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US bombs ISIS island in Iraq’s Tigris River
A image from a video released by Combined Joint Task Force shows 80,000 pounds of bombs being dropped on an island believed to be used by ISIS, Sept. 10, 2019.
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Coalition and Iraqi forces carried out strikes Tuesday on an island in the Tigris River believed to be a safe haven for the Islamic State group south of Mosul in Iraq.
OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III
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Ground clearance operations were underway on the Qanus Island in Iraq’s Salah ad Din province, the coalition said in a statement later in the day, following the early morning strikes there.
"We're denying Daesh the ability to hide on Qanus Island," said Maj. Gen. Eric T. Hill, commander of Special Operations Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, referring to ISIS by an Arabic term.
The ground operations were being carried out by the 2nd Iraqi Special Operations Forces Battalion, the coalition said.
The operation was working to destroy a major transit hub for ISIS members moving from Syria and the Jazeera desert into Mosul, Makhmour and the Kirkuk region.
While ISIS was routed from the last of the territory it held in Iraq by U.S.-backed forces in late 2017 and was also ousted from its last bastion in Syria early this year, the group has continued to carry out targeted killings and destroy farmland in both countries. Officials and observers have warned that the group is seeking to regain its capabilities and remains a threat as an insurgent movement in both.
“ISIS remains a threat in Iraq and Syria,” the Pentagon’s lead inspector general for the U.S. operation in the region said in a report released last month.
A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft, assigned to the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, is guided from the hangar Sept. 10, 2019, at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. F-15s and F-35s dropped 80,000-pounds of bombs on an island in the Tigris River in Iraq.
The strikes early Tuesday used 80,000 pounds of munitions on the island to disrupt the hardline Islamist group’s ability to hide in the thick vegetation, the coalition statement said.
"We're setting the conditions for our partner forces to continue bringing stability to the region,” Hill said.
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