Military reports – December 2017

Written by Alex Hopkins on December 4, 2017


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 December 2017. 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. Beginning on September 9th-11th 2017, the Coalition began issuing combined Saturday/ Sunday reports, though Airwars continues to disaggregate these by date.

December 1st – December 2nd 2017
Iraq 0 strikes (14,102 – 14,102)
Syria 12 strikes (14,358 – 14,369)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

‘Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Note: CJTF-OIR Strike Releases are now published on Mondays and Fridays. Strikes conducted on Friday through Sunday will be reported every Monday. Strikes conducted on Monday through Thursday will be reported every Friday. Our intent is to reduce the number of reports while maintaining transparency.

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Between Dec. 1 and Dec. 3, Coalition military forces conducted 33 strikes consisting of 49 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

On Dec. 3 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of nine engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed two ISIS vehicles, two heavy weapons and three fighting positions.

On Dec. 3 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Rutbah, one strike destroyed an ISIS-held building.

On Dec. 2 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, 11 strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units and destroyed eight ISIS vehicles, a heavy weapon, an ISIS fighting position and five explosive hazards.

On Dec. 2 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of four engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Al Asad, one strike destroyed two ISIS supply routes.
•       Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed two ISIS-held buildings.
•       Near Taji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

On Dec. 1 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 19 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, 12 strikes [1 or more British] engaged 13 ISIS tactical units and destroyed four ISIS vehicles, a tactical vehicle, an ISIS fighting position, an indirect fire weapon and a heavy weapon.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on Dec. 1, 2017.

Additionally, we received late reporting of one strike consisting of one engagement conducted in Syria against ISIS targets on Nov. 30, 2017 near Abu Kamal, engaging an ISIS tactical unit and destroying an ISIS vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for December 1st:

‘Friday 1 December – a Reaper conducted three attacks on terrorists in eastern Syria, and supported seven attacks by coalition aircraft…Whilst other Royal Air Force aircraft flew armed reconnaissance missions to identify remaining concentrations of terrorist activity, RAF Reapers supported the Syrian Democratic Forces as they cleared Daesh extremists from villages in eastern Syria, along the Euphrates valley. On Friday 1 December, a Reaper worked very closely with two flights of coalition aircraft, some fifteen miles north-west of Abu Kamal. The Reaper supported seven attacks by the coalition jets against several groups of terrorists, an armed truck and a Daesh-held building, and conducted three attacks with its own Hellfire missiles, which killed a number of extremists spotted both in defensive positions and in the open.’

December 2nd – December 3rd 2017
Iraq 4 strikes (14,103 – 14,106)
Syria 11 strikes (14,370 – 14,380)
Confirmed actions: US

‘Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Note: CJTF-OIR Strike Releases are now published on Mondays and Fridays. Strikes conducted on Friday through Sunday will be reported every Monday. Strikes conducted on Monday through Thursday will be reported every Friday. Our intent is to reduce the number of reports while maintaining transparency.

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Between Dec. 1 and Dec. 3, Coalition military forces conducted 33 strikes consisting of 49 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

On Dec. 3 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of nine engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed two ISIS vehicles, two heavy weapons and three fighting positions.

On Dec. 3 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Rutbah, one strike destroyed an ISIS-held building.

On Dec. 2 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, 11 strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units and destroyed eight ISIS vehicles, a heavy weapon, an ISIS fighting position and five explosive hazards.

On Dec. 2 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of four engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Al Asad, one strike destroyed two ISIS supply routes.
•       Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed two ISIS-held buildings.
•       Near Taji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

On Dec. 1 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 19 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, 12 strikes engaged 13 ISIS tactical units and destroyed four ISIS vehicles, a tactical vehicle, an ISIS fighting position, an indirect fire weapon and a heavy weapon.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on Dec. 1, 2017.

Additionally, we received late reporting of one strike consisting of one engagement conducted in Syria against ISIS targets on Nov. 30, 2017 near Abu Kamal, engaging an ISIS tactical unit and destroying an ISIS vehicle.’

 

December 3rd – December 4th 2017
Iraq 1 strike (14,107 – 14,107)
Syria 5 strikes (14,381 – 14,385)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

‘Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Note: CJTF-OIR Strike Releases are now published on Mondays and Fridays. Strikes conducted on Friday through Sunday will be reported every Monday. Strikes conducted on Monday through Thursday will be reported every Friday. Our intent is to reduce the number of reports while maintaining transparency.

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Between Dec. 1 and Dec. 3, Coalition military forces conducted 33 strikes consisting of 49 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

On Dec. 3 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of nine engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, five strikes [1 British?] engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed two ISIS vehicles, two heavy weapons and three fighting positions.

On Dec. 3 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Rutbah, one strike destroyed an ISIS-held building.

On Dec. 2 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, 11 strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units and destroyed eight ISIS vehicles, a heavy weapon, an ISIS fighting position and five explosive hazards.

On Dec. 2 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of four engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Al Asad, one strike destroyed two ISIS supply routes.
•       Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed two ISIS-held buildings.
•       Near Taji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

On Dec. 1 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 19 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, 12 strikes engaged 13 ISIS tactical units and destroyed four ISIS vehicles, a tactical vehicle, an ISIS fighting position, an indirect fire weapon and a heavy weapon.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on Dec. 1, 2017.

Additionally, we received late reporting of one strike consisting of one engagement conducted in Syria against ISIS targets on Nov. 30, 2017 near Abu Kamal, engaging an ISIS tactical unit and destroying an ISIS vehicle.’

Update from UK MoD for December 3rd:

‘Sunday 3 December – a Reaper eliminated a group of terrorists occupying a building in eastern Syria, and assisted a further attack by coalition aircraft…Another Reaper provided similar assistance to the Syrian Democratic Forces on Sunday 3 December. Our aircraft provided surveillance support to a successful coalition air attack, then used a Hellfire missile to eliminate a group of terrorists who had taken up position in a building to the north-east of Abu Hammam.

December 4th – December 5th 2017
Iraq 0 strikes (14,107 – 14,107)
Syria 1 strike (14,386 – 14,386)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTFOIR:

‘Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Note: CJTF-OIR Strike Releases are now published on Mondays and Fridays. Strikes conducted on Friday through Sunday will be reported every Monday. Strikes conducted on Monday through Thursday will be reported every Friday. Our intent is to reduce the number of reports while maintaining transparency.

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Between Dec. 4 and Dec. 7, 2017, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 40 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

On Dec. 7 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of nine engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS headquarters, two fighting positions and an ISIS vehicle.

On Dec. 6 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed three ISIS vehicles, 13 ISIS watercraft and two ISIS-held buildings.

On Dec. 5 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 20 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, eight strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units and destroyed 17 ISIS watercraft, an improvised explosive device, an ISIS line of communication, an ISIS headquarters, a heavy weapon, an ISIS vehicle and an ISIS motorcycle.

On Dec. 4 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of one engagement against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS fighting position.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq Dec. 4 – 7, 2017.’

 

December 5th – December 6th 2017
Iraq 0 strikes (14,107 – 14,107)
Syria 8 strikes (14,387 – 14,393)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTFOIR:

‘Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Note: CJTF-OIR Strike Releases are now published on Mondays and Fridays. Strikes conducted on Friday through Sunday will be reported every Monday. Strikes conducted on Monday through Thursday will be reported every Friday. Our intent is to reduce the number of reports while maintaining transparency.

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Between Dec. 4 and Dec. 7, 2017, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 40 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

On Dec. 7 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of nine engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS headquarters, two fighting positions and an ISIS vehicle.

On Dec. 6 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed three ISIS vehicles, 13 ISIS watercraft and two ISIS-held buildings.

On Dec. 5 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 20 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, eight strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units and destroyed 17 ISIS watercraft, an improvised explosive device, an ISIS line of communication, an ISIS headquarters, a heavy weapon, an ISIS vehicle and an ISIS motorcycle.

On Dec. 4 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of one engagement against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS fighting position.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq Dec. 4 – 7, 2017.’

 

December 6th – December 7th 2017
Iraq 0 strikes (14,107 – 14,107)
Syria 4 strikes (14,394 – 14,397)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTFOIR:

‘Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Note: CJTF-OIR Strike Releases are now published on Mondays and Fridays. Strikes conducted on Friday through Sunday will be reported every Monday. Strikes conducted on Monday through Thursday will be reported every Friday. Our intent is to reduce the number of reports while maintaining transparency.

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Between Dec. 4 and Dec. 7, 2017, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 40 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

On Dec. 7 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of nine engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS headquarters, two fighting positions and an ISIS vehicle.

On Dec. 6 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed three ISIS vehicles, 13 ISIS watercraft and two ISIS-held buildings.

On Dec. 5 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 20 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, eight strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units and destroyed 17 ISIS watercraft, an improvised explosive device, an ISIS line of communication, an ISIS headquarters, a heavy weapon, an ISIS vehicle and an ISIS motorcycle.

On Dec. 4 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of one engagement against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS fighting position.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq Dec. 4 – 7, 2017.’

 

December 7th – December 8th 2017
Iraq 0 strikes (14,107 – 14,107)
Syria 5 strikes (14,398 – 14,402)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTFOIR:

‘Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Note: CJTF-OIR Strike Releases are now published on Mondays and Fridays. Strikes conducted on Friday through Sunday will be reported every Monday. Strikes conducted on Monday through Thursday will be reported every Friday. Our intent is to reduce the number of reports while maintaining transparency.

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Between Dec. 4 and Dec. 7, 2017, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 40 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

On Dec. 7 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of nine engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS headquarters, two fighting positions and an ISIS vehicle.

On Dec. 6 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed three ISIS vehicles, 13 ISIS watercraft and two ISIS-held buildings.

On Dec. 5 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 20 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, eight strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units and destroyed 17 ISIS watercraft, an improvised explosive device, an ISIS line of communication, an ISIS headquarters, a heavy weapon, an ISIS vehicle and an ISIS motorcycle.

On Dec. 4 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of one engagement against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS fighting position.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq Dec. 4 – 7, 2017.’

Update from French MoD on December 7th:

[The Wagram Task Force [artillery] is now fully dedicated to supporting the Iraqi security forces in their security and raking operations in the Euphrates Valley and the Jezirah Desert. This week, as part of this mission, five firefighting missions were carried out for the benefit of the Iraqi security forces. Since the beginning of its mission, TF Wagram has carried out 1587 shooting missions. In the last week, air activity has focused on intelligence missions for the benefit of Iraqi security forces and Syrian democratic forces. This resulted in 26 air sorties (balance sheet from November 29 to December 05). During these sorties no strikes were conducted. Totals since Sept 19th 2014: 
7541 sorties / 1422 strikes / 2209 targets destroyed.]

OPÉRATION CHAMMAL

SITUATION MILITAIRE DU THÉÂTRE

En zone irako-syrienne, la situation a peu évolué cette semaine :
En Irak, un premier ratissage du désert de Jézirah a été réalisé. Il a permis de mettre à jour de nombreuses caches d’armes et de matériels.
En Syrie, le rythme des opérations a marqué le pas du fait d’une météo dégradée et d’une forte résistance de Daech dans ses derniers bastions.

EFFORT DE LA COALITION

L’effort de la coalition se porte actuellement sur la sécurisation et le nettoyage des dernières poches terroristes restantes.

ÉVOLUTION DE LA SITUATION

Opération de ratissage du désert de Jézirah et de fouilles dans les zones récemment libérées
Dans le but de démanteler les structures et les cellules dormantes de Daech avant qu’elles ne se réactivent, des opérations de ratissage et de fouille sont menées sur l’ensemble du théâtre irakien.
La résistance opposée par Daech dans le désert de Jézirah est faible : les terroristes refusent l’affrontement en abandonnant une grande quantité de matériel.
Dans la partie est de l’Irak, les opérations de sécurisation conduites par les forces de sécurité irakiennes ont permis de mettre à jour de nombreuses caches d’armes ou de matériel, notamment autour de Mossoul, Rawah, Hawijah et Tal Afar.
Daech : une organisation affaiblie…

En 2015, Daech au Levant comptait entre 35000 et 45000 terroristes. Aujourd’hui, ils sont moins de 3000 dont la plupart sont actuellement traqués dans les régions désertiques. En outre, l’organisation terroriste ne contrôle aujourd’hui plus aucune emprise territoriale d’importance.
… qui conserve néanmoins sa capacité de nuisance

En Irak, privé de toute emprise territoriale Daech semble maintenant s’orienter vers des modes d’action asymétriques. Le 27 novembre, un important attentat a notamment eu lieu dans la banlieue de Bagdad sur le marché de Nahrawan, faisant une dizaine de morts et plus d’une vingtaine de blessés.
En Syrie, les combats dans la vallée de l’Euphrate sont particulièrement âpres. Acculés, sans possibilité de fuir et voyant leur espace de manœuvre se réduire, les terroristes n’ont pas d’autre choix que d’essayer de survivre en intensifiant le combat. Daech y oppose donc une résistance farouche tant aux forces démocratiques syriennes qu’aux forces pro-régime.
Début du retour des réfugiés

En Irak comme en Syrie, le retour des réfugiés s’accélère bien que la situation humanitaire soit encore précaire. A Raqqa des ONG ont ainsi commencé à intervenir afin d’aider les premiers retours autorisés de réfugiés.

ACTIVITE DE LA FORCE

La Task Force Wagram en appui des opérations de ratissage menées dans la vallée de l’Euphrate et le désert de Jézirah
La Task Force Wagram est maintenant totalement dédiée à l’appui des forces de sécurité irakiennes dans leurs opérations de sécurisation et de ratissage de la vallée de l’Euphrate et du désert de Jézirah. Cette semaine, et dans le cadre de cette mission, cinq missions de tirs ont été réalisées au profit des forces de sécurité irakiennes.
Depuis le début de sa mission, la TF Wagram, a réalisé 1587 missions de tirs.

Activité aérienne

Cette semaine, l’activité aérienne s’est concentrée sur des missions de renseignement au profit des forces de sécurité irakiennes et des forces démocratiques syriennes.
Elle a donné lieu à 26 sorties aériennes (bilan du 29 novembre au 05 décembre). Au cours de ces sorties aucune frappe n’a été réalisée.
Bilan total depuis le 19/09/14 :
7541 sorties / 1422 frappes / 2209 objectifs neutralisés. ’

 

December 8th – December 9th 2017
Iraq 0 strikes (14,107 – 14,107)
Syria 2 strikes (14,403 – 14,403)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTFOIR:

‘Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Note: CJTF-OIR Strike Releases are now published on Mondays and Fridays. Strikes conducted on Friday through Sunday will be reported every Monday. Strikes conducted on Monday through Thursday will be reported every Friday. Our intent is to reduce the number of reports while maintaining transparency.

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Between Dec. 8 and Dec. 10, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 27 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

On Dec. 10 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 13 engagements against ISIS targets.
•  Near Abu Kamal, eight strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a mortar system, a tactical vehicle and an ISIS headquarters.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on Dec. 10, 2017.

On Dec. 9 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of five engagements against ISIS targets.
•  Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS vehicle and an ISIS line of communication.
•  Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIS mortar team.

On Dec. 9 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of six engagements against ISIS targets.
•  Near Tuz, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS truck.

On Dec. 8 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of three engagements against ISIS targets.
•  Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle and a fighting position.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq against ISIS targets on Dec. 8, 2017.’

 

December 9th – December 10th 2017
Iraq 1 strike (14,108 – 14,108)
Syria 3 strikes (14,404 – 14,406)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTFOIR:

‘Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Note: CJTF-OIR Strike Releases are now published on Mondays and Fridays. Strikes conducted on Friday through Sunday will be reported every Monday. Strikes conducted on Monday through Thursday will be reported every Friday. Our intent is to reduce the number of reports while maintaining transparency.

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Between Dec. 8 and Dec. 10, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 27 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

On Dec. 10 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 13 engagements against ISIS targets.
•  Near Abu Kamal, eight strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a mortar system, a tactical vehicle and an ISIS headquarters.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on Dec. 10, 2017.

On Dec. 9 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of five engagements against ISIS targets.
•  Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS vehicle and an ISIS line of communication.
•  Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIS mortar team.

On Dec. 9 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of six engagements against ISIS targets.
•  Near Tuz, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS truck.

On Dec. 8 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of three engagements against ISIS targets.
•  Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle and a fighting position.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq against ISIS targets on Dec. 8, 2017.’

Update from UK MoD for December 9th:

‘Saturday 9 December – Tornados struck a group of terrorists and their vehicle in northern Iraq…Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Saturday 9 December that Iraqi forces had successfully restored control over the entire border with Syria. Coalition aircraft continue to be on hand to support the Iraqi security forces against any isolated pockets of Daesh extremists that might be found, and two RAF Tornado GR4s carried out such a mission on Saturday night. A coalition surveillance aircraft had identified a dispersed group of terrorists in a remote area of countryside some 40 miles north-west of Tikrit, and the Tornados were tasked with their destruction. Two Paveway IV guided bombs were used, along with a Brimstone missile which destroyed the terrorists’ nearby truck.’

December 10th – December 11th 2017
Iraq 0 strikes (14,108 – 14,108)
Syria 8 strikes (14,407 – 14,414)
Confirmed actions: US, UK

From CJTFOIR:

‘Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Note: CJTF-OIR Strike Releases are now published on Mondays and Fridays. Strikes conducted on Friday through Sunday will be reported every Monday. Strikes conducted on Monday through Thursday will be reported every Friday. Our intent is to reduce the number of reports while maintaining transparency.

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Between Dec. 8 and Dec. 10, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 27 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

On Dec. 10 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 13 engagements against ISIS targets.
•  Near Abu Kamal, eight strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a mortar system, a tactical vehicle and an ISIS headquarters.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on Dec. 10, 2017.

On Dec. 9 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of five engagements against ISIS targets.
•  Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS vehicle and an ISIS line of communication.
•  Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIS mortar team.

On Dec. 9 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of six engagements against ISIS targets.
•  Near Tuz, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS truck.

On Dec. 8 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of three engagements against ISIS targets.
•  Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle and a fighting position.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq against ISIS targets on Dec. 8, 2017.’

Update from UK MoD for Sunday 10 December:

‘Sunday 10 December – a Reaper conducted a strike in eastern Syria, and supported multiple attacks by coalition aircraft whilst supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces…On Sunday 10 December, a Reaper provided further support to the Syrian Democratic Forces in eastern Syria. Our aircraft tracked various groups of terrorists which allowed them to be struck by a series of attacks by coalition fast jets, and conducted one attack using its own Hellfire weaponry.’

Dec. 10, 2017
Release # 20171210-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Coalition congratulates Iraqis

SOUTHWEST ASIA – The Coalition congratulates the Government of Iraq on its announcement of the liberation of Iraq from Daesh.
“Much work remains, and we will continue to work by, with and through our Iraqi partners to ensure the enduring defeat of Daesh and prevent its ability to threaten civilization, regionally and globally,” said Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commander of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.’

 

December 11th – December 12th 2017
Iraq 1 strike (14,109 – 14,109)
Syria 6 strikes (14,415 – 14,419)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTFOIR:

‘Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Between Dec. 11 and Dec. 14, Coalition military forces conducted 42 strikes consisting of 53 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

On Dec. 14 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 13 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, nine strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units and destroyed six ISIS vehicles and a fighting position.
•       Near At Tanf, one strike destroyed a weapons cache and two ISIS caves.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on Dec. 14, 2017.

On Dec. 13 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 17 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, nine strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed three ISIS vehicles and an ISIS headquarters.
•       Near At Tanf, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed three ISIS vehicles, four cave entrances and a tactical vehicle.

On Dec. 13 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Rutbah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle.
•       Near Tuz, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two ISIS tents and a bunker.

On Dec. 12 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of seven engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, seven strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed two ISIS vehicles and a heavy weapon.

On Dec. 12 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
•       Near Rutbah, one strike destroyed two ISIS-held buildings.

On Dec. 11 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of seven engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, six strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed three heavy weapons.

On Dec. 11 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of five engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Hawayjah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two ISIS meeting facilities.’

 

December 12th – December 13th 2017
Iraq 2 strikes (14,110 – 14,111)
Syria 7 strikes (14,420 – 14,426)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTFOIR:

‘Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Between Dec. 11 and Dec. 14, Coalition military forces conducted 42 strikes consisting of 53 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

On Dec. 14 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 13 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, nine strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units and destroyed six ISIS vehicles and a fighting position.
•       Near At Tanf, one strike destroyed a weapons cache and two ISIS caves.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on Dec. 14, 2017.

On Dec. 13 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 17 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, nine strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed three ISIS vehicles and an ISIS headquarters.
•       Near At Tanf, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed three ISIS vehicles, four cave entrances and a tactical vehicle.

On Dec. 13 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Rutbah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle.
•       Near Tuz, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two ISIS tents and a bunker.

On Dec. 12 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of seven engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, seven strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed two ISIS vehicles and a heavy weapon.

On Dec. 12 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
•       Near Rutbah, one strike destroyed two ISIS-held buildings.

On Dec. 11 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of seven engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, six strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed three heavy weapons.

On Dec. 11 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of five engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Hawayjah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two ISIS meeting facilities.’

 

December 13th – December 14th 2017
Iraq 2 strikes (14,112 – 14,113)
Syria 14 strikes (14,427 – 14,440)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTFOIR:

‘Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Between Dec. 11 and Dec. 14, Coalition military forces conducted 42 strikes consisting of 53 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

On Dec. 14 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 13 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, nine strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units and destroyed six ISIS vehicles and a fighting position.
•       Near At Tanf, one strike destroyed a weapons cache and two ISIS caves.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on Dec. 14, 2017.

On Dec. 13 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 17 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, nine strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed three ISIS vehicles and an ISIS headquarters.
•       Near At Tanf, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed three ISIS vehicles, four cave entrances and a tactical vehicle.

On Dec. 13 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Rutbah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle.
•       Near Tuz, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two ISIS tents and a bunker.

On Dec. 12 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of seven engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, seven strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed two ISIS vehicles and a heavy weapon.

On Dec. 12 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
•       Near Rutbah, one strike destroyed two ISIS-held buildings.

On Dec. 11 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of seven engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, six strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed three heavy weapons.

On Dec. 11 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of five engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Hawayjah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two ISIS meeting facilities.’

Update from French MoD on December 13th:

[The Wagram Task Force continues its support for security operations in the Euphrates Valley. This week, two firefighting missions were carried out for the benefit of the Iraqi security forces (balance sheet from 6 to 10 December). Since the beginning of its mission, the TF Wagram, realized 1589 shooting missions. This week, the air activity focused on intelligence missions for the benefit of Iraqi security forces and Syrian democratic forces.There were 20 sorties (Nov 6th-10th) but no strikes were conducted. 
It gave rise to 20 aerial sorties (balance sheet from 06 to 10 December). During these outings no hits were made. Total balance since 19/09/14: 7561 sorties / 1422 strikes / 2209 targets destroyed.]

CHAMMAL

SITUATION MILITAIRE DU THEATRE
Libération de l’Irak
Cette semaine a été marquée par l’annonce par le premier ministre irakien de la libération de l’Irak et de la fin de la guerre contre l’Etat Islamique. Cette annonce fait suite à l’achèvement de la dernière opération d’ampleur dans le désert de Jézirah et à la reprise par les forces de sécurité irakiennes du contrôle de l’ensemble de la frontière entre l’Irak et la Syrie. La victoire militaire sur l’Etat Islamique ne signifie cependant pas la fin des opérations militaires ni strictement la fin des combats.
Des poches terroristes subsistantes en Syrie
En Syrie, le long de la frontière irako-syrienne, Daech contrôle encore quelques poches que les forces de sécurité syriennes s’attachent à réduire. Les combats y sont encore intenses, notamment dans le nord-ouest d’Abou Kamal, sur la rive orientale de l’Euphrate.

EFFORT DE LA COALITION
Poursuite du soutien aux forces locales
En Irak, l’effort de la coalition porte sur le soutien aux forces de sécurité irakiennes actuellement impliquées dans des opérations de sécurisation et de stabilisation.
En Syrie, la coalition poursuit son soutien aux forces démocratiques syriennes engagées dans des combats contre plusieurs poches terroristes restantes situées sur la rive orientale de l’Euphrate.
Préparation de la période hivernale pour les réfugiés
Avec l’arrivée de la période hivernale, la coalition s’attache à mettre en place les conditions permettant aux nombreux réfugiés et déplacés de passer l’hiver dans les meilleures conditions possibles. Ces opérations sont dirigées par le général Parisot, Senior National Représentative français, dont l’une des attributions est également de diriger la cellule en charge des actions civilo-militaires de l’état-major de l’opération Inherent Resolve. Dans ce cadre, trois C-17 américains ont récemment acheminé de l’aide humanitaire à Raqqa qui reste néanmoins infestée d’engins explosifs improvisés malgré les travaux de dépollution en cours.

ACTIVITE DE LA FORCE
la Task Force Wagram en appui des dernières opérations de sécurisation
La Task Force Wagram poursuit son appui aux opérations de sécurisation menées dans la vallée de l’Euphrate. Cette semaine, deux missions de tirs ont été réalisées au profit des forces de sécurité irakiennes (bilan du 6 au 10 décembre).
Depuis le début de sa mission, la TF Wagram, a réalisé 1589 missions de tirs.
Activité aérienne
Cette semaine, l’activité aérienne s’est concentrée sur des missions de renseignement au profit des forces de sécurité irakiennes et des forces démocratiques syriennes.
Elle a donné lieu à 20 sorties aériennes (bilan du 06 au 10 décembre). Au cours de ces sorties aucune frappe n’a été réalisée.
Bilan total depuis le 19/09/14 :
7561 sorties / 1422 frappes / 2209 objectifs neutralisés.’

December 14th – December 15th 2017
Iraq 0 strikes (14,112 – 14,113)
Syria 10 strikes (14,441 – 14,450)
Confirmed actions: US

From CJTFOIR:

‘Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Between Dec. 11 and Dec. 14, Coalition military forces conducted 42 strikes consisting of 53 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

On Dec. 14 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 13 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, nine strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units and destroyed six ISIS vehicles and a fighting position.
•       Near At Tanf, one strike destroyed a weapons cache and two ISIS caves.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on Dec. 14, 2017.

On Dec. 13 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 17 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, nine strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed three ISIS vehicles and an ISIS headquarters.
•       Near At Tanf, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed three ISIS vehicles, four cave entrances and a tactical vehicle.

On Dec. 13 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Rutbah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle.
•       Near Tuz, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two ISIS tents and a bunker.

On Dec. 12 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of seven engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, seven strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed two ISIS vehicles and a heavy weapon.

On Dec. 12 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Al Baghdadi, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
•       Near Rutbah, one strike destroyed two ISIS-held buildings.

On Dec. 11 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of seven engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, six strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed three heavy weapons.

On Dec. 11 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of five engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Hawayjah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two ISIS meeting facilities.’