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January 26, 2016 by CJTF-OIR / Release # 20160126-01

 

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

 

SOUTHWEST ASIA- On Jan. 25, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 15 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 Hawl, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

• Near Ar Raqqah, one strike destroyed two ISIL cranes.

• Near Mar’a, one strike struck an ISIL headquarters building.

 

Iraq

• Near Al Huwayjah, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

• Near Habbaniyah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL mortar systems.

• Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

• Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL weapons storage facility and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL weapons cache.

• Near Ramadi, nine strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL staging area, two ISIL tactical vehicles, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL armored bulldozer, an ISIL fuel tanker, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

• Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

 

Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

 

A strike, as defined in the CJTF releases, means one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative effect for that location. So having a single aircraft deliver a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of buildings and vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making that facility (or facilities) harder or impossible to use. Accordingly, CJTF-OIR 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.

 

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community.

The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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25/01/2016 Sources : État-major des armées

 

Le 18 janvier 2016, la Frégate légère furtive (FLF) Courbet a quitté l’opération Chammal pour mettre le cap sur Toulon, son port de base qu’elle avait quitté le 30 septembre 2015, pour un déploiement en Méditerranée de presque quatre mois.

 

Durant les sept premières semaines, le Courbet a participé avec une dizaine d’autres bâtiments européens à l’opération européenne EUNAVFOR MED Sophia, qui vise à lutter contre le trafic de migrants en mer Méditerranée. La frégate a été engagée dès le lancement de la seconde phase de cette opération, laquelle, après une première phase consacrée au recueil de renseignement, vise à intercepter les trafiquants qui profitent des flux migratoires. Au plus près des routes empruntées par les migrants, l’action du Courbet a permis, grâce à de nombreuses investigations de navires et enquêtes de pavillon, d’améliorer la compréhension de ce modèle économique.

 

Par la suite, du 22 novembre 2015 au 18 janvier 2016, le Courbet a été engagé dans l’opération Chammal en Méditerranée orientale. Après avoir escorté le porte-avions Charles de Gaulle pendant cinq jours, le Courbet a consacré l’essentiel de son activité à suivre les évolutions de la situation au Levant pour compléter le dispositif ISR de la coalition et permettre à la France de conserver son autonomie d’appréciation dans cette région. En outre, plusieurs exercices avec les marines riveraines ont été conduits pour améliorer notre connaissance mutuelle et montrer tout l’intérêt que la France porte à cette région.

 

Le 18 janvier 2016, le Courbet et la FLF Surcouf se sont retrouvés au Nord de la Crète, le Surcouf reprenant le flambeau au large de la côte proche-orientale.

 

Lancée le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal mobilise actuellement 3 500 militaires. Aux côtés de la coalition, elle combat le groupe terroriste Daech en Irak et en Syrie, en frappant l’organisation terroriste avec ses moyens aériens. Le dispositif de la force Chammal comprend également des militaires projetés à Bagdad et Erbil pour assurer la formation et le conseil des militaires irakiens. Les moyens aériens sont composés de 38 chasseurs (armée de l’Air et Marine nationale), ainsi que de capacités de renseignement, de commandement, de contrôle (C2) et de ravitaillement. Depuis le 23 novembre 2015, le groupe aéronaval (GAN) est intégré à la force Chammal. Il est composé du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle, de la frégate de défense aérienne (FDA) Chevalier Paul, de la frégate multi-mission (FREMM) Provence, de la FREMM Aquitaine, du bâtiment de commandement et de ravitaillement (BCR) Marne, de la frégate allemande Augsburg. Le 18 janvier 2016, la frégate légère furtive (FLF) Surcouf a également rejoint le dispositif Chammal en Méditerranée orientale. Si nécessaire, le dispositif peut être soutenu par des moyens complémentaires de ravitaillement (C135-FR) et de contrôle aérien (E3F).

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21.01.2016 Actu Défense

 

Les sept ministres de la Défense des pays les plus actifs de la coalition se sont réunis à Paris, mercredi 20 (Australie, Italie, Allemagne, France, États-Unis, Royaume-Uni et Pays-Bas). Co-présidée par MM. Le Drian et Carter, elle a donné lieu à un communiqué commun.

 

En conférence de presse, ces derniers ont souligné l’étroitesse des liens franco-américains, qualifiés par M. Le Drian de remarquables et à un niveau inédit. Cette coopération s’est manifestée, par exemple, par le commandement de la Task Force 50, dans le Golfe, par un français pendant plusieurs semaines.

Ils ont également dressé un bilan de la réunion et ont faire part de la volonté commune d’accélérer l’effort de lutte contre Daech, avec comme priorité la reprise de Raqqa en Syrie, et Mossoul en Irak. Cet objectif ne peut être atteint qu’en soutenant les forces armées irakiennes et les forces démocratiques syriennes qui combattent Daech au sol. L’effort militaire est par ailleurs indissociable des processus diplomatiques.

Cette première rencontre a permis, par ailleurs, de déterminer les capacités de chacun des pays à contribuer à la lutte contre Daech.

Les ministres ont par ailleurs annoncé une nouvelle réunion de ministres de la Défense à Bruxelles dans trois semaines, dans un format plus large, puisqu’elle réunira 26 pays de la coalition.

 

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M. Carter a souligné le rôle important de certains pays du Golfe dans cet effort global. M. Le Drian, de son côté, a tenu à redire les efforts récents des pays européens, comme le Royaume-Uni, l’Allemagne ou la Belgique.

Interrogé sur la lutte anti-terroriste dans le Sahel, M. Le Drian a confirmé la cohérence, l’efficacité et la pérennité du dispositif Barkhane au Sahel, ainsi que la coopération étroite avec les pays du G5 Sahel et les Etats-Unis.

Enfin, les deux ministres se sont félicités de l’annonce de la création d’un gouvernement d’unité nationale en Libye, première étape vers le rétablissement de la paix et de la sécurité.

Au terme de leur conférence de presse, MM. Le Drian et Carter se sont rendus au centre de planification et de conduite des opérations (CPCO), où le chef d’état-major des armées a fait un point sur les opérations.

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21.01.2016 by

 

On Thursday, French President Francois Holland declared that the US-led coalition against ISIS would intensify air strikes on ISIS targets.

"The pace of the interventions will be accelerated and France will play its role in this," Hollande said in a speech to ambassadors, the AFP reports.

On Wednesday, France's Defense Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, co-hosted a meeting with US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter where seven nations renewed their pledge to continue fighting ISIS and explore new ways to "degrade and destroy" the terror group.

Specifically, Le Drian mentioned that the coalition would be targeting ISIS' de facto capitals of Raqqa in Syria, and Mosul in Iraq, eventually planning to reclaim the territory.

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20.01.2016 Ministère de la Défense
 

The text of the following statement was released by the defense ministers of Australia, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States following a meeting co-hosted by France and the United States in Paris on counter-ISIL cooperation.

Australian Minister of Defence Marise Payne, French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Minister of Defense Ursula vonder Leyen, Italian Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti, Dutch Minister of Defense Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, British Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon, and American Secretary of Defense Ash Carterled their respective delegations.

 

Today in Paris – at the invitation of French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian and U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter– we discussed opportunities to intensify and accelerate the counter-ISIL/Daesh military campaign in Iraq and Syria, our shared approach to defend against its global ambitions, and to ensure the protection of our citizens. ISIL/Daeshare on the back foot.But there is more we need to do.

We reaffirmed our governments’ continuing substantial commitment to work together with the entire C-ISIL/Daesh Coalition to accelerate and intensify the campaign against ISIL/Daesh, in order to deliver a lasting defeat to this barbaric organization. We expressed our broad support for the campaign plan objectives, and the need to continue gathering momentum in our campaign, as it moves into its next phase targeting ISIL/Daesh's vulnerabilities. We discussed military campaign requirements to expand efforts against ISIL/Daesh and committed to work together with other military and non-military contributors to fill these requirements.  We agreed to review regularly the coalition’s campaign plan and the progress in its implementation.

The military campaign is an essential part of our overall effort to defeat and destroy ISIL/Daesh, but it is not sufficient. We are committed to ensuring the coherence of our military actions with the comprehensive efforts to set the conditions for sustainable political stability in the region.

We thank all of our partners are helping us advance the military campaign against ISIL/Daesh and its infrastructure. We recognize in particular the dedication and stead fastness of local partner forces.

We endorsed Secretary Carter’s proposal for defense ministers ofthe C-ISIL/Daesh Coalition force contributing nations to convene their first Defense Ministerial, in February.

 

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20/01/2016 Ministère de la Défense

 

Le texte de ce communiqué conjoint a été diffusé par les ministres de la Défense d’Allemagne, d’Australie, des Etats-Unis, de France, d’Italie, des Pays Bas et du Royaume Uni suite à la rencontre coprésidée par la France et les États-Unis, à Paris, sur la lutte contre Daech.

La ministre allemande de la Défense Ursula von der Leyen, la ministre  australienne de la Défense Marise Payne, le Secrétaire américain à la Défense Ash Carter, le ministre français de la Défense Jean-Yves Le Drian, la ministre italienne de la Défense Roberta Pinotti, la ministre néerlandaise de la Défense Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert et le secrétaire d’État britannique à la Défense Michael Fallon conduisaient leurs délégations respectives.

 

Aujourd’hui, à Paris, à l’invitation du ministre français de la Défense Jean-Yves Le Drian et du Secrétaire américain à la Défense Ash Carter, nous avons discuté des modalités pour intensifier et accélérer les opérations militaires contre Daech en Irak et en Syrie ainsi que de notre approche commune pour lutter contre ses ambitions mondiales et pour garantir la sécurité de nos propres ressortissants. Daech est mis en difficulté, mais nous devons faire plus.

Nous avons réaffirmé l’engagement substantiel de nos gouvernements à agir en commun, avec l’ensemblede la coalition anti-Daech, pour accélérer et intensifier les opérations militaires menées contre Daech, dans le but d’infliger une défaite durable à cette organisation barbare. Nous avons exprimé un large soutien aux objectifs du plan de campagne, et au besoin de continuer à renforcer la dynamique de la campagne, au moment où elle entre dans sa prochaine phase visant les vulnérabilités de Daech. Nous avons discuté les besoins de la campagne militaire pour accroître nos actions contre Daech et nous sous sommes engagés à travailler en coopération avec les autres contributeurs militaires et non-militaires pour pouvoir y répondre. Nous nous sommes accordés pour réévaluer régulièrement le plan de campagne de la coalition et mesurer les avancées accomplies dans sa mise en œuvre.

Les opérations militaires constituent une part essentielle de notre effort pour vaincre et détruire Daech, mais elles ne sont pas suffisantes. Nous nous sommes engagés à assurer la cohérence de notre action militaire avec les efforts plus larges pour créer les conditions nécessaires au retour d’une stabilité politique durable dans la région.

Nous remercions tous nos partenaires qui nous permettent de progresser dans le cadre de nos opérations militaires contre Daech et ses infrastructures. Nous soulignons, en particulier, le dévouement et la détermination des forces partenaires locales.

Nous avons endossé la proposition du Secrétaire américain à la Défense de réunir les ministres de ladéfense des nations contribuant à la coalition anti Daech, pour leur première réunion au mois de février

 

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Lutte contre Daesh - Réunion des ministres de la Défense

 

15/01/2016 Ministère de la Défense

 

Le mercredi 20 janvier, le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, co-présidera, aux côtés d'Ashton Carter, Secrétaire à la Défense américain, une réunion ministérielle restreinte réunissant 7 ministres de la Défense des principaux contributeurs militaires à la coalition ( Allemagne, Australie, France, Etats-Unis, Royaume-Uni, Italie, Pays-Bas), consacrée à la lutte contre Daech.

 

Au cours de cette réunion, les ministres dresseront un bilan des actions de la coalition et discuteront de l'intensification de la campagne contre l'organisation.

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31.12.2015 par
 

Il y a deux façons de s’y prendre, bombarder à tout va, avec ce que cela entraîne de morts chez les civils, ou frapper à la tête de l’EI: la coalition menée par les États-Unis, qui dit préférer « frapper le serpent à la tête », a communiqué la liste de 10 cadres dirigeants de l’EI tués en décembre.

Parlant mardi aux journalistes au Pentagone via satellite en direct de Bagdad, le colonel Warren, porte-parole de l’opération Inherent Resolve, a souligné que le Français Charaffe El Mouadan, membre du groupe État islamique lié directement à l’instigateur des attentats de Paris et qui a été a été tué cette semaine en Syrie, était loin d’être la seule cible importante touchée par les Américains en décembre.

Selon Warren, au moins dix cadres dirigeants du groupe armé État islamique, dont plusieurs avaient été impliqués dans la planification des attentats de paris, a été éliminée lors de frappes du 7 au 27 décembre.

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January 3, 2016 by CJTF-OIR - Release # 20160103-01

 

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

 

SOUTHWEST ASIA- On Jan. 2, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted six strikes using fighter and attack aircraft. Separately 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 against ISIL targets.

 

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

 

Syria

• Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes struck an ISIL gas and oil separation plant and destroyed an ISIL technical vehicle, an ISIL excavator, two ISIL front end loaders, and damaged a separate ISIL front end loader.

• Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL buildings and an ISIL vehicle.

• Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.

• Near Washiyah, one strike struck an ISIL weapons manufacturing and storage facility.

 

Iraq

• Near Fallujah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

• Near Kirkuk, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL fighting position.

• Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL assembly area.

• Near Mosul, five strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 18 ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL command and control nodes, two ISIL weapons caches, two ISIL tunnels, and an ISIL vehicle.

• Near Qayyarah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positons.

• Near Ramadi, seven strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL tactical vehicles, two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), three ISIL buildings, two ISIL heavy machine gun positions, an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL staging location, suppressed an ISIL VBIED, damaged an ISIL staging location, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

• Near Sinjar, two strikes destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL light machine guns and denied ISIL access to terrain.

• Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting positon.

• Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL-used bridge.

 

Additionally, in yesterday's strike release, one strike in Iraq was erroneously listed separately in support of Coalition operations. This was incorrect, all strikes in Iraq were conducted in support of and coordination with the Government of Iraq against ISIL targets.

 

Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

 

A strike, as defined in the CJTF releases, means one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative effect for that location. So having a single aircraft deliver a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of buildings and vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making that facility (or facilities) harder or impossible to use. Accordingly, CJTF-OIR 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.

 

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community.

 

The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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03/01/2016 Sources : Etat-major des armées

 

Dans la nuit du samedi 02 au dimanche 03 janvier 2016, les forces françaises ont conduit un raid aérien contre un site industriel contrôlé par Daech situé à plusieurs dizaines de kilomètres à l’Est de la ville d’Alep en Syrie. L’objectif visé a été détruit.

 

Engagé depuis le Golfe arabo-persique le raid était constitué de 4 avions Rafale équipés de missiles SCALP (système de croisière autonome à longue portée). Les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont agi conjointement avec des avions de la coalition.

 

Le site, constitué de bâtiments durcis, servait d’usine de fabrication de roquettes artisanales et de stockage d’armement à l’organisation terroriste. Ce raid contribue à affaiblir les capacités logistiques et militaires de Daech à proximité des zones de combat.

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January 2, 2016 by CJTF-OIR - Release # 20160102-01

 

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

 

SOUTHWEST ASIA- On Jan. 1, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted six strikes using fighter, fighter-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Coalition military forces conducted one strike in Iraq in support of Coalition operations using fighter aircraft.

 

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

 

Syria

• Near Abu Kamal, one strike struck an ISIL-used bridge.

• Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes struck three ISIL gas and oil separation plants.

• Near Ayn Isa, two strikes destroyed five ISIL buildings.

 

Iraq

• Near Al Baghdadi, one strike destroyed three ISIL weapons caches.

• Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) and an ISIL vehicle.

• Near Kisik, nine strikes suppressed an ISIL fighting position and denied ISIL access to terrain.

• Near Mosul, three strikes destroyed 17 ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL VBIED facility.

• Near Ramadi, five strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions, six ISIL heavy machine gun positions, three ISIL buildings, an ISIL vehicle, cratered two ISIL-used roads, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

• Near Sinjar, two strikes destroyed seven ISIL assembly areas, three ISIL weapons caches, and an ISIL command and control node.

• Near Tal Afar, four strikes struck destroyed six ISIL bunkers and denied ISIL access to terrain.

 

Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

 

A strike, as defined in the CJTF releases, means one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative effect for that location. So having a single aircraft deliver a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of buildings and vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making that facility (or facilities) harder or impossible to use. Accordingly, CJTF-OIR 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.

 

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community.

 

The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States

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December 31, 2015 by CJTF-OIR - Release # 20151231-01

 

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

 

SOUTHWEST ASIA- On Dec. 30, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft. In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, attack, and bomber 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 destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL building.

• Near Mar’a, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL fighting position, and wounded four ISIL fighters.

• Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

 

Iraq

• Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.

• Near Mosul, nine strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, two ISIL staging locations, three ISIL headquarters, and destroyed 21 ISIL fighting positions.

• Near Ramadi, five strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL staging area, 10 ISIL fighting positions, seven ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL sniper position, an ISIL rocket propelled grenade position, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

• Near Sinjar, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position and suppressed an ISIL mortar position and a light machine gun position.

 

Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

 

A strike, as defined in the CJTF releases, means one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative effect for that location. So having a single aircraft deliver a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of buildings and vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making that facility (or facilities) harder or impossible to use. Accordingly, CJTF-OIR 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.

 

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community.

 

The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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30 Décembre 2015 par Jean-Dominique Merchet

 

Selon l’état-major des armées, l’aviation française (Air et Marine) a procédé à un total de 49 frappes en appui des forces irakiennes qui participaient à la reprise de la ville de Ramadi, tenue par l’Etat Islamique. Par ailleurs, les conseillers militaires français ont participé à la formation d’une partie des forces engagées dans la bataille, les 1700 hommes de l’Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (ICTS).

Pour une analyse sur les enjeux stratégiques autour de Ramadi, voir mon article de l’Opion (abonnés) dont voici les premières lignes :  La prise de la ville de Ramadi est une « victoire symbolique, mais pas forcément stratégique » assure Myriam Benraad, spécialiste de l’Irak . « La vraie réussite, ce serait Mossoul », ajoute-t-elle, faisant référence à la grande cité du Nord, tombée entre les mains de l’État islamique en juin 2014.

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30 déc. 2015 US Navy

 

ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 29, 2015) Aircraft return to the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) upon completion of the ship’s first mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The Harry S. Truman carrier strike group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of Operations. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Richardson/Released)

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USS Harry S. Truman ordnancemen load bombs onto F/A-18 strike fighters for missions against ISIL


30 déc. 2015 US Navy

 

ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 29, 2015) Aviation ordnancemen upload ordnance on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The Harry S. Truman carrier strike group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of Operations. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Richardson/Released)

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Inherent Resolve – Chammal SITREP 29 Dec – CJTF-OIR


 

December 29, 2015 by CJTF-OIR Release # 20151229-01

 

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

 

SOUTHWEST ASIA- On Dec. 28, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using attack, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft. In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, attack, bomber, 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 Hawl, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL tunnel complex.

• Near Manbij, five strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), an ISIL fighting position, and cratered three ISIL-used roads.

• Near Mar’a, three strikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

 

Iraq

• Near Fallujah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL bunkers, two ISIL tunnel entrances, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL trench system.

• Near Kirkuk, one strike destroyed two ISIL excavators.

• Near Kisik, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and wounded two ISIL fighters.

• Near Mosul, five strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles, 14 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL tunnel, and three ISIL command and control nodes.

• Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.

• Near Ramadi, seven strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL oil tanker trucks, three ISIL heavy machine gun positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL front end loader, an ISIL VBIED, an ISIL sniper position, an ISIL house borne improvised explosive device (HBIED), and denied ISIL access to terrain.

• Near Sinjar, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

• Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIL-used culvert.

 

Additionally, there were two additional strikes from Dec. 27 that were not included on the Dec. 28 strike release.

 

Syria

• Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units.

 

Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

 

A strike, as defined in the CJTF releases, means one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative effect for that location. So having a single aircraft deliver a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of buildings and vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making that facility (or facilities) harder or impossible to use. Accordingly, CJTF-OIR 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.

 

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community.

The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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December 28, 2015 by CJTF-OIR Release # 20151228-01

 

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

 

SOUTHWEST ASIA- On Dec. 27, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft. In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and fighter, attack, bomber, 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 Hasakah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL building.

• Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

• Near Manbij, eleven strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), an ISIL building, cratered two ISIL-used roads, and damaged an ISIL fighting position.

• Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL staging area.

 

Iraq

• Near Al Baghdadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.

• Near Fallujah, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building and an ISIL bunker.

• Near Kisik, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL bulldozer.

• Near Mosul, eight strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles, six ISIL fighting positons, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL checkpoint, and an ISIL tactical vehicle.

• Near Ramadi, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL RPG positions, an ISIL bulldozer, two ISIL buildings, an ISIL staging area, an ISIL VBIED staging area, denied ISIS access to terrain, and wounded 12 ISIL fighters.

• Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

• Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions.

• Near Tal Afar, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL assembly area.

 

Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

 

A strike, as defined in the CJTF releases, means one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative effect for that location. So having a single aircraft deliver a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of buildings and vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making that facility (or facilities) harder or impossible to use. Accordingly, CJTF-OIR 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.

 

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community.

 

The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Defence HQ

 

 

British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
 

Operations against the Daesh terrorist network have continued at a high intensity over the holiday period, with Royal Air Force aircraft conducting air strikes in Syria and Iraq, particularly in support of successful Iraqi operations in Ramadi.

 

Armed reconnaissance missions have been flown daily by RAF Tornado GR4, Typhoon FGR4, and Reaper aircraft, focusing on supporting the Iraqi security forces during their offensive operations in Ramadi, and also in northern Iraq in the area around Mosul. On Wednesday 23 December, a Typhoon patrol to the east of Mosul conducted a total of six successful attacks with eight Paveway IV precision guided bombs, which destroyed four terrorist-held buildings and a tunnel, including ammunitions stores, several heavy machine-guns, and a sniper position. Further south, two flights of Tornado GR4s were contributing to the coalition air effort which supported the Iraqi army’s offensive into the centre of Ramadi. The Tornados conducted six attacks, again with Paveway IVs, and although on every occasion Iraqi forces were in very close proximity to the terrorist targets, careful planning and the accuracy of the weapons allowed all six attacks to be a success. The Tornados’ targets included three terrorist teams armed with rocket-propelled grenades, a sniper position, a Daesh group in close combat with Iraqi troops, and a large group of at least 17 terrorists, who suffered a direct hit. That night, a further pair of Tornados patrolled over Mosul, and destroyed two Daesh-held buildings with Paveways.

Thursday 24 December saw Typhoons operating near Mosul, where they destroyed another Daesh building with a Paveway, whilst over Ramadi, two pairs of Tornados again provided close air support to the Iraqi troops. The GR4s worked closely with other coalition aircraft to deliver two successful Paveway attacks on groups of terrorist fighters.

Missions continued on Christmas Day, with Tornados maintaining close air support over Ramadi. Once again working closely with other coalition aircraft, they used Paveway IVs against two terrorist teams, an anti-aircraft gun, and a massed Daesh group who were assembling for an attempted counter-attack on the successful Iraqi advance. Meanwhile, over Syria, an RAF Reaper struck a Daesh checkpoint south of Raqqa with a Hellfire missile. On Saturday 26 December, another Reaper patrolled over northern Iraq, where it destroyed a terrorist vehicle with a Hellfire, then supported a coalition air strike on a Daesh tunnel entrance.

RAF operations on Sunday 27 December focused largely on northern Iraq, with Typhoons using Paveway bombs to engage an armoured vehicle and mortar teams in the area of Tal Afar and Kisik. South-west of Mosul, a Tornado flight destroyed two terrorist-occupied buildings with Paveway IVs, then attacked a group of extremists in the open. A second Typhoon patrol over the northern region assisted Kurdish peshmerga in close combat with Daesh, striking two terrorist groups with Paveway IVs.

 

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Inherent Resolve – Chammal SITREP 23 Dec – CJTF-OIR

 

December 23, 2015 by CJTF-OIR - Release # 20151223-01

 

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

 

SOUTHWEST ASIA- On Dec. 22, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft. In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, bomber, 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 Hawl, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building, an ISIL vehicle, four ISIL fighting positions, and an ISIL rocket system.

• Near Al Hasakah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

• Near Manbij, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions.

• Near Mar’a, two strikes destroyed two ISIL heavy machine guns and two ISIL mortar systems.

• Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

 

Iraq

• Near Al Huwayjah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

• Near Habbaniyah, five strikes struck four ISIL staging areas and an ISIL headquarters.

• Near Mosul, eight strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building, an ISIL crane, an ISIL bulldozer, two ISIL excavators, two ISIL vehicles, five ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL light machine gun, an ISIL checkpoint, and wounded an ISIL fighter.

• Near Ramadi, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL bunker, 19 ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL sniper positions, an ISIL anti-air artillery piece, four ISIL RPG positions, two ISIL recoilless rifles, two ISIL grenade launcher positions, two ISIL heavy machine gun positions, three ISIL command and control nodes, two ISIL bed down locations, an ISIL staging area, cratered an ISIL-used road, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

• Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

• Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

• Near Fallujah, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.

• Near Kisik, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions.

• Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

 

Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

 

A strike, as defined in the CJTF releases, means one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative effect for that location. So having a single aircraft deliver a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of buildings and vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making that facility (or facilities) harder or impossible to use. Accordingly, CJTF-OIR 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.

 

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community.

 

The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Inherent Resolve – Chammal SITREP 22 Dec – CJTF-OIR

 

December 22, 2015 by CJTF-OIR Release # 20151222-01

 

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

 

SOUTHWEST ASIA- On Dec. 21, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft. In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, bomber, 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 Hasakah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building.

• Near Al Hawl, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.

• Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL excavator.

• Near Mar’a, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL fighting position, damaged an ISIL fighting position, and wounded two ISIL fighters.

 

Iraq

• Near Fallujah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an improvised explosive device (IED) facility and wounded two ISIL fighters.

• Near Kisik, one strike suppressed ISIL rocket fire.

• Near Mosul, seven strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building, 12 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, two ISIL vehicles, five ISIL bunkers, and destroyed seven ISIL assembly areas.

• Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed an ISIL excavator.

• Near Ramadi, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL command and control nodes, four ISIL weapons caches, two ISIL buildings, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), wounded two ISIL fighters, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

 

Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

 

A strike, as defined in the CJTF releases, means one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative effect for that location. So having a single aircraft deliver a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of buildings and vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making that facility (or facilities) harder or impossible to use. Accordingly, CJTF-OIR 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.

 

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community.

 

The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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photo EMA / Armée de l'Air

photo EMA / Armée de l'Air

 

Dec. 19, 2015 by CJTF-OIR

 

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

 

SOUTHWEST ASIA- On Dec. 18, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three strikes using attack and fighter aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and bomber 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 destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.

Near Manbij, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar position.

 

Iraq

Near Fallujah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, four ISIL fighting positions, and an ISIL front end loader. One strike is currently under investigation for a potential friendly fire incident.

Near Kirkuk, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL excavator and wounded ISIL fighters.

Near Makhmur, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL light machine gun and an ISIL heavy machine gun.

Near Mosul, six strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, two ISIL fighting positions, damaged an ISIL bunker, and suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL mortar position.

Near Ramadi, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), an ISIL building, nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL sniper position, an ISIL staging area, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

Near Sinjar, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL heavy machine guns, and two ISIL fighting positions.

 

Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

 

A strike, as defined in the CJTF releases, means one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative effect for that location. So having a single aircraft deliver a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of buildings and vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making that facility (or facilities) harder or impossible to use. Accordingly, CJTF-OIR 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.

 

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community.

 

The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Ashton Carter, secrétaire à la Défense US sur le PA Charles de Gaulle - photo EMA / Marine nationale

Ashton Carter, secrétaire à la Défense US sur le PA Charles de Gaulle - photo EMA / Marine nationale

 

19 décembre 2015 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

Paris - Le chef du Pentagone, Ashton Carter, s'est rendu samedi sur le porte-avions français Charles de Gaulle, une première pour un secrétaire américain à la Défense, a annoncé le ministère français de la Défense.

 

Ashton Carter, qui effectue une tournée au Moyen-Orient, a rejoint en hélicoptère le bâtiment, stationné depuis vendredi dans le Golfe pour participer aux opérations contre le groupe Etat islamique (EI) en Irak et en Syrie.

 

Cette visite hautement symbolique intervient alors que le groupe aéronaval (GAN) constitué autour du Charles de Gaulle vient de prendre le commandement de la composante navale de la coalition anti-EI emmenée par les Etats-Unis.

 

M. Carter a été accueilli sur le porte-avions par le secrétaire d'Etat français aux Anciens combattants, Jean-Marc Todeschini.

 

Son homologue français, le ministre de la Défense Jean-Yves Le Drian, élu vendredi président de la région Bretagne, était retenu samedi par un séminaire gouvernemental à Paris, a-t-on précisé dans son entourage. Il s'est entretenu par téléphone avec M. Carter alors que celui-ci était à bord.

 

M. Le Drian doit se rendre dimanche et lundi à Moscou pour parler d'un renforcement de la coopération militaire avec la Russie dans la lutte contre l'EI.

 

Le Charles-de-Gaulle va rejoindre dimanche sa zone de déploiement opérationnel dans le Golfe, après une première phase d'opérations contre l'EI en novembre et décembre en Méditerranée orientale, a précisé le porte-parole de l'état-major français des armées, le colonel Gilles Jaron.

 

Les 26 chasseurs-bombardiers embarqués - dix-huit Rafale et huit Super Etendard - pourraient alors aussitôt reprendre leurs vols, au plus près du théâtre irakien, a-t-il ajouté.

 

Le contre-amiral français René-Jean Crignola, qui dirige le GAN, a pris le 7 décembre pour plusieurs semaines les fonctions de commandant de la coalition navale anti-EI, la Task Force 50 (TF 50), une première pour un non-Américain.

 

Il travaille en étroite collaboration avec l'état-major naval régional américain de la coalition, l'USNAVCENT, basé à Bahreïn, qui opère sur une zone très stratégique, de la mer Rouge au Golfe.

 

Concrètement, le contre-amiral Crignola gère les opérations au niveau tactique. Il assigne des zones, des positions et des missions aux bateaux de la coalition, en lien avec l'état-major américain.

 

Le Charles de Gaulle, parti le 18 novembre de Toulon (France), a d'abord été engagé deux semaines en Méditerranée pour intensifier la campagne française de frappes contre l'EI après les attentats de Paris.

 

Il a ensuite passé le 7 décembre le canal de Suez en direction du Golfe. Ses 26 appareils s'ajoutent aux six Rafale et six Mirage 2000 français basés respectivement aux Emirats arabes unis et en Jordanie.

 

Le GAN - soit 2.600 militaires - comprend un sous-marin nucléaire d'attaque, la frégate de défense aérienne Chevalier Paul, la frégate anti sous-marine La Motte-Picquet, le ravitailleur Marne, la frégate belge Léopold Ier et la frégate allemande Augsburg.

 

Cette escorte observe ce qui se passe autour du porte-avions, bien plus loin que ses propres radars, et lui donne ainsi une plus grande liberté de manoeuvre.

 

La coalition emmenée par les Etats-Unis (opération Inherent Resolve) a effectué 8.912 frappes contre l'EI depuis l'été 2014 dont 5.856 en Irak et 3.056 en Syrie, selon le département américain à la Défense.

 

La France représente, avec 347 frappes selon l'état-major français, environ 5% de ce total avec des pics à 20% lors de l'engagement du porte-avions.

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Inherent Resolve – Chammal SITREP 16 Dec – CJTF-OIR

 

December 16, 2015 by CJTF-OIR – Release # 20151216-01

 

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

 

SOUTHWEST ASIA- On Dec. 15, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted six strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, bomber, 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, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.

• Near Manbij, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint and an ISIL bunker.

• Near Mar’a, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), an ISIL fighting position, and an ISIL staging area.

 

Iraq

• Near Al Qaim, three strikes struck an ISIL headquarters, an ISIL IED facility, and an ISIL VBIED facility.

• Near Hit, one strike destroyed two ISIL-used bridges.

• Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar position.

• Near Ramadi, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL tactical vehicles, two ISIL vehicles, nine ISIL staging areas, five ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, three ISIL bed down locations, cratered eight ISIL-used roads, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

• Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

 

Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

 

A strike, as defined in the CJTF releases, means one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative effect for that location. So having a single aircraft deliver a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of buildings and vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making that facility (or facilities) harder or impossible to use. Accordingly, CJTF-OIR 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.

 

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community.

 

The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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L'Italie va envoyer 450 militaires protéger le barrage de Mossoul

 

16 décembre 2015 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

Rome - L'Italie compte envoyer 450 militaires autour du barrage de Mossoul, près de la ville du nord de l'Irak occupée par l'organisation Etat islamique (EI), pour protéger le chantier de consolidation confié à une entreprise italienne, a annoncé le chef du gouvernement, Matteo Renzi.

 

Nous le ferons, si le Parlement donne son accord. Parce que l'Italie ne se défile pas devant ses responsabilités. Elle n'accepte pas de se détourner de la douleur du monde. Elle est présente, et forte, et solidaire, a expliqué M. Renzi mercredi matin devant la chambre des députés.

 

Malgré un contingent de 750 militaires déjà présents en Irak, l'Italie est restée en retrait de la coalition anti-EI en Irak et en Syrie, refusant de participer aux bombardements qu'elle considère contre-productifs en l'absence d'une stratégie à long terme.

 

L'Italie ne va pas bombarder à droite à gauche simplement parce qu'elle a besoin d'apparaître plus forte que ce que pensent les autres. Nous n'avons pas de complexe. Nous voulons aller résoudre les vraies questions qui concernent les femmes et les hommes de Mossoul, a insisté M. Renzi.

 

Deuxième ville d'Irak, Mossoul est occupée depuis juin 2014 par les jihadistes de l'EI. Les forces kurdes, appuyées par l'aviation américaine, avaient cependant repris deux mois plus tard ce barrage qui alimente plus d'un million de personnes en eau et en électricité.

 

Situé sur le Tigre, à 50 km en amont de Mossoul, l'immense édifice présente des risques évidents de rupture, et une entreprise italienne, Trevi Group, a été chargée de le consolider afin d'éviter une inondation dévastatrice.

 

L'appel d'offres a été remporté par une société italienne (...) et nous enverrons sur place 450 de nos hommes aux côtés des Américains afin d'aider à le protéger, a affirmé M. Renzi, précisant que les soldats italiens ne se retrouveraient pas dans une zone tenue par l'EI mais très près.

 

Ces 450 militaires seront chargés, au côté de militaires américains, d'éviter que le barrage puisse retomber aux mains de l'EI et d'assurer des conditions de sécurité suffisantes pour que les travaux puissent débuter.

 

L'ouvrage, projet prestigieux de l'ancien président irakien Saddam Hussein, souffre d'un problème structurel qui lui a valu d'être désigné comme le barrage le plus dangereux du monde par des ingénieurs de l'armée américaine (ACE) dans un rapport d'inspection de 2007.

 

De hauts responsables américains ont mis en garde contre un risque de catastrophe majeure si le barrage s'effondrait, évoquant une vague de 20 mètres qui pourrait déferler sur Mossoul.

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