Military reports – September 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 September 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.

September 1st- September 2nd 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (9,724-9,732)
Syria 5 strikes (5,040-5,044)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Sept. 1, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted five strikes using attack, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, rocket artillery, 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 Ar Raqqah, two strikes [1-2 British] damaged an ISIL weapons cache and destroyed another weapons cache.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units, and destroyed seven fighting positions and a weapons cache.

Iraq

*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a communications antenna.
*       Near Ar Rutbah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a building.
*       Near Hit, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed a building and a bunker.
*       Near Kisik, one strike damaged two ISIL tunnels.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike [1 British] destroyed two ISIL weapons caches.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar tube and a vehicle.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL security headquarters building.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 1st September:

‘Thursday 1 September – Tornados hit a Daesh weapons cache in northern Iraq, while a Reaper destroyed a large stockpile of explosive material in Raqqa, Syria…A Reaper remotely piloted aircraft operated over Raqqa in Syria on Thursday 1 September, where its crew helped identify a large stockpile of explosive materials at an industrial site, awaiting the manufacture of improvised explosive devices and other home-made weaponry. An attack using Hellfire missiles destroyed much of the stockpile, and left the remainder on fire. Near Qayyarah, Tornados providing close air support to Iraqi ground forces conducted a successful Paveway IV attack against a weapons cache hidden in a line of trees.’

An Air Task Group Strike Element member conducts maintenance on a Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A Hornet (Aus MoD)
Maintenance on a Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A Hornet at its Middle East base (Australian MoD)

September 2nd- September 3rd 2016
Iraq 3 strikes (9,733-9,735)
Syria 3 strikes (5,045-5,047)
Confirmed actions: US

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

Syria

*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and a building.

Iraq

*       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed two ISIL VBIEDs and four buildings.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed three ISIL artillery systems, six tunnel entrances, and a weapons cache.”

Update from French MoD for September 2nd:
[Reports that on Friday, September 2nd, the Rafale, recently deployed to the deployed air base in the Middle East as part of the operation Chammal, bombed Daesh defensive positions in the Mosul area. Weapons and amunitions caches were destroyed.]

CHAMMAL : Frappes Rafale contre Daech

Mise à jour : 10/09/2016 12:25

Vendredi 2 septembre, les Rafale, récemment déployés sur la base aérienne projetée au Proche-Orient dans le cadre de l’opération Chammal, ont bombardé des positions défensives de Daech dans la région de Mossoul.

Une patrouille de deux Rafale est en mission d’appui aérien au-dessus de l’Irak, dans le sud de Mossoul, lorsqu’elle est sollicitée pour bombarder plusieurs objectifs à l’ouest la ville. Rejoignant rapidement la zone, les avions reçoivent un ordre du CAOC (Combined Air Operation Center – centre des opérations aériennes) : faire feu sur des objectifs qui ont été préalablement identifiés par les forces irakiennes au sol.

Délivrant des bombes à guidage laser ou à guidage GPS+Laser, les Rafale détruisent peu de temps après, avec une précision métrique, des caches d’armes et de munitions de Daech.
« Après avoir tiré, nous avons vu beaucoup d’explosions secondaires » témoigne un pilote de la patrouille, ce qui confirme la présence d’explosifs dans ces caches.

Une telle opération, compte-tenu de la présence au sol de troupes amies, nécessite en effet un usage précis de la puissance de feu, un délai de réaction rapide et une bonne synchronisation jusqu’aux plus petits échelons tactiques. Cette coordination passe par les drones ou les équipes spécialisées au sol lorsqu’il y en a. Nommés JTAC (Joint Terminal Attack Controller), ces contrôleurs aériens avancés permettent de confirmer l’identification et la localisation des objectifs.

Les pilotes fournissent également des indications aux forces terrestres et aux autorités décisionnaires, grâce à des observations visuelles directes, des capacités de vision grossissante, de leur pod Damoclès et un système embarqué de transmission vidéos.

Ces frappes sont réalisées en amont et en aval d’autres frappes de la coalition, le même jour, sur des objectifs similaires et adjacents. Elles portent ainsi de puissants coups contre Daech. Elles répondent de fait à la mission confiée, détruire ou du moins affaiblir en profondeur les capacités militaires du groupe terroriste islamique.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal mobilise actuellement 1 000 militaires. Elle vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à assurer un soutien aérien en Irak et en Syrie dans la lutte contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech, en frappant notamment l’organisation terroriste avec des moyens aériens. Le dispositif complet est actuellement structuré autour de douze Rafale de l’armée de l’Air, d’un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2 de la Marine nationale ainsi que de capacités de renseignement, de commandement, de contrôle (C2) et de ravitaillement. Il comprend également une centaine de militaires projetés à Bagdad et Erbil pour la formation et le conseil des états-majors et unités irakiennes. La frégate légère furtive Courbet et son hélicoptère Panther sont également engagés dans le cadre de cette opération en mer Méditerranée depuis le 26 août.’

 

September 3rd- September 4th 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (9,736-9,743)
Syria 11 strikes (5,048-5,058)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Sept. 3, coalition military forces conducted 19 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 eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, rocket artillery, 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 Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed three ISIL cranes.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIL tanker truck.
*       Near Manbij, eight strikes engaged seven ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a logistical hub, a VBIED, an anti-air artillery system, and two vehicles.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.

Iraq

*       Near Hit, one strike destroyed two ISIL buildings and two vehicles.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and a financial storage center, and destroyed an assembly area, a command and control node, a rocket system, five rocket rails, two fighting positions, a bulldozer, and a vehicle.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes engaged two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three buildings, two mortar caches, a vehicle, and a mortar system.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes engaged an ISIL weapons cache and a building.”

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 3rd September:

‘Saturday 3 September – a Reaper attacked a terrorist check-point in north-western Iraq…On Saturday 3 September, a Reaper kept close watch on a Daesh vehicle check-point in north-western Iraq, in the Tall Afar region, which was being used by the terrorists to harass local civilian traffic. The Reaper’s crew waited patiently until there were no civilian vehicles in the area, then destroyed the check-point with a direct hit from a Hellfire.’

A French Rafale, deployed in Operation Chammal
A French Rafale, deployed in Operation Chammal

September 4th- September 5th 2016
Iraq 3 strikes (9,744-9,746)
Syria 9 strikes (5,059-5,067)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Sept. 4, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted three strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using 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 Ar Raqqah, six strikes destroyed eight ISIL trailers, three oil pump jacks, and 42 oil tanker trucks.
*       Near Manbij, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two vehicles and a fighting position.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed two ISIL communication towers.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an assembly area, a fighting position, and two vehicles.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday Sept 4th:

‘Sunday 4 September: Typhoons patrolled over western Iraq and engaged a group of terrorists who had been spotted several miles north of Ramadi. Although they attempted to seek cover beneath some trees, the extremists were struck accurately by a Paveway IV.’

September 5th- September 6th 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (9,747-9,753)
Syria 7 strikes (5,068-5,074)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Sept. 5, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, fighter, and attack aircraft 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 ISIL oil pump jacks, an oil tank, and a headquarters building.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed 13 ISIL oil tanker trucks and a tractor trailer.
*       Near Manbij, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL rocket rail and a cave entrance.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, two tunnel entrances, an observation post, and a rocket firing position.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed an assembly area, a fighting position, a vehicle, and a headquarters   building.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed a rocket system.’

 

 

September 6th- September 7th 2016
Iraq 12 strikes (9,754-9,765)
Syria 5 strikes (5,075-5,079)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 child alleged killed at Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Sept. 6, coalition military forces conducted 17 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 12 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter and attack 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 destroyed five ISIL oil tanker trucks.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed two ISIL oil tanker trucks.
*       Near Manbij, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three fighting positions.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions and a mortar system.

Iraq

*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a rocket cache, two buildings, and three bunkers.
*       Near Hit, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a building.
*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a tunnel entrance, a vehicle, and three heavy machine guns.
*       Near Mosul, six strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five vehicles, two dozers, a front-end loader, an excavator, inoperable coalition equipment, and damaged a tunnel.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three vehicles, two dozers, and eight rocket rails.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, a building, and a mortar system.’

 

Update from UK MoD for Thursday Sept 6th:

‘Tuesday 6 September: Qayyarah remains the focus for significant Iraqi offensive operations, and Royal Air Force aircraft have continued to contribute to the supporting coalition air effort. Two Tornado GR4s used Paveway IV guided bombs and Brimstone missiles to attack a large dispersed group of mechanical excavators and heavy trucks being used by Daesh to construct defensive positions in the area; at least seven vehicles were destroyed outright.’

September 7th- September 8th 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (9,766-9,772)
Syria 5 strikes (5,080-5,084)
Confirmed actions: US
1 or more civilians alleged killed near Dayr ez Zawr, Dayr Ezzor governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Sept. 7, coalition military forces conducted 12 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 seven strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and fighter aircraft 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 an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an oil tanker trailer, an oil workover rig, and a vehicle.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a mortar system and a vehicle.
*       Near Dayz Az Zawr, one strike destroyed four ISIL oil tanker trucks.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED.

Iraq

*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two bunkers and two vehicles.
*       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a building.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes engaged an ISIL financial center and destroyed a weapons storage facility.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, 12 rocket rails, four rocket systems, and an assembly area.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel entrance and suppressed a mortar position.’

 

September 8th- September 9th 2016
Iraq 5 strikes (9,773-9,777)
Syria 9 strikes (5,085-5,093)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2-7 civilians alleged killed at Tal Afar, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Sept. 8, coalition military forces conducted 14 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 five 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 Ayn Isa, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and an anti-air artillery system.
*       Near Dayz Az Zawr, six strikes damaged 10 ISIL supply routes.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

Iraq

*       Near Haditha, one strike destroyed two ISIL vehicles and an artillery cache.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed two ISIL rocket rails and a fighting position.
*       
Near Mosul, two strikes [1 British] destroyed an ISIL fighting position, a tunnel entrance, and a VBIED factory.
*       Near Tallafar, one strike [1 British] destroyed an VBIED factory.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 8th September:

‘Thursday 8 September – Tornados struck a bomb factory, training facility, rocket launchers and two groups of terrorist fighters in northern Iraq…Tornados continued operations over northern Iraq on Thursday 8 September: intelligence had identified a bomb-making factory and associated terrorist training facility in neighbouring compounds to the west of Tall Afar. A pair of Tornados struck both targets accurately with Paveway IVs, then proceeded to provide close air support to local Iraqi forces, in the course of which they conducted a further successful Paveway attack against two rocket launchers. A second pair of Tornados meanwhile patrolled east of Mosul, where they used Paveway IVs against two groups of Daesh extremists who had been spotted by a coalition surveillance aircraft.’

Update from French MoD on September 8th:
[France publishes an update on operations at Sept 1st. Since July 5th, French aircraft have continued their aerial missions against Daesh. 344 sorties were flown, with more than six sorties per day, alternating between aerial reconnaissance (52), shelling (273) and supply (19). 61 strikes were carried out with 100 targets destroyed. This averages more than one strike per day. Nearly 80% of the French strikes have focused on the area around Mosul.]

Point de situation des opérations au 01 septembre 2016

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Mise à jour : 08/09/2016 10:45
Armée française – Opérations militaires· jeudi 1 septembre 2016

IRAK / SYRIE : CHAMMAL
Au Levant, la situation sécuritaire reste délicate. Cette crise évolue dans un environnement opérationnel complexe mais les avancées des forces de la coalition sur le terrain sont réelles. L’objectif de la coalition est bien de neutraliser les capacités militaires de Daech et de ramener les conditions minimales de sécurité.
Sur le terrain : En Irak, les forces de sécurité irakiennes ont poursuivi leurs opérations de reconquête lancées depuis le printemps. et ont repris certaines villes clefs :
dans la vallée de l’Anbar, elles se sont emparées du poste frontière d’Al Walid et ont consolidé leurs lignes de communication vers les frontières syrienne et saoudienne ;
dans la vallée du Tigre, les forces de sécurité ont réussi à s’emparer de verrous défensifs en direction de Mossoul, grande ville tenue par Daech. Après avoir percé au Nord de Baïji le 15 juillet, elles ont récemment pris le contrôle de la ville de Qayyarah. Il s’agit maintenant de sécuriser complètement cette ville, la « dépolluer », en retirant les pièges, mines, et engins artisanaux laissés par Daech, et consolider les positions.
En Syrie, la coalition a contribué à libérer la ville de Manbïj. Il s’agit maintenant de coordonner la suite de l’action.
Au cours de l’été, Chammal a poursuivi son action sur les 2 volets : celui de la formation des forces armées irakiennes et celui aérien qui permet de frapper les capacités militaires de Daech en Irak comme en Syrie.
Pilier opérations aériennes
Depuis le 5 juillet, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont poursuivi leurs missions aériennes contre Daech. 344 sorties ont été effectuées soit plus de 6 sorties aériennes par jour, alternant reconnaissance aérienne (52), bombardements (273), et ravitaillement (19).
Au bilan, ce sont en tout 61 frappes réalisées et 100 objectifs neutralisés de Daech. Cette moyenne de plus d’une frappe par jour témoigne de l’intensité de notre engagement national.
Près de 80% de ces frappes françaises se sont concentrées sur les abords de Mossoul où la coalition porte son effort.
Ces frappes s’inscrivent dans une logique d’appui direct à la progression des troupes au sol pour affaiblir les défenses de Daech dans la région de Mossoul. Les 10 frappes planifiées conduites en Irak et en Syrie, visaient pour leur part des infrastructures clefs de Daech : atelier de fabrication d’IED, centre d’entraînement, de commandement.
Pilier formation
Les soldats français, essentiellement à Bagdad, poursuivent leurs actions de formation et de conseil au profit des forces irakiennes de l’ICTS et de la 6e division. selon un processus qui est désormais bien rodé.

MISE EN PLACE DU COMANFOR CHAMMAL :
Le 1er août 2016, le général de brigade aérienne Serge Cholley a pris le commandement de l’opération Chammal. Présent auprès de de l’état-major de la coalition installé au Koweït, il commande désormais les 1 000 militaires français déployés au Levant dans cette opération. > En savoir plus.’

Update from French MoD for September 8th:

Point de situation des opérations
[France gives an update on armed operations. They report that they have accentuated their actions against Daesh and that they have been effective in supporting the Iraqi forces in the conquest of territory and inflicting significant losses to Daesh who are now on the decline.]

Mise à jour : 09/09/2016 09:56

Point de situation sur les opérations des armées françaises du 8 septembre 2016

Situation au Levant ; Opération Chammal.

En Irak, après la prise de Qayyarah évoquée la semaine dernière, les forces de sécurité Irakiennes (FSI) se réorganisent et poursuivent la sécurisation autour de cette agglomération, notamment pour détruire les poches de résistance restantes (Sharqat et Hawijah), et consolider les positions avant de reprendre l’offensive.

En Syrie, la coalition s’attache aujourd’hui à coordonner les actions en conservant l’objectif final qui reste la destruction de Daech.

Activités de la force Chammal

L’action de la coalition s’inscrit dans une logique de soutien au profit des forces de sécurité irakienne présentes sur le terrain. Elle repose toujours sur ses deux piliers : un pilier aérien qui permet de frapper les capacités militaires de Daech en Irak comme en Syrie et un pilier de formation des forces armées irakiennes.

Le tempo des opérations de la coalition suit le rythme des avancées des FSI présentes sur le terrain. La réorganisation actuelles des FSI sur le terrain s’est donc traduite par une diminution des frappes aériennes dans la région. Cette semaine, deux frappes d’appui au sol ont ainsi été conduites par la France.

Déploiement GAN et GTA

Conformément à la décision du Président de la République, les armées françaises accentuent leurs actions contre Daech au Levant, dans la continuité des opérations menées depuis septembre 2014 au sein de la coalition internationale.  Ces opérations, menées en grande partie pour la France par l’armée de l’air depuis les bases de Jordanie et du Golfe, portent leurs fruits. Elles ont permis d’appuyer efficacement les forces irakiennes dans la reconquête de leur territoire et d’infliger des pertes conséquentes à Daech, désormais sur le recul.

En complément des actions de frappes menées par l’armée de l’air, la contribution française inclura le déploiement d’un groupe d’artillerie et l’envoi du groupe aéronaval avec le porte-avions Charles de Gaulle. Ces renforts seront opérationnels au début de l’automne et viendront appuyer les forces irakiennes dans la reprise de la ville de Mossoul. Le groupe d’artillerie est déployé avec des canons Caesar, le porte-avions a repris son entraînement et appareillera d’ici à la fin du mois de septembre pour rejoindre la Méditerranée orientale.

Retour sur le déploiement de Mirage 2000

Positionnés pour opérer dans des délais très brefs contre les fiefs de Daech, en Irak et en Syrie, les 8 Mirage 2000D et N ont été déployés du 12 décembre 2014 au 28 août 2016.

Intégrés à l’opération Chammal, au sein de l’opération OIR, ils ont effectués plus de 2 300 sorties (2 349) et près de 11 000 heures de vol (10 810).

Cela signifie que 3 à 4 M2000 ont décollé tous les jours pour une mission de frappe, et ce, pendant 21 mois sans interruption.

Ce niveau d’activité opérationnelle intense et sans relâche a pu être tenu dans la durée grâce à l’action de tous les hommes qui œuvrent, souvent dans l’ombre, pour permettre d’atteindre les objectifs opérationnels  :

Les équipes techniques mobilisées qui œuvrent à chaque instant pour réaliser la maintenance, la préparation et la mise en œuvre depuis ces bases extérieures, des aéronefs dans des conditions climatiques difficiles, et agressives pour le matériel,
Les équipes de soutien à terre qui permettent le ravitaillement en carburant, eau, nourriture, munitions, pièces de rechanges,
Les soutiens « en vol », à savoir les ravitaillements.

Sans le soutien de ces hommes, de ces équipes, disponibles, dévouées et performantes, ce type d’engagement dans la durée ne serait pas possible.

A cette heure du bilan de l’engagement des Mirage 2000, après ces 21 mois d’activités intenses, il est important de ne pas oublier combien l’action de ces équipes et de leur soutien a été déterminante dans cette opération.’

Update from Danish MoD for September 8th:
[In the past week, to Sept 7th, Denmark reports flying 10 missions and dropping 6 precision bombs over the Iraqi provinces of Nineweh, Irbil and Dahuk. The missions have included attacks on a Daesh building, fighters, an observation facility, and attacks on tunnel systems used for storing weapons.]

Mission Update no. 12
Update from the Danish forces in international missions.
08-09-2016 – kl. 14:48
The Joint Services Defence Command

Operation Inherently Resolve

Kampflybidraget
The Danish F-16 detachment in the period August 31 pm. 1200 to 7 September at. 1200 flown 10 missions over the Iraqi provinces of Ninawa, Erbil and Dahuk. There are in this context used 6-precision bombs. The missions have included attacks on ISIL building with ISIL fighters attack on an ISIL observation facility, and attacks on tunnel systems used for storing weapons. In addition, the aircraft conducted surveillance and intelligence gathering.

Danish F-16 thus has flown 121 missions in everything from Incirlik Air Base in Turkey since mid-June, when kampflybidraget again was inserted into the coalition against ISIL. During the period have been used 181 precision bombs.

Training contribution
The training of the Iraqi security forces are now moving again after a short period when the primary has gone on Danish instructor training. In the past week has DANCON completed training of 15 Iraqi soldiers. This gives DANCON Hold 4 conducted 383 courses for one man. Overall, DANCON thus trained 5,027 Iraqi soldiers.

Radar
During the week have the radar running without interruption. Operators carries air control operation southern area, which is currently mainly serves as a transit and air refueling area for the operations taking place in northern Iraq around Mosul.

On 8 September at 0630 local time got hold 4 handed over command from Hold 3, which can now return home to Denmark after a well-executed mission.

C-130
The week was marked by two days of repair of the C-130 plane, which until now has flown 139 hours in 35 missions.

For the other missions there is nothing to note

 

September 9th- September 10th 2016
Iraq 6 strikes (9,778-9,783)
Syria 10 strikes (5,094-5,103)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Sept. 9, coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted six strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using 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 Al Shadadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three fighting positions.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 16 oil tanker trucks, four tanker trailers, seven pump jacks, an oil workover rig, and a wellhead.
*       Near Dayz Az Zawr, four strikes engaged four ISIL supply routes.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting postion and a mortar system.

Iraq

*       Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three vehicles, two buildings, a cargo container, and a tractor-trailor.
*       Near Hit, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Mosul, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an assembly area, a vehicle, two mortar systems, a weapons cache, a tunnel entrance, six rocket rails, and suppressed a mortar system.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike [1 British] destroyed three ISIL vehicles and an anti-air artillery system, and suppressed two mortar systems.
*       Near Sinjar, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed a tunnel, two assembly areas, a mortar system, and a fighting position; and suppressed a mortar position.

Update from UK MoD for Friday 9th September:

‘Friday 9 September – Typhoons destroyed a howitzer and its prime mover in western Iraq, while a Reaper silenced a mortar team near Qayyarah…On Friday 9 September, Typhoon FGR4s were tasked to engage a howitzer which Daesh were attempting to bring into position some miles north of Ramadi. The artillery piece and its towing vehicle were well-concealed under trees, but the Typhoons were nevertheless able to score a direct hit with a Paveway IV. Near Qayyarah, a Reaper remotely piloted aircraft spotted a mortar team as they uncovered their weapon and began firing at Iraqi positions, but a Hellfire missile quickly removed the threat.’

September 10th- September 11th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (9,784-9,793)
Syria 14 strikes (5,104-5,117)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 civilian alleged killed Mazyoneh village, Aleppo governorate, Syria
6 civilians alleged killed at Raqqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Sept. 10, coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*    Near Al Shadadi, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a heavy machine gun, a weapons cache, a vehicle, and two fighting positions.
*    Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two supply routes and a vehicle.
*    Near Dayz Az Zawr, eight strikes destroyed 55 ISIL oil tanker trucks and 13 supply routes.
*    Near Manbij, one strike destroyed an ISIL anti-air artillery system.

Iraq

*    Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a boat.
*    Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four assembly areas.
*    Near Mosul, four strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units; damaged four tunnels; and destroyed 18 rocket rails, three vehicles, a financial center, and a weapons cache.  *    Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and a weapon system.
*    Near Samarra, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*    Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*    Near Tallafar, one strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel entrance.

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 10th September:

‘Saturday 10 September – a Reaper destroyed mortar and rocket teams near Qayyarah…On Saturday, a Reaper used a Hellfire to destroy a vehicle-borne mortar team, then located a large group of twelve rocket launchers being readied for firing. A Hellfire from the Reaper killed the terrorist who was preparing the weapons for launch, and the Reaper was then able to guide a coalition jet to the scene, so that it could use its larger guided bombs to destroy the rocket launchers.’

Update from French MoD for September 10th:
[Reports that on Friday, September 2nd, the Rafale, recently deployed to the deployed air base in the Middle East as part of the operation Chammal, bombed Daesh defensive positions in the Mosul area. Weapons and amunitions caches were destroyed.]

CHAMMAL : Frappes Rafale contre Daech

Mise à jour : 10/09/2016 12:25

Vendredi 2 septembre, les Rafale, récemment déployés sur la base aérienne projetée au Proche-Orient dans le cadre de l’opération Chammal, ont bombardé des positions défensives de Daech dans la région de Mossoul.

Une patrouille de deux Rafale est en mission d’appui aérien au-dessus de l’Irak, dans le sud de Mossoul, lorsqu’elle est sollicitée pour bombarder plusieurs objectifs à l’ouest la ville. Rejoignant rapidement la zone, les avions reçoivent un ordre du CAOC (Combined Air Operation Center – centre des opérations aériennes) : faire feu sur des objectifs qui ont été préalablement identifiés par les forces irakiennes au sol.

Délivrant des bombes à guidage laser ou à guidage GPS+Laser, les Rafale détruisent peu de temps après, avec une précision métrique, des caches d’armes et de munitions de Daech.
« Après avoir tiré, nous avons vu beaucoup d’explosions secondaires » témoigne un pilote de la patrouille, ce qui confirme la présence d’explosifs dans ces caches.

Une telle opération, compte-tenu de la présence au sol de troupes amies, nécessite en effet un usage précis de la puissance de feu, un délai de réaction rapide et une bonne synchronisation jusqu’aux plus petits échelons tactiques. Cette coordination passe par les drones ou les équipes spécialisées au sol lorsqu’il y en a. Nommés JTAC (Joint Terminal Attack Controller), ces contrôleurs aériens avancés permettent de confirmer l’identification et la localisation des objectifs.

Les pilotes fournissent également des indications aux forces terrestres et aux autorités décisionnaires, grâce à des observations visuelles directes, des capacités de vision grossissante, de leur pod Damoclès et un système embarqué de transmission vidéos.

Ces frappes sont réalisées en amont et en aval d’autres frappes de la coalition, le même jour, sur des objectifs similaires et adjacents. Elles portent ainsi de puissants coups contre Daech. Elles répondent de fait à la mission confiée, détruire ou du moins affaiblir en profondeur les capacités militaires du groupe terroriste islamique.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal mobilise actuellement 1 000 militaires. Elle vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à assurer un soutien aérien en Irak et en Syrie dans la lutte contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech, en frappant notamment l’organisation terroriste avec des moyens aériens. Le dispositif complet est actuellement structuré autour de douze Rafale de l’armée de l’Air, d’un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2 de la Marine nationale ainsi que de capacités de renseignement, de commandement, de contrôle (C2) et de ravitaillement. Il comprend également une centaine de militaires projetés à Bagdad et Erbil pour la formation et le conseil des états-majors et unités irakiennes. La frégate légère furtive Courbet et son hélicoptère Panther sont également engagés dans le cadre de cette opération en mer Méditerranée depuis le 26 août.’

September 11th- September 12th 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (9,794-9,800)
Syria 16 + 2* strikes (5,118-5,135)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Sept. 11, coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 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, 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 Al Shadadi, nine strikes engaged eight ISIL tactical units and destroyed 14 fighting positions, two bulldozers, a command and control node, a VBIED, a vehicle and a VBIED facility.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, six strikes destroyed 10 ISIL supply routes, three oil pump jacks, and other oil drilling equipment.
*       Near Dayz Az Zawr, one strike destroyed two ISIL oil tractor trailers.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Mosul, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four fighting positions.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed six rocket rails, a mortar system, two vehicles, 11 assembly areas, a tunnel entrance, a VBIED, a VBIED factory, and a command and control node.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a tunnel entrance and a checkpoint.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED factory.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.’

* See Sept 13th-14th press release for amended strikes in Syria

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 11th September:

‘Sunday 11 September – Tornados bombed a Daesh strongpoint in eastern Syria, while a Reaper destroyed a further mortar team near Qayyarah…The following day [11th Sept], another Reaper successfully used a Hellfire against a further terrorist mortar team near Qayyarah. In eastern Syria, Tornados provided support to the Syrian democratic forces by using a salvo of four Paveway IVs to demolish a large building in which Daesh fighters, including snipers, had fortified themselves.

he aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike), center, transits in formation with the French guided-missile frigate FS La Fayette (F 710), front, the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56), right, and the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) (US Navy)
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, center, transits in formation with the French guided-missile frigate FS La Fayette , front, the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto, right, and the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (US Navy)

 

September 12th- September 13th 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (9,801-9,809)
Syria 15 strikes (5,136-5,150)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
1 civilian alleged killed near Ash Shadadah, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Sept. 12, coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, fighter, rocket artillery 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 destroyed 10 ISIL oil tanker trucks.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, seven strikes engaged seven ISIL tactical units and destroyed a VBIED, three vehicles, and a command and control node.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, five strikes engaged two ISIL weapons caches and destroyed 11 supply routes.
*       Near Dayz Ar Awr, one strike destroyed three ISIL oil tanker trucks.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system and a mortar cache.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ammo caches and two buildings.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes destroyed three ISIL headquarters buildings.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes [1 British?] destroyed four ISIL headquarters buildings, a vehicle, and a VBIED.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position, a building, and a heavy machine gun.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and a tunnel entrance.’

Update from UK for Monday 12th September:

‘Monday 12 September – a Reaper destroyed three terrorist mortars near Qayyarah in northern Iraq…Iraqi ground forces, having liberated first the nearby airfield, then the town of Qayyarah from Daesh, continue to conduct offensive operations in the surrounding area and north towards Al Hawd. They have been well supported by coalition aircraft, with Royal Air Force Reapers putting their ability to remain on patrol for extended periods of time to valuable use in hunting down Daesh mortar teams attempting to conduct harassing fire against the Iraqi advance. On Monday 12 September, one Reaper successfully located and attacked, using Hellfire missiles, three different terrorist mortars near Qayyarah.’

The canopy of anopy of an F/A-18E Super Hornet is cleaned aboard the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)
The canopy of an F/A-18E Super Hornet is cleaned aboard the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)

September 13th- September 14th 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (9,810-9,818)
Syria 17 strikes (5,151-5,167)
Confirmed actions: US
2 civilians, including 1 woman, alleged killed near Ash Shadadah, Al Hassakah governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Sept. 13, coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted three 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 destroyed five ISIL supply routes.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, four strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five vehicles and a VBIED.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, seven supply routes, and an oil well head.
*       Near Dayz Ar Zawr, three strikes destroyed four ISIL oil tanker trucks, an oil tanker trailer, five vehicles, and an oil well head.
*       Near Mar’a, five strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, three mortar systems, and damaged another mortar system.           

Iraq

*       Near Mosul, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed a vehicle, two tunnel entrances, and four assembly areas.


Additionally, due to a delayed strike assesment two strikes near Dayz Ar Zawr that were conducted on Sept. 11 were not reported on the Sept. 12 strike release.  The correct assessment reads:

Syria

*     Near Dayz Ar Zawr, two strikes destroyed four ISIL supply routes’

A port engine is removed from an F/A-18C Hornet (US Navy)
A port engine is removed from an F/A-18C Hornet (US Navy)

September 14th- September 15th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (9,819-9,828)
Syria 10 strikes (5,168-5,177)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
4 civilians alleged killed at Al Salhiya near Al Bukamal, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
2-4 civilians, including 1 child, alleged killed at M’eizileh near Al Bukamal, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Sept. 14, coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, seven strikes destroyed 21 ISIL supply routes, an oil well head, and two oil tanker trucks.
*       Near Dayz Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIL oil well head and an oil tanker truck.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions and a mortar system.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, two strikes engaged an ISIL chemical weapons storage facility and destroyed a rocket system, a rocket rail, and a mortar system.
*       Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a building.
*       Near Mosul, one strike [1 British] engaged an ISIL IED factory.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three mortar systems, a fighting position, four rocket rails, a tunnel, and inoperable coalition equipment.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL tractor trailer, a front-end loader, and a fighting position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, four strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit, two headquarters buildings, and a VBIED factory; destroyed 25 watercraft, a headquarters building, and a VBIED factory; and suppressed a mortar position.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 14th September:

‘Wednesday 14 September – a Reaper struck a further two mortars near Qayyarah and Al Hawd, while Typhoons bombed Daesh-held buildings south-east of Mosul…Another Reaper accounted for a further two mortar teams on Wednesday 14 September, one near Qayyarah, the other closer to Al Hawd. The same day, Typhoon FGR4s patrolled further north, around Mosul; south-east of the city, they were tasked to engage two Daesh-held buildings which Iraqi forces had enountered out in the countryside. Both targets were demolished using Paveway IV guided bombs.  ‘

Update from Danish MoD for September 15th:
[From Sept 7th – 14th Denmark report 10 missions over the Iraqi provinces of Irbil, Dahuk and Nineweh and the Syrian governorates of Al Raqqah, Halab and Al Hasakah. 12 precision bombs were dropped.]

Mission update nr.13

Opdatering fra de danske styrker i internationale missioner.

15-09-2016 – kl. 13:15

Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Operation Inherent Resolve

Kampflybidraget
De danske F-16 kampfly har i den seneste uge fløjet 10 missioner. Missionerne har fundet sted over de irakiske provinser Erbil, Dahuk og Ninawa samt de syriske provinser Al Raqqah, Halab og Al Hasakah.
Missionerne har omfattet angreb på morterstillinger, bygninger, luftværnskanoner, opmarcheringsområder og køretøjer.

Fra onsdag 7. september kl. 12.00 til onsdag den 14. september kl. 12.00 er følgende gældende:
– Der er fløjet 10 missioner
– Der er anvendt 12 præcisionsbomber
Den samlede total er dermed:
– Der er fløjet 131 missioner
– Der er anvendt 193 bomber

Træningsbidraget
I den forgangne uge har der været opstart på træningen af Border Guard Police. Træningsbidraget har desuden været involveret i uddannelse af sygehjælpere fra den 7. irakiske division.

Radarbidraget
Overdragelsen fra Hold 3 til Hold 4 er nu overstået. Hold 3 ankom til Danmark i weekenden efter en veloverstået mission.
I løbet af ugen har radaren kørt uden afbrydelser. Bidraget støtter for tiden koalitionens kamp mod ISIL-fraktioner omkring de befriede områder vest for Bagdad.

Transportbidraget
Flyet har i ugens løb været begrænset i sit virke pga. fejl på stellet. Derfor har bidraget ikke kunnet beflyve alle pladser i Irak og har af den grund aflyst flere missioner.
En CARGO specialist er tilgået missionen denne weekend og det har allerede haft en god effekt. Hans opgave er at støtte alle tre samarbejdende eskadriller med at få planlagt og pakket deres gods korrekt.

Minusma
Der har været holdskifte blandt de danske specialoperationsstyrker i Mali. Hold 2 er nu klar til at fortsætte den indsats, som hold 1 har ydet de seneste fire måneder.

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2
Absalon er efter deltagelse i OPRECLIB – fjernelse af kemiske stoffer fra Libyen – nu atter i Middelhavet. Skibet indgår nu i NATOs anden stående fregatstyrke – Standing NATO Maritime Group 2.
Skibsbidraget løser sammen med andre NATO-enheder opgaver i forbindelse med Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR, der har til hensigt at imødegå ulovlige aktiviteter i hele Middelhavet. Absalon er i øjeblikket indsat i det vestlige Middelhav.
Ud over Absalons egen besætning er der blandt andet tilført en helikopter fra Flyvevåbnet, specialoperationsstyrker fra Frømandskorpset og andre særlige kapaciteter. Absalon skal efter planen vende tilbage til Frederikshavn i begyndelsen af december.

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

From Sept 7th- 13th, France reports 13 strikes in Iraq, destroying 19 targets.

Update from French MoD for Sept 15th:
[From Sept 7th-13th, France conducted 28 missions, mainly in the Mosul area. They carried out 13 strikes in Iraq, destroying 19 targets – Daesh logistics depots, defensive positions and weapons caches.]

Point de situation des opérations
Armée française – Opérations militaires·Thursday, 15 September 2016
LEVANT / CHAMMAL

Appréciation de situation
Daech continue de perdre  du terrain en Irak comme en Syrie sous l’action de la coalition et de  ses partenaires sur les différents fronts. Daech organise désormais  une défense discontinue centrée notamment sur des zones sanctuaires et  des points d’appui autour de zones urbaines.

En Irak, dans la région de Qayyarah, les FSI consolident leurs positions avant de reprendre l’offensive.
En Syrie, les forces de la coalition poursuivent leur progression vers le sud où la résistance de Daech est plus marquée.

Activités de la force Chammal
Cette  semaine, les avions de la coalition ont poursuivi leur action au profit  des forces de sécurité irakiennes au sol avec un  effort accru contre les lignes d’approvisionnement et de communication de Daech. 8 vols ISR ont été réalisés. Les Rafale  ont par ailleurs mené 28 missions d’appui aérien et de frappes  planifiées, principalement dans la région de Mossoul.
Cette activité aérienne a permis de réaliser 13 frappes et de  détruire 19 objectifs (dépôts logistiques, positions défensives et  caches d’armes de Daech).
Dans la région de Bagdad, les TF Narvik et Montsabert poursuivent leur action de formation au profit des forces irakiennes.’

An E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System returns at sunset from a combat mission (US Air Force)
An E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System returns at sunset from a combat mission (US Air Force)

September 15th- September 16th 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (9,829-9,835)
Syria 10 strikes (5,178-5,187)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
27-40 civilians, including 9 children and 4-8 women, alleged killed at Al Mayadeen, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Sept. 15, coalition military forces conducted 17 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 seven 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, six strikes destroyed five ISIL supply routes, two oil well heads, six oil tanker trucks, a bulldozer, and a bobcat.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Dayz Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed eight ISIL oil tanker trucks and seven oil well heads.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a bunker.
*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an artillery system, a vehicle, a tunnel entrance and damaged another vehicle.
*       Near Bashir,  one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Mosul, one strike engaged an ISIL logistics facility.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactial unit.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a building, a vehicle, a fuel truck, and five rocket rails.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two mortar systems and a weapons cache.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 15th September:

‘Thursday 15 September – a Reaper destroyed yet another mortar near Al Hawd, Typhoons hit a cave and terrorist vehicle south-east of Haditha…On Thursday 15 September, a Reaper tracked terrorists carrying mortar ammunition near Al Hawd. The terrorists led them to a concealed mortar, which was duly struck with a Hellfire. In western Iraq, a group of Daesh had been identified hiding in a cave some ten miles south-east of Haditha; two Typhoons scored a direct hit on the cave entrance with one Paveway IV, then used a second to destroy their truck parked some distance away.’

Maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)
Maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (US Navy)

September 16th- September 17th 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (9,836-9,842)
Syria 18 strikes (5,188-5,205)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
2 or more civilians alleged killed at Telul al Baj, Nineveh province, Iraq
1 or more civilians alleged killed at Haditha, Anbar province, Iraq
4 or more civilians alleged killed at Rawa, Anbar province, Iraq
3-4 civilians, including 2-3 women, alleged killed at Maskanah near Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria
5 civilians, including 2 children, alleged killed at Akashat or Saada villages, Al Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Sept. 16, 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, 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, five strikes damaged 10 ISIL supply routes and destroyed two oil well heads.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, four strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions, two vehicles, a weapons cache, and a front-end loader.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed an ISIL training compound, an oil well head, an oil pump jack, and two oil storage tanks.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike damaged five ISIL supply routes.
*       Near Mar’a, six strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units, three fighting positions, two tunnels, two command and control nodes, and a mortar system.

Iraq

*       Near Hit, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a building.
*       Near Mosul, two strikes destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions and damaged a tunnel entrance.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, a weapons cache, and 29 watercraft.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and a staging area and destroyed a fighting position and a building.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike damaged an ISIL tunnel.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 16th September:

‘Friday 16 September – Tornados destroyed a Daesh-held building in western Iraq…Tornado GR4s patrolled the Euphrates valley in western Iraq on Friday 16 September. North-west of Ramadi, they successfully attacked, using Paveway IV guided bombs, a Daesh-held building.’

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

‘TAMPA, Fla. – Earlier today Coalition aircraft conducted an airstrike south of Dayr Az Zawr, Syria. Coalition forces believed they were striking a Da’esh fighting position that they had been tracking for a significant amount of time before the strike. The coalition airstrike was halted immediately when coalition officials were informed by Russian officials that it was possible the personnel and vehicles targeted were part of the Syrian military.

The location of the strike is in an area the coalition has struck in the past, and coalition members in the Combined Air Operations Center had earlier informed Russian counterparts of the upcoming strike.  It is not uncommon for the Coalition Air Operations Center to confer with Russian officials as a professional courtesy and to deconflict Coalition and Russian aircraft, although such contact is not required by the current U.S. – Russia Memorandum of Understanding on safety of flight.

Syria is a complex situation with various military forces and militias in close proximity, but coalition forces would not intentionally strike a known Syrian military unit, officials said. The coalition will review this strike and the circumstances surrounding it to see if any lessons can be learned.’

 

September 17th- September 18th 2016
Iraq 8 strikes (9,843-9,850)
Syria 13 strikes (5,206-5,218)
Confirmed actions: US, DENMARK, UK
1 civilian alleged killed at Tal Hassan village near Maskanah, Aleppo governorate, Syrian
1 civilian alleged killed at Al Tabaqa, Raqqa governorate, Syria
62-83 Syrian troops alleged killed at Al Tharda Mountain, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Sept. 17, coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed an ISIL oil pump jack, and two oil well heads and damaged seven supply routes.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed two ISIL tactical vehicles.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed seven ISIL oil tanker trucks and damaged eight supply routes.
*       Near Mar’a, five strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed an artillery system, and three fighting positions and damaged a fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Al Qaim, three strikes destroyed an ISIL weapons cache and two VBIED facilities.
*       Near Hit, two strikes destroyed an ISIL headquarters building, a command and control node, and a weapons facility.
*       Near Mosul, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, two mortar systems, and an artillery system.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.

Additionally, near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike, believed to have engaged an ISIL fighting position, may have mistakenly struck a Syrian military unit and destroyed Syrian military vehicles. The incident is under investigation.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 17th September:

‘Saturday 17 September – a Reaper took part in a coalition air attack in eastern Syria that was alleged to have struck Syrian regime forces by mistake. Another Reaper provided close air support to Iraqi troops near Qayyarah… On Saturday 17 September, a Reaper joined other coalition aircraft in a strike against a reported Daesh position south of Dayr az Zawr in Syria, but this was later alleged to have in fact been a position held by Syrian regime forces; a detailed investigation into the incident is being conducted by the coalition. In Iraq, however, a second Reaper provided effective close air support to Iraqi forces operating near Qayyarah. The Reaper provided surveillance support to two successful coalition air strikes on Daesh mortar teams, then used its own Hellfire missiles to destroy a 152mm howitzer and its tow vehicle./

Update from Danish MoD for Sept 17th:
[Two Danish F-16s took part together with other Coalition aircraft in attacks on a suspected Daesh position in Dayr Az Zawr region, Syria. The attack was stopped immediately after Russian reports said that a Syrian military position had been hit.]

‘Forsvarets kommentarer efter angreb i Syrien
18-09-2016 – kl. 23:05
Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Den  internationale koalition mod ISIL gennemførte den 17. september 2016 en række angreb på en formodet ISIL-stilling i området omkring Dayr Az Zawr i Syrien.

To danske F-16-fly deltog sammen med andre nationers fly i disse angreb. Angrebet blev stoppet øjeblikkeligt, da der fra russisk side kom meldinger om, at en syrisk militær position var blevet ramt.

Det er naturligvis beklageligt, hvis koalitionen ved en fejl har ramt andet end
ISIL-styrker.

Koalitionen indleder nu en undersøgelse af angrebet. Forsvaret vil samarbejde fuldt ud med koalitionen om undersøgelsen.

Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando har ikke flere kommentarer på nuværende tidspunkt.’

September 18th- September 19th 2016
Iraq 12 strikes (9,851-9,862)
Syria 16 strikes (5,219-5,234)
Confirmed actions: US, FRANCE, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Sept. 18, coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed two ISIL oil tanker trucks and an oil tanker trailer and damaged three supply routes.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed an ISIL VBIED factory and an oil tanker truck.
*       Near Ayn Isa, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a vehicle, a command and control node, and an artillery system.
*       Near Mar’a, eight strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven fighting positions, three IEDs, three vehicles, a mortar system, and a command and control node.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, two strikes destroyed two ISIL IED factories.
*       Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an ISIL building.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes [2 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two vehicles, a fighting position, a mortar system, and two tunnel entrances.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an improvised weapons facility, a VBIED factory, an ISIL headquarters building, and two vehicles and suppressed a rocket launcher system.
*      Near Ramadi, two strikes [2 British] destroyed an ISIL headquarters building, a mortar system, two supply caches, and four rocket rails.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and suppressed a mortar system.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a medium machine gun and suppressed a rocket-propelled grenande system.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 18th September:

‘Sunday 18 September – Typhoons bombed several terrorist targets in western Iraq, while Tornados hit three targets north of Mosul and a Reaper destroyed a vehicle near Qayyarah…A Reaper was again active near Qayyarah on Sunday 18 September, when it destroyed a terrorist truck with a Hellfire missile. To the north of Mosul, Tornados employed an Enhanced Paveway II and a Paveway IV to strike a Daesh strongpoint and an armed truck, then used a second Paveway IV to attack a group of terrorists on foot. Intelligence had identified a Daesh facility in western Iraq, close to the Syrian border, and Typhoon FGR4s used three Paveway IV bombs against this target, then provided close air support to Iraqi forces operating north-west of Ramadi: three more Paveway IVs accounted for a group of rocket launchers and a weapons cache.’

Update from French MoD for September 18th:
[France reports that on Sept 18th four Rafale fighters armed with cruise missiles destroyed a Daesh site in the Mosul area. This was used as a training center for terrorist fighters and as a factory for producing explosive car bombs.]

‘Chammal : nouvelles frappes SCALP contre Daech

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Mise à jour : 19/09/2016 20:05

Le 18 septembre 2016, les Rafale de la force Chammal ont effectué un raid contre un site du groupe terroriste en utilisant des missiles SCALP.

Quatre avions Rafale armés de missiles de croisière ont détruit un site de Daech dans la région de Mossoul. Centre d’entraînement pour combattants terroristes, ce site était également utilisé comme usine de production d’engins explosifs pour véhicules piégés. Les avions ont réalisé le raid en complète autonomie depuis la base aérienne projetée en Jordanie.

Au cours des quatre derniers jours, les avions de l’armée de l’air française ont poursuivi leurs actions d’appui aux troupes irakiennes au sol et de destruction contre les installations de Daech, notamment dans la région de Mossoul. Ces frappes de la force Chammal, réalisées au sein de la coalition OIR, s’inscrivent dans le renforcement des actions interarmées visant à préparer la prise de la ville de Mossoul, prochain objectif de la coalition.’

 

September 19th- September 20th 2016
Iraq 20 strikes (9,863-9,882)
Syria 9 strikes (5,235-5,243)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Sept. 19, coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using attack, bomber, and fighter against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 20 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 an ISIL well head.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL barracks.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed seven oil tanker trucks and damaged two supply routes.
*       Near Mar’a, four strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a command and control node and three IEDs.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, three strikes destroyed an ISIL bunker and two command and control nodes.
*       Near Al Huwayjah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Fallujah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Qayyarah, four strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and a communications facility and destroyed a vehicle, a heavy weapons system, and a checkpoint.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes [2 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and a staging area and destroyed two heavy machine guns, a weapons cache, two command and control nodes, and two logistics hubs.
*       Near Rawah, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle storage facility.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a weapons cache and suppressed a mortar position.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system and a supply cache.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike [1 British] destroyed an ISIL tunnel entrance, a vehicle, a supply cache, a mortar system, a building, and nine fighting positions.’

Update from UK MoD for Monday 19th September:

‘Monday 19 September – Tornados struck three targets in northern and western Iraq…Operations in the area north of Ramadi continued on Monday 19 September, when Tornados used an Enhanced Paveway II guided bomb to destroy a Daesh supply store, and two Paveway IVs to destroy a neighbouring headquarters. Tornados also operated over north-western Iraq, where a Brimstone missile was used to destroy a terrorist vehicle spotted some ten miles north-west of Tall Afar.’

September 20th- September 21st 2016
Iraq 14 strikes (9,883-9,896)
Syria 8 strikes (5,244-5,251)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
3-7 civilians alleged killed at Mosul, Nineveh province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
On Sept. 20, coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using attack, bomber, 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 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 23 ISIL oil tanker trucks and four well heads.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike produced inconclusive results.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes damaged nine supply routes.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed three mortar systems and two fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED facility.
*       Near Albu Hayat, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a VBIED.
*       Near Bashir, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and an anti-air artillery system.
*       Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and suppressed a second tactical unit.
*       Near Mosul, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Qayyarah, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed six vehicles, six watercraft, two VBIEDs, and a heavy machine gun.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and a staging area; and destroyed a vehicle, a building, a mortar system, a fighting position, a fuel tanker, and two rocket rails.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed two ISIL improvised weapons facilities.
*       Near Tal Afar, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two vehicles and a weapons cache.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 20th September:

‘Tuesday 20 September – a Reaper conducted three attacks on terrorist activity near Sharqat in northern Iraq, while Typhoons destroyed a Daesh fuel store in western Iraq…Paveway IV-armed Typhoons bombed a Daesh fuel store north of Ramadi on Tuesday 20 September, whilst a Reaper flew overwatch for an Iraqi army brigade as it advanced near Sharqat. The Reaper provided support to two coalition air attacks which destroyed a truck bomb, another terrorist vehicle and a large group of extremists, then used a GBU-12 guided bomb to conduct its own attack on a further group of insurgents spotted in the open. The Reaper’s crew tracked two terrorists as they went to a building and collected a second truck-bomb which was concealed under a carport, then followed the truck-bomb as it was driven away from an inhabited area. As the truck-bomb rendezvoused with another Daesh vehicle, it was struck with a Hellfire missile. Both vehicles were destroyed by the subsequent blast.’

Update from French MoD for September 21st:
[France reports that on Sept 13th, an E-3F rejoined Operation Chammal in Qatar. Two days later the plane and its crew prepared for its firts mission over Iraq and Syria.]

‘Un E-3F rejoint l’opération Chammal

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Mise à jour : 21/09/2016 15:06

Le 13 septembre, un E-3F décollait de la base aérienne 702 près d’Avord (18) pour rejoindre celle d’Al Udeid au Qatar. Deux jours plus tard, cet aéronef de commandement et de conduite aéroportés, plus connu sous le nom d’AWACS, et son équipage, assuraient leur première mission au-dessus de la Syrie et de l’Irak.
e3f-en-vol-1

Pour la sixième fois, un E-3F de la 36ème escadre de commandement et de conduite aéroportés (EC2A) renforce les forces françaises engagées au Levant. La soixantaine d’aviateurs déployés est donc aguerrie à cette lutte menée par la Coalition contre les groupes armés terroristes de Daech.

Deux jours après leur arrivée, équipage et mécaniciens se concentraient déjà sur la réalisation de leur premier vol opérationnel. « A partir d’une zone aérienne couvrant la Syrie et l’Irak, nous avons collaboré avec un AWACS australien pour établir une situation aérienne complète. L’objectif était de fournir au Centre de commandement tactique ( Combined Air Operation Center), par transmissions de données, toutes les détections d’aéronefs identifiés comme amis ou inconnus » explique le lieutenant-colonel Jean-Yves, commandant du détachement.

« Sous la direction d’un commandant de bord et d’un chef de mission, pilotes, navigateurs, contrôleurs et techniciens embarqués ont d’ailleurs vite retrouvé leurs réflexes de spécialiste au cours de ces huit premières heures de vol dans le ciel du Levant», poursuit-il.

Avoir une idée précise des différentes menaces et de toutes les activités aériennes du théâtre au Levant s’avère en effet décisif pour les autorités militaires comme pour les unités aériennes engagées au-dessus du champ de bataille.

L’E-3F offre à la France une autonomie renforcée en termes de commandement, de conduite mais aussi d’appréciation de la situation sur le théâtre grâce à ses nombreux capteurs. Il capte, réoriente en vol les frappes d’appui rapproché et le flux des ravitaillements en vol. Il dispose lui-même d’une endurance accrue, fort de sa capacité de ravitaillement en vol compatible avec de nombreux types d’aéronefs ravitailleurs.

De retour à Al Udeid, la mission continue au sol. Il faut analyser les informations reçues, les exploiter et en déduire de nouvelles méthodes d’action pour l’équipage comme pour l’ensemble des spécialistes qui mettent en œuvre cet « appareil à haute valeur ajoutée » dont l’électronique vient d’être modernisée au tout dernier standard de l’US AIR Force.

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal mobilise actuellement 1 000 militaires. Elle vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à renforcer le volet aérien offensif de la Coalition en Irak et en Syrie contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech.

Le dispositif complet est actuellement structuré autour de douze Rafale de l’armée de l’air, d’un avion de détection et de contrôle aéroporté E-3F, d’un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2 de la marine nationale ainsi que de capacités de renseignement, de commandement et de contrôle (C2). Il comprend également une centaine de militaires projetés à Bagdad et Erbil pour la formation et le conseil des états-majors et unités irakiennes. La frégate de défense aérienne Forbin est engagée dans l’opération Chammal en mer Méditerranée depuis le mois de mai.’

Air Mobility Task Group members group photo at Australia's main logistics base, Middle East Region. (Aus MoD)
Air Mobility Task Group members group photo at Australia’s main logistics base, Middle East Region. (Aus MoD)

 

September 21st- September 22nd 2016
Iraq 13 strikes (9,897-9,909)
Syria 16 strikes (5,252-5,267)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Sept. 21, coalition military forces conducted 29 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 13 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. 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.
*       Near Al Shadaddi, one strike damaged an ISIL supply route.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed an ISIL weapons factory and barracks.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle, four oil tanker trucks, an oil tanker trailer, two oil well heads, and damaged six supply routes.
*       Near Manbij, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and damaged a checkpoint.
*       Near Mar’a, seven strikes engaged seven ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a vehicle, and an anti-air artillery system.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a repeater tower and a bunker.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed three weapons caches, and suppressed a sniper firing position.
*       Near Qayyarah, four strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed 38 vehicles, four watercraft, and a land bridge; damaged a culvert entrance; and suppressed a tactical unit.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactial unit and destroyed two vehicles, two supply caches, and a fuel tank.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and an artillery system.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a checkpoint.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 21st September:

‘Wednesday 21 September – a Reaper and four Tornados hit a number of targets near Sharqat, another Reaper struck a check-point in north-western Iraq, and Typhoons destroyed a bunker in western Iraq…On Wednesday 21 September, a Reaper and two flights of Tornados again provided close air support to Iraqi forces near Sharqat. A Hellfire from the Reaper killed a number of terrorists and badly damaged their nearby vehicle, while a Brimstone and two Paveway IVs from the Tornados struck another two groups of terrorists and a truck. The Tornados also used a Paveway IV to sink a barge that was being used to ferry a truck-bomb across the Tigris. A Reaper patrolled over eastern Syria and north-western Iraq, and destroyed a terrorist check-point in the Tall Afar region with a Hellfire. In western Iraq, Typhoons bombed a bunker on the northern bank of the Euphrates.’

Update from Danish MoD for September 22nd:
[Denmark reports that from Sept 14th – Sept 21st, they have flown 12 missions over the Iraqi provinces of Irbil, Dahuk and Nineweh and the Syrian governorates of Ar Raqqah, Halab and Dayr Az Zawr. They report dropping 20 precision bombs. Targets destroyed include a Daesh truck, heavy machine gun position, training camp, armored vehicles and IED factory.]

Mission update nr. 14
Opdatering fra de danske styrker i internationale missioner.
22-09-2016 – kl. 12:34

Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Operation Inherent Resolve

Kampflybidraget
To danske F-16 kampfly deltog lørdag den 17. september sammen med andre nationers fly i det angreb, der angiveligt ramte syriske styrker. Episoden undersøges nu af koalitionen. Se mere her.

De danske F-16 har i den seneste uge fløjet 12 missioner. I forbindelse med missionerne er der gennemført overvågning, efterretningsindhentning samt angreb på en blokvogn, en stilling med et tungt maskingevær,  en ISIL træningslejr,  pansrede køretøjer,  en IED-fabrik og et ISIL opmarcherings- og samlested.
Missionerne er foregået over de irakiske provinser Erbil, Dahuk og Ninawa samt de syriske provinser Ar Raqqah, Halab og Dayr Az Zawr.

Fra onsdag den 14. september kl. 12.00 til onsdag den 21. september kl. 12.00 er følgende gældende:

– Der er fløjet 12 missioner
– Der er anvendt 20 præcisionsbomber

Den samlede total er dermed:

– Der er totalt fløjet 143 missioner
– Der er totalt anvendt 213 bomber

Træningsbidraget
Træningsbidraget har i den forløbne uge været involveret i træningen af det irakiske Border Guard Police. Uddannelsen har primært været fokuseret på enkeltmandsfærdigheder, herunder blandt andet våbenbetjening og taktisk sanitetstjeneste for enkeltmand. De irakiske officerer har gennemført samme pensum samt været på et to-dages kursus i kortlære.

Radarbidraget
Radaren har den seneste uge kørt uden afbrydelser. Bidraget støtter fortsat koalitionens kamp mod ISIL omkring de befriede områder vest for Bagdad.

Minusma
I Mali er højtiden Tabaski (12. til 15. september) forløbet fint, og højtiden er blevet fejret uagtet at sikkerhedssituationen i den nordlige del af Mali er meget spændt. De danske styrkebidrag har løst rutinemæssige opgaver – herunder moniteret fejringen af Tabaski.

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

 

September 22nd- September 23rd 2016
Iraq 16 strikes (9,910-9,925)
Syria 14 strikes (5,268-5,281)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Sept. 22, coalition military forces conducted 30 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes using attack, bomber and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 16 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 two ISIL oil well heads.
*       Near Al Shaddadi, one strike destroyed inoperable Coalition equipment.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed two ISIL pump jacks.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, seven strikes damaged 14 ISIL supply routes.
*       Near Manbij, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an IED and a fighting position.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions, a vehicle, and a rocket rail.
*       Near Hit, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building.
*       Near Mosul, seven strikes [1 British] engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed an IED factory, a weapons cache, and a heavy machine gun.
*       Near Qayyarah, two strikes [1 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two vehicles and a weapons cache.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactial unit and destroyed four mortar systems, two vehicles, and a supply cache.
*       Near Sinjar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactial unit and suppressed a heavy machine gun.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes destroyed an ISIL weapons cache and a vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 22nd September:

‘Thursday 22 September – Tornados and a Reaper destroyed four targets around Sharqat, Qayyarah and Mosul…Operations near Sharqat and Qayyarah continued on Thursday 22 September. South-west of Sharqat, a Reaper kept watch as a terrorist truck collected weapons and equipment from three different locations; it was then destroyed with a Hellfire missile. The Reaper’s crew then tracked a second vehicle, waited until the Daesh occupants got out, and struck them with another Hellfire. A Tornado mission conducted a successful Brimstone attack on an armed truck hidden in a culvert beneath a railway line near Qayyarah, then flew to the north-east of Mosul where a Paveway IV was used to destroy a Daesh-held building.’

Update from French MoD for September 22nd:
[France reports 10 strikes in the past week in Iraq, predominantly in the north of the country. Among the strikes was one planned mission conducted by 4 Rafales on September 18th. Six SCALP missiles destroyed a Daesh training and production center for explosive devices in the Mosul area. The rest of the strikes were in support of ground troops.]

LEVANT / CHAMMAL

SITUATION

Alors qu’en fin de semaine dernière, une accalmie relative régnait sur le plan des opérations en raison des fêtes de l’Aïd et du cessez-le-feu, les récents incidents y ont mis un terme.

La stratégie de la coalition pour mettre en difficulté Daech porte peu à peu ses fruits en parvenant à isoler progressivement l’organisation sur différents plans. Les reprises de Mossoul et de Raqqah demeurent les prochains objectifs militaires.

Dans ce contexte, en Syrie, Daech organise sa défense autour d’Al Bab et effectue un repli vers l’Est.

En Irak, Daech poursuit ses activités de harcèlement dans la région de Qayyarah alors que les forces irakiennes ont repris l’offensive contre les poches de résistances restantes, près de Sharqat notamment.

ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE CHAMMAL

Les avions de la coalition ont poursuivi leur action au profit des forces de sécurité irakiennes au sol.

Les 38 sorties ont inclus 3 vols de renseignement, 3 vols de commandement et de conduite aéroportés. Elles ont permis de réaliser 10 frappes aériennes. Ces dernières ont été majoritairement menées dans le nord de l’Irak. Elles s’inscrivent dans une phase de destruction des lignes de défense du groupe terroriste à proximité de la ville de Mossoul.

Parmi les frappes, 1 mission planifiée a été conduite par 4 Rafale le 18 septembre. 6 SCALP ont permis de détruire un centre d’entrainement et de production d’engins explosifs dans la région de Mossoul. Le reste des frappes a concerné des missions d’appui au profit de troupes au sol.

Marquant également la volonté française d’intensifier les efforts contre Daech, en soutien des forces irakiennes, le groupe aéronaval avec le porte-avions Charles de Gaulle est actuellement en mer dans une phase d’entraînement et de montée en puissance avant de rejoindre sa zone d’opérations en Méditerranée orientale. Il permettra  de renforcer la capacité de frappes aériennes au sein de l’opération OIR.’

September 23rd- September 24th 2016
Iraq 9 strikes (9,926-9,934)
Syria 11 strikes (5,282-5,292)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Sept. 23, coalition military forces conducted 20 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 nine 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 Ar Raqqah, six strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two IED manufacturing facilities, two oil well heads, three pump jacks, and a vehicle.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle, two oil well heads, and three oil tanker trucks and damaged a supply route.
*       Near Manbij, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and a heavy machine gun.
*       Near Mar’a, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three fighting positions.

Iraq

*       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL rocket cache.
*       Near Kisik, two strikes suppressed two ISIL mortar positions.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions, a rocket rail, and a tunnel.
*       Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed an ISIL chemical weapons factory.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactial unit and destroyed two mortar systems.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed eight rocket rails, three rocket systems, and a vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 23 September:

‘Friday 23 September – Typhoons struck two mortar positions in western Iraq, while a Reaper destroyed a truck loaded with rockets in the north…Operations by the Iraqi army to clear the Tigris valley south of Mosul continue. On Friday 23 September, a Royal Air Force Reaper scouted ahead of the Iraqi advance near al Hawd. The Reaper’s crew spotted a Daesh truck on the move, loaded with rockets. A direct hit from a Hellfire missile on the driver’s cab and engine brought the vehicle to an immediate halt and a second missile safely destroyed its cargo. In western Iraq, two Typhoons patrolled to the north-west of Ramadi, where they used a pair of Paveway IV guided bombs against two terrorist mortar positions located within a palm grove.’

Col John Dorrian briefs the Pentagon Press Corps on September 23, 2016 from Baghdad, Iraq, on the Coalition’s progress against Da’esh.

September 24th- September 25th 2016
Iraq 14 strikes (9,935-9,948)
Syria 13 strikes (5,293-5,305)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
4-8 friendly forces killed at Rutbah, Anbar province, Iraq

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Sept. 24, coalition military forces conducted 27 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 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, two strikes destroyed seven oil tanker trucks.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes destroyed seven ISIL oil well heads and damaged two supply routes.
*       Near Manbij, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions, two weapons caches, and a mortar system.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a VBIED, a vehicle, and a heavy machine gun.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a watercraft, two vehicles, a VBIED, and damaged a vehicle.
*       Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL watercraft.
*       Near Mosul, six strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed two vehicles, two tunnels, and an anti-air artillery system; and damaged four fighting positions.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactial unit and destroyed three vehicles, a heavy machine gun, and an anti-air artillery system.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, four strikes destroyed three ISIL headquarters buildings, a weapons cache, and a mortar system.’

Update from UK MoD for Saturday 24 September:

‘Saturday 24 September – a Reaper provided close air support to Iraqi operations in the Tigris valley and conducted four attacks on terrorist targets…On Saturday 24 September, a Reaper was again flown over the Tigris, near Qayyarah, where it provided surveillance support to a coalition air strike that destroyed a Daesh headquarters. The Reaper then turned its attention to several groups of extremists out in the open. Hellfire attacks struck one mortar team and two groups of terrorists. A few survivors of the attacks then boarded a motorboat, hoping to make their escape across the Tigris, but a fourth Hellfire sank them at the mooring.’

Cleaning of the landing gear of an F/A-18C Hornet (US Navy)
Cleaning of the landing gear of an F/A-18C Hornet (US Navy)

September 25th- September 26th 2016
Iraq 17 strikes (9,949-9,965)
Syria 10 strikes (5,306-5,315)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
‘On Sept. 25, coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 17 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 five ISIL oil tanker trucks and two oil well heads.
*       Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed nine oil well heads and an oil tanker truck.
*       Near Manbij, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions and a tank.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions and a mortar system.

Iraq

*       Near Al Huwayjah, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units.
*       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building.
*       Near Hit, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and a staging area and destroyed three ISIL-held buildings.
*       Near Kisik, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, a tunnel, and a watercraft.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed two weapon caches, two fighting positions, and two tunnels; and suppressed a mortar system.
*       Near Qayyarah, four strikes [2-4 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed three rocket rails, three vehicles, two mortar systems, a rocket system, a fighting position, and a weapons cache.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike destroyed two ISIL machine guns.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL-held building.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 25 September:

‘Sunday 25 September – a Reaper again patrolled the northern Tigris valley, delivering four further attacks…On Sunday 25 September, a Reaper was again back in the skies near Qayyarah where it conducted four attacks on Daesh targets using its Hellfire weapons. Another mortar was destroyed, and three missiles eliminated a group of terrorists engaged in a close quarters fight with Iraqi troops.’

 

September 26th- September 27th 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (9,966-9,976)
Syria 9 strikes (5,316-5,325)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Sept. 26 Coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine 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, 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 destroyed two ISIL oil well heads.
*      Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*      Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed three oil pump jacks.
*      Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed five oil tan ker trucks, a vehicle, and
a front end loader and disabled a bridge along an ISIL supply route
*      Near Manbij, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions.
*      Near Mar’a, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactica l units and destroyed two fighting positions and three improvised explosive devices.
Iraq
*     Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED facility.
*     Near Bayji, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and a rocket rail.
*     Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*     Near Kisik, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit
*     Near Mosul, four strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and damaged two fighting positions.
*     Near Ramadi, one strike eng aged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle,
and an ammunition cache
*     Near Sinjar, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar system.
*     Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four vehicles.
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Update from UK MoD for Monday 26 September:
‘Monday 26 September – Tornados destroyed two Daesh vehicles in the Qayyarah region, a Reaper destroyed another vehicle near Sharqat, and Typhoons bombed a terrorist position east of Mosul…The following day [Sept 26th], Tornados used an Enhanced Paveway II guided bomb against a truck-bomb near Qayyarah and a Brimstone missile to destroy a light truck in the same area. Further south in the valley, near Sharqat, a Reaper destroyed another Daesh vehicle and then supported a coalition attack on an additional truck-bomb. Meanwhile, Typhoons operated to the east of Mosul, where a Paveway IV was used against a Daesh-held building.
From Belgium MoD on Sept 26th:
[Belgium publish article on their F-16s deployed in the Middle East. They say that there are six Belgium F-16s and “almost everyday there’s one or more in the sky for a reconnaissance flight”. “The Americans perform most commands” adds the detachment commander”.]
‘Vliegwerk in hitte, zand en wind
wee F-16-gevechtsvliegtuigen staan op 22 september met ronkende motoren klaar op het tarmac van een vliegbasis in het Midden-Oosten. De basis bestaat uit niet meer dan enkele landingsstroken en gebouwen in een dor, uitgestrekt woestijnlandschap. Toch is deze desolate plek de thuisbasis van waaruit Defensie deelneemt aan de strijd tegen DAESH onder de naam operatie Desert Falcon.”Welkom in Snow City”, zegt de detachementscommandant terwijl we de Belgische compound binnenrijden. “De naam is slechts figuurlijk, geïnspireerd door de vele witte stenen her en der, want koud is het hier allerminst.” De wind is vandaag feller en venijniger dan anders. Het stof waait aanhoudend op en hier en daar vormt zich een kleine zandhoos. Het kamp van de Belgen is echter goed beschut tegen al die natuurkrachten.In totaal verblijven bijna honderd Belgen in de compound. Ze werken er allemaal in het teken van de missies van de F-16’s en hun piloten. Bijna elke dag gaan er een of meerdere toestellen de lucht in voor een verkenningsvlucht bijvoorbeeld. Naast de Belgen biedt het kamp ook plaats aan een Nederlands detachement. Zij verzorgen onder andere de troepenbescherming aan de poorten van Snow City.Het Belgische detachement steunt de internationale coalitie, die onder Amerikaans bevel valt. De Belgen hebben zes F-16’s laten overvliegen, terwijl de Verenigde Staten kan rekenen op het dubbele aantal. “De Amerikanen voeren de meeste opdrachten uit”, gaat de detachementscommandant verder.Het Belgische detachement wisselde eind augustus zijn voorgangers af. Nog tot de lente van 2017 zullen Belgische F-16’s opdrachten uitvoeren in het Midden-Oosten. Dan doen ze mogelijk opnieuw haasje-over met de Nederlanders en nemen de Belgen weer de rol van troepenbescherming over.’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bAULnK5s-4

September 27th- September 28th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (9,977-9,986)
Syria 12 strikes (5,326-5,337)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
3 civilians including a woman and a child alleged killed at Al A’rima near Manbij, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Sept. 27, coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*    Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles.
*    Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL pump jack.
*    Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed 12 oil tanker trucks, two oil well heads, and disabled a bridge along an ISIL supply route.
*    Near Manbij, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed five fighting positions.
*    Near Mar’a, five strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed five fighting positions and a mortar system.      

Iraq

*    Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED facility.
*    Near Kisik, one strike produced inconclusive results.
*    Near Mosul, four strikes [1 British] engaged an ISIL tactical unit, suppressed a mortar system, and destroyed an anti-air artillery system and a tunnel.
*    Near Qayyarah, two strikes [1 British] destroyed two ISIL vehicles and a mortar system.
*    Near Ramadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*    Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system and damaged an excavator.’

Update from UK MoD for Tuesday 27 September:

‘Tuesday 27 September – Typhoons hit one mortar team near Qayyarah, and a second mortar team and an artillery piece to the north of Mosul…Two flights of Paveway IV-armed Typhoons continued operations in northern Iraq on Tuesday 27 September. They conducted successful strikes on a mortar team near Qayyarah, plus a second mortar and an artillery piece to the north of Mosul.’

From Belgium MoD on Sept 27th:
[Belgium publish article on their F-16s in the Middle East, saying there are 99 pilots in total at their base. They talk about inspection of engines, maintenance and ‘red card holders’ : older, highly experienced F-16 pilots].

‘“Tijdens operatie Desert Falcon is niemand overbodig”
Eind juni 2016 vloog Defensie zes van zijn F-16’s over naar het Midden-Oosten voor de strijd tegen DAESH. Elke dag filtert een ervaren F-16-piloot in het hoofdkwartier de ene opdracht na de andere voor de Belgen. De operatie is intens en vraagt veel van mens en machine. “Met 99 zijn we in totaal”, zegt de detachementscommandant. “Maar geen man is hier overbodig.”

Nog voor de zon een nieuwe dag aankondigt, zijn de onderhoudstechnici druk in de weer in en rond een F-16. Ze hebben de zware motor uit het toestel getrokken voor controle. “Om de 200 vlieguren kijken we de motor na op de kleinste mankementen”, vertelt de militair die de laatste inspectie voltooid vooraleer de techniekers de motor weer in het toestel duwen. “Het is een belangrijk werk want het vele stof hier tast de mechaniek aan. Daarom moeten we elke opening hermetisch afsluiten tegen opwaaiend zand maar ook ongedierte.”

Naast de onderhoudstechnici zijn er militairen die de piloot bijstaan met de communicatie, het gevechtsvliegtuig helpen opstarten of de bewapening voorbereiden en monteren. Haast elk gevechtsvliegtuig dat vertrekt heeft twee explosieven onderaan zijn vleugels hangen om indien nodig de grondtroepen te steunen. Ze wegen tot één ton en eens geplaatst moeten de technici er heel omzichtig mee omgaan. Daarom verwijderen ze de veiligheidspinnen slechts enkele minuten voor het vertrek.

Nog een belangrijke pion tijdens de operatie Desert Falcon is de zogenaamde red card holder. Dat is een oudere F-16-piloot met jaren ervaring achter de kiezen. Samen met een juridische raadgever doorspit hij elke opdracht van de Belgen. Komt de missie overeen met het mandaat dat Defensie van de regering kreeg? Respecteert de opdracht de wetten bij gewapende conflicten?

“Het is cruciaal dat elke opdracht zonder onschuldige slachtoffers verloopt”, besluit de detachementscommandant. “Collaterale schade is een term die niet in ons woordenboek staat. We willen te allen prijze vermijden dat er door ons toedoen burgerslachtoffers vallen. Die rode kaart van de ervaren F-16-piloot mag je dus erg letterlijk nemen.”‘

September 28th- September 29th 2016
Iraq 10 strikes (9,987-9,996)
Syria 8 strikes (5,338-5,345)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTF-OIR:
On Sept. 28, coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery against ISIL targets. The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

*       Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed two ISIL oil tanker trucks, an oil well head, and a pump jack and damaged three supply routes.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed two ISIL oil well heads.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an oil tanker truck.
*       Near Manbij, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Mar’a, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an IED, a fighting position, and a mortar system.

Iraq

*       Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED facility.
*       Near Bayji, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.
*       Near Haditha, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.
*       Near Kisik, two strikes destroyed an ISIL fighting position and suppressed two ISIL mortar firing positions.
*       Near Mosul, four strikes [1 British] engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a front-end loader, a weapons cache, and a vehicle.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and two trench systems.’

Update from UK MoD for Wednesday 28th September:

‘Wednesday 28 September – Typhoons attacked Daesh-held buildings north-east of Mosul, while a Reaper destroyed a vehicle-borne mortar north-east of Qayyarah in northern Iraq…A pair of Royal Air Force Typhoons operated to the north-east of Mosul on Wednesday 28 September, using three Paveway IV guided bombs against a cluster of Daesh-held buildings. To the south of Mosul, in the Tigris valley, a Reaper patrolled the area around Qayyarah, where it used a Hellfire missile to destroy a vehicle-mounted mortar.’

Update from Danish MoD for Sept 29th:
[From Sept 21st – 28th, Denmark report flying 14 missions over the Iraqi provinces of Irbil, Nineweh, Salah Ad Din and the Syrian governorates of Ar Raqqah, Halab, Hasakah and Dayr Az Zawr. They have used their bombs 12 times and have attacked Daesh heavy machine gun positions, terrorists, weapons warehouses, vehicle-borne IEDs and rocket positions.]

Mission Update nr. 15
Opdatering fra de danske styrker i internationale missioner.
29-09-2016 – kl. 12:55

Af Værnsfælles Forsvarskommando

Operation Inherent Resolve

Kampflybidraget
De danske F-16 har i den seneste uge fløjet 14 missioner. Der er gennemført overvågning, efterretningsindhentning og angreb på en stilling med tungt maskingevær, ISIL personel, våbenlagre, køretøjsbårne IED (Improvised Explosive Device) og raketstillinger.
Missionerne er foregået over de irakiske provinser Erbil, Ninawa, Salah Ad Din og de syriske provinser Ar Raqqah, Halab, Hasakah og Dayr Az Zawr.

Fra onsdag 21. september kl. 12.00 til onsdag den 28. september kl. 12.00 er følgende gældende:

– Der er fløjet 14 missioner
– Der er anvendt 12 præcisionsbomber

– Der er dermed totalt fløjet 157 missioner
– Der er totalt anvendt 225 præcisionsbomber

Træningsbidraget
Træningen af det irakiske Boarder Guard Police fortsætter.

Radarbidraget
I foregående uge har bidraget i særlig grad været beskæftiget med luftrumskoordinering mellem artilleri og bemandede og ubemandede fly til støtte for offensive operationer på landjorden.

Transportbidraget
Ugens missioner er gennemført som transportmissioner af i alt næsten 60 ton gods og 58 passagerer til Tyrkiet og Irak.

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

Update from French MoD on Sept 29th:
[This week France reports three strike destroying four targets]

Point de situation des opérations au 29 septembre 2016

Mise à jour : 29/09/2016 20:02

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.’

September 29th- September 30th 2016
Iraq 7 strikes (9,997-10,003)
Syria 17 strikes (5,346-5,362)
Confirmed actions: US, UK
4 civilians including 3 children alleged killed at Haji Koussa near Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Sept. 29, coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery 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 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 disabled a bridge along an ISIL supply route.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes destroyed five ISIL oil pump jacks, three oil tanker trucks, and an oil well head.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes damaged four ISIL supply routes and disabled a bridge along an ISIL supply route.
*       Near Manbij, three strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two VBIED facilities, a VBIED, a logistics node, and a fighting position.
*       Near Mar’a, five strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three VBIEDs, three fighting positions, and a weapons cache.
*       Near Washiyah, one strike destroyed an ISIL VBIED factory.’

Iraq


*       Near Al Qaim, one strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun cache.
*       Near Bashir, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and two staging areas and destroyed an excavator.
*       Near Mosul, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units; destroyed six ISIL-held buildings, two compounds, and a vehicle; damaged a tunnel; and suppressed a mortar system.
*       Near Ramadi, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed two fighting positions, two buildings, and an artillery system; damaged a trench system; and suppressed a tactical unit.
*       Near Tal Afar, one strike [1 British] destroyed an ISIL vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for Thursday 29th September:

‘Thursday 29 September – A Reaper destroyed an armed vehicle near Tall Afar in north-western Iraq…On Thursday 29 September, a Reaper conducted an armed reconnaissance mission over Tall Afar. It tracked down an armed truck which another coalition aircraft had encountered and although the vehicle was now concealed under trees, the Reaper scored a direct hit with a Hellfire.’

A Machinist's Mate prepares to separate an afterburner for maintenance in the jet shop of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Spet 29th (US Navy)
A Machinist’s Mate prepares to separate an afterburner for maintenance in the jet shop of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Spet 29th (US Navy)

September 30th- October 1st 2016
Iraq 11 strikes (10,004-10,014)
Syria 12 strikes (5,363-5,374)
Confirmed actions: US, UK, FRANCE
4-20 civilians including 3 children and 3 women alleged killed at Al Basira, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria

From CJTF-OIR:
On Sept. 30, coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted, and rotary 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 six oil tanker trucks, two vehicles, and an oil pump jack and damaged a vehicle and another oil tanker truck.
*       Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed three oil tanker trucks, two oil pump jacks, a bulldozer, and an oil well head.
*       Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed 24 oil tanker trucks and two oil well heads.
*       Near Manbij, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a command and control node, a mortar system, and a vehicle.
*       Near Mar’a, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed a vehicle, a command and control node, a fighting position, and a heavy machine gun.
*       Near Washiyah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles.

Iraq


*       Near Al Qaim, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
*       Near Hit, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
*       Near Mosul, six strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL-held buildings, two vehicles, two front-end loaders, two weapons caches and three tunnels entrances.
*       Near Ramadi, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building and a weapons cache.
*       Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three vehicles.’

Update from UK MoD for Friday 30th September:

‘Friday 30 September – Tornados bombed a rocket launcher north of Qayyarah…The next day [Sept 30th], two Tornados employed a Paveway IV to destroy a rocket-launcher north of Qayyarah.’

Update from French MoD for Septemeber 30th:
[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.]

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

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Mise à jour : 02/10/2016 17:26

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.’

Monthly AFCENT data for September 2016:

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Monthly Australian MoD summary for September 2016:

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