Happy 4th of July! US Coalition Bombs ISIS 25 Times to Ring in Independence Day
The U.S. led coalition fighting the Islamic State bombed the terrorist organization 25 times on July 3.
The strikes spanned Iraq and Syria and consisted of “85 engagements”, with the strikes coming amid “two large scale U.S. backed pushes in both countries”.
The U.S. is in the last phase of backing up the Iraqi Security Force’s military push to take Mosul. ISIS held onto the city totally uncontested for almost two years and routinely used human shields and suicide bombs to repel attacks.
The U.S. led anti-Islamic State coalition bombed the terrorist group 25 times July 3, Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) said in a statement Tuesday.
ISIS is currently constrained to two separate enclaves within Mosul, OIR spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon told reporters Thursday. The enclaves are separated from each other by the Iraqi Security Forces and are currently under assault. The Iraqi Security Forces will “imminently” announce the city’s liberation, Dillon said.
OIR is also supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the push against ISIS’s capital of Raqqa. The SDF are a coalition of largely Kurdish forces on the ground in Syria who focus on fighting the terrorist group. The SDF breached the city of Raqqa for the first time Monday by “opening two small gaps in the Rafiqah Wall that surrounds the Old City,” OIR announced Tuesday.
“ISIS fighters were using the historic wall as a fighting position and planted mines and improvised explosive devices at several of the breaks in the wall. SDF fighters would have been channeled through these locations and were extremely vulnerable as they were targeted with vehicle-borne IEDs and indirect fire as well as direct fire from heavy machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and snipers as they tried to breach the Old City,” OIR continued.