Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Two bad boyz were potted Tuesday in an |Arclight airstrike
on a tunnel in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh, a security media cell said.
"Acting on information from the Nineveh Operations Command, the U.S.-led international coalition waged an air raid targeting a tunnel in Sukhairiat area in Nineveh," Alghad Press website quoted the cell as saying in a press statement.
The airstrike left two snuffies dead inside the tunnel, the statement read.
US-led coalition confirms airstrikes against ISIS for Operation Will of Victory
[Rudaw] The US-led coalition in Iraq has, for the first time, confirmed its participation alongside Iraqi Security Forces in its "Will of Victory" operation to defeat the remnants of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling
Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not
[ISIS], as well as offensives conducted by Kurdish forces in Northern Syria.
"CJTFOIR [Coalition Joint Task Force for Operation Intent Resolve] conducted a series of strikes against ISIS [Arabic acronym for ISIS] controllers this week in Nineveh in support of the Iraqi Security Forces," read a Monday tweet from Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the moniker for the US-led coalition against ISIS.
| An estimated 14,000 to 30,000 ISIS holy warriors remain dispersed across Iraq and Syria, according to the US Defense Department.|
In justification of their involvement, the tweet added that "since the loss of their terrain, ISIS has transitioned to resurgent cells intent on destabilizing the region."
The US-led coalition to defeat ISIS was established after ISIS swept across northern Iraq in 2014, taking over the majority of Nineveh province ‐ home to the country's second largest city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
‐ and threatening both the federal and regional capitals of Baghdad and Erbil.
The coalition has conducted 34,514 strikes between August 2014 and the end of May 2019, according to a CJTFOIR monthly civilian casualty report released on June 28, 2019.
The Iraqi Security Forces, alongside the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and with Iraqi and US-led coalition
s, began Operation Will of Victory to eliminate ISIS remnants in the provinces of Mosul, Anbar and Saladin on July, 7 2019.
With Will of Victory still ongoing, Iraqi Security Media Cell front man Yahia Rasool tweeted a video of himself on Monday detailing the operation’s reportedly unprecedented successes.
"The Iraqi forces and PMF have reached some desert areas in-between Anbar, Mosul and Saladin for the first time since 2014 with the help of the coalition and Iraqi airstrikes," Rasool said.
"The Iraqi army, with the PMF and with Iraqi and US-led coalition airstrikes, has destroyed many ISIS bases and neutralized several ISIS holy warriors in the deserts between Mosul, Anbar and Saladin," he added.
ISIS was declared defeated in Iraq in December 2017, but continues to pose a serious security threat to the country. Militants have formed sleeper cells and resorted to underground tactics, taking advantage of security vacuums that have formed due to Iraqi and Kurdish territorial disputes in these provinces.
There are daily reports of ISIS sleeper cells carrying out hit-and-run attacks on security personnel and infrastructure, and kidnapping and killing local officials and civilians ‐ primarily in Anbar, Nineveh and Saladin.
An estimated 14,000 to 30,000 ISIS holy warriors remain dispersed across Iraq and Syria, according to the US Defense Department.
Regarding operations in Syria, the CJTF-OIR public affairs office told Rudaw English on Monday that they "will continue to work with allies and partners to clear liberated areas, train partners and provide technical assistance, conduct targeted CT operations, and support stabilization efforts."
"The CJTF-OIR mission in Syria remains the enduring defeat of ISIS working by, with and through our partner forces. With the territorial defeat of ISIS, the D-ISIS campaign in northeast Syria has transitioned from liberating territory to enabling local security and preventing resurgent ISIS networks," they added.