By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) U.S. warplanes carpet-bombed an Iraqi island harboring scores of ISIS fighters overnight, dropping 80,000 pounds of ordnance, according to the Defense Department.
Officials with “Operation Iraqi Resolve” released footage of the bombs being dropped by F-15 and F-35 aircraft.
Pentagon officials said that the island, in northern Iraq, was “infested” with terrorists.
Footage released by the Baghdad-based Operation Inherent Resolve depicts several large explosions that light up the island of Qanus on Tuesday, Sept. 10, located on the Tigris River. The mission’s objective was to destroy a “major transit hub” for ISIS terrorists making their way from Syria into Iraq.
U.S. Army Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), told reporters that over 80,000 pounds of laser-guided bombs were dropped on what he noted was a “Daesh infested island,” using the Arabic term for the ISIS terrorist organization.
Writing on Twitter Col. Caggins said, “Here’s what it looks like when @USAFCENT F15 and F35 jets drop 36,000kg of bombs on a Daesh [ISIS] infested island.”
“We’re denying [ISIS] the ability to hide on Qanus Island,” said Maj. Gen. Eric T. Hill, the commander of the Special Operations Joint Task Force–Operation Inherent Resolve, in a statement. “We’re setting the conditions for our partner forces to continue bringing stability to the region.”
Following the bombing runs, Iraqi special forces troops occupied the island to perform mop-up operations in order “to destroy any remaining Fallul Daesh on the island.”
A Twitter post that was attributed to the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (Operation Black Dirt) shows Iraqi special forces motoring towards the island in inflatable boats.
The post says their “main goal is to completely cleanse it and protect our people from the threat of terrorism.”
— The Golden Power (@ICTSm33) September 10, 2019
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