Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) firing M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer, June 19, 2018 (DIVIDS) [880]

Fighting Continues Near Mosul, Iraq

Operation Roundup Continues Fight Against ISIS Targets in Iraq

Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continue to pursue the lasting defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in designated parts of Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported August 27.

Operation Roundup

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.

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

Between Aug. 20-26, coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes, consisting of 26 engagements, in Iraq and Syria.

Military Operations in Iraq

On August 26 in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets near Mahkmur. The strike destroyed an ISIS-held building.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on Aug. 25.

On Aug. 24, coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of five engagements against ISIS targets:

— Near Rutbah, a strike destroyed two ISIS-held buildings.

— Near Mosul, a strike destroyed seven ISIS-held buildings.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on Aug. 23.

On Aug. 22, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of five engagements against ISIS targets near Wadi Ashai. The strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS-held building and three ISIS vehicles.

There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on Aug. 21.

On Aug. 20, coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets:

— Near Rawah, a strike destroyed an ISIS supply route.

— Near Jazeera Desert, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three ISIS logistics hubs and an ISIS vehicle.

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.


Source: DoD

Image: Iraqi Security Forces assisted by the US Army fire at known ISIS locations near the Iraqi-Syrian border using an M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer, June 19, 2018. Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition partners provided fire support to assist the Syrian Democratic Forces as they continued Operation Roundup, the military offensive to rid the final pockets of the terrorist organization from the Middle Euphrates River Valley in Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Anthony Zendejas IV)