Thursday, November 3, 2016

A Look At The Air War Against The Islamic State


AFP: Fighting from above: the air war on IS

The Iraqi security forces' seemingly inexorable push toward Mosul saw fighting begin in the city itself this week, but it is work taking place in the skies above that has enabled such dramatic advances.

A relentless air operation using planes and drones from a dozen or so members of a US-led coalition against the Islamic State group has over more than two years conducted some 16,000 air strikes against the jihadists in Iraq and Syria -- two-thirds of them in Iraq.

Mostly, coalition planes conducted "deliberate" strikes, where they destroyed targets acquired through intelligence or surveillance.

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WNU Editor: The air war against the Islamic State is definitely intense if the following quote is accurate .... At any given time, 15-20 coalition aircraft -- mostly drones -- circle Mosul.

1 comment:

C-Low said...

Not necessarily. There has been multiple reports of US coalition aircraft dropping flyers before strikes and doing "knock knock" attacks before the actual strikes. Many of the coalition sorties have no real value other than pilot training and giving the polticks a good figure to claim like in this report that they are doing something.

I would like to see the numbers of ordinance dropped or list of targets destroyed.