Military reports – October 2014

Monthly summary: Below are all known daily coalition military reports relating to  the air war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria for October 2014. We have also included relevant video and photo releases, as well as indicating where possible civilian or ‘friendly fire’ casualties may have occurred. 

The coalition air campaign continued to intensify, with more than 400 airstrikes reported across both Iraq and Syria- in which more than 1,600 munitions were dropped. Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia and Denmark all began combat operations in Iraq. 

Airstrikes at Kobane, Syria also began, in what would be a months-long operation to assist Kurds besieged by Islamic State.

Claims of civilian deaths continued to mount, with a number of civilians and friendly forces claimed killed in both Syria and Iraq. However the coalition continued to deny any civilian deaths from its operations. 

 

OCTOBER 1st/2nd 2014
Iraq strikes 7 (243-249)
Syria strikes 4 (82-85)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, UAE

From Centcom:
October 2nd – U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Wednesday and today using a mix of fighter, attack, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct four airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military and partner nation forces used a mix of fighter, attack, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft Wednesday and today to conduct seven airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.
In Syria, one strike near Kobani destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.
Another strike in Syria, north of Sinjar Mountain, damaged an ISIL tank.
One airstrike west of Raqqah destroyed an ISIL tank, while one strike east of Aleppo struck multiple ISIL facilities.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.  In addition, the United Arab Emirates also participated in these strikes.  All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, one strike northwest of Baghdad destroyed two ISIL armed vehicles and two other ISIL vehicles.
Two strikes northwest of Mosul destroyed an ISIL Humvee and damaged two others, destroyed three armed vehicles and damaged another, damaged another vehicle and damaged an ISIL building.
One strike east of Fallujah destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
Two strikes west of Ramadi damaged an ISIL building and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, while one strike northeast of Sinjar destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the United Kingdom also participated in these airstrikes. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.’

From UK MoD:
October 1st – Royal Air Force Tornados have conducted further operations in support of Kurdish ground forces engaged in combat with ISIL in north west Iraq. Overnight, 2 GR4s provided vital air support to Peshmerga forces advancing on an ISIL position, conducting a successful precision attack on an armed pick-up truck with a Paveway IV guided bomb.’

A French Rafael refuels over Iraq at night, October 2nd 2014 (Ministère de la Défense)

 

OCTOBER 2nd/3rd 2014
Iraq 3 strikes (250-252)
Syria 6 strikes (
86-91)
Confirmed actions: US, Saudi Arabia, UAE 

From CENTCOM:
October 3rd – U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Thursday and today using a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct six airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used attack aircraft today to conduct three airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.
In Syria, one strike south of Al Hasakah destroyed an ISIL garrison, while one strike southeast of Dayr Az Zawr destroyed two ISIL tanks.
Two strikes north of Ar Raqqah struck two modular oil refineries and an ISIL training camp, while another strike northeast of Aleppo struck an ISIL occupied building.
One strike against an ISIL artillery piece west of Ar Raqqah was not successful. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates also participated in the Syria strikes. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, one strike north of Sinjar destroyed two ISIL armed vehicles, while two strikes northeast of Fallujah struck ISIL fighters.’

From French MoD for 3 Oct:
[Reports that on Thursday, October 2, two Rafale aircraft carried out a new mission over Iraq in the Mosul area in favor of the Iraqi armed forces in their fight against the terrorist group Daesh. This was the first night flight mission conducted by French planes since the launch of the Chammal operation.]

‘    Opération Chammal : première mission aérienne de nuit

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Le jeudi 2 octobre, deux avions Rafale ont effectué une nouvelle mission au-dessus de l’Irak, dans la région de Mossoul, au profit des forces armées irakiennes dans leur lutte contre le groupe terroriste Daech. Il s’agissait de la première mission aérienne de nuit réalisée par les avions français depuis le lancement de l’opération Chammal.
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Au cours de cette mission d’environ 7 heures, les chasseurs ont été ravitaillés en vol par un C135-FR de l’armée de l’air et un KC10 de l’US Air Forces.

Les fonctions de désignation laser et de reconnaissance longue distance du Pod d’acquisition d’objectifs multifonction Damoclès, confèrent aux Rafale des capacités de tir à guidage laser et de reconnaissance tactique de jour comme de nuit.

Durant cette mission, les Rafale sont restés en contact permanent avec le centre opérationnel aérien américain d’Al Udeid, au Qatar, chargé de la coordination des moyens engagés sur zone.
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Plus tôt dans la journée, un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2(ATL2) a effectué une mission d’ISR (Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) d’une durée de 10h dans la région nord-ouest de Bagdad. Au cours de ces vols ISR, l’ATL2 acquiert du renseignement sur les positions, les mouvements et les vulnérabilités du groupe terroriste Daech. Les renseignements obtenus sont ensuitepartagés avec nos alliés présents dans la région.

Conformément à la décision du Président de la République, le dispositif de l’opération Chammalsera renforcé dans les jours à venir par trois Rafale, une frégate anti-aérienne et des officiers qui seront insérés dans les états-majors de nos alliés.
4

Ce renfort vise à densifier le soutien aérien apporté aux forces irakiennes, en termes de renseignement et reconnaissance armée. Il permettra également de disposer d’un moyen naval capable de participer, en coordination avec nos alliés, au contrôle aérien de l’ensemble des moyens présents sur zone.

Lancée le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à assurer un soutien aérien aux forces armées irakiennes dans leur lutte contre le groupe terroriste Daech.

Sources : EMA ‘


France carries out its first Coalition night time mission over Iraq

 

OCTOBER 3rd/4th 2014
Iraq strikes 5 (253-257)
Syria strikes 9 (92-100)
Confirmed actions: US, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, UAE

From CENTCOM:
Oct. 4, 2014 – U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Friday and today using a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct nine airstrikes. Separately, in Iraq U.S. military forces used attack, fighter and bomber aircraft today to conduct five airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.
In Syria, two strikes, south of Ayn al Arab destroyed an ISIL armored personnel carrier, an ISIL vehicle and struck a small ISIL unit.
Two strikes east of Ayn al Arab destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL building, three artillery positions and struck a large ISIL unit.
Two strikes southeast of Dayr Az Zawr destroyed one ISIL tank and one ISIL vehicle.
One strike southwest of Ar Raqqah damaged Taqba Airfield.
One strike west of Ar Raqqah destroyed an ISIL artillery piece.
One strike south of Al Hasakah destroyed an ISIL depot and logistics complex.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed fighter and remotely piloted aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates also participated in these strikes. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, two strikes northeast of Fallujah destroyed one ISIL vehicle and struck a small ISIL unit.
One strike south of Rabiyah struck a large ISIL unit.
One strike north of Hit destroyed two ISIL humvees.
One strike north of Ramadi destroyed an ISIL armored personnel carrier.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed attack, bomber and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.’

 

OCTOBER 4th/5th 2014
Iraq strikes 6 (258-263)
Syria strikes 3 (101-103)
Confirmed actions: US

From CENTCOM:
October 5th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Saturday and today using fighter aircraft to conduct three airstrikes. Separately, in Iraq U.S. military forces used attack, bomber, fighter and helicopter aircraft to conduct six airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.
In Syria, one strike northwest of Al Mayadin destroyed an ISIL bulldozer, two ISIL tanks and destroyed another ISIL vehicle.
Two strikes northwest of Ar Raqqah struck a large ISIL unit and destroyed six ISIL firing positions.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, four strikes northeast of Fallujah struck two mortar teams, a large ISIL unit and two small ISIL units.
One strike southeast of Hit destroyed two ISIL Humvees.
One strike northeast of Sinjar destroyed an ISIL Humvee.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed attack, bomber, fighter and helicopter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.’

From Netherlands MoD:
[Reports that its aircraft have begun missions over Iraq]

‘Nederlandse F-16’s hebben zondag voor het eerst gevlogen boven het conflictgebied in Irak. De jachtvliegtuigen voerden 2 vluchten uit, steeds met 2 toestellen. Er zijn afgelopen week nog geen wapens ingezet. Een overzicht van Defensie-operaties in de week van 29 september tot en met 5 oktober 2014.
Nederland zet 8 F-16’s in bij de strijd tegen terreurorganisatie ISIS. Daarvan zijn 2 toestellen reserve. Het complete F-16-detachement telt ongeveer 250 mannen en vrouwen. Daarnaast zendt Nederland tot 130 militairen uit om de Koerdische en Iraakse strijdkrachten te adviseren en te trainen.’

Dutch MoD graphic outlines anti-ISIS forces being sent to Middle East
Dutch MoD graphic outlines anti-ISIS forces being sent to Middle East

 

OCTOBER 5th/6th 2014
Iraq strikes 3 (264-266)
Syria strikes 3 (104-106)
Confirmed actions: US. Belgium, UK
18 to 24 civilian deaths reported at Hit, Iraq 

From CENTCOM:
October 6th – U.S. and partner nations’ military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Sunday and today using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct three airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used remotely piloted and rotary wing aircraft to conduct three airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.
In Syria, one strike destroyed an ISIL tank near Taqba Airfield west of Ar Raqqah.
One strike destroyed two ISIL fighting positions south of Kobani.
One strike southeast of Dayr az Zawr destroyed an ISIL tank.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed fighter and remotely piloted aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, two strikes northeast of Fallujah struck two small ISIL units and destroyed two ISIL mortar placements and an ISIL bunker.
An airstrike west of Ramadi [British – but see below] damaged an ISIL-held building.  To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed remotely piloted and rotary wing aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the Kingdom of Belgium and the United Kingdom participated in these airstrikes.’

From Belgian MoD:
[Belgium became the 4th member of the international coalition to carry out strikes in Iraq, reporting a precision strike with F-16s against ISIL combatants who were threatening Iraqi troops.]

Op zondag 5 oktober hebben de chef Defensie, de commandant van de Luchtcomponent en een delegatie van het kabinet van de Minister van Defensie een bezoek gebracht aan onze landgenoten die sinds 27 september werken in Jordanië. Zes F-16’s en een samengesteld detachement van een 120-tal militairen zijn gestationeerd op de Jordaanse luchtmachtbasis van Azraq. Van daaruit nemen ze deel aan de internationale actie tegen de terreurgroep Islamitische Staat (IS of DAESH).
Zoals tijdens de operaties boven Libië in 2011, reageerde Defensie ook nu weer bliksemsnel op de beslissing van de politieke wereld. Alle bezoekers waren ter plaatse onder de indruk van de manier waarop het detachement in een minimum van tijd een goedwerkende organisatie had uitgebouwd. In enkele dagen tijd waren ze klaar voor de dienst. Al op 1 oktober konden ze de eerste opdrachten boven Iraaks grondgebied uitvoeren.
Twee dagen later [October 3rd 2014] volgden de eerste gewapende verkenningsvluchten. De F-16’s toonden zich klaar om in te grijpen op vraag van het commandocentrum in Qatar. Op zondag 5 oktober, nota bene tijdens het bezoek van de generaals Van Caelenberge en Van de Voorde, werden de Belgische F-16’s een eerste keer opgeroepen voor een aanval op vijandelijke strijders die Iraakse veiligheidstroepen viseerden. Ze voerden de aanval succesvol uit met een precisiewapen, nadat ze eerst elk risico op schade aan onschuldige burgers of installaties volledig hadden uitgesloten.’ 

From UK MoD:
‘Last night [October 5th 2014], 2 of our aircraft, flying in support of Iraqi security forces, successfully used Paveway IV precision-guided bombs to attack ISIL terrorists, fortified in a building near Ramadi, who were firing on Iraqi soldiers.’

 

OCTOBER 6th/7th 2014
Iraq 4 strikes (267-270)
Syria 9 strikes (107-115)
Confirmed actions: US, Belgium, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, UAE

From CENTCOM:
October 7th – U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Monday and today, using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct nine airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used attack and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct four airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.
In Syria, two airstrikes west of Al-Hasakah successfully struck multiple ISIL buildings, including an air observation building and staging areas.
Another airstrike northeast of Dayr az Zawr successfully struck an ISIL staging area and an IED production facility.
One airstrike south of Kobani destroyed three ISIL armed vehicles and damaged another; another strike southeast of Kobani destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle carrying anti-aircraft artillery.
Two airstrikes southwest of Kobani damaged an ISIL tank; another airstrike south of Kobani destroyed an ISIL unit.
One airstrike southwest of Rabiyah struck a small group of ISIL fighters. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. Air Force attack, fighter and bomber aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates also participated in these airstrikes. All aircraft safely exited the strike areas.
In Iraq, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle firing on Peshmerga forces northeast of Sinjar.
One airstrike northeast of Sinjar destroyed two ISIL armed vehicles; another airstrike northeast of Sinjar destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle. A third airstrike northeast of Sinjar struck a small group of ISIL fighters.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. Air Force attack and remotely piloted aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the Kingdom of Belgium also participated in these airstrikes.’*

[* Airwars note: Belgium has never reported on this action.]

From Dutch MoD:
[The Netherlands became the 5th international coalition member to carry out airstrikes in Iraq, reporting that its F-16s had dropped 3 bombs on ISIL forces fighting Peshmerga troops.]

October 7th 2014 – 2 Nederlandse F-16’s hebben vanmorgen voor het eerst wapens gebruikt in Irak tegen de terroristische organisatie ISIS. De jachtvliegers gooiden in totaal 3 bommen op bewapende ISIS-voertuigen die Peshmerga-strijders onder vuur namen in het noorden van het land. Bij de aanval zijn voertuigen vernietigd en mogelijk ook ISIS-strijders omgekomen.
De 8 jachtvliegtuigen, inclusief 2 reserve, die Nederland tegen ISIS inzet zijn sinds afgelopen vrijdag allemaal in hun operatiegebied. Zondag voerden F-16’s de eerste vluchten uit zonder wapens te gebruiken, dat gebeurde nu dus wel.
De F-16’s zijn niet alleen geschikt om ISIS-kampen en commandoposten te bombarderen, maar ook munitieopslagplaatsen, militair materieel zoals tanks en mortieropstellingen. Vanuit de lucht ondersteunen zij verder grondtroepen, in dit geval Iraakse troepen en Koerdische strijders, die tegen ISIS strijden.’

Archive image of a Netherlands F-16 released on October 7th 2014 - the first day of Dutch strikes in Iraq.
Archive image of a Netherlands F-16 released on October 7th 2014 – the first day of Dutch strikes in Iraq.

 

OCTOBER 7th/8th 2014
Iraq strikes 5 (271-275)
Syria strikes 9 (116-124)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, Netherlands, UAE
4 to 24 reported killed in ‘friendly fire’ incident at Amarli, Iraq
1 civilian reported killed at Hammam, Syria
1 civilian reported killed at Slouk, Syria

From CENTCOM: 
October 8th – U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Tuesday and today, using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct nine airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces used fighter and remotely piloted aircraft Tuesday and today to conduct five airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.
In Syria, four airstrikes south of Kobani destroyed an ISIL armored personnel carrier, destroyed three ISIL armed vehicles and damaged a fourth, and destroyed an ISIL artillery piece.
A fifth airstrike, southwest of Kobani, destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle; a sixth airstrike, at the southern edge of Kobani, destroyed an ISIL artillery piece.
Two airstrikes northwest of Ar Raqqah successfully struck an active ISIL training camp and associated ISIL fighters.
An airstrike northwest of Dayr az Zawr destroyed an ISIL tank.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the United Arab Emirates aircraft participated in these airstrikes. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, an airstrike east of Fallujah destroyed an ISIL checkpoint and an ISIL armed vehicle.
An airstrike in western Ramadi [British?]destroyed three ISIL-held buildings and damaged two more, destroyed two ISIL anti-aircraft artillery pieces, and destroyed an ISIL unit.
An airstrike northwest of Ramadi destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.
An airstrike northeast of Sinjar Mountain destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle; another airstrike northeast of Sinjar against an ISIL vehicle was unsuccessful. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed fighter and remotely piloted aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of the Netherlands aircraft participated in these airstrikes.
Editor’s note: The Kingdom of the Netherlands conducted their first airstrike yesterday in Iraq. Consistent with the Kingdom’s desire to announce their participation themselves, the Kingdom announced that airstrike yesterday morning. The Kingdom of the Netherlands also participated in today’s airstrikes*.’

[* Airwars note: Although CENTCOM confirms Dutch participation in October 7th/8th strikes in Iraq, the Netherlands MoD has not separately reported on this event.]

From UK RAF:
October 8th 2014 – Last night, 2 Tornado GR4s were tasked to support the Iraqi Army. Brimstone missiles and Paveway IV guided bombs were used to conduct a successful precision attack on ISIL terrorists who were firing on Iraqi troops from a stronghold near Ramadi.
Last night’s air strike was the latest in a series of strikes as part of the international coalition’s operations to support the democratic Iraqi government in the fight against ISIL.’

From French MoD for 8 Oct:
[Reports that two days after arriving in the Persian Gulf to reinforce the aerial device Chammal engaged in the operation, two Rafale fighter squadrons 2/30 “Normandie-Niemen” and 1/7 “Provence” conducted a patrol armed reconnaissance in the western regions of Baghdad and Mosul Tuesday, October 7.]

‘    Opération Chammal : Première mission de reconnaissance armée pour les Rafale arrivés en renfort

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Deux jours après leur arrivée dans le Golfe arabo-persique pour renforcer le dispositif aérien engagé dans l’opération Chammal, deux avions Rafale des escadrons de chasse 2/30 « Normandie-Niemen » et 1/7 « Provence » ont mené une patrouille de reconnaissance armée dans les régions ouest de Bagdad et de Mossoul le mardi 7 octobre.

Cette mission d’environ 7h30 a nécessité quatre ravitaillements en vol depuis un KC10 de l’US Air Forces. Elle a notamment permis aux équipages d’effectuer un vol d’accoutumance aux procédures aéronautiques utilisées sur le théâtre irakien, en relation avec nos alliés.

Plus tôt dans la journée, deux autres Rafale de l’escadron de chasse 3/30 « Lorraine » ainsi qu’un avion ravitailleur C 135FR de l’armée de l’air se présentaient sur la piste pour effectuer une mission de reconnaissance armée dans la région nord-ouest de Mossoul.
Deux jours après leur arrivée dans le Golfe arabo-persique pour renforcer le dispositif aérien engagé dans l’opération Chammal, deux avions Rafale des escadrons de chasse 2/30 « Normandie-Niemen » et 1/7 « Provence » ont mené une patrouille de reconnaissance armée dans les régions ouest de Bagdad et de Mossoul le mardi 7 octobre.

En matinée, un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2 (ATL2) avait également décollé pour une mission d’ISR (Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) de plus de 12 heures dans la région de Mossoul.

Commandées par le chef d’état-major des armées (CEMA) à partir du centre de planification et de conduite des opérations (CPCO), ces missions sont placées sous le contrôle opérationnel de l’amiral commandant la zone océan Indien (ALINDIEN) et son état-major interarmées. Elles sont ensuite coordonnées par le centre opérationnel aérien1 américain d’Al Udeid, au Qatar, dans lequel plusieurs officiers français sont insérés. Le CAOC est chargé de la planification des vols de l’ensemble des moyens aériens engagés sur zone.

Ces missions visent à acquérir du renseignement sur les positions, les mouvements et les vulnérabilités du groupe terroriste Daech, tout en se tenant prêts à assurer des frappes en cas d’identification de cibles d’opportunité au sol.

Conformément à la volonté du Président de la République, les missions d’appui aérien et de reconnaissance ont été renforcées et se poursuivront pour soutenir les armées irakiennes dans leur lutte contre Daech.’

OCTOBER 8th/9th 2014
Iraq strikes 3 (276-278)
Syria strikes 14 (1
25-138)
Confirmed actions: US, Australia, Jordan
Alleged civilian casualties at Mosul, Iraq
2 civilian casualties alleged at Ramadi, Iraq

From CENTCOM:
October 9th 2014 – U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria today using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct nine airstrikes.  Separately, U.S. military forces used attack and fighter aircraft today to conduct three airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.
In Syria, eight strikes near Kobani destroyed five ISIL armed vehicles, an ISIL supply depot, an ISIL command and control compound, an ISIL logistics compound, and eight ISIL occupied barracks, plus damaged another.
One strike southwest of Ar Raqqah destroyed four ISIL armed vehicles and damaged two more.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. bomber and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.  In addition, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan participated in these airstrikes.  All aircraft exited the strike areas safely. U.S. Central Command continues to monitor the situation in Kobani closely. Indications are that Kurdish militia there continue to control most of the city and are holding out against ISIL.
In Iraq, one airstrike northwest of Ramadi destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.
One airstrike in Mosul destroyed four ISIL vehicles and damaged two others while another airstrike south of Kirkuk destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.  To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. attack and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.’

Additional CENTCOM release:
October 10th 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Wednesday and today using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct five airstrikes.
In Syria, five strikes south of Kobani damaged an ISIL training camp, destroyed an ISIL support building and destroyed two ISIL vehicles.  These strikes also struck one small ISIL unit and one large ISIL unit.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.’

From Australian MoD:
[Australia became the 6th member ofthe international coalition to bomb in Iraq

October 9th 2014 – Overnight the Australian Air Task Group operating in the Middle East attacked its first target in Iraq.
Two bombs were dropped from an F/A-18F Super Hornet on to an ISIL facility.
All aircraft exited the target area safely and returned to base.
No further details of this mission are available at this time. Further information will be provided when Defence conducts its next Operation OKRA update briefing.’

From UK MoD:
8 October 2014 – Tornado GR4 aircraft completed another round of air strikes in Iraq overnight. The Royal Air Force aircraft flew further missions to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.’

 

OCTOBER 9th/10th 2014
Iraq 3 strikes (279-281
Syria 18 strikes (139-156)
Confirmed actions: US

From CENTCOM:
October 9th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria today using bomber aircraft to conduct nine airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used attack aircraft today to conduct two airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.
In Syria, six airstrikes south of Kobani destroyed two ISIL-held buildings, one ISIL tank, one ISIL heavy machine gun, and damaged an ISIL fighting position. These strikes also struck one large and two small ISIL units.
Three airstrikes north of Kobani struck two small ISIL units and destroyed two ISIL-held buildings.  To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. bomber aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, an airstrike south of Sinjar destroyed an ISIL bunker and ammunition cache, and a small ISIL unit.
Another airstrike, south of Sinjar Mountain, destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle and a small ISIL unit.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed attack aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.’

Additional release from CENTCOM:
October 10th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Thursday and today using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct nine airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used fighter aircraft today to conduct one airstrike Thursday against ISIL in Iraq.
In Syria, two airstrikes southeast of Kobani destroyed two ISIL training facilities, while four strikes south of Kobani destroyed two ISIL vehicles, struck two small ISIL units and damaged an ISIL tank.
One airstrike northeast of Kobani destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
An airstrike east of Dayr az Zawr destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle staging facility.
One airstrike northeast of Al Hasakah struck a small ISIL unit.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, United Arab Emirates and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia aircraft participated in these airstrikes. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, one airstrike northwest of Baghdad struck a small ISIL unit and destroyed an ISIL building.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.’

 

OCTOBER 10th/11th 2014
Iraq 3 strikes (282-284)
Syria 6 strikes (157-162)
Confirmed actions: US, Netherlands

From CENTCOM:
October 11th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Friday and today using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct six airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces used attack and fighter aircraft Friday and today to conduct three airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.  Also in Iraq Friday and today, U.S. military forces conducted multiple airdrops to help resupply Iraqi security forces at the request of the Government of Iraq.
In Syria, four airstrikes north of Kobani struck an ISIL fighting position, damaged an ISIL command and control facility, destroyed an ISIL staging building and struck two small ISIL units.
Two airstrikes south of Kobani destroyed three ISIL trucks.  To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed bomber and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, an airstrike north of Tall Afar struck a small ISIL unit and destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle.
Two airstrikes northwest of Hit struck two small ISIL units.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed attack and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the Kingdom of the Netherlands* participated in these airstrikes. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
In addition, at the request of the Iraqi government, U.S. military forces conducted multiple airdrops in Iraq in the vicinity of Bayji Friday and today to resupply Iraqi security forces operating in the area.  The airdrops were conducted from multiple airbases in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.  The aircraft delivered 36 container delivery system bundles containing 7,328 halal meals, 2,065 gallons of water, and 16,000 pounds of ammunition.  All aircraft exited the airdrop zone safely.  The airdrops were intended to support the ISF, which continues to control Bayji.  Areas external to Bayji, however, are contested as ISIL continues to conduct operations in the area. ‘

[* Airwars note: The Dutch MoD has not separately reported on this strike or strikes.]

 

OCTOBER 11th/12th 2014
Iraq 5 strikes (285-289)
Syria 4 strikes (163-166)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, Saudi Arabia, UAE

From CENTCOM:
October 12th – U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Saturday and today using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct four airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces used attack and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct five airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.
In Syria, an airstrike northwest of Ar Raqqah destroyed an ISIL-held armored vehicle compound.
Three airstrikes in Kobani destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL staging area.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed bomber and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, fighter aircraft from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates participated in these airstrikes.  All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, an airstrike southwest of Hit destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle; another airstrike southeast of Hit destroyed an ISIL armored personnel carrier.
An airstrike on an ISIL checkpoint southwest of Kirkuk struck a small ISIL unit; another airstrike, south of Kirkuk, struck a small ISIL unit.
An airstrike northwest of Ramadi destroyed an ISIL armored personnel carrier. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed attack and remotely piloted aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the United Kingdom participated in these airstrikes.’

From UK MoD*:
‘Early last week [October 11th 2014], 2 Tornado GR4s, while on an armed reconnaissance patrol, were tasked to attack an ISIL main battle tank which coalition forces had been tracking near Ramadi. Following extensive surveillance to ensure that there were no civilians nearby the tank was destroyed in a precision attack using a Brimstone missile.’

[Airwars note: Although the British MoD promptly reported its first six strikes, it was 48 hours after CENTCOM originally declared UK involvement before a spokeswoman confirmed there had been an RAF strike ‘on Saturday night’ [Oct 11th], later identified as Ramadi. The RAF now erroneously attributes this event to October 20th.]


RAF Tornados destroy ISIL tank near Ramadi, Oct 11th 2014.

 

OCTOBER 12th/13th 2014
Iraq – no strikes
Syria 8 strikes (167-174)
Confirmed actions: US, Saudi Arabia 

From CENTCOM:
‘October 13th – U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Sunday and today using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct eight airstrikes.
In Syria, four airstrikes southwest of Kobani struck a large ISIL unit and a small ISIL unit, damaged an ISIL staging location and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun firing position.
Three airstrikes northeast of Kobani struck a small ISIL unit, damaged two ISIL buildings and destroyed an ISIL staging location and three ISIL buildings.
An airstrike northwest of Ar Raqqah struck an ISIL garrison.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed bomber and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, fighter aircraft from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia participated in these airstrikes.’

From Netherlands MoD
[Reports 14 missions which between them drop 10 bombs on ISIL positions in Iraq.]

‘Een overzicht van Defensie-operaties in de week van 6 tot en met 12 oktober 2014.
Nederlandse F-16’s vlogen meer dan 25 missies boven Irak en bombardeerden voertuigen en posities van ISIS. De toestellen gooiden totaal 10 bommen. Hierbij werd een onbekend aantal terroristen uitgeschakeld. Een overzicht van Defensie-operaties in de week van 6 tot en met 12 oktober 2014.
Nederland zet 6 F-16’s in tegen terreurorganisatie ISIS. De gevechtsvliegtuigen ondersteunen grondtroepen. Het F-16-detachement telt ongeveer 250 leden. Daarnaast gaan 130 militairen naar het Midden-Oosten om de Koerdische en Iraakse strijdkrachten te trainen, zodat die zelf de strijd met ISIS kunnen aanbinden.’

 

OCTOBER 13th/14th 2014
Iraq 1 strike (290)
Syria 22 strikes (175-196)
Confirmed actions: US, Saudi Arabia

From CENTCOM:
October 14th – U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Monday and today using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct 22 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used attack aircraft Monday to conduct one airstrike against ISIL in Iraq.
In Syria, 21 airstrikes near Kobani destroyed two ISIL staging locations and damaged another, destroyed one ISIL building and damaged two others, damaged three ISIL compounds, destroyed one ISIL truck, destroyed one ISIL armed vehicle and one other ISIL vehicle. As part of these strikes, an additional seven ISIL staging areas, two ISIL mortar positions, three ISIL occupied buildings and an ISIL artillery storage facility were struck and initial indications are that these strikes were successful.
One strike near Dayr az Zawr struck a modular oil refinery and initial indications are that this strike was successful.
These airstrikes are designed to interdict ISIL reinforcements and resupply and prevent ISIL from massing combat power on the Kurdish held portions of Kobani.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. fighter and bomber aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, fighter aircraft from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia participated in these airstrikes. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
U.S. Central Command continues to closely monitor the situation in Kobani. Indications are that airstrikes have slowed ISIL advances.  However, the security situation on the ground there remains fluid, with ISIL attempting to gain territory and Kurdish militia continuing to hold out.
In Iraq, one strike southwest of Kirkuk destroyed one ISIL armed vehicle and one ISIL vehicle. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.’

 

OCTOBER 14th/15th 2014
Iraq strikes 5 (291-295)
Syria 18 strikes (197-214)
Confirmed actions: 
 

From CENTCOM:
October 15th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq Tuesday and today, using attack and fighter aircraft to conduct five airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces deployed bomber and fighter aircraft Tuesday and today to conduct 18 airstrikes against ISIL in Syria.
In Iraq, one airstrike near Haditha Dam destroyed one ISIL armed vehicle and one ISIL guard shack.
Four airstrikes near Bayji destroyed an ISIL building, an ISIL Humvee, and an ISIL machine gun, and damaged an ISIL artillery piece.
To conduct these strikes, attack and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations were employed. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
In Syria, 18 airstrikes near Kobani destroyed multiple ISIL fighting positions and successfully struck 16 ISIL occupied buildings.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. bomber and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.’

 

OCTOBER 15th/16th 2014
Iraq – no strikes
Syria 14 strikes (215-228)
Confirmed actions: US
1 civilian, 6 friendly Kurdish forces reported killed at Kobane, Syria

From CENTCOM:
October 16th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Wednesday and today, using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct 14 airstrikes. All 14 airstrikes took place near Kobani. Initial reports indicate the strikes successfully struck 19 ISIL buildings, two ISIL command posts, three ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL sniper positions, one ISIL staging location, and one ISIL heavy machine gun.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. bomber and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.  All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
These airstrikes are designed to interdict ISIL reinforcements and resupply and prevent ISIL from massing combat power on the Kurdish held portions of Kobani. Indications are that airstrikes have continued to slow ISIL advances, but that the security situation on the ground in Kobani remains tenuous.  U.S. Central Command continues to closely monitor the situation.
The U.S. strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to Iraq, the region and the wider international community.  The destruction and degradation of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group’s ability to lead, control, project power and conduct operations.’

 

OCTOBER 16th/17th 2014
Iraq 2 strikes (296-297)
Syria 7 strikes (229-235)
Confirmed action: US, Denmark
5 civilian deaths reported for al Shadadi, Syria 

From CENTCOM:
October 17th 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Thursday and today using fighter aircraft to conduct seven airstrikes.  Separately, partner nation military forces used fighter aircraft to conduct two airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.
Six airstrikes took place near Kobani where initial reports indicate they successfully struck three ISIL buildings, destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, suppressed three ISIL fighting positions and destroyed two ISIL vehicles.
One airstrike near Shadadi successfully struck ISIL oil collection equipment consisting of several “POL tanks” (petroleum, oil and lubricants) and a pump station, which represents part of the terrorist group’s oil producing, processing and transportation infrastructure.  This strike was intended to destroy a portion of ISIL’s ability to operate oil tanker trucks at oil collection points.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.
In Iraq, partner nation aircraft conducted one airstrike west of Bayji where initial reports indicate they destroyed both an ISIL artillery piece and an ISIL ammunition storage area.
Another partner nation airstrike northeast of Bayji struck a small ISIL unit and damaged an ISIL vehicle.’


From Danish Defence Command:
[Denmark became the seventh member of the international coalition to mount kinetic missions in Iraq. It reports Oct 20th that its aircraft had been operational since October 16th, had so far flown 11 sorties; and had dropped 7 bombs.]

Mission update RDAF F-16 IRAK
Opdatering om dansk deltagelse i Operation Inherent Resolve.
20-10-2014 – kl. 12:40
‘De danske F-16-fly, der den 16. oktober første gang var indsat under den internationale koalition mod ISIS/ISIL, har frem til i dag fløjet 11 missioner i Irak. Missionerne, som Danmark har deltaget i, har været offensive operationer, og de danske fly har i forbindelse med nogle af missionerne anvendt bomber.’

Squadron of Danish F-16s in Kuwait, early October 2014 (Flyvevåbnet/ Ahmad al-Jabar)
Squadron of Danish F-16s in Kuwait, early October 2014 (Flyvevåbnet)

 

OCTOBER 17th-18th 2014
Iraq 10 strikes (2989-307)
Syria 15 strikes (236-249)
Confirmed actions: US

3 to 4 civilians claimed killed at Khesham, Syria
5 to 20 civilians reported killed at Aiounat, Iraq

10 civilians alleged killed at Tikrit, Iraq

From CENTCOM:
October 18th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Friday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct 15 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used attack, fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct ten airstrikes against ISIL terrorists in Iraq.
Two airstrikes occurred near Kobani and suppressed two ISIL fighting positions. One airstrike took place southwest of Ain Aissa and damaged to an ISIL military camp.
One airstrike took place southeast of Dayr Az Zawr and damaged an ISIL modular oil refinery.
Seven airstrikes took place east of Dhiban and successfully struck an ISIL crude oil collection point consisting of crude oil collection equipment and a modular oil refinery.
Three airstrikes took place northeast of Khusham and successfully struck an ISIL crude oil collection point.
One airstrike took place east of Sharra and successfully struck an ISIL modular oil refinery. These airstrikes were designed to interdict ISIL financing by degrading and destroying their oil producing, collecting, storage and transportation infrastructure.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed fighter and bomber aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, five airstrikes occurred south and west of Bayji and struck two ISIL units, destroyed one ISIL armed vehicle, an ISIL heavy weapon, an ISIL machine gun position, an ISIL building and three ISIL guard shacks and damaged one ISIL guard shack.
Five airstrikes occurred west of the Mosul Dam and damaged an ISIL building and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL HMMWV and struck three small ISIL ground units.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed attack, fighter and bomber aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.’

 

OCTOBER 18th/19th2014
Iraq 10 strikes (308-317)
Syria 13 strikes (250-262)
Confirmed action: US, Saudi Arabia, UAE
1 civilian reported killed at Al Shahdadi, Syria 
2 civilians reported killed at Maya’iya, Syria 

From CENTCOM:
October 19th 2014: U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Saturday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct 13 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used attack, fighter, bomber and unmanned aircraft to conduct ten airstrikes against ISIL terrorists in Iraq.
In Syria, eleven airstrikes took place near Kobani where they destroyed 20 ISIL fighting positions, five ISIL vehicles and two ISIL-held buildings.
Two airstrikes took place southeast of Dayr Az Zawr and damaged an ISIL modular oil refinery to further degrade and destroy ISIL’s oil producing, collecting, storage and transportation infrastructure.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed bomber aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates participated in these airstrikes. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, two airstrikes took place south of Bayji which struck a large ISIL unit and an ISIL armored truck and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.
Another strike took place south of the Bayji Oil Refinery and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.
Five airstrikes occurred east of Fallujah which struck a large ISIL unit and destroyed two ISIL command posts and two ISIL vehicles.
One airstrike took place west of the Mosul Dam which destroyed an ISIL ammunition truck. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
In addition, at the request of the Iraqi government, U.S. bomber aircraft successfully struck and destroyed an ISIL-built earthen berm southwest of Fallujah near the Fallujah Dam. This berm, or land bridge, was built by ISIL to increase the flow of the Euphrates River into Abu Ghraib canals, which flooded local civilian, primarily Shiite, neighborhoods in east Fallujah, forcing the locals to evacuate. The berm was intended to support several ISIL objectives by flooding the canals and surrounding areas and controlling downstream water supplies. Iraqi and coalition forces therefore determined that this berm was a legitimate military target. Initial reports indicate the berm was destroyed, enabling water again to flow freely.’

 

OCTOBER 19th/20th 2014
Iraq 6 strikes (318-323)
Syria 6 strikes (263-268)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, France

‘Dozens’ reported killed in ‘friendly fire’ event at Mahmoudiya, Iraq

From CENTCOM:
October 20th 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Sunday and today using attack, bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct six airstrikes.  Separately, in coordination with Iraqi ground forces, U.S. military forces conducted six airstrikes using fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists in Iraq.  All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
In Syria, six airstrikes near Kobani destroyed ISIL fighting and mortar positions, an ISIL vehicle, and one stray resupply bundle from a U.S. airdrop of Kurdish supplies that occurred earlier today (Syria time), which prevented these supplies from falling into enemy hands.  All other resupply bundles were successfully delivered.  To conduct these airstrikes, the U.S. employed U.S. attack, bomber and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.  All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, two airstrikes took place southeast of Fallujah and struck a large ISIL unit and destroyed three ISIL vehicles.
Three airstrikes south of Bayji Oil Refinery struck a small ISIL unit, destroyed an ISIL building and three ISIL vehicles, and damaged another ISIL building.
One additional airstrike also south of Bayji destroyed four ISIL boats and damaged at least four more.
To conduct these airstrikes, the U.S. employed U.S. bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.  In addition, the Republic of France and the United Kingdom participated in these strikes.’

From French MoD:
[France carries out an airstrike against two ‘Daesh pick-up trucks’ in the vicinity of Tikrit – a location not recorded by the coalition as targeted that day.]

Le 19 octobre, au cours d’une mission d’appui des troupes irakiennes au sol, deux Rafale français ont détruit deux « pick-up » du groupe terroriste Daech.
Au cours d’une mission de reconnaissance armée dans la région de Tikrit, à 200km au Nord de Bagdad, des objectifs mobiles ont été transmis en vol aux équipages.
Après leur identification et la confirmation de leur caractère hostile par les pilotes des Rafale, ils ont été traités par trois bombes guidées laser GBU 12. Les chasseurs français, équipés de pod de désignation Damocles, ont porté leurs frappes entre 12h15 et 13h15 (heure de Paris). Deux « pick-up » terroristes ont été détruits. Cette frappe s’inscrit dans le cadre de l’appui de la coalition à l’offensive des forces armées irakiennes dans la région de Baiji-Tikrit.’

'Daesh pick-up truck' targeted in French strike near Tikrit, Iraq October 19th 2014 (Ministère de la Défense )
‘Daesh pick-up truck’ targeted in French strike at Tikrit, Iraq Oct 19th 2014 (Ministère de la Défense )

 

From UK MoD:
October 20th 2014 – RAF Tornados were involved in further successful airstrikes on ISIL terrorists who had attacked an Iraqi military convoy south of Fallujah. Brimstone missiles were used to hit the ISIL forces, including 2 trucks, ahead of additional attacks by other coalition forces in the area which were supported by UK Tornados.’

Additional CENTCOM release:
October 19th – U.S. military forces conducted multiple airdrops tonight in the vicinity of Kobani, Syria to resupply Kurdish forces on the ground defending the city against ISIL. The airdrops were conducted by U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
The aircraft delivered weapons, ammunition and medical supplies that were provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq and intended to enable continued resistance against ISIL’s attempts to overtake Kobani. All aircraft exited the airdrop zone safely.
To date, U.S. forces have conducted more than 135 airstrikes against ISIL in Kobani. Combined with continued resistance to ISIL on the ground, indications are that these strikes have slowed ISIL advances into the city, killed hundreds of their fighters and destroyed or damaged scores of pieces of ISIL combat equipment and fighting positions.  However, the security situation in Kobani remains fragile as ISIL continues to threaten the city and Kurdish forces continue to resist.  As the U.S. Central Command commander has noted, Kobani could still fall.
These airdrops were conducted in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to degrade and defeat the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to the region and the wider international community.  This assistance is another example of U.S. resolve to deny ISIL key terrain and safe haven as well as our commitment to assist those forces who oppose ISIL.’

From Netherlands MoD:
[Reports 14 new missions in past week, including one which dropped a ‘laser guided bomb on an ISIS vehicle.‘]

‘Een overzicht van Defensie-operaties in de week van 13 tot en met 19 oktober 2014.
Irak
Nederlandse F-16’s vlogen afgelopen week 14 missies boven Irak. 1 lasergeleide bom is afgeworpen op een ISIS-voertuig dat de weg versperde.
Nederland zet 6 F-16’s in tegen terreurorganisatie ISIS. De gevechtsvliegtuigen bombarderen doelen en ondersteunen grondtroepen. Het F-16-detachement telt ongeveer 250 leden.’

 

OCTOBER 20th/21st 2014
Iraq 3 strikes (324-326)
Syria 4 strikes (269-272) 
Confirmed strikes: US

[Airwars note: Centcom ends the practice of identifying partner nations assisting in airstrikes, from now on referring only to ‘partner nations’ and leaving it up to individual states to declare their role.]

From CENTCOM:
October 21st 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Monday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct four airstrikes.  Separately, U.S. and partner nation forces conducted three airstrikes using fighter and attack aircraft against ISIL terrorists in Iraq.  All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
In Syria, four airstrikes near Kobani destroyed ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL building, and a large ISIL unit.
In Iraq, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL fighting position south of the Bayji oil refinery.
Another airstrike southeast of Mosul Dam destroyed one ISIL fighting position and an airstrike north of Fallujah suppressed an ISIL attack.
All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.  Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.
Editor’s Note:  Beginning with this news release, out of respect for participating nations, U.S. Central Command will defer to partner nations to publicly comment on their airstrikes against ISIL in Syria and Iraq.  To date, nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq have included the U.S., France, United Kingdom, Australia, and the Netherlands. Nations conducting airstrikes in Syria have included the U.S., Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Bahrain.’

 

OCTOBER 21st/22nd 2014
Iraq strikes 12 (328-338)
Syria 6 strikes 273-278
Confirmed actions: US, France

From CENTCOM:
October 22nd – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Tuesday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct six airstrikes.  Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted twelve airstrikes Tuesday and today using fighter, bomber, attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists in Iraq.
In Syria, six airstrikes near Kobani destroyed ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL building, and an ISIL logistical center.
In Iraq, twelve airstrikes took place in the vicinity of Mosul Dam destroying a large ISIL unit, an ISIL mortar launching position, three ISIL vehicles, and multiple ISIL fighting positions.  All aircraft exited the strike areas safely. Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.’

From French MoD:
[France destroys an armoured humvee in the vicinity of Mosul]

Le 21 octobre 2014, la force Chammal a appuyé une opération terrestre conduite par l’armée irakienne dans la région de Mossoul.
Les avions français, en contact permanent avec le centre opérationnel aérien (CAOC), ont porté durant près de trois heures leur effort sur la région de Mossoul, où l’armée irakienne est engagée contre les terroristes du groupe autoproclamé Daech.
Au cours de ce vol, une cible d’opportunité s’est dévoilée. Après sa prise en compte par les Rafale, elle a été détruite vers 14h (heure de Paris) par un tir de GBU 12. Il s’agissait d’un véhicule 4×4 militaire blindé de type Humvee, utilisé par des terroristes.’


US airstrike against VB-IED near Kobane, Syria Oct 21st 2014.

 

OCTOBER 22nd/23rd 2014
Iraq 9 strikes (339-347)
Syria 6 strikes (279-284)
Confirmed actions: US
, Belgium

From CENTCOM:
October 23rd 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Wednesday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct six airstrikes.  Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted nine airstrikes Wednesday and today using fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists in Iraq.
In Syria, four airstrikes near Kobani destroyed ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL command and control center.
East of Dawr Az Zawr, two airstrikes destroyed ISIL oil holding tanks.
In Iraq, four airstrikes south of the Mosul Dam struck four small ISIL units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
South of Bayji, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
Three airstrikes south of Fallujah destroyed an ISIL building and struck a large ISIL unit [1 strike by France.]
Finally, near Fallujah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL training facility.’

From French MoD:
[France reports on airstrike on a target of opportunity near Fallujah on the afternoon of October 22nd.]

Les 22 et 23 octobre 2014, la force Chammal a poursuivi l’appui des opérations terrestres conduites par l’armée irakienne dans l’ouest de Bagdad et dans la région du Mont Sinjar au nord de l’Irak.
Le 22 octobre, lors d’une mission de reconnaissance armée, le centre opérationnel aérien d’Al Udeid (CAOC) a orienté une patrouille de Rafale, qui était alors en vol dans la région de Falloujah, sur une cible d’opportunité. L’objectif, identifié et confirmé par les équipages, était des combattants de Daech en train de monter à l’assaut de position des forces armées irakiennes. Vers 14h00, ouvrant le feu au cours d’une passe canon, les Rafale ont neutralisé le volume d’un groupe avec des obus de 30mm.

From Belgium MoD:

Significante gebeurtenissen 23 – 29 Okt:
(1) 24, 25, 27 en 29 Okt: operationele verkenningsvluchten zonder inzet van de
wapensystemen.
(2) 23/24 en 26 Okt: operationele vluchten met inzet van de wapensystemen.
(3) 28 Okt: onderhoud
Significant events 23 – 29 Oct:
(1) 24, 25, 27 and 29 Oct: operational exploratory flights without the use of the weapon systems.
(2) 23/24 and 26 Oct: operational flights with the use of the weapon systems.
(3) 28 Oct: maintenance

OCTOBER 23rd/24th 2014
Iraq 12 strikes (348-359)
Syria 6 strikes (285-290)
Confirmed actions: US, France, UK, Belgium

From CENTCOM:
October 24th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Thursday and today using bomber aircraft to conduct six airstrikes.  Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted twelve airstrikes Thursday and today using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists in Iraq.
In Syria, six airstrikes near Kobani struck three ISIL units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
In Iraq, three airstrikes southeast and west of the Mosul Dam destroyed two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL mortar position.
Three airstrikes south of the Bayji Oil Refinery struck two small units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
Two strikes near Bayji struck an ISIL training camp.
Three airstrikes near Fallujah struck two small ISIL units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles.
Finally, one airstrike near Zumar destroyed five ISIL buildings.
All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.  Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.
The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to Iraq, the region and the wider international community.  The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group’s ability to project power and conduct operations.  Among the coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq are the U.S., France, United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the U.S., Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Bahrain.’

From UK MoD:
October 24th 2014 – Two Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s participated in a coordinated coalition air strike overnight (Thursday) at Jar Silah, west of Kirkuk.
The aircraft, at the request of the Iraqi Government, used Paveway IV precision guided bombs to successfully attack a former Iraqi military base which ISIL were using as a logistics hub for operations in the area.’

From French MoD:
[France reports a strike in the Sinjar area of Iraq durig the late morning of October 23rd against a concealed ‘Daesh vehicle.’]

‘Le lendemain, [October 23rd 2014] les Rafale français évoluant au-dessus des zones de combat irakiennes dans la région du Mont Sinjar, ont mené un nouveau raid aérien. Aux environs de 11h, ils ont détruit un poste abritant un véhicule de Daech, à l’aide d’une bombe guidée laser (GBU 12).’

Additional French MoD report:
[France also participated in a massed air raid against a ‘Daesh logistics complex’ at 2030 French time, October 23rd.]

Dans la soirée du 23 octobre 2014, la force Chammal a participé à un raid aérien mené par la coalition contre un complexe logistique de Daech au sud de Moussoul, dans la région de Kirkouk.
Aux environs de 20h30 (heure de Paris), une patrouille de Rafale, armés chacun de 6 bombes AASM(1) et équipés de pod Damocles, a délivré douze AASM sur l’objectif. Ce raid aérien auquel participaient nos alliés a permis de détruire un complexe de Daech servant à la fois d’usine de fabrication de bombes artisanales et de centre de recrutement, de formation et d’entraînement des terroristes. Cette action a été complétée par des frappes simultanées de nos alliés sur deux autres sites stratégiques de Daech, portant un coup dur à leur logistique.’

From Belgium MoD:

Significante gebeurtenissen 23 – 29 Okt:
(1) 24, 25, 27 en 29 Okt: operationele verkenningsvluchten zonder inzet van de
wapensystemen.
(2) 23/24 en 26 Okt: operationele vluchten met inzet van de wapensystemen.
(3) 28 Okt: onderhoud
Significant events 23 – 29 Oct:
(1) 24, 25, 27 and 29 Oct: operational exploratory flights without the use of the weapon systems.
(2) 23/24 and 26 Oct: operational flights with the use of the weapon systems.
(3) 28 Oct: maintenance

OCTOBER 24th/25th 2014
Iraq 22 strikes (360-381)
Syria 1 strike (291)
Confirmed actions: US, France, Belgium

From CENTCOM:
October 25th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Friday and today using bomber aircraft to conduct one airstrike.  Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted twenty-two airstrikes Friday and today using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists in Iraq.
In Syria, one airstrike near Kobani destroyed an ISIL artillery piece.
In Iraq, three airstrikes near Bayji struck a large ISIL unit, a small ISIL unit, destroyed an ISIL building, damaged an ISIL building and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
One airstrike southeast of the Mosul Dam struck a large ISIL unit while ten airstrikes west of the Mosul Dam struck four small ISIL units, one large ISIL unit, destroyed an ISIL building, six ISIL fighting positions and four ISIL staging locations.
Four airstrikes near Fallujah struck two small ISIL units, destroyed an ISIL vehicle and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
Two airstrikes near Qurayat al Hajjaj struck a small ISIL unit and destroyed an ISIL building.
One airstrike east of Hayy Al Arabi destroyed an ISIL building.
Finally, one airstrike near Aynzalah destroyed an ISIL building.’

From French MoD:
[France participates in another massed raid, this one at Mosul: “Carried out in the suburbs of Mosul, the operation set out to destroy a military camp used by the terrorist organization to toughen its fighters.”]

Dans la nuit du 24 octobre 2014, la force Chammal a de nouveau pris part à un raid aérien mené par la coalition dans la région de Mossoul au nord de l’Irak.
Cette nouvelle mission de bombardement  a été planifiée grâce au renseignement recueilli par les éléments de la coalition depuis le début des opérations aériennes. Réalisée dans la proche banlieue de Mossoul,  l’opération visait à détruire  un camp militaire utilisé par l’organisation terroriste pour aguerrir ses combattants.
Les avions de la coalition ont conduit un raid visant à mettre fin à l’action des terroristes dans cette emprise. Vers 21h00 (heure de Paris), deux avions Rafale ont procédé au largage de quatre bombes AASM(1). Ils ont détruit plusieurs bâtiments du camp.’

 

OCTOBER 25th/26th 2014
Iraq 12 strikes (382-393)
Syria 5 strikes (292-297)
Confirmed strikes: US
, UK, Belgium
2 civilians reported killed at Qayyarah, Mosul, Iraq

From CENTCOM:   
October 26th 2014: U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Saturday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct five airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted twelve airstrikes Saturday and today using fighters, attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists in Iraq.
In Syria, five airstrikes near Kobani destroyed seven ISIL vehicles and an ISIL building.
In Iraq, six airstrikes west of the Mosul Dam area struck two small ISIL units, damaged an ISIL building and destroyed four ISIL vehicles and an ISIL artillery piece.
Three airstrikes southwest of the Mosul Dam area struck a large ISIL unit and a small ISIL unit, and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and two ISIL buildings.
Three airstrikes southeast of Fallujah struck two large ISIL units, a small ISIL unit and destroyed one ISIL building.’

From Belgium MoD:

Significante gebeurtenissen 23 – 29 Okt:
(1) 24, 25, 27 en 29 Okt: operationele verkenningsvluchten zonder inzet van de
wapensystemen.
(2) 23/24 en 26 Okt: operationele vluchten met inzet van de wapensystemen.
(3) 28 Okt: onderhoud
Significant events 23 – 29 Oct:
(1) 24, 25, 27 and 29 Oct: operational exploratory flights without the use of the weapon systems.
(2) 23/24 and 26 Oct: operational flights with the use of the weapon systems.
(3) 28 Oct: maintenance

OCTOBER 26th/27th 2014
Iraq 7 strikes (394-400)
Syria 4 strikes (298-301)
Confirmed actions: US

10 to 20 civilians reported killed at Aouinat, Iraq

From CENTCOM:
October 27th: U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Sunday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct four airstrikes.  Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted seven airstrikes Sunday and today using fighters, attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists in Iraq.
In Syria, four airstrikes near Kobani destroyed five ISIL vehicles and an ISIL occupied building.
In Iraq, three airstrikes west of the Mosul Dam area struck a small ISIL fighting unit.
One airstrike southeast of Fallujah struck a large ISIL unit, destroyed an ISIL building and damaged an ISIL vehicle.
One airstrike south of the Bayji Oil refinery struck ISIL fighters.
One airstrike south of Bayji struck a small ISIL unit and destroyed an improved explosive device.
Finally, an airstrike east of Zumar struck a small ISIL unit and destroyed two ISIL occupied buildings.’

From Netherlands MoD:
For week ending October 26th 2014: [The Dutch report more than 30 weapons released in 40 sorties in Iraq, between October 19th and 26th – “Targets consisted of warehouses for ammunition, weapons and roadside bombs; headquarters; and fighters.’

‘Nederlandse F-16’s gooiden in Irak tientallen bommen op doelen van terreurorganisatie ISIS. Ook gebruikten ze het boordwapen. De toestellen vielen in meer dan 40 vluchten ruim 30 keer succesvol aan. Een overzicht van Defensie-operaties in de week van 20 tot en met 26 oktober.
De doelen bestonden uit opslagplaatsen voor munitie, wapens en bermbommen, hoofdkwartieren en strijders. Een onbekend aantal terroristen kwam om.

Dutch F-16 heads for Iraq, October 2014 (Dutch MoD)
Dutch F-16 heads for Iraq, October 2014 (Dutch MoD)

 

OCTOBER 27th/28th 2014
Iraq 9 strikes (401-409)
Syria 4 strikes (302-305)
Confirmed actions: US  

From CENTCOM:
October  28th: U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Monday and today using attack and fighter aircraft to conduct four airstrikes.  Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted nine airstrikes in Iraq Monday and today using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists.
In Syria, four airstrikes near Kobani destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and a small ISIL unit.
In Iraq, two airstrikes in the vicinity of Fallujah destroyed a small ISIL unit and an ISIL tank.
Four airstrikes in the vicinity of Mosul Dam destroyed a small ISIL unit, an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL logistics base.
One airstrike west of Baghdad destroyed an ISIL-occupied building and a small ISIL unit.
One airstrike in the vicinity of Sinjar struck an ISIL fighting emplacement and destroyed six vehicles.
One airstrike northwest of Haditha destroyed an ISIL-occupied building used as a staging area.’


US strike against ‘ISIL logistics base’ near Mosul, Iraq Oct 27th 2014


French Rafaels conduct an ISR mission over Iraq, Oct 27th 2015

 

OCTOBER 28th/29th 2014
Iraq 6 strikes (410-415)
Syria 8 strikes (
306-313)
Confirmed actions: US

2 civilians possibly killed at Slouk, Syria

From CENTCOM:
October 29th: U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Tuesday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct eight airstrikes. Separately, U.S. forces conducted six airstrikes in Iraq Tuesday and today using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists.
In Syria, eight airstrikes near Kobani destroyed five ISIL fighting positions, a small ISIL unit, six ISIL vehicles, an ISIL-occupied building and an ISIL command and control node.
In Iraq, three airstrikes in the vicinity of Fallujah destroyed three small ISIL units.
Three airstrikes near Sinjar destroyed one small ISIL unit and two ISIL vehicles.’

From Danish MoD
[Reports 16 new missions since October 20th, in which 30 bombs are dropped.]

27-10-2014 – kl. 13:00: De danske F-16-fly, der er udsendt som bidrag til Operation Inherent Resolve, har siden seneste opdatering den 20. oktober fløjet 16 missioner.
De danske fly har således været påvingerne flere gange dagligt i denne periode, og missionerne er foregået i både det centrale og det nordlige Irak.
Missionerne, som de danske fly har deltaget i, har været offensive, og det drejer sig primært om CAS-missioner (Close Air Support), hvor flyene er indsat som luftstøtte til styrker på landjorden. Disse udgør 14 ud af de 16 gennemførte missioner.
De øvrige missioner har ligeledes været angrebsmissioner, hvor de danske fly har været indsat for at kaste bomber mod på forhånd definerede mål på jorden. De danske fly har på de 16 missioner i alt kastet 30 bomber.
Siden første mission den 16. oktober 2014 har det danske bidrag i alt fløjet 27 missioner og kastet 37 bomber.’

 

OCTOBER 29th/30th 2014
Iraq 2 strikes (416-417)
Syria 12 strikes (
314-325)
Confirmed actions: US
 

From CENTCOM:
October 30th: U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Wednesday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct twelve airstrikes.  Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted two airstrikes in Iraq Wednesday and today using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists.
In Syria, ten airstrikes near Kobani struck two small ISIL units and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions and five ISIL-occupied buildings.
Additionally, an ISIL headquarters building was damaged near Dayr Az Zawr and an ISIL security building was damaged near Ar Raqqah.
In Iraq, one airstrike near Bayji struck a small ISIL unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
One airstrike west of Ramadi struck an ISIL checkpoint.’

Canadian crews arm aircraft prior to an Iraq mission (Canadian MoD)
Canadian crews arm aircraft prior to an Iraq mission, Oct 30th 2014 (Canadian MoD)

 

OCTOBER 30th/31st 2014
Iraq 4 strikes (418-421)
Syria 4 strikes (326-329)
Confirmed actions: US, France 
 

From CENTCOM:
October 31st: U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Thursday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct four airstrikes.  Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted four airstrikes in Iraq Thursday and today using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists.
In Syria, four airstrikes were conducted near Kobani damaging four ISIL fighting positions and one ISIL building.
In Iraq, an airstrike near Fallujah [French] struck a small ISIL unit and an airstrike near Bayji also struck a small ISIL unit.
One airstrike near Al Qaim destroyed one ISIL checkpoint and one ISIL vehicle.
One airstrike north of Tikrit struck a large ISIL unit and destroyed three ISIL-occupied buildings.’

From French MoD:
[France describes hitting a target of opportunity in the Fallujah area – “a building turned into a fulcrum by Daech fighters taking in some of the elements of the Iraqi armed forces.“]

Le 31 octobre 2014, la force Chammal a poursuivi son appui aux opérations terrestres conduites par l’armée irakienne dans la région de Tikrīt, à 200 kilomètres au nord de Bagdad. Lors d’une mission de reconnaissance armée, le centre opérationnel aérien d’Al Udeid (CAOC) a réorienté une patrouille de Rafale, alors en vol dans la région de Falloujah, sur une cible d’opportunité. L’objectif, identifié et confirmé par un drone de la coalition, était un bâtiment transformé en point d’appui par plusieurs combattants de Daech en train de prendre à partie des éléments des forces armées irakiennes. Vers 7h00 et malgré les mauvaises conditions météo, les Rafale ont neutralisé ces terroristes armés en ouvrant le feu avec deux bombes AASM(1).’

 

OCTOBER 31st/NOVEMBER 1st
Iraq strikes 5 (422-426)
Syria 5 strikes (330-334)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
 

From CENTCOM:
November 1st 2014: U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Friday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct five airstrikes.  Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted five airstrikes in Iraq Friday and today using attack, bomber and fighter aircraft against ISIL terrorists.
In Syria, five airstrikes conducted near Kobani suppressed or destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions and struck one ISIL building.
In Iraq, one airstrike southwest of the Mosul Dam destroyed one ISIL vehicle.
Four airstrikes near Al Qaim, Iraq, [one British] heavily damaged or destroyed four ISIL vehicles and struck four ISIL buildings.’

From UK MoD*:
‘Over the weekend [November 1st 2014], 2 Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s were tasked to investigate ISIL activity near the scene of an earlier successful coalition air strike at Al Qaim, north-west of Baghdad.
The aircraft, as part of the international coalition supporting the Iraqi government, identified and destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle using a single Brimstone missile.’

[Airwars note: The RAF incorrectly assigns this strike to November 3rd. It in fact took place on the morning of November 1st according to CENTCOM reports.]


RAF Tornados destroy ISIL armed vehicle, al Qaim Iraq, Oct 31st-Nov 1st 2014.

 

Australian Ministry of Defence
Monthly data for October 2014

Aircraft

Sorties

Hours

Munitions/Fuel (lbs)

E7 21 276 N/A
KC-30 29 231 2,438,943
F/A-18F 79 638 25

 

US Air Force Central Command
Monthly Air Power Summary for October 2014

Afcent Oct 2014