Military reports – May 2016

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

May 1st – May 2nd 2016

Iraq 18 strikes (8,146-8,163)
Syria 7 strikes (3,845- 3,851)
Confirmed actions: US
From CJTF-OIR:
On May 1, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using attack, ground-attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, ground-attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Al Hawl, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL staging areas and two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL crane.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Fallujah, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL weapons cache, five ISIL tunnel entrances, four ISIL bunkers, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL bunker, 12 ISIL boats, an ISIL fuel truck and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Hit, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Kirkuk, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles, two ISIL tunnel systems, three ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL command and control node, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Kisik, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL tunnel system, and an two ISIL mortar systems.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL financial center and destroyed an ISIL mortar system, and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed two ISIL machine guns and two ISIL mortar systems.’

May 2nd – May 3rd 2016
Iraq 25 strikes (8,164-8,188)
Syria 4 strikes (3,852- 3,855)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

13-20 civilians and 5 ISIL fighters alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 2, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted four strikes using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery, ground-attack, fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes struck an ISIL finance center and an ISIL weapons storage facility.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike destroyed and ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Ar Rutbah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Bashir, one strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle and four ISIL tunnel entrances.
*       Near Bayji, two strikes destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL tunnel entrances and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Fallujah, six strikes [1-2 British] struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL tunnel entrances, two ISIL staging areas, an ISIL bed down location, an ISIL-used bridge, an ISIL medium machine gun and an ISIL anti-aircraft artillery piece.
*       Near Hit, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL heavy machine gun, and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Mosul, seven strikes [1 British] struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, three ISIL assembly areas, three ISIL weapons caches, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL rocket rail, and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
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Near Qayyarah, four strikes [2 British] struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 19 ISIL rocket rails, an ISIL mortar position, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       
Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 2 May:

‘Monday 2 May – Typhoons struck a bunker and an anti-aircraft gun in western Iraq, while Tornados provided close air support to Iraqi forces in the north of the country…Typhoons provided further support to the Iraqi forces near Fallujah on Monday 2 May, striking a machine-gun team in a bunker and a 23mm anti-aircraft gun. In northern Iraq, Tornados used two Paveways to destroy a Daesh-held building and a nearby weapons store north of Mosul, then flew south to the Qayyarah region where Iraqi forces were engaged in a firefight with a group of terrorists manning a fortified position. Despite the close proximity of the friendly forces, very precise strikes with two Paveways and two Brimstones helped destroy the Daesh group.’

Update from Dutch MoD for 26 April – 2 May:
[Reports that “Dutch F-16s bombed several targets in the fight against ISIS”, including Close Air Support (CAS) missions to support ground troops flown in northern Iraq in the provinces of Erbil, and Kirkuk Ninawah. Additionally, airstrikes were undertaken on predetermined targets, aimed at destroying the logistical capacity of Daesh. They add that since March 2016 the Coalition has successful bombed over 30 Daesh headquarters, and that there were 40 attacks on 24 financial institutions.]

‘Nederlandse F-16’s bombardeerden diverse doelen in de strijd tegen ISIS. Een overzicht van Defensieoperaties in de week van 26 april tot 2 mei.

Sinds maart 2016 bombardeerde de coalitie met succes meer dan 30 ISIS-hoofdkwartieren. Ook waren er 40 aanvallen op 24 financiële instellingen van de terreurorganisatie en werd er veel infrastructuur vernietigd. De coalitie zorgt zo samen met lokale troepen voor ontwrichting van ISIS.

Midden-Oosten

De Air Task Force Middle East had een grote verscheidenheid aan wapeninzet. Zowel het type missie, de locatie als het soort doel varieerde. De Close Air Support (CAS) missies, ter ondersteuning van grondtroepen, werden voornamelijk gevlogen in het noorden van Irak in de provincies Erbil, Ninawah en Kirkuk. Naast de CAS-missies zijn ook weer luchtaanvallen uitgevoerd op vooraf vastgestelde doelen. Deze zogeheten Air Interdiction-missies waren gericht op de logistieke capaciteit van ISIS.

Nederlandse militairen rondden samen met Britse en Noorse militairen de training af aan een Zeravani-eenheid (militaire politie), inzetbaar in de frontlinie. De getrainde eenheid viel op door enthousiasme, professionaliteit en de wil om te leren.
Verder zijn de infanterieopleidingen aan Peshmerga in de omgeving van Erbil in volle gang.’

May 3rd – May 4th 2016
Iraq 22 strikes (8,189-8,210)
Syria 0 strikes (3,855)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, France

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 3, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using ground-attack, fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Iraq

*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Bashir, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised device (VBIED).
*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed three ISIL fighting positions.
*   
   Near Fallujah, five strikes [1 British] struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL supply cache, an ISIL VBIED, two ISIL bed down locations, six ISIL tunnel entrances, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL improvised artillery piece, and degraded two ISIL trenches.
*       Near Hit, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mosul, 10 strikes [2 British, 1 French] struck nine separate ISIL tactical units, an ISIL headquarters and destroyed nine ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL heavy machine gun, three ISIL large machine guns, two ISIL weapons caches, four ISIL mortar systems, 17 ISIL vehicles, an ISIL bull dozer, two ISIL-used bridges, two ISIL VBIEDs, and an ISIL fuel truck.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL heavy machine gun.’

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Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 3 May:

‘Tuesday 3 May – A Reaper and Tornados conducted strikes north of Mosul, while Typhoons destroyed a terrorist vehicle near Fallujah…Tuesday 3 May saw an RAF Reaper remotely piloted aircraft conducting reconnaissance over the village of Batnay, north of Mosul. A truck-bomb was identified inside a compound and struck using a Hellfire missile, resulting in a very large explosion. The Reaper then provided targeting support to a successful strike by coalition fast jets against a group of Daesh fighters and their vehicle. Two Tornados were also tasked to operate over Batnay, and they successfully destroyed a further Daesh vehicle with a direct hit from a Brimstone. In western Iraq, Typhoons provided further close air support to Iraqi forces near Fallujah, striking a mortar team and their vehicle hidden under trees south of the city.’

Since 1st January 2106, the French have carried out 1,106 flights across Iraq and Syria, 251 strikes against Daesh and destroyed 419 targets.

Update from French MoD for 27 April – 3 May:
[Reports 15 strikes in Iraq: 13 ground support strikes and 2 planned strikes on 29 and 30 April, in the Al Qaim area against a center for manufacturing improvised explosive devices and suicide vehicles.]

‘CHAMMAL : POINT DE SITUATION AU LEVANT

En Irak, Daech continue de perdre du terrain. Sur le front Nord, l’organisation terroriste consacre ses moyens à la défense en profondeur de Mossoul. Au Sud, dans la vallée de l’Anbar, Daech est bousculé par les forces irakiennes. La libération de la ville de Hit et la poursuite des opérations de contrôle des villages environnant privent Daech d’un important point clef de la vallée de l’Euphrate.

Cette cité servait de quartier général au groupe terroriste depuis la chute de Ramadi en janvier et permettait le ravitaillement en vivre et munitions de ses combattants dans l’Anbar. En restreignant leur capacité de déplacement et de communication, cette conquête contribue directement au démantèlement de l’organisation terroriste et permet aux forces de sécurité irakiennes de concentrer leurs efforts sur d’autres zones d’action le long de l’Euphrate.

En Syrie, la coalition a maintenu la pression sur le groupe terroriste en poursuivant les frappes dans la profondeur du dispositif. Il s’agit de poursuivre la stratégie d’affaiblissement de Daech, en détruisant systématiquement ses moyens de combat et ses capacités logistiques.

ACTIVITES DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL

DU 27 AVRIL AU 03 MAI 2016

Depuis le 27 avril 2016, la force Chammal a poursuivi ses opérations aériennes contre Daech en réalisant 50 sorties dont 40 de bombardement et 9 de recueil de renseignement. Au total 15 frappes ont détruit 43 objectifs de Daech.

Tout en maintenant son engagement en appui des forces irakiennes engagées au sol, la force Chammal a détruit cette semaine un important site de fabrication d’explosifs et de véhicules suicides, dont la taille a nécessité la réalisation de deux raids consécutifs pour permettre sa mise hors d’état de production.

Au cours de la semaine, 13 frappes d’appui au sol en soutien des FSI ont été réalisées en Irak,en faisant effort sur les secteurs de Hit, Fallujah et Mossoul.

2 frappes planifiées ont été conduites en Irak :

Le 29 avril une patrouille de quatre M2000D et deux patrouilles de deux Rafale ont réalisé un raid dans la région de Al Qaim contre un ancien site industriel transformé en centre de fabrication d’engins explosifs improvisés et de véhicules suicides.
Le 30 avril, le même site [the same site as above], compte tenu de son étendue, a de nouveau été frappé par une patrouille de quatre M2000D et deux patrouilles de deux Rafale.’

Update from French MoD for 3 May:
[On May 3, a patrol of two Mirage 2000D conducted a raid in the area of Mosul against a Daesh military command post.]

‘Le 3 mai une patrouille de 2 Mirage 2000D a réalisé un raid dans la région de Mossoul contre un poste de commandement militaire de l’organisation terroriste.’

 

May 4th – May 5th 2016
Iraq 15 strikes (8,211-8,225)
Syria 3 strikes (3,856-3,858)
Confirmed actions: US, U
K

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 4, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three strikes using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using ground-attack, fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Mar’a, three strikes struck an ISIL logistics facility, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) facility and an ISIL ammunition storage center.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED.
*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed two ISIL tunnel entrances.
*       Near Fallujah, six strikes [2 British] struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL anti-aircraft artillery system, three ISIL tunnel entrances, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL VBIED, an ISIL weapons cache, and four ISIL bed down locations.
*       Near Kisik, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns, three ISIL mortar positions, and four ISIL assembly areas.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, one heavy machine gun, 10 ISIL mortar systems, three ISIL rocket rails, and suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL vehicle, and suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun position and an ISIL mortar position.
*       
Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL weapons facility.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 4 May:

‘Wednesday 4 May – A Reaper destroyed a truck bomb, whilst Typhoons and Tornados attacked a number of Daesh positions, including heavy weapons and a tunnel entrance, in western and northern Iraq…On Wednesday 4 May, a Reaper identified a truck-bomb, concealed underneath a tarpaulin, next to a road in western Iraq. The crew checked that there were no civilians or friendly forces at immediate risk and used a Hellfire missile to score a direct hit on the vehicle, detonating the explosives safely. South of Fallujah, a pair of Typhoon FGR4s used a Paveway IV guided bomb to destroy a building where a group of extremists, armed with a heavy calibre automatic weapon. In the same area, a Tornado GR4 flight dropped four Paveways on a weapons stockpile, two Daesh-held buildings, and a tunnel entrance. RAF aircraft also supported Kurdish forces in the north of the country, where another Tornado flight bombed a group of Daesh fighters and a mortar team, the latter positioned in a small copse of trees.’

 


May 5th – May 6th 2016
Iraq 22 strikes – 1* (8,226-8,246)
Syria 2 strikes (3,859-3,860)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
17 civilians, including 12 children and 3 women, alleged killed at Tal Afar, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 5, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted two strikes using ground-attack and attack aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using ground-attack, fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Manbij, one strike stuck an ISIL tactical vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL command and control node, five ISIL rocket rails, and an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Albu Hayat, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs).
*       Near Bashir, one strike produced inconclusive results.
*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Fallujah, one strike [1 British] struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL supply cache, an ISIL tunnel entrance, two ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL-used bridge, and two ISIL rocket rails.
*       Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, two ISIL vehicles, three ISIL tactical vehicles, and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Makhmur, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL rocket rails and an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes [1 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas, two ISIL VBIEDs, and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Qayyarah, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL improvised weapons facility and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL rocket rail.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed an ISIL excavator and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.’

* also see 6th-7th May report for amended number of Iraq strikes.

Air Commander Australia (ACAUST), Air Vice-Marshal Gavin Turnbull AM, visited Defence personnel deployed to the Middle East region from 3-5 May 2016. (Aus MoD
Air Commander Australia (ACAUST), Air Vice-Marshal Gavin Turnbull AM, visited Defence personnel deployed to the Middle East region from 3-5 May 2016. (Aus MoD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 5 May:

‘Thursday 5 May – Tornados struck a terrorist group near Mosul, Typhoons hit a tunnel and a mortar team near Fallujah…On Thursday 5 May Tornados Missions in support of Iraqi and Kurdish operations demolished a terrorist position north-east of Mosul on around Mosul and Fallujah, while Typhoons bombed a tunnel and a mortar south-west of Fallujah.’

May 6th – May 7th 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (8,247-8,257)
Syria 6 strikes (3,861-3,866)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

1 female child alleged killed at Debeq, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 6, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted six strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using ground-attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL command and control node, and ISIL headquarters and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and damaged an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL boat, and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Ar Rutbah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Bashir, one strike destroyed an ISIL command and control node.
*       Near Fallujah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike damaged an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Hit, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL communications facility and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL heavy machine gun and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

Additionally, on May 5, one strike was erroneously reported due to an administrative error.  The correct assessment reads:

*       Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL command and control node, three ISIL rocket rails, and an ISIL bunker.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 6 May:

‘Friday 6 May – Tornados and Typhoons interdicted the movement of ammunition on the Euphrates, as well as striking mortars and heavy machine-guns around Mosul and Fallujah…On Friday 6 May, Daesh terrorists were spotted unloading rockets and mortar projectiles from a number of small boats and a barge on the Euphrates in Anbar province. A Tornado reconnaissance patrol, armed with Brimstone missiles, was first on the scene and prevented the initial load of weapons from being driven away, hitting the terrorists’ truck with a Brimstone while they were still loading it. A Paveway-armed flight of Typhoons then arrived and used its bombs to destroy the weapons on the shore, and sink the barge. The same Typhoon flight also attacked a mortar position south-west of Fallujah. A second Tornado flight destroyed two heavy machine-gun positions on the north bank of the Euphrates, downstream from the recently liberated town of Hit. In northern Iraq, Typhoons struck another mortar, north-west of Mosul.’

 

May 7th – May 8th 2016
Iraq 17 strikes (8,258-8,274)
Syria 8 strikes (3,867-3,874)
Confirmed actions: US

6 civilians, including 5 children and 1 woman, alleged killed at Ahtemlat, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 7, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Manbij, two strikes destroyed two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Palmyra, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Waleed, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL storage facility and an ISIL bed down location and damaged a storage facility and a bed down location.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Bayji, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
*       
Near Fallujah, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL fighting position, two ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), and four ISIL rockets.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and suppressed an ISIL heavy machine position.
*       
Near Mosul, six strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed 10 ISIL rocket rails.
*       Near Sinjar, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
*       
Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
*       
Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL light machine gun.’


May 8th – May 9th 2016
Iraq 16 strikes (8,275-8,290)
Syria 9 strikes (3,875-3,883)
Confirmed actions: US,
UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 8, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using ground-attack, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Al Shadaddi, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Manbij, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
*       Near Palmyra, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and three ISIL vehicles.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike destroyed an ISIL weapons cache and an ISIL fuel cache.
*       Near Bayji, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Fallujah, five strikes [1 British] struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL weapons caches, 20 ISIL rockets, six ISIL rocket rails, an ISIL recoilless rifle, an ISIL VBIED, an ISIL artillery piece, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL staging area, and an ISIL front end loader.
*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Hit, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and an ISIL tunnel.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL rockets, six ISIL rocket rails, and an ISIL vehicle and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and an ISIL mortar position.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 8 May:

‘Sunday 8 May – Typhoons bombed rocket launchers and three stockpiles of weaponry south of Fallujah…Typhoons were active south of Fallujah on Sunday 8 May, where a rocket launcher was identified in the open with three known caches of ammunition stored nearby. All four targets were struck with Paveway IV guided bombs and successfully destroyed.’


May 9th – May 10th 2016
Iraq 27 strikes (8,291-8,317)
Syria 2 strikes (3,884-3,885)
Confirmed actions: US, UK,
France

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 9, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted two strikes using remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL artillery piece, and an ISIL fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, three strikes destroyed an ISIL tactical unit, three ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Al Huwayjah, four strikes struck an ISIL VBIED factory and destroyed an ISIL tunnel system and suppressed an ISIL mortar firing position and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Albu Hayat, two strikes destroyed an ISIL anti-air artillery piece, an ISIL staging area, and an ISIL command and control node.
*       Near Bashir, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED.
*       Near Fallujah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Kisik, one strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Mosul, eight strikes [2 French with others] ]1 British] struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 22 ISIL assembly areas, four ISIL supply caches, two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL bulldozer, three ISIL rocket rails, and an ISIL rocket position.
*       Near Qayyarah, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL artillery pieces, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL bulldozer, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sinjar, two strikes destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and suppressed two ISIL mortar positions.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 9 May:

‘Monday 9 May – Tornados and Typhoons struck Daesh targets in western and northern Iraq, including a command post, a tunnel network and mortar and rocket positions…RAF Typhoon FGR4s, armed with Paveway IV guided bombs, conducted successful attacks on Monday 9 May against a group of Daesh extremists hiding in a tunnel network dug into a riverbank north-west of Kirkuk and against two rocket launcher positions north of Mosul.
Other Typhoons, and Tornado GR4s provided close air support to the Iraqi troops operating in the Euphrates valley. The Typhoons struck a mortar position north of the Al Asad airbase, while the Tornados destroyed a terrorist command post situated nearby in a riverside building in the midst of a palm grove.’

Update from French MoD for 9 May:
[On 9 May, a patrol of two Mirage 2000D struck near Kirkuk against an ammunition depot and a workshop used to assemble car bombs.]

‘Le 9 mai une patrouille de 2 Mirage 2000D a frappé près de Kirkuk un site servant de dépôt de munitions et d’atelier pour assembler des véhicules piégés.’

Update from French MoD for 9 May:
[Reports several mission destroying half a dozen Daesh targets:
Early in the morning a patrol Mirage 2000D hit a group of fighters Daech northeast of Mosul; l
ater, accompanied by two Rafale and B52 Stratofortress bombers of the US Air Force, two Mirage 2000 and Atlantique2 intervened southeast of Mosul in support of ground forces, destroying several Daesh firing positions; Finally, in the evening, a formation of Mirage 2000D accompanied by American fighters destroyed a site used to assemble car bombs near Hawijah, west of Kirkuk.]

‘Chammal : activité intense sur la BAP en Jordanie le 09 mai

Le 09 mai 2016 plusieurs missions ont mobilisé l’ensemble des aéronefs de la base aérienne projetée en Jordanie (BAP), aboutissant à la destruction d’une demi-douzaine d’objectifs. Lors de cette journée les huit Mirage 2000D et l’Atlantique2stationnés sur la BAP ont été engagés dans des missions de bombardement au-dessus de l’Irak.

Tôt dans la matinée une patrouille de Mirage 2000D a frappé au nord-est de Mossoul un groupe de combattants de Daech alors qu’il se ravitaillait en munitions.

Un peu plus tard, accompagnés de deux Rafale et d’un bombardier B52 Stratofortress de l’US Air Force, deux Mirage 2000 et l’Atlantique2 sont intervenus au sud-est de Mossoul en appui de forces au sol, détruisant plusieurs positions de tirs ennemies.

Enfin, dans la soirée, une formation de Mirage 2000D accompagnée de chasseurs américains a détruit un site servant à assembler des véhicules piégés dans les environs de Hawijah, à l’ouest de Kirkouk.

Coordonnées par le Centre des opérations aériennes de la coalition situé à Al Udeïd au Qatar, l’ensemble de ces missions s’inscrivent dans la stratégie d’affaiblissement et de désarticulation de Daech en détruisant systématiquement ses moyens militaires et logistiques.

L’activité intense de cette journée, impliquant l’ensemble des avions stationnés sur la BAP, possible grâce l’investissement permanent des équipes de mécaniciens et d’armuriers, illustre l’engagement quotidien de tous les militaires déployés sur ce site.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal mobilise actuellement 1000 militaires. Elle vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à assurer un soutien aérien en Irak et en Syrie dans la lutte contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech, en frappant l’organisation terroriste avec ses moyens aériens. Le dispositif complet est actuellement structuré autour de quatorze avions de chasse de l’armée de l’Air (six Rafale, huit Mirage2000D) d’un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique2de la Marine nationale ainsi que de capacités de renseignement, de commandement, de contrôle (C2) et de ravitaillement. Il comprend également une centaine de militaires projetés à Bagdad et Erbil pour la formation et le conseil des états-majors et unités irakiennes.’

Update from Dutch MoD for 2-9 May:
[Reports that weapons were dropped “during various missions”. In northern Iraq, in the provinces of Erbil, and Kirkuk Ninawah,  F-16’s helped ground troops. In addition, they carried out air strikes on predetermined targets. These so-called Air Interdiction (AI) missions targeted the logistical capacity of Daesh.]

‘De Air Task Force Middle East zette wapens in tijdens diverse missies. In het noorden van Irak, in de provincies Erbil, Ninawah en Kirkuk, hielpen de F-16’s grondtroepen. Daarnaast voerden zij luchtaanvallen uit op vooraf vastgestelde doelen. Deze zogeheten Air Interdiction (AI)-missies waren gericht tegen de logistieke capaciteit van ISIS.’

The B-52 Stratofortress -- a long-range, heavy bomber that can perform a variety of missions -- has been added to the U.S.-led-coalition’s airstrike arsenal in the campaign to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq and Syria. (US DoD)
The B-52 Stratofortress — a long-range, heavy bomber that can perform a variety of missions — has been added to the U.S.-led-coalition’s airstrike arsenal in the campaign to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq and Syria. (US DoD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 10th – May 11th 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (8,318-8,326)
Syria 5 strikes (3,886-3,890)
Confirmed actions: US

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

Syria

*       Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Waleed, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes struck an ISIL bed down location and destroyed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Ar Rutbah, one strike produced inconclusive results.
*       Near Fallujah, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), two ISIL tunnel systems, and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL bulldozer.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIL excavator.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 10 May:

RAF Sentry airborne command and control platforms have also been playing their part in the overall direction of the air campaign against Daesh. A typical Sentry mission on 10 May saw it controlling some 40 coalition aircraft operating over Syria and Iraq, including several RAF reconnaissance missions.’

Update from French MoD for 3-10 May:
[Reports 17 strikes in Iraq destroying 37 targets: 15 ground support strikes – including striking 4 times within a few hours on 5 May in the Fallujah area –  and 2 planned strikes – 3 May, a patrol of two Mirage 2000D conducted a raid in the area of Mosul against a Daesh military command post; on 9 May, a patrol of two Mirage 2000D struck near Kirkuk against an ammunition depot and a workshop used to assemble car bombs.]

‘Chammal : 17 frappes contre Daech en Irak cette semaine, 37 objectifs détruits
Du 3 au 10 mai 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech en réalisant 63 sorties dont 54 de bombardement et 9 de recueil de renseignement. Au total 17 frappes ont détruit 37 objectifs de Daech.
Cette semaine la force Chammal a fait porter son effort sur l’appui des troupes au sol, notamment la journée du 5 mai dans la région de Fallujah en frappant à quatre reprises en quelques heures des positions de défense de Daech qui bloquaient l’avancée des forces de sécurité irakiennes. Dans le même temps, elle a continué à exploiter le renseignement recueilli les semaines précédentes en conduisant deux frappes planifiées sur des objectifs d’importance.

15 frappes d’appui au sol
    ont été réalisées en Irak
    au cours de la semaine
La force Chammal a réalisé des missions d’appui au sol en soutien des forces de sécurité irakiennes en faisant effort sur les secteurs de Hit, Fallujah et Mossoul.

2 frappes planifiées
    ont été conduites en Irak

Le 3 mai une patrouille de 2 Mirage 2000D a réalisé un raid dans la région de Mossoul contre un poste de commandement militaire de l’organisation terroriste.
Le 9 mai une patrouille de 2 Mirage 2000D a frappé près de Kirkuk un site servant de dépôt de munitions et d’atelier pour assembler des véhicules piégés.’

France reports 1,169 flights in Iraq and Syria, 268 strikes against Daesh and 456 objects destroyed since 1 January 2016.

 

May 11th – May 12th 2016
Iraq 13 strikes (8,327-8,339)
Syria 6 strikes (3,891-3,896)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
7 civilians alleged killed at Rutbah, Anbar province, Iraq
1-2 civilians alleged killed Dabiq, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 11, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted six strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Mar’a, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL staging facility and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and 12 ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Manbij, one strike denied ISIL access to terrain.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL boat, an ISIL fighting position, and three ISIL staging areas.
*       Near Bashir, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
*     
 Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel entrance.
*       Near Fallujah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar position and two ISIL rocket rails.
*     
 Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes destroyed nine ISIL rocket rails, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL assembly area.
*     
 Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL heavy machine gun, and an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL rocket system and an ISIL vehicle.
*       
Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 11 May:

‘Wednesday 11 May – Tornados provided close air support to Iraqi troops engaged in close combat in western Iraq, destroying a terrorist strongpoint…On Wednesday 11 May, Tornados again assisted Iraqi ground forces in the Euphrates valley, when they came up against a heavily defended Daesh building, which was demolished with a Paveway.’

Update from French MoD for 12 May:
[Since 3 May reports 17 strikes in Iraq destroying 37 targets. This week the focus was on supporting ground troops. In the Fallujah region, 5 May, French aircraft hit Daesh defensive positions four times within hours, blocking the advance of ISPs. France also conducted two strikes planned: 3 May, a patrol of two Mirage 2000D conducted a raid in the Mosul area against a Daesh military command post; 9 May, a patrol of two Mirage 2000D struck an ammunition depot and workshop used to assemble car bombs near Kirkuk.]

IRAK / SYRIE : CHAMMAL

En Irak, la situation militaire reste globalement stable. Daech est sur la défensive et concentre ses moyens sur la région de Mossoul. Les forces irakiennes poursuivent leur avancée dans les vallées du Tigre et de l’Euphrate.
  • Dans la vallée du Tigre, les Forces de sécurité irakiennes (FSI) sont toujours engagées dans la prise du verrou de Qayyarah. Elles progressent lentement face à une âpre défense de Daech.
  • Dans la vallée de l’Euphrate, la ville de Hit a été reprise par les FSI.
  • La réduction de poches de résistance adverses a permis de rétablir la liberté de circulation entre les villes d’Haditha et de Ramadi.
  • Dans le même temps les FSI ont lancé l’opération visant à reconquérir la ville de Falloujah.
En Syrie, les frappes restent dirigées contre les unités combattantes, les centres de commandement et les capacités logistiques de Daech. Il s’agit donc de détruire les capacités de fonctionnement du système que représente le groupe terroriste.
Les résultats de la coalition sont significatifs
Daech n’a plus la liberté de mouvement nécessaire pour reprendre le dessus, ni basculer ses forces entre l’Irak et la Syrie.
Cependant, Daech conserve une capacité de résistance. Les forces du groupe terroriste se sont ainsi installées en défense ferme de certains points, comme Fallouja et les abords est de Qayyarah en Irak, ou encore les faubourgs de Deir ez Zor, ou le sud de Shadadi, en Syrie. La situation indique donc que le combat pourrait être encore long.
ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL
Depuis le 3 mai 2016, la composante aérienne de l’opération Chammal a réalisé 63 sorties dont 54 de bombardement et 9 de recueil de renseignement. Elles ont permis la réalisation de 17 frappes, aboutissant à la destruction de 37 objectifs.
Cette semaine la force Chammal a fait porter son effort sur l’appui des troupes au sol
Dans la région de Falloujah, le 5 mai, les avions français ont frappé à quatre reprises et en quelques heures des positions de défense de Daech qui bloquaient l’avancée des FSI. Dans le même temps, la France a conduit 2 frappes planifiées :
  • le 3 mai, une patrouille de 2 Mirage 2000D a réalisé un raid dans la région de Mossoul contre un poste de commandement militaire de l’organisation terroriste.
  • le 9 mai, une patrouille de 2 Mirage 2000D a frappé près de Kirkuk un site de dépôt de munitions et d’atelier pour assembler des véhicules piégés.

Intensification des actions de formation des forces de sécurité irakiennes

La planification de ces formations vise à s’adapter aux besoins des unités irakiennes, à leurs contraintes et objectifs opérationnels.

Du 23 au 27 avril, un détachement de la Task Force Monsabert a détaché des instructeurs dans un du camp de la coalition situé à l’est de Bagdad, pour compléter la formation de soldats irakiens au maniement de fusils d’assaut avant leur engagement sur la ligne de front dans les jours suivants.
De même, du 20 avril au 5 mai, dans le camp Taji, au nord de Bagdad, des instructeurs de la Task Force Narvik ont conduit un stage de formation de tireurs d’élite.

 

France reports 17 strikes in Iraq, destroying 37 targets, since 3 May.

 

May 12th – May 13th 2016
Iraq 14 strikes (8,340-8,353)
Syria 7 strikes – 1* (3,897-3,902)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

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

Syria

*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL fighting position, and an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Tamakh, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL bunker and damaged a separate ISIL bunker.
*       Near Waleed, one strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Bashir, one strike denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Fallujah, one strike destroyed four ISIL tunnel systems and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Qayyarah, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL vehicles and five ISIL rocket rails.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL tactical vehicles, two ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED), five ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL rocket rail, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL mortar system.
*       
Near Tal Afar, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.’

* also see 13th-14th May report for amended number of Syria strikes.

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 12 May:

‘Thursday 12 May – Typhoons attacked Daesh positions south-west of Kirkuk, ahead of Kurdish offensive operations…The following day [12 May], a Typhoon flight used three Paveways to hit Daesh positions ahead of a Kurdish offensive to the south-west of Kirkuk.

May 13th – May 14th 2016
Iraq 17 strikes + 1* (8,354-8,371)
Syria 5 strikes (3,903-3,907)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, France

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 13, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted five strikes using attack, fighter, ground-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL rocket rail.
*       Near Mar’a, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL command and control node.
*       Near Albu Hayat, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Ar Rutbah, four strikes [1 French with others] struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL headquarters, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) facility, and an ISIL staging facility.
*       Near Bayji, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Fallujah, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Habbaniyah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL anti-air artillery piece.
*       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Qayyarah, three strikes struck an ISIL headquarters and destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed an ISIL tunnel system and an ISIL road-roller.

Additionally, on May 13, one strike was erroneously reported due to an administrative error. There were no strikes conducted near Waleed, Syria.’

* also see 15th-16th May report for amended number of Iraq strikes.

Update from UK MoD for Friday 13 May:

‘Friday 13 May – Reapers engaged mortar teams and a supply truck in northern Iraq; Tornados destroyed Daesh positions in western Iraq…Two RAF Reapers followed up by providing close air support to the peshmerga as they advanced on Friday 13 May, conducting a total of four attacks with three Hellfires and a GBU-12 guided bomb. They destroyed mortar teams and a Daesh supply truck, as well as providing surveillance support to a coalition air strike which destroyed a terrorist strongpoint. Tornados were meanwhile again assisting Iraqi ground forces in the Euphrates valley, and destroyed two Daesh-held buildings on the northern bank of the river.’

Update from French MoD for 11-17 May:
[On May 13, a patrol of two Mirage 2000D, accompanied by coalition aircraft, conducted a raid in the area of Rutbah against a site held by fighters Daech and also serving as weapons storage.]

 

May 14th – May 15th 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (8,372-8,380)
Syria 7 strikes (3,908-3,914)
Confirmed actions: US

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

Syria

*       Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Manbij, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL mortar system, six ISIL artillery pieces, and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Mosul, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL assembly area, and three ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) storage facility and destroyed two ISIL boats.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL supply cache, two ISIL rockets, an ISIL vehicle, and two ISIL heavy machine guns.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Waleed, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL mortar system, and three ISIL weapons storage facilities.’

An AH-64 Apache helicopter, part of a fleet deployed in the Middle East as part of in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (US army photo)
An AH-64 Apache helicopter, part of a fleet deployed in the Middle East as part of in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (US army photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 15th – May 16th 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (8,381-8,388)
Syria 6 strikes (3,915-3,920)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
4-7 civilians including 1 woman and 3 children alleged killed at Abu Kamal, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria

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

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike struck an ISIL financial headquarters.
*       Near At Tanf, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and damaged an ISIL supply cache.
*       Near Manbij, one strike destroyed an ISIL rocket rail.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Ar Rutbah, one strike destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Habbaniyah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL bunker, an ISIL front end loader, an ISIL artillery piece, and an ISIL recoilless rifle.
*       Near Kisik, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and three ISIL assembly areas.

Additionally, on May 13, one strike was not reported due to administrative error.

Iraq

*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) facility.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 15 May:

‘Sunday 15 May – Typhoons destroyed a bunker and an engineering vehicle in western Iraq…On Sunday 15 May, a pair of Typhoons conducted successful simultaneous attacks north-west of Fallujah, which destroyed a bunker and an engineering vehicle.’

 

May 16th – May 17th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (8,389-8,398)
Syria 2 strikes (3,921-3,922)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, FRANCE

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 16, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted two strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using ground-attack, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike destroyed an ISIL artillery piece.


Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed an ISIL bunker and two ISIL rocket rails.
*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Ar Rutbah, one strike [1 French with others] destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL fuel tanker, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), and an ISIL front end loader.
*       Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and two ISIL heavy machine guns.
*       Near Qayyarah, five strikes struck three separate ISIL headquarters and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL assembly area, and two ISIL rocket rails and suppressed two ISIL mortar positions.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 16 May:

‘Monday 16 May – Tornados destroyed a bunker containing ammunition in western Iraq…RAF support to Iraqi ground forces along the Euphrates continued on Monday 16 May, when Tornados used a Paveway bomb to destroy a small Daesh bunker containing ammunition supplies.’

Update from French MoD for 16 May:
[[Reports that French aircraft participated between 13 and 19 May 2016 in the liberation of the city of Rutbah, in the province of Al-Anbar southwest Iraq: On May 13, a patrol of two aircraft, accompanied by coalition aircraft, conducted a planned raid (or Air Mission Prohibition) on a site run by Daesh fighters serving as a place of arms storage. On 16 and 19 May, Mirage2000D conducted support missions to ISPs, including destroying a piece of enemy artillery.]
Les 16 et 19 mai, les Mirage2000D ont réalisé des missions d’appui aux FSI, détruisant notamment une pièce d’artillerie ennemie. Enfin, l’appareil Atlantique2de la Marine nationale a conduit des missions de renseignement et d’évaluation de frappes sur la zone, permettant ainsi de récolter les informations nécessaires à la planification des missions à venir.’

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Update from Dutch MoD for 10-16 May:
[Reports that Dutch F-16s used their weapons four times during various missions and that an explosives workshop was destroyed. They add: “Since the terrorist organization is less active, the weapon stake was lower than in previous weeks.“]

‘ Weekoverzicht Defensieoperaties

Nieuwsbericht | 17-05-2016 | 16:00

F-16’s van de Air Task Force Middle East zette 4 keer wapens in tijdens diverse missies. Ze schakelden daarmee tientallen ISIS-strijders uit en vernietigden een explosievenwerkplaats. Een overzicht van Defensieoperaties in de week van 10 mei tot 16 mei.
Omdat de terreurorganisatie minder actief is, was de wapeninzet lager dan voorgaande weken. Door de recent geleden verliezen is het waarschijnlijk dat ISIS momenteel hergroepeert.

Koning Willem-Alexander bezocht in Jordanië de militairen van Air Task Force Middle-East.’

 

May 17th – May 18th 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (8,399-8,409)
Syria 6 strikes (3,923-3,928)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 17, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted six strikes using attack, ground-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near At Tanf, one strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.
*       Near Manbij, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL command and control node.

Iraq

*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       
Near Fallujah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL mortar system, and an ISIL tunnel.
*       Near Hit, one strike [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL heavy machine guns.
*       Near Kisik, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL weapons caches, two ISIL vehicles, two ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED), and an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and three ISIL boats.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 17 May:

‘Tuesday 17 May – Typhoons and Tornados destroyed weapon caches and heavy machine-gun positions in northern and western Iraq…Tornados operated north of Mosul on Tuesday 17 May and conducted a successful attack with Paveways on a group of three buildings near Bashiqah, which housed weapon stockpiles. The same day, a Typhoon flight used a pair of Paveways to destroy two machine-gun positions which Daesh were attempting to establish on the northern bank of the Euphrates near Hit following their recent defeat by the Iraqis in the town.’

Since 1 January 2016, France reports 1,214 flights in Iraq and Syria, 283 strikes against Daesh and 478 targets destroyed.

Update from French MoD for 11-17 May:
[Reports 15 strikes in Iraq, destroying 22 targets, including 14 ground support strikes in the areas of Mosul, Ramadi and Fallujah and one planned strike: On May 13, a patrol of two Mirage 2000D, accompanied by coalition aircraft, conducted a raid in the area of Rutbah against a site held by fighters Daech and also serving as weapons storage.]

Chammal : 15 frappes contre Daech en Irak cette semaine, 22 objectifs détruits

Du 11 au 17 mai 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech en réalisant 45 sorties dont 40 de bombardement, 2 de recueil de renseignement et 3 de contrôle de l’espace aérien. Au total 15 frappes ont détruit 22 objectifs de Daech.
Cette semaine, l’effort de la force Chammal a porté sur les missions d’appui au profit des forces irakiennes engagées au sol contre Daech. Ces frappes ont principalement été dirigées dans les secteurs où le groupe terroriste s’est installé en défense ferme, ainsi que dans les secteurs où il a tenté de lancer des offensives contre les forces irakiennes.

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

La force Chammal a réalisé des missions d’appui au sol (Close Air Support) en soutien des forces de sécurité irakiennes dans les secteurs de Mossoul, Ramadi et Falloujah.

1 frappe planifiée
a été conduite en Irak

Le 13 mai une patrouille de 2 Mirage 2000D, accompagnée d’aéronefs de la coalition, a conduit un raid dans la région de Rutbah contre un site tenu par des combattants de Daech et servant également de stockage d’armement.’

 

May 18th – May 19th 2016
Iraq 14 strikes (8,410-8,423)
Syria 3 strikes (3,929-3,931)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 18, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three strikes using attack aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Manbij, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL mortar system.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Albu Hayat, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) and an ISIL front end loader.
*       Near Fallujah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Haditha, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Kisik, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL assembly areas and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL mortar systems, and an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike [1 British] struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL assembly areas, two ISIL command and control nodes, two ISIL bed down locations, six ISIL supply caches, an ISIL staging area and damaged an ISIL oil tanker.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 18 May:

‘Wednesday 18 May – Typhoons and Tornados struck multiple Daesh positions, including command and control posts, ammunition and storage buildings near Tal Afar in north-western Iraq…On Wednesday 18 May, flights of Typhoons and Tornados both participated in a series of attacks on Daesh installations north of Tal Afar. The Typhoons employed eight Paveways to attack a cluster of buildings used by the terrorists for command and control, accommodation, and vehicle and weapon storage. The Tornados delivered four Paveways to destroy a further command post and three ammunition stockpiles.’

 

May 19th – May 20th 2016
Iraq 15 strikes (8,424-8,438)
Syria 2 strikes (3,932-3,933)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, FRANCE

4 or more civilians including 3 children and 1 woman alleged killed at Al Hamrat, Raqqa governorate, Syria
4-6 civilians including 4 children alleged killed at Fallujah, Anbar province, Iraq
10-40 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq 

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 19, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted two strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL oil pump-jack.
*       Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed two ISIL vehicles.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) and an ISIL front end loader.
*       Near Ar Rutbah, one strike [1 French with others] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
*       Near Fallujah, one strike destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL heavy machine guns.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed four ISIL tunnel systems.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes [2 British] struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL assembly areas, four ISIL vehicles, an ISIL fighting position, and 26 ISIL rocket rails.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed four ISIL tunnels.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL rocket rail, an ISIL weapons cache, and an ISIL rocket launcher.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike [1 British] destroyed two ISIL bed down locations and an ISIL weapons cache.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 19 May:

‘Thursday 19 May – Tornados and Typhoons conducted attacks on multiple Daesh targets in northern Iraq, including a tunnel, ammunition stockpiles and rocket launchers…Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s and Typhoon FGR4s have continued to fly armed reconnaissance, strike and close air support missions over Syria and Iraq, destroying two Daesh headquarters in Syria and assisting the Iraqi ground forces as they commence operations to liberate Fallujah.
Tornados from RAF Akrotiri patrolled the Mosul area on Thursday 19 May. North of the city, they used a Paveway IV guided bomb to destroy a tunnel in which a group of Daesh extremists were based, then moved to the east of Mosul where 15 rocket launchers had been stored by the terrorists. Three Paveway IVs were used against ammunition stockpiles, before three Brimstone missiles were used to destroy the rocket launchers. The small warhead and high precision of the Brimstones avoided any structural damage being caused to the surrounding buildings.
Typhoons were also active over northern Iraq that day, operating north of Tall Afar where they employed a pair of Paveways to demolish a large weapons store, then two more Paveways against two other Daesh-held buildings.’

Update from French MoD for 11-17 May:
[From 11 to 17 May 2016, reports a total of 15 strikes in Iraq destroying 22 targets. There were 14 ground support strikes in support of Iraqi security forces in the areas of Mosul, Ramadi and Fallujah, and one planned strike: On May 13, a patrol of two Mirage 2000D, accompanied by coalition aircraft, conducted a raid in the area of Rutbah against a site held by Daesh fighters and also serving as weapons storage.]

IRAK / SYRIE : CHAMMAL

La situation militaire est restée globalement stable au cours de la semaine.
En Irak, les forces gouvernementales (forces de sécurité irakienne – FSI) ont poursuivi leur avancée dans les vallées du Tigre, mais surtout de l’Euphrate. Daech reste sur la défensive malgré des actions localisées. L’effort du groupe terroriste se concentre toujours sur la région de Mossoul.
  • Dans la vallée du Tigre, les Forces de sécurité irakiennes (FSI) sont toujours engagées dans la prise du verrou de Qayyarah. La semaine dernière les FSI ont repris la ville de Kabruk, à l’est de Qayyarah. La progression est lente du fait de la résistance opposée par Daech qui défend cette zone permettant de contrôler les axes conduisant vers Mossoul.
  • Dans la vallée de l’Euphrate, les FSI poursuivent les opérations de contrôle des rives du fleuve. La progression est régulière, malgré la présence d’un grand nombre d’engins explosifs improvisés (IED). La ville de Jubbah a ainsi été libérée le 13 mai.
  • Les FSI, avec le soutien de la coalition, ont lancé une opération en direction de Rutbah, à l’ouest de l’Irak. Placée à proximité des frontières jordanienne et saoudienne, cette ville se situe sur un axe permettant de relier la Syrie à l’Irak. Pour Daech, elle constitue un Hub logistique, notamment dans la fabrication d’IED.
En Syrie, les frappes restent dirigées contre les unités combattantes, les centres de commandement et les capacités logistiques de Daech.
La stratégie d’érosion et de désarticulation du système Daech fonctionne.
Pour autant, Daech conserve une capacité de réaction indirecte ou localisée :
  • la semaine dernière, la capitale irakienne a ainsi été la cible d’une vague d’attentats qui a frappé et causé la mort de près de 150 personnes. Par ces actions, Daech cherche très vraisemblablement à peser indirectement sur l’emploi des forces irakiennes, en contraignant le gouvernement à les maintenir dans la capitale pour en assurer la sécurité.
  • Daesh conserve par ailleurs une capacité de conduire des offensives localisées. Le 12 mai, dans la région de Ramadi, l’organisation a ainsi lancé une attaque regroupant environ 200 hommes qui ont été appuyés par l’emploi de nombreux véhicules blindés chargés d’explosifs. Cette offensive s’est soldée par un échec. Elle a été repoussée par la 10e division irakienne, avec l’appui aérien de la coalition.
Activités de la force Chammal :
Du 11 au 17 mai 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech en réalisant 45 sorties dont 40 de bombardement, 2 de recueil de renseignement et 3 de contrôle de l’espace aérien. Au total 15 frappes ont détruit 22 objectifs de Daech.
Cette semaine, l’effort de la force Chammal a porté sur les missions d’appui au profit des forces irakiennes engagées au sol contre Daech. Ces frappes ont principalement été dirigées dans les secteurs où le groupe terroriste s’est installé en défense ferme, ainsi que dans les secteurs où il a tenté de lancer des offensives contre les forces irakiennes.
14 frappes d’appui au sol ont été réalisées en Irak au cours de la semaine
La force Chammal a réalisé des missions d’appui au sol (Close Air Support) en soutien des forces de sécurité irakiennes dans les secteurs de Mossoul, Ramadi et Falloujah.
1 frappe planifiée a été conduite en Irak
Le 13 mai une patrouille de 2 Mirage 2000D, accompagnée d’aéronefs de la coalition, a conduit un raid dans la région de Rutbah contre un site tenu par des combattants de Daech et servant également de stockage d’armement.’
Update from French MoD for 19 May:
[[Reports that French aircraft participated between 13 and 19 May 2016 in the liberation of the city of Rutbah, in the province of Al-Anbar southwest Iraq: On May 13, a patrol of two aircraft, accompanied by coalition aircraft, conducted a planned raid (or Air Mission Prohibition) on a site run by Daesh fighters serving as a place of arms storage. On 16 and 19 May, Mirage2000D conducted support missions to ISPs, including destroying a piece of enemy artillery.]
Les 16 et 19 mai, les Mirage2000D ont réalisé des missions d’appui aux FSI, détruisant notamment une pièce d’artillerie ennemie. Enfin, l’appareil Atlantique2de la Marine nationale a conduit des missions de renseignement et d’évaluation de frappes sur la zone, permettant ainsi de récolter les informations nécessaires à la planification des missions à venir.’

May 20th-21st 2016
Iraq 18 strikes (8,439-8,456)
Syria 7 strikes (3,934-3,940)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
10 civilians including 2-5 women and 3 children alleged killed at Al Arshaf, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 20, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using bomber, ground-attack, attack, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL weapons cache and destroyed an ISIL oil pump-jack and an ISIL checkpoint.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and three ISIL command and control nodes.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL anti-air artillery piece.
*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Fallujah, three strikes [2 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL improvised explosive device (IED) cache, two ISIL staging areas, and an ISIL excavator.
*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Kisik, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL-used bridge, and four ISIL-used culverts.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, two ISIL assembly areas, three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL supply cache, an ISIL weapons cache, and an ISIL rocket rail.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL weapons cache and destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Rawah, one strike struck an ISIL staging area and an ISIL safe house.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle storage area, two ISIL weapons caches, two ISIL command and control nodes, and an ISIL IED facilitation node.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 20 May:

‘Friday 20 May – Tornados destroyed two Daesh headquarters north of Aleppo in Syria, while Typhoons provided close air support to Iraqi ground forces around Fallujah…Intelligence analysis pinpointed two Daesh headquarters in north-west Syria, located 10 and 25 miles respectively north of Aleppo near the fighting along the Mar’a Line. A pair of Tornado GR4s were tasked with their destruction on Friday 20 May. One of the command posts was in a very solidly constructed building, this was targeted with two Enhanced Paveway II 1000lb bombs. A pair of 500lb Paveway IVs were used against the second headquarters. Both targets were destroyed by direct hits.
With the Iraqi ground forces preparing to launch their offensive to liberate Fallujah, Typhoons provided close air support to their operations around the outskirts of the city. A stockpile of components for improvised explosive devices was destroyed with one Paveway and a terrorist strong-point with a second.’

France’s Operation Chammal has participated in the liberation of Rutbah, Iraq.

Update from French MoD for on 20 May:
[Reports that French aircraft participated between 13 and 19 May 2016 in the liberation of the city of Rutbah, in the province of Al-Anbar southwest Iraq: On May 13, a patrol of two aircraft, accompanied by coalition aircraft, conducted a planned raid (or Air Mission Prohibition) on a site run by Daesh fighters serving as a place of arms storage. On 16 and 19 May, Mirage2000D conducted support missions to ISPs, including destroying a piece of enemy artillery.]

‘Chammal : La base aérienne projetée en Jordanie participe à la libération de la ville de Rutbah

Les aéronefs français déployés sur la Base aérienne projetée (BAP) en Jordanie ont participé entre le 13 et 19 mai 2016 à la libération de la ville de Rutbah, située dans la province d’Al-Anbar au sud-ouest de l’Irak.

Les Forces de sécurité irakiennes (FSI) ont annoncé le 19 mai avoir repris la ville de Rutbah, tenue par le groupe terroriste Daech depuis l’été 2014. A proximité des frontières jordanienne et syrienne, cette ville se situe sur un des axes permettant de relier l’Irak à la Jordanie et la Syrie. Pour Daech, elle servait de pôle logistique, notamment pour la fabrication d’IED.

Aux côtés d’autres appareils de la coalition internationale, les équipages des Mirage 2000D de la BAP ont mené plusieurs missions de bombardement. Le 13 mai une patrouille de deux avions, accompagnée d’aéronefs de la coalition, a conduit un raid planifié (ou mission Air Interdiction) sur un site tenu par des combattants de Daech servant de lieu de stockage d’armement. Les 16 et 19 mai, les Mirage2000D ont réalisé des missions d’appui aux FSI, détruisant notamment une pièce d’artillerie ennemie. Enfin, l’appareil Atlantique2de la Marine nationale a conduit des missions de renseignement et d’évaluation de frappes sur la zone, permettant ainsi de récolter les informations nécessaires à la planification des missions à venir.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal mobilise actuellement 1000 militaires. Elle vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à assurer un soutien aérien en Irak et en Syrie dans la lutte contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech, en frappant l’organisation terroriste avec ses moyens aériens. Le dispositif complet est actuellement structuré autour de quatorze avions de chasse de l’armée de l’Air (six Rafale, huit Mirage2000D) d’un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2 ainsi que de capacités de renseignement, de commandement, de contrôle (C2) et de ravitaillement. Il comprend également une centaine de militaires projetés à Bagdad et Erbil pour la formation et le conseil des états-majors et unités irakiennes.’

 

May 21st-22nd 2016
Iraq 14 strikes (8,457-8,470)
Syria 3 strikes +4* (3,941-3,947)
Confirmed actions: US, FRANCE

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 21, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three strikes using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed two ISIL oil pump-jacks.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes struck an ISIL command and control node and destroyed an ISIL mortar system.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL ammunition cache.
*       Near Fallujah, one strike [1 French?] destroyed two ISIL bunkers and two ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Habbaniyah, two strikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL supply cache.
*       Near Haditha, one strike produced inconclusive results.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL bulldozer.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes [3 French?] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL supply cache, an ISIL weapons cache, two ISIL assembly areas, and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Qayyarah, three strikes struck an ISIL headquarters and destroyed an ISIL mortar system and an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Sinjar, two strikes [1 French] struck an ISIL vehicle borne improvised device (VBIED) facility and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.’

Additionally, see May 22nd-23rd for amended number of Syria strikes

Destruction of an armored car production site loaded with explosives for a planned strike against Daesh by Operation Chammal, thirty kilometers south of Sinjar (northern Iraq), 21 May.

Destruction of an armored car production site loaded with explosives for a planned strike on Daeah by Operation Chammal, thirty kilometers south of Sinjar (northern Iraq).’

Update from French MoD for 21 May:
[Reports that on May 21, 2016, a patrol of two Mirage 2000D conducted a planned strike (Air Prohibition) about thirty kilometers south of Sinjar in northern Iraq. An armored vehicle manufacturing site loaded with explosives was destroyed (vehicle-borne improvised explosive device). During the same day, the air support mission (CAS – Close Air Support) have succeeded in the Mosul region of northern Iraq, but also of Fallujah in Anbar Valley. All day, the Mirage 2000D took turns in the Iraqi skies, ready to strike in favor of friendly troops who request it. Aircraft of Chammal operation thus struck four times on the enemy lines, destroying fighting positions, heavy weapons and vehicles of the terrorist organization.]

‘Le 21 mai 2016, une patrouille de deux Mirage 2000D a réalisé une frappe planifiée (Air Interdiction) à une trentaine de kilomètres au sud de Sinjar, dans le nord de l’Irak. Un site de production de véhicules blindés chargés d’explosifs a été détruit (vehicle-borne improvised explosive device). Ces véhicules-suicide sont fréquemment utilisés par Daech pour tenter de percer les lignes de défense des forces de sécurité irakiennes.

Durant la même journée, les missions d’appui aérien (CAS – Close Air Support) se sont succédées dans la région de Mossoul, au nord de l’Irak, mais aussi de Falloujah, dans la vallée de l’Anbar. Toute la journée, les Mirage 2000D se sont relayés dans le ciel irakien, prêts à frapper au profit des troupes amies qui en feraient la demande. Les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont ainsi frappé à quatre reprises sur les lignes ennemies, détruisant des positions de combat, de l’armement lourd ou des véhicules de l’organisation terroriste.’

 

May 22nd-23rd 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (8,471-8,480)
Syria 7 strikes (3,948-3,954)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, FRANCE

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 22, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using attack, fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosives (VBEID) facility and an ISIL oil pump-jack.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes struck an ISIL weapons storage facility and destroyed an ISIL rocket rail.

Iraq
*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
*       Near Fallujah, two strikes [1 French with others, 1 British] struck an ISIL weapons facility and an ISIL improvised weapons factory and destroyed three ISIL bunkers and two ISIL tunnel entrances.
*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL supply cache, and an ISIL vehicle, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes struck an ISIL communications control center and destroyed two ISIL VBIEDs, two ISIL mortar systems, and two ISIL supply caches and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.

Additionally, on the strike release issued 22 May the following strikes were not included due to an administrative error.

*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.
*       
Near Ayn Isa, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle’

A snapshot of Daesh targets destroyed or damaged by coalition strikes from May 17- May 23.
A snapshot of Daesh targets destroyed or damaged by coalition strikes from May 17- May 23.
A United States Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to VFA-103 'Jolly Rogers', refuels from a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport in the skies over the Middle East region. (Aus MoD)
A United States Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to VFA-103 ‘Jolly Rogers’, refuels from a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport in the skies over the Middle East region. (Aus MoD)

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 22 May:

‘Sunday 22 May – Tornados continued to provide close air support around Fallujah, destroying a tunnel complex…Further close air support was provided around Fallujah on Sunday 22 May, when Tornados bombed a tunnel complex where weapons and ammunition were stored.’

During the night of May 22 to 23, 2016 , four Mirage 2000D armed SCALP missiles (long-range cruise autonomous system) destroy a Daesh weapons and explosives production site in the Fallujah region of Iraq.

Update from French MoD for 21-23 May:
[Reports that from 21 to 23 May 2016, Mirage 2000D have repeatedly hit Daesh, day and night. A dozen targets have been destroyed by two planned strikes and ground support missions conducted during the weekend. May 21, 2016, a patrol of two Mirage 2000D conducted a planned strike (Air Prohibition) about thirty kilometers south of Sinjar in northern Iraq. An armored vehicle manufacturing site loaded with explosives was destroyed (vehicle-borne improvised explosive device). During the same day, the air support mission (CAS – Close Air Support) have succeeded in the Mosul region of northern Iraq, but also of Fallujah in Anbar Valley. All day, the Mirage 2000D took turns in the Iraqi skies, ready to strike in favor of friendly troops who request it. Aircraft of Chammal operation thus struck four times on the enemy lines, destroying fighting positions, heavy weapons and vehicles of the terrorist organization. Finally, on the night of May 22 to 23, 2016, four Mirage 2000D equipped with SCALP missiles (long-range cruise autonomous system) hit and destroyed a weapons production site and explosive in the Fallujah area. The planned mission was conducted jointly with four other units of the international coalition (IRO).]

‘Chammal : 48h de frappes contre Daech

Mise à jour : 23/05/2016 18:16

Du 21 au 23 mai 2016, les Mirage 2000D déployés sur la base aérienne projetée en Jordanie ont frappé à plusieurs reprises le groupe terroriste Daech, de jour comme de nuit. Une douzaine d’objectifs ont ainsi été détruits par de 2 frappes planifiées et des missions d’appui au sol conduites durant le week-end. Ces opérations s’inscrivent dans la stratégie d’érosion et de désarticulation du système Daech.

Le 21 mai 2016, une patrouille de deux Mirage 2000D a réalisé une frappe planifiée (Air Interdiction) à une trentaine de kilomètres au sud de Sinjar, dans le nord de l’Irak. Un site de production de véhicules blindés chargés d’explosifs a été détruit (vehicle-borne improvised explosive device). Ces véhicules-suicide sont fréquemment utilisés par Daech pour tenter de percer les lignes de défense des forces de sécurité irakiennes.

Durant la même journée, les missions d’appui aérien (CAS – Close Air Support) se sont succédées dans la région de Mossoul, au nord de l’Irak, mais aussi de Falloujah, dans la vallée de l’Anbar. Toute la journée, les Mirage 2000D se sont relayés dans le ciel irakien, prêts à frapper au profit des troupes amies qui en feraient la demande. Les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont ainsi frappé à quatre reprises sur les lignes ennemies, détruisant des positions de combat, de l’armement lourd ou des véhicules de l’organisation terroriste.

Enfin, dans la nuit du 22 au 23 mai 2016, quatre Mirage 2000D équipés de missiles SCALP (système de croisière autonome à longue portée) ont frappé et détruit un site de production d’armement et d’explosif dans la région de Falloujah. Cette mission planifiée a été menée conjointement avec quatre autres appareils de la coalition internationale (OIR).

Le nombre et la diversité des missions réalisées en 48 heures témoignent de la détermination et du professionnalisme des aviateurs de la force Chammal.

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

May 23rd-24th 2016
Iraq 12 strikes (8,481-8,492)
Syria 7 strikes (3,955-3,961)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
5 civilians including 1 womand and 2 or more children alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq 
3 civilians reported injured at Al Mayadeen, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 23, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Al Shaddadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL military garrison.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).
*       Near Fallujah, four strikes [1 British?] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL light machine gun, an ISIL front end loader, an ISIL mortar system, three ISIL VBIED storage facilities, two ISIL rocket positions, and three ISIL mortar positions.
*       
Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL IED storage facility.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes [1 British with others] destroyed two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL VBIED, an ISIL mortar system, and an ISIL fighting position and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike struck two ISIL headquarters.
*       
Near Sinjar, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.’

A United States Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to VFA-103 'Jolly Rogers', refuels from a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport in the skies over the Middle East region. (Aus MoD)
A United States Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to VFA-103 ‘Jolly Rogers’, refuels from a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport in the skies over the Middle East region. (Aus MoD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update from UK MoD for Monday 23 May:

‘Monday 23 May – A Reaper attacked a terrorist checkpoint in Syria, near Dayr az Zawr; Typhoons struck a truck-bomb workshop near Mosul, mortar and rocket teams near Habbaniyah; and Tornados hit a mortar team near Fallujah…On Monday 23 May Tornados used a Brimstone missile against a further mortar team near Fallujah. Not far away, Iraqi ground forces were in close combat north of Habbaniyah assisted by a pair of RAF Typhoons that struck a mortar team and a rocket position with Paveways. In the north of the country two more Typhoons contributed to a coalition strike on Daesh installations west of Mosul, a workshop preparing truck-bombs was assigned as the RAF target and successfully demolished by a Paveway. Across the border, in eastern Syria, an RAF Reaper identified a terrorist checkpoint north-west of Dayr az Zawr and destroyed it with a Hellfire missile.’

Update from Dutch MoD for 16-23 May:
[Reports that  F-16s of the Air Task Force Middle East bombed several targets in Iraq. They gave air support to Iraqi security forces and Peshmerga fighters.”]

‘F-16’s van de Air Task Force Middle East bombardeerden diverse doelen in Irak. Ze gaven luchtsteun aan Iraakse veiligheidstroepen en Peshmerga-strijders. Inmiddels is door hen 45% van het door ISIS bezette gebied bevrijd. De coalitie zorgt zo samen met lokale troepen voor ontwrichting van de terreurorganisatie.’

 

May 24th-25th 2016
Iraq 15 strikes (8,493-8,507)
Syria 2 strikes (3,962-3,963)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
Up to 70 friendly forces alleged killed at Fallujah,  Anbar province, Iraq 
7 civilians including at least 2 children alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq 

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 24, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted two strikes using ground-attack and attack aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL mortar system.

Iraq


*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Bayji, one strike [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Fallujah, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL front end loader.
*       Near Habbaniyah, three strikes destroyed an ISIL fighting position, four ISIL weapons caches, and an ISIL tunnel and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, three ISIL assembly areas, three ISIL bed down locations, and an ISIL tunnel and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed two ISIL mortar systems.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 24 May:

‘Tuesday 24 May – Tornados, Typhoons and a Reaper supported Iraqi ground forces around Fallujah, Qayyarah and Bayji, destroying three Daesh positions and three weapon stockpiles…A Royal Air Force Reaper remotely piloted aircraft patrolled near Bayji on Tuesday 24 May, where Daesh terrorists were engaged in combat with Iraqi forces. The Reaper used one Hellfire missile to destroy an artillery gun that was firing on the Iraqi troops, it then used a second Hellfire to break up an attempted Daesh attack along a gully. In northern Iraq, Tornado GR4s attacked a Daesh-held building near Qayyarah with a Paveway IV guided bomb. With the Iraqi offensive to liberate Fallujah well under way, a pair of Paveway-armed Typhoons provided close air support west of the city, where they destroyed three stockpiles of terrorist weapons and ammunition.’

Update from French MoD for 18-24 May:
[Reports 19 strikes in Iraq, destroying 27 targets: 17 ground support strikes – with a focus on supporting ground operations in Mosul and Fallujah –  and 2 planned strikes: On May 21, a patrol of two M2000D conducted a raid in the area of Sinjar against an armored vehicle manufacturing site loaded with explosives; on May 22, a patrol of 4 M2000D struck in Fallujah a weapons production site and explosive.]

‘Chammal : 19 frappes contre Daech en Irak cette semaine, 27 objectifs détruits

Du 18 au 24 mai 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech en réalisant 56 sorties dont 46 de bombardement et 9 de recueil de renseignement. Au total 19 frappes ont détruit 27 objectifs de Daech.
Cette semaine la force Chammal a fait porter son effort sur l’appui des opérations terrestres dans les régions de Mossoul et de Fallujah. Elle a en parallèle poursuivi son action visant à affaiblir les structures de l’organisation terroriste en conduisant deux frappes planifiées sur des objectifs d’importance.
17 frappes d’appui au sol ont été réalisées en Irak au cours de la semaine
La force Chammal a réalisé des missions d’appui au sol en soutien des FSI en faisant effort sur les secteurs de Fallujah et Mossoul.
2 frappes planifiées ont été conduites en Irak
  • Le 21 mai une patrouille de 2 M2000D a réalisé un raid dans la région de Sinjar contre un site de production de véhicules blindés chargés d’explosifs.
  • Le 22 mai une patrouille de 4 M2000D a frappé à Fallujah un site de production d’armement et d’explosif.’

 

May 25th-26th 2016
Iraq 24 strikes (8,508-8,531)
Syria 5 strikes (3,964-3,968)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
6-9 civilians including 1 child alleged killed at Rashidiya, Nineveh province, Iraq 

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 25, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted five strikes using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and  against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Al Shaddadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Ayn Isa, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Palmyra, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Fallujah, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL tunnels, four ISIL vehicles, an ISIL artillery piece, an ISIL weapons cache, and three ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike [1 British] struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL bunkers, and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
*       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).
*       Near Hit, one strike destroyed two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units, five ISIL headquarters, an ISIL media center, and an ISIL communication headquarters and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL weapons cache, and an ISIL supply cache.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck two ISIL rocket production facilities and an ISIL headquarters and destroyed an ISIL rocket position.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes suppressed two ISIL mortar positions.
*       Near Tal Afar, eight strikes struck eight ISIL-used bridges and an ISIL-used culvert and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 25 May:

‘Wednesday 25 May – Typhoons provided close air support to Iraqi troops in the area between Ramadi and Fallujah, hitting a bunker, an artillery piece and two positions including a machine-gun team…Typhoon operations west of Fallujah continued on Wednesday 25 May, when they patrolled the area leading to Habbaniyah and on to the outskirts of Ramadi. They conducted a series of Paveway IV attacks, accounting for two Daesh positions, including a heavy machine-gun team, as well as an artillery piece and a bunker.’

 

Update from French MoD for 26 May:

[‘Reports 19 strikes in Iraq: 17 ground support strikes and 2 planned strikes. On May 21, a patrol of two Mirage 2000D conducted a raid in the area of Sinjar against an armored vehicle manufacturing site loaded with explosives. On May 22, a patrol of four Mirage 2000D struck a weapons and explosives production site in Fallujah. Between 13 and 19 May, French forces participated in the  liberation of the city of Rutbah, in the province of Al-Anbar southwest Iraq.]

‘Point de situation des opérations du 26 mai 2016

Mise à jour : 26/05/2016 18:26

Point de situation des opérations du 26 mai 2016

La situation militaire est restée globalement stable au cours de la semaine. Daech défend de façon discontinue les territoires conquis en 2014 pour sanctuariser ses points forts et ses axes logistiques.En Irak, les Forces de sécurité irakiennes (FSI) sont engagées dans près de neuf opérations militaires contre Daech. Elles conservent l’initiative tactique dans l’Anbar en remportant des succès face à Daech. Elles entament également la libération de nouvelles zones, malgré une forte résistance dans la vallée du Tigre.

Dans la vallée de l’Euphrate, la ville de Rutbah a été saisie par les forces irakiennes, dont l’ICTS, le jeudi 19 mai. A proximité des frontières jordanienne et syrienne, cette ville se situe sur un des axes permettant de relier l’Irak à la Jordanie et la Syrie. Elle servait de pôle logistique à Daech, notamment pour la fabrication d’IED. Cette victoire permet aux FSI de reporter leurs efforts sur la libération de la ville de Falloujah. Après avoir concentré leurs efforts sur l’encerclement de la ville, les autorités ont annoncé le lancement des opérations de reprise de la ville, actuellement tenue par le groupe terroriste. Les opérations seront appuyées par les forces aériennes de la coalition. La libération de la ville prendra du temps car Daech a eu le temps de piéger de nombreux ouvrages d’art et de poser des IED pour ralentir la progression des FSI.

Dans la vallée du Tigre, les forces irakiennes font face à un dispositif de défense complexe dans la région de Quayarah. Il s’agit pour Daech d’une zone vitale que l’organisation est prête à défendre fermement. Toute progression est ainsi rendue très lente. Les forces irakiennes privent Daech de toute possibilité de reprise de terrain. Elles mènent des opérations tactiques dans l’objectif d’isoler la ville de Mossoul. Actuellement en phase de montée en puissance, elles devraient entamer prochainement la reprise de ces territoires du Nord.
L’ensemble de ces opérations ne doivent pas masquer les actions menées par Daech. Privé de liberté d’action sur la ligne de front, le groupe terroriste perpétue des attentats dans la capitale irakienne. L’objectif est de terroriser la population et de pousser les autorités gouvernementales à dépourvoir leur ligne de front pour rapatrier des troupes dans la capitale. A ce jour, cette tactique ne produit pas l’effet escompté sur le gouvernement irakien.Globalement, la coalition poursuit son travail de fond qui consiste à frapper pour affaiblir Daech tout en renforçant les partenaires irakiens. Cette stratégie produit des résultats et les opérations dans l’Anbar démontrent que Daech, privé de l’initiative, avec des capacités financières réduites, des installations logistiques et militaires systématiquement détruites, est maintenant à la portée des acteurs locaux.
Activités de la force Chammal

Depuis le 18 mai 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech, en réalisant 56 sorties dont 46 de bombardement et 9 de recueil de renseignement.

Elles ont permis la réalisation de 19 frappes, aboutissant à la destruction de 27 objectifs de Daech.
Cette semaine, la force Chammal a fait porter son effort sur l’appui des opérations terrestres dans les régions de Mossoul et de Fallujah.

Elle a en parallèle poursuivi son action visant à affaiblir les structures de l’organisation terroriste en conduisant deux frappes planifiées sur des objectifs d’importance.

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

La force Chammal a réalisé des missions d’appui au sol en soutien des FSI, en portant leurs efforts sur les secteurs de Falloujah et Mossoul.

Les aéronefs français déployés sur la base aérienne projetée en Jordanie ont également participé entre le 13 et 19 mai 2016 à la libération de la ville de Rutbah, située dans la province d’Al-Anbar au sud-ouest de l’Irak.
2 frappes planifiées ont été conduites en Irak :
Le 21 mai, une patrouille de deux Mirage 2000D a réalisé un raid dans la région de Sinjar contre un site de production de véhicules blindés chargés d’explosifs. ➡️Voir la vidéo
Le 22 mai, une patrouille de quatre Mirage 2000D a frappé à Falloujah un site de production d’armement et d’explosif. ➡️Voir la vidéo

May 26th-27th 2016
Iraq 23 strikes (8,532-8,554)
Syria 2 strikes (3,969-3,970)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 26, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted two strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and against ISIL targets.The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed two ISIL oil-pump jacks.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL artillery piece.
*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike struck an ISIL financial center.
*       Near Fallujah, five strikes [1 British] struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, five ISIL weapons caches, and an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).
*       Near Habbaniyah, two strikes [1 British] struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL anti-air artillery piece, and an ISIL recoilless rifle.
*       Near Kisik, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL supply cache, an ISIL mortar position, and an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Mosul, eight strikes [1 British?] struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, four ISIL vehicles, four ISIL assembly areas, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike struck an ISIL headquarters.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes struck two ISIL-used bridges.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 26 May:

‘Thursday 26 May – Typhoons continued to support operations in the Fallujah area, and eliminated a team of suicide bombers north of Baghdad, while Tornados struck Daesh positions and a tunnel near Mosul…They returned to the same area the following day [Thursday 26 May], hitting an ammunition cache that had been spotted near the destroyed bunker. They then struck a building north-east of Fallujah where a large group of terrorists had been reported massing for a counter-attack. In the north, Tornados bombed two terrorist-held buildings and a tunnel near Mosul. Later in the day, a Typhoon flight was tasked with eliminating a group of suicide bombers who had been spotted north of Baghdad, preparing for an attempted diversionary attack on the security cordon around the city; a Paveway IV demolished the building in which they were hiding.’

 

May 27th-28th 2016
Iraq 28 strikes (8,555-8,582)
Syria 6 strikes (3,971-3,976)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
39-65 civilians including 2-7 children and 1 woman alleged killed at Kaljibrin near Azaz, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 27, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted six strikes using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and against ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) factory.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Manbij, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL-used cave.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed an ISIL bunker and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Fallujah, four strikes [1 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles and an ISIL tunnel entrance.
*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL VBIED.
*       Near Hit, one strike [1 British] struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun.
*       Near Kisik, two strikes suppressed two separate ISIL mortar positions.
*       Near Mosul, eight strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL assembly areas, six ISIL supply caches, an ISIL command and control node, and an ISIL VBIED and damaged an ISIL staging area and suppressed an ISIL rocket position.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and suppressed an ISIL rocket position and an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Tal Afar, four strikes struck three separate ISIL headquarters and an ISIL weapons storage facility.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 27 May:

‘Friday 27 May – Typhoons and a Reaper provided further intensive support around Fallujah; Tornados also destroyed a truck-bomb near Hit and a mortar team near Mosul…Friday 27 May again saw intensive air operations along the Euphrates valley around Fallujah and the wider area. Typhoons silenced two sniper teams with Paveway strikes, then intervened in a closely fought combat between Iraqi troops and Daesh near Habbaniyah; particular care and precision was needed to avoid causing casualties to the Iraqi forces, but three successful Paveway attacks were accomplished. A second Typhoon flight destroyed a light anti-aircraft gun that was firing on Iraqi personnel near Hit, whilst a pair of Tornados used a Brimstone missile to destroy a truck-bomb in the same area. A Reaper was also active over the Euphrates, using a Hellfire to destroy a vehicle-mounted terrorist team, armed with rocket-propelled grenades, on the outskirts of Fallujah.
Despite these efforts around Fallujah, the Kurdish forces in the north were not neglected: Tornados bombed a mortar position near Mosul.’

May 28th-29th 2016
Iraq 21 strikes +1* (8,583-8,604)
Syria 9 strikes (3,977-3,985)
Confirmed actions: US, FRANCE
7 civilians alleged killed at Ma’re, Aleppo governorate, Syria
4 civilians alleged killed at Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 28, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using bomber, attack, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack and fighter aircraft and against ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes struck an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) factory and an ISIL weapons storage center.
*       Near Manbij, four strikes destroyed 11 ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL ammunitions facility and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL tactical vehicles and an ISIL vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed an ISIL VBIED and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Fallujah, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL vehicles, two ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL VBIED, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL tunnel entrance, and an ISIL heavy macine gun.
*       Near Habbaniyah, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, 12 ISIL rocket rails, and an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Hit, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns, and an ISIL boat.
*       Near Kisik, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL headquarters and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Mosul, 12 strikes struck eight separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL headquarters and destroyed 15 ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL supply cache, five ISIL weapons caches, four ISIL vehicles, two ISIL command and control nodes and damaged an ISIL assembly area and suppressed three ISIL tactical units.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed five ISIL rocket rails with rockets.’

* see May 29th-30th report for amended Iraq strikes

Update from French MoD for 28 May:
[Reports particularly intense activity on 28 and 29 May with 14 strikes carried out in less than 48 hours against Daesh fortified positions, command posts and logistics pads.]

‘Du 25 au 31 mai 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech en réalisant 40 sorties dont 36 de bombardement et 3 de recueil de renseignement. Au total 27 frappes ont détruit 31 objectifs de Daech.
Cette semaine la force Chammal a maintenu son effort pour appuyer les opérations terrestres dans les régions de Mossoul et de Falloujah. Cet effort a été particulièrement intense les journées du 28 et du 29 mai, avec 14 frappes réalisées en moins de 48 heures contre des positions fortifiées, des moyens de tir indirect, ainsi que des postes de commandement et des plots logistiques utilisés par les combattants de Daech.’

May 29th-30th 2016
Iraq 19 strikes (8,605-8,623)
Syria 5 strikes (3,986-3,990)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, FRANCE

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 29, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted five strikes using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and bomber, ground-attack, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed six ISIL cranes and two ISIL road graders.
*       Near Manbij, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 13 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL command and control node, and three ISIL boats.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Bashir, one strike destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
*       Near Fallujah, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL tactical vehicles, an ISIL front end loader, an ISIL improvised explosive device (IED), two ISIL tunnel entrances, three ISIL-used foot bridges, and damaged a separate ISIL fighting position and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Habbaniyah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Hit, one strike [1 British] struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL boats, and an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Kisik, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Mosul, eight strikes [1 British] struck three separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL weapons storage center and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, six ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL tunnel entrance, seven ISIL weapons caches, five ISIL vehicles, five ISIL command and control nodes, 11 ISIL mortar positions, six ISIL artillery pieces, two ISIL rocket rails, seven ISIL vehicle borne IED, and damaged an ISIL anti-air artillery piece and suppressed an ISIL rocket position and an ISIL tactical unit and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL headquarters, and an ISIL mortar position and suppressed an ISIL machine gun position.

Additionally, on May 28, one strike was not reported due to an administrative error:

Iraq

*       Near Hit, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL fighting positions, and an ISIL boat.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 29 May:

‘Sunday 29 May – Tornados attacked a terrorist vehicle near Hit, Typhoons struck a mortar and truck-bomb near Mosul…There were two further attacks near Mosul on Sunday 29 May, conducted by Typhoons against another mortar position and a large truck-bomb that was being prepared for use. In the south, near Hit, a Tornado patrol destroyed a Daesh vehicle with a Brimstone missile.’

Update from French MoD for 29 May:
[Reports particularly intense activity on 28 and 29 May with 14 strikes carried out in less than 48 hours against Daesh fortified positions, command posts and logistics pads.]

‘Du 25 au 31 mai 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech en réalisant 40 sorties dont 36 de bombardement et 3 de recueil de renseignement. Au total 27 frappes ont détruit 31 objectifs de Daech.
Cette semaine la force Chammal a maintenu son effort pour appuyer les opérations terrestres dans les régions de Mossoul et de Falloujah. Cet effort a été particulièrement intense les journées du 28 et du 29 mai, avec 14 frappes réalisées en moins de 48 heures contre des positions fortifiées, des moyens de tir indirect, ainsi que des postes de commandement et des plots logistiques utilisés par les combattants de Daech.’

Update from French MoD for 29th May:
[On 29 May 2016, the coalition focused its efforts to support an offensive by the Peshmerga around Mosul as part of operations to allow the resumption of the city, which fell into the hands of Daech for nearly two years. French Rafales have repeatedly operated at night in particularly complex conditions, and their interventions have destroyed several Daesh mortar positions rocket launchers, as well as a command center and logistics depots.]

‘Chammal : Appui air-sol des Rafale au profit des Peshmergas dans la région de Mossoul

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Le 29 mai 2016, la coalition a concentré ses efforts pour appuyer une offensive des Peshmergas autour de Mossoul dans le cadre des opérations visant à permettre la reprise de la ville, qui est tombée aux mains de Daech depuis bientôt deux ans.

La participation de la composante aérienne de l’opération Chammal a été importante avec l’engagement de plusieurs patrouilles de chasseurs et d’un Atlantique2.

Les Rafale de la base des Emirats arabes unis ont notamment été engagés à plusieurs reprises contre des combattants de Daech qui interdisaient l’avancée des Peshmergas. Réalisées de nuit dans des conditions particulièrement complexes, leurs interventions ont permis la destruction de plusieurs positions de mortiers et de lance-roquettes, ainsi que d’un centre de commandement et des dépôts logistiques.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal mobilise actuellement 1000 militaires. Elle vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à assurer un soutien aérien en Irak et en Syrie dans la lutte contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech, en frappant l’organisation terroriste avec ses moyens aériens. Le dispositif complet est actuellement structuré autour de quatorze avions de chasse de l’armée de l’Air (six Rafale, huit Mirage2000D) d’un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique2de la Marine nationale ainsi que de capacités de renseignement, de commandement, de contrôle (C2) et de ravitaillement. Il comprend également une centaine de militaires projetés à Bagdad et Erbil pour la formation et le conseil des états-majors et unités irakiennes.’

Since 1 January, France has conducted 1,310 flights across Iraq and Syria, 329 strikes against Daesh and destroyed 536 targets. The video above shows a strike on Mosul, destroying a Daesh command center – in support of Iraqi Security Forces on the ground – on 29 May.

May 30th-31st 2016
Iraq 13 strikes (8,624-8,636)
Syria 11 strikes (3,991-4,001)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 30, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes using bomber, attack, ground-attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and bomber, ground-attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL oil pump jack.
*       Near Manbij, nine strikes [1 British] struck two separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL improvised explosive device (IED) factory and destroyed 26 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL mortar position, two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL supply cache, and three ISIL tunnels.
*       Near Washiyah, one strike struck an ISIL weapons production factory.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike struck an ISIL bed down location and an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Fallujah, three [1 British?] strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions, five ISIL vehicles, an ISIL heavy machine gun, three ISIL heavy machine gun positions, two ISIL recoilless rifles, and an ISIL mortar system and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Hit, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL anti-air artillery piece, an ISIL vehicle, and two ISIL weapons caches and suppressed an ISIL machine gun position.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes [2 British] struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, eight ISIL assembly areas, five ISIL vehicles, an ISIL command and control node, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised device (VBIED) facility, three ISIL VBIEDs, and an ISIL heavy machine gun and suppressed an ISIL mortar position and an ISIL light machine gun position and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL mortar system, three ISIL supply caches, and an ISIL IED factory.
*       Near Tal Afar, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 30 May:

‘Monday 30 May – Tornados conducted attacks on two improvised explosive device factories in northern Syria, as well as Daesh extremists near Mosul; Typhoons attacked terrorist positions around Mosul and Fallujah…Intelligence work had identified two factory sites in northern Syria, between Al Bab and Manbij, producing improvised explosive devices. A pair of Tornados, armed with 1,000lb Enhanced Paveway II bombs, conducted a deliberate strike on the two sites on Monday 30 May. A Tornado reconnaissance patrol near Mosul used a Paveway to attack a group of terrorists, and a Brimstone to destroy their support vehicle.
Typhoons also destroyed three weapon stockpiles to the east of Mosul. Another Typhoon mission maintained a close air support presence over Fallujah, and, working very closely with a coalition surveillance aircraft, used Paveway IVs to attack an armed truck and a Daesh fighting position.’

May 31st-1st June 2016
Iraq 13 strikes (8,637-8,649)
Syria 21 strikes (4,002-4,022)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On May 31, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes using bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, ground-attack, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed two ISIL oil pump jacks.
*       Near Manbij, 18 strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units, two ISIL headquarters, two ISIL logistics facilities, an ISIL assembly area, an ISIL weapons cache, and an ISIL training base and destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL headquarters, two ISIL vehicles, two ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL cave entrance, two ISIL communication towers, an ISIL artillery system, an ISIL ammunition storage facility, and six ISIL-used bridges and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL mortar system.

Iraq

*       Near Fallujah, four strikes [2-3 British] struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL vehicles, five ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL bunkers, three ISIL weapons caches, and an ISIL IED and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit and denied ISIL access to terrain.
*       Near Hit, two strikes [1 British] struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL recoilless rifle, and two ISIL boats.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes [1 British] struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, 14 ISIL assembly areas, five ISIL vehicles, an ISIL command and control node, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) facility, an ISIL VBIED, four ISIL weapons caches, four ISIL rocket rails, and an ISIL mortar system and suppressed a separate ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Rawah, one strike struck an ISIL VBIED factory.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL refueling station.’

Update from UK MoD for 31 May:

‘Tuesday 31 May – Reapers, Typhoons and Tornados all provided close air support to the Fallujah offensive, as well as destroying other Daesh targets in northern and western Iraq…
With Iraqi ground forces continuing operations to liberate Fallujah, Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s, Typhoon FGR4s, and Reapers joined other coalition aircraft in providing intensive close air support.
On Tuesday 31 May, Tornados used Paveway IV guided bombs to destroy two heavy machine-guns that were threatening the advancing Iraqi forces; one, mounted on a truck concealed in a palm grove north of Fallujah, the second in a building on the southern outskirts of the city. In northern Iraq, a Typhoon and a Reaper provided assistance to the Kurdish peshmerga and Iraqi forces. The Typhoons destroyed the headquarters of a local Daesh commander to the south-east of Mosul, using Paveway IVs, while the Reaper assisted a coalition aircraft in targeting an engineering vehicle used for constructing defences near Qayyarah, then used its own Hellfire missiles against two terrorist mortar teams. Both the Typhoons and the Reaper then flew south to add their weight to air operations over Fallujah. The Typhoons successfully attacked a third heavy machine-gun position. The Reaper kept close watch on a group of terrorists test-firing and loading weapons, including a heavy machine gun, onto a supply truck. The reaper then destroyed the truck with a direct hit from a Hellfire missile.
Further west, along the Euphrates, near the recently liberated town of Hit, a second Reaper provided support to Iraqi forces consolidating the security of the surrounding area. The Reaper destroyed both a machine-gun team and a vehicle carrying a recoilless anti-tank gun with its Hellfires.’

Update from Dutch MoD for 31 May:
[Dutch F-16s bombed several targets in Iraq in the fight against ISIS.  Dutch F-16s from Air Task Force Middle East (ME ATF) contributed to the offensive to retake Fallujah. They used the weapons several times to support the Iraqi Security Forces. In addition, weapons were deployed in northern Iraq, where the Peshmerga were fighting against ISIS. This week, Dutch efforts destroyed rocket launchers and various firing positions.]

Dutch F-16s bombed several targets in Iraq in the fight against ISIS. The devices include helped in ousting fighters of the terrorist organization from Fallujah. An overview of Defense Operations in the week of May 23rd to May 30th.

‘Weekoverzicht Defensieoperaties

Nederlandse F-16’s bombardeerden diverse doelen in Irak in de strijd tegen ISIS. De toestellen hielpen onder meer bij het verdrijven van strijders van de terreurorganisatie uit Fallujah. Een overzicht van Defensieoperaties in de week van 23 mei tot 30 mei.

De Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) begonnen afgelopen week met hun offensief om de Iraakse stad Fallujah te heroveren op ISIS. Vliegtuigen van de internationale coalitie ondersteunden de Irakezen hierbij vanuit de lucht. Ook Nederlandse F-16’s van Air Task Force Middle East (ATF ME) leverden hun bijdrage. Ze zetten meermaals hun wapens in om de ISF te ondersteunen in de buurt van Fallujah. Daarnaast was ook veelvuldig wapeninzet nodig in Noord-Irak, waar de Peshmerga strijdt tegen ISIS. Deze week zijn door Nederlandse inzet onder meer raketlanceerinstallaties en verschillende vuurposities vernietigd.’

Update from French MoD for 25-31 May:
[Reports 27 ground support strikes in Iraq destroying 31 targets. Efforts were centred around Mosul and Falllujah, with particularly intense activity on 28 and 29 May with 14 strikes carried out in less than 48 hours against Daesh fortified positions, command posts and logistics pads.]

‘Chammal : 27 frappes contre Daech en Irak cette semaine, 31 objectifs détruits

Armée française – Opérations militaires·Wednesday, 1 June 2016

État-major des armées | 1er juin 2016

Du 25 au 31 mai 2016, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech en réalisant 40 sorties dont 36 de bombardement et 3 de recueil de renseignement. Au total 27 frappes ont détruit 31 objectifs de Daech.
Cette semaine la force Chammal a maintenu son effort pour appuyer les opérations terrestres dans les régions de Mossoul et de Falloujah. Cet effort a été particulièrement intense les journées du 28 et du 29 mai, avec 14 frappes réalisées en moins de 48 heures contre des positions fortifiées, des moyens de tir indirect, ainsi que des postes de commandement et des plots logistiques utilisés par les combattants de Daech.

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

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

Monthly Australian MoD summary for May 2016:

F/A-18 IRAQ
Month Sorties Hours Munitions
F/A-18F
Sep-14 4 10 0
Oct-14 79 638 25
Nov-14 62 489 49
Dec-14 76 586 61
Jan-15 70 601 53
Feb-15 66 541 35
Mar-15 61 496 55
F/A-18F Total 418 3361 278
F/A-18A
Mar-15 22 160 8
Apr-15 72 536 43
May-15 66 484 45
Jun-15 72 513 42
Jul-15 66 486 42
Aug-15 74 544 39
Sep-15 60 454 37
Oct-15 78 570 34
Nov-15 70 540 73
Dec-15 73 539 81
Jan-16 74 561 111
Feb-16 62 474 69
Mar-16 82 624 80
Apr-16 80 624 71
May-16 78 614.2 91
F/A-18A Total 1033 7754.9 871
Total 1,451 11,116 1,149
F/A-18 SYRIA
Month Sorties Hours Munitions
F/A-18F
Sep-14 0 0 0
Oct-14 0 0 0
Nov-14 0 0 0
Dec-14 0 0 0
Jan-15 0 0 0
Feb-15 0 0 0
Mar-15 0 0 0
F/A-18F Total 0 0 0
F/A-18A
Mar-15 0 0 0
Apr-15 0 0 0
May-15 0 0 0
Jun-15 0 0 0
Jul-15 0 0 0
Aug-15 0 0 0
Sep-15 18 143 2
Oct-15 0 0 0
Nov-15 0 0 0
Dec-15 10 57 21
Jan-16 6 33 11
Feb-16 4 27 4
Mar-16 0 0 0
Apr-16 0 0 0
May-16 0 0 0
F/A-18A Total 38 259.6 38
Total 38 260 38

Monthly Afcent date for May 2016

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