US-led Coalition in Iraq & Syria

Civilians in the ruins of Mosul city. (Maranie R. Staab)

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CJTF–OIR for December 9, 2018 – December 15, 2018
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December 15, 2018

From CJTF-OIR

Operation Roundup, which began May 1 to defeat ISIS in the Middle Euphrates River Valley and Iraqi- Syrian border region, has continued to gain ground and remove terrorists from the battlefield through offensive operations coupled with precision Coalition strike support.

Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve and its partner forces’ operations are exerting pressure on ISIS senior leaders and associates, as well as degrading, disrupting and dismantling ISIS organizational structures throughout Iraq and Syria.

Operation Roundup will continue to target ISIS as the Coalition remains committed to the lasting defeat of ISIS to increase peace and stability in the region, and to protect all our homelands from ISIS’s terrorist threat.

Weekly Strike Summary

Between Dec. 9 and Dec. 15, CJTF-OIR conducted 208 strikes consisting of 378 engagements in Syria.

On Dec. 15 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 47 strikes consisting of 90 engagements against ISIS targets.

–       Near Hajin, 47 strikes [2 or more British] engaged 20 ISIS tactical units, and destroyed 21 fighting positions, 32 staging areas, two petroleum oil and lubricant facilities, one command and control node, one tunnel, seven supply routes, one petroleum oil and lubricant tanker, one tactical vehicle and suppressed two mortar firing positions.

On Dec. 15 in Iraq, Coalition military forces did not conduct any strikes.

On Dec. 14 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes consisting of 41 engagements against ISIS targets.

–       Near Hajin, 27 strikes [Approx 5 British] engaged two ISIS tactical units, and destroyed 18 fighting positions, five staging areas, four supply routes, two heavy weapons systems and suppressed two mortar firing positions.

On Dec. 14 in Iraq, Coalition military forces did not conduct any strikes.

On Dec. 13 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 32 strikes consisting of 57 engagements against ISIS targets.

–       Near Hajin, 32 strikes [at least 3 British] destroyed 26 fighting positions, 11 staging areas, five supply routes, one petroleum oil and lubricant storage facility, and one piece of heavy equipment, suppressed one mortar firing position and damaged one fighting position.

On Dec. 13 in Iraq, Coalition military forces did not conduct any strikes.

On Dec. 12 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 26 strikes consisting of 52 engagements against ISIS targets.

–       Near Hajin, 25 strikes [5 British] engaged 11 ISIS tactical units, and destroyed 18 fighting positions, four staging areas, five supply routes, three petroleum oil and lubricant facilities, two financial nodes, one improvised explosive device facility and damaged three fighting positions.

–       Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed one fighting position.

On Dec. 12 in Iraq, Coalition military forces did not conduct any strikes.

On Dec. 11 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of 43 engagements against ISIS targets.

–       Near Hajin, 21 strikes [3 or more British] engaged 15 ISIS tactical units, and destroyed 16 fighting positions, five staging areas, two supply routes, one improvised explosive device facility, one building, one piece of engineering equipment, one vehicle and suppressed one mortar.

On Dec. 11 in Iraq, Coalition military forces did not conduct any strikes.

On Dec. 10 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes consisting of 59 engagements against ISIS targets.

–       Near Hajin, 29 strikes [2 or more British] engaged 17 ISIS tactical units, and destroyed 25 fighting positions, three tunnels, one supply route, one command and control node, one petroleum oil and lubricant facility, one staging area, one mortar tube, one heavy weapons system, one building, damaged one vehicle and suppressed one mortar firing position.

On Dec. 10 in Iraq, Coalition military forces did not conduct any strikes.

On Dec. 9, 2018 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 26 military strikes consisting of 36 engagements against ISIS targets.

–       Near Hajin, 26 strikes [1 British] engaged five ISIS tactical units, and destroyed 16 fighting positions, two command and control nodes, two staging areas, one weapons caches, one weapon storage facility, one petroleum oil lubricant site, one command and control node, and damaged one vehicle, one staging area, one fighting position and suppressed one mortar and one mortar firing position.

On Dec. 9 in Iraq, Coalition military forces did not conduct any strikes.

Between Dec. 9 and Dec. 15, CJTF-OIR detected 112 strikes from other actors that crossed the Euphrates River Valley. CJTF-OIR is committed to avoiding and in every case minimizing civilian casualties; CJTF-OIR calls on all other actors in the area to observe the same precautions.

Report Date

December 15, 2018

Report Summary

  • 208 total strikes
  • 208 in Syria

Confirmed Actions

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From CJTF-OIR

Operation Roundup, which began May 1 to defeat ISIS in the Middle Euphrates River Valley and Iraqi- Syrian border region, has continued to gain ground and remove terrorists from the battlefield through offensive operations coupled with precision Coalition strike support.

Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve and its partner forces' operations are exerting pressure on ISIS senior leaders and associates, as well as degrading, disrupting and dismantling ISIS organizational structures throughout Iraq and Syria.

Operation Roundup will continue to target ISIS as the Coalition remains committed to the lasting defeat of ISIS to increase peace and stability in the region, and to protect all our homelands from ISIS's terrorist threat.

Weekly Strike Summary

Between Dec. 9 and Dec. 15, CJTF-OIR conducted 208 strikes consisting of 378 engagements in Syria.

December 15, 2018
Syria: 47 strikes

On Dec. 15 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 47 strikes consisting of 90 engagements against ISIS targets.

Near Hajin, 47 strikes engaged 20 ISIS tactical units, and destroyed 21 fighting positions, 32 staging areas, two petroleum oil and lubricant facilities, one command and control node, one tunnel, seven supply routes, one petroleum oil and lubricant tanker, one tactical vehicle and suppressed two mortar firing positions.

On Dec. 15 in Iraq, Coalition military forces did not conduct any strikes.

December 14, 2018
Syria: 27 strikes

On Dec. 14 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes consisting of 41 engagements against ISIS targets.

Near Hajin, 27 strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units, and destroyed 18 fighting positions, five staging areas, four supply routes, two heavy weapons systems and suppressed two mortar firing positions.

On Dec. 14 in Iraq, Coalition military forces did not conduct any strikes.

December 13, 2018
Syria: 32 strikes

On Dec. 13 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 32 strikes consisting of 57 engagements against ISIS targets.

Near Hajin, 32 strikes destroyed 26 fighting positions, 11 staging areas, five supply routes, one petroleum oil and lubricant storage facility, and one piece of heavy equipment, suppressed one mortar firing position and damaged one fighting position.

On Dec. 13 in Iraq, Coalition military forces did not conduct any strikes.

December 12, 2018
Syria: 26 strikes

On Dec. 12 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 26 strikes consisting of 52 engagements against ISIS targets.

Near Hajin, 25 strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units, and destroyed 18 fighting positions, four staging areas, five supply routes, three petroleum oil and lubricant facilities, two financial nodes, one improvised explosive device facility and damaged three fighting positions.
Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed one fighting position.

On Dec. 12 in Iraq, Coalition military forces did not conduct any strikes.

December 11, 2018
Syria: 21 strikes

On Dec. 11 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of 43 engagements against ISIS targets.

Near Hajin, 21 strikes engaged 15 ISIS tactical units, and destroyed 16 fighting positions, five staging areas, two supply routes, one improvised explosive device facility, one building, one piece of engineering equipment, one vehicle and suppressed one mortar.

On Dec. 11 in Iraq, Coalition military forces did not conduct any strikes.

December 10, 2018
Syria: 29 strikes

On Dec. 10 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes consisting of 59 engagements against ISIS targets.

Near Hajin, 29 strikes engaged 17 ISIS tactical units, and destroyed 25 fighting positions, three tunnels, one supply route, one command and control node, one petroleum oil and lubricant facility, one staging area, one mortar tube, one heavy weapons system, one building, damaged one vehicle and suppressed one mortar firing position.

On Dec. 10 in Iraq, Coalition military forces did not conduct any strikes.

December 9, 2018
Syria: 26 strikes

On Dec. 9, 2018 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 26 military strikes consisting of 36 engagements against ISIS targets.

Near Hajin, 26 strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units, and destroyed 16 fighting positions, two command and control nodes, two staging areas, one weapons caches, one weapon storage facility, one petroleum oil lubricant site, one command and control node, and damaged one vehicle, one staging area, one fighting position and suppressed one mortar and one mortar firing position.

On Dec. 9 in Iraq, Coalition military forces did not conduct any strikes.

Between Dec. 9 and Dec. 15, CJTF-OIR detected 112 strikes from other actors that crossed the Euphrates River Valley. CJTF-OIR is committed to avoiding and in every case minimizing civilian casualties; CJTF-OIR calls on all other actors in the area to observe the same precautions.

UK MoD for December 14, 2018 – December 14, 2018
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December 14, 2018

Friday 14 December – a Reaper, Tornados and Typhoons conducted ten attacks on a total of twelve targets in the area around Hajin…On Friday 14 December, with the main town of Hajin reported to be largely liberated, a Reaper supported the SDF as they consolidated their control. Its crew conducted two successful attacks with Hellfire missiles against groups of terrorists observed south of the town. To the south-east, Tornados meanwhile assisted the SDF as they advanced down the main road towards Abu Kamal; Paveway IVs were used to eliminated a Daesh sniper team and a strongpoint, as well as cratering a road to prevent the terrorists moving up truck-bombs to attack a newly liberated area. Typhoons also provided close air support to the SDF, conducting attacks which struck six Daesh strongpoints, all of which had been firing on the SDF, as well as an armoured ZSU-23-4 anti-aircraft vehicle.

UK MoD for December 13, 2018 – December 13, 2018
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December 13, 2018

Thursday 13 December – Tornados and Typhoons supported the Syrian Democratic Forces clearing terrorists from Hajin, striking nine Daesh positions…Tornado and Typhoon flights provided close air support to the SDF as they fought to clear Daesh from areas of eastern and southern Hajin on Thursday 13 December. Very close coordination was required between our aircraft and the SDF since the latter were engaged in close-range combat with the terrorists; two attacks by the Typhoons accounted for five Daesh defensive positions, whilst three attacks by the Tornados dealt with a further four terrorist strongpoints.

French MoD for December 13, 2018
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For December 5th to 11th, France reports that it carried out 20 sorties and 7 strikes. Task Force Wagram carried out 38 firing missions (20 lighting, 18 destruction). Since November 21, 161 fire missions have been carried out and nearly 1,000 shells have been fired. Airwars reached out to French MoD to ask where the airstrikes were conducted and was told that all seven strikes were near Hajin

CHAMMAL

SITUATION MILITAIRE DU THEATRE

Ø Offensive contre les dernières poches de Daech en Syrie
Dans la région d’Hajine, dans la moyenne vallée de l’Euphrate, profitant de conditions météo défavorables, Daech a mené plusieurs attaques. Celles-ci se sont à nouveau heurtées à des frappes aériennes et des tirs d’artillerie de la coalition. Au bilan, grâce à l’appui de la coalition, les forces démocratiques syriennes (FDS) ont repris leur progression méthodique dans la zone.
Ø Poursuite des actions de sécurisation en Irak
En Irak, la situation est inchangée. L’activité de Daech est contrainte par les opérations des forces de sécurité irakiennes (FSI). A la frontière, l’effort visant à contrer toute tentative d’infiltration de Daech depuis la Syrie est maintenu.

ACTIVITE DE LA FORCE

Le dispositif français déployé au Levant n’a pas évolué. La frégate légère furtive Aconit patrouille en Méditerranée orientale dans le cadre de la fonction stratégique connaissance et anticipation.
Ø La Task Force Wagram en appui de l’offensive contre les dernières poches de Daech présentes dans la vallée de l’Euphrate
La Task Force (TF) Wagram continue d’appuyer les forces démocratiques syriennes qui luttent contre Daech dans la région d’Hajine. Elle a réalisé cette semaine, depuis le territoire irakien, 38 missions de tir (20 éclairement, 18 destruction – bilan du 28 novembre au 4 décembre inclus).
En trois semaines, Wagram a fourni un effort important pour stopper les contre-attaques de Daech puis appuyer les opérations des FDS qui reprennent l’initiative dans les derniers réduits tenus par l’organisation terroriste. Ainsi, depuis le 21 novembre, 161 missions de tir ont été réalisées et près de 1000 obus ont été tirés.
Depuis le début de son engagement, la Task Force Wagram a réalisé 2326 missions de tirs.
Ø Les bases aériennes en Jordanie et aux EAU en appui des opérations
Les aéronefs français basés en Jordanie et aux Émirats arabes unis poursuivent leurs actions contre Daech, au sein de la coalition.
Cette semaine, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé 20 sorties aériennes (bilan du 5 au 11 décembre inclus). Les Rafale français ont été significativement engagés dans l’appui aux FDS puisque les équipages ont conduit 7 frappes cette semaine permettant de neutraliser 9 objectifs ennemis.
Bilan total de l’action du pilier appui aérien depuis le 19/09/14 :
8708 sorties / 1489 frappes / 2292 objectifs neutralisés.

Ø Les Task Forces Monsabert et Narvik poursuivent leurs missions de formation
La Task Force (TF) Monsabert poursuit sa mission d’assistance et de conseil de l’état-major de la 6ème division irakienne. Elle conseille également les brigades subordonnées, dont la 106ème brigade d’artillerie irakienne.
La TF Narvik, poursuit sa mission de formation et de conseil de l’Iraki Counter Terrorism Service (ICTS). Le stage de formation au recueil de renseignement s’est achevé après six semaines d’instruction. Narvik forme actuellement les Irakiens dans les domaines suivants : mise en œuvre d’armes lourdes, combat motorisé, lutte contre les engins explosifs improvisés, sauvetage au combat et tir de précision.

UK MoD for December 12, 2018 – December 12, 2018
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December 12, 2018

Wednesday 12 December – a Reaper hit four terrorist targets in Hajin, including a truck being loaded with weapons, whilst Tornados destroyed a Daesh operating base within the town…Reaper support to the SDF continued into Wednesday 12 December. Several terrorists were spotted in a treeline, and successfully targeted with a GBU-12. The Reaper’s crew then observed extremists loading a truck with weapons and ammunition; they and the vehicle were struck with a Hellfire missile. Two more Hellfire attacks were carried out during the patrol, one hitting a group of terrorists firing at the SDF, the other striking a number of terrorists as they held a meeting behind the front line. Tornados were also active over Hajin, as the SDF advanced ever further into the town, and they carried out a successful attack with three Paveway IVs against a Daesh operating base.