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The War against the Islamic State

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The United States is in an undeclared war against the forces of the Islamic State, a genocidal militant group that controls a territory larger than Great Britain with over 8 million inhabitants. Claiming the title and inheritance of the Caliphate, last held by the Ottoman Sultans in the early 20th century, the followers of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi propose to overthrow every government between the Maghreb and the Indus River in order to recreate a vast theocratic empire under the most extreme and intolerant form of Islam imaginable. And they have demonstrated their willingness to kill millions to accomplish it. They may even succeed if the world does not act in concert to stop them.

At its core, the philosophy of ISIS has less to do with the early teachings of the Prophet Mohammed and everything to do with the modern teachings of Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin: an aberrant utopianism that cannot be negotiated or reasoned with, that knows nothing of mercy, of compassion or remorse. It demands unconditional submission or death and it must be dealt with in the same manner as the evil of Fascism it seeks to replicate.

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Common Sense will track the weekly developments of this new war on evil with weekly updates of the core territory of the Islamic State as well as the known deployment of US Army and Marine forces sent to bolster our allies and defeat our foes.

Update for 08 to 14 April:

During the week of the 8th to the 14th of April, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 148 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 49 strikes near Tabqah, 24 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 9 strikes near Deir ez Zour, and 6 strikes near Al Bukamal;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 39 strikes near Mosul, 6 strikes near Tal Afar, 3 strike2 near Qayyarah and 1 strike near Kisik Kupri;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 4 strikes near Bayji, and 1 strike each near Al Huwayjah and Taji;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 3 strikes near Al Qa’im, and 2 strikes near Rawah.

Additionally, there was a friendly fire incident near Tabqah on the 11th of April. Forward observers mistakenly identified an advanced firing position of the Syrian Democratic Forces for an ISIS-held position and called in an airstrike, resulting in the deaths of 18 SDF soldiers.

Update for 01 to 07 April:

During the week of the 1st to the 7th of April, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 160 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 38 strikes near Tabqah, 21 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 17 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 9 strikes near Al Bukamal, 6  strikes near Palmyra, 2 strikes near Al Shadaddi, and 1 strike near At Tanf;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 41 strikes near Mosul, 2 strikes near Tal Afar, and 1 strike near Qayyarah;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 2 strikes near Bayji, and 1 strike each near Kirkuk and Al Huwayjah;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 14 strikes near Al Qa’im, 3 strikes near Rawah and 1 strike near Haditha.

Additionally, on the 6th of April, the United States launched 57 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the USS Ross and USS Porter in the Eastern Mediterranean against Shayrat AFB, held by Syrian Loyalist Forces. This was in retaliation for the Sarin gas attack on civilians near Aleppo perpetrated by the Syrian Government on the 4th of April.

Update for 25 to 31 March:

During the week of the 25th to the 31st of March, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 181 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 42 strikes near Tabqah, 28 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 25 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 11 strikes near Al Bukamal, 6 strikes near Al Shadaddi and 1 strike near Palmyra;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 42 strikes near Mosul, 7 strikes near Tal Afar, 3 strikes near Kisik Kupri, and 1 strike each near Sinjar and Qayyarah;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 4 strikes near Bayji;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 7 strikes near Rawah. 2 strikes near Al Qa’im, and 1 strike near Haditha

Additionally, SDF forces overran Tabqah AFB and defended it from ISIS counterattacks on the 28th of March.

Update for 18 to 24 March:

During the week of the 18th to the 24th of March, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 169 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 101 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 5 strikes near Al Bukamal, 4 strikes near Palmyra, 3 strikes near Deir ez Zour, and 2 strikes near Al Shadaddi;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 31 strikes near Mosul, 6 strikes near Tal Afar, 3 strikes near Kisik Kupri, and 2 strikes near Sinjar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 2 strikes near Bayji;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 6 strikes near Rawah. 3 strikes near Al Qa’im, and 1 strike near Haditha

Additionally, Syrian Democratic Forces crossed Lake Assad in motor boats and by airlift with support from US forces, driving south and cutting Route 4 towards Raqqah. They are now advancing towards Tabqah Dam, a strategically important location that also contains a critical airfield (Tabqah AFB). A blocking position here will complicate the defense of the ISIS-held city, leaving only the eastern corridor to Deir ez Zour, which is already under interdiction by Coalition aircraft and artillery fire.

Update for 11 to 17 March:

During the week of the 11th to the 17th of March, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 151 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 60 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 27 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 3 strikes near Al Bukamal, and 1 strike near Palmyra;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 34 strikes near Mosul, 8 strikes near Tal Afar, 2 strikes near Kisik Kupri, and 1 strike near Sinjar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 5 strikes near Bayji, 3 strikes near Al Huwayjah and 2 strikes near Kirkuk;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 2 strikes each near Al Assad and Haditha, and 1 strike near Rawah.

Update for 04 to 10 March:

During the week of the 4th to the 10th of March, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 157 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 48 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 36 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 8 strikes near Al Bukamal, and 3 strikes near Manbij;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 34 strikes near Mosul, 7 strikes near Tal Afar, 4 strikes near Sinjar, and 1 strike near Kisik Kupri;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 4 strikes near Bayji, and 3 strikes near Al Huwayjah;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 5 strikes near Al Qa’im and 3 strikes near Rawah.

Update for 25 February to 03 March:

During the week of the 25th of February to the 3rd of March, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 163 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 34 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 24 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 13 strikes near Palmyra, 6 strikes near Al Shadaddi;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 33 strikes near Mosul, 9 strikes near Tal Afar, 2 strikes each near Kisik Kupri and Sinjar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 9 strikes near Bayji, 2 strikes each near Kirkuk and Al Huwayjah, and 1 strike near Baghdad;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 14 strikes near Al Qa’im, 11 strikes near Rawah, and 1 strike near Haditha.

Update for 18 to 24 February:

During the week of the 18th to the 24th of February, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 221 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 66 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 34 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 14 strikes near Al Shadaddi, 13 strikes near Al Bab, 11 strikes near Palmyra, 9 strikes near Al Bukamal, and 1 strike each near Umm Tamakh and At Tanf;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 39 strikes near Mosul, 9 strikes near Tal Afar, 3 strikes near Kisik Kupri, and 1 strike each near Sinjar and Qayyarah;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 6 strikes near Bayji, 2 strikes each near Kirkuk, Taji and Al Huwayjah, and 1 strike near Baghdad;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 5 strikes near Rawah, and 1 strike near Haditha.

Update for 11 to 17 February:

During the week of the 11th to the 17th of February, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 183 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 71 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 27 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 16 strikes near Al Bukamal, 10 strikes near Palmyra,  4 strikes each near Al Bab and Al Shadaddi;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 27 strikes near Mosul, 4 strikes each near Kisik Kupri and Tal Afar, 2 strikes each near Sinjar and Qayyarah, and 1 strike near Erbil;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 2 strikes each near Kirkuk and Al Huwayjah;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 6 strikes near Rawah.

Update for 04 to 10 February:

During the week of the 4th to the 10th of February, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 213 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 91 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 17 strikes near Al Bukamal, 13 strikes near Palmyra, 12 strikes ear Al Bab, 10 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 2 strikes each near Ain Issa and Idlib;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 36 strikes near Mosul, 4 strikes each near Kisik Kupri and Qayyarah, and 1 strike near Erbil;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 3 strikes each near Kirkuk and Al Huwayjah, and 2 strikes each near Bayji and Tuz ;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 4 strikes near Al Qa’im, 3 strikes each near Haditha and Rawah, and 1 strike near Ar Rutbah.

Update for 28 January to 03 February:

During the week of the 28th of January to the 3rd of February, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 120 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 49 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 15 strikes near Al Bukamal, 8 strikes ear Al Bab, 7 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 3 strikes near Ain Issa, and 1 strike near Al Shadaddi;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 19 strikes near Mosul, 5 strikes near Kisik Kupri and 3 strike near Tal Afar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 2 strikes near Kirkuk and 1 strike near Al Huwayjah ;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 2 strikes each near Ar Rutbah, Al-Asad and Rawah, and 1 strike near Al Qa’im.

Update for 21 to 27 January:

During the week of the 21st to the 27th of January, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 195 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 97 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 23 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 9 strikes near Al Bab, 5 strikes near Al Bukamal, 3 strikes near Ain Issa, 2 strikes near At Tanf, and 1 strike each near Al Shadaddi, Manbij and Palmyra;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 26 strikes near Mosul, 7 strikes near Sinjar, 5 strikes near Kisik Kupri, and 4 strikes near Tal Afar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 3 strikes near Tuz, and 1 strike each near Bayji, Al Huwayjah and Kirkuk;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 2 strikes near Haditha, and 1 strike each near Al Qa’im, Ar Rutbah and Rawah.

Update for 14 to 20 January:

During the week of the 14th to the 20th of January, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 156 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 84 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 10 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 9 strikes near Al Bab, 6 strikes near Al Bukamal, 3 strikes near Ain Issa, and 1 strike each near Al Shadaddi and Palmyra;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 31 strikes near Mosul, 4 strikes near Sinjar, 2 strikes near Tal Afar, and 1 strike near Kisik Kupri;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 1 strike each near Al Huwayjah and Kirkuk;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 2 strikes near Haditha.

Update for 07 to 13 January:

During the week of the 7th to the 13th of January, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 205 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 76 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 33 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 13 strikes near Ain Issa, 4 strikes each near Manbij and Palmyra, 2 strikes near Al Bukamal, and 1 strike each near Idlib and Al Shadaddi;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 39 strikes near Mosul, 10 strikes near Tal Afar, and 5 strikes near Sinjar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 7 strikes near Al Huwayjah, and 2 strikes near Bayji;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 6 strikes near Rawah, and 2 strikes near Haditha.

Update for 31 December to 06 January:

During the week of the 31st of December to the 6th of January, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 184 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 82 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 20 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 8 strikes each near Ain Issa and Al Shadaddi, 5 strikes near At Tanf, 3 strikes near Al Bukamal, and 2 strikes each near Idlib and Manbij;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 26 strikes near Mosul, 3 strikes near Tal Afar, 2 strikes near Kisik Kupri, and 1 strike near Qayyarah;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 9 strikes near Al Huwayjah, and 3 strikes near Bayji;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 7 strikes near Haditha, 2 strikes near Rawah, and 1 strike near Al Qa’im.

Update for 24 to 30 December:

During the week of the 24th to the 30th of December, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 114 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 63 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 5 strikes each near Palymra and Al Bukamal, 3 strikes near Al Shadaddi, and 2 strikes each near Manbij, Ain Issa and Deir ez Zour;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 19 strikes near Mosul, and 1 strike near Sinjar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 2 strikes near Al Huwayjah, and 1 strike each near Bayji, Bashir and Kirkuk;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 4 strikes near Al Qa’im and 3 strikes near Rawah.

Update for 17 to 23 December:

During the week of the 17th to the 23rd of December, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 107 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 27 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 14 strikes near Ain Issa, 13 strikes near Palmyra, 9 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 2 strikes near Al Shadaddi, and 1 strike near Al Bukamal;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 23 strikes near Mosul, 2 strikes each near Tal Afar and Kisik Kupri, and 1 strike near Sinjar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 3 strikes near Al Huwayjah, and 2 strikes each near Bayji and Bashir;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 3 strikes near Rawah, 2 strikes near Haditha, and 1 strike near Al Qa’im.

Update for 10 to 16 December:

During the week of the 10th to the 16th of December, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 113 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 28 strikes near Ain Issa, 13 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 12 strikes near Palmyra, 9 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 2 strikes each near Al Shadaddi and Al Bukamal, and 1 strike near Manbij;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 29 strikes near Mosul, 4 strikes near Tal Afar, and 1 strike near Kisik Kupri;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 4 strikes near Bayji, and 2 strikes each near Al Huwayjah and Bashir;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 2 strikes each near Haditha and Rawah.

Update for 03 to 09 December:

During the week of the 3rd to the 9th of December, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 105 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 19 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 12 strikes near Ain Issa, 11 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 7 strikes near Al Bukamal, 6 strikes near Manbij, and 2 strikes each near Al Shadaddi and Palmyra;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 23 strikes near Mosul, 1 strike each near Tal Afar and Qayyarah;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 4 strikes near Bayji, 3 strikes near Al Huwayjah, 2 strikes near Bashir, and 1 strike near Baghdad;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 5 strikes near Rawah, 3 strikes near Ramadi, and 1 strike each near Al-Asad, Haditha and Al Qa’im.

Update for 26 November to 02 December:

During the week of the 26th of November to the 2nd of December, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 120 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 18 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 17 strikes near Al Shadaddi, 10 strikes near Ain Issa, 9 strikes near Al Bukamal, 8 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 6 strikes near Manbij and 1 strike near At Tanf;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 29 strikes near Mosul, and 3 strikes near Tal Afar, and 1 strike each near Sinjar and Qayyarah;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 3 strikes near Bayji, 2 strikes each near Al Huwayjah, and 1 strike near Bashir;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 7 strikes near Rawah, and 2 strikes each near Al Qa’im and Haditha.

Update for 19 to 25 November:

During the week of the 19th to the 25th of November, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 151 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 35 strikes near Ain Issa, 29 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 13 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 8 strikes each near Manbij and Al Bukamal, 2 strikes near Al Shadaddi, and 1 strike each near At Tanf and Umm Tamakh;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 29 strikes near Mosul, and 3 strikes each near Tal Afar and Kisik Kupri;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 5 strikes near Bayji, and 1 strike each near Al Huwayjah and Bashir;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 6 strikes near Rawah, 4 strikes near Al Qa’im, and 1 strike each near Haditha and Al-Asad.

Update for 12 to 18 November:

During the week of the 12th to the 18th of November, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 149 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 42 strikes near Ain Issa, 13 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 7 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 5 strikes near Al Bukamal, 3 strikes each near Manbij and Al Shadaddi, and 1 strike each near Idlib and Palmyra;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 42 strikes near Mosul, 5 strikes near Tal Afar, 2 strikes near Sinjar and 1 strike each near Kisik Kupri, Sultan Abdallah and Qayyarah;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 5 strikes near Al Huwayjah and 1 strike near Baghdad;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 7 strikes near Haditha, 6 strikes near Rawah and 3 strikes near Al Qa’im.

Update for 05 to 11 November:

During the week of the 5th to the 11th of November, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 182 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 79 strikes near Ain Issa, 15 strikes near Mar’a, 8 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 3 strikes near Al Bukamal, and 2 strikes near Manbij;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 42 strikes near Mosul, 10 strikes near Tal Afar, and 2 strikes near Sinjar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 3 strikes near Bayji, 2 strikes near Baghdad, and 1 strike each near Kirkuk, Al Huwayjah and Taji;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 10 strikes near Rawah and 1 strike near Haditha.

Update for 29 October to 04 November:

During the week of the 29th of October to the 4th of November, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 95 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 6 strikes near Mar’a, 5 strikes each near Ain Issa and Deir ez Zour, 4 strikes each near Al Shadaddi and Al Bukamal, 2 strikes each near Idlib and Ar Raqqah, and 1 strike near Manbij;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 29 strikes near Mosul, 4 strikes each near Sinjar and Kisik Kupri, 3 strikes near Tal Afar and 2 strikes near Sultan Abdallah;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 4 strikes near Bashir and 3 strikes near Bayji;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 12 strikes near Rawah, 4 strikes near Haditha, and 1 strike near Al Baghdadi.

Update for 22 to 28 October:

During the week of the 22nd to the 28th of October, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 96 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 8 strikes near Al Shadaddi, 7 strikes near Al Bukamal, 6 strikes near Ar Mar’a, 4 strikes each near Ain Issa, 3 strikes near Ar Raqqah, and 1 strike each near Washiyah, Manbij and Palmyra;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 33 strikes near Mosul, 10 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, 3 strikes each near Sinjar and Kisik Kupri, and 1 strike near Tal Afar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 3 strikes near Bashir and 1 strike near Al Huwayjah;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 4 strikes each near Rawah and Ar Rutbah, 2 strikes near Al Qa’im, and 1 strike near Rawah.

Update for 15 to 21 October:

During the week of the 15th to the 21st of October, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 124 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 14 strikes near Al Shadaddi, 10 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 9 strikes near Al Bukamal, 8 strikes each near Mar’a and Manbij, 5 strikes each near Deir ez Zour and Palmyra, 4 strikes each near Washiyah and Ain Issa, and 1 strike near Idlib;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 24 strikes near Mosul, 6 strikes each near Qayyarah and Sultan Abdallah, 4 strikes each near Sinjar and Tal Afar, and 2 strikes near Kisik Kupri;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 2strikes near Al Huwayjah;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 4 strikes near Haditha, 3 strikes near Rawah, and 1 strike near Al Qa’im.

On the 17th of October, the Iraqi Army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces began the long-awaited assault on Mosul, approaching the outlying ISIS perimeter and overrunning numerous positions with support from Coalition aircraft.

Update for 08 to 14 October:

During the week of the 8th to the 14th of October, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 142 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 16 strikes each near Mar’a and Deir ez Zour, 13 strikes near Al Shadaddi, 10 strikes near Al Bukamal, 12 strikes each near Ar Raqqah and Ain Issa, 4 strikes near Manbij, and 2 strikes each near Washiyah, Al Hawl and Palmyra;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 30 strikes near Mosul, 8 strikes near Qayyarah, 6 strikes each near Sultan Abdallah and Kisik Kupri, and 4 strikes near Sinjar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 3 strikes near Bayji, and 1 strike each near Al Huwayjah and Bashir;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 3 strikes near Hit, 2 strikes near Ar Rutbah, and 1 strike each near Fallujah, Ramadi and Haditha.

Update for 01 to 07 October:

During the week of the 1st to the 7th of October, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 182 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 22 strikes near Mar’a, 14 strikes each near Ar Raqqah and Al Bukamal, 13 strikes near Al Shadaddi, 12 strikes each near Ar Raqqah and Manbij, 3 strikes near Ain Issa, and 1 strike each near Washiyah and Idlib;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 34 strikes near Mosul, 6 strikes near Kisik Kupri, 5 strikes each near Sultan Abdallah, Qayyarah and Tal Afar, and 1 strike near Sinjar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 3 strikes each near Al Huwayjah and Bayji, and 1 strike near Baghdad;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 11 strikes each near Ramadi and Hit, 3 strikes near Al Qa’im, 2 strikes near Rawah, and 1 strike near Hadith.

Since the breakdown of the tentative ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia, the number of Coalition airstrikes in Syria and overall has increased back to pre-cease fire levels. This is despite the fact that the US formerly withdrew from cooperation with Russian forces on Monday 03 October and that the Russian Defense Ministry has issued warnings that Coalition aircraft bombing near Syrian loyalist forces and their embedded Russian troops would be shot at. No incidents have been reported so far.

Update for 24 to 30 September:

During the week of the 24th of September to the 30th of September, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 159 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 23 strikes near Mar’a, 19 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 14 strikes near Manbij, 12 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 7 strikes near Al Bukamal, 3 strikes near Al Shadaddi and 1 strike each near Washiyah and Ain Issa;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 28 strikes near Mosul, 9 strikes near Kisik Kupri, 8 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, 7 strikes near Qayyarah, 2 strikes near Tal Afar, and 1 strike near Sinjar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 4 strikes near Al Huwayjah, 3 strikes near Bayji and 1 strike near Bashir;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 7 strikes near Ramadi, 4 strikes each near Al Qa’im, 3 strikes near Haditha, and 1 strike each near Hit and Al Baghdadi.

Update for 17 to 23 September:

During the week of the 17th of September to the 23rd of September, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 183 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 34 strikes near Mar’a, 22 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 14 strikes near Al Bukamal, 12 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 7 strikes near Al Shadaddi, 3 strikes near Ain Issa and 2 strikes near Manbij;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 22 strikes near Mosul, 17 strikes near Qayyarah, 7 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, 5 strikes near Tal Afar, 3 strikes near Sinjar and 2 strikes near Kisik Kupri;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 3 strikes near Al Huwayjah and 1 strike near Bashir;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 11 strikes near Ramadi, 6 strikes near Al-Baghdadi, 5 strikes each near Al Qa’im, 4 strikes near Hit, and 1 strike each near Fallujah, Rawah and Al Buhayat.

Coalition aircraft struck a Syrian army unit near Deir ez Zour, believing it to be an ISIS formation. Syrian government and Russian representatives accused the US of a deliberate attack on the Syrian Army. The incident is under investigation. Shortly thereafter, unknown aircraft struck a Red Crescent aid convoy near Aleppo, killing over 20 civilians. This tit-for-tat escalation appears to have scuppered any goodwill invested in the recently signed ceasefire (12 September).

Update for 10 to 16 September:

During the week of the 10th of September to the 16th of September, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 146 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 25 strikes near Al Shadaddi, 23 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 21 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 15 strike near Al Bukamal, 9 strikes near Mar’a, and 1 strike near Manbij;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 14 strikes near Mosul, 7 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, 6 strikes near Qayyarah, 3 strikes each near Sinjar and Tal Afar, and 1 strike near Kisik Kupri;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 2 strikes near Al Huwayjah, and 1 strike each near Bashir, Bayji and Samarra;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 5 strikes near Ramadi, 3 strikes near Al-Baghdadi, 2 strikes each near Al Qa’im an Al Buhayat, and 1 strike near Hit.

Update for 03 to 09 September:

During the week of the 3rd of September to the 9th of September, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 94 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 13 strikes near Manbij, 12 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 11 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 8 strikes near Mar’a, 4 strikes near Ain Issa, and 1 strike near Al Bukamal;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 16 strikes near Mosul, 4 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, 3 strikes each near Qayyarah, Tal Afar and Kisik Kupri, and 1 strike near Sinjar;
  • In Central Iraq, there was 1 strike near Bayji;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 7 strikes near Ramadi, 2 strikes each near Hit, Haditha and Al Buhayat, and 1 strike near Al Baghdadi.

Update for 27 August to 02 September:

During the week of the 27th of August to the 2nd of September, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 117 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 19 strikes near Manbij, 9 strikes each near Mar’a and Ar Raqqah, 6 strikes near Al Bukamal, 2 strikes near Deir ez Zour, and 1 strike each near Washiyah, Al Shadaddi and Palmyra;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 10 strikes near Mosul, 8 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, 7 strikes near Qayyarah, 4 strikes each near Tal Afar and Kisik Kupri, and 1 strike near Sinjar;
  • In Central Iraq, there was 1 strike each near Bashir and Bayji;
  • In Southern Iraq, 10 strikes near Ramadi, 9 strikes near Hit, 4 strikes each near Al Baghdadi and Haditha, 3 strikes near Al Buhayat, and 1 strike each near Fallujah, Rawah and Ar Rutbah.

Update for 20 August to 26 August:

During the week of the 20th to the 26th of August, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 131 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 34 strikes near Manbij, 18 strikes near Al Shadaddi, 11 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 10 strikes near Mar’a, 5 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 4 strikes near Al Bukamal, 2 strikes near Umm Tamakh, and 1 strike near Ain Issa;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 8 strikes near Qayyarah, 7 strikes near Mosul, 4 strikes near Kisik Kupri, 3 strikes each near Sinjar and Sultan Abdallah, and 2 strikes near Tal Afar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 2 strikes near Bashir;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 11 strikes near Ramadi and 2 strikes each near Hit, Al Baghdadi and Haditha.

On the 24th of August, the Turkish Army and Syrian rebel proxies launched a cross-border operation aimed at taking Jarabulus. At the same time, the Kurdish forces in Manbij were ordered to withdraw back across the Euphrates River; the Kurds complied after US officials backed the Turkish call. Turkish aircraft and artillery have been pounding Kurdish militia forces as well as ISIS fighters in the path of the advance.

Update for 13 August to 19 August:

During the week of the 13th to the 19th of August, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 117 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 27 strikes near Mar’a, 17 strikes near Manbij, 9 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 7 strikes near Al Bukamal, 3 strikes near Tal Abyad, 2 strikes each near Ain Issa and Ar Raqqah, and 1 strike near Palmyra;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 22 strikes near Mosul, 6 strikes each near Sultan Abdallah and Qayyarah, and 4 strikes near Sinjar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were no strikes this week;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 6 strikes near Ramadi, 3 strikes near Hit, and 1 strike each near Al-Baghdadi and Al Buhayat.

Update for 06 August to 12 August:

During the week of the 6th to the 12th of August, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 134 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 47 strikes near Manbji, 8 strikes near Deir ez Zour, and 2 strikes each near Mar’a, Ain Issa, Ar Raqqah, Palmyra and Al Bukamal;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 19 strikes near Qayyarah, 16 strikes near Mosul, 6 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, 4 strikes near Kisik Kupri, 3 strikes near Sinjar and 2 strikes near Tal Afar;
  • In Central Iraq, no strikes this week;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 7 strikes near Ramadi, 4 strikes each near Hit and Al Baghdadi, 2 strikes near Al Buhayat, and 1 strike each near Fallujah and Haditha.

After 6 weeks of intensive combat, Kurdish forces announced the liberation of Manbij amid the celebration of the city’s residents. Surviving Islamic State forces have withdrawn to Jarabulus, but pockets of resistance remain in the city and it is heavily booby-trapped. The Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve contributed to this victory with 656 strikes during the 10 weeks of preparation and fighting that went into the operation; the most intense bombardment of any 10-week period for the CJTF-OIR. The Kurds now have operational freedom to either resume their assault upon Ar Raqqah or clear the border regions of Al Hawl and Al Shadaddi.

Update for 30 July to 05 August:

During the week of the 30th July to the 05th of August, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 116 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 46 strikes near Manbji, 4 strikes near Raqqah, 3 strikes near Mar’a, and 1 strke each near Deir ez Zour and At Tanf;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 15 strikes near Mosul, 13 strikes near Qayyarah, 6 strikes near Sinjar, 4 strikes near Tal Afar, and 2 strikes each near Kisik Kupri and Sultan Abdallah;
  • In Central Iraq, there was 1 strike near Bayji;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 5 strikes near Ramadi, 3 strikes each near Hit, Al Baghdadi and Haditha, and 1 strike each near Rawah, Al Qa’im, Ar Rutbah, and Al Buhayat.

All about Syria: this is the first time in 5 weeks that strikes against Manbij fell below 50; however, the overall tempo of operations in Syria remains substantially above that of Iraq. This is the 10th week of the siege of Manbij and ISIS fighters control less than half the city.

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Update for 23 to 29 July:

During the week of the 23rd to the 29th of July, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 154 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 67 strikes near Manbij, 14 strikes near Mar’a, 3 strikes near Raqqah, 2 strikes near Deir ez Zour, and 1 each near Ain Issa, Al Shadaddi, Palmyra and Al Bukamal;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 13 strikes near Mosul, 12 strikes near Qayyarah, 6 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, 3 strikes near Tal Afar and 1 strike each near Sinjar and Kisik Kupri;
  • In Central Iraq, there was 1 strike each near Al Huwayjah and Tuz;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 7 strikes near Hit, 5 strikes near Ramadi, 4 strikes near Habbaniyah, 3 strikes near Al Baghdadi, 2 strikes each near Ar Rutbah and Al Buhayat, and 1 strike each near Fallujah, Haditha and Rawah.

Update for 16 to 22 July:

During the week of the 16th to the 22nd of July, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 147 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 60 strikes near Manbij, 7 strikes near Mar’a, 4 strikes near Raqqah, 3 strikes near Al Bukamal and 1 strike near Deir ez Zour;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 16 strikes near Mosul, 12 strikes near Qayyarah, 6 strikes near Tal Afar, 5 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, 4 strikes near Sinjar and 2 strikes near Kisik Kupri;
  • In Central Iraq, there was 1 strike near Bayji;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 11 strikes near Ramadi, 6 strikes each near Hit and Al Baghdadi, and 1 strike each near Habbaniyah, Haditha and Al Qa’im.

Update for 09 to 15 July:

During the week of the 09th of July to the 15th of July, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 164 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 69 strikes near Manbij, 6 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 4 strikes near Al Bukamal, 2 strikes each near Mar’a and Deir ez Zour, and 1 strike each near Ain Issa, Al Shadaddi and Palmyra;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 18 strikes near Qayyarah, 9 strikes near Mosul, 4 strikes each near Sinjar and Kisik Kupri, 2 strikes near Sultan Abdallah and 1 strike near Tal Afar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 4 strikes near Bayji, 3 strikes near Bashir and 1 strike near Al Huwayjah;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 9 strikes near Ramadi, 8 strikes near Al Baghdadi, 7 strikes near Hit, 2 strikes each near Habbaniyah, Haditha,  and Al Qa’im, and 1 strike each near Rawah and Al Buhayat.

For the first time in almost a year, Coalition forces have returned to the tempo of air operations employed prior to Turkey’s announced entry into the War against the Islamic State on 23 July 2015.

Update for 02 to 08 July:

During the week of the 02nd of July to the 08th of July, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 170 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 67 strikes near Manbij, 4 strikes near Mar’a, 3 strikes near Al Bukamal, and 2 strikes each near Washiyah, Ain Issa, Raqqah, and Deir ez Zour;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 16 strikes near Qayyarah, 14 strikes near Mosul, 5 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, and 3 strikes each near Sinjar, Tal Afar and Kisik Kupri;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 7 strikes near Bayji, 4 strikes near Al Huwayjah, and 1 strike near Bashir;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 13 strikes near Ramadi, 11 strikes near Al Baghdadi, 2 strikes each near Habbaniyah, Al Qa’im and Al Waleed, and 1 strike each near Rawah and Al Buhayat.

Update for 25 June to 01 July:

During the week of the 25th June to the 01st of Jun, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 181 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 48 strikes near Manbij, 9 strikes near Al Bukamal, 7 strikes each near Mar’a and Ar Raqqah, and 3 strikes near Deir ez Zour;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 25 strikes near Mosul, 17 strikes near Qayyarah, 5 strikes near Sinjar, 4 strikes near Tal Afar, 3 strikes near Kisik Kupri, and 2 strikes near Sultan Abdallah;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 5 strikes near Bayji, 1 strike near Al Huwayjah and 1 strike near Bashir;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 10 strikes near Fallujah, 10 strikes near Ramadi, 7 strikes near Al Baghdadi, 6 strikes near Al Qa’im, 4 strikes near Hit, 3 strikes near Ar Rutbah, and 1 strike each near Habbaniyah, Haditha, Al Waleed and Al Buhayat.

YPG militias continued the siege of Manbij in Northern Syria, with half the city under Kurdish control. The New Syrian Army executed a combined airborne and air assault operation against Al Bukamal, the first such operation of the Syrian Civil War, seizing the airbase and then expanding into a perimeter around the surrounding villages. In Iraq, the Iraqi Army stormed Fallujah in a surprise operation that recaptured the city from weak Islamic State resistance.

Update for 18 to 24 June:

During the week of the 18th to the 24th of June, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 211 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 69 strikes near Manbij, 11 strikes each near Mar’a and Ar Raqqah, 2 strikes each near Al Shadaddi and Abu Kamal, and 1 strike near Ain Issa;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 24 strikes near Qayyarah, 21 strikes near Mosul, 5 strikes near Kisik Kupri, 3 strikes near Tal Afar, and 2 strikes near Sultan Abdallah;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 12 strikes near Bayji, 4 strike near Al Huwayjah and 1 strike near Bashir;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 20 strikes near Fallujah, 12 strikes near Ramadi, 7 strikes near Al Baghdadi, and 2 strikes each near Rawah and Al Buhayat.

Update for 11 to 17 June:

During the week of the 11th to the 17th of June, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 209 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 62 strikes near Manbij, 14 strikes near Marea, 5 strikes near Ain Issa, 3 strikes near Abu Kamal, and 1 strike near Ar Raqqah;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 38 strikes near Qayyarah, 22 strikes near Mosul, 5 strikes each near Kisik Kupri, Sinjar and Sultan Abdallah, and 2 strikes near Tal Afar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 6 strikes near Bashir, 3 strikes near Bayji and 1 strike near Al Huwayjah;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 17 strikes near Fallujah, 7 strikes near Al Baghdadi, 5 strikes near Ramadi, 3 strikes near Haditha, and 2 strikes near Habbaniyah.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 04 to 10 June:

During the week of the 04th to the 10th of June , the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 183 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, there were 63 strikes near Manbij, 14 strikes near Mar’a, 7 strikes near Raqqah, and 1 strike each near Al Shadaddi and Abu Kamal;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 17 strikes near Mosul, 15 strikes near Qayyarah, 6 strikes near Tal Afar, 4 strikes near Sinjar, 2 strikes near Kisik Kupri, and 1 strike near Sultan Abdallah;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 4 strikes near Bayji and 1 strike near Al Huwayjah;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 21 strikes near Fallujah, 10 strikes near Habbaniyah, 6 strikes near Haditha, 3 strikes each near Al-Baghdadi and Rawah, and 2 strikes each near Ramadi and Al Buhayat.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 28 May to 03 June:

During the week of the 28th of May to the 03rd of June , the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 207 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, there were 58 strikes near Manbij, 10 strikes near Raqqah, 9 strikes near Mar’a, and 1 strike each near Washiyah, Ayn Issa and Deir ez Zour;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 43 strikes near Mosul, 8 strikes each near Tal Afar, Kisik Kupri and Sultan Abdallah, and 3 strikes each near Sinjar and Qayyarah;
  • In Central Iraq, there was 1 strike each near Bashir, Al Huwayjah and Bayji ;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 23 strikes near Fallujah, 9 strikes near Hit, 7 strikes near Habbaniyah, 6 strikes near Al-Baghdadi, 2 strikes near Al Buhayat, and 1 strike each near Ramadi, Haditha, Rawah, and Al Qa’im.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 21 to 27 May:

During the week of the 21st to the 27th of May , the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 144 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, there were 16 strikes near Raqqah, 9 strikes near Ayn Issa, 7 strikes near Mar’a, 3 strikes near Al Shadaddi, and 1 strike each near Deir ez Zour, Palmyra and Abu Kamal;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 32 strikes near Mosul, 11 strikes near Qayyarah, 7 strikes near Kisik Kupri, 6 strikes near Sinjar, 4 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, and 1 strike near Tal Afar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 3 strikes near Al Huwayjah and 1 strike near Bayji;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 22 strikes near Fallujah, 10 strikes near Habbaniyah, 5 strikes near Al-Baghdadi, 2 strikes near Haditha, and 1 strike each near Hit and Rawah.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

US officials announced that an agreement had been reached with Turkey to allow Kurdish YPG units to advance on the de facto Islamic State capital of Raqqah. Kurdish forces would also be operating against ISIL concentrations in Manbij, but the Turkish government has explicitly stated that no Kurdish forces should remain west of the Euphrates River at the termination of the campaign.

Update for 14 to 20 May:

During the week of the 14th to the 20th of May , the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 112 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, there were 12 strikes near Mar’a, 11 strikes near Manbij, 3 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 2 strikes near At Tanf, and 1 strike each near Raqqah, Palmyra and Abu Kamal;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 18 strikes near Mosul, 15 strikes near Qayyarah, 7 strikes near Kisik Kupri, 3 strikes near Tal Afar and Sultan Abdallah, and 2 strikes near Sinjar;
  • In Central Iraq, there was 1 strike near Bayji;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 7 strikes near Al Buhayat, 6 strikes near Ar Rutbah, 5 strikes each Fallujah and Al-Baghdadi, 4 strikes near Habbaniyah, 2 strikes near Haditha, and 1 strike each near Ramadi, Hit and Al Waleed.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Iraqi officials announced the start of the offensive to recapture Fallujah this week, making this the Third Fallujah Campaign.

Update for 07 to 13 May:

During the week of the 07th to the 13th of May , the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 149 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, there were 15 strikes near Mar’a, 9 strikes near Al Shadaddi, 8 strikes near Manbij, 3 strikes near Palmyra, and 1 strike each near Ayn Issa and Umm Tamakh;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 24 strikes near Mosul, 8 strikes near Qayyarah, 7 strikes near Sinjar, 6 strikes near Kisik Kupri and Sultan Abdallah, and 4 strikes near Tal Afar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 5 strikes near Al Huwayjah, 4 strikes near Bashir and 3 strikes near Bayji;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 16 strikes near Fallujah, 10 strikes near Al-Baghdadi, 5 strikes each near Al Buhayat and Al Waleed, 3 strikes near Habbaniyah and 2 strikes each near Ramadi, Hit and Ar Rutbah.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Iraqi forces recaptured the city of Ar Rutbah from the ISIL garrison this week in a surprise raid on the border town.

Update for 30 April to 06 May:

During the week of the 30th of April to the 6th of May, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 170 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, there were 13 strikes near Mar’a, 4 strikes near Al Shadaddi, 3 strikes each near Raqqah and Al Hawl, and 2 strikes near Manbij;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 34 strikes near Mosul, 11 strikes near Qayyarah, 7 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, 4 strikes each near Kisik Kupri and Tal Afar, 2 strikes near Sinjar and 1 strike near Makhmur;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 8 strikes near Kirkuk, 7 strikes near Bayji and 4 strikes near Bashir;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 29 strikes near Fallujah, 11 strikes near Hit, 9 strikes near Al-Baghdadi, 6 strikes near Al Buhayat, 2 strikes each near Habbaniyah, Ramadi and Al Qa’im, and 1 strike each near Ar Rutbah and Al Waleed.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 23 to 29 April:

During the week of the 23rd to the 29th of April, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 163 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, there were 20 strikes near Mar’a, 8 strikes near Manbij, 3 strikes near Washiyah, 2 strikes near Raqqah and 1 strike each near Ayn Issa, Al Hawl, Deir ez Zour and Abu Kamal;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 19 strikes near Mosul, 12 strikes near Qayyarah, 8 strikes near Kisik Kupri, 5 strikes near Sinjar, 4 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, 3 strikes near Tal Afar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 5 strikes near Bayji, 4 strikes near Kirkuk and 3 strikes near Al Huwayjah;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 28 strikes near Fallujah, 16 strikes near Al-Baghdadi, 11 strikes near Hit, 3 strikes near Habbaniyah, 2 strikes near Ramadi, and 1 strike each near Al Qa’im, Ar Rutbah and Al Waleed.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 16 to 22 April:

During the week of the 16th to the 22nd of April, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 159 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, there were 11 strikes near Mar’a, 7 strikes near Manbij, 3 strikes each near Al Hawl, Deir ez Zour and Abu Kamal, and 2 strikes near Raqqah;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 41 strikes near Mosul, 12 strikes near Kisik Kupri, 10 strikes near Sinjar, 9 strikes near Qayyarah, 4 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, 3 strikes near Tal Afar, and 1 strike near Erbil;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 4 strikes near Kirkuk, 2 strikes near Al Huwayjah and 1 strike near Bayji;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 15 strikes near Fallujah, 11 strikes each near Hit and Al-Baghdadi, 3 strikes near Haditha, 2 strikes near Ar Rutbah and 1 strike near Habbaniyah.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 09 to 15 April:

During the week of the 9th to the 15th of April, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 145 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, there were 14 strikes near Mar’a, 3 strikes each near Manbij, Raqqah and Al Hawl, and 1 strike near Deir ez Zour;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 45 strikes near Mosul, 14 strikes near Qayyarah, 11 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, 7 strikes near Sinjar, 5 strikes near Kisik Kupri, and 4 strikes near Tal Afar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 5 strikes near Kirkuk and 2 strikes near Al Huwayjah;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 20 strikes near Hit, 3 strikes near Al Buhayat, 2 strikes near Haditha and 1 strike each near Fallujah, Habbaniyah and Ar Rutbah.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 02 to 08 April:

During the week of the 02nd to the 08th of April, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 176  strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, there were 19 strikes near Mar’a, 9 strikes each near Manbji and Al Hawl, 7 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 2 strikes each near Idlib and Deir ez Zour, and 1 strike each near Ayn Issa and Al Hasakah;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 28 strikes near Mosul, 18 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, 17 strikes near Qayyarah, 7 strikes near Sinjar, 6 strikes near Kisik Kupri and 3 strikes near Tal Afar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 11 strikes near Kirkuk and 2 strikes near Al Huwayjah;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 16 strikes near Hit, 6 strikes near Al-Baghdadi, 3 strikes each near Fallujah and Habbaniyah, 2 strikes near Haditha, and 1 strike each near Ramadi, Rawah, Al Qa’im and Ar Rutbah.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 26 March to 01 April:

During the week of the 26th of March to the 01st of April, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 133 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, there were 12 strikes near Mar’a, 4 strikes near Ayn Issa, 3 strikes near Manbij, and 1 strike each near Al Hawl and Deir ez Zour;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 27 strikes near Mosul, 20 strikes near Qayyarah, 17 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, 8 strikes near Sinjar, 5 strikes near Kisik Kupri, and 1 strike each near Tal Afar and Makhmur;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 5 strikes near Kirkuk;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 17 strikes near Hit, 4 strikes near Al-Baghdadi, 3 strikes near Habbaniyah, 2 strikes near Fallujah, and 1 strike each near Ramadi and Haditha.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 19 to 25 March:

During the week of the 19th to the 25th of March, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 140 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 10 strikes near Marea, 6 strikes near Manbij, 3 strikes near Al Hawl, 2 strikes each near Ain Issa and Ar Raqqah, and 1 strike each near Kobane and Palmyra;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 27 strikes near Mosul, 12 strikes near Kisik Kupri, 11 strikes near Qayyarah, 10 strikes near Sinjar, 6 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, and 4 strikes near Tal Afar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 2 strikes near Kirkuk and 1 strike near Al Huwayjah;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 19 strikes near Hit, 10 strikes near Al Baghdadi, 4 strikes each near Ramadi and Habbaniyah, 2 strikes each near Fallujah and Haditha, and 1 strike near Al Waleed.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Representatives of Syrian government and rebel factions agree to “basic principles” for a possible end to the civil war. Talks to resume in early April. John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov meet in Moscow, agree to press for draft constitution by August.

Meanwhile, Syrian army forces assaulted ISIS positions on western edge of Palmyra. The recapture of the strategic city in central Syria would strike a powerful geographic and psychological blow against the Islamic State. At the same time, Iraqi forces captured villages near Makhmur in a drive to isolate Mosul as a prelude to retaking the city.

I also regret to inform of the death of a US Marine, killed near Makhmur. Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, was killed by an ISIS rocket attack as his unit was providing fire support to friendly units. This forward Marine base is the first acknowledged expansion into a combat role for US troops deployed in Iraq as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. A Russian forward air controller, embedded with Syrian Army units, was also killed near Palmyra.The unnamed soldier was an officer in Russia’s special forces, or Spetznaz.

Update for 12 to 18 March:

During the week of the 12th to the 18th of March, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 120 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 12 strikes near Marea, 11 strikes near Al Hawl, 7 strikes near Mabij, and 1 strike each near Ain Issa, Ar Raqqah, Al Hasakah and Deir ez Zour;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 14 strikes near Mosul, 11 strikes near Sinjar, 9 strikes near Kisk Kupri, 4 strikes near Qayyarah, 2 strikes near Sultan Abdallah and 1 strike near Tal Afar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 4 strikes near Kirkuk, 3 strikes near Bayji and 2 strikes near Al Huwayjah;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 19 strikes near Hit, 7 strikes near Ramadi, 3 strikes each near Fallujah and Al Baghdadi, and 1 strike each near Habbaniyah, Al Qa’im, Ar Rutbah and Al Buhayat.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would be drawing down forces and terminating operations in Syria. However, the withdrawal did not include land, air and sea forces necessary to maintain the Russian bases at Tartus and Hmeymim airfield.

Update for 05 to 11 March:

During the week of the 5th to the 11th of March, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 135 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 8 strikes near Marea, 7 strikes near Al Hasakah, 5 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 3 strikes each near Ain Issa and Al Hawl, 2 strikes each near Manbij, Ar Raqqah and Al Bukamal, and 1 strike near Palmyra;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 14 strikes near Sinjar, 13 strikes near Mosul, 8 strikes near Kisik Kupri, 6 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, 5 strikes each near Tal Afar and Qayyarah, and 1 strike near Makhmur;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 2 strikes each near Kirkuk, Tikrit and Bayji;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 19 strikes near Ramadi, 11 strikes near Habbaniyah, 4 strikes each near Hit and Al Baghdadi, 3 strikes near Fallujah, and 1 strike each near Haditha, Al Buhayat and Al Waleed.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 27 February to 04 March:

During the week of the 27th of February to the 4th of March, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets launching 161 strikes during the week:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 17 strikes near Tal Abyad, 10 strikes each near Al Hasakah and Al Hawl, 8 strikes near Mar’a, 6 strikes each near Manbij and Ayn Issa, 4 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 2 strikes near Deir ez Zour, and 1 strike each near Palmyra and Al Bukamal;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 26 strikes near Mosul, 12 strikes near Sinjar, 6 strikes near Kisik Kupri, 4 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, 2 strikes near Qayyarah, and 1 strike each near Tal Afar and Makhmur;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 2 strikes each near Bayji, Tikrit and Samarra, and 1 strike each near Al Huwayjah and Kirkuk;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 15 strikes near Ramadi, 11 strikes near Fallujah, 5 strikes near Al Baghdadi, 3 strikes near Habbaniyah, and 1 strike each near Al Qa’im and Al Buhayat.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Despite reported violations, the ceasefire between the Syrian government and main rebel opposition has largely held. Operations continue against ISIS-held positions and those of the al Qaeda affiliated al Nusra Front.

Update for 20 to 26 February:

During the week of the 20th to the 26th of February, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 30 strikes near Al Hasakah, 27 strikes near Al Hawl, 13 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 6 strikes near Manbij, 4 strikes each near Ayn Issa and Al Bukamal, and 3 strikes near Ar Raqqah;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 27 strikes near Mosul, 12 strikes near Kisik Kupri, 7 strikes near Sinjar, 4 strikes each near Tal Afar and Qayyarah, 3 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, and 1 strike near Makhmur;
  • In Central Iraq, there was 1 strike each near Kirkuk and Al Huwayjah;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 11 strikes near Ramadi, 6 strikes near Al-Baghdadi, 5 strikes near Hit, 4 strikes near Fallujah, 2 strikes near Habbaniyah, and 1 strike each near Haditha, Al Qa’im and Al Buhayat.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

US and Russian negotiators announced that they had successfully brokered a ceasefire between the Syrian government and the main rebel factions which would go into effect on midnight, 27 February. This is the prelude to more substantive talks scheduled for mid-March. The ceasefire specifically excludes ISIS and al Qaeda affiliated al Nusra Front.

Additionally, the Headquarters of the 101st Air Assault Division cased its colors at Fort Campbell, KY in preparation for its deployment to Iraq. It will takeover imminently from her sister division, the 82nd Airborne. Later in the spring, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” will replace the 82nd’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team as well as elements of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division in Erbil.

Update for 13 to 19 February:

During the week of the 13th to the 19th of February, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 15 strikes near Al Hasakah, 8 strikes each near Al Hawl and Al Bukamal, 5 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 3 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 2 strikes near Ayn Issa and 1 strike near Manbij;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 32 strikes near Mosul, 14 strikes near Sinjar, 5 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, 4 strikes near Tal Afar, 3 strikes near Kisik Kupri, 2 strikes near Makhmur and 1 strike near Qayyarah;
  • In Central Iraq, there was 1 strike each near Kirkuk, Al Huwayjah and Samarra;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 21 strikes near Ramadi, 9 strikes near Al Qa’im, 6 strikes each near Fallujah and Al Buhayat, 4 strikes near Habbaniyah, 3 strikes near Al-Baghdadi, and 1 strike near Hit.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 06 to 12 February:

During the week of the 6th to the 12th of February, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 6 strikes near Marea, 4 strikes near Ain Issa, 3 strikes near Manbij and 1 strike each near Kobani, Ar Raqqah and Al Hasakah;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 28 strikes near Mosul, 11 strikes near Sinjar, 7 strikes near Qayyarah, 3 strikes near Kisik Kupri, 2 strikes each near Tal Afar and Sultan Abdallah;;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 4 strikes near Al Huwayjah, and 3 strikes near Kirkuk;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 24 strikes near Ramadi, 8 strikes near Al Baghdadi, 6 strikes near Habbaniyah, 3 strikes near Al Buhayat, and 1 strike each near Haditha and Fallujah.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 30 January to 05 February:

During the week of the 30th of January to the 5th of February, the following events occurred:

  • Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 11 strikes each near Marea and Manbij, 7 strikes near Deir ez Zour. 6 strikes each near Al Hasakah, Ain Issa and Ar Raqqah, 5 strikes near Al Hawl, and 2 strikes near Washiyah;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 28 strikes near Mosul, 19 strikes near Qayyarah, 9 strikes near Sinjar, and 5 strikes each near Tal Afar, Kisik Kupri and Sultan Abdallah;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 3 strikes near Kirkuk, and 1 strike each near Bayji and Tikrit;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 31 strikes near Ramadi, 11 strikes near Habbaniyah, 2 strikes each near Fallujah and Al Buhayat, and 1 strike each near Al Baghdadi, Al Asad and Ar Rutbah.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 21 to 27 November:

During the week of the 21st to the 27th of November, the following events occurred:

  • On Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 20 strikes near Marea, 19 strikes near Al Hasakah, 11 strikes near Al Hawl, 5 strikes near Ain Issa, 4 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 3 strikes near Al Bukamal and 1 strike near Deir ez Zour;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 20 strikes near Sinjar, 16 strikes near Mosul, 12 strikes near Sultan Abdallah, 10 strikes near Kisik Kupri, 3 strikes near Tal Afar, and 2 strikes each near Makhmur and Qayyarah;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 2 strikes each near Bayji and Tikrit;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 44 strikes near Ramadi, 8 strikes near Fallujah, 3 strikes near Al Buhayat, 2 strikes each near Hit and Al Baghdadi and 1 strike each near Habbaniyah, Haditha and Ar Rutbah.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 14 to 20 November:

During the week of the 14th to the 20th of November, the following events occurred:

  • On Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets:
  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 13 strikes near Al Hasakah, 10 strikes near Al Hawl, 9 strikes near Ar Raqqah, 5 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 5 strikes each near Marea and Al Bukamal, 3 strikes near Ain Issa and 2 strikes near Palmyra;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 23 strikes near Sinjar, 22 strikes near Kisik Kupri, 11 strikes near Mosul, 5 strikes each near Al Kuwayr and Sultan Abdallah, and 3 strikes near Tal Afar;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 3 strikes near Bayji and 2 strikes near Kirkuk;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 37 strikes near Ramadi, 3 strikes near Fallujah, 2 strikes near Al Baghdadi and 1 strike near Al Buhayat.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 07 to 13 November:

During the week of the 7th to the 13th of November, the following events occurred:

  • On 9 November, Shiite Hashed militias announced clearing the outlying village of Hurriya, to the west of Ramadi;
  • On 9 November, the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Warfare confirmed that “non-state actors”, namely ISIL, had launched a chemical attack during the summer offensives against the northern Syrian city of Marea;
  • On 10 November, the Iraqi Army and Shiite militias advanced north of Bayji and captured the town of Al-Shirqat;
  • On 10 November, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed to have launched over 448 air strikes in the preceding three days in support of the Syrian Army offensives in Idlib and Aleppo governates;
  • On 11 November, the Syrian Army claimed to have broken the 2-year siege of Kweiras Air Force Base, near Aleppo;
  • On 11 November, Syrian news sources described the Syrian Army offensive into the mountains near Idlib as having suffered heavy casualties with rebels using TOW missiles against government armor. The villages of al Bahsa and al Mansura remain in rebel hands;
  • On 11 November, two explosions in Latakia killed 23 and wounded over 40 people. One attack was described as a rocket fired into the city while the other appeared to be a bomb;
  • On 12 November, ISIL claimed responsibility for a twin suicide bombing in Lebanon that killed 43 people and wounded over 200 more;
  • On 13 November, Kurdish PKK and YPG militias retook the city of Sinjar with Coalition air support.

Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets:

  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 39 strikes near Al Hawl, 12 strikes near Al Hasakah, 10 strikes near Deir ez Zour, 5 strikes near Marea, 3 strikes near Al Bukamal and 1 strike each near Aleppo, Ar Raqqah and Palmyra;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 70 strikes near Sinjar, 10 strikes near Tal Afar, 7 strikes near Kisik Kupri, 6 strikes near Mosul, 3 strikes near Al Kuwayr and 1 strike near Sultan Abdallah;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 4 strikes near Al Huwayjah;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 25 strikes near Ramadi, 8 strikes near Al Buhayat and 2 strikes near Fallujah.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Updates for 03 October to 30 October:

My sincere apologies for not providing more detailed updates during this period. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was unable to meet my self-imposed weekly schedule. Regular weekly updates will continue as of 31 October.

Update for 26 September to 02 October:

During the week of the 26th of September to the 2nd of October, the following events occurred:

  • On 26 September, the US State Department announced that an estimated 30,000 foreigners have crossed into Syria to join the Islamic State in the past 12 months, despite international efforts to tighten border security and share intelligence.
  • On 26 September, shells hit the rebel-held village of al Foua in Syria’s Idlib Governate, in violation of a recently signed 6-month ceasefire. Rebels blamed al Assad’s government forces for the attack;
  • On 27 September, Syrian rebels and government forces reaffirmed the ceasefire in al Foua despite the violation of the previous day;
  • On 27 September, France launches its first airstrike against the Islamic State in Syria, destroying a training camp in Eastern Syria;
  • On 27 September, the Israeli Defense Force launched an artillery attack against two Syrian Army posts in the Golan in response to errant shells that struck Israeli territory;
  • On 27 September, Israel reported the arrival of the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning and a guided missile cruiser escort in the Syrian port of Tartus. It is believed that Chinese military observers may be joining the Russian force in Latakia;
  • On 27 September, Israel expressed concern with the build-up of Iranian forces operating with Hezbollah near Zabadani. Approximately a reinforced battalion of the Revolutionary Guard Corps was reported to be supporting the Shiite militia and Syrian government forces;
  • On 30 September, the Iraqi government announced the continuation of the advance against ISIL-held Al Huwayjah by the Iraqi Army, Shia Hashed militias, and Kurdish Peshmerga;
  • On 30 September, Russia launched its first airstrikes in Syria, targeting rebel groups near Homs and Idlib. This comes after the Russian Duma approved Russian Air Force operations overseas;
  • On 01 and 02 October, Russian forces expanded their air campaign, launching additional airstrikes in Idlib Governate, near Ar Raqqah and Al Qaryatain. After approximately 30 strikes, only 4 have been launched against ISIL targets.

Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets:

  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 7 strikes near Al Hasakah, 4 strikes each near Al Bukamal and Marea, 3 strikes each near Deir ez Zour and Palmyra, and 1 strike each near Ar Raqqah and Al Hawl;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 15 strikes near Sinjar, 14 strikes near Mosul , 8 strikes each near Tal Afar, and 5 strikes near Sultan Abdallah;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 33 strikes near Al Huwayjah, 14 strikes near Kirkuk, and 12 strikes near Bayji                ;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 17 strikes near Ramadi, 8 strikes near Habbaniyah, 5 strikes near Hit, 3 strikes near Fallujah, 2 strikes near Al Buhayat, and 1 strike each near Al-Baghdadi, Al Asad and Al Qa’im.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 19 to 25 September:

During the week of the 19th to the 25th of September, the following events occurred:

  • On 19 September, Nusra Front rebels executed 71 government POW’s captured at Abu al-Duhur airbase;
  • On 20 September, the Iraqi government reported the death of the Islamic State governor of Salahuddin vilayet, killed in combat;
  • On 21 September, US intelligence sources identified 16 Russian Su-30 “Flanker-C” fighters and 12 Su-25 “Frogfoot” attack aircraft in Latakia. Reports also indicate that the facilities around the airport are being expanded to accommodate up to a Motor Rifle Brigade (approx. 2,000 troops);
  • On 21 September, the Syrian government and rebels agreed to 6-month truce over rebel-held Zabadani and government-held Fuaa and Kafraya in Idlib Governate.

Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets:

  • In Syria, Coalition forces launched 9 strikes near Al Hawl, 5 strikes each near Al Hasakah and Marea, 2 strikes near Manbij, and 1 strike each near Tal Abyad and Ar Raqqah;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 27 strikes near Mosul, 13 strikes near Sinjar, 11 strikes near Kisik Kupri, 6 strikes each near Tal Afar and Qayyarah, and 3 strikes near Sultan Abdallah;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 11 strikes near Bayji, 7 strikes each near Al Huwayjah and Kirkuk;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 19 strikes near Ramadi, 5 strikes near Habbaniyah, 3 strikes near Hit, 2 strikes near Haditha and 1 strike each near Rawah and Al-Baghdadi.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

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Update for 12 to 18 September:

During the week of the 12th to the 18th of September, the following events occurred:

  • On 14 September, a twin suicide bombings perpetrated by the Islamic State in Al Hasakah killed 32 civilians in the Kurdish-held city;
  • On 15 September, a third VBIED detonated in Al Hasakah killing another 7 civilians;
  • On 15 September, sources indicated the continued build-up of Russian forces in Latakia’s main airport. Russian Antonov -124 and -17 aircraft were photographed unloading military cargo; SU-25 ground attack aircraft as well as Mi-24 and Mi-16 helicopters were present; and T-90 tanks, BTR infantry vehicles and a new artillery battery were seen, consistent with the presence of a Russian Motor Rifle Battalion;
  • On 16 September, France announced that the success of the ISIL into the Aleppo Governate near Marea had led them to consider expanding airstrikes into Syria;
  • On 17 September, the Syrian Air Force launched at least 12 air strikes against the Islamic State capital of Ar Raqqah;
  • On 17 September, a Daesh suicide attack on a Shia neighborhood in Baghdad left 21 dead;
  • On 18 September, the Syrian Air Force followed up their Ar Raqqah raid with 25 strikes against ISIL positions in Palmyra.

Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets:

  • In Syria, there were 6 strikes near Marea, 4 strikes each near Al Hasakah and Al Bukamal, 3 strikes each near Ar Raqqah and Deir ez Zour, 2 strikes each near Kobani and Al Hawl, and 1 strike near Manbij;
  • In Northern Iraq, there were 23 strikes near Mosul, 13 strikes near Sinjar, 8 strikes near Kisik Kupri and 3 strikes near Sultan Abdallah;
  • In Central Iraq, there were 17 strikes near Bayji, 11 strikes near Tuz, 6 strikes near Kirkuk and 5 strikes near Al Huwayjah;
  • In Southern Iraq, there were 11 strikes near Ramadi, 9 strikes near Fallujah, 3 strikes near Hit, 2 strikes near Al Baghdadi, and 1 strike each near Haditha, Habbaniyah and Rawah.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 04 to 11 September:

During the week of the 04th to the 11st of September, the following events occurred:

  • On the 5th of September, heavy fighting continued as ISIL forces battled Syrian rebels over the town of Marea, north of Aleppo in the Turkish declared “safe zone”. At least 47 fighters were reported killed on both sides;
  • On the 6th of September, ISIL forces advanced to within 5 miles of M5 highway; a key artery linking Damascus with government-held areas in north. Control of this road would split Assad’s forces and make control and coordination of the disparate government areas vastly more difficult;
  • On the 7th of September, ISIL forces captured the last government-held oil field in Syria, the Jazal field near Palmyra;
  • On the 9th of September, Nusra Front rebels captured Abu Al Duhur AFB from Syrian government after 2 year siege, dealing Assad’s forces a serious set-back;
  • On the 10th of September, a US airstrike destroyed an Islamic State munitions depo in a large stadium in Ramadi. The massive explosion that followed leveled the building;
  • On the 10th of September, US sources reported the presence of up to 200 Russian naval infantry with SA-22 surface-to-air missiles and unidentified tactical aircraft at an airbase near Latakia. There were also reports of Russian troops engaged in combat in the mountain passes above the city. Meanwhile, Russian vessels of the Mediterranean Fleet are conducting exercises off the Syrian coast;
  • On the 11th of September, the Royal Australian Air Force began combat operations over Eastern Syria;

Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets:

  • The Syrian front: the number of Coalition airstrikes continued its decline, falling to the lowest level since the 26 of June. Marea was targeted 15 times; Ar Raqqah was targeted 4 times; Al Hasakah and Al Hawl were targeted 3 times each; Kobani, Tal Abyad, Umm Tamakh, and Palmyra were targeted twice each; and Ain Issa and Al Bukhamal were each targeted once.
  • Northern Iraq: Kurdish forces were supported with 13 strikes near Mosul, 11 near Kisik Kupri, 10 near Sinjar, 6 near Tal Afar and 1 near Al Kuwayr;
  • Central Iraq: Iraqi government forces were supported with 21 strikes near Tuz, 14 near Bayji, 6 near Al Huwayjah, and 1 near Kirkuk;
  • Southern Iraq: Iraqi government forces were supported with 16 strikes near Ramadi; 10 strikes near Fallujah; 5 strikes near Habbaniyah; 4 strikes near Hit, 2 strikes each near Rawah and Al Baghdadi, and one strike near Haditha and Ar Rutbah.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 28 August to 04 September:

During the week of the 28th of August to the 4th of September, the following events occurred:

  • On 28 August, Kurdish Peshmerga cleared 7 villages near Tuz of Daesh fortifications and fighting positions;
  • On 28 August, Syrian rebels of the Al Qaeda affiliate Nusra Front launched an attack on the Abu Duhur airport, seizing and holding several positions. This is the last government-held airport in Idlib governate;
  • On 29 August, top British-born hacker for ISIL, Junaid Hussain, was killed in a targeted drone strike in Ar Raqqah;
  • On 29 August, the local ceasefire in Zabadani broke down as shelling resumed;
  • On 29 August, Turkey launched its first airstrikes in Northern Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. The precise targets were not disclosed;
  • On 29 August, IGF and Shiite Hashed militias continued their advance towards Bayji, securing the village of Tel Abu Jarad;
  • On 30 August, Islamic State fighters seized positions in the southern Qadam neighborhood of Damascus;
  • On 31 August, Syrian rebels renewed attacks on government-held Thala air base in As Suwayah governate;
  • On 31 August, there were reports of continued heavy fighting between IS fighters and Syrian rebels around the town of Marea and surrounding villages;
  • On 31 August, there were reports that Russian aviation forces, including jets and attack helicopters, would begin operating out of an airbase near Damascus in support of the al Assad regime. This marks a major escalation of Russian support and could soon involve them in ground combat;
  • On 02 September, masked men kidnapped 18 Turkish construction workers in predominantly Shiite suburb of Sadr City, Baghdad. No one has yet claimed responsibility;
  • On 03 September, the creation of a Joint Command and Coordination Center in Erbil was announced. The JCCC will facilitate coordination between the Combined Joint Task Force command, the Iraqi military and Kurdish Peshmerga units to combat Daesh across northern Iraq.

Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets:

  • Coalition airstrikes in Syria continued their decline since the US-Turkish cooperation agreement. Al Hasakah and Kobani were targeted 9 times each; Ar Raqqah, Al Hawl and Marea were targeted 7 times each, while Aleppo and Deir ez Zour were targeted 1 time each.
  • In Northern Iraq, Kurdish forces were supported with 14 strikes at Mosul, 13 at Sinjar, 8 at Kisik Kupri, 3 each at Tal Afar and Kirkuk, 2 each at Al Kuwayr and Makhmur, and 1 at Al Huwayjah;
  • The Iraqi offensive in Central Iraq was supported with 17 strikes near Bayji and 10 strikes near Tuz;
  • Iraqi government forces continued to advance in Ramadi with Coalition support from 12 strikes; 7 at Habbaniyah, 6 at Haditha, 4 at Al Baghdadi, and 1 each at Hit, Al Qa’im and Fallujah.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 21 to 28 August:

During the week of the 21th to the 28st of August, the following events occurred:

  • On 22 August, the Israeli Air Force struck targets in the Syrian Golan Heights after four rockets were fired into Israeli territory from the area. Syrian sources report one Israeli F-16 was shot down by and SGF S-300 missile, Israeli sources deny losing any aircraft;
  • Shelling and air strikes by Syrian Government Forces killed another 20 civilians and wounded at least 200 more in the town of Douma, near Damascus. These attacks come a week after previous government strikes killed over 100 people in the same town;
  • On 24 August, Iraqi Security Forces launched a major effort to retake Bayji from ISIS control;
  • On 25 August, Iraqi Peshmerga retake the village of Sultan Abdallah, near Erbil;
  • On 25 August, ISIS forces reportedly used mustard gas against Syrian rebel defenders in the town of Marea, north of Aleppo. Medecins Sans Frontieres reported treating up to 50 civilians. This is part of a wider offensive by the Islamic State into Northern Syria after the Nusra Front announced it would be withdrawing from the area;
  • On 26 August, Iraqi Security Forces and Shia Hashed militia clear Samarra Island of last ISIS militants;
  • On 26 August, the 3rd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Armored Division took over from the 4th Squadron, 501st Aviation Regiment at Camp Taji as part of a 6 month rotation;
  • On 27 August, Hezbollah and Syrian rebel forces agreed to another temporary ceasefire in Zabadani and two neighboring villages;

Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets:

  • The number of Coalition airstrikes in Syria fell for the second consecutive week. Al Hasakah and Al Hawl were targeted 13 times each; Kobani 6 times, Ain Issa and Ar Raqqah 3 times each, and Aleppo 2 times.
  • In Northern Iraq, Kurdish forces were supported with 23 strikes at Mosul, 11 at Sinjar, 9 at Kisik Kupri, 3 at Tal Afar and 1 each at Makhmur and Kirkuk;
  • The Iraqi offensive in Central Iraq was supported with 39 strikes near Tuz and 22 near Bayji;
  • Iraqi government forces continued to advance in Ramadi with Coalition support from 12 strikes; 5 strikes at Fallujah and Al Baghdadi, and 2 strikes at Haditha and Habbaniyah.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 14 to 21 August:

During the week of the 14th to the 21st of August, the following events occurred:

  • On 14 August, USAF Colonel Ryder and CJTF spokesman said ISF and Shiite militias were more than halfway through operation to encircle & cut-off Ramadi prior to retaking the city;
  • On 15 August, the Iraqi Air Force bombed ISIS tankers and installations at the Qayyarah Refinery near Bayji;
  • On 15 August, the truce between the Syrian government and rebels broke down as fighting resumed over Zabadani;
  • On 16 August, at least 70 civilians were killed as SGF launched air strikes on the rebel-held town of Duma;
  • On 16 August, ISIS launched a large-scale attack with over 100 fighters, BTR, armored bulldozer and led by 3 suicide vehicles on the Shia militia positions outside Fallujah;
  • On 17 August, ISIS is reported to be suffering from desertions and an insurgency in the area of Deir ez Zour;
  • On 17 August, the US announced “temporary” withdrawal of Patriot batteries from Southern Turkey; not related to Turkish air strikes on Kurdish YPG;
  • On 18 August, Syrian rebels claimed to have repelled an ISIS offensive on the villages of Azaz and Marea on the Turkish border;
  • On 21 August, an Israeli air strike in Golan killed 5 Islamic Jihad militants that the IDF claims were responsible for the rocket attack on Israeli village on Thursday

Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets:

  • US airstrikes in support of Kurdish Peshmerga in Syria have fell sharply this week after the announcement of the US-Turkish agreement. Al Hasakah was hit 20 times compared to 31 the week previously. Deir ez Zour was not bombed versus 5 previously.
  • Aleppo was targeted 13 times, Kobani received 6 strikes, Ar Raqqah was struck 3 times and Ain Issa received 2 strikes;
  • In Northern Iraq, Kurdish forces were supported with 16 strikes at Mosul, 13 at Makhmur and Tuz, 11 at Bayji, 10 strikes at Sinjar, 9 strikes at Tal Afar, 2 strikes at Kirkuk and 1 strike at Al Huwayjah;
  • Iraqi government forces continued to advance in Ramadi with Coalition support from 22 strikes; 6 strikes at Fallujah, 5 strikes at Haditha and Habbaniyah, 2 strikes at Al Qa’im and 1 strke at Al Baghdadi.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 07 to 14 August:

During the week of the 8th to the 14th of August, the following events occurred:

  • On the 9th of August, six USAF F-16 from Aviano, Italy deployed to Incirlik AFB in Turkey along with 300 ground personnel. These aircraft will begin to operate against Islamic State positions in Northern Syria;
  • On the 10th of August, Al Qaida affiliate Nusra Front announced that it would disengage from the Islamic State in the Syrian-Turkish border area;
  • On the 10th of August, IS forces launched an attack on Kweiras AFB, northwest of Aleppo. 18 Syrian government soldiers were killed including 2 Brigadier Generals. The Syrian government reported 26 insurgents killed;
  • On the 10th of August, Syrian rebels continued to push into the mountains northwest of Latakia, fighting for control of key villages at the summits that are the gateways into the Alawite coastal heartland. Rebels launched rocket attacks on Latakia, killing two civilians;
  • On the 11th of August, Iraqi Security Forces and Shiite Hashed militias “clean-up” Daesh cells east of Ramadi in Husaybah in an ongoing campaign to recover the town;
  • On the 11th of August, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced that the Islamic State had released 22 Assyrian Christian captives held since February after a ransom was paid. These are part of a group of 220 Christians taken prisoner;
  • On the 11th of August, a 48-hour cease fire was declared over three villages on the Lebanese-Syrian border, including the heavily contested Zabadani;
  • On the 12th of August, ISIS terrorists detonated a VBIED in the Shia section of Huwaider, Diyala Governate, Iraq, inflicting over 150 civilian casualties;
  • On the 13th of August, US officials accused the Islamic State of using mustard gas against Kurdish forces in Iraq;

Coalition forces continued their air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS concentrations and assets:

  • The strategic town of Al Hasakah continues for a fourth week to be the focus of coalition efforts with 31 strikes;
  • ISIS forces near Aleppo were targeted 11 times, at Deir ez Zour 5 times, at the IS capital Ar Raqqah 2 times, and al Al Bukamal 1 time;
  • Syrian Kurdish forces were supported at Kobani with 6 strikes, at Ain Issa and Tal Abyad with 1 strike;
  • Iraqi Kurdish forces were supported with 12 strikes at Mosul and Makhmur, 8 strikes at Sinjar, 7 strikes at Tal Afar, 5 strikes at Al Huwayjah, 2 strikes at Kirkuk and 1 strike at Tuz;
  • Iraqi government forces in the Sunni Corridor received support in the form of 14 strikes at Ramadi, 6 strikes at Fallujah, 5 strikes at Haditha, 4 strikes at Habbaniyah, and 1 strke at Al Baghdadi. There were also 9 strikes near Bayji.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Update for 31 July to 06 August:

  • On the 31st of July, the al-Nusra front attacked the base of a US-vetted group of rebels known as the New Syrian Forces. One soldier was reported killed and another 5 captured. The Al Qaeda affiliated group looted American supplied weapons from the base before withdrawing with their captives;
  • Syrian Government Forces (SGF) along with Hezbollah allies have attack rebel forces in the mountain town of Zabadani, near Lebanon. The town has been held by the insurgents for almost four years, since the civil war began. Eye witnesses report use of heavy artillery and air strikes on defenders;
  • On the 1st of August, Syrian Government Forces also counterattacked in the mountains east of Latakia where rebel forces from Idlib had advanced to threaten Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite heartland;
  • On the 2nd of August, Islamic State forces from Palmyra captured Tiyas Air Force Base in Homs province;
  • Also on the 2nd of August, Iraqi Government Forces (IGF) advanced north of Ramadi and took a hospital complex in the suburbs of the city. The advance was supported by Coalition forces launching 21 airstrikes against IS concentrations;
  • On the 5th of August, Islamic State terrorists exploded a two VBIED in Shiite suburb of Sadr City, in Baghdad, killing at least 10 civilians and wounding 22 more;
  • On the 6th of August, Islamic State forces captured the Syrian town of Al Quaryatayn, on the road to Damascus. Hundreds of civilians, including women and children, were taken captive when the town fell.

Coalition air power continues to focus on the disruption of Islamic State concentrations and supply lines:

  • Kurdish forces in northern Syria and Iraq received the highest concentration of strikes. The strategic crossroads city of Al Hasakah received 33 strikes, neighboring Sinjar and Tal Afar received 18 and 11 strikes respectively. Another strategically located town, Deir ez Zour was targeted 21 times, Ar Raqqah and Al Qa’im received 3 strikes each, while Kobani and Aleppo were targeted 8 and 4 times respectively.
  • Besides the close air support provided for the advance on Ramadi, the Sunni Corridor was targeted heavily with 8 strikes near Habbaniyah, 7 strikes near Haditha, 2 strikes near Hit and 1 strike at Fallujah.
  • In north central Iraq, Mosul was attacked 23 times, Makhmur 13 times, Bayji 8 times and Al Huwayjah 7 times.
  • No aircraft were lost in these operations.

Common Sense thanks the brave men and women of Operation Inherent Resolve as well as those of the Kurdish and Iraqi forces who risk their lives to defeat the barbarism of the Islamic State. My prayers for their safety and victory go with them. Please return next week for another update on the war against the Islamic State.

Update for 24 to 31 July:

  • On the 27th of July, Kurdish YPG militia took the IS-controlled town of Sarrin, continuing to expand their base of operations in Northern Syria and threatening the de facto capital of Raqqah. Coalition forces assisted the advance with 13 air strikes;
  • On the 27th of July and again on the 28th, Turkish F-16 jets attacked YPG positions near the border at Jarablus;
  • On the 28th, the United States and Turkey announced an agreement that would permit US-forces to operate out of the Turkish air base at Incirlik. This greatly extends the reach of US aircraft into Northern and Western Syria;
  • Also on the 28th, Syrian rebels – including Jabat al Nusra – captured the town of Jisr al-Shughour, in the first sustained assault on the Syrian regime’s Alawite “heartland”;
  • On July 30th, Kurdish fighters announced that they had expelled Islamic State forces from the critical town of Al Hasakah, where fierce fighting had raged for the past three weeks. The Kurds maintain control over 70% of the city, while Syrian Army forces hold 30%. These efforts were assisted by 40 coalition airstrikes;
  • Coalition forces bombed other IS positions in Syria with 5 strikes in Aleppo, 4 strikes in Raqqah, 1 strike near Idlib and 1 strike in Deir ez Zour;
  • Coalition aircraft launched 14 strikes near Sinjar, 10 strikes near Tal Afar, 16 strikes near Mosul, and 16 strikes near Makhmur;
  • In the Sunni Corridor, Fallujah received 10 strikes, Habbaniyah 7 strikes, Ramadi 28 strikes, Haditha 11 strikes and one strike near Al Asad Air Base;
  • There were also 6 strikes near Bayji, 3 strikes near Al Huwayjah, 4 strikes near Tuz, 1 strike near Kirkuk, 3 strikes near Al Qa’im and 1 strike near Ar Rutbah;
  • No aircraft were lost.

Update for 17 to 24 July:

  • The Third Battle of Al Hasakah continues to be the primary focus of Coalition activity, with 45 airstrikes against Islamic State concentrations. Fighting inside the city against Syrian government forces makes close in air support difficult;
  • The “Kurdish Crescent” across northern Syria and Iraq was active with strikes at Kobani (14), Sinjar (10), Tal Afar (31) and Mosul (15);
  • Ramadi also begins to receive more attention (23 strikes) as rumors mount of a counter-offensive being prepared by the Iraqi government to retake the city. Neighboring Habbaniyah received 8 strikes and Fallujah received 4;
  • Turkey and the US agreed on the rules for combat missions to be flown out of Incirlik Air Base. This is part of a much broader deterioration in Turkish relations with the Islamic State: Turkey has massed troops along its border with Syria opposite Daesh-held sections; Turkish aircraft have launched missile attacks across the border without violating Syrian airspace; and ground troops have exchanged fire with Islamic State positions across the frontier. Turkey also conducted a major internal sweep, arresting 300 suspected IS agents in Turkey. This could be killer blow against the Islamic State; the Turkish frontier had remained their principal lifeline for supplies and recruits.
  • No aircraft were lost.

Update for 10 to 16 July:

  • Fighting around Al Hasakkah, a strategic city in northern Syria held by Syrian government forces, intensified this week as ISIS continued to make gains and inflict casualties in the city. The Coalition responded with 46 airstrikes delivered over the week;
  • The entire northern border was active, with numerous strikes against Aleppo (13), Raqqah (12), Ain Issa (9), Sinjar (9), Tal Afar (15) and Mosul (12);
  • Also highly active was the Sunni corridor in Anbar Province, Iraq. The Coalition struck at Islamic state concentration areas, delivering 40 airstrikes to Ramadi, 11 against Habbaniyah and 15 against Fallujah.
  • No aircraft were lost.

Update for 03 to 09 July:

  • Focus of Coalition operations continues to be in northern Syria, with heavy air attacks near Kobani (13), Raqqah (23) and Al Hasakah (24);
  • Fallujah received the most attention in the Sunni corridor with 14 air strikes;
  • Iraqi Kurdistan received 42 total strikes at Sinjar (11), Mosul and Makhmur (9), Tal Afar (7), Kirkuk and Al Huwayjah (3);
  • No aircraft were lost.

Update for 26 June to 02 July:

  • Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division was relieved by Headquarters, 82nd Airborne Division, Major General Richard D. Clarke commanding. The 82nd already had deployed 1,450 paratroopers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team in Camp Taji and Bismayah providing training to the Iraqi Army;
  • Coalition forces have focused on the heavy IS assaults on Kobani and Al Hasakah, key cities in northern Syria, with 32 and 17 air strikes respectively;
  • Continued high support for Kurdish People’s Protection forces with high tempo of operations in Tal Abyad (10), Sinjar (12), Tal Afar (11) and Mosul (14).
  • No aircraft were lost.
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