War on Terrorism

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Military Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq


SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continued to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq between April 13-19, conducting 30 strikes consisting of 47 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Strikes in Syria

The following strikes took place in Syria:

On April 19 near Abu Kamal, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of an engagement against ISIS targets, destroying five ISIS-held buildings.

Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve continues to work by, with and through regional partners to militarily defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, in order to enable whole-of-coalition governmental actions to increase regional stability.

On April 18 near Abu Kamal, coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of five engagements against ISIS targets, engaging one ISIS tactical unit and two fighting positions.

On April 17 near Abu Kamal, coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of six engagements against ISIS targets, destroying an ISIS headquarters, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device factory, two fighting positions and an ISIS held-building.

On April 16, coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of four engagements against ISIS targets. Near Abu Kamal, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit, destroying an ISIS-held building. Near Shadaddi, a strike engaged one ISIS tactical unit, destroying an ISIS vehicle.

On April 15, coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of 11 engagements against ISIS targets. Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged one ISIS tactical unit, destroying four ISIS-held buildings, a fighting position and a command-and-control center. Near Shadaddi, a strike engaged one ISIS tactical unit, destroying an ISIS vehicle.

On April 14 near Abu Kamal, coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of three engagements against ISIS targets, destroying three ISIS roadside bombs.

On April 13 near Abu Kamal, coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of six engagements against ISIS targets, destroying an ISIS fighting position, an roadside bomb factory and two command-and control-centers.

Strikes in Iraq

The following strikes took place in Iraq:

On April 19 near Qaim, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of an engagement against ISIS targets, destroying an ISIS supply route.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on April 18.

On April 17 near Qaim, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of an engagement against ISIS targets.

On April 16 near Huwayjah, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of three engagements against ISIS targets, destroying three ISIS tunnels and two ISIS-held buildings.

On April 15 near Tal Afar, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of three engagements against ISIS targets, destroying an ISIS tunnel.

On April 14 near Qayyarah, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of an engagement against ISIS targets.

On April 13, coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets. A strike was conducted near Asad, destroying an ISIS roadside bomb factory. A strike was conducted near Qaim.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said.

The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and ground-based tactical artillery, officials noted.

A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect.

For example, task force officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-held buildings and weapon systems in a compound, having the cumulative effect of making that facility harder or impossible to use. Strike assessments are based on initial reports and may be refined, officials said.

The task force does not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target.https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=29568269 - editor/src=sidebar

Friday, April 20, 2018

Iraqi Air Force Conducts Strike Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria


SOUTHWEST ASIA -- The Iraqi air force conducted an airstrike near Hajin, Syria, against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists operating near the Iraq-Syria border today, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said.

In a statement announcing the action, officials said the strike was approved by the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the commander in chief of Iraq’s armed forces.

Iraqi Commitment

The strike demonstrates Iraq’s commitment to destroy ISIS remnants who continue to threaten its citizens, task force officials said, adding that the operation was planned and executed by the Iraqi Joint Operations Command with intelligence support from the coalition.

“This operation highlights the capabilities of Iraq’s armed forces to aggressively pursue [ISIS] and to maintain their country’s internal security,” said Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Robert B. Sofge, the task force’s deputy commanding general of operations.

Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve’s mission is to defeat ISIS in designated areas in Iraq and Syria and to set conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability, officials said.

Strikes Successful Against Syrian Chemical Weapons, DoD Officials Say


WASHINGTON -- The strikes last week against Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal were successful in degrading that country’s chemical weapons, research and storage facilities, the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson said today.

There have been no reports of civilian casualties from the strikes carried out by the United States, United Kingdom and France, Dana W. White said in a news conference with Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the director of the Joint Staff. 

The strikes took place in the early morning hours of April 14 in Syria, which was the evening of April 13 on the U.S. East Coast.

“This is a testament to the professionalism and precision of the U.S., U.K. and French forces that carried out this mission,” White said.

President Donald J. Trump announced the combined strikes were in retaliation for the regime of Syrian leader Bashar Assad using chemical weapons April 7 against civilians in Douma, Syria.

“We have seen no indication the Assad regime is prepared to launch another chemical weapons attack,” White said. “However, we remain vigilant.”

World ‘Will Not Tolerate’ Chemical Weapons Use

The United States was disappointed but not surprised yesterday, White said, to see the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons team come under attack by small arms fire after arriving in Douma.

“Assad must know the world will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons under any circumstances,” she said, adding, “What happens next is up to Bashar al-Assad.”

After the strikes, White said, Russia immediately began a misinformation campaign to “hide its complicity by sowing doubt and confusion.”

She said Russia falsely claimed Syria air defenses shot down a significant number of missiles. White said all the targets were hit in the combined strikes. “Of the surface-to-air missiles that the Assad regime launched, nearly every one was launched after the last of our missiles hit their targets,” she said.

‘Compelling’ Images of Targets

Photographs from the strikes are “pretty compelling” and show the targets were “knocked out,” McKenzie said.

“We assessed that the weapons hit the target. We achieved the level of success that we wanted against those three targets,” the general said. “We believe that there was probably some chlorine and, possibly, sarin at possibly all of the sites.”

The United States does not have access to the sites in Syria, but continues to do post-strike analysis from a distance and from overhead imagery, he added.

White noted the strikes last week were separate and distinct from the mission in Syria against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which remains the “complete annihilation of ISIS.”