Military reports – May 2017

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

 

May 1st – May 2nd 2017
Iraq 2 strikes + 3* (12,554-12,558)
Syria 13 strikes (8,483 – 8,495)
Confirmed actions: US
5 civilians alleged killed at Al Dashishsa market, Tal Ayer town, Al Hassaka governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
On May 1, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes consisting of 38 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes consisting of 14 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal; five strikes destroyed three ISIS oil pumps, three ISIS well heads, and a fighting position.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr; three strikes destroyed 12 ISIS fuel tankers, an ISIS well head, and an ISIS oil pump.

* Near Raqqah; one strike destroyed a fighting position and suppressed a mortar team.

* Near Tabqah; four strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of 24 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Mosul; two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two mortar systems, a front-end loader, an artillery system, a fighting position, a VBIED factory, and a medium machine gun.

Additionally, one strike was conducted in Iraq on April 30 that closed within the last 24 hours.

* Near Mosul, on April 30, one strike destroyed an ISIS weapons factory.’

* See May 2nd-3rd release (below) for amended Iraq strikes

 

May 2nd – May 3rd 2017
Iraq 4 strikes (12,559-12,562)
Syria 7 strikes +3 * + 2 ** (8,496 – 8,507)
Confirmed actions: US
6-12 civilians alleged killed at Al Awwal, Al Thani and Al Taleth neighbourhoods of Al Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
6-18 civilians alleged killed at Al Thakana neighbourhood, Raqqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at Hunaida, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged injured at Shoai’b al Zaker, Raqqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria
12 civilians alleged killed at Al Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
On May 2, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 53 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

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

* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed two ISIS oil tanks.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed two ISIS oil separation tanks and an ISIS well head.

* Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed a fighting position.

* Near Tabqah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed 12 fighting positions, an ISIS supply route, and a tactical vehicle; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of 39 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Mosul, four strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and a sniper team; destroyed two fighting positions, two artillery systems, a heavy machine gun, a medium machine gun, and an ISIS staging area; and suppressed nine mortar teams.

Additionally, three strikes were conducted in Iraq on May 1st that closed within the last 24 hours.

* Near Mosul, May 1st, three strikes destroyed three VBIEDs and three ISIS fuel tankers, and suppressed three mortar teams.’

* See press release for May 3rd-4th for amended number of Syria strikes

** See press release for May 4th-5th for amended number of Syria strikes

For April 26th-May 2nd, France reports 3 strikes: 2 in Iraq and 1 in Syria – and 29 artillery strikes in Mosul.

 

May 3rd – May 4th 2017
Iraq 6 strikes (12,563-12,568)
Syria 28 strikes + 4* (8,508 – 8,539)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, AUS
6-12 civilians alleged killed at Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
7 civilians alleged killed at Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
11 civilians alleged killed at several neighbourhoods, Northwest Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
69-81 civilians alleged killed at July 17 neighbourhood, Northwest Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On May 3, Coalition military forces conducted 34 strikes consisting of 81 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes consisting of 46 engagements against ISIS targets.

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

*Near Dayr Az Zawr; six strikes destroyed five ISIS well heads, three tunnels and an ISIS oil storage tank.

*Near Palmyra, two strikes destroyed three tunnels.

*Near Raqqah, one strike destroyed a command and control node.

*Near Tabqah, 18 strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units; destroyed nine fighting positions, four vehicles, two tactical vehicles, a VBIED; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 35 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Kirkuk, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and damaged a fighting position.

*Near Mosul, five strikes [2 British, 1-2 Aus] engaged four ISIS tactical units and a sniper team; destroyed four rocket-propelled grenade systems, four medium machine guns, two ISIS staging areas, an artillery system, a supply cache, a VBIED, a mortar system and a fighting position.

Additionally, three strikes were conducted in Syria on May 2nd that closed within the last 24 hours.

*Near Raqqah, Syria, May 2nd, one strike destroyed a fighting position.

*Near Al Shaddadi, Syria, May 2nd, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit, destroyed four ISIS-held buildings, two mortar systems, two supply caches, a fighting position and an artillery system.

*Near Tabqah, Syria, May 2nd, one strike destroyed two fighting positions.’

* See press release for May 6th-7th for amended Syria strikes

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 3 May:

‘Wednesday 3 May – Tornados assisted Iraqi forces in west Mosul, striking three Daesh firing positions…

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

As Coalition Defence Ministers meet today in Copenhagen to discuss progress in the campaign against Daesh, the RAF has continued to provide air support over Iraq and Syria.

With Iraqi forces continuing their operations to clear Daesh from areas of western Mosul which they still occupy, two flights of Royal Air Force Tornados provided close air support on Wednesday 3 May. Direct hits were scored with Brimstone missiles on two rooftop firing positions. A third terrorist position was also struck with a Paveway IV guided bomb in an attack carefully planned to minimise the potential risk to the Iraqi troops who were very close by.’

From Australian MoD for May 3rd:

‘On 03 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck a Daesh fighting position and a Daesh heavy weapon site with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.’

From French MoD on May 4th:
[France reports first refueling overnight over Syria for the E3F.]

Chammal : premier ravitaillement en vol de nuit au-dessus de la Syrie pour l’E3F

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Dans le cadre de l’opération Chammal, les armées ont déployé un avion de détection et de commandement aéroportés au début du mois de mars. Les aviateurs du détachement ont été accueillis au Qatar par le contingent permanent de militaires français déployés sur place, dont certains sont insérés au cœur du centre de commandement aérien de l’opération, appelé CAOC.

Chammal : premier ravitaillement en vol de nuit au-dessus de la Syrie pour l’E3F
Cet E-3F, nom de code OTAN « AWACS » pour Airborne Warning And Control System, est déployé dans cette opération extérieure pour la huitième fois. L’avion français offre, avec les AWACS américains et britanniques, une capacité précieuse sur un théâtre d’opérations au volet aérien particulièrement développé.

Acquis par la France en même temps que les modèles britanniques, les quatre E-3F ont été livrés en 1990 et 1991 et sont mis en œuvre par le 36ème Escadron de détection et de commandement aéroportés (EDCA). Les quatre aéronefs viennent d’achever la rénovation complète de la « partie mission », notamment les stations électroniques des nombreux opérateurs qui œuvrent à l’intérieur.

Parmi ses missions, la détection y détient une part importante. Réalisée grâce à son radar embarqué mais également au travers des communications radio ou en recoupant les différentes informations issues de ses nombreux capteurs, l’E-3F permet aux contrôleurs et aux opérateurs d’identifier les aéronefs, les navires et les mobiles évoluant dans leur zone de responsabilité.

Une fois la détection et l’identification réalisées, l’ensemble des plots est classifié par catégorie (ami, présumé ami, neutre, inconnu, suspect, hostile…) ce qui permet d’établir la situation tactique de théâtre sur des centaines de kilomètres autour de l’aéronef.

Cette situation tactique est alors transmise vers les structures de décisions, notamment le CAOC (Combined Air Operations Center), tout en coordonnant les activités des aéronefs amis sur zone telles que les transferts des chasseurs vers les zones d’appui ou de ravitaillement en vol.

Pour assurer ces missions en permanence, les AWACS se relaient constamment sur des zones bien définies. Une mission peut ainsi débuter en milieu de nuit après un transit de deux heures. L’AWACS travaille sur un orbite dédié qui lui permet de coordonner les moyens aériens tout en fournissant la meilleure détection possible sur les zones d’attention et notamment sur les aéronefs évoluant en très basse altitude.

« La possibilité d’avoir un radar aérien en haute altitude, déporté au-dessus d’un théâtre permet en effet de combler le manque de visibilité des radars sols et de surface ; il offre au centre de commandement de l’opération un instantané de la situation tactique », témoigne le chef du détachement.

La mission s’étend parfois jusqu’en fin de matinée, grâce à un ravitaillement en vol nocturne, effectué pour la première fois au-dessus du territoire syrien lors de ce présent détachement.

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

Weekly update from French MoD on May 4th:
[In the last week, France reports carrying out 40 sorties, and three strikes were in Iraq and Syria, in support of the operations in Mosul and Tabqah, as well as in the Anbar valley.]

OPÉRATION CHAMMAL

APPRÉCIATION DE SITUATION
En Syrie les Forces Démocratiques Syriennes (FDS) poursuivent leurs avancées contre Daech. Dans la région de Raqqah elles ont procédé cette semaine à la sécurisation des gains territoriaux réalisés la semaine précédente au Nord de la ville, en neutralisant plusieurs poches de résistances encore occupées par les combattants terroristes. Plus à l’Ouest les FDS continuent d’étendre leurs zones contrôlées, resserrant progressivement celles tenues par Daech sur la ville de Tabqah et son barrage.

En Irak, Daech cherche toujours à entretenir une atmosphère d’insécurité dans l’Anbar et dans la vallée du Tigre afin de détourner l’effort militaire irakien de Mossoul.
Dans la région de Mossoul, la situation a peu évolué cette semaine à l’exception d’une avancée dans le sud-ouest de la ville. Avec une météo peu favorable aux opérations, les Forces de Sécurité Irakiennes (FSI) ont marqué une pause opérationnelle pour régénérer leur potentiel, tout en maintenant la pression sur le quartier de la Médina.
Au nord-ouest, sur les abords de la ville, la 9e division est toujours engagée dans des actions de sécurisation de sa zone de contrôle centrée autour de Badush, et qui fait toujours l’objet de tentative d’infiltrations de groupes terroristes.
Plus au sud, dans la ville de Mossoul, l’ICTS et les FEDPOL ont maintenu leur position dans et autour de la médina en repoussant plusieurs tentatives de sorties des combattants de Daech.

ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL
Appui feu – TF Wagram

La Task Force (TF) Wagram a poursuivi cette semaine ses missions de tir en appui de la 9e division irakienne engagée dans la région de Badush.
Les 29 missions d’éclairement et d’interdiction réalisées en appui des unités irakiennes ont contribué à la sûreté du dispositif de contrôle de zone irakien face à des actions de harcèlement menées par des groupes de Daech cherchant à s’infiltrer.

Appui aérien au Levant

Cette semaine, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé 40 sorties aériennes dont 30 de reconnaissance armée ou d’appui au sol (CAS), 2 de commandement et de contrôle aérien, 5 de ravitaillement, et 3 de recueil de renseignements.
3 frappes ont été réalisées par les avions français en Irak et en Syrie, en appui des opérations en cours à Mossoul et Tabqah, ainsi que dans la vallée de l’Anbar.’

 

May 4th – May 5th 2017
Iraq 10 strikes (12,569-12,578)
Syria 10 strikes (8,540 – 8,549)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 civilian alleged killed at Raqqa Samra village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3 civilians alleged killed at Hunaida, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Mansoura, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1-11 civilians alleged killed at Dibsi Afnan, Raqqa governorate, Syria
24 civilians alleged killed at Agrarian Reform and other neighbourhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at Iktisadeen neighbourhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On May 4, Coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes consisting of 81 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 14 engagements against ISIS targets.

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

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed five ISIS oil storage tanks and three ISIS oil distillation tanks.

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

* Near Raqqah, three strikes destroyed a front-end loader and an ISIS well head.

* Near Tabqah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positons and a vehicle.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 67 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed a front-end loader.

* Near Kirkuk, one strike [1 British] engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.

* Near Mosul, seven strikes [1 British] engaged seven ISIS tactical units and a sniper team; destroyed nine mortar systems, nine fighting positions, two heavy machine guns, two tactical vehicles, two ISIS-held buildings, an anti-air artillery system, an artillery system, a command and control node, a VBIED, an ISIS bridge, a front-end loader, a weapons cache, a rocket system a VBIED factory; damaged 23 ISIS supply routes, three fighting positions; and suppressed six mortar teams.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

Additionally, two strikes were conducted in Syria on May 2nd that closed within the last 24 hours.

* Near Al Shadaddi, Syria, on May 3rd, on strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS-held building.

* Near Tabqah, Syria, on May 3rd, one strike destroyed a fighting position.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 4 May:

‘Thursday 4 May – Tornados destroyed a command post west of Kirkuk, and a truck-bomb factory inside Mosul…On Thursday 4 May, a Tornado flight used a Paveway IV to destroy a command post some 15 miles west of Kirkuk. Meanwhile a second Tornado mission attacked a truck-bomb factory at the north-western edge of Mosul. Four Paveway IVs struck one large and two smaller buildings..

 

May 5th – May 6th 2017
Iraq 7 strikes (12,579-12,585)
Syria 11 strikes + 3* (8,550 – 8,563)
Confirmed actions: US, AUSTRALIA
2 civilians alleged injured at al Shuhadaa, Raqqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged injured at Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Mayadeen, Deir Ezzor, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria

From CJTFOIR:
‘ On May 5, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 59 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 17 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIS storage unit

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed nine ISIS oil storage tanks, three ISIS well heads, and three ISIS oil tankers.

*Near Raqqah, one strike destroyed two front-end loaders and damaged a dam.

*Near Tabqah, seven strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units; destroyed two ISIS boats, two vehicles, two fighting positions and a VBIED.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 42 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Mosul, six strikes [1-2 Aus] engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed 10 fighting positions, two mortar systems, a VBIED, a supply cache, a vehicle, an ISIS-held building, a rocket-propelled grenade system, a VBIED factory; damaged seven ISIS supply routes, a fighting position; and suppressed two mortar teams and an ISIS tactical unit.

*Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed three ISIS oil tankers.’

* See press release for May 6th-7th for amended Syria strikes

From Australian MoD for May 5th:

‘On 05 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck a Daesh fighting position and a Daesh heavy weapon site with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.’

Royal Australian Air Force technical personnel, from the Air Task Group, start post flight maintenance on an F/A-18A Hornet aircraft following an Operation OKRA mission out of the main air operating base in the Middle East Region. (Aus MoD)

May 6th – May 7th 2017
Iraq 6 strikes (12,586-12,591)
Syria 23 strikes +3*  (8,564 – 8,589)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, AUSTRALIA
5 civilians alleged killed at Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
20-40 civilians alleged killed at Al Awwal and Al Thaleth neighbourhoods, Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

34 civilians alleged killed at Several neighbourhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
3 civilians alleged killed at West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
‘On May 6, Coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes consisting of 76 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 37 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, 10 strikes destroyed eight ISIS oil tankers, four ISIS well heads, two Unmanned Aerial System facilities and an ISIS barge.

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

* Near Raqqah, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed two vehicles, a front-end loader and a fighting position.

* Near Tabqah, nine strikes [1 British?] engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed four fighting positions, two tactical vehicles, a vehicle; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 47 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Mosul, five strikes [1-2 Aus] engaged five ISIS tactical units and a sniper team; destroyed three VBIED factories, three tactical vehicles, two fighting positions, two medium machine guns, two VBIEDs, a mortar system, an anti-air artillery system, a VBIED facility, a rocket-propelled grenade system, a VBIED staging area; and damaged four fighting positions and four ISIS supply routes.

* Near Rawah, one strike destroyed a tactical vehicle.

Additionally, seven strikes were conducted in Syria on May 3rd and May 5th that closed within the last 24 hours.

* Near Raqqah, May 3rd, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a mortar system.

* Near Tabqah, Syria, May 3rd, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed two VBIEDs, and two fighting positon.

* Near Dawr Az Zawr, Syria, May 5th, one strike destroyed six ISIS barges and a crane.

* Near Tabqah, Syria, May 5th, two strikes destroyed a fighting position.

* See press release for May 7th-8th below for amended Syria strikes

From Australian MoD for May 6th:

‘On 06 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck Daesh fighting positions and a Daesh weapons cache with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.’

DOHA, Qatar (May 6, 2017) An Aviation Structural Mechanic directs a P-3C Orion aircraft as it backs into its parking spot aboard Al Udeid Air Base (US Navy)

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 6 May:

‘Saturday 6 May – Typhoons supported Syrian Democratic Forces at Tabqah, to the west of Raqqa…Typhoons supported the Syrian Democratic Forces to the west of Raqqa on Saturday 6 May, delivering a successful Paveway attack on a building defended by a number of Daesh fighters.’

 

May 7th – May 8th 2017
Iraq 8 strikes (12,592-12,599)
Syria 25 strikes + 2* (8,590 – 8,616)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, AUSTRALIA
2 civilians alleged killed at Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
7-10 civilians alleged killed in the outskirts of Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at Dibsi Afnan, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Dibsi Faraj, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3 civilians alleged killed at Al Jalaa Farm, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 or more civilians alleged injured at Kdeiran, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3 civilians alleged killed at Al Awwal neighbourhood, Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2-150 civilians alleged killed at several neighbourhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
‘On May 7, Coalition military forces conducted 33 strikes consisting of 84 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes consisting of 31 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIS well head and an ISIS oil storage tank.

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed four ISIS well heads, a unmanned aerial system storage building and a vehicle.

*Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed a tunnel entrance.

*Near Raqqah, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed 13 ISIS barges and two excavators.

*Near Tabqah, 15 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed eight fighting positions and a vehicle.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 53 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an ISIS staging area.

*Near Mosul, six strikes [3-4 Australian] engaged five ISIS tactical units and a sniper team; destroyed six fighting positions, four rocket-propelled grenade systems, four VBIEDs, three medium machine guns, two tactical vehicles, two supply caches, two heavy machine guns, two anti-air artillery systems, two vehicles, a mortar system, a recoilless rifle, a ISIS staging area; damaged 10 ISIS supply routes, seven fighting positions; and suppressed two mortar teams.

*Near Rutbah, one strike destroyed inoperable equipment.

Additionally, three strikes were conducted in Syria on May 6th that closed within the last 24 hours.

*Near Tabqah, Syria, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions and a supply cache.’

* See press release for May 8th-9th for amended number of Syria strikes

From Australian MoD for May 7th:

‘On 07 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck a Daesh heavy weapon site, a Daesh weapons cache, a Daesh fighting position and a ground line of communication with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 7 May:

‘Sunday 7 May – Tornados attacked a Daesh firing position in Mosul…The following day [May 7th], Tornados were again in action over Mosul, when they used a Brimstone missile to engage a Daesh firing point.’

 

From Australian MoD on May 8th

‘Operation OKRA – ADF Airstrikes for the period 18 – 30 April 2017

Over the period 18-30 April 2017, Air Task Group strike operations focused on supporting Iraqi Security Force operations to clear and secure Mosul from Daesh forces, with a focus on the West Mosul area.

On 18 Apr, Australian F/A-18 Homets supported Iraqi forces in contact with Daesh elements during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck multiple Daesh fighting positions with precision guided munitions during several hours of support.

On 21 Apr, Australian F/A-18 Homets supported Iraqi forces in contact with Daesh elements during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck multiple Daesh fighting positions and ground lines of communication with precision guided munitions during several hours of support.

On 23 Apr, Australian F/A-18 Homets supported Iraqi forces in contact with Daesh elements during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck a Daesh fighting position and a ground line of communication with precision guided munitions during several hours of support.

On 24 Apr, Australian F/A-18 Homets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck one Daesh fighting position with a precision guided munition during several hours of support.

On 25 Apr, Australian F/A-18 Homets supported Iraqi forces in contact with Daesh elements during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft stmck one Daesh fighting position with a precision guided munition during several hours of support.

On 26 Apr, Australian F/A-18 Homets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck a Daesh heavy weapon site with precision guided munitions during several hours of support.

On 30 Apr, Australian F/A-18 Homets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft stmck one Daesh weapons cache site with a precision guided munition during several hours of support.

All ADF personnel comply with International Law and limitations designed to protect coalition forces and minimise the risk to civilians.

Prior to any air strike, Australia’s Air Task Group undertakes a detailed and robust mission planning effort that includes approvals from Australian and Iraqi authorities. Once a mission is complete and the aircraft have returned a thorough review of each individual weapon strike is conducted to ensure that it was consistent with pre-strike approvals. If an issue is identified in this review or a credible claim of civilian casualties is made an assessment will be undertaken by the Air Task Group commander and formally reported through the chain of command.

The ADF ‘provides limited details concerning strike operations conducted under Operation OKRA in an effort to strike a balance between transparency, accountability and operations security.

The ADF has deployed an Air Task Group to the Middle East Region as part of Operation OKRA. The Air Task Group includes strike, airborne early warning and control and aerial refuelling aircraft. Further details on the Operation OKRA commitment can be found at www.defence.sov. au/Operations/Okra/ATG.asp’

 

May 8th – May 9th 2017
Iraq 11 strikes (12,600-12,610)
Syria 16 strikes + 4* (8,617 – 8,636)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, AUSTRALIA
7 civilians alleged killed at Al Mansoura, Raqqa governorate, Syria
12 civilians alleged killed at Al Salhiya, Raqqa governorate, Syria
5 civilians alleged killed at Al Thani neighbourhood, Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
20 civilians alleged injured at Abu Kamal, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
12-24 civilians alleged killed at Zanjili neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2-3 civilians alleged killed at Rifae, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
27-37 civilians alleged killed at Al Qaim and Anah, Anbar province, Iraq
2 civilians alleged killed at Msherfa, West of Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at July 17 neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On May 8, Coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes consisting of 84 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes consisting of 20 engagements against ISIS targets.

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

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed four ISIS oil tankers and an ISIS well head.

* Near Raqqah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed five weapons storage caches and an ISIS barge.

* Near Tabqah, eight strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed five fighting positions.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 64 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two ISIS-held buildings.

* Near Mosul, six strikes [2 British, 1-2 Australian] engaged five ISIS tactical units and a sniper; destroyed 12 fighting positions, seven rocket-propelled grenade systems, four medium machine guns, three mortar systems, two VBIED facilitation areas, two front-end loaders, a sniper position, a weapons cache, an IED facility, a roadblock, a VBIED; damaged 13 ISIS supply routes, three fighting positions; and suppressed a mortar position.

* Near Rutbah, two strikes [1 British?] 1 Australian?] destroyed a bunker and a VBIED facility.

* Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed a weapons cache.

* Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed a VBIED factory.

Additionally, two strikes were conducted in Syria on May 7th that closed within the last 24 hours.

* Near Tabqah, Syria, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed a fighting position.’

* See press May 9th-10th press release for amended number of Syria strikes

From Australian MoD for May 8th:

‘On 08 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul and the Ar-Rutba district. The Australian aircraft struck several Daesh fighting positions, ground lines of communication and a Daesh weapons cache with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 8 May:

‘Monday 8 May – Typhoons took part in a coalition attack on a truck-bomb factory in western Iraq, while Tornados struck nine targets in Mosul, including a Daesh headquarters…Two Typhoons joined other Coalition aircraft in a strike mission on Monday 8 May, against a Daesh truck-bomb factory in western Iraq, north-west of Ar Rutbah. Our aircraft targeted five buildings within the complex, which were all destroyed or severely damaged. The same day, two flights of Tornados continued their operations over Mosul. One pair conducted a series of attacks to support the Iraqi infantry, hitting Daesh fighters firing from rooftops and within buildings, and demolishing a local Daesh headquarters. The second pair of Tornados used Paveway IVs to cut the road network at three key choke-points to prevent Daesh moving vehicles, particularly truck-bombs, towards districts liberated by the Iraqis.’

 

May 9th – May 10th 2017
Iraq 10 strikes (12,611-12,620)
Syria 11 strikes + 10* (8,637 – 8,657)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, AUSTRALIA
4 civilians alleged killed at Shanina village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Masaken al Idkhar neighbourhood, Raqqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria
7-14 civilians alleged killed at Al Soor, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
1 civilians alleged killed at Al Thani neighbourhood, Tabaqa Raqqa governorate, Syria
4 civilians alleged killed at Al Mayadeen, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
35 civilians alleged killed at West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
‘On May 9, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of 75 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 14 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Abu Kamal, two strikes [1 British?] engaged an ISIS sniper and destroyed a front-end loader.

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed a front-end loader an and ISIS well head.

*Near Tabqah, seven strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, three vehicles; damaged a fighting position; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 61 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed a heavy machine gun, a fighting position and damaged an ISIS supply route.

*Near Ar Rutbah, one strike destroyed a bunker.

*Near Mosul, six strikes [1-2 Australian] engaged six ISIS tactical units and a sniper; destroyed seven mortar systems, five fighting positions, three VBIEDs, two supply caches, two vehicles, and a command and control node; damaged 18 ISIS supply routes, a fighting position, a tunnel; and suppressed four mortar teams and four ISIS tactical units.

*Near Rawah, two strikes destroyed three VBIEDs, an ISIS staging area and a weapons cache.

Additionally, four strikes were conducted in Syria on May 8 that closed within the last 24 hours.

*Near Tabqah, Syria, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed a fighting position and a mortar system; and damaged an ISIS supply route.’

* See press release for May 10th-11th for amended Syria strikes.

From Australian MoD for May 9th:

‘On 09 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck a Daesh fighting position and a ground line of communication with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.’

Two French fighter jets receive fuel from a KC-10 Extender during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve May 9, 2017 (US AIr Force)

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 9 May:

‘Tuesday 9 May – A Reaper intervened during a public execution staged by Daesh in Abu Kamal, Syria, killing a Daesh guard and dispersing the crowd gathered to witness the atrocity…

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

An RAF Reaper remotely piloted aircraft observed a group of Daesh fighters in Abu Kamal, eastern Syria, mustering a large crowd of civilians in one of the town’s main streets on Tuesday 9 May. When a van then unloaded two shackled prisoners in front of the crowd, it became clear that Daesh were organising a public execution. Given the large number of civilians present, the Reaper’s crew could not target directly the Daesh fighters about to carry out the murders. However, two armed extremists were stationed as sentries on the roof of a building overlooking the scene. A Hellfire missile was fired immediately, and scored a direct hit which not only killed one of the sentries but also brought the execution to an immediate halt, as the Daesh fighters fled the scene, and the crowd of civilians dispersed.’

 

May 10th – May 11th 2017
Iraq 7 strikes + 4 * (12,621-12,631)
Syria 15 strikes + 9 * (8,658 – 8,681)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, AUSTRALIA
12-18 civilians alleged killed at Al Hashem, North of Raqqa City, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3 civilians alleged killed at Hamra Blassem, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Qadissiya, near Dibsi Afnan, Raqqa governorate, Syria
4 civilians alleged killed at Markada, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria
3 civilians alleged killed at Tammuz neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
46 civilians alleged killed at several neighbourhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On May 10, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 66 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes consisting of 19 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed two ISIS headquarters.

*Near Raqqah, 11 strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed seven vehicles, three fighting positions, an ISIS barge, a VBIED factory, a weapons storage facility; and damaged two ISIS supply routes.

*Near Tabqah, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 47 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Mosul, three strikes [1-2 British, 1-2 Australian] engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed five rocket-propelled grenade systems, three fighting positions, three mortar systems, two vehicles, an ISIS staging area, a command and control node, a weapons cache; damaged 18 ISIS supply routes, three fighting positions; and suppressed two ISIS tactical units.

*Near Rawah, one strike destroyed a rocket storage facility.

*Near Tal Afar, three strikes destroyed two tactical vehicles, two mortar systems, an anti-air artillery system a VBIED factory, and a supply cache.

Additionally, 10 strikes were conducted in Syria on May 9th that closed within the last 24 hours.

*Near Raqqah, Syria, 10 strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units; destroyed nine fighting positions, a VBIED factory, an ISIS headquarters; damaged a bridge, a road; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.’

From Australian MoD for May 10th:

‘On 10 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck several Daesh fighting positions, a Daesh heavy weapon site and Daesh fighting vehicles with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 10 May:

‘Wednesday 10 May – Typhoons struck a terrorist mortar team north of Raqqa, Syria, while Tornados attacked a sniper team and another Daesh position in Mosul…The following day [May 10th], Typhoons also patrolled over Syria, and successfully struck a Daesh mortar team that was firing on Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) some five miles north of Raqqa. Tornados also operated over western Mosul, where they used a Brimstone missile to silence a sniper team which had opened fire on Iraqi troops, and used a Paveway IV against a Daesh-held building.

From CJTFOIR on May 11th:

SAC and SDF Liberate Tabqah

SOUTHWEST ASIA – The Syrian Arab Coalition and their Syrian Democratic Force partners completed the liberation of the Tabqah Dam, as well as the city of Tabqah and its nearby airfield May 10.

The multi-ethnic SDF forced the surrender of Tabqah Dam and the remainder of Tabqah City, continuing the trend of ISIS’s diminished control of territory and people. The SDF has now further isolated ISIS in Raqqah, the terror group’s stronghold, and will continue to pursue the military defeat of ISIS throughout Syria.

“This is yet another victory by the SAC and the SDF, our most committed and capable ground force partners in the fight against ISIS who remain hard at work erasing ISIS from the battlefield, liberating their own people and lands,” said the Coalition Spokesman, Col. John Dorrian.

In Tabqah, the SDF’s increased pressure on ISIS from each flank allowed it to accelerate the pace of the fight, clear the final neighborhoods of the city, and isolate Tabqah Dam. Approximately 70 ISIS fighters conceded to the SDF’s terms, which included the dismantling of IEDs surrounding the dam, the surrender of all ISIS heavy weapons, and the forced withdrawal of all remaining fighters from Tabqah City.

The SDF accepted ISIS’s surrender of the city to protect innocent civilians and to protect the Tabqah dam infrastructure which hundreds of thousands of Syrians rely on for water, agriculture, and electricity.

The Coalition tracked fleeing fighters and targeted those that could be safely hit without harming civilians.

The SAC and SDF liberation of the ISIS stronghold of Tabqah, an operation that began March 22 with a surprise aerial infiltration behind enemy lines to the south of Lake Assad, severs ISIS’s ability to reinforce Raqqah and denies ISIS a key coordination hub that its foreign terrorist fighters used since 2013 to plan local operations and external attacks against the West.

With its seizure, the coalition has prevented a potential humanitarian disaster and ensured local citizens will continue to receive the dam’s basic services.

After ISIS’s defeat in northern Syria, ISIS moved its foreign fighters and external attack planning operations to Tabqah in order to avoid coalition airstrikes within Raqqah. The operation to seize the Tabqah dam, airfield and city disrupts ISIS operations in Raqqah and their ability to defend the city and plan and execute external attacks against the West.

With Tabqah now liberated and Raqqah further isolated, the Coalition and its partner forces continue to hinder ISIS’s ability to reinforce its self-proclaimed capital in Raqqah, prevented a potential humanitarian disaster, and ensured local citizens will continue to receive the dam’s basic services.

“The SDF’s success against ISIS demonstrates the power of working by, with and through local partner forces fighting ISIS, among their own people, in their own territory” said Dorrian. “The SDF, fighting to liberate their own people and lands, have freed more than 8,000 square kilometers of Syria from ISIS since November.”

 

From French MoD on May 11th:
[In the past week, France reports nine strikes  in Iraq and Syria. Eight of them were carried out in support of the ongoing operations in Mosul and Tabqah and a planned strike occurred in Iraq to destroy a site used to assemble and store suicide vehicles. Task Force Wagram carried out 76 artillery strikes.]

‘Point de situation des opérations
ARMÉE FRANÇAISE – OPÉRATIONS MILITAIRES·THURSDAY, 11 MAY 2017
CHAMMAL

APPRÉCIATION DE SITUATION

En Syrie, la fuite des derniers djihadistes retranchés dans des quartiers isolés du Nord de la ville et aux abords du barrage a permis aux forces démocratiques syriennes (FDS) de libérer la ville de Tabqah et son barrage.
Dans la région de Raqqah les FDS maintiennent une pression offensive sur les positions de Daech autour de la ville afin de les fragiliser ou de déceler les faiblesses.
En Irak, Daech subit à nouveau fortement la pression des forces de sécurité irakiennes (FSI) à Mossoul et cherche encore à compenser ses revers militaires par une recrudescence de ses actions de harcèlement ailleurs dans le pays, essentiellement dans les régions de l’Anbar et de Hawijah.
Dans la région de Mossoul, la semaine a été marquée par la reprise de l’offensive des FSI qui ont ouvert un nouveau front au Nord de la ville. La 9e division, appuyée par la TF Wagram, a rapidement progressé depuis ses positions autour de Badush. Elle s’est emparée de l’ensemble des faubourgs Ouest de la ville encore aux mains de Daech. Après avoir opéré sa jonction avec l’ICTS elle a ensuite poursuivi ses efforts pour atteindre les berges du Tigre et cherche désormais à progresser en direction de la Médina. Dans ce secteur Daech oppose toujours une vive résistance sans pour autant réussir à entraver la manœuvre d’isolement qui se poursuit depuis le Sud.

ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL

Appui feu – TF Wagram

La Task Force (TF) Wagram a appuyé cette semaine l’offensive de la 9e division irakienne pour s’emparer des faubourgs Ouest de la ville.
Elle a réalisé 76 missions de tir en appui des unités irakiennes, contribuant par des tirs de destruction à la progression rapide de la division entre Badush et la zone urbaine, puis par des tirs d’éclairement et d’interdiction à la sécurisation de la zone face aux tentatives de contre-attaque de Daech.
Appui aérien au Levant

Cette semaine, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé 40 sorties aériennes dont 31 de reconnaissance armée ou d’appui au sol (CAS), 1 de commandement et de contrôle aérien, 4 de ravitaillement, et 4 de recueil de renseignements.
9 frappes ont été réalisées par les avions français en Irak et en Syrie. 8 d’entre elles ont été conduites en appui des opérations en cours à Mossoul et Tabqah, et une planifiée, en Irak, afin de détruire un site servant à assembler et stocker des véhicules suicides.’

 

May 11th – May 12th 2017
Iraq 11 strikes (12,632-12,642)
Syria 23 + 6 strikes (8,682 – 8,710)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
5 civilians alleged killed at Quriya, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
4 civilians alleged killed at 3rd neighbourhood, Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
7-20 civilians alleged killed at Al-Asadeysa farm, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3 or more civilians alleged killed at Rifai neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
‘On May 11, Coalition military forces conducted 34 strikes consisting of 106 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 40 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle.

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed three ISIS oil processing items and two ISIS well heads.

*Near Raqqah, eight strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions, three VBIEDs, two ISIS oil storage tanks, two ISIS oil stills, two excavators, a front-end loader, an IED, and an ISIS staging area.

*Near Tabqah, 11 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units and destroyed seven fighting positions, seven tactical vehicles, a vehicle and a supply cache.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 66 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Mosul, six strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, three mortar systems, two sniper positions, a tactical vehicle, a command and control node, a VBIED, a front-end loader; damaged 24 ISIS supply routes, three fighting positions; and suppressed six mortar teams and two ISIS tactical units.

*Near Sinjar, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS staging area.

*Near Tal Afar, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two front-end loaders, a fighting position, an ISIS staging area and an ISIS-held building.

Additionally, 13 strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on May 10th that closed within the last 24 hours.

*Near Raqqah, Syria, seven strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed 12 fighting positions, an ISIS headquarters, a command and control node, a supply cache, an ISIS staging area, a tactical vehicle, and a vehicle.

*Near Tabqah, Syria, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position, an ISIS headquarters and a VBIED facility.

*Near Mosul, Iraq, four strikes [1-2 British?] engaged two ISIS tactical units: destroyed five rocket-propelled grenade systems, three vehicles, two VBIEDs, two heavy machine guns, two medium machine guns, an ISIS staging area, a fighting position, a command and control node, a weapons cache; damaged 19 ISIS supply routes and a fighting position; and suppressed five mortar teams.’

  • See May 12th report.
A U.S. Air Force pilot with the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, conducts a pre-flight check in an A-10 Thunderbolt II May 11, 2017, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in support of Operation Inherent resolve (US Air Force)

From UK MoD for Thursday 11 May:

‘Thursday 11 May – Typhoons attacked three targets in eastern Syria, as well as a truck-bomb factory north-west of Raqqa. Tornados also struck six times in Mosul…On Thursday 11 May, a pair of Typhoons, armed with Paveway IVs, destroyed a truck-bomb staging area some fifteen miles north-west of Raqqa, while another pair supported the SDF in eastern Syria, hitting a mortar team and two Daesh-held buildings near Al Ulwah. The same day, two flights of Tornados patrolled over Mosul, using Brimstone missiles against two Daesh positions very close to Iraqi troops. A further Paveway IV eliminated a mortar in a courtyard, and three more Paveways cratered roads along which Daesh might have tried to move truck-bombs along.’

 

May 12th – May 13th 2017
Iraq 7 strikes (12,643-12,649)
Syria 15 + 4* strikes (8,711 – 8,729)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, AUSTRALIA
2-3 civilians alleged killed at Hweika, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1-2 civilians alleged killed at Al Sahel, Raqqa governorate, Syria
8-30 civilians alleged killed at Al Hashem and Shanina, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3 civilians alleged killed between two bridges, Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
6-17 civilians alleged killed at Ya’roub and al Sakhoura, Raqqa governorate, Syria
24-100 civilians alleged killed at Anah, Anbar province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
‘On May 12, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 80 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes consisting of 19 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIS well head.
* Near Al Hawl, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a VBIED.
* Near Dayr Az Zawr, six strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed 16 ISIS oil tankers, two ISIS oil processing equipment, two fighting positions, and a vehicle.
* Near Raqqah, five strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a front-end loader, an ISIS crane, and a house-born improvised explosive device.
* Near Tabqah, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle and a vehicle.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 61 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Mosul, six strikes [1-2 Australian] engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, five mortar systems, a tactical vehicle, an HBIED, a recoilless rifle, a medium machine gun, a command and control node, a weapons cache; damaged 27 ISIS supply routes and a fighting position; and suppressed eight mortar teams an artillery system.
* Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle and a weapons cache.

Additionally, six strikes were conducted in Syria on May 11th that closed within the last 24 hours.

* Near Al Hawl, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three fighting positions.
* Near Raqqah, five strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed two VBIEDs, a fighting position, a weapons cache, a vehicle; and damaged two ISIS supply routes and a bridge.”

  • See May 13th report

From Australian MoD for May 12th:

‘On 12 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck several Daesh fighting positions and Daesh heavy weapon sites with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 12 May:

‘Friday 12 May – Tornados hit four targets in Mosul…Friday 12 May saw Tornados cut three more key routes in Mosul, as well as conducting a Brimstone attack on a Daesh position in the city.’

May 13th – May 14th 2017
Iraq 14 strikes (12,650-12,663)
Syria 22 strikes (8,730 – 8,751)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 civilian alleged injured at Abu Kamal, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
5-9 civilians alleged killed at Shaneina refugee camp, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Adnaniya farm, Raqqa governorate, Syria
12-30 civilians alleged killed at Al A’Keirshi, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at July 17 neighbourhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
30-108 civilians alleged killed at several neighbourhoods, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
‘On May 13, Coalition military forces conducted 36 strikes consisting of 70 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 34 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS pump jack and an ISIS vehicle.
* Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed three ISIS oil tankers and a command and control node.
* Near Raqqah, 13 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed five vehicles, four fighting positions, two front-end loaders, an ISIS crane, an artillery system, a mortar system, and an ISIS headquarters.
* Near Tabqah, four strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a tactical vehicle, an ISIS headquarters and a VBIED factory.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 43 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed a tactical vehicle.
* Near Mosul, five strikes [1 British] engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed a mortar system, a VBIED factory, a rocket cache, a command and control node, a medium machine gun; damaged 19 ISIS supply routes, a front-end loader, a fighting position; and suppressed mortar team.
* Near Rawah, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed three tactical vehicles and two staging areas.
* Near Sinjar, four strikes destroyed four tactical vehicles, two ISIS staging areas and a vehicle.
* Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

Additionally, four strikes were conducted in Syria on May 12th that closed within the last 24 hours.

* Near Raqqah, Syria, four strikes destroyed an ISIS vehicle and a fighting position and damaged two ISIS bridges and an ISIS supply route.”

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 13 May:

‘Saturday 13 May – Tornados conducted three attacks in Mosul, and destroyed an armed truck near Bulayj…Similar operations continued on Saturday 13 May. Tornados cut yet another part of the road network, and struck two sniper positions in Mosul, before one pair headed west to Bulayj to destroy an armed truck.’

A Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet and a F/A-18A Hornet aircraft await clearance for takeoff for an Operation OKRA mission out of the main air operating base in the Middle East Region. (Aus MoD)

May 14th – May 15th 2017
Iraq 6 strikes (12,664-12,669)
Syria 17 strikes (8,752 – 8,768)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, AUSTRALIA
60-73 civilians alleged killed at Abu Kamal, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at Makeef, Raqqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria

8 civilians alleged killed at Najjar neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
On May 14, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 84 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

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

* Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed an ISIS pump jack and an ISIS well head.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three ISIS fuel trucks, two ISIS well heads, and an ISIS pump jack.

* Near Raqqah, nine strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed three vehicles, two fighting positions and an artillery system.

* Near Tabqah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 64 engagements against ISIS targets.

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

* Near Mosul, four strikes [1 British, 1-2 Australian] engaged five ISIS tactical units and a sniper; destroyed 12 fighting positions, five vehicles, two mortar systems, two rocket-propelled grenade systems, two heavy machine guns, two anti-air artillery systems, two VBIEDs, and a weapons storage facility; damaged ten ISIS supply routes, a fighting position, and a VBIED facility; and suppressed two ISIS tactical units.

* Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIS command and control node.’

From Australian MoD for May 14th:

‘On 14 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck several Daesh fighting positions and ground lines.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 14 May:

‘Sunday 14 May – Typhoons and Tornados struck five targets in western Mosul…Both Typhoons and Tornados hit targets in Mosul on Sunday 14 May. The Tornados cratered a further key choke-point on the roads, while the Typhoons delivered attacks on a mortar team, two heavy machine-gun positions and a Daesh-held building.’

May 15th – May 16th 2017
Iraq 11 strikes (12,670-12,680)
Syria 17 strikes +1* (8,769 – 8,786)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, AUSTRALIA
1 civilian alleged killed at Raqqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Samra village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at al Khayala al Bahadil, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at Najjar neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
20 civilians alleged killed at Zanjili neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
15 civilians alleged killed at al-Uribe neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at July 17 neighbourhood, West Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTFOIR:
‘On May 15, Coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes consisting of 91 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 21 engagements against ISIS targets.

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

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed four ISIS well heads and three ISIS pump jacks.

* Near Raqqah, eight strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units; destroyed four vehicles, two fighting positions, two VBIEDs, a front-end loader and a supply cache; and damaged an ISIS supply route.

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

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 70 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Al Hawayjah, one strike destroyed a supply cache and a tunnel.

* Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS staging area and an ISIS storage area.

* Near Bayji, one strike destroyed a tactical vehicle.

* Near Mosul, five strikes [3 British, 1-2 Australian] engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed nine fighting positions, two mortar systems, to medium machine guns, two VBIEDs, two ISIS-held buildings, two VBIED facilities, and a supply cache; damaged 13 ISIS supply routes and nine fighting positions; and suppressed three ISIS tactical units and two mortar teams.’

* Near Sinjar, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle.’

* See press release for May 16th-17th for amended Syria strike

From Australian MoD for May 15th:

‘On 15 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck several Daesh fighting positions and a Daesh heavy weapon site with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.’

From UK MoD for Monday 15 May:

‘Monday 15 May – Tornados and Typhoons provided extensive support to Iraqi forces in Mosul, striking nine targets…

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

Three flights of Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 and Typhoon FGR4 aircraft operated over western Mosul on Monday 15 May. As well as conducting tactical reconnaissance, our aircraft also provided support to Iraqi troops engaged in very close combat with Daesh extremists. Three Brimstone missiles were used in very precise attacks on terrorist firing points, including a medium machine-gun position, while Paveway IV guided bombs struck another machine-gun team, demolished four Daesh-held buildings, and cratered a road to prevent terrorist movements along it.’

An Iraqi special operations forces sniper provides cover for Iraqi special operations forces soldiers during a field training exercise in Baghdad, May 15, 2017 (US Army)

May 16th – May 17th 2017
Iraq 11 strikes (12,681-12,691)
Syria 18 strikes +3*  (8,787 – 8,807)
Confirmed actions: US, AUSTRALIA

From CJTFOIR:
‘On May 16, Coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes consisting of 87 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 24 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIS well head.

*Near Al Hawl, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.

*Near At Tanf, one strike destroyed a storage facility.

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a four oil processing equipment items, two ISIS oil storage tanks, a vehicle and a fighting position.

*Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed a front-end loader.

*Near Raqqah, six strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed five vehicles, two VBIEDs, two mortar systems, and an ISIS storage facility; and damaged an ISIS bridge.

*Near Tabqah, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed three vehicles and two fighting positions.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 58 engagements against ISIS targets.

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

*Near Ar Rutbah, one strike destroyed a bunker.

*Near Mosul, six strikes [1 Australian] engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed 10 fighting positions, three medium machine guns, two rocket-propelled grenade systems, a UAS, an ISIS-held building, an artillery system, a heavy machine gun, a mortar system, a VBIED, a command and control node, a vehicle, and a VBIED facility; damaged 16 ISIS supply routes and a fighting position; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit and a mortar team.

*Near Sinjar, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, an ISIS staging area and an IED cache.

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

Additionally, one strike was conducted in Syria on May 15th that closed within the last 24 hours.

*Near Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters.’

* See press releases for May 17th-18th and 18th-19th for amended number of Syrian strikes

From Australian MoD for May 16th:

‘On 16 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck several Daesh fighting positions with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.’

May 17th – May 18th 2017
Iraq 10 strikes + 1* (12,692-12,702)
Syria 22 strikes +3* (8,808 – 8,832)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, AUSTRALIA

From CJTFOIR:
On May 17, Coalition military forces conducted 32 strikes consisting of 101 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 32 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Abu Kamal, seven strikes destroyed seven ISIS well heads, four fighting positions, a front-end loader and a mortar system.

*Near Al Hawl, one strike destroyed a mortar system and a fighting position.

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed four ISIS fuel trucks and a vehicle.

*Near Raqqah, 11 strikes [1 British?] engaged eight ISIS tactical units; destroyed five fighting positions, three mortar systems, three vehicles, two ISIS fuel trucks, and an ISIS headquarters; and damaged an ISIS supply route.

*Near Tabqah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 69 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British, 2-3 Australian] engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed eight fighting positions, four medium machine guns, four mortar systems, four VBIEDs, four rocket systems, three vehicles, three rocket-propelled grenade systems, two ISIS-held buildings, two heavy machine guns, two ISIS staging areas, a supply cache, an anti-air artillery system, an ISIS fuel truck, a VBIED facility, and a fighting position; damaged 16 supply routes and four rocket systems; and suppressed two mortar teams and an ISIS tactical unit.

*Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed a tank.

*Near Tal Afar, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a UAS factory, an IED factory, and an ISIS staging area.

Additionally, two strikes were conducted in Syria on May 16th that closed within the last 24 hours.

*Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed four oil processing equipment items.

*Near Raqqah, one strike damaged an ISIS supply route.’

From Australian MoD for May 17th:

‘On 17 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck several Daesh fighting positions, ground lines of communication and a Daesh heavy weapons site with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.’

From UK MoD for Wednesday 17 May:

‘Wednesday 17 May – Typhoons attacked terrorist mortar teams in Syria, whilst Tornados destroyed a tank in north-west Iraq and a Daesh position in Mosul...Two Typhoons assisted the Syrian Democratic Forces on Wednesday 17 May. Their first attack was on a mortar which a coalition surveillance aircraft had spotted north-west of Raqqa. Having eliminated that threat, the Typhoons then headed to the east of the country, where they bombed two buildings near Al Ulwah which were being used by another Daesh mortar team and their spotters. A Tornado flight meanwhile patrolled over Mosul, where they used a Brimstone missile to strike a terrorist position. Another Tornado flight later struck a Daesh tank loaded on the back of a heavy transport vehicle in north west Iraq, hitting it with a Brimstone.’

May 18th – May 19th 2017
Iraq 8 strikes (12,703-12,710)
Syria 19 strikes +2 *& (8,833 – 8,853)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTFOIR:
‘On May 18, Coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes consisting of 65 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

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

• Near Abu Kamal, five strikes destroyed 10 ISIS oil storage tanks, three ISIS well heads and an ISIS oil tanker.

• Near At Tanf, two strikes destroyed two front-end loaders, a piece of construction equipment, a tactical vehicle and a tank.

• Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike engaged and ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.

• Near Raqqah, eight strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed four fighting positions, two tunnels, two VBIED facilities, a mortar system, a vehicle, a supply cache, an ISIS headquarters, a weapons cache, and a tactical vehicle; and damaged three fighting positions.

• Near Tabqah, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed a vehicle, a fighting position and a tunnel entrance.

 In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 38 engagements against ISIS targets.

• Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS warehouse.

• Near Mosul, five strikes [1-2 British] engaged five ISIS tactical units and a sniper; destroyed 13 fighting positions, three rocket systems, two heavy machine guns, two medium machine guns, a VBIED, and a mortar system; and damaged seven fighting positions and three ISIS supply routes.

• Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed four ISIS-held buildings.

• Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle.

 Additionally, five strikes were conducted in Iraq and Syria on May 16th and 17th that closed within the last 24 hours.

• Near Raqqah, Syria, on May 16th, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed six ISIS-held buildings, four ISIS tunnels, two fighting positons, and one tactical vehicle.

• Near Sinjar, Iraq, on May 17th, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three vehicles.

• Near Raqqah, Syria, on May 17th, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed two fighting positions and a supply cache; and damaged two ISIS supply routes and a fighting position.’

  * See press release for May 19th-20th for amended Syria strikes

From UK MoD for Thursday 18 May:

‘Thursday 18 May – Tornados and Typhoons attacked three terrorist positions in west Mosul…Both Typhoon and Tornado flights operated over Mosul on Thursday 18 May, and between them conducted three attacks, successfully using Paveway IVs and a Brimstone to target terrorist positions.’

Additional press release from CJTFOIR on May 18th:

‘Coalition statement on At Tanf garrison

SOUTHWEST ASIA – The coalition struck pro-regime forces that were advancing well inside an established de-confliction zone northwest of At Tanf, Syria, May 18, and that posed a threat to U.S. and partner forces at At Tanf.

This action was taken after apparent Russian attempts to dissuade Syrian pro-regime movement south towards At Tanf were unsuccessful, a coalition aircraft show of force, and the firing of warning shots.  Coalition forces have been operating in the At Tanf area for many months training and advising vetted partner forces engaged in the fight against ISIS.

The agreed upon de-confliction zone agreement remains in effect.’

Update from French MoD on May 18th:
[This week, Operation Chammal aircraft carried out 38 sorties, 30 of which were armed reconnaissance or ground support (CAS), 2 refueling, and 6 intelligence gathering. Eight strikes were conducted in Iraq and Syria. They were all in support of ground operations, mainly in Mosul, but also near Tabqah and Palmyra in Syria. Task Force Wagram conducted 80 artillery strikes.]

‘CHAMMAL
 
APPRÉCIATION DE SITUATION

En Syrie, après la prise de la ville de Tabqah et de son barrage, les forces démocratiques syriennes (FDS) mènent des opérations de sécurisation de la zone, afin de la nettoyer des nombreux pièges et engins explosifs improvisés (IED) laissés par Daech, alors que la population revient dans la ville. Plus près de Raqqah, les FDS ont poursuivi leur progression vers la ville en s’emparant de plusieurs positions défensives occupées par Daech.
En Irak, Daech poursuit ses actions de diversion et de harcèlement dans le pays. Celles-ci continuent de se concentrer contre les forces irakiennes dans l’Anbar.
Dans la région de Mossoul, l’offensive des Forces de sécurité irakiennes (FSI) a été marquée par des gains territoriaux quotidiens. Au nord, la 9e division poursuit son avancée le long du Tigre. Les autres unités resserrent l’étau autour de la médina en continuant d’avancer depuis l’ouest. Les trois quarts de la ville sont désormais libérés, mais la progression des FSI est freinée par un réseau d’habitations toujours plus dense à mesure qu’elles se rapprochent de la Médina où Daech est toujours solidement retranché.

ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL

Appui feu – TF Wagram

La Task Force (TF) Wagram appuie désormais la 15e division irakienne, qui a repris en charge la sécurisation du secteur de Badush à la suite de la 9e division, profondément engagée dans les zones urbaines de Mossoul.
Elle a réalisé 80 missions de tir en appui des unités irakiennes, essentiellement d’éclairement pour contrer ou interdire les actions de harcèlement et d’infiltration de Daech.
Appui aérien au Levant
Cette semaine, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé 38 sorties aériennes dont 30 de reconnaissance armée ou d’appui au sol (CAS), 2 de ravitaillement, et 6 de recueil de renseignements.
8 frappes ont été réalisées par les avions français en Irak et en Syrie. Elles ont toutes été conduites en appui des opérations au sol, principalement à Mossoul, mais également près de Tabqah et Palmyre en Syrie.’

 

May 19th – May 20th 2017
Iraq 4 strikes (12,711-12,714)
Syria 4 strikes + 2* (8,853 – 8,858)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, AUSTRALIA

From CJTFOIR:

‘On May 19, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 61 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of 56 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed three oil trucks.

* Near Raqqah, three strikes [1 British?] engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions and a heavy machine gun.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of 56 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Mosul, four strikes [1 British, 1 Australian] engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed 23 fighting positions, 19 medium machine guns, eight rocket-propelled grenade systems, five mortar systems, three heavy machine guns, two VBIEDs, two supply caches, and a vehicle; and damaged three fighting positions and three ISIS supply routes.

Additionally, two strikes were conducted in Iraq and Syria on May 18th that closed within the last 24 hours.

* Near Raqqah, Syria, two strikes destroyed an ISIS headquarters, an ISIS-held building and an ISIS recruiting station.’

* See press release May 20th-21st for amended Syria strikes

From UK MoD for Friday 19 May:

‘Friday 19 May – Tornados struck seven Daesh targets in Mosul, whilst Typhoons bombed a group of extremists east of Raqqah…The following day [May 19th] , Tornados provided further support to the Iraqi ground forces, despite very challenging conditions as a dust storm raged. Again, a mixture of Brimstones and Paveway IVs were used to engage seven Daesh positions within the city, including a sniper team and a mortar, despite the Iraqi forces being extremely close to the targets on occasion. In Syria, Typhoons supported the SDF and bombed a group of terrorists caught in the open a few miles to the east of Raqqah.

From Australian MoD on May 19th:

‘On 19 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck Daesh fighting positions with guided munitions over several hours of support.’

May 20th – May 21st 2017
Iraq 7 strikes +1* (12,715-12,722)
Syria 16 strikes +1* (8,859 – 8,875)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTFOIR:

‘On May 20, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 74 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes consisting of 29 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, seven strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed six ISIS oil tanker trucks, five ISIS well heads, three ISIS oil tanks, an ISIS oil storage tank and a fighting position.

* Near al Hawl, one strike destroyed seven fighting positions and a mortar site.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed three ISIS oil tanker trucks and two ISIS well heads.

* Near Raqqah, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions, two vehicles, an ISIS staging area and a construction vehicle.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 45 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Mosul, five strikes [1 British] engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed 12 fighting positions, eight medium machine guns, four rocket-propelled grenade systems, an ISIS fuel truck, a vehicle, an ISIS trailer, an ISIS staging area, and an artillery system; and damaged 18 ISIS supply routes and a fighting position.

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

Additionally, two strikes were conducted in Iraq and Syria on May 19th that closed within the last 24 hours.

* Near Raqqah, Syria, two strikes destroyed three fighting positions and a vehicle and damaged an ISIS supply route.’

* See press release for May 21st-22nd for amended Iraq and Syria strikes

From UK MoD for Saturday 20 May:

‘Saturday 20 May – Typhoons hit a Daesh-held building in eastern Syria, Tornados hit two more positions in Mosul…On Saturday 20 May, Typhoons maintained operations over Syria, where they conducted a further attack on a Daesh-held building near Al Ulwah. In Mosul, two more terrorist positions were bombed by Tornados.

 

May 21st – May 22nd 2017
Iraq 4 strikes (12,723-12,726)
Syria 18 strikes +1* (8,876 – 8,894)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, AUSTRALIA

From CJTFOIR:

‘On May 21, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 72 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 29 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three ISIS barges, two ISIS well heads, a vehicle, an ISIS oil storage tank, and an ISIS oil processing equipment item.

* Near Raqqah, 13 strikes [1 British?] engaged 12 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 11 fighting positions, nine vehicles, two supply caches, a mortar system, an ISIS headquarters; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

* Near Tabqah, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of 43 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Kirkuk, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions.

Near Mosul, three strikes [1 British, 1 Australian] engaged three ISIS tactical units and a sniper; destroyed 18 fighting positions, nine medium machine guns, six VBIEDs, four rocket systems, three rocket-propelled grenade systems, three heavy machine guns, a command and control node, a vehicle, a supply cache, a mortar system, and a tunnel; damaged 15 ISIS supply roads, a fighting position; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

Additionally, two strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on May 20 that closed within the last 24 hours.

* Near Raqqah, Syria, one strikes destroyed an ISIS headquarters and an ISIS staging area.

* Near Mosul, Iraq, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed four vehicles, two heavy machine guns, two fighting positions, and two VBIEDs.’

From Australian MoD on May 21st:

‘On 21 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul and Hawijah. The Australian aircraft struck several Daesh fighting positions and ground lines of communication with guided munitions over several hours of support.’

From UK MoD for Saturday 21 May:

‘Sunday 21 May – Typhoons destroyed a weapons stockpile on the outskirts of Raqqa, Tornados dealt with a sniper and a heavy machine-gun in Mosul… The latter hit a further pair of targets in Mosul on Sunday 21 May, eliminating a sniper and a heavy machine-gun team. On the eastern outskirts of Raqqah, Typhoons destroyed a weapons stockpile.’

 From Australian MoD on May 23rd:

‘Over the period 01 – 18 May 2017, Air Task Group strike operations focused on supporting Iraqi Security Force operations to clear and secure Mosul from Daesh forces, with a focus on the West Mosul area. The rate of effort has increased since the previous report to align with Iraqi Security Forces offensive operations.

On 03 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck a Daesh fighting position and a Daesh heavy weapon site with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.

On 05 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck a Daesh fighting position and a Daesh heavy weapon site with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.

On 06 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck Daesh fighting positions and a Daesh weapons cache with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.

On 07 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck a Daesh heavy weapon site, a Daesh weapons cache, a Daesh fighting position and a ground line of communication with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.

On 08 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul and the Ar-Rutba district. The Australian aircraft struck several Daesh fighting positions, ground lines of communication and a Daesh weapons cache with precision guided munitions over several hours of support. On 09 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck a Daesh fighting position and a ground line of communication with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.

On 10 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck several Daesh fighting positions, a Daesh heavy weapon site and Daesh fighting vehicles with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.

On 12 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck several Daesh fighting positions and Daesh heavy weapon sites with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.

On 14 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck several Daesh fighting positions and ground lines of communication with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.

On 15 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck several Daesh fighting positions and a Daesh heavy weapon site with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.

On 16 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck several Daesh fighting positions with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.

On 17 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck several Daesh fighting positions, ground lines of communication and a Daesh heavy weapons site with precision guided munitions over several hours of support.’

May 22nd- May 23rd 2017
Iraq 9 strikes (12,727-12,735)
Syria 18 +3*  strikes (8,895 – 8,915)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, AUSTRALIA

From CJTFOIR:
On May 22, Coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes consisting of 99 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 37 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes destroyed four ISIS oil trucks, three ISIS pump jacks, and an ISIS well head.

*Near Raqqah, 13 strikes engaged [1 British?] 11 ISIS tactical units; destroyed 15 fighting positions, two vehicles, a weapons cache; and damaged an ISIS supply route.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 62 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIS staging area.

*Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an air artillery system.

*Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed two weapons caches, a fighting position, an ISIS staging area, and a house-borne IED.

*Near Mosul, five strikes [1 British, 1 Australian] engaged five ISIS tactical units and a sniper; destroyed 20 fighting positions, seven VBIEDs, six medium machine guns, five rocket-propelled grenade systems, three rocket systems, a weapons cache, a command and control node, a vehicle, a mortar system, a house-borne IED; damaged 21 ISIS supply routes, a tunnel, a fighting position; and suppressed four ISIS tactical units.

*Near Rawah, one strike destroyed a weapons storage site.

Additionally, one strike was conducted in Syria on May 21 that closed within the last 24 hours.

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed seven ISIS oil barrels, two ISIS well heads, and one ISIS fuel truck.’

* see press release May 23rd-34th for amended Syria strikes

From Australian MoD on May 22nd:

‘On 22 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck Daesh fighting positions with guided munitions over several hours of support.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 22 May:

‘Monday 22 May – Typhoons struck a large Daesh-held building near Raqqa, Tornados hit two terrorist positions in western Mosul…

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

Royal Air Force aircraft have continued to provide close air support to the Syrian Democratic Forces, and to Iraqi troops fighting to liberate the remaining areas of west Mosul held by Daesh. On Monday 22 May, Typhoon FGR4s assisted SDF engaged in close combat with a group of terrorists defending a large building some eight miles south-east of Raqqa; two Paveway IV guided bombs struck the building and eliminated the threat successfully. Tornado GR4s patrolled over Mosul, where they also used Paveway IVs to deal with two Daesh positions which the Iraqi forces encountered.’

A U.S. Air Force E-8C Joint STARS arrives to receive fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve May 22, 2017 (US AIr Force)

May 23rd- May 24th 2017
Iraq 7 strikes (12,736-12,742)
Syria 5 strikes + 5* (8,916 – 8,925)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTFOIR:
‘On May 23, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 32 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

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

  • Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and damaged a vehicle.
  • Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed eight ISIS oil stills and destroyed two ISIS oil truck.
  • Near Raqqah, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed three fighting positions and a mortar system.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 27 engagements against ISIS targets.

  • Near Mosul, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed two VBIEDs, two medium machine guns, two vehicles, a storage compound, a fighting position, a rocketpropelled grenade system, an ISIS staging area; damaged 21 ISIS supply routes, two vehicles; and suppressed a mortar team.
  • Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an anti-air artillery system.
  • Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIS staging area.

Additionally, three strikes were conducted in Syria on May 22 that closed within the last 24 hours.

  • Near Raqqah, Syria, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed a fighting position, a VBIED, and a front-end loader.

* See press releases for May 24th-25th and for May 25th-26th for amended Syria strikes

May 24th- May 25th 2017
Iraq 13 strikes (12,743-12,755)
Syria 21 strikes +4*  (8,926 – 8,948)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, AUSTRALIA

From CJTFOIR:
‘On May 24, Coalition military forces conducted 34 strikes consisting of 78 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of 29 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Albu Kamal, four strikes destroyed three ISIS oil tanker trucks, two ISIS well heads, two ISIS fuel tanks, a front-end loader, a crane, and a bulldozer.

*Near Al Hawl, one strike destroyed a VBIED.

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIS barge.

*Near Raqqah, 15 strikes [1 British] engaged 12 ISIS tactical units; and destroyed five fighting positions, four ISIS dump trucks, four vehicles, two artillery systems, a front-end loader, and a weapons cache.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes consisting of 49 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Bayji, seven strikes destroyed 22 trenches, six bunkers, a tactical vehicle, a supply cache, an ISIS staging area, a front-end loader, and a VBIED.

*Near Mosul, three strikes [1-2 British, 1-2 Australian] engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed five vehicles, four fighting positions, four medium machine guns, three heavy machine guns, three weapons caches, an IED, a mortar system, an ISIS staging area, a rocket-propelled grenade system; damaged two ISIS supply routes; and suppressed two mortar teams.

*Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIS fuel point.

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

*Near Tikrit, one strike destroyed an ISIS fuel tank.

Additionally, three strikes were conducted in Syria on May 23 that closed within the last 24 hours.

*Near Raqqah, Syria, three strikes destroyed eight command and control nodes and destroyed a VBIED facility.’

* See press release for May 25th-26th for amended number of Syria strikes

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 24 May:

‘Wednesday 24 May – a Reaper attacked near Raqqa, whilst Tornados prosecuted four Daesh targets in Mosul…A Reaper, conducting surveillance south-west of Raqqa on Wednesday 24 May, kept watch on a small group of terrorists and was able to conduct a successful attack with a Hellfire missile. In Mosul, when advancing Iraqi security forces found themselves facing two buildings defended by a Daesh heavy machine-gun, a sniper team and at least one individual in a suicide-bomb vest, they called for assistance from a flight of Tornados. Our aircraft delivered a very precise simultaneous attack with two Paveway IVs which destroyed both terrorist strongpoints. The Tornados then hit a third terrorist position, again with a Paveway, whilst a second flight bombed a fourth position.’

Update from Australian MoD for May 24th:

‘On 24 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck a Daesh fighting position and a Daesh heavy weapon site with guided munitions over several hours of support.’

Update from French MoD on May 24th:
[In the past week – May 17th-22nd – France report six strikes in Mosul, Iraq and one in Raqqa, Syria. All strikes were conducted in support of ground operations. Task Force Wagram conducted 43 artillery strikes.]

CHAMMAL

APPRÉCIATION DE SITUATION

En Syrie, les opérations de dépollution de la ville de Tabqah se sont poursuivies toute la semaine tandis que la population continue de regagner ses habitations. Dans le secteur de Raqqah les forces démocratiques syriennes (FDS) continuent leur offensive de façon méthodique contre le dispositif de défense Daech établi dans la profondeur autour de la ville. Ce dispositif a de nouveau été percé en plusieurs endroits, permettant aux FDS de se rapprocher de la ville et d’isoler plusieurs groupes de combattants.

En Irak, Daech poursuit ses attaques de diversions dans l’Anbar contre les positions des forces de sécurité irakiennes (FSI).

Dans la région de Mossoul, la semaine a été
marquée par la poursuite de la progression des FSI dans tous les secteurs de la ville. L’étau continue de se resserrer autour de la Médina. Daech oppose une défense âpre aux combattants irakiens, en cherchant à replier le maximum de ses moyens dans la Médina où ses combattants ont leurs positions défensives les plus solides.

ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL

Appui feu – TF Wagram
La Task Force (TF) Wagram a poursuivi cette semaine ses missions en appui de la 15e division irakienne en charge la sécurisation des abords Nord Ouest de la ville de Mossoul et notamment du secteur de Badush.
Elle a réalisé 43 missions de tir en appui des unités irakiennes, essentiellement d’éclairement pour contrer ou interdire les actions de harcèlement et d’infiltration de Daech.

Appui aérien au Levant
Cette semaine, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé 23 sorties aériennes dont 20 de reconnaissance armée ou d’appui au sol (CAS) et 3 de recueil de renseignements.

7 frappes ont été réalisées par les avions français en Irak et en Syrie. Elles ont toutes été conduites en appui des opérations au sol dans le cadre des opérations contre Daech à Mossoul et Raqqah.

Pilier Formation : une nouvelle promotion de stagiaires formés par la TF Narvik diplômée de l’Iraki Counter Terrorism Service Academy.

Après plusieurs mois éprouvants à l’école de formation de l’Iraki Counter Terrorisme Service (ICTS) une nouvelle promotion de recrues à officiellement rejoint cette semaines les forces spéciales irakiennes.

Le chef de l’ « Academy » a pris la parole afin de féliciter chacun d’entre eux, louant les mérites de ses jeunes soldats ainsi que la hargne et les succès de l’ICTS sur le terrain à Mossoul, qu’ils rejoindront bientôt.

A l’issue de ce discours il a remis aux instructeurs français invités à le rejoindre un diplôme irakien officiel d’instructeur des forces spéciales.’

 

May 25th- May 26th 2017
Iraq 11 strikes (12,756-12,766)
Syria 19 strikes (8,949 – 8,967)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTFOIR:
On May 25, Coalition military forces conducted 30 strikes consisting of 88 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 33 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed an ISIS well head and a vehicle.

*Near Al Hawl, two strikes destroyed three VBIED facilities.

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed seven ISIS oil trucks, four ISIS barges, an ISIS well head, a command and control node, and an ISIS headquarters.

*Near Palmyra, one strike [1 British?] engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

*Near Raqqah, nine strikes [1 British?] engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, three vehicles, a tactical vehicle, and a mortar system.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 55 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Bayji, four strikes [1 British] destroyed eight trenches, four ISIS fuel trucks, three tactical vehicles, three fuel tanks, and a storage container.

*Near Mosul, five strikes [1-2 British] engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed 42 vehicles, nine VBIEDs, three fighting positions, two mortar systems, two mortar systems, a rocket-propelled grenade system, a tactical vehicle, an anti-air artillery system, a VBIED  facility; damaged 10 ISIS supply routes, a tunnel; and suppressed three ISIS tactical units and a mortar unit.

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

*Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed a UAS launch site.

Additionally, six strikes were conducted in Syria from May 23-24 that closed within the last 24 hours.

*Near Raqqah, Syria, May 23, two strikes destroyed three command and control nodes.

*Near Raqqah, Syria, May 24, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed six fighting positions, a mortar system, and a vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 25 May:

‘Thursday 25 May – a Reaper destroyed an armoured personnel carrier west of Raqqa, Typhoons bombed a radio station east of Palmyra, Tornados attacked five targets in Mosul, and a combined Tornado and Typhoon flight destroyed an armoured truck north-west of Bayji…Intelligence confirmed that Daesh were using a small radio relay station east of Palmyra to spread their propaganda. A pair of Typhoons attacked the site on Thursday 25 May and successfully put it out of action with Paveway IVs. Further north in Syria, a Reaper used a Hellfire missile to destroy an armoured personnel carrier near Tabqah, to the west of Raqqa. Two flights of Tornados patrolled over Mosul, where they conducted Paveway IV attacks on two medium machine-gun positions and three other Daesh-held buildings, whilst a mixed Tornado/Typhoon pair used a Brimstone missile to destroy an armoured truck some 30 miles north-west of Bayji.’

Additional press release from CJTFOIR on May 26th:

‘Coalition removes ISIS leaders from battlefield

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Coalition airstrikes have removed senior ISIS military officials and planners from the battlefield.

The elimination of three senior foreign fighters represents a significant degradation of the ISIS planning and operational capability.

Mustafa Gunes, a Syria-based ISIS external operations facilitator from Turkey, was killed by a coalition airstrike near Mayadin, Syria, 27 April. He was identified as an ISIS recruiter in the central Turkish city of Konya. Gunes was linked to facilitating financial support for planning attacks outside Syria and Iraq against the West.

Abu Asim al-Jazaeri, an ISIS external operations planner and a Syria-based French-Algerian ISIS fighter, was killed by a Coalition airstrike near Mayadin, Syria, May 11. Al-Jazaeri was involved in training a new generation of ISIS youths, called the Cubs of the Caliphate, a high priority training program sanctioned by ISIS leadership.

Abu-Khattab al-Rawi, a senior ISIS military official, was killed during an operation near Al-Qaim in Iraq, 18 May. Al-Rawi was killed along with three other terrorists. Al-Rawi was an ISIS military official who operated in Iraq’s Al Anbar Province and provided direct support to ISIS leadership. Al-Rawi was responsible for coordinating UAV operations and procurement in Al Anbar Province in Iraq.

The deaths of these men eliminates senior foreign fighters, who had extensive experience and training, and degrades ISIS’s ability to plan and conduct attacks on civilian targets in Iraq and Syria, as well throughout the region and in the West.

The Coalition will continue to degrade, disrupt, and dismantle ISIS structure, as well as exert pressure on its senior leaders and associates across multiple networks throughout Iraq and Syria.’

 

May 26th- May 27th 2017
Iraq 8 strikes +2 * (12,767-12,776)
Syria 24 strikes +1* (8,968 – 8,992)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTFOIR:
On May 26, Coalition military forces conducted 32 strikes consisting of 56 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes consisting of 31 engagements against ISIS targets.

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

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed four ISIS well heads and destroyed an ISIS boat.

*Near Raqqah, 12 strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units; destroyed seven vehicles, five fighting positions, three tunnels, an ISIS headquarters and an ISIS staging area.

*Near Abu Kamal, Syria, one strike destroyed an ISIS media center.

*Near Raqqah, Syria, May 23, two strikes destroyed three command and control nodes.

*Near Raqqah, Syria, May 24, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed six fighting positions, a mortar system, and a vehicle.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 25 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Ar Rutbah, one strike destroyed a bunker.

*Near Bayji, one strike destroyed a mortar system and an ISIS storage container.

*Near Mosul, two strikes [1 British?] destroyed a VBIED and damaged 19 ISIS supply routes.

*Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an observation post.

*Near Huwayjah, Iraq, one strike destroyed an ISIS media center.

*Near Al Qaim, Iraq, two strikes destroyed two ISIS media centers.’

* See press release for May 27th-28th and Aug 27th-28th for amended strikes

Update from UK MoD for Friday 26 May:

‘Friday 26 May – Tornados cratered two roads in Mosul to hamper terrorist movements…The following day [May 26th] , Tornados used two Paveways to crater roads in west Mosul to hamper any attempt by Daesh to move truck-bombs against the latest Iraqi advance.’

 

May 27th – May 28th 2017
Iraq 8 strikes (12,777-12,784)
Syria 17 strikes +3*  (8,993- 9,012)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, AUSTRALIA

From CJTFOIR:
On May 27, Coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes consisting of 69 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 23 engagements against ISIS targets.

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

*Near Raqqah, 15 strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, three ISIS headquarters, an ISIS staging area and a VBIED.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 46 engagements against ISIS targets.

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

*Near Ar Rutbah, one strike destroyed a VBIED.

*Near Mosul, six strikes [1-2 Australian] engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed 17 fighting positions, six heavy machine guns, four rocket-propelled grenade systems, three mortar systems, three VBIED, a vehicle, a medium machine gun; damaged an ISIS staging area; suppressed two ISIS tactical units and two mortar teams.

Additionally, two strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on May 26 that closed within the last 24 hours.

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, one strike destroyed 10 ISIS oil separators and an ISIS well head.

*Near Mosul, Iraq, one strike [1 British] engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two medium machine guns.’

* See press release for May 28th-29th for amended Syria strikes

Update from Australian MoD for May 27th:

‘On 27 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck several Daesh fighting positions and a Daesh heavy weapon site with guided munitions over several hours of support’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 27 May:

‘Saturday 27 May – Tornados and Typhoons struck a machine-gun team and a truck-bomb in western Mosul…Tornados and Typhoons continued operations over Mosul on Saturday 27 May; a Paveway IV eliminated a Daesh light machine-gun team, whilst a truck-bomb was destroyed with a Brimstone missile.’

May 28th – May 29th 2017
Iraq 7 strikes (12,785-12,791)
Syria 18 strikes +4*  (9,013- 9,034)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, AUSTRALIA

From CJTFOIR:
On May 28, Coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes consisting of 79 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 21 engagements against ISIS targets.

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

*Near At Tanf, one strike destroyed three ISIS bunkers.

*Near Dawr Az Zawr, seven strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed nine ISIS fuel trucks, five ISIS well heads, an ISIS oil still, a VBIED facility; and damaged an ISIS-held building.

*Near Raqqah, eight strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed two fighting positions, two vehicles, two VBIED factories, two VBIED facilities, and an ISIS mechanical facility.

*Near Tabqa, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 58 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Al Hawayjah, one strike destroyed two vehicles.

*Near Bayji, on strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed a vehicle, a VBIED facility, and a VBIED.

*Near Mosul, five strikes [1-2 British, 1-2 Australian] engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed 49 vehicles, seven ISIS roadblocks, three fighting positions, two mortar systems, an ISIS checkpoint, an ISIS staging area, a carport, a command and control node, a rocket-propelled grenade system, a medium machine gun; damaged 14 ISIS supply routes and a VBIED; and suppressed seven fighting positions and two ISIS tactical units.

Additionally, three strikes were conducted in Syria on May 27 that closed within the last 24 hours.

*Near Raqqah, Syria, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed a six fighting positions, an ISIS-held building and a weapons cache.’

Update from Australian MoD for May 28th:

‘On 28 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck Daesh fighting positions with guided munitions over several hours of support.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 28 May

‘Sunday 28 May – Tornados and Typhoons attacked four terrorist targets in Mosul... On Sunday 28 May, Brimstone-armed Tornados successfully attacked three terrorist positions in Mosul, whilst a Paveway IV from a Typhoon accounted for a fourth.’

May 29th – May 30th 2017
Iraq 8 strikes +2* (12,792-12,801)
Syria 18 strikes +4* (9,035- 9,056)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, AUSTRALIA

From CJTFOIR:
On May 29, Coalition military forces conducted 26 strikes consisting of 66 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 25 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed four ISIS well heads, an ISIS oil storage tank, an ISIS oil tanker truck, and a vehicle.

*Near Raqqah, 11 strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed five vehicles, a tunnel, a mortar system, a weapons cache, a VBIED factory and a fighting position.

*Near Tabqah, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, an ISIS oil separator tank, and an ISIS headquarters.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 41 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles and a VBIED staging area.

*Near Mosul, four strikes [2 British, 1-2 Australian] engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed 34 vehicles, seven fighting positions, three VBIEDs, two mortar systems, two heavy machine guns, a medium machine gun, and a supply cache and damaged an ISIS-held building, an ISIS supply route and a fighting position.

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

*Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two cave entrances and an ISIS staging area.

Additionally, four strikes were conducted in Syria on May 28 that closed within the last 24 hours.

*Near Raqqah, Syria, four strikes destroyed a weapons cache, an ISIS staging area, and three fighting positions.’

Update from Australian MoD for May 29th:

‘On 29 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck Daesh fighting positions and a Daesh heavy weapon site with guided munitions over several hours of support.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 29 May:

‘Monday 29 May – Tornados and Typhoons hit five terrorist positions in Mosul…Mixed pairs of Tornados and Typhoons struck four Daesh positions in Mosul on Monday 29 May, including two defended with heavy machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades, as well as demolishing a large road block built by the terrorists.’

May 30th – May 31st 2017
Iraq 8 strikes +2* (12,802-12,811)
Syria 13 strikes +1* (9,057- 9,070)
Confirmed actions: US, AUSTRALIA

From CJTFOIR:
On May 30, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of 49 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Abu Kamal, five strikes destroyed 12 ISIS oil stills, two ISIS well heads, two ISIS oil separation tanks, and an ISIS oil truck.

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

*Near Raqqah, four strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed a fighting position and a VBIED.

*Near Tabqah, three strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed a vehicle, an ISIS headquarters and a fighting position.

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 34 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Bayji, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle, an ISIS staging area, and a front-end loader.

*Near Mosul, four strikes [1 Australian] engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed two mortar systems, two ISIS staging areas, a vehicle, a VBIED, and a fighting position; and damaged nine ISIS supply routes, two fighting positions, and a command and control node.

*Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two ISIS-held buildings and an ISIS staging area.

Additionally, six strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on May 29 that closed within the last 24 hours.

*Near Raqqah, Syria, four strikes destroyed three ISIS-held buildings, two VBIEDs, and a weapons cache.

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

*Near Mosul, Iraq, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed four ISIS roadblocks, three VBIEDs, a tactical vehicle, a fighting position, and damaged 26 ISIS supply routes.’

* See press release for May 31st- June 1st for amended strikes for Iraq and Syria

 Update from Australian MoD for May 30th:

‘On 30 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul. The Australian aircraft struck a Daesh heavy weapon site with a guided munition over several hours of support.’

 

May 31st – June 1st 2017
Iraq 7 strikes +2* (12,812-12,820)
Syria 23 strikes +1*  (9,071- 9,094)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, AUSTRALIA

From CJTFOIR:
On May 31, Coalition military forces conducted 30 strikes consisting of 51 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 36 engagements against ISIS targets.

*Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS well head and a vehicle.

*Near Dayr Az Zawr, seven strikes destroyed four ISIS well heads, four ISIS oil tanks, an ISIS oil truck, an ISIS oil storage tank and an ISIS oil storage trailer.

*Near Raqqah, 14 strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed eight fighting positions, two vehicles, two anti-air artillery systems, a front-end loader, and a tactical vehicle.

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

*Near Al Hawayjah, one strike destroyed three ISIS-held buildings and an IED factory.

*Near Al Qaim, two strikes destroyed a VBIED factory and a tactical vehicle.

*Near Mosul, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions, a mortar system and a rocket-propelled grenade system.

*Near Rawah, one strike destroyed a VBIED.

*Near Tal Afar, two strikes [1 Australian] engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed a mortar system, a fighting position, an ISIS-held building, and a heavy machine gun; and damaged a tunnel and a fighting position.

Additionally, three strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on May 30 that closed within the last 24 hours.

*Near Raqqah, Syria, a strike destroyed an ISIS command and control node.

*Near Mosul, Iraq, two strikes [1 Australian] engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed two fighting positions, a heavy machine gun, a vehicle, and a VBIED; damaged a fighting position; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.’

* See press release for June 1st-2nd for amended Iraq and Syria strikes

 Update from Australian MoD for May 31st:

‘On 31 May, Australian F/A-18 Hornets supported Iraqi forces during operations in Mosul and Tal Afar. The Australian aircraft struck Daesh heavy weapon sites and Daesh fighting positions with guided munitions over several hours of support.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 31 May:

‘Wednesday 31 May – Tornados and Typhoons struck two terrorist targets in western Mosul, and one near Raqqa…

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

Royal Air Force aircraft have continued to conduct intensive operations against Daesh, particularly in western Mosul and around Raqqa. On Wednesday 31 May, Typhoon FGR4s, armed with Paveway IV guided bombs, demolished a terrorist-held building to the west of Raqqa, whilst mixed formations of Tornado GR4s and Typhoons patrolled over Mosul, where they used two Brimstone missiles to engage Daesh positions which Iraqi security forces had encountered.’

For May 23-30, France report 14 strikes: 9 in Mosul and 5 in Syria (3 in Raqqa). Task Force Wagram carried out 63 artillery strikes in Mosul.

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II departs after receiving fuel from a 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve May 31, 2017 (US Air Force)

Australian MoD summary May 2017:

AFCENT data for May 2017: