Dozens of ISIS elements killed by coalition strike south of Kirkuk

Archival photo.
Archival photo.

( Kirkuk – On Monday, a security source in Kirkuk said, that dozens of ISIS elements were either killed or injured in an air strike by the international coalition south of Kirkuk.

The source informed, “Today, warplanes of the international coalition had bombed, sites for ISIS in the village of al-Dabj in Daquq District (35 km south of Kirkuk),” indicatingĀ that, “The aerial bombing resulted in killing and wounding dozens of elements of the organization, in addition to destroying three tactical units belonging to them in the same village.”

The source, who requested anonymity, added, “The bombing took place after tracking down the movements of the elements of the organization in the village,” pointing out that “The operation was based on accurate intelligence received before the implementation of these strikes.”


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  1. Interesting news – On 16 August 2015 US AV-8B Harrier jet fighters began airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq. The AV-8B Harriers are based on the US aircraft carrier USS Essex that is sailing in the Persian Gulf.

  2. On the USS Essex (LHD-2) Commanding officer of the 15th MEU colonel Vance L Cryer said: “The MEU’s ability to source combat sorties from the Essex, while simultaneously supporting training and operations in four other countries on opposite sides of the theatre, is a clear demonstration of the 15th MEU’s and Essex ARG’s ability to provide flexible, responsive options to the combatant commander and the coalition fighting ISIL. In addition, the MEU’s marines and sailors are deployed to several other locations throughout the 5th Fleet AOR in order to execute sustainment training and engage with regional partners. The AV-8B Harrier aircraft features day and night operability and is fitted with head-up and head-down displays, a digital moving map, an inertial navigation system (INS), and a hands-on throttle and stick system.

  3. US Essex Capt. Brian Block, a spokesman for the unit said the aircraft from the MEU struck multiple targets in Anbar province Monday. As of Tuesday, the MEU had flown four sorties in support of the fight, all over the western Iraqi province.
    Anbar, which includes the population hubs of Ramadi to the east and Fallujah to the west, is now mostly controlled by Islamic State militants. Marines also provide security and advise Iraqi troops at two bases in the province: Al Asad and Al Taqaddum.
    While MEU aircraft conduct strikes over Anbar, more than 1,000 troops from the unit are ashore in the Middle East, Block said. Marines with the MEU are conducting sustainment training in Kuwait, including squad live-fire and maneuver, aerial gunnery, and engineering skills development, he said. Another detachment is working in Jordan with the Marines’ crisis response force based in the Middle East to train alongside Jordanian armed forces.

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