Military reports – October 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 October 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.

 

October 1st- October 2nd 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (10,015-10,023)
Syria 10 strikes (5,375-5,384)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, FRANCE
8-9 civilians alleged killed at Ghaitoun near Mare’, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 1, coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 10 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. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed two oil pump jacks and damaged two supply routes.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed four oil well heads and four oil tanker trucks.
*       Near Manbij, five strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions and a vehicle.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions and a vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an ISIL modular oil refinery.
*       Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an ISIL homemade explosives cache.
*       Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a mortar system and a supply cache.
*       Near Hit, one strike destroyed a mortar system and a weapons cache.
*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a staging area.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes [1 British] destroyed two ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL-held buildings, four tunnel entrances, and a command and control node.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike [1 French with others] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed a mortar system; and suppressed a mortar firing position.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 1st October:

‘Saturday 1 October – A Reaper struck a terrorist position near Mosul…A Reaper provided surveillance support to a coalition air strike north-west of Mosul on Saturday 1 October. It then used one of its own Hellfires to attack a Daesh position.’

Update from French MoD on October 2nd:
[France reports that from Sept 30th – 1st October, they’ve conducted 18 ground support sorties. On September 30th, they destroyed a Daesh defensive device overlooking the Tigris valley, northeast of Mosul. On the same day, three patrols of two Rafales were successively engaged in support of Iraqi ground troops. Three strikes were carried out and destroyed four Daesh fighting positions about 20km from Mosul. During the day of October 1st, a patrol of two Rafales conducted a strike northwest of Ramadi and destroyed a Daesh battle position. During this time, an E-2C Hawkeye conducted a surveillance operation while three reconnaissance sorties were carried out by a Rafale Marine Patrol and Atlantique 2 in Iraq and Syria.]

Chammal : retour sur l’activité aérienne des dernières 48H

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Les 30 septembre et 1er octobre 2016, les Rafale de l’armée de l’Air et les Rafale Marine du groupe aéronaval (GAN) ont mené 18 sorties d’appui au sol au profit des forces irakiennes. Le nouveau dispositif aérien de l’opération permet d’intensifier la participation de la France à la coalition internationale qui vise à vaincre Daech. Retour sur 48 heures d’activités qui ont vu, entre autres, la réalisation de cinq frappes dans les régions de Ramadi et Mossoul.

Le 30 septembre, les Rafale de l’armée de l’Air ont réalisé quatre sorties aériennes détruisant un dispositif défensif de Daech dans les reliefs qui surplombent la vallée du Tigre au nord-est de Mossoul. Dans la même journée, trois patrouilles composées de deux Rafale Marine ont été successivement engagées en appui des troupes irakiennes au sol. Trois frappes ont été réalisées et ont permis de détruire quatre positions de combat de Daech à une vingtaine de kilomètres de Mossoul. Pendant ce temps, l’E3F (AWACS), aéronef de détection et de contrôle aéroportés qui volait au-dessus du théâtre d’opérations, surveillait l’ensemble de l’activité aérienne.

Dans la journée du 1er octobre, les activités aériennes se sont poursuivies avec la réalisation de 8 sorties aériennes des Rafale (Marine et Air). Une patrouille de deux Rafale Marine a ainsi effectué une frappe au nord-ouest de la ville de Ramadi (centre de l’Irak), et a détruit une position de combat de Daech. Pendant, ce temps, un E2-C Hawkeye menait une opération de surveillance de l’espace aérien alors que trois sorties de reconnaissance étaient menées par une patrouille de Rafale Marine et un Atlantique 2 en Irak et en Syrie.

Ce déploiement du GAN permet d’intensifier le combat contre Daech en Irak et en Syrie marquant la détermination de la France à prendre toute sa part dans la lutte contre Daech. A ce jour, le dispositif complet de l’opération Chammal est structuré autour de trente-six Rafale (douze de l’armée de l’Air et vingt-quatre de la Marine nationale), d’un détachement d’artillerie CAESAR (Camion équipé d’un système d’artillerie), des bâtiments du groupe aéronaval, d’un avion de détection et de contrôle aéroportés E3F, d’un avion de ravitaillement C-135 Fr, de deux avions E-2C Hawkeye et d’un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2. Il comprend également une centaine de militaires projetés à Bagdad et Erbil pour la formation et le conseil des états-majors et unités irakiennes.’

Update from French MoD on Oct 5th:
[France reports on TF Wagram – artillery detachment deployed to Iraq – represents a volume of about 150 French soldiers and includes, in addition 4 guns with teams required for their implementation, command elements and support elements to perform maintenance. The protection is divided among the coalition units present at Qayyarah West. This week, 32 sorties were carried out and three destroyed four targets.]

‘Point de situation des opérations au 29 septembre 2016

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Point de situation des opérations au 29 septembre 2016

CHAMMAL

APPRECIATION DE SITUATION

Sur le théâtre du Levant, la coalition maintient une pression continue sur Daech qui est globalement en difficulté sur le plan territorial et qui voit les zones qu’elle contrôle s’amoindrir de jour en jour. Daech se tient dans une posture soit de résistance face aux offensives menées, soit de harcèlement pour gêner la progression.

En Irak, la reprise de la ville de Sharqat par les Forces de sécurité irakiennes (FSI) le 22 septembre a refermé la poche de résistance qui existait à proximité de Qayyarah. Ce type d’opération constitue la suite logique des opérations de l’été qui ont vu les FSI réaliser une percée vers le Nord en dépassant des poches de résistance du groupe terroriste qu’il s’agit aujourd’hui de réduire ou de sécuriser.

ACTIVITES – de LA FORCE

Le groupe aéronaval poursuit à ce stade sa phase de montée en puissance à proximité du théâtre.

Le détachement d’artillerie déployé en Irak sur la base de Qayyarah ouest est composé de 4 canons Caesar. Il a été baptisé du nom de TF Wagram, en hommage à la bataille éponyme de Napoléon.

Cette TF représente un volume d’environ 150 soldats français et comprend, outre les 4 canons avec les équipes nécessaires à leur mise en œuvre, des éléments de commandement ainsi que des éléments de soutien pour réaliser la maintenance, fournir les moyens de communication ainsi que le soutien santé. La protection est répartie entre les unités de la coalition présentes à Qayyarah ouest.

La TF Wagram, intégrée à l’opération Chammal, fait partie du volet « appui » de la coalition. Elle fournit une capacité à produire des effets tactiques au sein d’une manœuvre de la coalition, en complément des autres unités d’appui déployées.

Une première capacité opérationnelle initiale de la TF Wagram a été prononcée. Depuis le 20 septembre, elle a réalisé 3 séquences de tirs « limités », coordonnés au sein de la coalition, et en appui d’actions des troupes irakiennes au sol.

Cette semaine, 32 sorties aériennes ont été effectuées. 3 frappes ont permis la neutralisation de 4 objectifs.’

October 2nd- October 3rd 2016
Iraq 14 strikes (10,024-10,037)
Syria 20 strikes (5,385-5,404)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
5-8 civilians including 3 women and 5 children alleged killed at Dabiq, Aleppo governorate, Syria
19-23 civilians including 17 children and 1 woman alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 2, coalition military forces conducted 34 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.  Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed seven ISIL oil storage tanks and two oil well heads.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, five strikes destroyed two ISIL oil pump jacks, two oil well heads, a crane, and an oil tanker truck, and damaged four supply routes.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed an ISIL oil tanker truck and damaged four supply routes.
*       Near Manbij, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
*       Near Mar’a, seven strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions, two VBIEDs, a heavy machine gun, and a vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Bayji, one strike [British] destroyed an ISIL weapons cache and damaged a vehicle.
*       Near Hit, one strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed two tunnel entrances and suppressed a mortar firing position.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes [2 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL headquarters buildings and a front-end loader.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and a staging area and destroyed four vehicles, a fuel truck, three ISIL-held buildings, a weapons cache, a supply cache, and a mortar system.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle storage area.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed five ISIL-held buildings, and four repeater tower generators; and suppressed a light machine gun.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed two tunnel entrances, two ISIL-held buildings, and a vehicle; and suppressed a sniper firing position.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 2 October:

‘Sunday 2 October – A Reaper destroyed an engineering vehicle north of Mosul and Tornados hit a headquarters and a group of terrorists east of that city. Typhoons also bombed six targets in the Qaraqosh, Bayji and Ramadi regions of northern and western Iraq…On Sunday 2 October, a Reaper was again active north of Mosul, near Tall Kayf. A Hellfire destroyed a digger which was being used by the terrorists to construct a defensive position. To the east of Mosul, Tornados used an Enhanced Paveway II bomb and a Paveway IV to attack a headquarters building and a group of Daesh extremists. The same day, to the south-east of Mosul, near Qaraqosh, Typhoons used Paveway IVs in a simultaneous attack on three Daesh-held buildings where a large group of fighters had assembled, including local commanders. A second Typhoon pair meanwhile operated over a large swathe of Iraqi territory. North of Ramadi, they destroyed a mortar team. They then headed north to the Bayji area where further Paveway attacks dealt with a terrorist strongpoint and transport vehicle.’

 

October 3rd- October 4th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (10,038-10,047)
Syria 16 strikes (5,405-5,420)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 3, coalition military forces conducted 26 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes using attack, 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, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed three oil well heads and two oil tanker trucks.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions and a vehicle.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed three ISIL oil well heads, an oil storage tank, and an oil drum cache.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed 11 ISIL petroleum, oil and lubricant equipment assets, nine oil tanker trucks, and two oil well heads.
*       Near Idlib, one strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Manbij, one strike destroyed an ISIL machine gun.
*       Near Mar’a, four strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions and a command and control node.

Iraq

*       Near Hit, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 11 vehicles, five ISIL-held buildings, four weapons caches, two VBIEDs, and a heavy machine gun.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units, two staging areas, a VBIED factory, a weapons factory, and a weapons logistics facility and destroyed four vehicles, two weapons caches, two supply caches, a command and control node, and two ISIL-held buildings.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed two ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a heavy machine gun.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL repeater tower power supply system.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 3 October:

‘Monday 3 October – Typhoons attacked a Daesh-held building in eastern Syria, while Tornados hit a terrorist communications installation in northern Iraq…Royal Air Force Typhoons provided close air support to Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), attacking Daesh positions in eastern Syria on Monday 3 October. A group of terrorists were identified holding a building in a rural area. The SDF held back while the Typhoons conducted a successful strike, demolishing the target with Paveway IV guided bombs. Across the border in northern Iraq, Tornados provided support to Iraqi forces clearing Daesh from the Tigris valley south of Mosul. The aircraft used another Paveway IV to destroy a terrorist communications installation north of Al Hawd.’

The internal tank of an F/A-18E Super Hornet is defueled in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Oct 3rd (US Navy)
The internal tank of an F/A-18E Super Hornet is defueled in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Oct 3rd (US Navy)

October 4th- October 5th 2016
Iraq 14 strikes (10,048-10,061)
Syria 14 strikes +2* (5,421-5,436)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
11-19 civilians including 3 children alleged killed at Thaltanah village, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 4, coalition military forces conducted 28 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 14 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, four strikes destroyed three ISIL oil well heads, six supply routes, and an oil pump jack.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes destroyed two ISIL front-end loaders.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed four ISIL oil collection pools, three oil well heads, and two vehicles.
*       Near Mar’a, five strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed three fighting positions and a mortar system; and suppressed a heavy machine gun firing position.

Iraq

*       Near Hit, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Kisik, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed a vehicle, a tunnel, and a weapons cache; and suppressed a mortar firing position.
*       Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed three fighting positions, an oil tanker truck, an ISIL-held building, an explosives cache, a weapons cache, a command and control node, and a vehicle; and damaged an oil tanker truck.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactial unit, destroyed an ISIL-held building, and damaged a repeater tower power generator.
*       Near Ramadi, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed a tractor, a vehicle, a VBIED, a supply cache, a tunnel, and an ISIL-held building; and damaged a second ISIL-held building.’

* See Oct 5th-6th for amended Syria strikes

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 4 October:

‘Tuesday 4 October – A Reaper bombed a vehicle dug-in as part of the terrorist defences north of Mosul…On Tuesday 4 October, a Reaper remotely piloted aircraft conducted armed reconnaissance north of Mosul. The Reaper’s crew located a large fuel tanker dug-in as part of the defensive positions constructed by Daesh near Batnay. The tanker was burning oil to create a smoke screen in order to shield Daesh fighters against attacking ground forces. The Reaper scored a direct hit with a GBU-12 guided bomb. The Reaper then provided surveillance support to a coalition air strike against nearby positions.’

An F/A-18F Super Hornet makes an arrested landing on the flight deck, Oct 4th (US Navy)
An F/A-18F Super Hornet makes an arrested landing on the flight deck, Oct 4th (US Navy)

Update from French MoD for Sept 28th – Oct 4th:

[In the last week France report 15 strikes in Iraq and Syria.

October 5th- October 6th 2016
Iraq 18 strikes (10,062-10,079)
Syria 9 strikes (5,437-5,445)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
5-21 friendly forces alleged killed at Haj Ali/Khara’ib Jabr, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 5, coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria


*       Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes destroyed nine ISIL oil tanker trucks, seven oil truck trailers, four oil pump jacks, an oil storage tank, and a front-end loader.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a front-end loader.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed an ISIL oil well head and damaged two supply routes.
*       Near Manbij, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units, destroyed three fighting positions and two heavy machine guns, and suppressed a mortar position.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Baghdad, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL staging area.
*       Near Hit, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed two ISIL-held buildings, a vehicle, and a weapons cache; and damaged a second ISIL-held building.
*       Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British] engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed three vehicles, a weapons cache, two supply caches, a command and control node, a mortar system, and an anti-air artillery system.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system and a fighting position.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles, two bunkers, and a tunnel entrance.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL-held buildings and a vehicle.

Additionally, due to a delayed strike assessment two strikes near Dayz Ar Zawr conducted on Oct. 4 were not reported on the Oct. 5 strike release. The correct assessment reads:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed three ISIL oil well heads and an oil pump jack and damaged six supply routes’

An F/A-18C Hornet prepares to launch off of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Oct 5th (US Navy)
An F/A-18C Hornet prepares to launch off of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Oct 5th (US Navy)

Update from Danish MoD on Oct 6th:
[For Sept 28th – Oct 5th, Denmark report flying nine missions over the Iraqi provinces of Irbil, Nineweh, At Ta’mim, Dahuk and Salah Ad Din and the Syrian governorates of Ar Raqqah, Halab, Homs, Al Hasakah and Dayr Az Zawr. They report dropping six precision bombs. Targets destroyed include  Daesh warehouse, buildings, personnel and IEDs.]

 

Mission Update nr. 16
Opdatering fra de danske styrker i internationale missioner
06-10-2016 – kl. 12:14
Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Operation Inherent Resolve

Kampflybidraget
De danske F-16 har i den seneste uge fløjet 9 missioner, hvor der er gennemført
overvågning, efterretningsindhentning og angreb på et lager med morterer,
morterpositioner, bygninger med ISIL personel og ISIL personel som udlagde
improviserede sprængladninger (IED).
Missionerne er foregået over de irakiske provinser Erbil, Ninawa, At Ta’mim, Dahuk og Salah Ad Din samt de syriske provinser Ar Raqqah, Halab, Hims, Al Hasakah og Dayr Az Zawr.

Fra onsdag den 28. september kl. 12.00 til onsdag den 5. oktober kl. 11.00 er
følgende gældende:

– Der er fløjet 9 missioner
– Der er anvendt 6 præcisionsbomber
– Der er dermed totalt fløjet 166 missioner
– Der er totalt anvendt 231 præcisionsbomber

Træningsbidraget
Træningen af 298 politisoldater og officerer fra det irakiske Boarder Guard Police er netop afsluttet. Træningen af andre enheder gennemføres indtil 17. oktober.

Radarbidraget
Radarbidraget har til stadighed støttet koalitionen i kampen mod ISIL med både
radar- og link billede samt kommando og kontrol af koalitionens fly.
I foregående uge har bidraget i særlig grad været beskæftiget med luftrumskoordinering mellem artilleri samt bemandede og ubemandede fly til støtte for offensive operationer på landjorden, der dog har været udfordret af sandstorme i området. Radaren har været til planlagt eftersyn, der gik uproblematisk og hurtigere end forventet.

Transportbidraget
Ugens missioner er gennemført som transportmissioner af i alt mere end 65 ton gods og 128 passagerer til Tyrkiet og Irak. I september måned har bidraget transporteret 151 personer og 165 ton gods, hvilket er på linje med de første tre måneder af indsættelsen i operationen.

Standard NATO Monitoring Group 2
Forsvarets fleksible støtteskib, ABSALON, har gennemført patrulje i det vestlige
Middelhav i rammen af NATO’s Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR.
ABSALON har forladt Middelhavet ved månedsskiftet for at sejle mod de britiske øer.
ABSALON skal sammen med den canadiske enhed CHARLOTTETOWN, der ligeledes indgår i Standard NATO Monitoring Group 2, deltage i den store øvelse Joint Warrior. Denne øvelse løber af stabelen to gange hvert år, og  i dette efterår er det i perioden 10. – 21. oktober.
Forsvaret deltager ofte med enheder af ABSALON-klassen, IVER HUITFELDT-klassen og THETIS-klassen. Øvelsen indeholder en række scenarier, der omfatter både krise og krig.

I øvelsen deltager der skibe, fly samt tropper i land.

Se evt. mere information her:
http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/operations/uk-home-waters/joint-warrior

Efter afslutning på øvelsen returnerer ABSALON til Middelhavet.
Forventet hjemkomst til Danmark er fortsat primo december.

Andre missioner
Der er intet at bemærke fra de øvrige danske missioner i udlandet.’

Update from French MoD for Oct 6th:
[France reports 15 strikes – 13 in Iraq and 2 in Syria – destroying 19 targets in the last week.]

‘Point de situation du 6 octobre 2016

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Mise à jour : 06/10/2016 20:01

CHAMMAL

APPRECIATION DE SITUATION

Sur l’ensemble du théâtre du Levant, la pression continue d’augmenter sur les dernières grandes emprises de Daech. Peu à peu affaiblie par les avancées militaires, l’organisation fait face à une augmentation du nombre de défections dans ses rangs et adapte ses modes d’action à la situation : elle multiplie les attentats et les actions de harcèlement, notamment dans l’Anbar et à Bagdad, pour fixer les troupes et gêner la poursuite de la libération progressive du territoire.

ACTIVITES DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL

Sur l’ensemble du théâtre, la préparation des opérations futures se traduit par une phase de repositionnement ou de consolidation des lignes de défense qui limitent les activités des forces.

    Appui : volet aérien

Le groupe aéronaval (GAN) a achevé sa phase de montée en puissance. Il a donc intégré officiellement l’opération Chammal le 30 septembre. Les avions qu’il met en œuvre effectuent, depuis, des missions opérationnelles au sein de la coalition.

Cette semaine, 63 sorties ont été conduites par les avions français de l’opération Chammal au profit de la coalition :

7 vols d’ISR ont été menés par des Rafale ou par l’ATL2 tandis que les avions de commandement et de contrôle de l’espace aérien ont réalisé 6 sorties (E-2C Hawkeye et E-3F Awacs).
50 sorties de reconnaissances armées et de frappes planifiées (CAS/AI) de Rafale ont ainsi permis la réalisation de 15 frappes et la destruction de 19 objectifs.

    Appui feu – TF Wagram

La TF Wagram déployée sur la base de Q-West a atteint sa pleine capacité opérationnelle. Elle poursuit ses actions en coordination avec les autres éléments d’artillerie de la coalition et en appui des troupes irakiennes au sol.
terre

Cette semaine, la TF Wagram a concentré son action sur la défense de la base avancée de la coalition et l’appui aux FSI dans la région de Qayyarah :

15 missions visant à entraver la liberté de manœuvre de l’ennemi (ex : séquence de tir pour empêcher la mise en batterie de pièces d’appui de Daech),
6 missions de tirs d’obus éclairants pour favoriser les détections par les FSI et gêner les tentatives d’infiltration,
1 mission de destruction de position ennemie (tir de contre batterie contre un emplacement de mortier de Daech).

Les engagements du GAN et de la TF Wagram au sein de l’opération Chammal correspondent à la volonté politique française d’intensification de l’effort contre Daech.

Ces moyens inscrivent leur action dans celle de la coalition. Ils viennent compléter les moyens de l’armée de l’air (avions de chasse, ravitailleurs, E-3F) et de la marine (Atlantique 2 –ATL2) déployés en permanence depuis 2 ans sur zone. Les vols réalisés par le groupe aérien embarqué comme les appuis que viennent fournir les canons Caesar constituent un renforcement significatif de notre pilier appui au sein de l’opération qui permet potentiellement d’intensifier les frappes.

Le pilier appui de l’opération Chammal constitué autour des moyens aériens et d’artillerie est complété par le pilier formation avec les détachements français présents à Bagdad et à Erbil  au sein des TF Narvik et Montsabert au service des forces armées irakiennes.

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 5 October:

‘Wednesday 5 October – Tornados destroyed an armed truck south-east of Mosul, while Typhoons struck terrorist fighters operating north of Taji…Tornados were again in action south of Mosul on Wednesday 5 October, where they bombed an armed truck. In central Iraq, Typhoons attacked a small group of terrorists who had been spotted north of Taji. Working in close concert with a coalition surveillance aircraft, the Typhoons successfully killed the extremists with two Paveway IV attacks.’

October 6th- October 7th 2016
Iraq 15 strikes (10,080 – 10,094)
Syria 9 strikes (5,446 – 5,454)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
3-7 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Siassah bridge, Deir E-zor, Syria
1-2 civilians alleged killed at Tal al-Jayer village, al-Hassakah governorate Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 6, coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using attack, fighter, 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, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed eight ISIL oil tanker trucks, two oil tanker truck trailers, and two oil well heads.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, five strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed three vehicles, a fighting position, and inoperable coalition equipment.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED facility.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

*       Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an ISIL homemade explosives cache.
*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker, a mortar system, and an anti-air artillery system.
*       Near Hit, four strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and two staging areas and destroyed four ISIL-held buildings, two supply caches, two vehicles, a homemade explosives cache, and an artillery system.
*       Near Kisik, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed three weapons caches and a mortar system; and damaged a tunnel.
*       Near Mosul, six strikes [2 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units, a staging area and destroyed a tunnel, a vehicle, a VBIED factory, a weapons factory, and an ISIL-held building.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building and a mortar system.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 6 October:

‘Thursday 6 October – Typhoons attacked a Daesh command post in eastern Syria, while around Mosul, Tornados and a Reaper attacked three terrorist targets…With Iraqi operations to isolate Mosul continuing, Royal Air Force aircraft continued to provide close air support on Thursday 6 October. To the north and west of the city, a Reaper successfully engaged with Hellfire missiles both a mortar team and a group of terrorists caught in the open. The same day, a Tornado mission used an Enhanced Paveway II guided bomb against the entrance to a Daesh tunnel network. In eastern Syria, Typhoons used a Paveway IV guided bomb in a successful attack on a Daesh command post.

A refueling hose is brought onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower , Oct 6th (US Navy)
A refueling hose is brought onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower , Oct 6th (US Navy)

 

October 7th- October 8th 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (10,095 – 10,105)
Syria 13 strikes (5,455 – 5,467)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 7, coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery 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.  The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*    Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed an ISIL oil well head, an oil storage tank, and an oil pump jack and damaged five supply routes.
*    Near Al Shadaddi, four strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, two ISIL-held buildings, and a vehicle.
*    Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes destroyed four ISIL oil pump jacks and two oil well heads.
*    Near Mar’a, one strike damaged an ISIL VBIED facility.
*    Near Washiyah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building and a command and control node.

Iraq

*    Near Hit, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five vehicles and a weapons cache.
*    Near Kisik, two strikes destroyed two ISIL tunnel entrances, a bunker, and a mortar system and suppressed a mortar firing position.
*    Near Mosul, five strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL-held buildings and two vehicles.
*    Near Qayyarah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed a mortar system and a watercraft; and suppressed a mortar firing position.
*    Near Ramadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building, a tunnel, and a vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 7 October:

‘Friday 7 October – Tornados struck terrorist positions in the Tigris valley south of Mosul, while Typhoons destroyed two trucks in the desert in western Iraq…On Friday 7 October, Typhoons patrolled over western Iraq, where they used Paveway IVs to destroy two trucks carrying Daesh extremists as they drove along a desert track. In the Tigris valley south of Mosul, two Tornado flights supported Iraqi troops near Al Hawd and Sharqat. A Brimstone missile attack from one Tornado pair eliminated a mortar position, while the second pair used two Paveway IVs and a Brimstone in three attacks which accounted for a large, dispersed group of terrorists on the river bank.’

Since Sept 19th 2014, France reports 4,738 flights in Iraq and Syria, 872 strikes against Daesh and 1,487 targets destroyed.

October 8th- October 9th 2016
Iraq 13 strikes (10,106- 10,118)
Syria 13 strikes (5,468 – 5,480)
Confirmed actions: US
10-12 civilians including 4 children and 4 women alleged killed at Dweigbag village village, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 8, coalition military forces conducted 26 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.  Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.  The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*   Near Abu Kamal, one strike damaged three supply routes.
*   Near Al Hawl, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
*   Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position and a vehicle.
*   Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL oil well head and two oil pump jacks.
*   Near Ayn Isa, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a mortar system, and a vehicle.
*   Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike damaged three ISIL supply routes.
*   Near Mar’a, five strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions and three vehicles.

Iraq

*   Near Hit, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed six ISIL-held buildings, two vehicles, and a fighting position; and damaged four ISIL-held buildings.
*   Near Mosul, seven strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units, a staging area, and 10 T-wall retainers and destroyed three tunnels, two bunkers, a command and control node, a VBIED facility, a mortar position, and an ISIL-held building.
*   Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed ten ISIL rocket rails, five rocket systems, and a vehicle.
*   Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building, a vehicle, a command and control node, and a checkpoint.

 

October 9th- October 10th 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (10,119- 10,126)
Syria 8 strikes (5,481 – 5,488)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
3-4 civilians  alleged killed at Hajin desert, Deir ez-Zor Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 9, coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using attack, bomber, and fighter 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 and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria
*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike damaged two supply routes.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three fighting position and a vehicle.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes damaged four ISIL supply routes.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a fighting position.
*       Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed an ISIL headquarters facility.

Iraq

*       Near Mosul, four strikes [2 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and a staging area; destroyed a training camp, a mortar cache, a logistical node, a sniper position, a supply cache, and a tunnel; and damaged another tunnel.
*       Near Sinjar, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions, two vehicles, a mortar system, and a logistical node.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 9 October:

‘Sunday 9 October – Tornados hit two targets in the Tigris valley, while Typhoons and a Reaper worked together against Daesh positions north of Mosul…Tornados continued their work over the Tigris on Sunday 9 October, when they destroyed a mortar team and a nearby ammunition stockpile near Qayyarah, with a pair of Paveway IVs. North of Mosul, a Reaper worked alongside two Typhoons. The Reaper provided surveillance support to a highly effective artillery bombardment that destroyed a Daesh training camp. It then tracked two terrorists as they moved to a rocket launching position, where they were seen working under the cover of some trees. A Hellfire missile killed the terrorists and the Typhoons then followed up with a Paveway IV attack to destroy the rockets.’

Video showing an E2C Hawkeye surveillance aircraft taking off from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, published Oct 10th

 Update from Danish MoD for October 11th:
[Denmark reports that it’s extended its radar contribution in the fight against Daesh by 12 months. The contribution consists of about 30 men. Since the contribution it has conducted close to 20,000 missions to ensure aircraft travel safely through the airspace.]

 

Danskere styrer luftrummet over Irak
Det danske radarbidrag fortsætter kampen mod ISIL. Flyvevåbnets bidrag til Irak og De Forenede Emirater er fra politisk side netop blevet forlænget med 12 måneder.
Af Air Control Wing

Mandag blev det fra politisk side besluttet at forlænge det danske radarbidrag til Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). Siden januar 2016 har Flyvevåbnets udsendte fra Air Control Wing overvåget og kontrolleret luftrummet over Irak, så koalitionens missioner bliver gennemført så effektivt og forsvarligt som muligt.

Bidraget består af ca. 30 mand. Omkring ti teknikere, der sørger for driften af radaren, der er udstationeret på Al Asad Air Base i Irak, og omkring 20 operatører der sidder i luftoperationscentret på Al Dhafra Air Base i De Forenede Arabiske Emirater.

Air Control Wing leverer med radaren på Al Asad det primære og mest driftssikre radarbillede over det sydlige Irak til brug for hele OIR. Den danske radar har den højeste oppetid, det vil sige den tid, hvor radaren sender billeder af luftrummet videre, sammenlignet med resten af radarene i OIR.

De danske radaroperatørers opgave er, at koordinere koalitionens luftoperationer og sørge for deres flyvesikkerhed. Det er soldaterne fra Air Control Wing, der blandet andet udpeger flyenes ruter i luften over Irak, holder dem adskilt fra andre fly i luften for at undgå kollisioner, styrer flyene til og fra tankfly og sørger for at rydde de luftområder, hvor kampfly skal til at bruge våben.

Siden radarbidragets start har operatørerne udført tæt på 20.000 missioner, hvor de har sørget for at få flyene sikkert gennem luftrummet. Samtidig står danskerne også for luftkontrol til 80 % af lufttankningen i det sydlige Irak. En meget vigtigt opgave, når mange af flyene flyver, hvad der svarer til en distance fra København til Rom, bare for at nå ind til missionsområdet. Uden lufttankningen ville flyene ikke have nok brændstof til at kunne gennemføre missionerne.

Samlet set udfører bidraget en opgave, som ingen andre i området kan udføre, og uden et opdateret radarbillede ville OIR-missionerne, herunder de danske F16-missioner, ikke kunne afvikles i samme antal og tempo. Derfor er Air Control Wing’s bidrag på Al Asad og i De Forenede Emirater et særdeles eftertragtet og respekteret bidrag blandt amerikanerne, som der arbejdes tættest med, og de andre koalitionspartnere.

FAKTA:
Radaren har en rækkevidde på over 400 km, og er den mest driftssikre, der er indsat i kampen mod ISIL i Operation Inherent Resolve.

Bidraget har været udsendt siden januar 2016 og består af ca. 30 mand og en langtrækkende mobil radar fra Flyvevåbnets Air Control Wing.

Radaren og omkring 10 teknikere er udstationeret på Al Asad Air Base i Irak, resten af bidraget er udstationeret i luftoperationscentret på Al Dhafra Air Base i De Forenede Arabiske Emirater.’

October 10th- October 11th 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (10,127- 10,135)
Syria 8 strikes (5,489 – 5,496)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 10, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using attack, bomber, and fighter 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 against ISIL targets.The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike damaged a supply route.
*       Near Al Hawl, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed three ISIL oil well heads and an oil tanker truck and damaged two supply routes.
*       Near Manbij, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions and two vehicles.

Iraq

*       Near Bayji, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three fighting positions, two weapons caches, two bunkers, and a tunnel entrance.
*       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed three ISIL vehicles.
*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed an ISIL-held building, a fighting position, a heavy machine gun, and three tunnels; damaged a trench and another tunnel; and suppressed a second tactical unit.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes [2-3 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit, a staging area, six headquarters buildings, two media centers, a VBIED facility, and a weapons facility and destroyed two ISIL-held buildings, a command and control node, an anti-air artillery system, and a weapons cache.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five fighting positions.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 10 October:

‘Monday 10 October – Around Mosul, Typhoons struck a tunnel complex to the south-east and a mortar team to the north-west. Tornados also destroyed an anti-tank missile position and weapons cache to the north-east…

Welcoming the start of operations to liberate Mosul, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

“Daesh are on the back foot. The beginning of the encirclement of Mosul today is a big moment in our efforts to rid Iraq of Daesh. Mosul is a large and complex city and operations there will be tough but with Coalition support Iraqi forces will prevail.”

“Alongside our Coalition partners, the UK will continue to play a leading role in the air and on the ground, including through our strike missions, specialised surveillance, humanitarian support and the mentoring and training of Iraqi forces.”

Coalition aircraft have been providing intensive air support to Iraqi ground forces as they work to isolate Daesh terrorists holding Mosul. The Royal Air Force has been heavily committed to this operation, with Tornado, Typhoon and Reaper aircraft providing close air support, and Airseeker and Sentinel strategic surveillance aircraft gathering intelligence. On the ground British military instructors are, with coalition colleagues, helping train, mentor and equip many of the forces engaged in the Mosul operation.

A pair of Typhoons from RAF Akrotiri used two Paveway IV guided bombs on Monday 10 October to destroy the entrances to tunnels beneath an embankment near Qaraqosh. They then flew to the north-west of Mosul where they used another Paveway to silence a mortar team on the northern bank of the Tigris, which had been firing on the advancing Kurdish forces. To the north-east of the city, two Tornados used an Enhanced Paveway II to destroy a terrorist anti-tank missile position. They then followed up with a Paveway IV to ensure the destruction of an associated ammunition supply point.’

A corrosion inspection is carried out on a MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Oct 11th (US Navy)
A corrosion inspection is carried out on a MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Oct 11th (US Navy)

October 11th- October 12th 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (10,136- 10,142)
Syria 11 strikes (5,497 – 5,507)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
3-4 civilians alleged killed at Tal Btal village, Aleppo, Syria
9-7 civilians including at least 1 child and 4-5 members of ISIS alleged killed at Al Sha’afa village, Deir ez-Zor,  Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 11, coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes using attack, fighter, 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 and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

•       Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
•       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a VBIED.
•       Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed 11 ISIL oil tanker trucks, six oil well heads, three vehicles, a front-end loader and a crane.
•       Near Manbij, one strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
•       Near Mar’a, four strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions and a vehicle.

Iraq

•       Near Fallujah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
•       Near Mosul, four strikes [1 British] destroyed two ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL-held building, a weapons cache, a supply cache, and a tunnel.
•       Near Qayyarah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and a staging area and destroyed two command and control nodes.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 11 October:

‘Tuesday 11 October – Tornados bombed another tunnel, to the north-west of Mosul…On Tuesday 11 October, Tornados conducted another successful attack north-west of Mosul on a tunnel, which had been identified as a weapons cache.’

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower transits the Arabian Gulf, Oct 11th (US Navy)
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower transits the Arabian Gulf, Oct 11th (US Navy)

Update from French MoD for Oct 5th-11th:

For Oct 5th-11th, France reports six strikes in Iraq and 2 strikes in Syria. Nine targets were destroyed.

October 12th- October 13th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (10,143- 10,152)
Syria 9 strikes (5,508 – 5,516)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 12, coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using attack, 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 against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

•       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed four ISIL oil well heads, four oil collection tanks, and a vehicle.
•       Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed seven fighting positions.
•       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes engaged an ISIL supply route and destroyed an oil well head.
•       Near Mar’a, four strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed a vehicle.

Iraq

•       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an ISIL boat and a VBIED.
•       Near Ar Rutbah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three vehicles.
•       Near Bashir, one strike engaged an ISIL staging area and destroyed two ISIL-held buildings, two fighting positions, two tunnels, a storage cache, and an ammunition cache.
•       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed two ISIL ammunition caches, two vehicles, a mortar system, and a tunnel entrance.
•       Near Kisik, two strikes destroyed three ISIL tunnel entrances and damaged another tunnel.
•       Near Mosul, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
•       Near Qayyarah, two strikes [1 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed three supply caches, two vehicles, two mortar systems, two rocket systems, and a heavy machine gun.
•       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed five ISIL homemade explosive caches, two vehicles, and an artillery system and suppressed a mortar position.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 12 October:

‘Wednesday 12 October – Tornados, Typhoons and a Reaper attacked multiple targets in support of Iraqi operations to isolate Mosul, including a terrorist explosives workshop and associated vehicles, a rocket-armed truck, artillery and mortar pieces, and a truck-bomb facility…Wednesday 12 October saw an intensive series of strikes in northern Iraq. North of Mosul, near Tall Kayf, a Reaper scored a direct hit with a Hellfire missile on an artillery piece hidden beneath a tarpaulin. A Tornado pair used a Brimstone missile to destroy a rocket-armed truck in the Qayyarah region, while Typhoons bombed a mortar team north-east of Mosul. The Tornado and Typhoon flights then combined for a joint attack near Qaraqosh on a set of workshops manufacturing explosives. Seven Enhanced Paveway II and Paveway IV bombs, plus a Brimstone, were used to destroy the facility and a number of Daesh vehicles at the site. A second combined Tornado and Typhoon flight meanwhile headed to the south-west of Kirkuk, where they destroyed a truck-bomb facility with Enhanced Paveway II and Paveway IV weapons.’

Update from Danish MoD for October 13th:
[For Oct 5th – Oct 12th, Denmark report 14 missions over the Iraqi provinces Irbil, Nineweh and Dahuk and the Syrian governoarates of Ar Raqqah, Halab, Al Hasakah and Dayr Az Zawr. They report dropping 37 precision bombs.]

‘Mission Update nr. 17
Opdatering fra de danske styrker i internationale missioner
13-10-2016 – kl. 12:27

Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Operation Inherent Resolve

Kampflybidraget:
De danske F-16 har i den seneste uge gennemført 14 missioner.  Der er blandt andet er udført angreb på morterpositioner og det personel, der betjente dem. Derudover har danske fly udført angreb på raketstillinger, våbenlagre og faciliteter til opbevaring af våben, bygninger med ISIL personel, kampstillinger indrettet i bygninger, bygningskompleks anvendt til ISIL hovedkvarter, ISIL personel i terrænet, kampstillinger i terrænet, snigskytter samt facilitet som fremstillede improviserede sprængladninger. Derudover er der er udført overvågning og efterretningsindhentning.

Missionerne er foregået over de irakiske provinser Erbil, Ninawa og Dahuk samt de syriske provinser Ar Raqqah, Halab, Al Hasakah og Dayr Az Zawr.
Fra onsdag den 5. oktober kl. 11.00 til onsdag den 12. oktober kl. 12.00 er følgende gældende:

Der er fløjet 14 missioner
Der er anvendt 37 præcisionsbomber
Der er dermed totalt fløjet 180 missioner
Der er totalt anvendt 268 præcisionsbomber

Træningsbidraget
Træningsbidraget har i den forgangne uge været med til at uddanne 68 soldater fra det irakiske luftvåben. De irakiske soldater modtog blandt andet våbenuddannelse samt træning i at lave checkpoints.

Radarbidraget
Radarbidraget har støttet koalitionen i kampen mod ISIL med både radar- og linkbillede samt kommando og kontrol af koalitionens fly. I foregående uge har bidraget passeret 2.500 timers kontrol med koalitionens bemandede og ubemandede fly.  I bidragets levetid har danske operatører haft kontrol med over 18.000 fly. Teknikerne i Irak har skiftet ud, så hold 4 nu har overtaget driften af radaren.

Transportflybidraget
Ugens missioner er gennemført som transportmissioner af i alt mere end 45 ton gods og 72 passagerer til Jordan, Tyrkiet og Irak.  Hold 3 er ankommet og ved at få overdraget opgaverne i missionen.

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2

ABSALON deltager sammen med den canadiske enhed CHARLOTTETOWN, der ligeledes indgår i SNMG2, i den store øvelse Joint Warrior. Denne øvelse løber af stabelen to gange hvert år, og i dette efterår er det i perioden 10. – 21. oktober. Forsvaret deltager ofte med enheder af ABSALON-klassen, IVER HUITFELDT-klassen og THETIS-klassen. Øvelsen indeholder en række scenarier der forholder sig til både krise og krig.
I øvelsen deltager der skibe, fly samt tropper i land.
Efter afslutning på øvelsen vender ABSALON tilbage til Middelhavet. Forventet hjemkomst til Danmark er primo december.’

Update from French MoD on Oct 13th:
[France reports that pace of ground support missions has increased on average by 3 to 8 by a cday and that ISR missions 1 to 4 per day. TF Wagram – France’s artillery detachment – continues at full operational capability in support of Iraqi ground troops. This week, she conducted 12 interdiction fire missions to prevent Daesh taking artillery positions and to hinder their movement.]

‘Point de situation des opérations au 13 octobre 2016

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CHAMMAL

APPRECIATION DE SITUATION

Sur le théâtre du Levant, les gains territoriaux contre Daech se poursuivent et la pression continue d’augmenter sur les dernières grandes emprises de l’organisation terroriste.

En Irak, dans la vallée de l’Euphrate, Daech perd progressivement du terrain. Plus au nord en revanche, Daech consolide la défense de Mossoul et de ses environs ; et une poche de résistance autour d’Hawijah subsiste encore.

En parallèle, les éléments de Daech les plus mobiles et combatifs, poursuivent leur logique de harcèlement. La menace asymétrique reste latente jusque dans les zones reprises (Bagdad…).

ACTIVITES DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL

Les missions de renseignement et d’appui se sont poursuivies en Irak et en Syrie selon les zones d’effort de la coalition. En dépit du contexte qui limite le volume de l’activité Air sur l’ensemble du théâtre, la participation française a augmenté. Le rythme des missions d’appui au sol est passé en moyenne de 3 à 8 par jour et celui des missions ISR de 1 à 4 par jour.

Les avions de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé au profit de la coalition :

–          7 vols d’ISR conduits par des Rafale ou par l’ATL2 tandis que les avions de commandement et de contrôle de l’espace aérien ont réalisé 7 missions (5 sorties E2C Hawkeye et 2 sorties E-3F Awacs).

–          5 missions de ravitaillement conduites par le C 135-Fr.

–          68 sorties de reconnaissances armées et de frappes planifiées (CAS/AI) de Rafale (dont 44 Rafale M) permettant de conduire 8 frappes et traiter 9 objectifs (dont 6 frappes par les avions du  GAN).

La TF Wagram, à sa pleine capacité opérationnelle, poursuit ses actions, essentiellement pour des missions de protection de la base opérationnelle avancée de Qayyarah-West et d’appui des troupes irakiennes au sol.

Cette semaine, elle a mené 12 missions de tirs d’interdiction visant à :

–          empêcher Daech de prendre des positions permettant de positionner des pièces d’artillerie,

–          entraver la liberté de manœuvre de l’ennemi en empêchant sa progression.’

 

October 13th- October 14th 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (10,153- 10,161)
Syria 13 strikes (5,517 – 5,529)
Confirmed actions: US
9 civilians  alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 13, coalition military forces conducted 22 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 nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIL supply route.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, six strikes engaged six ISIL tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions, two supply caches, and a vehicle.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed seven ISIL oil well heads.
*       Near Palmyra, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles.

Iraq

*       Near Ar Rutbah, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL staging area and destroyed two tunnels.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and a chemical weapons facility; destroyed three tunnel entrances, a tunnel, a rocket rail, a vehicle, and a trench; and damaged a trench network.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes engaged an ISIL weapons factory and destroyed two boats.’

 

October 14th- October 15th 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (10,162- 10,172)
Syria 7 strikes (5,530- 5,536)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
14-19 civilians including at least 1 woman and 5 children  alleged killed at Al Ghazli village, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 14, coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.  Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, rotary, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed 19 ISIL oil tanker trucks and two oil well heads.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL oil pump jack.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL headquarters building and a staging area.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike destroyed an ISIL improvised explosive device.
*       Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed two ISIL vehicles.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIL headquarters building.
*       Near Mosul, six strikes [2 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units and a media center; destroyed five rocket rails, four fighting positions, two supply caches, two vehicles, an anti-air artillery system, an ISIL-held building, a mortar system, and a headquarters building; damaged two T-walls; and suppressed another mortar system.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building, an ISIL vehicle, and a weapons cache.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike engaged an ISIL media center.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes engaged an ISIL weapons storage facility and a headquarters building.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 14 October:

‘Friday 14 October – A Reaper and Typhoons destroyed a mortar, ammunition stockpile and five rocket-launchers north-west of Mosul…North-west of Mosul, on Friday 14 October, Paveway IV-armed Typhoons successfully bombed five rocket launchers. They then moved to support a Reaper which had located a terrorist mortar position and ammunition stockpile. The Reaper attacked the mortar with a GBU-12 guided bomb, and the Typhoons followed up with a strike on the munitions stockpile.’

 

October 15th- October 16th 2016
Iraq 6 strikes (10,173- 10,178)
Syria 13 strikes (5,537- 5,549)
Confirmed actions: US, FRANCE

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Oct. 15, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft again st 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. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIL supply route.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes engaged three ISIL supply routes and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike engaged an ISIL supply route.
*       Near Manbij, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two tactical units.
*       Near Palmyra, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a heavy machine gun.

Iraq

*       Near Haditha, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed 11 rocket rails, six rocket systems, two vehicles, a weapons cache, and a mortar system; and damaged a tunnel system.
*       Near Mosul, one strike destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed an ISIL-held building, a command and control node, an artillery system, and a remotely piloted aircraft; and suppressed a rocket system.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL weapons factory.

On the night of October 15th to 16, three Rafale from the French air force and four Rafale froim the French Navy, conducted a planned strike several SCALP missiles on a Daesh warehouse for manufacturing IEDs in the Mosul area.

Update from French MoD for Oct 15th-16th:

[France reports that on night of October 15th to 16th, three Rafales from the air force and four Rafales from the French Navy conducted a planned strike using several SCALP missiles at a Daesh IED manufacturing warehouse in the Mosul area. Eight SCALP missiles destroyed the target. This is the first joint strike mission by Rafales of the navy and airforce.]

‘Chammal : frappes SCALP combinées des Rafale Air et Marine contre Daech

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Dans la nuit du 15 au 16 octobre 2016, trois Rafale de l’armée de l’air et quatre Rafale de la marine nationale, ont conduit une frappe planifiée de plusieurs missiles SCALP sur un entrepôt de fabrications d’IED (improvised explosive devices – engins explosifs improvisés) dans la région de Mossoul.

Les sept avions de chasse armés de missiles de croisière SCALP, ont frappé lors d’un raid aérien conjoint un entrepôt de fabrications d’IED situé à une trentaine de kilomètres au sud de Mossoul. Huit missiles de croisière SCALP ont touché et détruit ce centre situé au cœur du territoire contrôlé par le groupe terroriste. Un Hawkeye de la Marine nationale participait à la mission afin d’en assurer le contrôle en vol.

Il s’agit de la première mission de frappe dans la profondeur réalisée conjointement par les Rafale de l’armée de l’air, déployés sur la base aérienne projetée en Jordanie, et ceux de la marine nationale opérant à partir du porte-avions Charles-de-Gaulle. Le rôle de chef de mission était tenu par un équipage de l’armée de l’Air qui s’est chargé de préparer et coordonner la mission à distance.

Cette action intervient après des semaines de frappes des aéronefs français, dans le cadre de la coalition internationale, en soutien direct aux opérations terrestres des forces irakiennes et kurdes près de Mossoul en Irak. Ces frappes ont permis aux forces appuyées de prolonger les succès tactiques obtenus au mois d’août et de préparer l’offensive vers Mossoul.’

October 16th- October 17th 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (10,179- 10,189)
Syria 6 strikes (5,550- 5,555)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
11-12 civilians including 3-6 women and 3-7 children alleged killed at Al Jurnia town, Raqqa, Syria
10-12 civilians alleged killed at al Baghouz desert, Deir ez-Zor Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 16, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.  Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed six oil tanker trucks and an oil pump jack.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed two oil pump jacks.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes engaged four ISIL supply routes.
*       Near Manbij, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL artillery system and a tunnel.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes [2 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units, two staging areas, 12 assembly areas, and a bridge; destroyed six tunnel entrances, five supply caches, four repeater tower generators, four mortar systems, a repeater tower, four repeater antennas, four solar panels, two artillery systems, two vehicles, two tunnels, and an anti-air artillery system; damaged a trench tunnel network; and suppressed three mortar systems.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL-held buildings and two mortar systems.
*       Near Rawah, two strikes engaged an ISIL VBIED factory and destroyed a vehicle and a VBIED.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.

*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit, two staging areas, and a headquarters building; destroyed a mortar system; and suppressed two mortar positions.’

An F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Oct 16th (US Navy)
An F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Oct 16th (US Navy)

Additional press release from CJT-OIR on Oct 17th:

‘On Oct. 17, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, made the following statement regarding the start of the Iraqi offensive to liberate Mosul:

“Earlier today, Iraqi Security Forces launched their counter-attack to liberate Mosul from ISIL, also known as Da’esh.  This operation to regain control of Iraq’s second-largest city will likely continue for weeks, possibly longer.  Iraq is supported by a wide range of coalition capabilities, including air support, artillery, intelligence, advisors and forward air controllers.  But to be clear, the thousands of ground combat forces who will liberate Mosul are all Iraqis.

“This liberation battle comes after more than two years of Da’esh oppression in Mosul, during which they committed horrible atrocities, brutalized the people and asserted the city was one of their twin capitals. ISIL’s cruelty and reach has shown that they are not just a threat in Iraq and Syria, but to the region and the entire world.

“Over the course of these past two years, a coalition of more than 60 nations has united to defeat ISIL.  We have conducted tens of thousands of precision strikes to support Iraqi operations, trained and equipped more than 54,000 Iraqi forces, and supported our Iraqi partners as they fought to liberate their country.

“As we provide our support, we will continue to use precision to accurately attack the enemy and to minimize any impact on innocent civilians.  We can’t predict how long it will take for the Iraqi Security Forces to defeat Da’esh in Mosul; but we know they will succeed-just as they did in Bayji, in Ramadi, in Fallujah and, more recently in Qayyarah and Sharqat.

“This may prove to be a long and tough battle, but the Iraqis have prepared for it and we will stand by them.  The Iraqi Security Forces and the Coalition are not only fighting for the future of Iraq, we are fighting to ensure the security of all of our nations.  We salute the bravery and commitment of the Iraqi Security Forces to this mission and wish them good luck and God’s blessings in this battle.”‘

Additional press release from  CJTF-OIR on Oct 17th:

‘Coalition supports ISF Mosul offensive

Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve

BAGHDAD – Iraqi security forces began the offensive to retake Mosul Oct. 17, 2016, with support from the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the major operation to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The top Coalition general in Iraq, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, highlighted the leading role played by the Iraqis in the operation.

“Mosul will be a hard fight, but the Iraqi security forces are ready. They’ve been waiting to liberate Mosul for two years, and today is the day,” said the commanding general of CJFLCC-OIR and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

“The Coalition is proud to support the Iraqis in the liberation of Mosul,” he said. “The Iraqis have been building momentum from liberating Hit, Fallujah and Qayyarah. Mosul will be the next operation and we are confident they will succeed.”

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is leading a coalition of 19 nations to support the liberation of Mosul from ISIL. This operation encompasses years of progress by the ISF in order to defeat ISIL.

An Iraqi soldier and U.S. Army general held a preliminary meeting to discuss operations leading up to the Mosul offensive.  See the following link for additional details: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/212154/coalition-supports-isf-mosul-offensive

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 16 October:

‘Sunday 16 October – A Reaper attacked an artillery piece and Typhoons struck six Daesh positions in northern Iraq…On Sunday 16 October, a Reaper again patrolled to the north-west of Mosul, where it engaged an artillery piece with a Hellfire, then provided targeting support to three attacks by coalition fast jets on terrorist mortar positions. One flight of Typhoons operated to the west of Mosul, using Paveway IVs to destroy two Daesh-held buildings, while a second flight operated to the east, attacking four terrorist positions.’

Update from French MoD on October 17th:
[France reports that on night of October 15th to 16th, three Rafales from the air force and four Rafales from the French Navy conducted a planned strike using several SCALP missiles at a Daesh IED manufacturing warehouse in the Mosul area. Eight SCALP missiles destroyed the target. This is the first joint strike mission by Rafales of the navy and airforce.]

‘Chammal : frappes SCALP combinées des Rafale Air et Marine contre Daech

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Dans la nuit du 15 au 16 octobre 2016, trois Rafale de l’armée de l’air et quatre Rafale de la marine nationale, ont conduit une frappe planifiée de plusieurs missiles SCALP sur un entrepôt de fabrications d’IED (improvised explosive devices – engins explosifs improvisés) dans la région de Mossoul.

Les sept avions de chasse armés de missiles de croisière SCALP, ont frappé lors d’un raid aérien conjoint un entrepôt de fabrications d’IED situé à une trentaine de kilomètres au sud de Mossoul. Huit missiles de croisière SCALP ont touché et détruit ce centre situé au cœur du territoire contrôlé par le groupe terroriste. Un Hawkeye de la Marine nationale participait à la mission afin d’en assurer le contrôle en vol.

Il s’agit de la première mission de frappe dans la profondeur réalisée conjointement par les Rafale de l’armée de l’air, déployés sur la base aérienne projetée en Jordanie, et ceux de la marine nationale opérant à partir du porte-avions Charles-de-Gaulle. Le rôle de chef de mission était tenu par un équipage de l’armée de l’Air qui s’est chargé de préparer et coordonner la mission à distance.

Cette action intervient après des semaines de frappes des aéronefs français, dans le cadre de la coalition internationale, en soutien direct aux opérations terrestres des forces irakiennes et kurdes près de Mossoul en Irak. Ces frappes ont permis aux forces appuyées de prolonger les succès tactiques obtenus au mois d’août et de préparer l’offensive vers Mossoul.’

 

October 17th- October 18th 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (10,190- 10,196)
Syria 18 strikes (5,556- 5,573)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 civilian alleged killed at al Tanira village, Raqqa, Syria
Unknown number of civilians alleged killed at al Ma’amari village, al-Hasakah, Syria
0-3 civilians  alleged killed at Idlib city, Idlib, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 17, Coalition military forces conducted 25 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 seven 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. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed six oil well heads, two oil tanker trucks, and an oil pump jack.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, eight strikes engaged eight ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven fighting positions and two vehicles.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL staging area.
*       Near Iblib, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Mar’a, four strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions and a vehicle.
*       Near Palmyra, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

*       Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes [2 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units and two staging areas; destroyed 10 mortar systems, five artillery systems, four ISIL-held buildings, four fighting positions, four vehicles, two supply caches, two repeater tower generators, a VBIED facility, and a VBIED; and suppressed four tactical units and three rocket positions.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and a mortar position; destroyed an ISIL-held building, a mortar system, an oil tanker truck, and a rocket-propelled grenade; and damaged a vehicle.’

Two E/A-18G Growlers and an F/A-18E Super Hornet prepare to launch from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Oct 17th (US Navy)
Two E/A-18G Growlers and an F/A-18E Super Hornet prepare to launch from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Oct 17th (US Navy)

Update from French MoD on Oct 18th:
[France reports that the E3F 201 detection and control aircraft currently engaged in Chammal, and will pass the threshold of 15 000 flight hours on overseas operations, but also over France.]

‘Chammal : déjà 100h de vol pour l’E3F

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Mise à jour : 18/10/2016 14:44

Depuis le 13 septembre 2016, date de son arrivée à Al Udeid (Qatar), l’E3F, avion de détection et de contrôle, a franchi le cap des 100 h de vol. Il est ainsi venu à mi-mandat, renforcer la présence des forces française au Levant dans le cadre de l’opération Chammal/Inherent Resolve.

Ses missions, centrées sur le C2 (Command and Control – commandement et contrôle), comprennent le contrôle des aéronefs de la coalition qui effectuent des frappes, notamment dans le cadre de la préparation de la reconquête de Mossoul en Irak. L’E3F est également très présent dans l’appui aux troupes amies en Irak et en Syrie, dans le contrôle des moyens aériens en soutien (avions ravitailleurs, de guerre électronique et de renseignement) et dans la gestion des espaces aériens de travail (y compris avec des opérateurs de drones localisés aux Etats-Unis). Il est aussi impliqué dans la surveillance de l’activité des aéronefs n’appartenant pas à la coalition.

Parallèlement, dans le contexte syrien de la bataille d’Alep, les capacités de l’E3F participent à l’autonomie de la France en matière d’appréciation de la situation et de décision grâce à la richesse des informations transmises vers les autorités nationales.

Depuis leur mise en service dans les forces, les E3F de la base aérienne 702 d’Avord sont systématiquement engagés dans les opérations extérieures (ex-Yougoslavie, Kosovo, Libye, Mali). Ce type d’aéronef s’inscrit, avec les avions ravitailleurs et ceux de recherche du renseignement, dans la catégorie de ce que les anglo-saxons appellent les High Value Air Assets (HVAA – atouts aériens à haute valeur ajoutée). Ils sont décisifs à la compréhension et la liberté d’agir du commandant d’une force interarmées.

L’E3F n°201, actuellement engagé dans Chammal, va ainsi passer la barre des 15 000 heures de vol effectuées sur les théâtres d’opérations extérieures, mais également au-dessus de la France, dans le cadre des mesures permanentes de protection de l’espace aérien national.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal mobilise plus de 4 000 militaires. Elle vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à assurer d’une part la formation d’unités de sécurité nationale et d’autre part des actions offensives en Irak et en Syrie dans la lutte contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech.’

Update from French MoD on Oct 18th:
[France reports in mid-September, a new crew of maritime patrol aircraft Atlantique 2 (ATL2) joined Operation Chammal.]

‘Chammal : les Atlantique 2 volent au-dessus de l’Irak

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Mise à jour : 18/10/2016 14:52

Depuis la mi-septembre, un nouvel équipage d’avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2 (ATL2) a rejoint la force Chammal. Depuis février 2016, un Atlantique 2 opère de façon quasi permanente au profit de la coalition et aux côtés des chasseurs de la force Chammal. Régulièrement, les relèves d’avion et d’équipages se succèdent pour optimiser le potentiel de chaque appareil et du personnel.
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Quelques heures après son arrivée sur le théâtre d’opérations, l’équipage était déjà en vol au-dessus de l’Irak. Deux heures du matin sur le parking avion, une dizaine de mécaniciens achèvent les derniers préparatifs de l’appareil. La veille le personnel naviguant, une quinzaine de marins, a terminé la préparation de la mission : plan de vol, liste des sites et zones à observer, terrains de déroutement. À sept heures du matin, tout est prêt. L’avion décolle aussitôt pour plusieurs heures de mission au-dessus de l’Irak.

L’ATL2, déjà engagé par le passé dans les opérations Harmattan en Libye et Serval au Mali, est rompu aux opérations de recherche par l’observation, le recueil d’images dans la profondeur et les écoutes. La recherche de l’adversaire dans le désert présente en effet de nombreuses similitudes avec la surveillance maritime.

L’avion de patrouille maritime dispose d’une grande endurance de vol et d’un large panel d’équipement : caméra et photographie de jour comme de nuit, système de veille électronique et électromagnétique. Ces instruments sont mis en œuvre par un équipage composé de diverses spécialités. Equipage capable d’analyser et de diffuser en temps réel renseignement et évaluation d’une situation tactique, ou même le résultat d’une action de feu. Ponctuellement, l’ATL2 peut participer aux frappes contre Daech grâce à une capacité d’emport de bombes guidées laser de type GBU 12.

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. A ce jour, le dispositif complet de l’opération Chammal est structuré autour de trente-six Rafale (douze de l’armée de l’Air et vingt-quatre de la Marine nationale), d’un détachement d’artillerie CAESAR (Camion équipé d’un système d’artillerie), des bâtiments du groupe aéronaval, d’un avion de détection et de contrôle aéroportés E3F, d’un avion de ravitaillement C-135 FR, de deux avions E-2C Hawkeye et d’un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2. Il comprend également une centaine de militaires projetés à Bagdad et Erbil pour la formation et le conseil des états-majors et unités irakiennes.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday October 17th:

‘Monday 17 October – A Reaper destroyed an armed truck and three terrorist heavy weapons teams south-east of Mosul, while a Typhoon dealt with a large truck bomb to the south…Royal Air Force Typhoons and Reaper remotely piloted aircraft have continued to provide close air support to the Iraqi and Kurdish forces advancing on Mosul, while Tornado, Sentinel and Airseeker aircraft have also been flying reconnaissance missions in support of the operation.
On Monday 17 October, a Reaper kept close watch on Daesh positions near Qaraqosh to the south-east of Mosul. Our aircraft provided surveillance support to a coalition fast jet attack on a terrorist mortar team. The Reaper then conducted attacks using its own weapons on four targets. These attacks included a GBU-12 guided bomb, which accounted for a mortar. Hellfire missiles also destroyed an armed truck and two heavy weapons teams, including one armed with a recoilless anti-tank gun which had opened fire on the advancing Iraqis. To the south of the city, a Typhoon flight was able to use a Paveway IV guided bomb to dispose safely of a large truck-bomb before it could be used.’

October 18th- October 19th 2016
Iraq 6 strikes (10,197- 10,202)
Syria 8 strikes (5,574- 5,581)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
6 possible civilians alleged killed at Hassadjek, Aleppo, Syria
At least 3 children alleged killed at Haman al-Alil, Nineveh province, Iraq
8-9 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 18, Coalition military forces conducted 14 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 six strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed two oil tanker trucks and an oil pump jack.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed four vehicles and a fighting position.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed eight oil tanker trailers and an oil well head.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Washiyah, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two vehicles.

Iraq

*       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles, two weapons caches, an artillery system, and an ISIL-held building.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes destroyed an ISIL-held building and a command and control node.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building and a vehicle.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike suppressed ISIL small arms fire.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 18th October:

‘Tuesday 18 October – Typhoons attacked a cluster of improvised explosive devices, a weapons stockpile and a strong-point to the north-east of Mosul. A Reaper struck an armed truck and two groups of terrorists to the south-east of the city….A Reaper was again in action south-east of Mosul on Tuesday 18 October. A Hellfire missile killed a group of terrorists engaged in combat with Iraqi troops. A second Hellfire also accounted for another group of extremists as they moved between positions, and a third destroyed an armed truck. North-east of the city, a pair of Typhoons used Paveway IVs to destroy a number of improvised explosive devices laid in a defensive belt, as well as a weapons stockpile and a Daesh strong-point.’

Pre-flight inspections are carried out on an E/A-18G Growler, Oct 18th (US Navy)
Pre-flight inspections are carried out on an E/A-18G Growler, Oct 18th (US Navy)

October 19th- October 20th 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (10,203- 10,210)
Syria 6 strikes (5,582- 5,587)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 civilian  alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 19, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted six 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 attack, bomber, fighter, remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged three ISIL supply routes.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes engaged two ISIL supply routes and destroyed two oil well heads.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged two ISIL staging areas.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed two ISIL oil well heads.
*       Near Washiyah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIL weapons cache.
*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes [3 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units and two staging areas; destroyed four vehicles, four ISIL-held buildings, four fighting positions, three containers, two mortar systems, a tunnel entrance, a bunker, an artillery system, a front end loader, a weapons cache, a heavy machine gun, and a tanker trailer; damaged a VBIED; and suppressed three mortar positions and a fighting position.
*       Near Sinjar, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two heavy machine guns and a VBIED, and suppressed mortar fire.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three weapons caches.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 19 October:

‘Wednesday 19 October – Typhoons and a Reaper provided close air support around Mosul, engaging six targets, including a large truck-bomb being driven towards an Iraqi unit…Coalition aircraft have continued intensive air operations to support the Iraqi offensive to liberate Mosul, with the Royal Air Force playing a significant role.

On Wednesday 19 October, a Reaper scouted ahead of Iraqi troops advancing to the south-east of the city. A terrorist rocket-propelled grenade team were identified and eliminated using a Hellfire missile. The Reaper then provided surveillance support to two successful attacks by coalition fast jets on larger groups of terrorists, before conducting a further Hellfire attack itself. The aircraft’s surveillance sensors then spotted a large armoured truck-bomb emerging from cover and being driven at speed towards an Iraqi unit. An immediate attack with a Hellfire missile struck the vehicle, which crashed out of control, and the would-be suicide bomber abandoned the truck and fled. Another group of terrorists were later identified and attacked with a fourth Hellfire. Meanwhile, to the north of Mosul, Paveway IV-armed Typhoons destroyed two Daesh-held buildings.’

Jets in the hangar bay of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Oct 19th (US NavY
Jets in the hangar bay of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Oct 19th (US Navy)

Update from Danish MoD on October 20th:
[For Oct 12th – 19th, Denmark report flying 10 missions over the Iraqi provinces of Salah Al Deen, At Ta’mim and Nineweh and the Syrian governorates of Ar Raqqah, Aleppo and Dayr Az Zawr. They dropped 20 precision bombs. Targets included Daesh mortar positions, barges, buildings with personnel.]

Mission Update nr. 18
Opdatering fra de danske styrker i internationale missioner.
20-10-2016 – kl. 12:09

Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Operation Inherent Resolve

Kampflybidraget
Kampflybidraget deltager i kampene om Mosul.

De danske F-16 har i den seneste uge fløjet 10 missioner, hvor der er gennemført overvågning, efterretningsindhentning og angreb på morterpositioner, flodpram, bygninger med ISIL personel, kommunikationsmast og opmarcheringsområder.
Missionerne er foregået over de irakiske provinser Salah Ad Din, At Ta’mim og Ninawa samt de syriske provinser Ar Raqqah, Halab og Dayr Az Zawr.

Fra onsdag 12. oktober kl. 1200 til onsdag den 19. oktober kl. 1200 er følgende gældende:

Der er fløjet 10 missioner
Der er anvendt 20 præcisionsbomber
Der er totalt fløjet 190 missioner
Der er totalt anvendt 288 præcisionsbomber

Operation Ocean Shield – antipirat-indsats
Det danske Challenger fly  er kommet til Seychellerne, hvor flyet skal deltage i antipirat-indsatsen i Operation Ocean Shield frem til 19. november 2016.

Andre missioner
Der er intet at bemærke fra de øvrige danske missioner i udlandet.

Preparations for flight operations on the deck of deck of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Oct 19th (US Navy)
Preparations for flight operations on the deck of deck of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Oct 19th (US Navy)
 Update from French MoD for Oct 20th:
[In the last week, France reports 16 strikes in Iraq: 15 ground support strikes and 1 planned strike on night of Oct 15th-16th on IED warehouse near Mosul. Support of ground forces has led to an increase in French strikes. On Oct 17th and 18th alone, France conducted 10 strikes destroying 13 goals.]

Point de situation des opérations au 20 octobre 2016

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CHAMMAL

APPRECIATION DE SITUATION
chammal air

Sur le théâtre du Levant, la semaine a été marquée par le déclenchement de la bataille de Mossoul. Les forces irakiennes ont réussi à percer les premières lignes de défense. Face à elles les combattants de Daech, ayant profité de ces dernières semaines pour consolider leurs positions défensives, mettent tout en œuvre pour essayer de bloquer les accès à la ville.

En Irak, les premières journées de la bataille de Mossoul se sont déroulées conformément au plan de la coalition Inherent Resolve. Les unités engagées ont progressé de plusieurs dizaines de kilomètres depuis le début de la semaine, mais font face à une défense très organisée et à un piégeage systématique de leurs axes de progression. Pour essayer de conserver un ascendant médiatique et masquer ces revers militaires, Daech a mené une série d’attentats et d’actions suicides. Plusieurs attaques terroristes ont été perpétrées à Bagdad et dans la région de Rutbah dans l’Anbar.

En Syrie, la perte par Daech du village de Dabiq est symbolique mais constitue un nouveau revers pour l’organisation terroriste qui continue à reculer vers la ville de Al-Bab.

ACTIVITES DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL

Sur l’ensemble du théâtre, le rythme des opérations s’est accru depuis le déclenchement de l’offensive de Mossoul par l’armée irakienne. Ce déclenchement est l’aboutissement du travail préparatoire réalisé par les aéronefs de la coalition.

Les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal poursuivent leurs missions. Les opérations aériennes de la coalition se sont logiquement intensifiées depuis le 17 octobre. Les demandes d’appui des unités engagées dans les combats au sol ont généré une augmentation des frappes conduites par les aéronefs français. Ainsi, les 17 et 18 octobre, 10 frappes ont été conduites par les aéronefs français, aboutissant à la destruction de 13 objectifs.

1.      Appui aérien

Les avions de l’opération Chammal ont maintenu leur activité en appui de la coalition :

–          9 vols d’ISR ont été conduits par des Rafale ou par l’ATL2 tandis que les avions de commandement et de contrôle de l’espace aérien ont réalisé 3 missions (5 sorties E2C Hawekeye et 2 sorties E-3F Awacs). 3 missions de ravitaillement ont été conduites par le C 135-Fr.

–          53 sorties de reconnaissances armées ont été réalisée par les Rafale, permettant ainsi la réalisation de 15 frappes et la destruction de 21 objectifs.

Une frappe planifiée a également été conduite dans la nuit du 15 au 16 octobre 2016. Elle s’inscrivait dans la phase finale de préparation de l’offensive de Mossoul. Trois Rafale de l’armée de l’air et quatre Rafale de la marine nationale ont frappé avec plusieurs missiles SCALP un entrepôt de fabrications d’IED (improvised explosive devices – engins explosifs improvisés) dans la région de Mossoul.

2.      Appui feu – TF Wagram

Au sein de la coalition, la TF Wagram a poursuivi ses actions à partir de la base opérationnelle avancée de Q-West, appuyant les troupes irakiennes engagées dans la bataille de Mossoul près de 30 kilomètres plus au Nord.

Cette semaine, elle a mené 12 missions de tirs, principalement des missions d’interdiction pour empêcher Daech d’occuper des positions favorables ou pour entraver sa progression.’

New USAF pics hint at intensity of the Mosul campaign. 500lb and 1,000lb bombs being loaded onto a B-52 for the battle of Mosul, Oct 19th (USAF)
New USAF pics hint at intensity of the Mosul campaign. 500lb and 1,000lb bombs being loaded onto a B-52 for the battle of Mosul, Oct 19th (USAF)

October 20th- October 21st 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (10,211- 10,217)
Syria 13 strikes (5,588- 5,600)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 20, Coalition military forces conducted 20 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 seven strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Al Shadaddi, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a mortar system, and a vehicle.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes engaged an ISIL supply route and destroyed an oil well head, an oil collection tank, and an oil pump jack.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL headquarters building.
*       Near Manbij, six strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions, two vehicles, and a VBIED.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike destroyed an artillery system.

Iraq

*       Near Mosul, four strikes [4 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units and two staging areas; destroyed an ISIL headquarters building, 23 fighting positions, eight ISIL VBIEDs, six ISIL-held buildings, six vehicles, five mortar systems, three heavy machine guns, a tanker truck, and a command and control node; damaged a VBIED; suppressed nine heavy machine gun positions, five sniper positions, four mortar positions, an artillery system position and 11 ISIL tactical units.
*       Near Rawah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a VBIED, a vehicle and an ISIL-held building.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two checkpoints.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 20 October:

‘Thursday 20 October – Tornados killed a group of terrorists engaged in combat with Iraqi troops in the Tigris valley, south of Mosul. Typhoons and a Reaper also continued to support troops to the north and east of the city, attacking eleven targets including a command post, heavy-machine-guns, mortars and rocket-launchers…Reaper support to the south-east of Mosul continued on Thursday 20 October. Hellfire missiles destroyed a truck-mounted heavy machine-gun and another vehicle which had been spotted being loaded with a mortar and ammunition. Two more Daesh mortar teams were destroyed with a further Hellfire and a GBU-12 guided bomb. In the Tigris valley south of Mosul, a Tornado flight intervened in a combat between Iraqi troops and a dispersed group of terrorists. Two Paveway IVs accounted for the extremists. Meanwhile, two flights of Typhoons patrolled the northern arc around Mosul, where they engaged seven terrorist targets with Paveway IVs. These included: a rocket-launcher north-west of the city, a sniper team and a Daesh-held building to the north, and to the north-east a pair of heavy machine-guns, a strongpoint, and a command post which was controlling truck-bomb attacks.’

An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Oct 20th (US Navy)
An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Oct 20th (US Navy)

October 21st- October 22nd 2016
Iraq 12 strikes (10,218- 10,229)
Syria 6 strikes (5,601- 5,606)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
15 or more civilians, mostly women,Duquq, Kirkuk, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 21, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted six 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, bomber, fighter, rotary and remotely piloted aircraft, and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Ayn Isa, three strikes engaged two ISIL-held buildings and destroyed two fighting positions.
*       Near Washiyah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three vehicles.
*       Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an ISIL anti-air artillery system.
*       Near Bashir, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a weapons cache.
*       Near Mosul, five strikes [4 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit, 14 mortar systems, an artillery system,  a rocket system and two staging areas; destroyed 17 fighting positions, 10 vehicles, eight tunnel entrances, six mortar systems, five VBIEDs, three heavy machine guns, two command and control nodes, two artillery systems, two assembly areas, an ISIL-held building, a VBIED facility, a weapons cache, and a training camp; and damaged a fighting position.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike engaged an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed three vehicles.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 21 October:

‘Friday 21 October –Tornados, Typhoons and a Reaper provided close air support to Iraqi and Kurdish forces around Mosul, striking nine terrorist targets including a truck-bomb, tunnels, mortars and a heavy machine-gun…

With Iraqi forces liberating the key towns of Qaraqosh and Bartallah east of Mosul, Royal Air Force aircraft have continued to provide close air support, including to Kurdish forces pressing against Mosul from the north.

A Reaper remotely piloted aircraft patrolled north of Mosul on Friday 21 October, using a Hellfire missile to destroy a Daesh mortar that had opened fire on Kurdish troops. The Reaper then moved south-east to support operations around Qaraqosh, where a coalition aircraft had spotted a fortified tunnel entrance. The Reaper’s crew were able to destroy this with a direct hit from a GBU-12 guided bomb. Meanwhile, Typhoons from RAF Akrotiri, operated to the north and east of the city. Near Khursabad, they worked in close cooperation with a coalition surveillance aircraft to destroy a second tunnel entrance, in which terrorists were known to be hiding. To the north of Mosul, they attacked two mortar teams and a heavy machine-gun, and, near Bartallah, they destroyed an armoured truck-bomb positioned in the path of the advancing Iraqi troops. Further south, in the Tigris valley, a pair of Tornados used a Brimstone missile to destroy an armed truck. They then used a second Brimstone to engage a group of terrorists operating amongst houses south-east of Mosul. No collateral damage was caused.’

 

October 22nd- October 23rd 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (10,230- 10,239)
Syria 5 strikes (5,607- 5,611)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1-2 civilians including a female child alleged killed at Hajji Koussa, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 22, Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes using attack, 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, bomber, fighter, rotary and remotely piloted aircraft, and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two oil well heads and a vehicle.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed six fighting positions.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike destroyed an ISIL artillery system.

Iraq

*       Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and a vehicle.
*       Near Kisik, one strike damaged an ISIL tunnel.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units, 12 staging areas, six mortar systems, a rocket position and a heavy machine gun; destroyed 21 fighting positions, 10 mortar systems, eight vehicles, eight command and control nodes, seven ISIL-held buildings, five bunkers, four anti-aircraft guns, four artillery systems, three tunnels, three VBIEDs, two supply caches, two heavy machine guns, a VBIED facility and a front end loader; and damaged three VBIEDs, two tunnels, a fighting position, a repeater tower and a vehicle.
*       Near Rawah, two strikes destroyed two ISIL tunnels and a bunker.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed seven vehicles, an ISIL-held building, and a checkpoint, and damaged 16 vehicles.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 22 October:

‘Saturday 22 October – A Reaper supported Iraqi forces consolidating their liberation of Qaraqosh, south-east of Mosul, attacking five Daesh targets, including an anti-aircraft gun…On Saturday 22 October, a Reaper flew overwatch for the Iraqi troops in and around Qaraqosh as they cleared remaining Daesh positions. The Reaper’s crew used a Hellfire missile against several terrorists engaged in a firefight with the Iraqis. A second Hellfire then destroyed an anti-aircraft gun positioned in the street. A terrorist mortar was reported firing on friendly forces, and the Reaper successfully hunted this down and eliminated the threat with a GBU-12 guided bomb. A van was spotted supplying terrorist positions and was destroyed with a Hellfire, and a fourth missile accounted for another group of extremists caught in the open.’

October 23rd- October 24th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (10,240- 10,249)
Syria 4 strikes (5,612- 5,615)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 23, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes using attack, 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, bomber, fighter, rotary and remotely piloted aircraft, and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes engaged two ISIL supply routes and destroyed an oil pump jack.
*       Near Manbij, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Palmyra, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Ar Rutbah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five vehicles.
*       Near Bashir, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED and a vehicle.
*       Near Mosul, six strikes [5-6 British] engaged four ISIL tactical units, two rocket systems, two anti-aircraft artillery systems and two staging areas; destroyed 19 fighting positions, 17 vehicles, 10 heavy machine guns, nine mortar systems, eight command and control nodes, six repeater towers, and four tunnels; and damaged four fighting positions, two vehicles, a mortar system, and a tunnel.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and a staging area, and destroyed three vehicles, an ISIL-held building and a weapons cache.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 23 October:

‘Sunday 23 October – Typhoons, Tornados and a Reaper destroyed seventeen terrorist targets on the approaches to Mosul, including eight mortar and machine-gun teams…Reaper operations continued on Sunday 23 October, where one of our aircraft conducted a Hellfire attack on a truck loaded with terrorists. A second Hellfire killed other terrorists as they attempted to hide from the aircraft beneath a staircase in a ruined building. The Reaper employed a GBU-12 bomb to destroy a heavy machine-gun that was firing on Iraqi troops, then used a third Hellfire to destroy a well dug-in mortar near Bartallah. North-east of Mosul, a pair of Typhoons used two Paveway IVs to destroy a pair of machine-gun positions, then carried out a simultaneous attack against a total of five Daesh positions – two sniper teams, two mortars and another machine-gun – spread across a couple of miles of the front line. All five targets were struck accurately by Paveway IVs. An eighth Paveway was then used to destroy another mortar team. A second Typhoon flight was also active in the area, working closely with coalition surveillance aircraft, and dropped Paveway IVs against two Daesh strongpoints. Tornados also patrolled north-east of Mosul. The aircraft delivered attacks with an Enhanced Paveway II and two Paveway IVs that destroyed a machine-gun team, a terrorist defensive position and an armed truck.’

October 24th – October 25th 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (10,250- 10,257)
Syria 3 strikes (5,616- 5,618)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
8 members of the same family alleged killed at Tel Kepe, Nineveh, Iraq
2-4 civilians alleged killed at Al Jarnia town, Raqqa governorate, Syria
3 civilians alleged killed at Al Tabaqa town, Raqqa governorate, Syria
5-7 civilians including 3 girls alleged killed at Tal Aswad village, Aleppo governorate, Syria
9 or more civilians including women and children alleged killed at Abu Jarbuha village near Bashiqa, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 civilian alleged killed at Tubzawa village near Bashiqa, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 24, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes using 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, and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*    Near Abu Kamal, one strike produced inconclusive results.

*    Near Mar’a, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions, a mortar system, and a vehicle.

Iraq

*    Near Ar Rutbah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 11 vehicles.

*    Near Mosul, five strikes [4 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and two rocket positions; destroyed 22 fighting positions, eight vehicles, eight tunnels, seven mortar systems, six rocket rails, three heavy machine guns, three rocket systems, two light machine guns, two command and control nodes, a VBIED, a communications tower, an ISIL-held building and a mortar cache; and damaged a mortar system.
*    Near Sinjar, one strike engaged four staging areas.
*    Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles and a weapons cache.’
Update from UK MoD for Monday 24 October:
‘Monday 24 October – Typhoons, Tornados and a Reaper conducted against fifteen targets on the outskirts of Mosul, to the east of the city and to the south in the Tigris valley…A Tornado armed reconnaissance mission on Monday 24 October north-east of Mosul was diverted to deal with a terrorist team which a coalition aircraft had spotted planting booby-traps and improvised explosive devices. The team were struck by a 1000 lb Enhanced Paveway II bomb. Typhoons flew in the same area, using a Paveway IV against terrorists engaged in close combat with friendly forces, then, through heavy cloud, delivering a simultaneous strike against four sniper positions. The Iraqi forces reported direct hits on all four targets. Meanwhile, a Reaper flew further support as the Iraqis pushed on from Qaraqosh and Bartallah, and in the course of its mission the aircraft delivered five attacks. Two Hellfire missiles accounted for a terrorist group and a dug-in mortar. The Reaper then observed a number of Daesh fighters travelling on motorcycles, and followed them until they joined forces with a number of other extremists. The group were then struck with a Hellfire as they gathered outside a building. On the outskirts of Mosul, a total of six rocket-launchers were spotted by the Reaper, ready for firing. Four were destroyed by a GBU-12 bomb, then the other two by a Hellfire.’
Update from French MoD for October 24th:
[France reports that on Monday October 24th they conducted 6 armed reconnaissance sorties and carried out 12 strikes, destroying 15 goals – the highest level of activity in two years]

‘L’activité aérienne de la seule journée du lundi 24 octobre illustre la densité de l’activité aérienne : les 6 sorties de reconnaissance armée ont permis de réaliser 12 frappes et de traiter 15 objectifs ce qui représente le plus haut niveau d’engagement de ces deux dernières années ; en parallèle, 2 missions ISR ont été conduites, dont une menée par l’Atlantique 2 dans la région de Rutbah, aboutissant à la destruction de plusieurs pick-up de Daech après un guidage réussi d’une patrouille de chasseurs de la coalition.’

October 25th – October 26th 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (10,258- 10,265)
Syria 3 strikes (5,619- 5,621)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
0-2 civilians alleged killed at Al Hamar al Sharqiya north of al Khafsa, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 25, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes using attack, bomber and fighter 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, remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed an ISIL trench system.
*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes [2 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units and a mortar system and destroyed seven vehicles, seven tunnels, seven mortar systems, four fighting positions, four supply caches, three staging areas, three ISIL-held buildings, a communications facility, and a VBIED.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed six vehicles, two buildings, a weapons system and a front-end loader.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 25 October:

‘Tuesday 25 October – a Reaper operated south-east of Mosul, striking two terrorist targets…

With Tornado, Airseeker and Sentinel aircraft conducting reconnaissance missions against Daesh positions and movements, Typhoons and Reaper aircraft have continued to provide the Iraqi ground forces with close air support as they steadily penetrate the outer ring of defences thrown up by Daesh around Mosul during the past two years.

A Reaper patrolled the area around the village of Ali Rash, home to the Shabak minority, on Tuesday 25 October, and destroyed an armed truck using a GBU-12 guided bomb. The Reaper’s crew then tracked a group of Daesh fighters on foot and attacked them with a Hellfire missile. Before returning to base, the Reaper also provided targeting support to a coalition strike on a further Daesh position.’

 In the past week, France reports 49 strikes in Iraq and Syria: 5 strikes in Syria, 44 in Iraq – with 41 near Mosul.

Since Oct 17th, France reports destroying 54 targets in the Mosul region.

 

October 26th – October 27th 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (10,266 – 10,276)
Syria 7 strikes (5,622- 5,628)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
4 civilians alleged killed near Bashiqa, Nineveh province, Iraq
10 civilians alleged killed at Nu’man village, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 26, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using attack and bomber aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.  Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 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. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIL oil well head and an oil pump jack.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, four strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions and an anti-air artillery system.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun.

Iraq

*       Near Ar Rutbah, one strike destroyed five ISIL bunkers.
*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a tunnel.
*       Near Mosul, seven strikes [4 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed eight anti-air artillery systems, seven fighting positions, five tunnels, four mortar systems, three weapons caches, two VBIEDs, two vehicles, a VBIED facility, a command and control node, a tunnel entrance, a heavy machine gun and an artillery system; and damaged two ISIL tunnels.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL dump truck.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 26 October:

‘Wednesday 26 October –Typhoons and a Reaper provided close air support to the north, south and east of Mosul, destroying six Daesh targets…Reaper operations around Ali Rash continued on Wednesday 26 October. Our aircraft successfully located three terrorist mortar teams which were firing on Iraqi forces. The Reaper directed coalition fast jets to two of the mortars, both of which were subsequently destroyed, and took care of the third itself using a Hellfire. The Reaper’s crew then tracked a terrorist in a car, who led them to a large group of extremists manning a defensive position. The Reaper was again able to call in coalition jets which eliminated the group with a salvo of precision guided bombs. A second Hellfire attack by the Reaper accounted for a smaller group of terrorists spotted moving on foot. North-east of Mosul, Typhoons provided close air support to an Iraqi advance and successfully used Paveway IV guided bombs to destroy four buildings which Daesh had fortified as strong-points.’

Update from Danish MoD for October 27th:
[In the past week, Denmark report carrying out 12 missions in missions in the Iraqi provinces of Salah Ad Din, At Ta’mim, Irbil, Dahuk and Nineweh and the Syrian governorates of Ar Raqqah, Aleppo, Al Hasakah and Dayr Az Zawr. They report dropping 10 precision bombs with attacks on Daesh buildings, vehicles, personnel, communications facilities and sites manufacturing IEDS.]

 

Mission Update nr. 19
Opdatering fra de danske styrker i internationale missioner.
27-10-2016 – kl. 13:54

Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Operation Inherent Resolve – Irak og Tyrkiet

Kampflybidraget
Kampflybidraget deltager fortsat i kampene om Mosul.
De danske F-16 kampfly har i den seneste uge gennemført 12 missioner. Der er blevet udført overvågning og efterretningsindhentning. Derudover er der udført angreb på bygninger og køretøjer med ISIL personel, personel i terræn, kommunikationsfaciliteter og faciliteter der fremstillede improviserede sprængladninger.

Missionerne er foregået over de irakiske provinser Salah Ad Din, At Ta’mim , Erbil, Dahuk og Ninawa samt de syriske provinser Ar Raqqah, Halab, Al Hasakah og Dayr Az Zawr.

Fra onsdag den 19. oktober klokken 1200 til onsdag den 26. oktober klokken 1200 er følgende gældende:

Der er fløjet 12 missioner
Der er anvendt 10 præcisionsbomber
Der er totalt fløjet 202 missioner
Der er totalt anvendt 298 præcisionsbomber

Radarbidraget
Bidraget udfører en vigtig rolle i koalitionens kamp om befrielsen af Mosul, idet bidraget forestår lufttankning af mange af de fly, der er på vej til området.

Transportflybidraget
Efter en længere travl periode, hvor der er transporteret 60 ton gods og 76 passagerer til Tyrkiet og internt i Irak, er det blevet tid til at vedligeholde flyet, mens de kommende missioner planlægges.

Operation Ocean Shield – Seychellerne
Challenger-bidraget til Operation Ocean Shield har siden den 19. oktober opereret fra Seychellerne med henblik på at gennemføre antipirateri-flyvning i Det Indiske Ocean ud for Somalia. Det er sidste gang, Danmark deltager i Operation Ocean Shield, da missionen slutter ved udgangen af 2016. Bidraget deltager til og med den 19. november.

Resolute support – Afghanistan
De to danske sygeplejersker på Role 2 hospitalet på basen ved Hamid Karzai International Airport i Kabul hjalp til da fem sårede ved Camp Morehead blev bragt til hospitalet.

Standing Nato Maritime Group 1
Støtteskibet Absalon er returneret til Middelhavet efter at have afsluttet sin deltagelse i øvelse Joint Warrior ved Skotland. Absalon vil i den resterende del af oktober og størstedelen af november forventeligt være i Middelhavet. Det er fortsat planen, at skib og besætning skal returnere til Danmark primo december i år.’

Update from French MoD for October 28th:
[In the past week, France reports carrying out 68 armed reconnaissance sorties, 49 strikes and the destruction of 64 targets. On Monday October 24th alone they conducted 6 armed reconnaissance sorties and carried out 12 strikes, destroying 15 targets –  the highest level of activity in two years. The strikes were mainly concentrated in the Mosul area. Operation Wagram intensified and reported 35 ground artillery missions in support of the battle for Mosul.]

Point de situation sur les opérations du 28 octobre 2016

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Actualités des opérations conduites par les armées françaises dans la bande sahélo-saharienne (BSS – opération Barkhane) et au Levant, en Irak et en Syrie (opération Chammal).

Opération Chammal

Appréciation de situation

Sur le théâtre du Levant, la semaine a été marquée par la poursuite des opérations dans la région de Mossoul. Les conquêtes effectuées cette semaine par les forces de sécurité irakiennes sont conformes aux plans de la coalition. En revanche, la résistance de Daech va de manière croissante à mesure que les unités irakiennes s’approchent de la ville.

En Irak, les forces de sécurité irakiennes ont progressé en direction de Mossoul en libérant plusieurs villages. Les unités engagées réussissent ainsi à reprendre du terrain au sud et sud-est de la ville malgré le durcissement et le renforcement des actions défensives de Daech. L’organisation terroriste se replie tout d’abord sur des points défensifs valorisés après avoir pratiqué la politique de la « terre brûlée », et piégé systématiquement les zones abandonnées. Par ailleurs, pour tenter de désorganiser les forces irakiennes, elle mène des opérations sur les arrières. En dépit d’un fort retentissement médiatique potentiel, l’impact de ces attaques demeure limité d’un point du vue opérationnel.

En Syrie, Daech est également en difficulté. Après avoir perdu la ville de Dabiq, le groupe terroriste se voit désormais contraint de se replier en direction d’Al-Bab.

Activités de la force Chammal

Sur l’ensemble du théâtre, le rythme des opérations se maintient à un niveau très élevé tout au long de la semaine. Sans modifier de manière sensible le nombre de sorties, le contexte de la bataille de Mossoul modifie la physionomie de l’engagement des moyens de la coalition. Les unités engagées dans les combats au sol font systématiquement appel aux capacités offertes par la coalition pour appuyer leur progression.

Les opérations aériennes de la coalition ont ainsi intensifié le volet appui en augmentant à un niveau très significatif le nombre de frappes réalisées.

Appui aérien

Aux ordres du CAOC d’Al Udeïd, les aéronefs français mettent leur savoir-faire au service de la coalition pour appuyer au mieux les unités irakiennes. Les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont participé à l’effort actuel d’OIR, en maintenant une activité soutenue :

68 sorties de reconnaissance armée ont été réalisées par les Rafale, permettant ainsi la réalisation de 49 frappes et la destruction de 64 objectifs.
9 vols d’ISR ont été conduits par des Rafale ou par l’Atlantique 2 tandis que les avions de commandement et de contrôle de l’espace aérien ont réalisé 6 missions. 4 missions de ravitaillement en vol ont été conduites par le C 135-FR.

Les frappes de la semaine ont été en majorité concentrées dans la région de Mossoul.

L’activité aérienne de la seule journée du lundi 24 octobre illustre la densité de l’activité aérienne : les 6 sorties de reconnaissance armée ont permis de réaliser 12 frappes et de traiter 15 objectifs ce qui représente le plus haut niveau d’engagement de ces deux dernières années ; en parallèle, 2 missions ISR ont été conduites, dont une menée par l’Atlantique 2 dans la région de Rutbah, aboutissant à la destruction de plusieurs pick-up de Daech après un guidage réussi d’une patrouille de chasseurs de la coalition.

Appui feu – TF Wagram

Au sein de la coalition, la Task Force (TF) Wagram a intensifié son activité à partir de la base opérationnelle avancée de Q-West avec des engagements quotidiens. Cette semaine, elle a mené 35 missions de tirs d’interdiction pour fixer les troupes de Daech ou pour leur interdire d’agir sur les arrières des zones récemment libérées.

Pilier formation / conseil

La semaine a été marquée par la relève des Task Force Narvik et Monsabert, les deux détachements français dédiés à la formation des forces de sécurité irakiennes. Les soldats de la 7e brigade blindée (7e BB) succèdent à ceux de la 6e brigade légère blindée (6ème BLB).

La Task Force Narvik : déployée à Bagdad au sein de l’académie de l’ICTS. Elle dispense une instruction générale (tests de sélection et stage commando) et spécialisée (moniteurs contre-IED, sauvetage de combat, combat en zone urbaine). Depuis le mois de mars 2015, le détachement d’instruction opérationnel a participé à la formation de près de 5 300 stagiaires .
La mission de la Task Force Monsabert est davantage tournée vers le conseil des cadres de l’état-major de la 6e division d’infanterie irakienne. Elle prodigue des conseils dans les domaines des opérations, du renseignement, de l’emploi des armes d’appui (génie et artillerie), de la logistique et des transmissions. Depuis mars 2015, la TF MONSABERT a permis de former près de 830 instructeurs dans les domaines du contre-IED, du secourisme de combat, du combat antichar, du tir ou du combat rapproché.’

Since Oct 17th, France has destroyed Daesh targets in the Mosul region.

 

October 27th – October 28th 2016
Iraq 6 strikes (10,277- 10,282)
Syria 3 strikes (5,629- 5,631)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
10 civilians alleged killed at Bariha village, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 27, Coalition military forces conducted 9 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes using attack, 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, rotary and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

•       Near Abu Kamal, one strike damaged an ISIL supply route.
•       Near Mar’a, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles and a heavy machine gun.

Iraq

•       Near Ar Rutbah, one strike engaged an ISIL bunker.
•       Near Mosul, three strikes [1 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units and four fighting positions; destroyed four vehicles, four tunnels, two VBIEDs, two mortar systems, a mortar cache, and a weapons cache; and damaged a tunnel.
•       Near Sinjar, one strike engaged an ISIL headquarters building.
•       Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 27 October:

‘Thursday 27 October – a Reaper attacked terrorists north of Mosul…On Thursday 27 October, a Reaper patrolled to the north of Mosul. It kept a sustained watch on the area around a known Daesh supply point and tunnel entrance, ensuring no civilians were present in the area before coalition jets delivered a successful attack on both targets. It then provided surveillance support to a further coalition strike which destroyed a large truck-bomb. The Reaper later observed and destroyed three armed terrorists moving on a pair of motorcycles, using a single Hellfire missile.’

 

Corrosion is removed from an F/A-18C Hornet, Oct 27th (US Navy)
Corrosion is removed from an F/A-18C Hornet, Oct 27th (US Navy)

 

October 28th – October 29th 2016
Iraq 4 strikes (10,283- 10,286)
Syria 0 strikes (5,631)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
4 friendly forces alleged killed at Tel Kepe, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Oct. 28, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes against ISIL terrorists in Iraq with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, fighter and rotary aircraft. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       No strikes.

Iraq

*       Near Bashir, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed two ISIL VBIEDs and a command and control node and damaged four staging areas and two tunnels.
*       Near Mosul, one strike [1 British] destroyed two tunnel entrances, an artillery system, an ammo cache, a mortar system, and a vehicle.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 28 October:

‘Friday 28 October – Tornados worked with a Reaper to attack Daesh on the eastern outskirts of Mosul…With Iraqi forces closing in on the eastern edge of Mosul, a pair of Royal Air Force Tornados and a Reaper remotely piloted aircraft targeted Daesh terrorists in the area on Friday 28 October. The Reaper identified an artillery piece which several extremists were loading onto a large flat-bed lorry. The Reaper provided targeting support which allowed the Paveway-armed Tornados to destroy both the gun and the vehicle. The Reaper also supported a follow-up attack by coalition aircraft which destroyed an ammunition truck nearby. It then delivered its own strike with a Hellfire missile, which safely detonated a large truck-bomb hidden in trees.’

 

October 29th – October 30th 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (10,287- 10,295)
Syria 7 strikes (5,632-5,638)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1-4 civilians alleged killed at Al Jatal village, countryside of al Baba, Aleppo governorate, Syria
0-1 civilians alleged killed at Al A’rima, west of Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Oct. 29, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.  Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets.The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and four supply routes and damaged a vehicle.
*       Near Ayn Isa, four strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a heavy machine gun, a fighting position, a vehicle, and an anti-aircraft weapon system.
*       Near Manbij, one strike produced inconclusive results.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

*       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed a VBIED.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes [2 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed five fighting positions, three mortar systems, two ISIL-held buildings, two vehicles, a weapons storage facility, a command and control node, a tunnel entrance, a front-end loader, and an artillery system; damaged two fighting positions; and suppressed two tactical units and a heavy machine gun.
*       Near Rawah, three strikes destroyed three ISIL storage containers, a bunker, and a supply cache and damaged an excavator.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL-held buildings, two vehicles, a VBIED and a heavy machine gun.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 29 October:

‘Saturday 29 October – A Reaper provided close air support to Iraqi forces in the Tigris valley south of Mosul…On Saturday 29 October, a Reaper patrolled south of Mosul, along the Tigris valley. West of Guwayr, the Reaper spotted a group of terrorists with rocket-propelled grenades firing at Iraqi troops, and was able to deliver a successful attack with a Hellfire. A second Hellfire accounted for a Daesh heavy weapons team, and our aircraft was also able to provide targeting for a coalition aircraft which killed a number of terrorists manoeuvring through woodland.’

Video showing France’s Task Force Wagram, which provides artillery support to Iraqi forces.

October 30th – October 31st 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (10,296- 10,304)
Syria 7 strikes (5,639-5,645)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Mashlab neighborhood of al RaqqaRaqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 30, Coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.  Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIL supply route.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, four strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed two fighting positions, two vehicles, and a command and control node; and suppressed a tactical unit.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed an ISIL oil drilling rig and an oil well head.

Iraq

*       Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Kisik, two strikes destroyed an ISIL checkpoint and a tunnel entrance, and suppressed a tactical unit.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed three fighting positions, three ISIL-held buildings, two tunnel entrances, two mortar systems, a vehicle, an artillery system, and a forklift; damaged three fighting positions; and suppressed a mortar system and a tactical unit.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL excavator and an oil tanker.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED factory.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 30 October:

‘Sunday 30 October – A Reaper attacked terrorist positions east of Mosul…A Reaper was again in action east of Mosul on Sunday 30 October. Its crew successfully hunted down a mortar which had been firing on Iraqi positions. The mortar was subsequently destroyed by coalition fast jets. The Reaper used Hellfire missiles against a pair of terrorists moving at high speed on a motorcycle and a team armed with a recoilless anti-tank gun. It then facilitated three further coalition attacks against groups of terrorists, including another recoilless anti-tank weapon crew.’

October 31st – November 1st 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (10,305- 10,315)
Syria 2 strikes (5,646-5,647)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Oct. 31, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes using attack 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, bomber, fighter, rotary and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed two ISIL oil tanker trucks and two oil pump jacks.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED.
*       Near Haditha, one strike [1 British?] engaged an ISIL improvised weapons facility.
*       Near Mosul, six strikes [1 British] engaged four ISIL tactical units; destroyed nine vehicles, a VBIED, and a VBIED facility; damaged 20 vehicles; and damaged a tunnel.
*       Near Rawah, three strikes engaged an ISIL vehicle and destroyed four VBIEDs and a front end loader.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 31 October:

‘Monday 31 October – Tornados used Storm Shadow missiles against bunkers in western Iraq, while a Reaper supported Iraqi forces around Bazwaya…On Monday 31 October, Tornados joined coalition aircraft from a number of other countries in a major coordinated attack on a former Iraqi military depot near Haditha in western Iraq. Intelligence had established that Daesh had set up workshops manufacturing weapons in a number of the bunkers at the site. The Tornados used Storm Shadow missiles, chosen because of their enhanced penetrative capabilities, to target several of these bunkers. Initial reports indicate that this large-scale coalition attack was a success. Operations around Mosul were not neglected however, with a Reaper supporting Iraqi troops as they cleared the village of Bazwaya, just to the east of the city. A Hellfire missile destroyed an armed truck, and the Reaper was also able to assist coalition air attacks against a mortar team and another Daesh position.’

Update from French MoD for October 31st:
[France reports that on Oct 31st, they took part in a massive raid by seven nations of the international coalition against a Daesh complex for storage and maunfacture of weapons in the Haditha region. France used eight Scalp cruise missiles, engaged alongside 14 other Coalition planes.]

‘Chammal: 6 Rafale français armés de SCALP participent à un raid aérien massif en Irak (Vidéo)

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Mise à jour : 04/11/2016 20:10

Le 31 octobre 2016, au cours d’un raid massif mené par sept nations de la coalition internationale contre Daech, quatre Rafale de l’armée de l’Air et deux Rafale de la marine nationale ont conduit une frappe planifiée et détruit un complexe de stockage et de fabrication d’armes de Daech dans la région d’Hadithah en Irak.

Au cours de cette mission de bombardement, les chasseurs français, ont délivré huit missiles de croisières Scalp, en étant engagés aux côtés de 14 autres avions de la coalition internationale, issus de sept nations différentes. Le dispositif aérien mobilisé pour conduire cette frappe importante a été adapté à la taille, à la nature et à la complexité des objectifs à traiter (vaste complexe de dépôts de munitions, bunkers enterrés). La mission a donc été réalisée dans le cadre d’une COMAO (Combined Air Operation – opération aérienne interalliée coordonnée) qui exige une préparation minutieuse en amont et fait appel à une grande expertise en vol. Son succès démontre l’interopérabilité des équipages français avec leurs homologues de la coalition, fruit de nombreux exercices et d’opérations menés en commun.
Le 31 octobre 2016, au cours d’un raid massif mené par sept nations de la coalition internationale contre Daech, quatre Rafale de l’armée de l’Air et deux Rafale de la marine nationale ont conduit une frappe planifiée et détruit un complexe de stockage et de fabrication d’armes de Daech dans la région d’Hadithah en Irak.

En complément des Rafale français, l’Atlantique 2 de la Marine nationale a participé à cette mission afin de participer à l’évaluation des frappes sur la zone, et de récolter les informations nécessaires à la planification des actions à venir.

Cette mission à laquelle ont participé les avions français s’inscrit dans la stratégie de lutte contre Daech en frappant ses moyens et ses infrastructures militaires et logistiques. Elle souligne le haut niveau d’engagement des moyens des armées françaises dans l’opération Chammal au sein de la coalition, dans une période clef d’intensification de l’effort contre l’organisation terroriste.’

Australian MoD summary for October 2016:

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Monthly AFCENT data for October 2016:

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