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VIDEO: ISIS island destroyed by 80,000 lbs of bombs in airstrike

A photo shared by Operation Inherent Resolve Spokesman Army Col. Myles B. Caggins III shows an Air Force F35 dropping a bomb during air strikes against the ISIS held island of Qanus. (Operation Inherent Resolve/Twitter)
September 10, 2019

On Tuesday, U.S. coalition and Iraqi security forces confirmed an ongoing operation to clear ISIS forces from an island along the Tigris river.

U.S. Central Command press release described missions by U.S. Air Force F-15 and F-35 fighter jets to bomb the island of Qanus, located within the Salah ad Din Province of Iraq, using nearly 80,000 pounds (36,000 kilograms) of bombs against the suspected ISIS island hideout.

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The press release was accompanied by a video showing the bombing runs, tweeted by Army Colonel Myles B. Caggins III, a spokesman for the operations. Watch it in the tweet below:

Caggins said the airstrikes were coordinated with Iraqi Security forces, and the press release said “follow-on ground clearance operations” were being conducted by 2nd Iraqi Special Operations Forces Battalion.

The airstrikes are part of Operation Inherent Resolve’s ongoing mission to defeat ISIS.

Qanus is reported to be a transit hub for ISIS members moving between Syria and Iraqi regions like Mosul, Makhmour, and the Kirkuk.

“We’re denying Daesh the ability to hide on Qanus Island,” Maj. Gen. Eric T. Hill said.

Hill, the commanding officer of the Special Operations Joint Task Force conducting Operation Inherent Resolve, said the airstrikes would establish “the conditions for our partner forces to continue bringing stability to the region.”

Another tweet attached to the press release appears to show Iraqi security forces approach the island by boat.

“They continue their attack by water boats on elements of the organization Daesh. In Zour as Na’ous the main goal is to completely cleanse it and protect our people from the threat of terrorism,” the translation for the caption reads.

ISIS has reportedly been on the run in recent months, following reports of the loss of its Syrian stronghold in Baghouz. Despite their apparent retreat, U.S. military officials have urged continued pressure on ISIS.

“We can all certainly be proud of the progress that has taken place since 2015 … in terms of clearing ISIS from Mosul, from Raqqa, from Fallujah and so forth, but we also know there is still a fairly vibrant insurgency that has reverted to guerrilla tactics, and so there is still a threat,” Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford said in July.

Since the fall of their various strongholds, ISIS has also spread away from Iraq and Syria. They claimed credit for a bombing in Afghanistan in June and even alleged plots to sneak members into the U.S. through the Southern border with Mexico.

Those ISIS members remaining in Iraq have continued fighting against U.S. backed forces. One recent unconventional tactic in ISIS’ changing methodology included strapping suicide vests to two cows before sending the livestock into a village controlled by Iraqi security forces.