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WorldUS-led coalition hits ISIS 'infested' island in Iraq with 80,000 pounds of munitions

03:40  11 september  2019
03:40  11 september  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Satellite image shows 'ISIS-infested' island bombed by US reduced to smoking craters

Satellite image shows 'ISIS-infested' island bombed by US reduced to smoking craters A satellite image taken this week shows the aftermath of a massive U.S. bombing campaign against an “ISIS-infested” island in northern Iraq. American jetsdropped more than 80,000 pounds of laser-guided bombs on Qanus Island on Tuesday. The new images from Google Earth show smoking craters in decimated areas that were previously covered in green foliage and forest. The bombing was meant to destroy an area the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group was using for operations in the region, U.S. officials said. Iraqi forces searched and cleared the area following the bombing.

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" Coalition Forces used 80 , 000 pounds of munitions on the island to disrupt Daesh the ability to hide in the thick vegetation," is how the release Given how the U . S .- led coalition has framed ISIS ' use of Qanus Island , conducting a terrain denial mission there would offer many of the same benefits.

The U.S.-led coalition conducted airstrikes against an Islamic State "infested" island in Iraq on Tuesday in order to deny what had become a safe haven for the terror group, according to Operation Inherent Resolve.

US-led coalition hits ISIS 'infested' island in Iraq with 80,000 pounds of munitions© U.S. Air Force A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, receives fuel from a KC-10 Extender, above an undisclosed location, Sept. 10, 2019.

U.S. F-15 and F-35 aircraft dropped 80,000 pounds of munitions on Qanus Island, located in the Salah ad Din Province, north of Baghdad, to disrupt ISIS fighters' "ability to hide in the thick vegetation," the coalition said in a statement.

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Coalition forces and the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service on Tuesday carried out a series of airstrikes across Qanus Island along Iraq ’s Tigris River in an According to an OIR statement, coalition forces deployed a total of 80 , 000 pounds of munitions in an effort to “disrupt Daesh ability to hide in the

On September 10, US and Iraqi forces dropped 80 , 000 pounds of munitions on Qanus Island , in Iraq 's Salah-al-Din province, to destroy what Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) called a "safe haven" for ISIS fighters traveling from Syria into Iraq . " We 're denying Daesh the ability to hide on Qanus Island

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"Follow-on ground clearance operations are currently taking place by the 2nd Iraqi Special Operations Forces Battalion to destroy a major transit hub for [ISIS] members moving from Syria and the Jazeera desert into Mosul, Makhmour, and the Kirkuk region" of Iraq, the coalition said.

"We're denying Daesh the ability to hide on Qanus Island," Maj. Gen. Eric Hill, the commander of the coalition's special operations forces, said in the statement, referring to the group by its Arabic acronym. "We're setting the conditions for our partner forces to continue bringing stability to the region."

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Raw video: More than 80 , 000 pounds of laser-guided munitions were dropped on the island which U.S. officials called a major transit hub for ISIS . U.S. jets bombed an ISIS -“ infested island ” in northern Iraq Tuesday, according to new video and a statement from the U . S .- led coalition battling the

Coalition and Iraqi forces carried out airstrikes Tuesday against an island south of Mosul in the Tigris River believed to be a safe haven for the 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.

Months after losing their self-declared caliphate across Iraq and Syria, thousands of ISIS fighters were building an insurgency, forming sleeper cells in the desert or in caves or blending into local populations in Iraqi towns and cities.

ABC News "World News Tonight" Anchor David Muir recently got exclusive access to U.S. and Iraqi troops still fighting an enemy intent on re-surging there.

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Brig. Gen. William Seely, the U.S. commander of Task Force-Iraq in Baghdad, told Muir that ISIS had already started planning its way back into the country, even before its territorial defeat.

US-led coalition hits ISIS 'infested' island in Iraq with 80,000 pounds of munitions© U.S. Air Force A pilot works in the cockpit at a U.S. military site.

"As they withdrew back into Syria, they looked at their future. And so they started sending out fighters, sending out logistics, sending out groups of people to either get back into maybe (internally displaced people) camps or refugee camps and try to blend back (in)," Seely said. "They're trying to get logistics set up. They're trying to conduct operations. They're trying to refinance their operations."

The U.S.-led coalition conducts airstrikes against the terror group but on the ground the approximately 5,000 American troops in Iraq are primarily in a train and advise role supporting Iraqi Security Forces.

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