians as human shields, and fighting from sites such as schools, hospitals, religious sites and civilian neighbourhoods, increases the risk to innocent life. While no military operations come without risk, particularly in dense urban environments and against such inhuman Daesh tactics, the RAF continues to take all steps necessary to minimise civilian causalities.

Royal Air Force Typhoons flew close air support missions over west Mosul on Wednesday 22 March, in support of Iraqi ground forces as they continued to engage Daesh terrorists in very close combat in the city’s streets. Our aircraft conducted a simultaneous attack with Paveway IV guided bombs on two terrorist positions. The expertise of both the aircrew and the Iraqi troops allowed the attack to be delivered despite Iraqi forces being only tens of metres from the Daesh fighters. A second attack then eliminated a further group of Daesh fighters, armed with light machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades.’

Update from French MoD on March 22nd:

[This week, Operation Chammal aircraft carried out 32 sorties, including 23 armed reconnaissance or ground support sorties. It conducted 13 strikes, one of which was planned. It have destroyed 18 targets. In Iraq, eleven strikes were in Mosul support of Iraqi troops on the ground. They all targeted the defensive positions of the ISIL fighters, housed in buildings. Two more strikes were carried out in the Hawijah area to neutralize a group of combatants and logistical infrastructure. Task Force Wagram carried out 13 missions in support of the operations of the 9th Division to secure the Badush area.]

Opération Chammal

En Syrie, la situation n’a pas évolué cette semaine dans le secteur de Raqqah, tandis que, dans l’Ouest du pays, Daech est toujours sous pression des forces armées syriennes qui progressent le long de l’Euphrate.

En Irak, Daech poursuit sa logique d’attaques indirectes dans le but de détourner des unités irakiennes des combats de Mossoul. Cette semaine, l’organisation terroriste a réalisé plusieurs actions de harcèlements lancées depuis la région de Hawijah, et commis un attentat meurtrier dans Bagdad.

Dans la région de Mossoul, après la saisie de la prison de Badush et la fermeture du verrou occidental de Mossoul, les opérations de sécurisation se terminent. Les combattants de Daech restés dans la ville sont désormais isolés du reste du pays. Ils continuent de céder du terrain en dépit de conditions météorologiques qui gênent la progression au sol des forces irakiennes et les appuis de la coalition. Les affrontements se déroulent essentiellement dans la partie Sud de la vieille ville, où les FEDPOL et l’ICTS ont réussi à prendre pied. Des combats acharnés ont lieu pour le contrôle de cette zone, dont Daech a fait le cœur de sa résistance.

Activités de la force

Appui aérien au Levant

Cette semaine, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé 32 sorties aériennes dont 23 de reconnaissance armée ou d’appui au sol (CAS), 2 de contrôle aérien, et 7 de recueil de renseignement. 13 frappes ont été réalisées par les avions français, dont 1 planifiée. Elles ont permis la destruction de 18 objectifs.

En Irak, onze frappes ont visé des objectifs dans la ville même Mossoul en appui des troupes irakiennes au sol. Elles ont toutes ciblé des positions défensives des combattants de Daech, installées dans des bâtiments. Deux autres frappes ont été réalisées dans la région de Hawijah pour neutraliser un groupe de combattants et des infrastructures logistiques.

Appui feu – TF Wagram

La fin des combats visant à encercler Mossoul marque un changement de rythme pour la Task Force (TF) Wagram, qui a été moins sollicitée cette semaine. Les 13 missions réalisées l’ont été en appui des opérations de la 9e division pour sécuriser la zone de Badush, dont 4 missions de neutralisation, et 9 missions d’appui éclairement et fumigène.’

 

March 23rd – March 24th 2017
Iraq 13 strikes (11,469- 11,481)
Syria 22 strikes (7,689- 7,710)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
Between 3 and 10 civilians alleged killed at Sabkha, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3 civilians alleged killed at Mosul Hospital in Shifa neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2 civilians alleged killed at Hamra Boueitiya, Eastern Raqqa countryside, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 23, Coalition military forces conducted 35 strikes consisting of 89 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 44 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Ar Raqqah, 22 strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units; destroyed seven fighting positions, five vehicles, three IEDS, two tunnels, and a VBIED; damaged five supply routes and a bridge; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes consisting of 45 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a command and control node.

* Near Mosul, four strikes [2 British] engaged four ISIS tactical units and an ISIS sniper team; destroyed 11 fighting positions, two rocket-propelled grenade systems, and an artillery system; damaged nine supply routes and a fighting position; and suppressed two ISIS tactical units and an ISIS mortar team.

* Near Rawah, five strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed two ISIS-held buildings, a weapons storage facility, and an ISIS headquarters.

* Near Sinjar, two strikes engaged a vehicle staging area and destroyed a VBIED facility.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged a VBIED staging area.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 23 March:

‘Thursday 23 March – Typhoons attacked one of the main routes out of west Mosul, to prevent the movement of truck-bombs, as well as a Daesh position inside the city…The large truck-bomb remains one of Daesh’s favoured weapons. The extremist group uses them in desperate circumstances in order to try and slow down Iraqi troops or keep liberated areas unsafe. To limit the movement of these indiscriminate weapons, two Typhoons conducted attacks with Paveway IVs on Thursday 23 March against one of the main roads leading out of western Mosul and a number of surrounding lesser routes. They also struck a Daesh position in western Mosul, where several surviving Daesh fighters were seen to fleeing to afterwards, allowing the Iraqi advance to continue.’

March 24th – March 25th 2017
Iraq 6 strikes (11,482 – 11,487)
Syria 8 strikes (7,711- 7,718)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
12 civilians alleged killed at Rifai and Zanjili neighbourhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
11 civilians alleged killed in West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
5 civilians alleged killed at Fatima mosque in Maghniya neighbourhood, Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
Between 3 and 6 civilians alleged killed at Bado neighbourhood, Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 24, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 55 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of nine engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIS-held building.

* Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed two fighting positions, two vehicles, and a weapons storage facility; and damaged a supply route.

* Near Tabqah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed a fighting position; and damaged a supply route.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 46 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Mosul, fives strikes [2-3 British] engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed six mortar systems, five fighting positions, a vehicle, a supply cache, a command and control node, a sniper position, and a VBIED; damaged seven supply routes and three fighting positions; and suppressed three ISIS tactical units and an ISIS heavy machine gun team.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike [1 British?] engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed four weapons caches, two tunnels systems, two explosives storage facilities, an explosives cache, and a mortar system.’

Additional Coalition release for March 25th

Allegation of civilian casualties in West Mosul

“SOUTHWEST ASIA- An initial review of strike data from March 16-23 indicates that, at the request of the Iraqi Security Forces, the Coalition struck ISIS fighters and equipment, March 17, in West Mosul at the location corresponding to allegations of civilian casualties.

CJTF-OIR takes all allegations of civilian casualties seriously and a formal Civilian Casualty Credibility Assessment has been opened to determine the facts surrounding this strike and the validity of the allegation of civilian casualties.

The Coalition respects human life, which is why we are assisting our Iraqi partner forces in their effort to liberate their lands from ISIS brutality.  Our goal has always been for zero civilian casualties, but the Coalition will not abandon our commitment to our Iraqi partners because of ISIS’s inhuman tactics terrorizing civilians, using human shields, and fighting from protected sites such as schools, hospitals, religious sites and civilian neighborhoods.

The Coalition issues a monthly civilian casualty report press release with results of credible and non-credible allegations, and those still pending assessment.  Coalition forces work diligently and deliberately to be precise in our airstrikes.  Coalition forces comply with the Law of Armed Conflict and take all reasonable precautions during the planning and execution of airstrikes to reduce the risk of harm to civilians.”

Update from UK MoD for Friday 24 March:

‘Friday 24 March – Tornados and Typhoons struck a tunnel entrance near Tall Afar, a mortar team north-west of Mosul, and nine Daesh targets inside Mosul…On Friday 24 March, a Typhoon flight, armed with Paveway IVs, targeted the entrance to a tunnel some six miles west of Tall Afar. Other coalition aircraft had successfully destroyed a neighbouring building used by the terrorists, but Daesh had also been spotted making use of the tunnel, most probably for ammunition or supply storage. A direct hit from a Paveway IV collapsed the tunnel entrance. The Typhoons then headed east to support operations in Mosul, where they attacked four Daesh-held buildings which the extremists were using to fire at Iraqi units. A second Typhoon pair were also active over the city. They provided similar assistance to Iraqi forces engaged in close combat, striking three terrorist positions with Paveway IVs. A flight of Tornados also patrolled over Mosul and the surrounding area, where they conducted a simultaneous strike on two Daesh strong-points inside the city. They then headed north-west to deal with a reported mortar team. The terrorists were spotted with a vehicle in rocky ground near the Tigris, and hit with a Paveway.’

March 25th – March 26th 2017
Iraq 12 strikes (11,488 – 11,499)
Syria 18 strikes (7,719- 7,736)
Confirmed actions: US
Between 3 and 5 civilians alleged killed at Al-Idikhar, Raqqa governorate, Syria
4 civilians alleged killed at Al Mashlab, Raqqa governorate, Syria
7 or 8 civilians alleged killed at Mudar Village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Shoa’ib Al-Zaker, West of Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Jabali and Zor Shamr, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at First Neighbourhood, Villat area and the garage, Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
8 civilians alleged killed at Second neighbourhood and around Hakimi mosque, Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 or more civilians alleged injured at Al Mayadin, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 25, Coalition military forces conducted 30 strikes consisting of 93 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 38 engagements against ISIS targets.

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed 35 oil barrels, six oil refinement stills, and a well head.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed a fighting position, a tactical vehicle, and a mortar system; and damaged a supply route.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed two pump jacks and an oil rig; and damaged a pump jack.
*       Near Tabqah, nine strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed nine fighting positions, an improvised weapons facility, and a weapons factory; and damaged a supply route.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 55 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

*       Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS-held building.
*       Near Kirkuk, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS-held building.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed seven fighting positions, four mortar positions, two tactical vehicles, a supply cache, and a sniper weapon system; damaged 11 supply routes and a fighting position; and suppressed two ISIS tactical units.
*       Near Rawah, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed an ISIS-held building and an ISIS headquarters.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIS-held building.”

 

March 26th – March 27th 2017
Iraq 15 strikes (11,500 – 11,514)
Syria 19 strikes (7,737- 7,755)
Confirmed actions: US
2 or more civilians alleged killed at Zanjili neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
20 or more civilians alleged killed at Tawafa neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
23 alleged killed at Bab al-Sinjar neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
Between 15 and 85 or more civilians alleged killed at Al Batool Hospital, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
7 civilians alleged killed at Rifai neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 26, Coalition military forces conducted 34 strikes consisting of 80 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 20 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, one strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

* Near Ar Raqqah, nine strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed a well head, a heavy transport equipment piece, a vehicle, an oil storage tank, an ISIS headquarters, a VBIED, and a fighting position; and damaged two supply routes.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed a well head.

* Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed a tank.

* Near Tabqah, seven strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed two vehicles, a fighting position, and a front-end loader; and damaged two supply routes.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes consisting of 60 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Qaim, one strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

* Near Bayji, one strike destroyed a tactical vehicle.

* Near Mosul, seven strikes, engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed six tunnels, three fighting positions, three vehicles, two mortar systems, a weapons storage facility, a front-end loader, a supply cache, and a heavy machine gun; damaged 17 supply routes; and suppressed six ISIS mortar teams and three ISIS tactical units.

* Near Qayyarah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a watercraft.

* Near Rawah, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; and destroyed a UAV, a UAV facility, and a vehicle.

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

* Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed a weapons cache, an explosives cache, a storage facility, and an improvised weapons facility.’

 

March 27th – March 28th 2017
Iraq 10 strikes (11,515 – 11,524)
Syria 20 strikes (7,756- 7,775)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 civilian alleged killed at Baaj District, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2 or 3 civilians alleged killed between Sarmada and Kafr Daryan, Idlib governorate, Syria
3 civilians alleged killed at Euphrates dam, Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3 or more civilians alleged injured at Al Zor, East of Euphrates, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at al Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
5 civilians alleged killed in Raqqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 or more civilians alleged killed at Hawi Al Kanissa (church), 17 July neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Between 19 and 53 civilians alleged killed at Rifai and Islah Al Zeraei, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
8 civilians alleged killed at Mudar, Raqqa governorate, Syria
6 civilians alleged killed at Al Khatuniya and Al Qahtaniya, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 or more civilians alleged killed in Western Deir Ezzor, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 27, Coalition military forces conducted 30 strikes consisting of 72 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes consisting of 32 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed two ISIS well heads.

* Near Al Shadaddi, five strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; and destroyed three tactical vehicles, three vehicles, two bulldozers, two front-end loaders, a VBIED, and a tank.

* Near Ar Raqqa, five strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; and destroyed eight barges, a vehicle, a front-end loader, and a truck and trailer.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed 15 ISIS barges and three well heads.

* Near Tabqah, five strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; and destroyed a front-end loader and a vehicle.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 40 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIS VBIED.

* Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed two weapons caches and a vehicle.

* Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British?] engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, three mortar systems, two VBIEDs, a tactical vehicle, an artillery system, a VBIED facility, and a vehicle; damaged 11 supply routes; and suppressed four ISIS tactical units and two ISIS mortar teams.

* Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIS front-end loader.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIS UAV.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 27 March:

‘Monday 27 March – Typhoons supported operations in Mosul, while Tornados eliminated a mortar team in eastern Syria…Armed reconnaissance missions continued over the weekend, gathering intelligence on Daesh positions in Syria and Iraq. On Monday 27 March, Typhoons again patrolled over Mosul, and used one Paveway IV against a building from which Daesh fighters were continuing to engage Iraqi forces. Over eastern Syria, two Tornados attacked a building in a remote area south of Hasakah, from which a Daesh mortar team was operating against Syrian Democratic Forces.’

 

March 28th – March 29th 2017
Iraq 6 strikes (11,525- 11,530)
Syria 22 strikes (7,776- 7,797)
Confirmed actions: US
3 civilians alleged killed at Dakat Baraka, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
8 civilians alleged killed at Mansoura, Raqqa governorate, Iraq
1 or more civilians alleged killed at Shoa’ib al Zaker, Western countryside of Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3 civilians alleged killed at Al Rahiat village, North of Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
4 civilians alleged killed at Wadi Sha’aba village, near Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
Between 4 and 50 civilians alleged killed at Al Subha village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
7 civilians alleged killed at Al Safsaf, near Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
7 civilians alleged killed at Al Qastal Al Ghazi village, East of Hama, Hama governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 28, Coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes consisting of 70 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 24 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIS oil inlet manifold.

* Near Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed an ISIS tactical vehicle.

* Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIS pump jack.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, seven strikes destroyed nine ISIS well heads, a pump jack, and a barge.

* Near Tabqah, 12 strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed seven fighting positions, four oil tanker trucks, two front-end loaders, a mortar system, and a vehicle; and damaged a supply route.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 46 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Haditha, one strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

* Near Mosul, five strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed a mortar system, a vehicle, a rocket-propelled grenade system, and an artillery system; damaged 17 supply routes and a roadblock; and suppressed three ISIS tactical units.’

March 29th – March 30th 2017
Iraq 11 strikes (11,531 -11,541)
Syria 18 strikes (7,798- 7,815)
Confirmed actions: US
Between 6 and 8 civilians alleged killed at Mansoura, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Mansoura, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at Al Safsaf village, near Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3 or 4 civilians alleged killed at Tishreen farm, Raqqa governorate, Syria
23 civilians alleged killed at Emergency Hospital, Shifai neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Between 10 and 60 civilians alleged killed at Mashahda neighbourhood, Old Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
4 civilians alleged killed at Bab Lakash neighbourhood, Old Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Between 12 and 24 civilians alleged killed at Zanjili neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at Iktisadeen neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Between 2 and 12 civilians alleged killed at July 17 neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
5 civilians alleged killed at Hazima village, Northern Raqqa countryside, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Salhabiya and Gharbiya village, Western Raqqa countryside, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 29, Coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes consisting of 78 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 22 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed four ISIS well heads.

* Near Ar Raqqah, six strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; and destroyed five oil tanker trucks, three vehicles, two tractors, an oil trailer, and a tactical vehicle.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, six strikes destroyed six ISIS oil tanker trucks, five well heads, two pump jacks, and an oil inlet manifold.

* Near Tabqah, four strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; and destroyed two fighting positions, a vehicle, and a tactical vehicle.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 56 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

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

* Near Mosul, seven strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and an ISIS staging area; destroyed two command and control nodes, two mortar systems, a fighting position, and a UAV facility; damaged 19 supply routes; and suppressed 10 ISIS mortar teams and seven ISIS tactical units.

* Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed a weapons cache and a vehicle.

* Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed an ISIS headquarters and a VBIED factory.’

For March 22nd-26th, France reports 6 strikes in Mosul and 4 in Syria. TK Wagram carried out 27 artillery missions in Mosul.

Update from French MoD on March 30th:
[In the past week, France reports carrying out 10 strikes of which 2 planned. They have destroyed 13 targets. In Iraq, all six strikes were carried out in the Mosul area at the request of Iraqi troops engaged in the ground combat. In Syria, two strikes were carried out in the western region of Raqqa, in support of the offensive near the Tabqah dam. Two other strikes were carried out against planned targets, one of which was led by the Atlantic 2, in order to put the Daesh oil infrastructure out of use. Task force Wagram carried out 27 missions in Mosul.]

Chammal

Appréciation de la situation

Point de situation des opérations au 30 mars 2017

En Syrie, la semaine a été marquée par les opérations menées par les Forces Démocratiques Syriennes (FDS) dans la région de Tabqah. Alors que l’aéroport a été repris, les combats se poursuivent pour reprendre le barrage de Tabqah. Le contrôle de ce verrou revêt un caractère stratégique dans la manœuvre d’isolement progressif des approches de Raqqah destinée à préparer l’offensive visant à reprendre la ville.

Dans le reste du pays, la situation n’a pas connu d’évolution significative en dépit d’affrontements violents, notamment dans les régions de Palmyre et Deir Ez Zor.

En Irak, Daech poursuit sa campagne d’action asymétrique dans les régions de l’Anbar et dans la poche de résistance d’Hawijah sans pour autant avoir conduit d’action d’ampleur cette semaine.

Dans la région de Mossoul, l’isolement de la ville a été consolidé par la 9e division depuis Badush au Nord-Ouest en avançant le long du Tigre en direction de l’Est.

Dans la ville même, l’offensive n’a pas connu d’avancée significative cette semaine. Si Daech ne semble plus disposer de moyens suffisants pour mener des actions offensives coordonnées, les positions des combattants sont durcies et protégées dans le quartier de la vieille ville, et le piégeage du terrain comme l’utilisation de véhicules suicides chargés d’explosif (VBIED-Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices) ainsi que la présence de population civile rendent difficile les progressions.

Dans ce contexte, les forces de sécurité irakiennes des FEDPOL (police fédérale irakienne) et des ERD (Emergency Response Division – division d’intervention Rapide) ont consolidé et sécurisé leurs positions au sud de la Médina tandis que l’ICTS a amorcé une série d’opérations périphériques qui ont permis de progresser à l’Ouest de la Médina et de consolider l’isolement de ce quartier.

Activité de la force

Appui aérien au Levant
Cette semaine, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé 27 sorties aériennes dont 20 de reconnaissance armée ou d’appui au sol (CAS) et 7 de recueil de renseignements. 10 frappes ont été réalisées par les avions français, dont 2 planifiées. Elles ont permis la destruction de 13 objectifs.

En Irak, les 6 frappes réalisées ont toutes été menées dans la zone de Mossoul sur demande des troupes irakiennes engagées dans les combats au sol.

En Syrie deux frappes ont été réalisées dans la région ouest de Raqqah, en appui de l’offensive des FDS à proximité du barrage de Tabqah visant à parfaire l’isolement de la ville. Deux autres frappes ont été réalisées contre des objectifs planifiés, dont une guidée par l’Atlantique 2, afin de mettre hors d’usage des infrastructures pétrolières utilisées par Daech.

Appui feu – TF Wagram
La Task Force (TF) Wagram a poursuivi cette semaine ses missions de tir en appui de la 9e division.

Les 27 missions réalisées l’ont été en appui des combats visant à resserrer l’encerclement autour de la ville de Mossoul, dont 22 missions de neutralisation, et 5 missions d’appui éclairant ou fumigène.

L’effort a été marqué sur les points de franchissement du Tigre et dans les collines surplombant la région de Badush, zone refuge de combattants de Daech, faisant passer aux artilleurs de la TF Wagram le cap symbolique des 600 missions d’artillerie.’

 

March 30th – March 31st 2017
Iraq 8 strikes (11,542 -11,549)
Syria 10 strikes (7,816- 7,825)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Safsaf village, Western Raqqa countryside, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged injured at Raqqa City, Raqqa governorate, Syria
Between 12 and 43 civilians alleged killed in several neighbourhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 30, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 66 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, four strikes destroyed eight ISIS well heads and a pump jack.

* Near Ar Raqqah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a front-end loader.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed nine ISIS well heads.

* Near Tabqah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; and destroyed a vehicle and a UAV.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 8 strikes consisting of 56 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Near Mosul, seven strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed 18 vehicles, three VBIED factories, two tunnels, an artillery system, a VBIED, a mortar system, a tactical vehicle, a fighting position, and a front-end loader; damaged 12 supply routes; and suppressed six ISIS mortar teams and an ISIS tactical unit.

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

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 30 March:

‘Thursday 30 March – Typhoons attacked three Daesh targets that formed part of a defensive network south-west of Kirkuk…

The RAF has continued to support Iraqi forces in their effort to liberate western Mosul. While the operating environment in the city is very challenging, particularly given the closely-packed buildings, very narrow streets, and the density of the urban population, our aircrew have continued to deliver precision strikes in close support of Iraqi troops on the ground. Daesh’s current tactics, including the illegal use of civilians as human shields, and fighting from sites such as schools, hospitals, religious sites and civilian neighbourhoods, increases the risk to innocent life. While no military operations come without risk, particularly in dense urban environments and against such inhuman Daesh tactics, the RAF continues to take all steps necessary to minimise civilian causalities.

As Daesh continue to be driven out of areas of western Mosul by the Iraqi offensive to liberate the city, operations also continued against other pockets of Daesh occupation. Two Typhoons based at RAF Akrotiri targeted a fortified network of defensive positions, some 17 miles south-west of Kirkuk on Thursday 30 March. Three Paveway IV guided bombs were dropped in a simultaneous attack on two buildings within a Daesh-held compound, and a third building a short distance to the south. All three targets were destroyed.’

March 31st – April 1st 2017
Iraq 5 strikes (11,550 -11,554)
Syria 6 strikes (7,826- 7,831)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTFOIR:
On Mar. 31, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 54 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of nine engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed three ISIS well heads.

* Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed a weapons storage facility and a VBIED; and damaged a bridge.

* Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed two ISIS-held buildings and a bunker entrance; and damaged two bunker entrances and an ISIS-held building.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of 45 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.

* Mosul, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and an ISIS staging area; destroyed two fighting positions, a VBIED, a sniper weapon system, and a rocket-propelled grenade system; damaged three supply routes and a fighting position; and suppressed 12 ISIS mortar teams, four ISIS tactical units, two ISIS heavy machine gun teams, and an ISIS sniper team.’

Monthly Australian MoD summary for March 2017:

Monthly AFCENT figures for March 2017: