Military reports – September 2014

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

The US mission significantly expanded throughout the month, with strikes reported at Haditha and Baghdad. On September 15th the Pentagon reported that from now on strikes would also be offensive in nature, supporting Iraqi troops on the ground. Four days later, France became the second international partner to join the air war against ISIL.

On September 23rd the US opened a second front, beginning airstrikes in Syria with the support of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain. Most were ISIL targets, though the US also unilaterally attacked the ‘Khorasan Group’, a splinter faction of Al Qaeda affiliate the al-Nusra Front. On September 29th the United Kingdom began airstrikes in Iraq.

Claimed civilian casualties from coalition actions continued to mount, with a number of incidents reported across Iraq and Syria. In some cases strong circumstantial evidence – including eyewitness testimony and missile fragments – pointed to coalition responsibility, though the US denied any civilian deaths. 


SEPTEMBER 1st/2nd 2014

Iraq strikes 3 (121-123)
US only

From CENTCOM: 
Sept. 1st/2nd – ‘U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using fighter and attack aircraft to conduct three airstrikes Sunday and Monday near the Mosul Dam. The strikes destroyed three ISIL trucks, severely damaged another, destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle, and destroyed a mortar position near the Mosul Dam. All aircraft exited the strike area safely.

Running summary:
*       Defense of Erbil: 24
*       Support of Sinjar: 13
*       Support of Mosul Dam: 82
*       Support of Amirli: 4
*       Total: 123′

 

SEPTEMBER 2nd/3rd 2014
Iraq strike 1 (124)
US only

From CENTCOM:
Sept. 2nd/3rd – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using fighter and attack aircraft to conduct one airstrike Monday, near the Mosul Dam.
The strike destroyed or damaged 16 ISIL armed vehicles, near the Mosul Dam. All aircraft exited the strike area safely.
The strike was conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and support Iraqi forces that are acting in furtherance of these objectives.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 124 airstrikes across Iraq.’

 

SEPTEMBER 3rd/4th 2014
Iraq strikes 3 (125-127)
US only
3 to 7 civilians reported killed at Mosul, Iraq

From CENTCOM:
Sept 4th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using fighter aircraft to conduct three airstrikes Wednesday and Thursday, in support of Mosul Dam operations. The strikes destroyed two ISIL armed vehicles and an ISIL observation post. All aircraft exited the strike area safely.
The strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and support Iraqi forces that are acting in furtherance of these objectives.U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 127 airstrikes across Iraq.’

 

SEPTEMBER 4th/5th 2014
Iraq strikes 4 (128-131)
US only 

From CENTCOM:
Sept 5th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using a mix of fighter, attack, bomber and unmanned aircraft to conduct four airstrikes Thursday and Friday in support of Mosul Dam and defense of Irbil operations.
In total, the strikes destroyed an ISIL observation post, one ISIL Humvee, one ISIL armed vehicle, one ISIL truck, and three ISIL mortar positions.  All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
The strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and support Iraqi forces that are acting in furtherance of these objectives.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 131 airstrikes across Iraq.’

Pentagon Spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby briefs the media on efforts to defeat ISIL September 2014 (DoD/ Glenn Fawcett)
Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby briefs the media on US efforts to defeat Islamic State, September 2014 (DoD/Glenn Fawcett)

 

SEPTEMBER 5th/6th 2014
Iraq strikes 2 (132-133)
US only
3 civilians reported killed at Mosul, Iraq

From CENTCOM:
Sept 6th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using a mix of attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct two airstrikes Friday and Saturday in support of Defense of Irbil operations.
The strikes destroyed four ISIL Humvees, one ISIL armored personnel carrier, and two ISIL trucks, one of which carried a mounted machine gun; one ISIL Humvee and one ISIL truck were also damaged in the strikes. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
The strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and support Iraqi forces that are acting in furtherance of these objectives.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 133 airstrikes across Iraq.’

 

SEPTEMBER 6th/7th 2014
Iraq strikes 5 (139-143)*
US only

From CENTCOM:
Sept 7th – TAMPA, Fla. – At the request of the government of Iraq, U.S. military forces attacked ISIL terrorists near Haditha in Anbar province in support of Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribes protecting the Haditha dam.
A mix of fighter and bomber aircraft conducted four airstrikes Saturday. In total, the strikes destroyed five ISIL Humvees, one ISIL armed vehicle, an ISIL checkpoint and also damaged an ISIL bunker. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
Additionally, an attack aircraft conducted one airstrike against ISIL near Mosul Dam on Saturday in support of Iraqi security forces protecting Mosul Dam. The strike damaged an ISIL Humvee. The aircraft exited the strike area safely.
These strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and support Iraqi forces that are acting in furtherance of these objectives.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 138 airstrikes across Iraq.’

Additional release from CENTCOM:
Sept 7th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using a mix of attack, bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct five airstrikes Sunday in support of Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribes protecting the Haditha Dam. The strikes destroyed four ISIL Humvees, four ISIL armed vehicles, two which were carrying antiaircraft artillery; one ISIL fighting position, one ISIL command post, and one ISIL defensive fighting position. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.’

 

SEPTEMBER 7th/8th 2014
Iraq strikes 5 (144-148)
US only 

From CENTCOM: 
September 8th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using a mix of attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct five airstrikes Sunday and Monday in support of Iraqi Security Forces and Sunni tribes protecting the Haditha Dam, and in the defense of Irbil.
The strikes destroyed three ISIL armed vehicles, one of which was carrying anti-aircraft artillery, and a large ISIL ground unit near the Haditha Dam. Separately, an airstrike destroyed one ISIL Humvee near Irbil. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
The strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and support Iraqi forces that are acting in furtherance of these objectives.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 148 airstrikes across Iraq.’

 

SEPTEMBER 8th/9th 2014
Iraq strikes 5 (149-153)
US only

From CENTCOM:
September 9th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq using a mix of attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct five airstrikes Monday and Tuesday in support of Iraqi Security Forces and Sunni tribes protecting the Haditha Dam.
In total, the strikes destroyed or damaged eight ISIL armed vehicles, two of which were transporting anti-aircraft artillery; five ISIL vehicles, and one ISIL transport vehicle.  All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
The strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and support Iraqi forces that are acting in furtherance of these objectives.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 153 airstrikes across Iraq.’

 

SEPTEMBER 9th/10th 2014
Iraq strike 1 (154)
US only 

From CENTCOM:
Sept. 10th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using an attack aircraft to conduct one airstrike Tuesday in support of Iraqi Security Forces’ defense of Irbil operations. The strike destroyed one ISIL armed vehicle in the vicinity of Irbil. The aircraft exited the strike area safely.
The strike was conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and support Iraqi forces that are acting in furtherance of these objectives.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 154 airstrikes across Iraq.’

 

SEPTEMBER 10th/11th 2014
Iraq strikes 2 (155-156)
US only

From CENTCOM:
September 11th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using attack aircraft to conduct two airstrikes Wednesday and Thursday near the Mosul Dam in support of Iraqi Security Forces. In total, the strikes destroyed two ISIL machine gun emplacements and an ISIL bunker.  All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
These strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and support Iraqi forces that are acting in furtherance of these objectives.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 156 airstrikes across Iraq.’

 

SEPTEMBER 11th/12th 2014
Iraq strikes 2 (157-158)
US only

From CENTCOM: 
Sept. 12th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using attack aircraft to conduct two airstrikes Thursday and Friday in support of Iraqi Security Forces near the Mosul Dam and defending Irbil. In total, the strikes destroyed two ISIL armed vehicles. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
These strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and support Iraqi forces that are acting in furtherance of these objectives.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 158 airstrikes across Iraq.’

 

SEPTEMBER 12th/13th
Iraq strikes 2 (159-160)
US only 

From CENTCOM: 
September 13th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, employing attack aircraft to conduct two airstrikes Friday in support of Iraqi Security Forces near the Mosul Dam.
In total, the strikes destroyed an ISIL mortar emplacement and an ISIL armed vehicle. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
These strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and support Iraqi forces acting in furtherance of these objectives while defending their country against ISIL terrorists.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 160 airstrikes across Iraq.’

 

SEPTEMBER 13th/14th

No strikes

 

SEPTEMBER 14th/15th 2014
Iraq 2 strikes (161-162)
US only
2 or more civilians possibly killed near Sinjar

From CENTCOM:
September 15th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, employing attack and fighter aircraft to conduct two airstrikes Sunday and Monday in support of Iraqi Security Forces near Sinjar and southwest of Baghdad.
The airstrike southwest of Baghdad was the first strike taken as part of our expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions to hit ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense, as outlined in the President’s speech last Wednesday.
In total, the strikes destroyed six ISIL vehicles near Sinjar and an ISIL fighting position southwest of Baghdad that was firing on ISF personnel.  All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
These strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and help Iraqi forces on the offensive against ISIL terrorists.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 162 airstrikes across Iraq.’

French Rafales begin reconnaissance missions over Iraq, September 15th 2014 (Ministère de la Défense)

 

SEPTEMBER 15th/16th 2014
Iraq strikes 5 (163-67)
US only 

From CENTCOM:
Sept. 16th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq using fighter aircraft to conduct five airstrikes Monday and Tuesday southwest of Baghdad and northwest of Irbil.
In total, two airstrikes northwest of Irbil destroyed an ISIL armed truck and an ISIL fighting position, while three airstrikes southwest of Baghdad damaged an ISIL truck and destroyed an ISIL anti-aircraft artillery piece, a small ISIL ground unit and two small boats on the Euphrates River that were re-supplying ISIL forces in the area. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
These strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and help Iraqi forces on the offensive against ISIL terrorists.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 167 airstrikes across Iraq.’

Update from French MoD for 16 Sept:
[On 15 September 2014, two Rafale aircraft of the Air Force took off from the French air base 104 Al Dhafra in the United Arab Emirates, to conduct a reconnaissance flight over Iraq.]

‘    Irak : premier vol de reconnaissance aérienne (actualisé)

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Mise à jour : 16/09/2014 09:51

Le 15 septembre 2014, deux avions Rafale de l’armée de l’Air ont décollé de la base aérienne française 104 d’Al Dhafra, aux Emirats arabes unis, pour effectuer un vol de reconnaissance au-dessus de l’Irak.
Irak : premier vol de reconnaissance aérienne (actualisé)

Pour cette mission d’ISR (Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance), les Rafales étaient chacun équipés d’un pod RECO NG. Situé sous l’appareil, cet instrument permet le recueil d’images numériques à haute et basse altitudes, la prise de vue à grande vitesse de jour comme de nuit et la surveillance vidéo.

Réalisée sous le contrôle tactique du contre-amiral Beaussant, amiral commandant la zone océan Indien (ALINDIEN), cette mission a été effectuée en étroite coordination avec les autorités irakiennes et nos alliés présents dans la région.

Le 13 septembre, un renfort en capacités de renseignement avait été acheminé aux EAU par avion A400M sur décision du général d’armée Pierre de Villiers, chef d’état-major des armées. Une quarantaine de militaires et du matériel de renseignement ont ainsi été projetés depuis la base aérienne 123 d’Orléans-Bricy. Le lendemain, dimanche 14 septembre, un avion ravitailleur C135 ralliait la base française d’Al Dhafra depuis la base aérienne 125 d’Istres.

En visite aux Emirats arabes unis après son déplacement en Irak aux côtés du Président de la République et du ministre des Affaires étrangères, M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, ministre de la Défense, s’est adressé aux militaires français de la base d’Al Dhafra peu de temps avant le départ des Rafale. Il a rappelé la détermination de la France au moment où s’ouvre à Paris une conférence internationale sur l’Irak.

Le vol d’ISR réalisé aujourd’hui est le premier vol français de ce type effectué au-dessus de l’Irak. Des missions similaires pourraient être effectuées dans les jours à venir. Il s’agit pour les armées françaises d’acquérir du renseignement sur le groupe terroriste Daesh et renforcer notre capacité d’appréciation autonome de la situation.

Les forces françaises aux Emirats arabes unis (FFEAU) participent au dispositif des forces de présence des armées françaises. Elles sont constituées d’un état-major de niveau opératif, de la base navale d’Abu Dhabi, de la base aérienne 104 d’Al Dhafra et de la 13e DBLE. Les FFEAU assurent une présence permanente aux EAU dans le cadre des accords de défense et animent les relations bilatérales de défense de la France avec ses partenaires régionaux. Elles ont également pour mission de soutenir les moyens militaires déployés dans le golfe arabo-persique et le nord de l’océan Indien, et de permettre l’entrainement et l’aguerrissement des forces en milieu urbain et désertique.’

Update from French MoD for 16 Sept:
[Reports that a patrol of two Rafale has today made a new flight ISR (Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance) in Iraqi skies. This mission carried out in coordination with the Iraqis, Emiratis and our allies in the region lasted more than five hours.]
Iraq

‘Irak : Deuxième vol de reconnaissance

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Mise à jour : 16/09/2014 19:04

Une patrouille de deux Rafale a effectué aujourd’hui un nouveau vol d’ISR (Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance) dans le ciel irakien. Cette mission effectuée en coordination avec les Irakiens, les Emiriens et nos alliés dans la région a durée plus de cinq heures. Elle a nécessité plusieurs ravitaillements en vol qui ont été effectués par un avion ravitailleur français C135.
Irak

D’autres vols de reconnaissance au départ de la base aérienne française 104 d’Al Dhafra, devraient s’effectuer dans les jours à venir.’

SEPTEMBER 16th/17th 2014
Iraq strikes 7 (168-174)
US only

From CENTCOM: 
Sept. 17th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq using a mix of fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct seven airstrikes Tuesday and Wednesday.
In total, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle northwest of the Haditha Dam, two airstrikes destroyed two ISIL armed vehicles northwest of Irbil, and four airstrikes southwest of Baghdad destroyed several small ISIL ground units and a small boat on the Euphrates River that was re-supplying ISIL forces in the area. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
These strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and help Iraqi forces on the offensive against ISIL terrorists.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 174 airstrikes across Iraq.’

 

SEPTEMBER 17th/18th 2014
Iraq 2 strikes (175-176)
US only 

From CENTCOM:
September 18th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct two airstrikes Wednesday and Thursday.
In total, one airstrike near an ISIL training camp southeast of Mosul destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle, two ISIL-occupied buildings and a large ISIL ground unit.  Another airstrike southeast of Baghdad damaged an ISIL ammunition stockpile.  All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
These strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and assist Iraqi forces in their offensive against ISIL terrorists.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 176 airstrikes across Iraq.’

[Airwars note: USA Today later reported that the Mosul strike was by a B-1 bomber, and that an estimated ‘40 ISIL militants’ were killed.]

Update from French MoD for 18 Sept:
[reports that a maritime patrol aircraft Atlantique 2 today made a reconnaissance of about 10 hours in the Iraqi skies and that two Rafale fighter squadron 3/30 “Lorraine” conducted an SRI flight.]

‘Irak : Participation d’un Atlantique 2 aux missions d’ISR

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Mise à jour : 18/09/2014 15:52

Un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2 a effectué aujourd’hui une mission de reconnaissance d’environ 10 heures dans le ciel irakien. Déployé aux Emirats arabes unis depuis le début du mois, cet avion de la Marine nationale effectuait jusqu’alors des vols de reconnaissance maritime dans le Golfe arabo-persique et le nord de l’océan Indien, au titre des missions de connaissance et d’anticipation. Doté notamment de capacités de prise d’images de jour comme de nuit et de moyens de renseignement, cet aéronef appartient à la flottille 23F basée à Lann-Bihoué (Morbihan). Il opère actuellement depuis la base aérienne 104 d’Al Dhafra où il est détaché.
Irak : Participation d’un Atlantique 2 aux missions d’ISR – Crédit : EMA / Armée de l’Air

Deux Rafale de l’escadron de chasse 3/30 « Lorraine » de l’armée de l’air ont également effectué aujourd’hui un vol ISR dans le ciel irakien. Ils étaient équipés, comme pour les missions précédentes, de pod RECO NG.

Pour cette mission d’ISR réalisée sous le contrôle du contre-amiral Beaussant, amiral commandant la zone océan Indien (ALINDIEN), les Rafale et l’Atlantique 2 agissent en complémentarité dans le recueil de renseignement sur les positions tenues par les combattants de Daesch. Cette mission a été effectuée, en étroite coordination avec tous nos alliés présents dans la région.

Cette action conjuguée des moyens permet à la France de renforcer sa capacité d’appréciation autonome de la situation et confirme, comme l’a énoncé M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, ministre de la Défense lors de son déplacement du 15 septembre dernier sur la base aérienne d’Al Dhafra, la détermination de la France à s’engager avec ses alliés dans la lutte contre le groupe terroriste Daesch en Irak.’

SEPTEMBER 18th/19th 2014
Iraq strikes 3 (177-178)*
Confirmed actions: US and France 

From CENTCOM:
September 19th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using fighter aircraft to conduct two airstrikes Thursday and Friday.
One airstrike southeast of Baghdad destroyed a boat on the Euphrates River conducting resupply of ISIL forces.  The second strike occurred southwest of Baghdad and struck a small ISIL ground unit. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
These strikes were conducted as part of the President’s comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 178 airstrikes across Iraq.’

From French Ministry of Defence (MoD):
[France becomes the first international partner to join  US in  air war against ISIL, carrying out two air strikes on an ISL logistics depot at Zumar, north east Iraq.]

‘Le dépôt logistique de Daech ciblé par le raid aérien effectué ce matin (vendredi 19 septembre 2014) a été détruit.
Au cours de ce vol d’environ cinq heures, les deux Rafale ont été ravitaillés à trois reprises par l’avion ravitailleur C135-FR.
Les chasseurs français, équipés de pod de désignation Damoclès ont porté leurs frappes entre 09h40 et 09h58 avec quatre bombes guidées laser GBU 12.
L’avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2 a effectué une mission d’une dizaine d’heures, coordonnée avec celle des Rafale. Ses capteurs ont permis d’assurer le volet renseignement de la mission et d’effectuer un battle damage assesment (BDA)* transmis immédiatement au centre de planification et de conduite des opérations situé à Paris.
Durant cette mission, le volet personnel recovery, c’est-à-dire la capacité à secourir les pilotes en zone hostile, était assuré par des moyens militaires américains.
Conformément à la volonté du Président de la République, de nouvelles frappes se dérouleront dans les jours à venir pour soutenir les armées irakiennes dans leur lutte contre Daech. Ces frappes seront à nouveau effectuées en coordination étroite avec les autorités irakiennes ainsi qu’avec nos alliés présents sur le théâtre.’

[* Airwars note: While early French strikes were not originally tallied by Centcom, both these events and the French strike of September 24th 2014 were later incorporated into overall coalition data, according to military officials.]

GBU-12 missiles loaded onto French Rafales in preparation for an Iraq strike (Ministère de la Défense )
France releases before and after images of its first airstrike in Iraq, September 18th 2014.
France releases before and after images of its first airstrike in Iraq, September 18th 2014.


France marks its first airstrike against ISIL in Iraq, Sept 18 2015

 

SEPTEMBER 19th/20th 2014
Iraq strikes 6 (179-184)
Confirmed actions: US 

From CENTCOM:
September 20th [archived] – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using attack and fighter aircraft to conduct five airstrikes Friday and Saturday. One airstrike southwest of Baghdad destroyed an ISIL boat ferrying supplies across the Euphrates River. The other four airstrikes occurred northwest of Haditha, destroying two ISIL armed vehicles, three ISIL checkpoints, and two ISIL guard outposts. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
The strikes were conducted as part of the President’s comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 183 airstrikes across Iraq.’

Additional report from CENTCOM:
‘U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using fighter aircraft to conduct one airstrike on Friday and two on Sunday. Friday’s airstrike, which was conducted southwest of Baghdad, struck an ISIL fighting position. This strike is in addition to those previously announced by U.S. Central Command on Sept. 19.’

 

SEPTEMBER 20th/21st 2014
Iraq strikes 2 (185-186)
Confirmed actions: US

From CENTCOM:
September 21st [archived] – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using fighter aircraft to conduct one airstrike on Friday [see above] and two on Sunday.
Friday’s airstrike, which was conducted southwest of Baghdad, struck an ISIL fighting position. This strike is in addition to those previously announced by U.S. Central Command on Sept. 19.
Meanwhile, two airstrikes conducted Sunday destroyed an ISIL mortar position northeast of Sinjar and an ISIL semi-tractor trailer carrying munitions southwest of Sinjar. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
The strikes were conducted as part of the President’s comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 186 airstrikes across Iraq.’

 

SEPTEMBER 21st/22nd 2014
Iraq 4 strikes (187-190)
Confirmed actions: US 

From CENTCOM: 
September 22nd – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using a mix of attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct four airstrikes today.
In total, the airstrikes destroyed two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL tank, and damaged an ISIL Humvee, all west-southwest of Kirkuk. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
The strikes were conducted as part of the President’s comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 190 airstrikes across Iraq.’

 

SEPTEMBER 22nd/23rd 2014
Iraq strikes 4 (191-194)
Syria strikes 23 (1-23)
Confirmed actions: US, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain
13 to 15 civilians reported killed near Aleppo, Syria

From CENTCOM (Iraq): 
Sept. 23rd – Also, in Iraq yesterday, U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists, using attack aircraft to conduct four airstrikes. The airstrikes destroyed two ISIL Humvees, an ISIL armed vehicle and an ISIL fighting position southwest of Kirkuk. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely. To date, U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 194 airstrikes across Iraq against ISIL. [Airwars note: Pentagon later corrects to 193 strikes
The United States conducted these strikes as part of the President’s comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL.  Going forward, the U.S. military will continue to conduct targeted airstrikes against ISIL in Syria and Iraq as local forces go on the offensive against this terrorist group.

Additional CENTCOM note [Iraq]:
September 23rd – In addition, a third airstrike in Iraq today destroyed one ISIL armed vehicle northwest of Baghdad. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
The strikes were conducted as part of the President’s comprehensive strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL.
To date, U.S. Central Command has conducted 194 airstrikes across Iraq against ISIL.
Editor’s note: ’U.S. CENTCOM News Release #20140925 reported a total of 194 airstrikes in Iraq. The actual number was 193; with today’s airstrike northwest of Baghdad, the total number of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq is 194. We regret the error.’

From US Department of Defense [Syria]:
September 22nd [Sept 23rd Syrian time]: The Department of Defense released the following statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby today:
“I can confirm that U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles.”
“Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time.  The decision to conduct theses strikes was made earlier today by the U.S. Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the commander in chief.  We will provide more details later as operationally appropriate.”

From CENTCOM [Syria]:
September 23rd: U.S. military forces and partner nations, including the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, undertook military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria overnight, using a mix of fighter, bomber, remotely piloted aircraft and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles to conduct 14 strikes against ISIL targets.
The strikes destroyed or damaged multiple ISIL targets in the vicinity of Ar Raqqah, Dayr az Zawr, Al Hasakah, and Abu Kamal  and included ISIL fighters, training compounds, headquarters and command and control facilities, storage facilities, a finance center, supply trucks and armed vehicles.
To conduct these strikes, the United States employed 47 TLAMs launched from USS Arleigh Burke and USS Philippine Sea operating from international waters in the Red Sea and North Arabian Gulf, as well as U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fighter, remotely piloted and bomber aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.
In addition, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates also participated in or supported the airstrikes against ISIL targets.  All aircraft safely exited the strike areas.’

[Airwars note: In a clarifying email of March 25th 2015, CENTCOM states: ‘We reviewed how many strikes occurred at each of these locations and they total 13. Here is the breakdown:
Ar Raqqah (3),
Dayr az Zawr (4),
Al Hassakah (2)
and Abu Kamal (4).
The “14 strikes” listed in the release should have been 13 and we addressed that with an editor’s note in the Sept. 24 release
.’]

‘Separately, the United States has also taken action to disrupt the imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests conducted by a network of seasoned al-Qa’ida veterans – sometimes referred to as the Khorasan Group – who have established a safe haven in Syria to develop external attacks, construct and test improvised explosive devices and recruit Westerners to conduct operations.
These strikes were undertaken only by U.S. assets. In total, U.S. Central Command conducted eight strikes against Khorasan Group targets west of Aleppo to include training camps, an explosives and munitions production facility, a communication building and command and control facilities.’

Bahrain Ministry of Defence (via state news agency)
September 23rd 2015 – Arabic. In translation:
‘Formations of Royal Bahraini Air Force, in conjunction with sister air forces in the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States and allied and friendly countries, have carried out strikes in the early hours of Tuesday to destroy a number of sites and objectives linked to terrorist groups and organizations.’

Further CENTCOM note:
September 23rd – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria, using a mix of bomber and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct three airstrikes last night and today. Two of the airstrikes were conducted last night as part of the operation over Syria and resulted in one damaged ISIL armed vehicle and one destroyed ISIL armed vehicle southwest of Dayr Az Zawr.’

From French MoD for 23 Sept:
[Reports that a reconnaissance mission was conducted Sunday, September 21 by the French aircraft over Iraq. Two Rafale equipped with a designation Damocles pod conducted yesterday morning a new air support mission for the benefit of the Iraqi armed forces.The French planes and flew over the Baghdad area for nearly four hours, thanks to the five in-flight refueling tanker provided by the French C135 and an American KC-10.]

‘Irak : mission de soutien aérien (actualisé)

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Mise à jour : 23/09/2014 08:21

Dans le cadre de l’opération Chammal, lancée vendredi 19 septembre par le Président de la République, une mission de reconnaissance a été conduite dimanche 21 septembre par les avions français au-dessus de l’Irak.

Deux avions Rafale équipés d’un pod de désignation Damoclès ont effectué hier matin une nouvelle mission de soutien aérien au profit des forces armées irakiennes.

Les avions français ont ainsi survolé la région de Bagdad durant près de quatre heures, grâce aux cinq ravitaillements en vol assurés par le ravitailleur C135 français ainsi qu’un KC-10 américain.

Ces missions visent à assurer un soutien aérien aux forces armées irakiennes dans leur lutte contre le groupe terroriste Daech, conformément à la décision du Président de la République de répondre à la demande des autorités irakiennes.’

From French MoD for 23 Sept:
[Reports that Armed with GBU 12 bombs, two Rafale equipped Damocles designation pod and supported by a tanker C135-EN conducted a new air support mission in Iraq in the Baghdad area.]

‘Irak : nouvelle mission française d’appui aérien

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Mise à jour : 23/09/2014 16:26

Armés de bombes GBU 12, deux avions Rafale équipés de pod de désignation Damoclès et soutenus par un avion ravitailleur C135-FR ont effectué ce matin une nouvelle mission de soutien aérien en Irak, dans la région de Bagdad.

Ce vol s’inscrivait dans le cadre d’une mission dite de “dynamic targeting”. Il s’agit pour les équipages de se tenir prêts à assurer des frappes en cas d’identification de cibles d’opportunité au sol.
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En contact permanent avec le centre opérationnel aérien(1) américain d’Al Udeid, au Qatar, chargé de la coordination des moyens engagés sur zone, les avions français ont ainsi survolé le nord-ouest de Bagdad durant près de deux heures. Aucune frappe n’a été effectuée au cours de ce vol.

Ces missions, qu’elles soient orientées vers des cibles d’opportunité ou prédéfinies, visent à assurer un soutien aérien aux forces armées irakiennes dans leur lutte contre le groupe terroriste Daech.

Ces actions s’inscrivent dorénavant dans le cadre de l’opération Chammal, nom d’un vent de nord-ouest soufflant sur l’Irak et le golfe arabo-persique.

(1) Coordination Air Operation Center (CAOC)’


USS Arleigh Burke launches cruise missile at Syria, Sept 23rd 2014.


USS Philippine launches cruise missiles at Syria, Sept 23rd 2014.


US strike against ‘ISIL compound’ near Al Raqqah, Syria Sept 23rd 2014.


US strike against ‘ISIL storage facility,’ Abu Kamal, Syria Sept 23rd 2014.


US strike against ISIL vehicle area near Abu Kamal, Syria Sept 23rd 2014.


Refueling of F-16 during bombing raid on Syria, Sept 23rd 2014.

SEPTEMBER 23rd/24th 2014
Iraq strikes 4 (195-198)
Syria strikes 1 (28)*
Confirmed actions: US

From CENTCOM: 
September 24th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria, using a mix of attack, bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct five airstrikes Tuesday and today.
Two airstrikes west of Baghdad destroyed two ISIL armed vehicles and a weapons cache.
Two airstrikes southeast of Irbil destroyed ISIL fighting positions.
A fifth airstrike damaged eight ISIL vehicles in Syria northwest of Al Qa’im. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
The strikes were conducted as part of the President’s comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.
To date, U.S. Central Command has conducted 198 airstrikes across Iraq against ISIL. Along with partner nations, U.S. Central Command has also conducted 20 airstrikes across Syria against ISIL’

[* Airwars noteThe given Syria figure does not include the 8 Khorasan Group strikes of September 23rd. CENTCOM also added an additional 4 Syria strikes to its tallies on this date, though has given no further information as to where they took place or in what circumstances.]

From French MoD for 24 Sept:
[reports that after a flight of recognition and support made Tuesday, September 23 by two French Rafale, two new intelligence missions were carried out in the Iraqi skies on Wednesday 24 September.]

‘Opération Chammal : nouvelles missions d’appui aérien en Irak

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Mise à jour : 24/09/2014 19:45

Après un vol de reconnaissance et d’appui effectué le mardi 23 septembre par deux Rafale français, deux nouvelles missions de renseignement ont été réalisées dans le ciel irakien ce mercredi 24 septembre.

Soutenus par des avions ravitailleurs français et américains, les chasseurs français ont réalisé ces missions par binômes : une patrouille de Rafale équipés de pod RECO NG a effectué une mission de renseignement dans la profondeur dans la région de Mossoul alors que deux autres avions de chasse, équipés de pod Damoclès, ont conduit une mission de dynamic targeting au Nord de Bagdad. Lors de ce type de mission, il s’agit pour les équipages d’acquérir du renseignement au plus près des zones des combats, tout en se tenant prêts à assurer des frappes en cas d’identification de cibles d’opportunité au sol.

Lors de ces missions qui ont chacune duré 7 heures, dont 3 heures passées sur zone, les Rafale étaient en contact permanent avec le centre opérationnel aérien américain d’Al Udeid (CAOC*) au Qatar. Ce centre où des officiers français ont été insérés, est chargé de la coordination des moyens engagés dans la zone.

Ces missions visent à assurer un soutien aérien aux forces armées irakiennes dans leur lutte contre le groupe terroriste Daech, conformément à la décision du Président de la République de répondre à la demande des autorités irakiennes.

*Coordination Air Operation Center (CAOC)’

UAE F-16 pilot Mariamal-Mansouri, who took part in anti-ISIL strikes September 23rd-24th 204 (UAE Air Force)
UAE F-16 pilot Mariam al-Mansouri, who took part in anti-ISIL strikes Sept 23rd 2014 (UAE Air Force)

 


US strike at al-Tabqah, Syria against ‘ISIL building, tanks’, Sept 23rd 2014.


US F-15/E strike on Jeribe West refinery, Syria Sept 24th 2014.

 

SEPTEMBER 24th/25th 2014
Iraq 11 strikes (199-209)*
Syria 13 strikes (29-41)
Confirmed actions: US, France, Saudi Arabia, UAE

From CENTCOM [Iraq]:
September 25th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using a mix of attack, bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct eleven airstrikes Wednesday and today.
One airstrike west of Irbil struck ISIL fighters and damaged an ISIL armed vehicle.
Five airstrikes south of Kirkuk struck ISIL fighters, destroyed an ISIL tank, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL Humvee, and damaged two ISIL armed vehicles.
Five airstrikes west of Baghdad destroyed an ISIL Humvee, four checkpoints, a fighting position, two guard towers, and a command post.’

From French MoD:
[French aircraft destroy four ‘Daech [IS] hangars containing military equipment’ near Fallujah – described as targets of opportunity.]
‘Ce matin, [September 25th 2014] au cours d’une nouvelle mission d’appui aérien effectuée au profit des forces armées irakiennes, deux Rafale français ont détruit quatre hangars contenant du matériel militaire utilisés par Daech, dans la région ouest de Bagdad, à proximité de Falloujah.
Au cours d’une mission de reconnaissance armée, des cibles d’opportunité ont été transmises en vol aux équipages par le CAOC1. Elles ont été identifiées par les pilotes desRafalepuis détruites par quatre bombes guidées laser GBU 12. Les chasseurs français, équipés de pod de désignation Damocles, ont porté leurs frappes entre 9h50 et 10h22.
Au cours de ce vol d’environ sept heures, les deux Rafale ont été ravitaillés à quatre reprises par l’avion ravitailleur C135-FR de l’armée de l’air et un ravitailleur de l’US Air Force.
L’avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2 a procédé au Battle Damage Assesment2 au cours d’un vol ISR3 d’une dizaine d’heures, coordonné avec celui des Rafale. Les images prises ont ététransmises immédiatement à l’état-major de l’amiral commandant la zone océan Indien (ALINDIEN) ainsi qu’au centre de planification et de conduite des opérations situé à Paris pour y être analysées.
Conformément à la volonté du Président de la République, les missions d’appui aérien se poursuivront pour soutenir les armées irakiennes dans leur lutte contre Daech. Ces missions seront à nouveau effectuées en coordination étroite avec les autorités irakiennes ainsi qu’avec nos alliés présents sur le théâtre.’

[* Airwars note: While this strike was not originally tallied by Centcom, both it and the French actions of September 19th were later incorporated into overall coalition data.] 


France’s second strike on Daesh in Iraq, Sept 25th 2015

From CENTCOM [Syria]:
Sept. 24th – U.S. military forces and partner nations, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, attacked ISIL terrorists in Syria today, using a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 13 airstrikes against 12 ISIL-controlled modular oil refineries located in remote areas of eastern Syria in the vicinity of Al Mayadin, Al Hasakah, and Abu Kamal and one ISIL vehicle near Dayr az Zawr, also in eastern Syria.
We are still assessing the outcome of the attack on the refineries, but have initial indications that the strikes were successful. The ISIL vehicle was destroyed. These small-scale refineries provided fuel to run ISIL operations, money to finance their continued attacks throughout Iraq and Syria, and an economic asset to support their future operations.  Producing between 300-500 barrels of refined petroleum per day, ISIL is estimated to generate as much as $2 million per day from these refineries. The destruction and degradation of these targets further limits ISIL’s ability to lead, control, project power and conduct operations.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.  In addition, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates also participated in these airstrikes.’


Coalition strike on ISIL tank, most likely Kirkuk, Iraq Sept 24th-25th.


Coalition strike on suspect vehicle, Iraq Sept 24th-25th.

 

SEPTEMBER 25th/26th 2014
Iraq strikes 7 (211-217)
Syria strikes 3 (42-44)
Confirmed actions: US
6 civilians reported killed at Al Hassakah, Syria

From CENTCOM: 
September 26th – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria, using a mix of fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 10 airstrikes Thursday and today.
In Iraq, five airstrikes south and southwest of Kirkuk destroyed three ISIL Humvees and one ISIL vehicle, disabled two ISIL armed vehicles and damaged one ISIL mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle.
One airstrike west of Baghdad destroyed an ISIL guard shack, an armed vehicle and a bunker.
One airstrike near Al Qaim destroyed four ISIL armed vehicles, a command and control node and a checkpoint.
In Syria, three airstrikes south and southeast of Dayr Az Zawr destroyed four ISIL tanks and damaged another.’

From French MoD for 26 Sept:
[Reports that two Rafale carried out an armed reconnaissance mission in the northwest of Iraq, during a flight of more than seven hours required several pit stops by C135-FR. An Atlantic 2 has meanwhile flown eleven hours in the Mosul area for ISR Mission (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance).

‘Opération Chammal : poursuite des missions aériennes

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Mise à jour : 26/09/2014 20:02

Une mission de soutien aérien a de nouveau été effectuée aujourd’hui, vendredi 26 septembre, au-dessus de l’Irak.
Opération Chammal : poursuite des missions aériennes

Deux Rafale ont effectué une mission de reconnaissance armée dans le nord-ouest de l’Irak, au cours d’un vol de plus de sept heures qui a nécessité plusieurs ravitaillements par C135-FR.

Un Atlantique 2 a quant à lui effectué un vol de onze heures dans la région de Mossoul pour une mission ISR (Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance).

Ces vols visent à acquérir du renseignement sur les positions les mouvements et les vulnérabilités du groupe terroriste Daech. Les informations recueillies sont ensuite partagées avec nos alliés présents dans la région.
Opération Chammal : poursuite des missions aériennes

Ces missions de soutien aérien vont se poursuivre dans les prochains jours. Elles sont effectuées sous le contrôle opérationnel de l’amiral commandant la zone océan Indien (ALINDIEN) en coordination avec le CAOC américain (coordination air operation center) situé à Al Udeid, au Qatar.’

SEPTEMBER 26th/27th 2014
Iraq strikes 3 (217-219)
Syria strikes 7 (45-51)
Confirmed actions: US, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE
7 to 8 civilians reported killed at Mosul, Iraq
Est. 30 ‘friendly fire’ deaths reported at Bayji, Iraq
2 to 3 civilians reported killed at al Hassakah, Syria

From CENTCOM:
September 27th – U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Friday and today, using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct seven airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used attack aircraft to conduct three airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.
In Syria, an ISIL vehicle was destroyed south of Al-Hasakah. Also near Al-Hasakah several buildings that were part of an ISIL garrison were destroyed.
An ISIL command and control facility near Manbij was damaged.
An ISIL building
and two armed vehicles at the Kobani border crossing were destroyed.
An ISIL held airfield, an ISIL garrison and an ISIL training camp near Ar Raqqah were damaged.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy attack and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates also participated in these strikes. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, three airstrikes southwest of Irbil destroyed four ISIL armed vehicles and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.’


Coalition strike on Al Hassakah Garrison, Syria on Sept 26th-27th 2014.


US strike on ‘ISIL compound’ near Kobane, Syria Sept 27th 2014.


SEPTEMBER 27th/28th 2014

Iraq strikes 4 (220-223)
Syria strikes 8 (52-59)
Confirmed actions: US, Saudi Arabia, UAE
6 civilians reported killed at Fadghami, Syria 

From Centcom: 
September 28th – U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Saturday and today, using a mix of attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct eight airstrikes. Separately, in Iraq U.S. military forces used fighter and remotely piloted aircraft Saturday and today to conduct four airstrikes against ISIL.
In Syria, two airstrikes near Dayr ar Zawr destroyed one ISIL tank and damaged another.
One airstrike in northeast Syria destroyed three ISIL armed vehicles and an ISIL Humvee.
U.S. and partner nations conducted airstrikes on four ISIL-held modular refineries and an ISIL command and control node north of Ar Raqqah; although we continue to assess the outcome of these attacks, initial indications are that they were successful.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. In addition, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates also participated in these strikes. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, one airstrike near Baghdad destroyed an ISIL safe house and damaged an ISIL checkpoint.
Three airstrikes near Fallujah destroyed two ISIL checkpoints and an ISIL transport vehicle. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.’

 

SEPTEMBER 28th/29th 2014
Iraq strikes 3 (224-226)
Syria strikes 8 (60-67)
Confirmed actions: US, UAE, Jordan
1 to 2 civilians reported killed at Ar Raqqah, Syria 
2 civilians reported killed at Manbij, Syria
2 or more civilians reported killed at Jarablus, Syria

From CENTCOM:
September 29th: U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Sunday and today, using a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct eight airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used attack and remotely piloted aircraft Sunday and today to conduct three airstrikes in Iraq.
In Syria, one airstrike near Dayr ar Zawr destroyed one ISIL armed vehicle while another destroyed an ISIL anti-aircraft artillery transport vehicle.
U.S. and partner nations conducted two airstrikes on an ISIL compound and an ISIL-held airfield in northwest Syria near Aleppo.
Two airstrikes were conducted on ISIL compounds near Ar Raqqah, while two other airstrikes struck an ISIL training camp and ISIL vehicles within a vehicle staging area adjacent to an ISIL-held grain storage facility near Manbij. The storage facility was being used by ISIL as a logistics hub and vehicle staging facility.  Although we continue to assess the outcome of these attacks, initial indications are that they were successful.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. Air Force aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. In addition, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Jordan also participated in these strikes. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, one airstrike in the vicinity of Kirkuk destroyed two ISIL vehicles while another in the vicinity of Sinjar destroyed two ISIL armed vehicles.
One strike against an ISIL armed vehicle in northwest Iraq was unsuccessful. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.’


An RAF Tornado refuels over Iraq, September 28th 2014.

 

SEPTEMBER 29th/30th 2014
Iraq strikes 11 (227-237)
Syria strikes 11 (68-78)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 civilian claimed killed at Ar Raqqah, Syria

From Centcom:
September 30th – U.S. Military, Partner Nations Conduct Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq: U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Monday and today using a mix of attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 11 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft today to conduct 11 airstrikes in Iraq.
In Syria, two airstrikes near Dayr ar Zawr destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle and an ISIL armed vehicle.
Five strikes in northeast Syria near Sinjar destroyed one ISIL artillery piece, one ISIL tank, three ISIL armed vehicles, two ISIL facilities, an ISIL observation post and struck four ISIL fighting positions.
Three strikes near Mazra al Duwud near the Syrian/Turkish border, destroyed one ISIL artillery piece, damaged another, and destroyed two ISIL rocket launchers.
One strike northeast of Aleppo destroyed four ISIL-occupied buildings. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, seven airstrikes in northwest Iraq destroyed one ISIL armored vehicle, two ISIL transport vehicles, and four ISIL armed vehicles and damaged one.
In the vicinity of Mosul Dam, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL armed vehicle.
Northwest of Baghdad, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle while another strike in west Fallujah struck an ISIL checkpoint.’

From UK Ministry of Defence:
September 30th 2014: In the course of an armed reconnaissance mission from RAF Akrotiri, 2 Tornados were tasked to assist Kurdish troops in north west Iraq who were under attack from ISIL terrorists. On arriving overhead, the RAF patrol, using the Litening III targeting pod, identified an ISIL heavy weapon position which was engaging Kurdish ground forces. One Paveway IV guided bomb was used to attack the ISIL position.
Following this engagement, the patrol identified an ISIL armed pick-up truck in the same area and conducted an attack on the vehicle using a Brimstone missile. An initial assessment indicates that both precision strikes were successful.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “Halting the advance of ISIL and helping the Iraqi government turn it back, and helping the Iraqi army and Kurdish forces to do that, is a huge task and is going to be a long campaign.
But the RAF have been flying day and night since Parliament gave that authority last Friday and they have been flying important missions, gathering intelligence, deterrents against ISIL terrorism, driving them back from the villages, as well as being there in close support when they are tasked to go down and help, in particular fighting, and that’s now what they’ve done today.”‘’

[Airwars note: From this date all coalition ally strike tallies are incorporated into overall data.]


Strike on ‘ISIL-held building,’ al-Hassakah, Syria, Sept 29th-30th 2014.


Coalition strike on vehicle, unknown location Iraq Sept 29th-30th 2014.


Coalition strike on ISIL tank, Iraq Sept 29th-30th 2014.


British strike on ISIL-held building in Rabia, Iraq Sept 29th 2014.

British Tornado airstrike on an ISIL technical, Sept 29th-30th 2014. (UK MoD)
British Tornado airstrike on ISIL technical, Sept 29th-30th 2014. (MoD)

 

SEPTEMBER 30th/OCTOBER 1st 2014
Iraq strikes 5 (238-242)
Syria strikes 3 (
79-81)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From Centcom:
October 1st – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Tuesday and today using a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct three airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces and a partner nation used a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft Tuesday and today to conduct five airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.
In Syria, three strikes near Kobani destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle, an ISIL artillery piece, and an ISIL tank. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, three strikes northwest of Mosul destroyed two ISIL armed vehicles, destroyed an ISIL occupied building, and struck two ISIL fighting positions.
One strike in the vicinity of Haditha Dam destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle while another strike northwest of Baghdad destroyed two armed vehicles.
To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the United Kingdom also participated in the Iraq airstrikes.’

From UK MoD:
October 1st – Following yesterday’s strikes on the ISIL terrorist organisation, Royal Air Force aircraft have seen further action overnight. Two Tornado GR4s from RAF Akrotiri, conducted an armed reconnaissance mission in support of Iraqi government forces west of Baghdad. They were tasked to examine a location suspected of being used as an ISIL command and control position.
At the scene they were able to identify ISIL activity and two vehicles, one of which was an armed pick up truck. Four Brimstone missiles were used to conduct a precision attack on the vehicles. Initial analysis indicates that the strikes were successful.’

 

Australian Ministry of Defence
Monthly data for September 2014

Aircraft

Sorties

Hours

Munitions/Fuel (lbs)

E7 2 9 N/A
KC-30 2 5 8,000
F/A-18F 4 20 Nil

 

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

Afcent Sept 2014