Military reports – November 2016

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

November 1st – November 2nd 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (10,316- 10,323)
Syria 0 strikes (5,647)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
At least 2 civilians alleged killed at Al Karama, Nineveh province, Iraq
5 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 1, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       No strikes

Iraq

*       Near Bashir, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL supply boat and a weapons cache.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes [2-3 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed four vehicles, a mortar system, and a fighting position; damaged two fighting positions; and suppressed three tactical units, two heavy machine guns, and a mortar system.
*       Near Rawah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two front-end loaders.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 1 November:

‘Tuesday 1 November – Tornados destroyed two Daesh machine-gun teams north of Mosul, while a Reaper attacked targets to the south-east…Tornados patrolled north of Mosul on Tuesday 1 November, where they supported advancing Kurdish forces. A Paveway IV guided bomb destroyed a Daesh heavy machine-gun position when it opened fire on the Peshmerga, while an Enhanced Paveway II demolished a building in which a light machine-gun was sited. Meanwhile, to the south-east of the city, a Reaper provided further close air support to Iraqi troops. It conducted Hellfire attacks on a mortar team who were spotted firing, and two groups of terrorists, including individuals with rocket-propelled grenades. The Reaper also directed a successful coalition air attack onto a number of terrorists defending a trench network.’

 

November 2nd – November 3rd 2016
Iraq 12 strikes (10,324- 10,335)
Syria 8 strikes (5,648-5,655)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2 combatants alleged killed at Kafr Takharim, Idlib governorate, Syria
4 women alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
5 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 2, Coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.  Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIL supply route.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an oil pump jack and a vehicle.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed two ISIL oil well heads and an oil tanker truck.
*       Near Idlib, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed five vehicles and two fighting positions.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a heavy machine gun.

Iraq

*       Near Bashir, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed an ISIL headquarters building and a tunnel entrance, and suppressed two mortar systems.
*       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a weapons cache.
*       Near Mosul, seven strikes [2 British] engaged two tactical units; destroyed an ISIL headquarters building, five storage containers, two mortar systems, two fighting positions, an IED factory, a supply cache, a sniper position, an observation post, and a culvert; and damaged two tunnels, a bridge, and a supply route.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED factory.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar system.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 2 November:

‘Wednesday 2 November – Typhoons and Tornados destroyed Daesh sniper and mortar positions to the north-east and south-east of Mosul…

Royal Air Force aircraft have continued to support the operations by Iraqi and Kurdish forces to liberate the city of Mosul.

A combination of Typhoon and Tornado aircraft patrolled to the east of the city on Wednesday 2 November. Some distance to the south-east, they used a Paveway IV guided bomb to destroy a building from which a terrorist mortar team was operating. They then flew north to eliminate a sniper position with a second Paveway.’

Update from French MoD on November 3rd:
[In the past week, France reports carrying out 17 air strikes in Iraq and Syria: 16 strikes in Iraq, including 13 in support of ground troops in the Mosul region of Mosul, and one strike in Syria. Task Force Wagram has carried out 37 missions.]

Point de situation des opérations
Armée française – Opérations militaires·Thursday, 3 November 2016
Actualités des opérations conduites par les armées françaises au Levant, en Irak et en Syrie (opération Chammal) et dans la bande sahélo-saharienne (BSS – opération Barkhane).
OPÉRATION CHAMMAL
Lancés  le 17 octobre dernier, les combats pour la reprise de Mossoul demeurent  au cœur de l’actualité des forces de la coalition. 3 fronts se  répartissent  du secteur Sud vers Qayyarah en passant par l’Est jusqu’au nord-ouest  de Mossoul.
Après  les forts gains territoriaux des premiers jours de l’offensive, les  progressions des troupes irakiennes se réduisent. La résistance de Daech  se fait plus marquée, à base de tirs de mortier ou de véhicules piégés.  Par ailleurs, en se repliant, les terroristes laissent derrière eux un  terrain systématiquement pollué par des mines ou des engins explosifs  improvisés.
La  dépollution ou le « nettoyage » des zones conquises participe donc au ralentissement de la progression. Cette période permet une nécessaire  régénération des forces engagées et un re-complétement logistique.
1. La bataille de Mossoul au cœur de l’activité de la force Chammal

Depuis  le début de la bataille de Mossoul, l’activité de la force Chammal a  progressivement changé de physionomie pour intensifier le soutien aux  troupes combattantes  au sol : les frappes aériennes se concentrent dans la partie nord-ouest  des abords de Mossoul tandis que l’artillerie française fournit son  appui dans le Sud de Mossoul.
Depuis  le 17 octobre, 75 frappes aériennes ont été réalisées dont 63 sur  Mossoul – ce qui représente 84 % des frappes. La TF Wagram a conduit  pour sa part  96 missions depuis la base de Q-West.

    Le  pic d’effort au déclenchement des opérations est significatif tant pour  les frappes aériennes que pour les missions de l’artillerie.

2. Activités aériennes et appuis feu

Cette semaine l’activité aérienne est restée soutenue avec 98 sorties aériennes (air ou marine).
Ces  sorties ont permis de conduire 17 frappes aériennes dont 13 en appui  des troupes au sol dans la région de Mossoul contre des pièces  d’artillerie ou des positions renforcées de combattants.
L’activité de la TF  Wagram s’est maintenue cette semaine avec 37 missions qui se répartissent entre celles de destruction d’objectif (15), d’éclairement  de nuit pour dévoiler et gêner les mouvements de Daech (20)  ou d’interdiction pour entraver les progressions de l’ennemi (2).

3. Réorganisation du GAN

Le prolongement du  déploiement du groupe aéronaval jusqu’à la mi-décembre en Méditerranée orientale a été décidé par le Président de la République afin de  maintenir la capacité d’intensification des frappes dans cette période clef commencée avec  l’offensive en direction de Mossoul mi-octobre.

Dans une logique de régénération et d’action dans la durée, la composition du GAN a été réorganisée : la frégate américaine USS Ross a quitté le GAN et la frégate anti-aérienne Cassard a été relevée par la frégate de défense aérienne Forbin le 1er novembre.’

 

Update from Danish MoD on November 3rd:
[From Wednesday October 26th – Wednesday November 2nd, Denmark reports flying 9 missions over the Iraqi provinces of Al Anbar, Irbil, Dahuk and Nineweh and the Syrian governorates of Ar Raqqah, Al Hasakah and Dayr Az Zawr. They report attacks on Daesh mortar positions, personnel, a headquarters and facilities for making improvised weapons. 10 precision bombs were dropped.]

Mission Update nr. 20
Opdatering fra de danske styrker i internationale missioner
03-11-2016 – kl. 16:00

Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Operation Inherent Resolve –Tyrkiet og Irak

Kampflybidraget

Kampflybidraget deltager stadig i kampene om Mosul.

– Støtten består primært af angreb med præcisionsvåben til støtte for koalitions landstyrker i form af Close Air Support omkring Mosul.  Derudover overvågning af områder i og omkring Mosul på baggrund af landstyrkernes fremrykning mod byen. Jeg er stolt over den indsats og effekt, som det danske bidrag til stadighed leverer i hele operationsområdet, som dækker både Irak og Syrien, og som kun kan lade sig gøre grundet den ekstraordinære indsats som personellet leverer både teknisk og operativt. Der er ingen tvivl om, at vi leverer den effekt, som koalitionen efterspørger og at vi gør en forskel i kampen mod ISIL, siger chefen for kampflybidraget, oberst Kim Jensen.

De danske F-16 har i den seneste uge gennemført 9 missioner, hvor der er udført overvågning, efterretningsindhentning samt angreb på morterpositioner, personel i terrænet, et ISIL hovedkvarter samt faciliteter til fremstilling af improviserede våben.

Missionerne er foregået over de irakiske provinser Al Anbar, Erbil, Dahuk og Ninawa samt de syriske provinser Ar Raqqah, Al Hasakah og Dayr Az Zawr.

Fra onsdag 26. oktober kl. 12.00 til onsdag den 2. november kl. 11.00 er følgende gældende:

Der er fløjet 9 missioner
Der er anvendt 10 præcisionsbomber
Der er totalt fløjet 211 missioner
Der er totalt anvendt 308 præcisionsbomber

Træningsbidraget
Den forløbne uge har budt på træning af det irakiske Border Guard Police. Der har blandt andet været træning inden for skydning, førstehjælp og grundlæggende gruppetaktik.

Radarbidraget
Det danske bidrag har i den forgange uge passeret 20.000 missioner. Ligeledes har det danske bidrag haft ansvaret for gennemførelsen af en større operation involverende 20 fly fra seks nationer samt krydsermissiler.

Transportflybidraget
Oktober måned bød blandt andet på dårligt vejr, birdstrike og  tekniske fejl på stellet. Alligevel blev det til 14 missioner med i alt 314 passagerer og 180 tons gods.

Air Transport Wing Aalborg måtte overkomme forhindringer, da C-130 fredag aften fik en hydraulikfejl på en hovedkomponent, der så måtte udskiftes. Hen over weekenden ankom reservedelen fra Danmark sammen med en særligt uddannet testpilot. Reservedelen blev udskiftet, flyet testfløjet og klarmeldt til nye operationer tre døgn efter, fejlen blev meldt.

Operation Ocean Shield – Seychellerne
Kommandoen for bidraget blev overdraget fra Danmark til NATO den 19. oktober og bidraget har løst opgaver for NATO i hele perioden uden problemer med flyet.’

 

November 3rd – November 4th 2016
Iraq 13 strikes (10,336- 10,348)
Syria 5 strikes (5,656-5,660)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
9 civilians including 4 children and a woman alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at Lakta village, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 3, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.  Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIL supply route.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed two mortar systems and two fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes [3 British]  engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed five mortar systems, four vehicles, three ISIL-held buildings, two VBIEDs, two fighting positions and an ISIL headquarters building; and damaged two fighting positions and a front end loader.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Sinjar, two strikes engaged an ISIL VBIED factory.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged an ISIL headquarters building and a weapons cache.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 3 November:

‘Thursday 3 November – Tornados struck two terrorist targets north-east of Mosul, while a Reaper engaged four targets to the south-east…The following day [Nov 3rd], Tornados struck two further targets north-east of Mosul. A Paveway IV destroyed a building from which Daesh extremists were firing on advancing ground forces, while a Brimstone missile accounted for a terrorist vehicle. South-east of the city, a Reaper flew overwatch for Iraqi troops as they pressed forwards. The Reaper’s crew used all four of its Hellfire missiles against a mortar team seen firing from amidst trees, and three groups of terrorists as they fired on the Iraqis with rocket-propelled grenades, as well as attempting to set fire to piles of tyres to create a smokescreen. The Reaper was also able to provide surveillance support to two air strikes by coalition aircraft which destroyed a fortified position and an armed truck.

A Coalition base response drill, Nov. 3, 2016, at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq (US Army)
A Coalition base response drill, Nov. 3, 2016, at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq (US Army)

 

November 4th – November 5th 2016
Iraq 15 strikes (10,349- 10,363)
Syria 8 strikes (5,661-5,668)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
5 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2 civilians including 1 child alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
Unknown number of civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2 or more civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
3-5 civilians  alleged killed at Al Hiyewi village, Raqqa, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 4, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.  Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Ayn Isa, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed three vehicles and an unmanned aerial vehicle.
*       Near Mar’a, five strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Bayji, one strike [1 British?] destroyed an ISIL generator.
*       Near Mosul, nine strikes [3 British] engaged five ISIL tactical units and four staging areas; destroyed five vehicles, three weapons caches, three mortar systems, a storage facility, a VBIED, and an ISIL-held building; and damaged an ISIL supply route, a bridge, and a tunnel.
*       Near Tal Afar, five strikes engaged an ISIL vehicle depot, a headquarters building, and a weapons production facility, and destroyed a mortar system.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 4 November:

‘Friday 4 November – A Reaper again operated south-east of Mosul, while Tornados attacked three targets inside Mosul itself, and also bombed two Daesh positions near Bayji…On Friday 4 November, Reaper operations continued south-east of Mosul, with our aircraft directing a successful coalition air attack onto its target, a weapons dump, and using one of its own Hellfires to engage a group of terrorists on foot. Two Tornados struck close air support targets inside eastern Mosul itself, using Brimstone missiles to destroy an armed vehicle and a large truck-bomb. A Paveway also hit a group of terrorists which another coalition aircraft had been carefully tracking as they manoeuvred towards Iraqi troops. A second Tornado flight supported Iraqi operations elsewhere in the country, and north-east of Mosul used Paveway IV and Enhanced Paveway II bombs to destroy a cave occupied by Daesh in the hills above Bayji, as well as a nearby stock of equipment.’

 

November 5th – November 6th 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (10,364- 10,372)
Syria 15 strikes (5,669-5,683)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, FRANCE
9 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 5, Coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.  Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 9 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike engaged oil processing equipment.
*       Near Ayn Isa, seven strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units and destroyed a vehicle and four fighting positions.
*       Near Mar’a, seven strikes engaged seven ISIL tactical units and destroyed three vehicles, an artillery system, and a fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed two rocket systems and a front-end loader, and engaged two fighting positions.
*       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles.
*       Near Kirkuk, one strike engaged two ISIL tactical units and two staging areas and destroyed a weapons cache and an observation post.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes [1 British] engaged four ISIL tactical units, a mortar system and a fighting position; destroyed four vehicles, three mortar systems, a VBIED, a command and control node, an artillery system, and a weapons cache; and damaged three tunnel systems and a vehicle.
*       Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIL-held building.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL VBIED facility.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 5 November:

‘Saturday 5 November – A Reaper destroyed three Daesh targets near Mosul…Three Hellfire attacks were launched by a Reaper on Saturday 5 November near Mosul, against a truck-bomb, a mortar and a rocket-propelled grenade team. The Reaper also assisted in a coalition strike against a second mortar. ‘

Update from French MoD for November 5th:

[France reports that on Nov 5th, they carried out a planned strike north of the town of Al Qa’im, Iraq which destroyed a Daesh  ammunition storage site.]

‘Cette semaine, l’activité aérienne est restée soutenue. Le bilan air se chiffre à 86 sorties (5 sorties dédiées de reconnaissance, 4 sorties de commandement et de contrôle aéroporté, 5 sorties de ravitaillement et 72 sorties de bombardement pour les Rafale marine et air). Ces sorties ont permis la réalisation de 20 frappes détruisant 25 objectifs. Parmi celles-ci, 17 frappes de reconnaissance armées en Irak, 2 en Syrie, et une frappe planifiée conduite le 05 novembre au Nord de la ville d’Al Qa’im pour détruire un site de stockage de munitions. ‘

 

November 6th – November 7th 2016
Iraq 12 strikes (10,373- 10,384)
Syria 18 strikes (5,684-5,701)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
16 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
4 civilians alleged killed at Al Safsafa neighborhood, Raqqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria
At least 7 civilians alleged killed at Latka village, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 6, Coalition military forces conducted 30 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.  Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike damaged an ISIL supply route.
*       Near Ayn Isa, 16 strikes engaged 12 ISIL tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions, five vehicles, two VBIEDs, and a communications node.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and a heavy machine gun.

Iraq

*       Near Mosul, seven strikes [3 British] engaged four ISIL tactical units and three staging areas; destroyed 16 vehicles, seven mortar systems, three weapons caches, two ISIL-held buildings, an ISIL headquarters building, and a training facility; damaged two ISIL supply routes; degraded three ISIL tunnels; and suppressed two ISIL tactical units.
*       Near Rawah, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 11 storage containers, a vehicle, and a weapons cache.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike engaged an ISIL headquarters building.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed nine ISIL vehicles.’

Additional press release from CJTR-OIR on November 7th:

‘Lt. Gen. Townsend statement on SDF advance to isolate Raqqah

SOUTHWEST ASIA – The Syrian Democratic Forces announced that they began their advance to isolate Raqqah, Syria, Nov. 6, 2016.  The Coalition is supporting the SDF by providing air and advise and assist support.  The Arab element of the SDF is indigenous to the area and will help establish regional support for SDF operations.  The isolation of Raqqah, when complete, will liberate strategically valuable terrain surrounding Raqqah and enable the liberation of the city.  Ultimately, the liberation of Raqqah will free Syrians to return to a life free from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant atrocities and deny ISIL a safe haven to plot external attacks against the West.

The Combined Joint Task Force – Inherent Resolve Commander, Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, provided the following statement on the SDF advance:

“‎The Syrian Democratic Forces have begun their operation to isolate the city of Raqqah and other ISIL-held territory in Syria. In addition to setting conditions for the ultimate liberation of Raqqah, ISIL’s self-proclaimed capital, the operation will also cut off militants from ISIL in Mosul, Iraq.  Throughout each phase of the campaign to liberate Raqqah, the Coalition will continually consult with allies and partners as we plan for the city’s ultimate seizure and governance once ISIL is defeated. We are confident that this next phase will continue the momentum that the Coalition and our partners have achieved, and that together we will deliver ISIL a lasting defeat.”‘

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 6 November:

‘Sunday 6 November – Typhoons and a Reaper attacked five Daesh targets around Mosul, while Tornados destroyed an armoured vehicle inside the city…On Sunday 6 November, Paveway IV-armed Typhoons bombed a terrorist group in the Tigris valley south of Mosul, while Tornados used a Brimstone missile to destroy an armoured personnel carrier inside the city. On the outskirts, a Reaper tracked a terrorist driving a truck-bomb towards Iraqi troops, but the truck exploded prematurely as it drove over rough ground, negating any need for the Reaper to fire at it. The Reaper instead used its Hellfires against a truck being loaded with spare weapons, a recoilless anti-tank gun, a rocket-propelled grenade team and an armed truck.’

November 7th – November 8th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (10,385 – 10,394)
Syria 17 strikes (5,702 – 5,718)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
14 civilians including women and children alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
4 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2 or more civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
4 civilians alleged killed at Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1-2 civilians alleged killed at Khaniz village, Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3 possible civilians alleged killed in the northern countryside of Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 7, Coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.  Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Ayn Isa, 15 strikes engaged seven ISIL tactical units, destroyed five fighting positions, three vehicles, two bridges, an artillery system, and damaged three supply routes.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a VBIED.
*       Near Palmyra, one strike engaged two ISIL tactical units, destroyed a vehicle, and damaged a fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Bayji, one strike [1 British] destroyed an ISIL rocket rail, a generator, and a bulldozer.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes [2 British] engaged five ISIL tactical units and a staging area; destroyed six fighting positions, six mortar systems, four VBIEDs, two vehicles, two rocket systems, two ISIL-held buildings, a command and control node; suppressed a heavy machine gun, a sniper position, a rocket system; damaged an ISIL vehicle; and degraded three tunnels.
*       Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike engaged an ISIL weapons production facility.
*       Near Taji, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL VBIED factory.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 7 November:

‘Monday 7 November – Typhoons destroyed rocket and mortar equipment near Bayji, while Reaper engaged four terrorist targets near Mosul and one near Raqqah…Although support to the Iraqi efforts to liberate Mosul is the highest priority for the Royal Air Force aircraft operating against Daesh, patrols over Syria and other areas of Iraq are also being maintained, and on Monday 7 November, a Typhoon mission armed with Paveway IV guided bombs destroyed a stockpile of rocket and mortar equipment to the north of Bayji, and a Reaper conducting armed reconnaissance near Raqqah struck a Daesh vehicle with a Hellfire missile. Near Mosul, a Reaper provided close air support to Iraqi forces. Daesh fighters were observed firing a recoilless anti-tank gun at the Iraqi troops, then loading the weapon into a vehicle. As the vehicle pulled away, it was destroyed by a Hellfire. The Reaper’s crew then used a further three Hellfires, which have a very low risk of collateral damage, in successful attacks on groups of extremists as they engaged in street fighting with the Iraqi troops.’

‘3rd BN 321st FAR, provided lethal strike fires on a confirmed ISIL VBIED factory in support of Operation Inherent Resolve’

A 20mm gun is removed from an F/A-18E Super Hornet, Nov 7th (US Navy)
A 20mm gun is removed from an F/A-18E Super Hornet, Nov 7th (US Navy)

 

November 8th – November 9th 2016
Iraq 6 strikes (10,395 – 10,400)
Syria 12 strikes (5,719 – 5,730)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
16-23  civilians alleged killed at Al Heisha village, Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 8, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.  Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 6 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamak, one strike destroyed ISIL oil production equipment.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed two ISIL oil well heads and an oil pump.
*       Near Ayn Isa, seven strikes engaged six ISIL tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions, a vehicle, and a VBIED facility.
*       Near Manbij, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a heavy machine gun.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

*       Near Mosul, three strikes [1-2 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed six ISIL-held buildings, four fighting positions, three mortar systems, a heavy machine gun, and a sniper position; suppressed two tactical units; and damaged a mortar system.
*       Near Rawah, two strikes engaged an ISIL VBIED factory and destroyed two storage containers and a vehicle.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL headquarters building.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 8 November:

‘Tuesday 8 November – Typhoons bombed seven Daesh positions north-east of Mosul, a Reaper attacked three further targets near the city…Reaper operations in the area continued on Tuesday 8 November, with our aircraft conducting three further Hellfire attacks on terrorist fighters, as well as providing targeting support to a coalition air strike which destroyed a mortar team. To the north-east of Mosul, a pair of Typhoon FGR4s used Paveway IVs to destroy seven Daesh positions.’

November 9th – November 10th 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (10,401 – 10,411)
Syria 17 strikes (5,731 – 5,747)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
Unknown number of civilians alleged killed at Khaniz village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Qabasin village, Raqqa, Syria
4 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 9, Coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike damaged an ISIL supply route.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a fighting position and a vehicle.
*       Near Ayn Isa, 13 strikes engaged eight ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven fighting positions, a vehicle, a cave, a bridge and an IED.

Iraq

*       Near Baghdad, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Mosul, seven strikes [1 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL-held buildings, four vehicles, three mortar systems, three medium machine guns, four tunnels, two VBIEDs; damaged two supply routes, a solar panel, a rocket-propelled grenade, a VBIED facility, and a fighting position.
*       Near Rawah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed an oil tanker, and damaged a tunnel.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL VBIED facility.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 9 November:

‘Wednesday 9 November – A Reaper destroyed an armoured vehicle as it fired on Iraqi forces advancing on Mosul…On Wednesday 9 November, a Reaper spotted an armoured vehicle firing on Iraqi troops on the outskirts of Mosul, and destroyed it with a Hellfire.’

A foreign object debris check is carried out in the cockpit of an F/A-18F Super Hornet, Nov 9th (US Navy)
A foreign object debris check is carried out in the cockpit of an F/A-18F Super Hornet, Nov 9th (US Navy)

‘The gunners of the Task Force Wagram support Iraqi forces and participate in securing conquered areas around Mosul.’

For Nov 2nd – 8th, France reports 18 strikes in Iraq (17 in Mosul area) and 2 in Syria – and 17 artillery missions. 25 targets were destroyed.

Update from Danish MoD on November 10th:
[For Nov 2nd – Nov 9th, Denmark report 12 missions over the Iraqi provinces of Nineweh, Irbil, Anbar, At Ta’mim and Diyala as well as the Syrian governorate of Ar Raqqah. They dropped 11 precision bombs, attacking Daesh buildings and mortar positions.]

‘Mission Update nr. 21
Opdatering fra de danske styrker i internationale missioner.
10-11-2016 – kl. 15:20

Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Operation Inherent Resolve

Kampflybidraget
Kampflybidraget deltager fortsat i kampene om befrielsen af Mosul. Kampene om Raqqah er nu indledt, og også her deltager danske F-16 kampfly.

De danske F-16 har i den seneste uge gennemført 12 missioner. Det drejer sig blandt andet om overvågning og efterretningsindhentning, samt angreb på bygninger, morterpositioner m.v.

Missionerne er foregået over de irakiske provinser Ninawa, Erbil, Al Anbar, At Ta’mim og Diyala samt den syriske provins Ar Raqqah.

Fra onsdag 2. november kl. 1100 til onsdag den 9. november kl. 1200 gælder følgende:

Der er fløjet 12 missioner
Der er anvendt 11 præcisionsbomber
Der er totalt fløjet 223 missioner
Der er totalt anvendt 319 præcisionsbomber

Transportbidraget
Ugen har budt på dårligt vejr i missionsområdet, men det er alligevel blevet til tre missioner med i alt 30 tons gods og 50 passagerer.

dansk radar

Radarbidraget
Bidraget har i denne uge opretholdt traditionen med at afholde DANCON-march på basen i De Forende Arabiske Emirater.
Både radar og operatører bidrager til stadighed indirekte til bekæmpelsen af ISIL. I denne uge har operationerne været fokuseret på at lufttanke fly på vej til og fra kampene i og omkring Mosul.

Standing Nato Maritime Group 2
Absalon gennemfører NATO-operationer i den østlige del af Middelhavet. Skibsbidraget er siden deltagelsen i øvelse Joint Warrior ved Skotland i oktober sejlet tilbage til Middelhavet, hvor enheden indgår i NATO’s opgaveløsning. Før turen går tilbage mod Danmark, resterer der yderligere en periode med planlagte opgaver og et havneophold i Middelhavet. Enheden forventes retur i Danmark i de første dage i december.

Andre missioner
Der er ikke noget nyt at rapportere fra de øvrige danske missioner i udlandet.’

Update from French MoD on Thursday November 10th:
[In the past week, France reports 86 sorties – 5 dedicated reconnaissance sorties, 4 airborne command and control exits, 5 refueling sorties and 72 bombing sorties. They conducted 20 strikes, destroying 25 targets. Of these, 17 were in Iraq and 2 in Syria. On Nov 5th, there was a planned strike north of the town of Al Qa’im, Iraq which destroyed a Daesh  ammunition storage site.]

OPÉRATION CHAMMAL
Appréciation de situation
Daech recule sur l’ensemble du théâtre mais organise une défense dans la profondeur et effectue des  replis organisés au cours desquels les territoires abandonnés sont  systématiquement piégés. Outre des actions de harcèlement sur les  arrières des forces irakiennes, les attentats à Bagdad sont  fréquents.

    Avancée sur la bataille
    de Mossoul

Dans la région de Mossoul, 3 semaines  après le début de l’offensive, Daech perd progressivement les points  d’appui qui constituaient sa première ligne de défense. Le déroulement  des opérations est conforme au calendrier prévisionnel  établi en phase de planification.
Les forces kurdes ont repris la localité de Ba’ashiqah située à une dizaine de kilomètres au nord-est de Mossoul. A l’est, l’ICTS a atteint les premiers  faubourgs de la ville mais fait désormais face à une vive résistance de  Daech, dont les hommes sont rompus aux combats en zone urbaine. Au  sud-ouest, les Popular Mobilization Forces ont avancé vers Tal Afar jusqu’à la ville d’Al Muhallabiyah.
Sur l’ensemble du théâtre, les  combattants de Daech font un emploi systématique des techniques de  guérilla : kamikazes, IED, piégeage, sniper, tir de mortier. Cette  résistance a ralenti la progression des unités irakiennes.

Offensive de Raqqah en Syrie

Les  Forces Démocratiques Syriennes (FDS) ont annoncé le 6 novembre le début  de l’offensive vers Raqqah. Les opérations actuelles se situent encore  très loin  de Raqqah. Elles constituent une première phase qui vise à reprendre  progressivement du terrain pour se rapprocher de la ville même.

Appui de la force Chammal
L’activité sur l’ensemble du théâtre
Cette  semaine, l’activité aérienne est restée soutenue. Le bilan air se  chiffre à 86 sorties (5 sorties dédiées de reconnaissance, 4 sorties de  commandement et de contrôle aéroporté,  5 sorties de ravitaillement et 72 sorties de bombardement pour les Rafale marine et air). Ces sorties ont permis la réalisation de 20 frappes détruisant 25 objectifs.  Parmi  celles-ci, 17 frappes de reconnaissance armées en Irak, 2 en Syrie, et  une frappe planifiée conduite le 05 novembre au Nord de la ville d’Al  Qa’im pour détruire un site  de stockage de munitions.

Activité autour de Mossoul  
Appui aérien
Le  soutien des troupes engagées dans l’offensive pour la reprise de  Mossoul en Irak représente la grande majorité des activités aériennes de Chammal : les 17 frappes de reconnaissance armée ont été conduites en appui des troupes au sol dans la région de Mossoul.
Le  nombre de frappes reste à un niveau important bien qu’en légère diminution par rapport à la première semaine de frappes au début de  l’offensive vers Mossoul. Cette diminution est liée aux difficultés croissantes de discrimination des  forces ou aux risques d’imbrication des troupes qui ne permettent pas  toujours  de réaliser les frappes dans les règles que les avions français  respectent.

Appui feu – TF Wagram
La TF Wagram poursuit sa mission au profit des troupes irakiennes en  se concentrant sur l’interdiction du terrain à la manœuvre ennemie : elle participe à l’appui pour la prise des poches de résistance situées  en arrière  du front et prend part à la protection de la base de Q-West. Cette semaine, 17 tirs ont ainsi été conduits dont 7 d’interdiction ou de destruction, et 10 d’illumination.

Formation
Mi-octobre a eu lieu la relève des militaires français de la Task Force Narvik. Faisant partie du volet formation de l’opération Chammal,  la TF Narvik dispense une instruction générale (tests de sélection et stage commando) et spécialisée (moniteurs contre-IED, sauvetage de combat, combat en zone urbaine) au sein de l’académie de l’ICTS  (Iraqi Counter Terrorism Services) à proximité de Bagdad.  Dans le domaine des engins explosifs improvisés (IED), les formations  portent sur 2 niveaux : formation des unités combattantes à la détection d’IED, formation des unités spécialisées (Génie) pour la dépollution.

    L’ICTS est pleinement engagée dans les combats
    pour la reprise de Mossoul.

Afin de pouvoir donner le meilleur niveau d’efficacité aux troupes  d’élite irakiennes dans leur combat contre Daech, la formation s’adapte en permanence : les militaires  français n’accompagnent pas les forces irakiennes dans les zones de  combat mais ils utilisent leur expertise et le retour d’expérience  fourni par les militaires irakiens engagés dans les zones  de combat pour améliorer sans cesse les formations aux besoins des  troupes d’élite irakiennes. La durée de ces  formations varie de deux à huit semaines. Des contingents d’instructeurs  de divers pays membres de la coalition anti-Daech sont également  engagés dans ce type de formation.

Au total, les soldats de l’opération Chammal ont formé près de 6130 soldats irakiens depuis mars 2015.’

 

November 10th – November 11th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (10,412 – 10,421)
Syria 14 strikes (5,748- 5,761)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
12 or more friendly forces alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 10, Coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed three ISIL oil production machines and an oil storage tank.
*       Near Ayn Isa, 11 strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units; and destroyed three fighting positions, two vehicles, a command and control node, a storage facility, a heavy weapons system, a bulldozer; and damaged three supply routes and a tunnel system.
*       Near Manbij, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle, a heavy machine gun, and a fighting position.
*       Near Palmyra, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles.
*       Near Baghdad, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Mosul, seven strikes [2-3 British] engaged six ISIL tactical units and a staging area; destroyed six mortar systems, three vehicles, two weapons caches, an artillery system; and damaged a mortar system.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL storage container.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 10 November:

‘Thursday 10 November – Tornados, Typhoons and a Reaper attacked four terrorist positions in support of operations to liberate Mosul…

The primary focus for Royal Air Force aircraft, flying as part of the coalition air campaign against Daesh, has continued to be support to the Iraqi operation to liberate Mosul. Missions have however also been flown to assist the Syrian Democratic Forces advancing towards Raqqa.

On Thursday 10 November, a Reaper provided overwatch to Iraqi troops engaged in street fighting at Abasi in northern Iraq. Its crew used Hellfire missiles against two groups of terrorists, including a light machine-gun team. In Mosul itself, a mortar was spotted in an area of heavily wooded parkland. It was destroyed by a Paveway IV guided bomb from a Typhoon flight. North of the city, Tornados used a Brimstone missile to kill several terrorists as they manoeuvred along a street.’

An F/A-18F Super Hornet flies over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nov 10th (US Navy)
An F/A-18F Super Hornet flies over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nov 10th (US Navy)

November 11th – November 12th 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (10,422 – 10,430)
Syria 14 strikes (5,762- 5,775)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
3 children reported injured at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian reported killed at Khaniz Janoubi, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 11, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, rotary and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed six oil well heads.
*       Near Ayn Isa, 10 strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units; destroyed two fighting positions, two vehicles, and a rocket system; and damaged a supply route.
*       Near Manbij, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions, a heavy weapons system, and a vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes [1 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed five mortar systems, four vehicles, two tunnel entrances, two heavy machine guns, a VBIED, a weapons cache, and a fighting position.
*       Near Tal Afar, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL headquarters building and destroyed a VBIED.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 11 November:

‘Friday 11 November – Typhoons destroyed an armoured vehicle in Syria, Tornados demolished a Daesh strongpoint south of Mosul…A pair of Typhoons patrolled over Syria on Friday 11 November, supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces north of Raqqa. Another coalition aircraft was able to identify a Daesh armoured vehicle well concealed under trees, and was able to direct the Typhoon onto the target, which was duly destroyed with a Paveway IV. Meanwhile, south of Mosul, Tornados used another Paveway IV to demolish a terrorist strongpoint on the banks of the Tigris.’

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter places supplies on the flight deck of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nov 11th (US Navy)
An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter places supplies on the flight deck of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nov 11th (US Navy)

November 12th – November 13th 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (10,431 – 10,437)
Syria 9 strikes (5,776- 5,784)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 12, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using attack, fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a fighting position and a vehicle.
*       Near Ayn Isa, three strikes destroyed two mortar systems and a vehicle.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed 15 oil tanker trucks and five oil well heads.
*       Near Idlib, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

*       Near Mosul, five strikes {1-2 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed four mortar systems, four ISIL-held buildings, a VBIED, a weapons cache and a fighting position; and damaged a vehicle.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed a bunker.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an IED production facility.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 12 November:

‘Saturday 12 November – A Reaper attacked three terrorist groups near Mosul, including a mortar team…A Reaper maintained surveillance around Mosul on Saturday 12 November. As well as supporting a coalition air strike that eliminated a recoilless anti-tank gun team, our aircraft used three Hellfire missiles against a mortar and two groups of terrorists engaged in combat with Iraqi troops.’

 

November 13th – November 14th 2016
Iraq 13 strikes (10,438 – 10,450)
Syria 8 strikes (5,785- 5,792)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
3 civilians alleged killed at Al Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq
5 civilians including 3 children and 1 woman alleged killed at Al Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq
3 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1-2 civilians alleged killed at Al Bab, Aleppo, Aleppo governorate, Syria
4 civilians including 1 woman and 2 children alleged killed at Hazime-Tal Abiyad road, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 13, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, bomber, rocket artillery, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIL oil well head.
*       Near Ayn Isa, six strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units and destroyed a vehicle, a mortar system, a fighting position, and an anti-aircraft weapons system.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIL oil well head.

Iraq

*       Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and staging area and destroyed a heavy machine gun, a vehicle, and a rocket cache.
*       Near Mosul, 10 strikes [3 British] engaged five ISIL tactical units; destroyed three mortar systems, three storage containers, two vehicles, two ISIL-held buildings, two VBIEDs, two heavy machine guns, a bulldozer, a communications tower; damaged a fighting position, a command and control node, three tunnels; and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIL-held repeater tower.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 13 November:

‘Sunday 13 November – Typhoons bombed an anti-aircraft gun in Syria, while Tornados and a Reaper struck four targets near Mosul…On Sunday 13 November, Typhoons again operated north of Raqqa and were able to destroy an anti-aircraft gun near Thulth Khunayz. Some miles to the north-east of Mosul, Tornados used a Paveway IV to collapse a tunnel system, while closer to the city, a Hellfire from a Reaper destroyed a large weapon mounted on the rear of a lorry. The Reaper then used a GBU-12 laser guided bomb to attack successfully both a buried weapons cache and a nearby terrorist vehicle.’

An Iraqi air force C-130 Hercules departs from Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Nov 13th (US Air Force)
An Iraqi air force C-130 Hercules departs from Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Nov 13th (US Air Force)

 

November 14th – November 15th 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (10,451 – 10,459)
Syria 11 strikes (5,793- 5,803)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 14, Coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, bomber, rocket artillery, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Ayn Isa, five strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes damaged an ISIL supply route and destroyed three oil well heads.
*       Near Manbij, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

*       Near Baghdad, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
*       
Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units and a staging area; destroyed five storage containers, five mortar systems, two vehicles, a VBIED, and a weapons cache; damaged five tunnels; and suppressed two ISIL tactical units.
*     
 Near Qayyarah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a mortar system and an   ISIL-held building.
*       
Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 14 November:

‘Monday 14 November – Typhoons supported the liberation of Nimrud, while a Reaper assisted Kurdish forces north of Mosul…Royal Air Force Typhoons provided close air support to Iraqi forces on Monday 14 November as they fought to liberate the site of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud. A group of terrorists were spotted repositioning in open country some distance north of Nimrud, and successfully struck with a Paveway IV guided bomb. To the north of Mosul, a Reaper provided similar close support to Kurdish troops, in particular hunting for Daesh mortars. The Reaper’s crew successfully located two such weapons. One was subsequently destroyed by coalition jets guided onto the target by the Reaper, the second was struck using one of the Reaper’s own Hellfire missiles.’

 

November 15th – November 16th 2016
Iraq 12 strikes (10,460 – 10,471)
Syria 10 strikes (5,804- 5,813)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
At least 10 civilians alleged killed at Al Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq
3 civilians alleged killed at Abu Wahil village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Mazra’at Al Qadissiya farm, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 15, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, remotely piloted aircraft, rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; damaged a supply route; and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes damaged two ISIL supply routes.
*       Near Ayn Isa, four strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units, and damaged two fighting positions, a vehicle, and a supply route.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed six oil tanker trucks and three oil well heads.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an anti-aircraft artillery system.
*     
 Near Haditha, two strikes [1 British] destroyed three bunkers.
*       
Near Mosul, eight strikes [1 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed three VBIEDs, three mortar systems, two vehicles, two ISIL-held buildings, a weapons cache, an anti-aircraft artillery system, a front-end loader, a VBIED facility, and a command and control node; damaged a supply route and two tunnels; and suppressed a tank.
*       
Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL armored personnel carrier.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 15 November:

‘Tuesday 15 November – Tornados destroyed a Daesh bunker in western Iraq, Typhoons struck a target west of Kirkuk, and a Reaper hit a mortar in eastern Mosul…A Reaper maintained patrols over Mosul on Tuesday 15 November and a further terrorist mortar team was silenced by a Hellfire missile. Tornados and Typhoons meanwhile maintained pressure on Daesh elsewhere in Iraq. The Tornados used a Paveway IV to bomb a terrorist bunker south of Haditha Lake, while the Typhoons destroyed a Daesh-held building to the west of Kirkuk.’

A U.S. Air Force C-130 approaches to land under blackout conditions at Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Nov 15th (US Air Force)
A U.S. Air Force C-130 approaches to land under blackout conditions at Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Nov 15th (US Air Force)

November 16th – November 17th 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (10,472 – 10,482)
Syria 7 strikes (5,814- 5,820)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
unknown number of civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
10  civilians including a woman and 4 children alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
7 civilians alleged killed at villages of Shanina, al Rihat, Ba’as and Abu Hassan, north of Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
1 or more civilians alleged killed at Al Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at Al Manghiya and Al Sina’a neighborhoods of Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3-5 civilians alleged killed at Hazima village, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 16, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, remotely piloted aircraft, and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike damaged four supply routes.
*       Near Ayn Isa, four strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed an artillery system, a mortar system, and damaged a supply route.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an oil well head.
*       Near Dayr Palymyra, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, two strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed nine ISIL compounds and a command and control node.
*       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed inoperable coalition equipment.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes [1 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed six mortar systems, four watercraft, three storage containers, two fighting positions, two vehicles, a bunker, a trench, and an ISIL-held building; degraded two tunnels; and suppressed two tactical units and a rocket-propelled grenade system.
*       Near Rawah, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL-held building; and destroyed two bunkers, two buildings, an IED storage facility, and an IED cache; and damaged another IED cache.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike engaged an ISIL headquarters building.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 16 November:

‘Wednesday 16 November – A Reaper eliminated two mortar teams in eastern Mosul, Typhoons demolished two terrorist positions west of Kirkuk…The Typhoons operated in the same area on Wednesday 16 November, using Paveway IVs against two more terrorist occupied buildings some 20 miles west of Kirkuk. A Reaper also continued to keep watch over eastern Mosul, where it successfully hunted down and killed two Daesh mortar teams, and supported a coalition fast jet attack that accounted for a third, vehicle-borne, mortar.’

From Nov 9th – 15th, France report 10 strikes: 9 in Iraq (7 near Mosul) and 1 in Syria, in the north of Raqqa. Eleven targets were destroyed.

Update from Danish MoD on November 17th:
[For Nov 9th – 15th, Denmark report 10 missions over the Iraqi province of Nineweh and the Syrian provinces Ar Raqqah, Dayr Az Zawr and Al Hasakah. Attacks were carried out on Daesh buildings and mortar positions. They report dropping 5 precision bombs.]

Mission Update nr. 22
Opdatering fra de danske styrker i internationale missioner.
17-11-2016 – kl. 14:25
Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Operation Inherent resolve

Kampflybidraget – Tyrkiet
Kampflybidraget deltager fortsat i kampene om befrielsen af Mosul og Raqqah.

De danske F-16 kampfly har i den seneste uge gennemført 10 missioner, hvor der er blevet udført overvågning, efterretningsindhentning samt angreb på bygninger og morterpositioner.

Missionerne er foregået over den irakiske provins Ninawa og de syriske provinser Ar Raqqah, Dayr Az Zawr og Al Hasakah.

Fra onsdag 9. november kl. 1200 til onsdag den 16. november kl. 1200 er følgende gældende:

– Der er fløjet 10 missioner
– Der er anvendt 5 præcisionsbomber

– Der er totalt fløjet 233 missioner

– Der er totalt anvendt 324 præcisionsbomber

Træningsbidraget – Irak
De danske styrker har afsluttet uddannelsen af et hold fra det irakiske Border Guard Police og forbereder i denne uge – inden næste hold fra Border Guard Police ankommer – uddannelse af andre irakiske enheder.

Radarbidraget – Irak og de Forenede Arabiske Emirater
Bidraget i de Forenede Arabiske Emirater er i gang med overdragelsen fra Hold 4 til Hold 5. Overdragelsen forløber planmæssigt. I Irak er bidraget gået i gang med planlægningen af det årlige eftersyn på den danske TPS-77 radar. Ved eftersynet udføres der mange forskellige vedligeholdelsesopgaver af både el-installationer, mekanik og IT.

Transportbidraget – Kuwait
Der er efterspørgsel på det danske C-130 bidrag til koalitionen, hvilket blandt andet skyldes at flytypen er en C-130J-30, der er en længere udgave af en standard C-130, og derfor i stand til at fragte en større last. Det har blandt andet betydet, at man har fået henvendelser fra de konventionelle styrker indsat til støtte for koalitionen, selv om det danske bidrag er indsat til støtte for specialoperationsstyrkerne i koalitionen.

Hercules
Det danske C130J Hercules transportfly, der er en del af det danske bidrag til Operation Inherent Resolve. Foto: Flyvevåbnet.

Resolute support Mission – Afghanistan
Som følge af øget fokus på sikkerhed (Force Protection Measures) i Afghanistan er belastningen af det danske Mobile Force Protection Team (MFPT) øget. Antallet af transporter er nogenlunde konstant, men MFPTs indsættelse til sikring af rådgiverne er øget markant. De indskærpede sikkerhedsforanstaltninger har betydning for de danske medarbejdere i Army Institutional Advisory Team (AIAT). Det har medført en reduktion i mødeaktiviteter med de afghanske styrker, og dermed en reduktion i løsningen af den operative opgave.

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 – Middelhavet
Absalon gennemfører NATO-operationer i den østlige del af Middelhavet. I november måned har de gennemført operationer sammen med den spanske enhed Cantabria, der ligesom Absalon indgår i Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2).

Cantabria fungerer blandt andet som en forsyningsenhed, der kan levere brændstof til andre enheder til søs. Dette har blandt andet Absalon nydt godt af, da de to enheder til søs har gennemført replenishment at sea, hvor skibene i en periode sejler side om side, og hvor der via slanger er overført brændstof fra Cantabrias lager til Absalon.

Se eventuelt mere på NATO-MARCOMs hjemmeside: http://www.mc.nato.int

Andre missioner
Der er ikke noget nyt at rapportere fra de øvrige danske missioner i udlandet.’

 

November 17th – November 18th 2016
Iraq 12 strikes (10,483 – 10,494)
Syria 16 strikes (5,821 – 5,836)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 17, Coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft, and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft, and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Al Raqqah, three strikes [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL-held buildings, a fighting position, and oil production equipment.
*       Near Ayn Isa, 10 strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed seven fighting positions, two vehicles, a VBIED, a checkpoint, a bunker; and damaged a supply route.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed three oil well heads, three oil tanker trucks, and oil production equipment, and damaged two supply routes.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL-held buildings, two tunnels, and a vehicle.
*       Near Al Qaim, two strikes destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed a mortar system and suppressed a bunker.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units; destroyed five mortar systems, two ISIL-held buildings; damaged a fighting position, a tunnel, and a bunker; and suppressed a mortar system.
*       Near Rawah, one strike [1 British] destroyed a bunker.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 17 November:

‘Thursday 17 November – Tornados attacked a Daesh bunker in western Iraq and a mortar position in the north, while Typhoons destroyed four booby-trapped buildings north of Raqqa in Syria…

Royal Air Force aircraft have continued to support both the Iraqi operation to liberate Mosul and the advance by the Syrian Democratic Forces against Raqqa.

Two Typhoons, armed with Paveway IV guided bombs, were tasked on Thursday 17 November to deal with a group of buildings which Daesh had heavily booby-trapped with large improvised explosive devices in the path of the SDF’s offensive north of Raqqa. Direct hits safely demolished all four target buildings, setting off large secondary explosions. Over Iraq the same day, two pairs of Tornados provided close air support over northern and western parts of the country. North-east of Tall Afar, one mission used a Paveway IV against a terrorist mortar position, while in the west, the other flight used an Enhanced Paveway II to bomb a bunker located in the countryside north-east of Rawah.’

An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower , Nov 17th (US Navy)
An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower , Nov 17th (US Navy)

November 18th – November 19th 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (10,495 – 10,502)
Syria 19 strikes (5,837 – 5,855)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2 or more civilians alleged killed at Tal Afar, Nineveh province, Iraq
At least 7 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2 or more civilians alleged killed at Batabo, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 18, Coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an oil well head.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes [1-2 British?] engaged an ISIL storage facility and destroyed seven oil storage tanks and four oil transfer compressors.
*       Near Ayn Isa, 13 strikes engaged 10 ISIL tactical units; destroyed five fighting positions, an IED facility, a VBIED, and an artillery system; and damaged a supply route.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed four oil well heads.
*       Near Tamakh, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Bashir, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building and a mortar system.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes [2 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed an ISIL headquarters building, a weapons cache, five ISIL-held buildings, three mortar systems, two vehicles, and a watercraft; and suppressed a mortar system.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed a bunker.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 18 November:

‘Friday 18 November – Typhoons bombed a strongpoint and an artillery piece north of Raqqa, and a large weapons store in Mosul. A Reaper hit two terrorist targets south of Mosul…On Friday 18 November, a Reaper supported Iraqi troops as they fought to liberate the village of Umarkan, south of Mosul. The Reaper’s crew observed a group of Daesh fighters retreating into a building. Having checked that there were no indications of any civilians in the area, the Reaper was able to direct a successful coalition air strike onto the target. Our aircraft then used two of its own Hellfire missiles to kill a group of terrorists as they manoeuvred in the open, and to destroy a vehicle carrying a mortar. In Mosul itself, a Typhoon flight used four Paveway IVs to destroy a weapons stockpile in a large isolated building on the western bank of the Tigris. A second pair of Typhoons meanwhile continued to support the SDF north of Raqqa. Working closely with a coalition surveillance aircraft, the Typhoons were able to destroy a terrorist strongpoint with a Paveway IV despite the SDF being very near the target. The Typhoons then used another Paveway IV against an artillery piece concealed in trees some ten miles north of Raqqa.’

 

November 19th – November 20th 2016
Iraq 6 strikes (10,503 – 10,508)
Syria 17 strikes (5,856 – 5,872)
Confirmed actions: US
5 civilians alleged killed at Tal al Samin near Janoubi, Raqqa governorate Syria
8-11 civilians alleged killed at Bia’as village, Raqqa governorate Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at Al ‘bara village, Raqqa governorate Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 19, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, six strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed seven oil production machines, one vehicle; and damaged a supply route and an ISIL training camp.
*       Near Ayn Isa, nine strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units; destroyed two artillery pieces, two fighting positions, and a tank; and damaged a supply route.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strikes destroyed one oil well head.
*       Near Manbij, one strike destroyed an armored vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Qaim, two strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a VBIED.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL-held buildings,  two VBIEDs, an IED, a VBIED facility, and a mortar system.
*       Near Rawah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two bunkers and a vehicle.’

An Iraqi air force C-130J Super Hercules taxis along the runway at Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Nov. 19 (US Air Force)
An Iraqi air force C-130J Super Hercules taxis along the runway at Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Nov. 19 (US Air Force)

 

November 20th – November 21st 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (10,509 – 10,516)
Syria 13 strikes (5,873 – 5,885)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 20, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed two tunnels.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes destroyed 13 vehicles and damaged a supply route.
*       Near Ayn Isa, six strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a weapons storage facility, and an artillery system.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed six oil tanker trucks and four oil well heads.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an ISIL IED factory.
*       Near Bayji, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles and a sniper position.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL headquarters building.
     Near Mosul, three strikes [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed five mortar systems, five ISIL-held buildings, four VBIEDs, four tunnels, two vehicles, and an artillery system; damaged a bridge and a supply route, an ISIL-held building; and suppressed three tactical units.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.’

An F414-GE-400 engine in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nov 20th (US Navy)
An F414-GE-400 engine in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nov 20th (US Navy)

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 20 November:

‘Sunday 20 November – Tornados struck an artillery piece hidden in trees on the southern edge of Mosul…Tornados saw further action over Mosul on Sunday 20 November. On the southern edge of the city, to the east of Mosul airfield, an artillery piece had been spotted hidden amongst woodland. A Paveway IV was nevertheless successfully directed onto the target, and secondary explosions suggest ammunition was destroyed along with the gun itself.’

November 21st – November 22nd 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (10,517 – 10,527)
Syria 13 strikes (5,886 – 5,898)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
9-11 civilians alleged killed at Al Sahiyeh, Raqqa governorate Syria
1 civilian alleged killed at Bi’as village, Raqqa governorate Syria
3 civilians alleged killed at Mazra’at Al Assadiya, Raqqa governorate Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 21, Coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed an oil rig and an oil well head.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, seven strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed 2 VBIEDs, an IED factory, two oil well heads and two oil tanker trucks.
*       Near Ayn Isa, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a vehicle, and a mortar position.
*       Near Manbij, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

*       Near Al Qaim, two strikes destroyed an ISIL-held building and a VBIED factory.
*       Near Bayji, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles and a bunker.
*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Mosul, six strikes [2 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed six boats, four vehicles, three ISIL-held buildings, three VBIEDs, two mortar systems, and a VBIED facility; damaged two supply routes; and suppressed two artillery pieces.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 21 November:

‘Monday 21 November – A Reaper engaged three Daesh targets while supporting an Iraqi advance south-east of Mosul…A Royal Air Force Reaper remotely piloted aircraft provided close air support to an Iraqi unit as it pressed towards Mosul from the south-east of the city on Monday 21 November. The Reaper’s crew tracked a group of terrorists who had been observed firing at the Iraqi troops and, when it was safe to do so, successfully engaged them with a Hellfire missile. Our aircraft then gave targeting and surveillance assistance to two coalition air strikes on larger groups of extremists, before carrying out two further attacks of its own with Hellfires against yet more Daesh militants.’

 

November 22nd – November 23rd 2016
Iraq 6 strikes (10,528 – 10,533)
Syria 11 strikes (5,899 – 5,909)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
15 civilians alleged killed at Tal Afar, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at Al l’bara village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at Sab Wayran village, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 22, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an oil rig.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed two vehicles, an oil tanker truck, an oil pump, and a VBIED; and damaged a road.
*       Near Ayn Isa, two strikes destroyed a vehicle and an anti-air artillery system.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed three oil well heads, three vehicles, and two oil tanker trucks.

Iraq

*       Near Mosul, four strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed six ISIL-held buildings, a mortar system, a vehicle, a weapons cache, a supply cache, and an artillery system; and damaged five supply routes, and a bridge.
*       Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, a mortar system, and a weapons cache.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed inoperable coalition equipment.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 22 November:

‘Tuesday 22 November – Typhoons and a Tornado destroyed a terrorist desert encampment in western Iraq, including heavy weapons…On Tuesday 22 November, a combined formation of two Typhoons and a Tornado conducted armed reconnaissance over the desert of western Iraq. A number of heavily-armed terrorists were reported to be encamped some 35 miles from Haditha. Their location was confirmed by the RAF flight, which then delivered a very effective attack with Paveway IV guided bombs…’

November 23rd – November 24th 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (10,534 – 10,542)
Syria 12 strikes (5,910 – 5,921)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
6 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
2 civilians alleged killed at Al Killi village east of al Jarnia, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2-25 civilians including 9 children alleged killed at Maysalon farmlands, Raqqa governorate, Syria
4-5 civilians including 1-2 women and 3-4 children alleged killed at Marat village, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 23, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft, and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft, and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an oil pump jack.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a VBIED.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes engaged two ISIL headquarters buildings; and destroyed eight oil storage tanks, five oil tanker trucks, and an oil refinement system.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed a vehicle storage facility.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike engaged an ISIL headquarters building.
*       Near Manbij, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, a fighting position, and an ammunition depot.

Iraq

*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed a mortar position.
*       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit area and destroyed a heavy machine gun.
*       Near Mosul, six strikes [2 British] engaged four ISIL tactical units and a sniper position; destroyed six mortar systems, three vehicles, two heavy machine guns, two VBIEDs, and two command and control nodes; damaged four supply routes and two bridges; and suppressed a tactical unit and a mortar system.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed a VBIED factory.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 23 November:

‘Wednesday 23 November – Typhoons attacked a machine-gun position south-west of Mosul, while to the south-east of the city, a Reaper destroyed two mortars and an anti-tank gun…The following day [Nov 23rd] , a Reaper was again in action south-east of Mosul. Most of its mission was devoted to hunting terrorist heavy weapons teams and conducting very patient surveillance to ensure there were no civilians at risk in the area. The Reaper directly supported one coalition air attack on an armed vehicle, and used three of its own Hellfires to destroy two Daesh mortars and a recoilless anti-tank gun which had all been observed when they attempted to engage the advancing Iraqi units. Meanwhile, south-west of Mosul, a Typhoon flight used a Paveway IV against a terrorist heavy machine-gun position.’

For Nov 16th-22nd, France report 13 strikes:10 in Iraq – including 7 near Mosul – and 3 in Syria.

November 24th – November 25th 2016
Iraq 6 strikes (10,543 – 10,548)
Syria 12 strikes (5,922 – 5,933)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1-5 civilians alleged killed at Marat village, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
4-6 civilians including 4 women alleged killed Al Killi village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians  alleged killed at Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
6 or more civilians  alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
4 civilians  alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 24, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft, and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft, and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed an oil well head and oil production equipment.
*       Near An Tanf, one strike destroyed two rockets and a rocket launcher.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes [1 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a fighting position and a front-end loader.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed two oil well heads and two oil tanker trucks.
*       Near Manbij, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a weapons storage facility and a fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Al Asad, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed three ISIL-held buildings, two mortar systems, two vehicles, a VBIED, an artillery system, and a weapons cache; damaged a supply route; and suppressed a mortar system.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed a VBIED factory.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed a VBIED factory.’

An F/A-18C Hornet prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nov 24th (US Navy)
An F/A-18C Hornet prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nov 24th (US Navy)

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 24 November:

‘Thursday 24 November – Typhoons bombed a strongpoint to the north of Raqqa in Syria…RAF aircraft have also continued to provide reconnaissance and strike support to the Syrian Democratic Forces as they push towards Raqqa. As part of this, a pair of Paveway-armed Typhoons destroyed a Daesh strongpoint located some 15 miles north of the city on Thursday 24 November.’

Update from Danish MoD on November 24th:
[From November 16th – 23rd, Denmark report flying 12 missions over ver the Iraqi provinces of Nineweh, Anbar, Irbil and Dahuk and the Syrian governorates Ar Raqqah and Aleppo. They dropped 7 precision bombs and attacks were carried out on ISIL bunkers, tunnels, personnel and buildings.]

Mission Update nr. 23
Opdatering fra de danske styrker i internationale missioner.
24-11-2016 – kl. 14:51
Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Operation Inherent Resolve

Kampflybidraget – Tyrkiet
Kampflybidraget deltager fortsat i kampene for befrielsen af Mosul og Raqqah.

Danske F-16 har i den seneste uge gennemført 12 missioner, hvor der er udført overvågning, efterretningsindhentning samt angreb på bunkers, tunneller, ISIL personel og bygninger.
Missionerne er foregået over de irakiske provinser Ninawa, Al Anbar, Erbil og Dahuk og de syriske provinser Ar Raqqah og Halab.
Fra onsdag den 16. november kl. 12.00 til onsdag den 23. november kl. 12.00 er følgende gældende:
Der er fløjet 12 missioner
Der er anvendt 7 præcisionsbomber
Der er totalt fløjet 245 missioner
Der er totalt anvendt 331 præcisionsbomber

Radarbidraget – Irak og De Forenede Arabiske Emirater
Bidraget i De Forenede Arabiske Emirater har afsluttet overdragelsen fra hold 4 til hold 5. Operationerne i området koncentrerer sig om områderne omkring Mosul samt Syrien. Det danske bidrag sørger for at klargøre fly i form af lufttankning. Endvidere forhåndskoordinerer operatørerne højder og områder til de mange fly, der opererer i et forholdsvist afgrænset område. Derved bidrager operatørerne til at højne flyvesikkerheden for både danske og andre nationers piloter.

Træningsbidraget – Irak
Det danske træningsbidrag har i denne uge påbegyndt træning af irakiske enheder i form af våbenuddannelse samt gruppe- og delingsuddannelse.

Resolute Support – Afghanistan
I den forgangne uge har fokus været på opstart af det nye hold på ANAOA (Afghan National Army Officer Academy) samt de sidste forberedelser forud for opstart af de to ældre hold, der startede lørdag i uge 46. Der er mødt 277 kadetter (265 mænd og 12 kvinder) – tallet forventes dog øget til ca. 320 i løbet af den næste uge.

Alle nytilgåede danske mentorer har overtaget deres opgaver og er klar til opstart af de øvrige hold i slutningen af indeværende uge.

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 – Middelhavet
Absalon gennemfører fortsat operationer i Middelhavet.  Mandag den 21. november ophørte enheden med at være en del af NATO’s stående maritime styrker, og har siden da gennemført et kort planlagt havneophold i Valetta havn på Malta. Hovedformålet med dette havneophold har været at tage forsyninger ombord efter en længere periode til søs.
Tirsdag den 22. november blev der gennemført besøg fra Forsvaret ledelse til Absalon. Forsvarschefen, Chefen for Operationsstaben, Chefen for Marinestaben, Chefen for Flyverstaben samt Chefen for 2. Eskadre var alle ombord i et antal timer og talte i den forbindelse med besætningen.

Operation Ocean Shield – Seychellerne
Kommandoen over det danske bidrag blev tilbagegivet fra MARCOM (Allied Maritime Command) til Danmark den 19. november.
Challengeren landede tirsdag den 22. november om eftermiddagen i Aalborg, og tilbage på Seychellerne er nu kun disablingholdet. Nedtagningen af lejren går efter planen, og der forudses ikke nogen forhindringer.’

Update from French MoD on November 24th:
[France issues new logo for Operation Chammal, which features Iraq and Syria on a tricolor flag.] 

CHAMMAL: un nouveau symbole pour l’opération française au Levant

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Lancée le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal, participation française à l’opération Inherent Resolve (OIR) de lutte contre Daech, a adopté une nouvelle identité visuelle.
Lancée le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal, participation française à l’opération Inherent Resolve (OIR) de lutte contre Daech, a adopté une nouvelle identité visuelle.

A la suite des attentats de Paris, le président de la République a décidé de renforcer la lutte contre Daech en autorisant notamment les vols d’avions français au-dessus de la Syrie.

Le nouveau logo présente désormais, sur un fond de drapeau tricolore, les deux pays qui constituent le théâtre de l’opération Chammal : l’Irak et la Syrie. Dans le cercle extérieur, le nom de l’opération est encadré par deux roses des vents, allusion au chammal, le vent de nord-ouest qui souffle sur l’Irak et le golfe Persique. Dans le cercle intérieur, l’épée, les deux ancres de marine et les ailes rappellent le caractère interarmées du dispositif français.

Le cimeterre et la feuille de laurier, également présents sur le logo de l’opération Inherent Resolve, marquent ainsi le caractère indissociable des deux opérations. Le cimeterre symbolise les forces locales qui mènent les combats sur le terrain contre Daech, appuyées et formées par les soldats de la coalition. La branche de laurier, symbole de la victoire, se compose de sept feuilles qui représentent les sept principaux peuples d’Irak : sunnites, chiites, kurdes, turkmènes, assyriens, yézidis et arméniens.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal est le volet français de l’opération OIR et mobilise aujourd’hui près de 4 000 militaires. A la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, l’opération Chammal repose sur deux piliers complémentaires : un pilier « formation» au profit d’unités de sécurité nationales irakiennes et un pilier «  appui » consistant à soutenir l’action des forces locales engagées au sol contre Daech et à frapper les capacités militaires de Daech.’

Update from French MoD on November 25th:
[In the past week France reports carrying out 50 sorties and 13 strikes – 7 of which were in the Mosul region – and 3 in Syria, north of Raqqah. They destroyed 14 targets.]

Point de synthèse du 24 novembre 2016

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2.CHAMMAL
2.1 APPRÉCIATION DE SITUATION

Sur l’ensemble du territoire, Daech utilise la liberté de manœuvre sur certains axes pour poursuivre le renforcement des lignes de défense. Dans les zones contestées, Daech reste agressif et les gains obtenus par la coalition nécessitent un effort significatif pour la sécurisation des territoires libérés.
En Irak, l’organisation terroriste continue de menacer les forces et la population au-delà des lignes de front, mais le recul progressif se poursuit. En parallèle de la bataille de Mossoul, Daech conduit des attentats réguliers à Bagdad, faisant peser une menace sécuritaire permanente dans le pays.
En Syrie, la géométrie du théâtre est complexifiée par l’immixtion des nombreux acteurs présents, notamment dans la région d’Al Bab où les forces syriennes d’opposition ont atteint les abords d’Al Bab où ils font face à une défense résolue de Daech.
Les opérations des forces démocratiques syriennes vers Raqqah ont permis la saisie de la localité de Tall as-Samn.

AVANCÉE SUR LA BATAILLE DE MOSSOUL

La progression des FSI marque le pas. L’organisation terroriste recherche l’imbrication et maintient ses capacités de harcèlement des forces irakiennes, qui font effort sur la sécurisation et le nettoyage des zones libérées.
Si Daech se replie progressivement de la périphérie de Mossoul, l’organisation dispose toujours d’une liberté de mouvement dans la ville qui lui permet de concentrer ses efforts en particulier à l’Est pour gêner l’ICTS qui tente de reprendre une progression méthodique, en nettoyant les zones conquises.
L’aérodrome de Tall Afar a été repris par les Popular Mobilization Forces, rejointes par les forces de sécurité irakiennes de la15e brigade.

2.2 ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL

Sur la semaine, plus de 50 sorties AIR ont eu lieu dont 6 sorties de renseignement (ISR), 1 sortie de commandement et de contrôle de l’E2C Hawkeye et 44 sorties de reconnaissance armée. Elles ont permis de conduire 13 frappes (dont 7 dans la région de Mossoul et 3 en Syrie, au nord de Raqqah), détruisant 14 objectifs.
Les frappes aux abords de la ville de Mossoul sont conduites avec des précautions particulières liées à l’environnement urbain, limitant logiquement leur volume.
Cette semaine, la TF Wagram a réalisé 2 tirs au profit des forces irakiennes, dont un d’illumination et un destiné à détruire des moyens de franchissement de Daech sur le Tigre.
Le GAN déployé autour du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle a été réarticulé après le départ de la frégate La Fayette et l’intégration d’une frégate américaine, l’USS Mason le 22 novembre ainsi que celle de la frégate Guépratte et. Le groupe aéronaval comprend à ce jour le porte-avions Charles de Gaulle et son groupe aérien embarqué ainsi qu’un bâtiment de ravitaillement et 4 frégates.’

 

November 25th – November 26th 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (10,549 – 10,556)
Syria 15 strikes (5,934 – 5,948)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
4 civilians including 1 child alleged killed at Qortoba village, Raqqa governorate, Syria
2 civilians alleged killed at Al Rutba village, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 25, Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes using attack, fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft, and against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed four oil well heads and an oil pump jack.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, six strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units and a storage facility; destroyed two vehicles, a command and control node, and a fighting position.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed three oil refinement equipment pieces, three oil storage tanks, and an oil well head.
*       Near Manbij, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged a VBIED facility.
*       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed a VBIED.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes [2 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed three vehicles, three ISIL-held buildings, three mortar systems, a VBIED facility, a VBIED, a supply cache, a watercraft, and a fighting position; degraded a VBIED facility and seven roads; and suppressed a mortar system.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 25 November:

‘Friday 25 November – Tornados attacked a mortar team and a truck-bomb factory in Mosul…RAF and Coalition aircraft continue to support Iraqi forces as they press further into eastern Mosul, as the urban operating environment becomes increasingly congested and challenging. Tornados dealt with a particularly challenging target in eastern Mosul on Friday 25 November – a Daesh mortar hidden in trees next to a busy road. The Tornados used a Brimstone missile, which has a small warhead and a very precise targeting system, to strike the target accurately whilst limiting as far as possible the risk to the passing traffic. The Tornados then hit a second target, using a Paveway IV to destroy a workshop in south-eastern Mosul which was producing truck-bombs.’

An inspection for corrosion is carried out on the canopy of an F/A-18F Super Hornet, Nov 25th (US Navy)
An inspection for corrosion is carried out on the canopy of an F/A-18F Super Hornet, Nov 25th (US Navy)

November 26th – November 27th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (10,557 – 10,566)
Syria 18 strikes (5,949 – 5,966)
Confirmed actions: US
14 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 26, Coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes using attack, fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, bomber, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft, and against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed oil production equipment.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, seven strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units; destroyed eight vehicles, a VBIED; and damaged a tunnel.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, five strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, two vehicles, three well heads, and an oil tank.
*       Near Al Tanf, one strike destroyed an IED and an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Ayn Isa, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units, destroyed a VBIED and a VBIED storage facility, and damaged a fighting position.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed a well head.

Iraq

*       Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units; destroyed four mortar systems, three vehicles, three weapons caches, and an ISIL-held building; damaged 17 supply routes and a tunnel; and suppressed a fighting position.
*       Near Rawah, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed three vehicles and a bunker.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.’

November 27th – November 28th 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (10,567 – 10,575)
Syria 12 strikes (5,967 – 5,978)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
3 civilians alleged killed at Hawi village, Zeban town or vicinity, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 27, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using attack, fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft, and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two oil tanker trucks, an oil tanker trailer, and a vehicle.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, four strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and an anti-air artillery system.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed three vehicles, two oil well heads, an oil tank, and an oil pump jack.
*       Near Ayn Isa, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a VBIED facility and a fighting position.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed four oil tanker trucks and two oil tanker trailers.

Iraq

*       Near Bashir, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles, two weapons caches, an ISIL-held building, engineering equipment, and a tunnel.
*       Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes [4 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed four mortar systems, two vehicles, two ISIL-held buildings, two VBIEDs, two front end loaders, a command and control node, and a heavy machine gun; suppressed a mortar system; and degraded 11 roads and a bridge.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an unmanned aerial vehicle.
*       Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 27 November:

‘Sunday 27 November – Tornados destroyed a strongpoint and two engineering vehicles in Mosul, while Typhoons engaged two mortar teams on the outskirts of the city…Three Tornado and Typhoon flights conducted attacks in Mosul on Sunday 27 November. One Tornado mission used Enhanced Paveway II and Paveway IV bombs to neutralise a large fortified building in northern Mosul, while a second Tornado flight conducted Brimstone attacks which destroyed two engineering vehicles, used by Daesh to construct defensive positions. In fields on the southern outskirts of the city, Typhoons caught a large group of terrorists setting up a mortar which they had just unloaded from a truck. A direct hit from a Paveway IV destroyed the mortar, killed the terrorists and damaged the truck. The Typhoons then destroyed a second mortar nearby.’

 

November 28th – November 29th 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (10,576 – 10,584)
Syria 12 strikes (5,979 – 5,990)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1-2 civilians alleged killed at Al Hissiyan area, al Bukamal desert, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 28, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft, and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two vehicles.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed three oil well heads, two oil pump jacks, two oil refinement equipment pieces, an oil tank, and construction equipment.
*       Near Ayn Isa, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions and a mortar system.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, construction equipment, and an oil rig.
*       Near Manbij, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position and a vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed a VBIED facility.
*       Near Bayji, one strike [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building.
*       Near Mosul, six strikes [2 British] engaged four ISIL tactical units; destroyed five mortar systems, three ISIL-held buildings, three vehicles, three VBIEDs, two front-end loaders, a VBIED factory, and a command and control node;       suppressed three tactical units; and damaged five supply routes and two pieces of road construction equipment.
*       Near Rawah, one strike [1 British] destroyed a bunker.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 28 November:

‘Monday 28 November – Typhoons destroyed a terrorist-held building and a tunnel entrance in northern and western Iraq, while a Reaper engaged Daesh targets near Mosul…With Iraqi troops methodically clearing Daesh extremists from key locations around Mosul, a Royal Air Force Reaper worked with other coalition aircraft to provide close air support on Monday 28 November. The Reaper used its surveillance sensors to identify a number of terrorists and then provided targeting guidance which allowed two successful coalition attacks to be delivered. A pair of terrorists were subsequently tracked as they moved at high speed on a motorcycle to a new position, and were killed by a direct hit from one of the Reaper’s Hellfire missiles. The Reaper then spotted in turn three Daesh mortars as they opened fire: one was destroyed by a coalition aircraft, one was silenced by artillery fire, and the third was struck by the Reaper itself, using a GBU-12 guided bomb. To the south, near Bayji, Typhoon FGR4s meanwhile used a Paveway IV to destroy a Daesh-held building. The Typhoons then headed west to Anbar province, where they employed a further Paveway to collapse the entrance to a terrorist tunnel network beneath a hillside south of Rawah.’

 

November 29th – November 30th 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (10,585 – 10,592)
Syria 5 strikes (5,991 – 5,995)
Confirmed actions: US, FRANCE, UK
10-11 civilians including 8-9 children and 1 woman alleged killed at Rawa, Anbar province, Iraq
16 civilians including women and children alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
4 civilians including 2 children  alleged killed at Al Rahiat village, northern countryside, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 29, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed two oil well heads and two oil pump jacks.
*       Near Al Shaddadi, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions and a vehicle.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike [1 French?] engaged an ISIL chemical weapons storage facility.

Iraq

*       Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged ISIL military equipment and a defensive position.
*       Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a tunnel.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes [2 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed four VBIEDs, four mortar systems, three ISIL-held buildings, two vehicles, two weapon caches, and an ISIL compound; suppressed a mortar system; and damaged 22 supply routes and a tank.
*       Near Qayayyarah, one strike [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed two vehicles, two ISIL-held buildings, a weapons cache, and a VBIED; and suppressed a heavy machine gun.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 29 November:

‘Tuesday 29 November – Tornados struck a tank to the west of Mosul, a Reaper attacked further targets near the city, and Typhoons destroyed a weapons stockpile near Qayyarah…Reaper operations around Mosul continued on Tuesday 29 November. A group of terrorists engaged in a firefight with Iraqi forces were struck with a Hellfire. Again, the Reaper proved a deadly hunter of Daesh mortar teams; a Hellfire destroyed one, and the aircraft’s reconnaissance work allowed two more to be targeted by artillery fire and coalition aircraft. Some ten miles west of Mosul, Tornado GR4s scored a direct hit with a Brimstone missile on one of the few tanks operated by Daesh, while to the south-west, near Qayyarah, Typhoons bombed a weapons stockpile.’

Update from French MoD for November 29th:
[On November 29th, the Rafales of the BAP H5 and the aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle carried out a combined planned strike against a weapons production and storage facility near Raqqah, Syria]

‘Le 29 novembre des Rafale de la BAP H5 et du porte-avions Charles De Gaulle ont notamment conduit une frappe planifiée combinée contre une installation de production et de stockage d’armes près de Raqqah (Syrie).’

Update from Danish MoD on November 29th:
[Denmark report that the Coalition has completed the investigation of attacks in Syria September 17, 2016. The study concludes that it probably was irregular Syrian strength, which was hit during an attack in September. The coalition was convinced that the attack ISIL. Two Danish F-16s took part together with other nations’ aircraft in the attacks. They report: “We do not want to make mistakes, it is the consequences of military operations far too serious. It is therefore deeply regrettable that Danish aircraft inadvertently participated in an attack that likely has hit the wrong target. I note of course know that the Danish personnel have acted in good faith and that the attacks were immediately interrupted, since the Russians came messages to coalition headquarters that a Syrian military position had been hit, says Major General Flemming Lentfer”…”I can inform you that the Danish fighter hit four armored military vehicles using five precision bombs. There is no evidence to suggest that the armored vehicles were manned at the time of the attack, said Major General Flemming Lentfer.“]

‘Koalitionen har afsluttet undersøgelse af angreb i Syrien 17. september 2016
Undersøgelsen konkluderer, at det sandsynligvis var irregulære syriske styrke, som blev ramt under et angreb i september. Koalitionen var overbevist om at den angreb ISIL. To danske F-16-fly deltog sammen med andre nationers fly i angrebene.
29-11-2016 – kl. 16:29
Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Det var en række menneskelige fejl i forbindelse med processen omkring opbygning af efterretningsbilledet i timerne forud for et angreb, der var årsag til, at den internationale koalition til bekæmpelse af ISIL sandsynligvis ramte irregulære syriske styrker i området syd for Dayr Az Zawr lufthavn i Syrien den 17. september i år.

Det står klart efter, at hovedkvarteret for den internationale koalition klokken 16:00 dansk tid præsenterede resultaterne af en omfattende undersøgelse af angrebet ved en pressekonference.

– Vi er tilfredse med, at der nu foreligger et resultat af undersøgelsen af koalitionens angreb den 17. september 2016 ved Dayr Az Zawr. Retrospektivt kan vi se, at der blev begået en række fejl i forbindelse med opbygningen af efterretningsbilledet og identifikationen af styrkerne på jorden forud for angrebet, der ikke blev rettet undervejs i processen. Konsekvensen blev, at koalitionen troede man ramte ISIL-enheder, siger chefen for Operationsstaben i Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando, generalmajor Flemming Lentfer.

Danske fly angreb i god tro
To danske F-16-fly deltog sammen med andre nationers fly i angrebene.

– Vi ønsker ikke at begå fejl, Det er konsekvenserne i militære operationer alt for alvorlige til. Det er derfor dybt beklageligt, at danske fly uforvarende har medvirket i et angreb, der med stor sandsynlighed har ramt de forkerte. Jeg hæfter mig selvfølgelig ved, at det danske personel har handlet i god tro, og at angrebene straks blev afbrudt, da der fra russisk side kom meldinger til koalitionens hovedkvarter om, at en syrisk militærposition var blevet ramt, siger generalmajor Flemming Lentfer.

Koalitionens undersøgelse af hændelsen har afdækket, at mindst 15 blev dræbt under angrebene. Undersøgelsen nævner videre, at overvågningsgruppen Det Syriske Observatorium for Menneskerettigheder har rapporteret, at 83 blev dræbt den dag angrebene fandt sted.

– Jeg kan oplyse, at de danske kampfly ramte fire pansrede, militære køretøjer ved brug af fem præcisionsbomber. Der er ikke er noget, der tyder på, at de pansrede køretøjer var bemandede på tidspunktet for angrebet, siger generalmajor Flemming Lentfer.

Auditørkorps orienteret
Ifølge generalmajoren er en hændelse som denne i sagens natur en alvorlig sag. Derfor har Forsvarets Auditørkorps også sideløbende med koalitionens undersøgelse fulgt sagen.

Procedurer skal forbedres
Undersøgelsens konklusioner fører nu til, at koalitionen iværksætter en række initiativer, herunder at gennemgå de procedurer, der foregår i forbindelse med udpegning af mål. Også i det danske bidrag er der blevet sat en række konkrete initiativer i gang, der fremover skal sikre stærkere tillid til efterretningerne.

– Den danske Red Card Holder, som godkender eller afviser dansk deltagelse i angreb skal have adgang til det fulde planlægningsgrundlag under større operationer – og ikke bare for de enkelte mål – samt have mulighed for at søge yderligere efterretninger hos Forsvarets Efterretningstjeneste, hver gang de danske fly er på vingerne, slutter Flemming Lentfer

FAKTABOKS: Undersøgelsens hovedkonklusioner

Angrebet den 17. september 2016 ramte efter al sandsynlighed irregulære militære enheder, der støtter det syriske styre.

Undersøgelsen har afdækket, at mindst 15 blev dræbt under angrebet, mens Det Syriske Observatorium for Menneskerettigheder har rapporteret at 83 blev dræbt den dag angrebet fandt sted.

Angrebet blev sat i gang, fordi man i koalitionen var overbevist om, at der var tale om en ISIL-stilling.

Årsagen til, at koalitionen troede den angreb ISIL, skyldes flere faktorer:

·         De angrebne enheder bar ikke synlige uniformer. Der blev i det konkrete tilfælde i koalitionen begået en række menneskelige fejl under processen forud for selve angrebet. Blandt andet blev målet for tidligt kategoriseret som et ISIL-mål.

·         Dermed blev der ikke under den videre analyse i tilstrækkelig grad brugt tid på at validere oplysningerne, samt at tage de nødvendige forbehold inden målet blev præsenteret for de militære beslutningstagere.

Koalitionens undersøgelse har identificeret en række områder, der kan forbedres i måludpegningsprocessen.

Du kan læse koalitionens undersøgelse HER’

November 30th – December 1st 2016
Iraq 3 strikes (10,593 – 10,595)
Syria 2 strikes (5,996 – 5,997)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTF-OIR:
On Nov. 30, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes using attack aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack and bomber aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed two oil pump jacks.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike engaged an ISIL headquarters building.

Iraq

*       Near Mosul, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed four ISIL-held buildings, two vehicles, a VBIED, a mortar system, and a rocket propelled grenade; disabled a bridge; and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit, a mortar system, and a heavy machine gun.
*       Near Rawah, two strikes engaged an ISIL VBIED staging area and destroyed a bunker.’

Update from French MoD on November 30th:
[France publish article on its airbase in the Middle East used for Operation Chammal. The current commander, Colonel Jean-Luc, looks back on these two years of activity: “Since the initial deployment, the projected air base has doubled its reception capacity. With fewer than 400 deployed soldiers, it deploys fighter planes, reconnaissance aircraft, intelligence gunships, and punctually welcomes tactical and strategic airplanes while ensuring its own protection.”]

‘BAP : deux années d’engagement ininterrompu

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Mise à jour : 30/11/2016 18:57

Le 28 novembre 2014, trois Mirage 2000D de Nancy-Ochey rejoignaient la base aérienne projetée (BAP) au Proche-Orient et le dispositif militaire français de l’opération Chammal, rejoints bientôt par trois autres le 17 décembre.

Deux ans plus tard, la Base aérienne projetée (BAP) s’est définitivement imposée de par son efficacité dans la lutte contre le groupe terroriste Daech. Elle le prouve au quotidien par un engagement permanent des 6 Rafale déployés fin août 2016, de jour comme de nuit, ainsi qu’une réactivité accrue favorisée par un emplacement géographique privilégié, au plus près des objectifs situés en Irak comme en Syrie.

Entre temps, grâce au déploiement de moyens aériens d’observation et de renseignement, les chasseurs ont pu réaliser des missions de reconnaissance armée au-dessus de l’Irak. En disposant, au plus près de l’ennemi, d’une plateforme aéronautique opérationnelle en permanence, au fonctionnement autonome, ils sont en mesure de répondre à toutes les sollicitations du centre de commandement des opérations aériennes (CAOC) forts de la large gamme d’armements et de capteurs dont ils disposent.

L’objectif visé est largement atteint puisque les avions décollant de la BAP rejoignent la zone des opérations en quelques dizaines de minutes, de jour comme de nuit.

L’actuel commandant de la BAP, le colonel Jean-Luc, revient sur ces deux années d’activité :

« Depuis le déploiement initial, la base aérienne projetée a doublé ses capacités d’accueil. Avec moins de 400 militaires déployés, elle met en œuvre des avions de chasse, de reconnaissance, de recueil du renseignement, et accueille ponctuellement des avions de transport tactique comme stratégique, tout en assurant sa propre protection ».

Pour s’inscrire dans la durée, le soutien logistique du personnel, les structures de vie et de travail ont été améliorés. L’hébergement sous tente a été progressivement remplacé par des bâtiments réhabilités, ce qui a permis la création de foyers et de salles de sport, contribuant ainsi à maintenir le moral des militaires à leur meilleur niveau. Le niveau de protection est également en adéquation avec l’engagement opérationnel et l’environnement régional.

« L’un des soucis majeurs du commandement de la BAP est le maintien en condition de la plate-forme aéronautique. Cette dernière, à l’image de la zone vie, est en amélioration constante du fait de la présence conjointe d’un détachement du 25ème régiment du génie de l’Air et du groupement aérien d’appui aux opérations de l’armée de l’Air. Les capacités d’abris des aéronefs ont été augmentées de manière substantielle au même titre que les zones de préparation et de conduite des missions organisées au profit de la coalition. »

Deux ans plus tard, ce pion tactique de projection de puissance de la composante aérienne n’est plus un simple détachement Air mais reflète bien, par la puissance qui s’en dégage et le nombre de frappes réalisées en deux ans, la volonté des armées françaises à s’engager avec force contre Daech.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal représente la participation française à l’opération Inherent Resolve et mobilise aujourd’hui près de 4 000 militaires. À la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, l’opération Chammal repose sur deux piliers complémentaires : un pilier « formation» au profit d’unités de sécurité nationale irakiennes et un pilier «  appui » consistant à soutenir l’action des forces locales engagées au sol contre Daesh et à frapper les capacités militaires de Daesh.’

Update from French MoD for November 30th:
[France publishes article on its E-2C Hawkeye planes, used to gather intelligence on ISIL.]

‘Chammal : Hawkeye, les yeux et les oreilles du groupe aéronaval

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Sur le pont d’envol du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle, déployé avec son groupe aéronaval dans le cadre de l’opération Chammal, la silhouette peu commune des 2 avions E-2C Hawkeye intrigue. Cet aéronef particulier, propulsé par deux hélices et de puissants moteurs, est le seul avion de guet aérien avancé pouvant être embarqué. Focus sur cet « œil de faucon » essentiel dans les opérations menées depuis le porte-avions.

Pour les bâtiments du groupe aéronaval et les pilotes de chasse qui décollent tous les jours pour recueillir du renseignement et frapper Daech au-dessus de l’Irak et de la Syrie, le Hawkeye est une sorte de grand-frère. Ses cinq membres d’équipage, deux pilotes et trois tacticiens aéronautiques, sont toujours les premiers catapultés du pont d’envol du Charles de Gaulle et les derniers à apponter, souvent de nuit.

Une des premières missions du Hawekeye, «l’œil de faucon », est d’éclairer la force dans sa zone d’opérations à l’aide de ses différents capteurs dont son puissant radar si caractéristique qui permet de voir loin. Ce véritable « œil avancé » de la force contrôle également les aéronefs présents (chasse, ravitailleurs, drones …), il assure la coordination des missions aériennes et informe les contrôleurs tactiques opérationnels [1] de la situation « temps réél » sur le théâtre. Dans les casques de l’équipage, les échanges radios tactiques entre les aéronefs de la coalition grésillent. Les cinq membres d’équipages se répartissent près de dix réseaux radios qu’ils doivent veiller lors des missions opérationnelles, pour assurer la  coordination de l’activité aérienne dans la zone d’opération.

« Le théâtre du Levant est un zone d’opération très riche, qui permet aux équipages de la flottille d’exploiter tous les systèmes embarqués à bord du Hawkeye. La remise en question dans cet environnement dense et complexe est permanente et permet aux plus jeunes d’engranger une grande expérience opérationnelle. Relais radio au profit des avions de la coalition, transmissions d’ordres, détections radar, guerre électronique, c’est notre quotidien», témoigne le capitaine de corvette Ludovic, un des tactical air controller embarqué (TACAé) sur E-2C Hawkeye.

«Une mission du Hawkeye, c’est quasiment dix heures de travail », précise un des pilotes de la Flottille 4F à laquelle appartiennent les Hawkeye. « Il y a le briefing avant le vol, pour lequel nous recevons nos directives de la coalition via l’état-major embarqué à bord du Charles de Gaulle. Puis le vol proprement dit, qui dure plusieurs heures. Enfin, il y a le débriefing et les compte-rendus vers la coalition », énumère le capitaine de corvette Nicolas. Le groupe aéronaval peut bien compter sur ces marins du ciel pour voir loin, contrôler, coordonner les vols et rendre compte. Un travail d’équipage aéro-maritime.

[1] Le Combined air operation centre (CAOC) pour la coalition et le commandant de la zone maritime Méditerranée (CECMED) pour la France.’

For November 23rd to November 29th, France reports 14 strikes: 11 in Iraq – 9 near Mosul – and 3 in Syria.

Update from Danish MoD on December 1st:
[For Wednesday November 23rd to Wednesday November 30th, Denmark report 11 missions over the Iraqi province of Nineweh and the Syrian governorate of Ar Raqqah. They dropped eight precision bombs, launching attacks on ISIL roadblocks, buildings and facilities that manufactured improvised explosive devices to vehicles.]

Mission Update nr. 24
Opdatering fra de danske styrker i internationale missioner.
01-12-2016 – kl. 14:58

Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Operation Inherent Resolve

Kampflybidraget – Tyrkiet

De danske F-16 kampfly har i den seneste uge gennemført 11 missioner. Der er udført overvågning og efterretningsindhentning samt gennemført angreb på vejblokader, bygninger og faciliteter, der fremstillede improviserede sprængladninger til køretøjer.

Missionerne er foregået over den irakiske provins Ninawa og den syriske provins Ar Raqqah.

Fra onsdag den 23. november kl. 1200 til onsdag den 30. november kl. 1200 er følgende gældende:
– Der er fløjet 11 missioner
– Der er anvendt 8 præcisionsbomber
– Der er totalt fløjet 256 missioner
– Der er totalt anvendt 339 præcisionsbomber

Radarbidraget – Irak og de Forenede Arabiske Emirater
Bidraget har i den forgangne uge passeret en samlet kontroltid på 3.000 timer siden begyndelsen af missionen. Operationerne i området koncentrerer sig fortsat omkring Mosul. Det danske bidrag støtter fly i forbindelse med lufttankning og forhåndskoordinerer højder og områder for de mange fly, der opererer i det forholdsvist afgrænsede område. Derved bidrager operatørerne til at højne flyvesikkerheden for både danske og andre nationers fly og piloter.

Transportbidraget – Kuwait
I ugens løb har bidraget løftet næsten 45 ton materiel og 33 PAX internt i Irak. Derudover er der gennemført en højt prioriteret mission, hvor 10,5 ton medicin og lægefagligt udstyr blev transporteret til Jordan. Herfra er det planlagt, at det skal bringes ind i Syrien, hvor dette udstyr er nødvendigt i denne tid.

Absalon

Absalon med russiske styrker i baggrunden. Fotograf: SG C. Hoås.

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 – På vej mod Danmark
Absalon har i den forgangne uge afsluttet opgaverne i Middelhavet. Skibet har forladt Middelhavet, og er nu i gang med de sidste dages sejlads mod hjemlige himmelstrøg. Dermed nærmer et særdeles hektisk efterår sig sin afslutning.

Absalon sejlede fra Frederikshavn den 17. august for at udgøre rygraden i den danskledede Operation RECLIB, der skulle sikre maritim transport og eskorte af resterne fra Libyens kemiske våbenprogram, som skulle destrueres. Denne opgave blev afsluttet i starten af september.
Efter dette har Absalon fra medio september til ultimo november været en del af Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, der er en af NATOs stående fregatstyrker. Det har budt på operationer i Middelhavet, øvelsesaktivitet ved de britiske øer – og så har de været omdrejningspunktet i NATOs tilstedeværelse ved og monitering af russiske maritime aktiviteter i området. En del af fregatgruppens opgave er løbende at skabe et maritimt situationsbillede, der hvor de er indsat. Derfor har der fra NATOs side særligt været interesse for operationer, hvor det russiske hangarskib Kuznetsov har indgået.

Når Absalon atter ankommer til Frederikshavn, er det afslutningen på 3½ måneds indsættelse, der har sat en tyk streg under den fleksibilitet, som er en naturlig del af de maritime styrker.

Se eventuelt mere på NATO – MARCOMs hjemmeside: http://www.mc.nato.int

Resolute Support Mission – Afghanistan
I den forgangne uge er alle uddannelseshold kommet godt i gang på den afghanske officersskole. Det nye hold består af 320 mandlige og 35 kvindelige kadetter. Det er det hidtil højeste antal kvindelige kadetter på ét hold.

Mentorvirket har i øjeblikket blandt andet fokus på at sikre de rette fysiske rammer for lektioner. Der bliver arbejdet på at skaffe flere klasselokaler så antallet af kadetter per lektion kan bringes ned på cirka 35.
Den 26. november havde officersskolen besøg af den britiske udenrigsminister, Boris Johnson. Det danske kontingent var repræsenteret i de forskellige elementer af besøget.

Andre missioner
Der er ikke noget nyt at berette fra de øvrige danske internationale missioner. For at få et overblik over danske udsendte soldater, klik på verdenskortet på forsiden af www.forsvaret.dk’

Additional press release from  CJTF-OIR on December 1st:

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

SOUTHWEST ASIA- During the month of October, CJTF-OIR received 18 reports of possible civilian casualties resulting from Coalition strikes in Iraq and Syria in the fight to defeat ISIL. Twelve of these reports were determined to be non-credible, three were determined to be credible, and three reports are still being assessed. Coalition strikes are defined as strikes conducted by ground artillery or air strikes authorized as part of the Coalition Air Tasking Order.

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

After a thorough review of the facts and circumstances of each alleged civilian casualty report, CJTF-OIR assessed that the following 12 reports received in October are non-credible.  Non-credible means that at this time there is not sufficient evidence available to determine that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in alleged civilian casualties.

1.      Sept. 20, 2015, near Ramadi, Iraq: Insufficient evidence available to determine credibility.

2.      Oct. 9, 2015, near Kabaisa, Iraq: Insufficient evidence available to determine credibility.

3.      Feb. 15, 2016, near Hama, Iraq: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographical area.

4.      May 5, 2016, near Aleppo, Syria: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographical area.

5.      June 12, 2016, near Dayr az Zawr, Syria: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographical.

6.      July 19, 2016, near Aleppo, Syria: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographical.

7.      Sept. 19, 2016, near Kabaisa, Iraq: Report indicated civilians in a house were killed, but the only strike in the area that day was on a moving vehicle in a remote area.

8.      Oct. 1, 2016, near Ghaytun, Syria: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographical.

9.      Oct. 1, 2016, near Dayr az Zawr, Syria: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographical.

10.     Oct. 3, 2016, near Mar’a, Syria: Further examination affirms that only Da’esh fighters were killed in the strike.

11.     Oct. 5, 2016, near Aleppo, Syria: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographical.

12.     Oct. 6, 2016, near Aleppo, Syria: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographical.

Although the Coalition makes extraordinary efforts to strike military targets in a manner that minimizes the risk of civilian casualties, in some cases casualties are unavoidable.  Four past reports of possible civilian casualties and three of the reports received in October were determined to be credible resulting in the unintended death of 54 civilians.

– MORE –
A credible assessment means that it is more likely than not a Coalition strike resulted in a civilian casualty.  In each of the cases below, the investigation determined that although all precautions were taken and the strikes complied with the Law of Armed Conflict, civilian casualties unfortunately occurred.

1.      March 31, 2016, near Sala Heya, Syria: During a strike on an ISIL mortar system, it was assessed that three civilians were inadvertently killed by Coalition counter-battery artillery near the point of origin of an ISIL mortar strike on friendly forces.

2.      May 16, 2016, near As Shaddadi, Syria: During a strike on seven ISIL fighters in a moving vehicle, it was assessed that two civilians were inadvertently killed. One civilian passenger in the vehicle was killed and one civilian riding a motorcycle was killed when he came into proximity of the ISIL vehicle after the munition was released.

3.      July 18, 2016, near Manbij, Syria: During a strike that killed nearly 100 ISIL fighters, and destroyed 13 fighting positions, seven ISIL vehicles, two VBIEDs, a tactical vehicle, and a mortar system, it is assessed that up to 24 civilians who had been interspersed with combatants were inadvertently killed  in a known ISIL staging area where no civilians had been seen in the 24 hours prior to the attack. Reports indicated that approximately 100 ISIL fighters were preparing for a large counterattack against partnered Syrian Arab Coalition/Syrian Democratic Forces and, unknown to Coalition planners, civilians were moving around within the military staging area, even as other civilians in the nearby village had departed over the previous days.

4.      July 28, 2016, near Arghanndorh, Syria: During a strike on a moving ISIL vehicle, 15 civilians were inadvertently killed when the munition struck the vehicle after it slowed in a populated area after the munition was released.

5.      Oct. 4, 2016, near Taltanah, Syria: During a strike targeting ISIL fighters it is assessed that one civilian was inadvertently killed as a result of the blast following the strike.

6.      Oct. 17, 2016, near Idlib, Syria: During a strike on ISIL fighters it is assessed that one civilian was inadvertently killed when he entered the target area after the munition was released.

– MORE –

7.      Oct. 22, 2016, near Fasitiyah, Iraq: During a strike on a building from which ISIL fighters were firing on partnered Iraqi forces, eight civilians were inadvertently killed.

Currently, three reports received in October are still being assessed:

1.      Oct. 6, 2016, near As Shaddadi, Syria.

2.      Oct. 22, 2016, near Qaraqosh and Hasana, Iraq.

3.      Oct. 23, 2016, near Qaraqosh and Hasana, Iraq.

To date, based on information available, CJTF-OIR has assessed it is more likely than not that, since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve, 173 civilians have been inadvertently killed by Coalition strikes.  We regret the unintentional loss of civilian lives resulting from Coalition efforts to defeat ISIL in Iraq and Syria and express our deepest sympathies to the families and others affected by these strikes.’

Update from French MoD on December 1st:
[In the past week, France reports 14 strikes, including 11 in Iraq and 3 in Syria, destroying 24 targets. Of the 14 strikes of the week, 9 were in the Mosul area in support of the ground troops, against groups of ISIL fighters, mortar positions and against a group of suicide vehicle loaded with explosives. On November 29th, the Rafales of the BAP H5 and the aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle carried out a combined planned strike against a weapons production and storage facility near Raqqah, Syria. Three missions were conducted this week by the TF Wagram. These missions supported operations aimed at denying ISIL’s access to the Tigris and securing the banks of the river in the Qayyarah region.]

CHAMMAL

APPRECIATION DE SITUATION

Au Levant, sur l’ensemble du théâtre, Daech maintient un niveau de menace élevé et montre sa capacité à réagir de façon agressive et structurée aux attaques de la coalition, en dépit du terrain progressivement perdu.

Zones piégées pour gêner les avancées de la coalition, actions de harcèlement sous la forme d’attentats dans les centres urbains ou de raids sur les arrières des forces irakiennes, sont les principaux modes d’actions auxquels recourt Daech qui continue de céder du terrain.

En Irak, Daech oppose une vive résistance notamment autour de Mossoul. L’organisation continue en parallèle de mener des attaques terroristes à Bagdad et dans l’Anbar.

En Syrie les combats contre Daech se concentrent avant tout autour d’Al Bab, et dans une moindre mesure dans la région Nord de Raqqah, sans connaître d’évolutions significatives cette semaine.
AVANCEE SUR LA BATAILLE DE MOSSOUL

En Irak le « canal » qui relie l’ouest de la ville de Mossoul au reste du territoire est en grande partie coupé, notamment depuis la jonction près de Tal Afar entre les Kurdes et les Popular Mobilization Forces. Ailleurs, Daech continue ses actions de harcèlement sans toutefois réussir à empêcher la progression lente et méthodique des FSI essentiellement dans la partie Est de la ville.

La liberté de mouvement de l’organisation terroriste dans la ville est en outre entravée par la plupart des ponts rendus impraticables par la coalition, permettant ainsi de gêner les bascules d’efforts défensifs de Daech d’une rive à l’autre de la ville.

ACTIVITES DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL

 
    Appui aérien au Levant

Sur la semaine, 97 sorties AIR ont eu lieu dont 5 sorties de renseignement (ISR), 7 sorties de commandement et de contrôle de l’E2C Hawkeye et 85 sorties de reconnaissance armée.

Elles ont permis de conduire 14 frappes (dont 11 en Irak et 3 en Syrie), détruisant 24 objectifs.

Le 29 novembre des Rafale de la BAP H5 et du porte-avions Charles De Gaulle ont notamment conduit une frappe planifiée combinée contre une installation de production et de stockage d’armes près de Raqqah (Syrie).

Focus sur Mossoul

Sur les 14 frappes de la semaine, 9 l’ont été dans la région de Mossoul en appui des troupes au sol, contre des groupes de combattants, contre des positions de mortier et contre une zone de regroupement de véhicule suicide chargés d’explosifs (SVBIED).

Appui feu – TF Wagram

3 missions de tir ont été conduites cette semaine par la TF Wagram. Ces missions appuyaient les opérations visant à dénier l’accès de Daech au Tigre et à sécuriser les berges du fleuve, dans la région Qayyarah. 3 missions de destruction contre des groupes de terroristes et 1 tir d’illumination ont ainsi été réalisés.’

Monthly Australian MoD summary for November 2016:

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Monthly AFCENT figures for November 2016:

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