Free Republic 1st Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $83,843
Woo hoo!! And now less than $4.2k to go!! Let's git 'er done!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: airstrikes

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • BREAKING: Libyan Terrorists Take Dozens of Egyptians Hostage as Revenge for Airstrikes

    02/17/2015 10:20:58 AM PST · by Red Badger · 77 replies ^ | Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 9:06 AM | Jim Hoft
    Thirty-five Egyptian workers were rounded up by terrorists after the Egyptian airstrikes. The Libya Herald reported: There are reports that at least 35 Egyptians have been kidnapped in what appears to be a round-up at various locations in areas controlled by Ansar Al-Sharia and IS. The Libya Herald has been told that starting this morning, in the wake of the attack on Derna by warplanes from Egypt, Egyptian nationals, many of them it seems farm workers, have been picked up by gunmen. The first reports were that seven men had been seized, but by mid-afternoon, it was being said that...
  • Libya and Egypt launch air strikes against Isis after militants post beheadings video

    02/16/2015 5:39:14 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/16/15
    President Sisi had vowed to ‘avenge the criminal killings’ after release of video purporting to show killing of 21 Christians, believed to be kidnapped Egyptians Egypt reported that its war planes had struck Isis targets in Libya, shortly after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi vowed revenge for the release by Isis-affiliated militants of a video of a mass killing of Christians. A spokesman for the Armed Forces General Command announced the strikes on state radio Monday, marking the first time Cairo had publicly acknowledged taking military action in neighbouring Libya. The statement said the warplanes targeted weapons caches and training camps...
  • Jordan Hits Islamic State With 3rd Day of Airstrikes

    02/07/2015 12:17:43 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies
    VOA News ^ | February 7, 2015
    Jordanian fighter jets struck Islamic State targets for a third straight day Saturday, as the militants' claim that a Jordanian airstrike killed an American hostage remained unconfirmed. Jordan launched the raids to avenge the killing of a Jordanian pilot the Islamic State group captured in Syria in December. The United Arab Emirates said Saturday that it ordered a squadron of F-16 fighter planes to Jordan to help with the airstrikes. State news agency WAM carried the announcement. Both Jordan and the UAE are members of the U.S.-led coalition attacking the militants in their captured territory in Iraq and Syria. Coalition...
  • US, allies conduct 29 airstrikes on Islamic State targets

    01/17/2015 12:28:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/17/15 | Peter Schroeder
    The United States and its allies carried out 29 separate airstrikes targeting the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq on Friday, according to the Combined Joint Task Force. The strikes occurred between Friday and Saturday morning, and targeted a range of Islamic State vehicles, buildings, and other positions, according to Reuters. Sixteen of the attacks occurred in seven different Iraqi cities. Vehicles, buildings, equipment and fighting positions were targeted, as well as Islamic State units, according to the task force. In Syria, 11 more airstrikes were conducted around the city of Kobani. Those strikes destroyed a tank and other fighting...
  • Exclusive: ISIS Gaining Ground in Syria, Despite U.S. Strikes

    01/15/2015 8:02:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 01/15/2015 | Nancy A. Youssef
    American jets are pounding Syria. But ISIS is taking key terrain—and putting more and more people under its black banners. ISIS continues to gain substantial ground in Syria, despite nearly 800 airstrikes in the American-led campaign to break its grip there. At least one-third of the country’s territory is now under ISIS influence, with recent gains in rural areas that can serve as a conduit to major cities that the so-called Islamic State hopes to eventually claim as part of its caliphate. Meanwhile, the Islamic extremist group does not appear to have suffered any major ground losses since the strikes...
  • 30 US-Led Airstrikes Bombard ISIS Stronghold of Raqqa; 50 Militants Killed in Kobane

    12/01/2014 8:20:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/01/2014 | By Stoyan Zaimov
    Children collect items from among the debris of a school for the deaf and mute, destroyed in what activists said were overnight U.S.-led air strikes against the Islamic State, in Raqqa November 24, 2014. Raqqa, in eastern Syria, is controlled by the Islamic State. The United States and its allies have conducted two dozen strikes against Islamic State militants since Friday, launching nine strikes in Syria and 15 strikes in Iraq, according to U.S. Central Command. At least 30 airstrikes carried out by the U.S.-led coalition have struck the city of Raqqa in Syria, in some of the heaviest attacks...
  • RAF Jets Help Destroy Secret IS Bunker Complex

    11/20/2014 8:22:56 AM PST · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    Sky Nrews ^ | Wednesday 19 November 2014
    RAF jets equipped with guided bombs have taken part in a major coalition air assault on a secret Islamic State bunker and tunnel complex. The attack, supporting a Kurdish ground offensive, took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning in a rural area northwest of Kirkuk. Tornado GR4 planes armed with Paveway IV precision guided bombs were sent in after intelligence revealed a hidden network of fighting positions and underground facilities. Aircraft from seven countries were involved in what the Ministry of Defence called a "comprehensive and closely co-ordinated attack". France confirmed two of its Rafale jets had been...
  • Al Baghdadi’s death: Reports may be true but ISIS is not over

    11/12/2014 10:37:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    NITI Central ^ | 11/12/2014
    Reports suggest that Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) chief and caliph of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in an air raid by the US-led coalition which hit a ten-truck -convoy of the ISIS, outside Mosul on Friday, November 7. According to reports Baghdadi was ‘critically wounded’ in the American-led air strike that targeted the western Iraqi border town of al-Qaim. AFP had reported that US authorities confirmed that air strikes targeted ISIS leaders near their northern Iraqi hub of Mosul late Friday, without any confirmation of Baghdadi’s death. According to some other sources, there...
  • Bagging Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: The bold bid to slay a terrorist devil

    11/09/2014 6:02:16 AM PST · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | November 10, 2014 12:00AM | Geoff Chambers
    THE leadership of the Islamic State death cult has been decimated after a series of targeted US-led air strikes, which reportedly left leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi with “critical” injuries. The 43-year-old “caliph” — last week named on the Forbes most powerful list — was “critically wounded”, according to the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news ­agency. US officials confirmed a convoy of 10 armed trucks had been struck near Mosul and other IS units had been targeted but could not verify whether al-Baghdadi had been injured during the Friday night strikes. The US State Department’s $10 million reward for information on al-Baghdadi, also...
  • ISIS Leader "Critically Wounded" In US Airstrikes, Al Arabiya Reports

    11/09/2014 4:59:44 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/08/14 | Tyler Durden
  • US air strikes destroy ISIS convoy but reports leader hit are unconfirmed

    11/08/2014 6:30:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/8/2014
    Fighter jets from the US led coalition have destroyed a moving Islamic State (Isis) convoy near Mosul in northern Iraq. Iraqi officials said a number of top militants had been killed. A US defence official was however unable to confirm reports that the group’s top commander, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was among the 50 casualties in the ten vehicles targeted or even whether he was present. Baghdadi made a rare public appearance at a mosque in Mosul in July. Colonel Patrick Ryder, a spokesman at US Central Command, said “I can confirm that coalition aircraft did conduct a series of air...
  • The fightback against ISIS: Iraqi army take down extremists' flag in yet another town

    10/28/2014 10:34:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:56 GMT, 28 October 2014 | John Hall
    Members of the Iraqi army have torn down the sinister black flag of the Islamic State in Jurf al-Sakhr after forcing the terror group out of the strategically important city. Soldiers removed the extremist group's emblem from a tower and replaced it with the Iraqi national flag in a symbolic gesture that came after days of heavy fighting. The jihadis were forced to retreat from Jurf al-Sakhr and reassemble in the city's suburbs, with the group's leaders confirming a large number of militant deaths at the hands of the regime troops, but urging its fighters to remain in the area...
  • ISIS Update: Airstrikes In Syria Kill Over 500 Militants, Iraqi Kurds Send Peshmerga To Kobani

    10/23/2014 9:42:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 10/23/2014 | By Dennis Lynch
    U.S. airstrikes have killed 521 militants and 32 civilians since they began a month ago, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The SOHR said 464 of those militants are part of the Islamic State group, who the U.S. is actively targeting in Syria. The other 57 are part of Jabhat al-Nusra, al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate. The 32 civilians include six children and five women.The observatory group believes casualties amongst Islamic State group ranks are higher, but those figures cannot be confirmed because of “the extreme secrecy” the Islamist group maintains over casualties and the difficulty reaching areas...
  • Iraqi Forces Recapture Key Towns from Isis Following 22 US Air Strikes

    10/25/2014 9:45:25 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    IBT ^ | October 25, 2014 | Aaron Akinyemi
    Iraqi and Peshmerga forces have reportedly wrested key areas of northern and southern Iraq from Isis (Islamic State) militants following 22 US-led air strikes. Kurdish forces said on Saturday that they recaptured several towns and villages held by Isis in the north, while Iraqi government forces said they reclaimed the town of Jurf al-Sakhr, 50km south of Baghdad. The US Central Command said the Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces were backed by several air strikes by US-led forces on Friday and Saturday. The air strikes targeted Isis forces in Mosul in the north, Fallujah in the western Anbar province, and...
  • Kurdish forces retake north Iraqi town from Islamic State

    10/25/2014 7:38:20 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-25-2014
    Kurdish forces retook the northern Iraqi town of Zumar and several nearby villages from Islamic State early on Saturday after heavy coalition air strikes against the Islamist insurgents, security sources said. A Kurdish intelligence officer in Zumar said peshmerga forces had advanced from five directions in the early morning and encountered fierce resistance, but ultimately prevailed. A spokesman for the peshmerga ministry also said Zumar was now in Kurdish hands. Zumar was one of the first Kurdish-controlled towns to be overrun in August by Islamic State militants who went on to threaten the autonomous region's capital, prompting air strikes by...
  • US airdrops arms, ammunition to Kurds fighting ISIS in Kobani

    10/19/2014 8:56:42 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 25 replies
    Fox ^ | October 20, 2014
    The U.S. military said late Sunday that it had dropped weapons, ammunition, and medical supplies to Kurdish forces battling to hold the Syrian border town of Kobani against Islamic State militants. The airdrops were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani. Earlier Sunday, U.S. Central Command said that it had launched 11 airstrikes overnight in the area. CentCom said U.S. C-130 cargo planes made multiple drops of arms and supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq. It said they were intended to enable continued resistance to Islamic State efforts to...
  • USS George H.W. Bush [Kurdish News Aboard - Video Report]

    10/18/2014 6:30:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII
    Rudaw ^ | yesterday at 02:54 | HEVIDAR AHMED
    American fighter jets take off from abroad this aircraft carrier everyday to bomb the positions of the Islamic State (IS) in the Kurdistan Region and Rojava. Video at source...
  • Kurdish forces in Kobane repulse new attempt by Daesh

    10/18/2014 3:23:02 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    AFP via Emirates 247 ^ | Saturday, October 18, 2014
    Kurdish forces in Kobane repulse new attempt by Daesh Five new US-led strikes around Kobane overnight By AFP Published Saturday, October 18, 2014 Kurdish forces in the Syrian town of Kobane repulsed a new attempt by ‘Daesh’ fighters to cut off the border with Turkey on Saturday as troops battled the militants in neighbouring Iraq.A Kurdish official reported five new US-led strikes around Kobane overnight as the coalition kept up its air support for the town's defenders.But the US military said that while it saw some "encouraging" signs, the strikes might not prevent Kobane's fall and its priority remained...
  • Kurdish official: ISIS and their flag gone from Kobane

    10/18/2014 1:44:04 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 27 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 17 hours ago
    “YPG fighters are now searching the homes for bombs and explosives that the Islamist militants might have left behind,” Photo: AFP KOBANE—Islamist militants have been pushed out of Kobane and fighters of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) are now in control of the town, a Kurdish official in Kobane told Rudaw. “There is no ISIS in Kobane now,” said Omar Alush, co-chair of the TEV-DEM movement in Kobane. Alush said that following the recent air strikes on positions of the Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobane, the YPG managed to drive the rest of the jihadis out of town...
  • Kobani Key to U.S. Strategy Against Islamic State

    10/17/2014 6:16:00 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    AP ^ | October 17, 2014 | Lara Jakes
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dusty and remote, the Syrian city of Kobani has become an unlikely spoil in the war against Islamic State militants - and far more of a strategic prize than the United States wants to admit. Perched on Turkey's border, the city of about 60,000 has been besieged for weeks by IS fighters. Kobani is now a ghost town: the U.N. estimates that fewer than 700 of its residents remain as its people flee to safety in Turkey. The Obama administration has declared Kobani a humanitarian disaster, but not a factor in the overall strategy to defeat the...
  • Finally, a Name for ISIS Strikes: Operation Inherent Resolve

    10/16/2014 11:14:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/16/2014
    WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has come up with a name for the American military strikes against the Islamic State: Operation Inherent Resolve. For two months, Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon’s press secretary, has been batting down queries from reporters about the refusal to name the operation. After all, the reasoning went, the military loves naming operations: Desert Shield (Kuwait); Desert Storm (Iraq, the first time); Iraqi Freedom (Iraq, the second time). So at long last, there is now a name for Iraq (the third time) and Syria, announced on Wednesday by the United States Central Command in a...
  • Islamic State 'being driven out of Syria's Kobane'

    10/16/2014 8:53:51 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 16 October 2014 Last updated at 14:55 GMT
    The Islamic State (IS) militant group has been driven out of most of the northern Syrian town of Kobane, a Kurdish commander has told the BBC. Baharin Kandal said IS fighters had retreated from all areas, except for two pockets of resistance in the east. US-led air strikes have helped push back the militants, with another 14 conducted over the past 24 hours. ... Speaking by phone, Kurdish commander Baharin Kandal told the BBC's Kasra Naji that she hoped the city would be "liberated soon". Ms Kandal said her militia group had been receiving arms, supplies and fighters but she...
  • US-led strikes kill 'several hundred' as Iraq, Kurds battle IS

    10/15/2014 8:11:51 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    AFP via ^ | 16 October,2014 About 38 minutes ago | Dunya News
    Washington (AFP) - US-led air strikes on a Syrian border town killed "several hundred" Islamic State fighters but it may still fall, officials warned Wednesday, acknowledging significant jihadist gains in Iraq and Syria. While Iraqi troops prevented the jihadists from seizing a lynchpin provincial capital near Baghdad, a senior US envoy admitted IS forces have scored important advances in Iraq, John Allen, a retired four-star general and US envoy to the coalition fighting the Islamic State, said it would take time to build up local forces to defeat them there and in Syria. In the border town of Kobane, Kurdish...
  • The great Kobane fightback: Kurdish fighters take back swathes of city as US steps up air strikes

    10/15/2014 9:50:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/15/2014 | John Hall
    Kurdish fighters have launched an unlikely comeback against Islamic State terrorists besieging the Syrian town of Kobane, amid claims the resistance forces have now reclaimed swathes of the city. Images this morning showed Kurdish YPG soldiers triumphantly raising their flag above Tel Shair hill in the west of the city, where ISIS' own black jihadist flag had recently been flying. Assisted by sustained U.S. and Arab airstrikes, the massively outgunned Kurdish troops have managed to do what looking impossible only a week ago - force ISIS to abandon strategic locations in the west of Kobane and pin them back elsewhere...
  • Targeted airstrikes allow Kurds to gain ground in Kobani [Kurds giving the coordinates to US]

    10/15/2014 9:20:40 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Al Bawaba ^ | October 15th, 2014 - 17:06 GMT
    U.S.-led air strikes killed at least 32 ISIS fighters in direct hits in Kobani this week because of closer coordination with Kurdish forces on the ground, activists said, after bombing of the Syrian town intensified. Kurdish officials said the main Kurdish armed group, the YPG, was giving the coordinates of ISIS fighters in Kobani to the U.S.-led alliance that is bombing the group in both Iraq and Syria. "The senior people in YPG tell the coalition the location of ISIL (ISIS) targets and they hit accordingly," Polat Can, a YPG spokesman, told Reuters, using an acronym for ISIS "Some of...
  • Kurdish fighters retake strategic Kobani hill

    10/14/2014 9:21:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | Tue, Oct 14, 2014
    Kurdish fighters have retaken control of a strategic hilltop overlooking the town of Kobani near the border with Turkey. News of the advance emerged after activists confirmed the US-led coalition had launched several air strikes on positions of Islamic State group militants in northern and eastern Syria. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees say some of the air strikes targeted the eastern town of Mayadeen. The Observatory said the bombardment hit oil refineries near Mayadeen, sparking a huge fire. Idriss Nassan, a local Kurdish official from Kobani, added that intense air strikes had hit...
  • Kurdish fighters claim advances in Kobane

    10/13/2014 8:12:13 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies ^ | October 13, 2014, 8:28 pm
    Kurdish fighters have gained ground in their defence of the besieged town of Kobane against Islamic State jihadists, a senior Kurdish official says. Idris Nassan, deputy foreign affairs minister in the Kobane administration, said that, following fierce clashes overnight, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) managed to advance into a commercial zone northeast of the city. He added that the Kurdish fighters were also able to advance into an area southwest of Kobane "where they managed to push away Islamic State fighters from the area". The YPG claimed its forces had killed 138 jihadists in the last 48 hours in...
  • Turkey to allow coalition to use bases, territory in fight against Islamic State

    10/12/2014 5:45:56 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 21 replies
    WA Post via MSN News ^ | October 12, 2014 | Staff
    Turkey has agreed to allow the U.S.-led coalition to use its military bases for the fight against the Islamic State and to use Turkish territory as part of a training program for Syrian opposition fighters, Obama administration officials said Sunday. “That’s a new commitment and one that we very much welcome,” Susan E. Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
  • Kurds thwart Islamic State IS in Syria's Kobani town

    10/12/2014 7:31:58 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    AFP | ^ | October 12, 2014
    MURSITPINAR, Turkey's Kurdish region,— Islamic State jihadists met dogged Kurdish resistance in the high-profile Syrian battleground Kurdish town of Kobani in Syrian Kurdistan Sunday. In Kobani, where IS is battling Kurdish fighters under the gaze of the international media massed just across the border with Turkey, the jihadists were taking heavy losses, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. On Saturday alone, the jihadists lost at least 36 fighters in the battle with Kurdish militiamen for the Kurdish town, said the Britain-based monitoring group, which has a wide network of sources inside Syria. ... "It's a decisive battle for them,"...
  • Obama Has This Thing Right (Hoping The Author Is Facetious)

    10/12/2014 5:45:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | October 12, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    I know it is hard to believe, but I think after six years that President Obama has finally nailed something. He has this thing going on in Iraq and Syria right and he is leading this country in the correct direction. First, he is right in saying that they are not really Islamists. After all, our President obviously is very knowledgeable about the history of the Muslim religion. He probably knows more about it than any of our scholars because Obama has in depth knowledge of these matters. These people could not be acting in the name of Islam or...
  • Kurds fight back as Islamic State attempts to take centre of battleground city

    10/11/2014 12:46:32 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    AFP via The ^ | 4 minutes ago
    KURDISH FIGHTERS THWARTED a bid by Islamic State group jihadists to advance into the centre of the battleground Syrian town of Kobane early today, a monitoring group said. The attack came after the IS militants overran Kurdish headquarters in the border town on Friday..
  • Air Force Pilots Say They're Flying Blind Against ISIS {Is this the way to fight a war?]

    10/10/2014 9:21:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10/10/2014 | Dave Majumdar
    Obama’s no-boots-on-the-ground pledge is keeping America from fighting an effective air campaign in Iraq and Syria. Within the U.S. Air Force, there’s mounting frustration that the air campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq is moving far more slowly than expected. Instead of a fast-moving operation with hundreds of sorties flown in a single day—the kind favored by many in the air service—American warplanes are hitting small numbers of targets after a painstaking and cumbersome process. The single biggest problem, current and former Air Force officers say, is the so-called kill-chain of properly identifying and making sure the right target...
  • [ISIS] Daesh seizes Kurdish [Kobani] HQ, approaches Turkish border

    10/10/2014 7:35:20 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 19 replies
    AFP & Reuters via Gulf News ^ | 18:09 October 10, 2014
    UN envoy calls on Turkey to prevent massacre in Kobani Suruc: Militants captured the headquarters of Kurdish fighters defending the battleground Syrian town of Kobani on Friday as a UN envoy warned of a looming “massacre” by Daesh. Outgunned Kurdish militia were struggling to prevent the militants closing off the last escape route for the thousands of civilians still in or near the town, prompting an appeal for urgent military assistance. US-led warplanes have intensified air strikes against Daesh fighters who have been attacking Kobani for three weeks but the Pentagon has warned that, without a force on the ground...
  • U.S. Planes are Blowing the Hell out of ISIS at Kobani, But …

    10/09/2014 9:08:22 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 41 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10.09.14 | Jamie Dettmer
    Airstrikes that appear to be coordinated with Kurdish guerrillas have escalated dramatically, but they may not be enough to save the town. SURUC, Turkey — High in the blue sky above I think I can make out a dart of silver—or maybe it is a trick of sunlight and puffy white clouds and my imagination trying to match the sound of warplanes zooming back and forth with an actual glimpse of them. All day there has been the distant roar of U.S. fighters over the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani, and for much of Wednesday night, too. One local...
  • Australian Air Task Group conducts first strike mission (in Iraq)

    10/08/2014 5:09:19 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    Overnight the Australian Air Task Group operating in the Middle East attacked its first target in Iraq. Two bombs were dropped from an F/A-18F Super Hornet on to an ISIL facility. All aircraft exited the target area safely and returned to base. No further details of this mission are available at this time. Further information will be provided when Defence conducts its next Operation OKRA update briefing.
  • Coalition intensifies airstrikes on ISIL targets in Kobani

    10/09/2014 9:21:27 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    AP via The National ^ | October 9, 2014 | AP
    MURSITPINAR, Turkey // The US-led coalition ramped up its aerial bombardment of ISIL positions in the Syrian border town of Kobani on Thursday as the extremist group battled street by street with Kurdish forces and reportedly rushed in reinforcements from surrounding areas. The battle for the town near the Turkish border has emerged as a major test for the US-led air campaign aimed at rolling back and eventually destroying the extremist group, and has strained ties with Nato ally Turkey, which is at odds with Washington over its long-term strategy in Syria. The US Central Command said five airstrikes south...
  • Scores of IS militants reported killed in Iraq [Convoy Hit]

    10/09/2014 8:39:28 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 29 replies
    Big News Network (IANS) ^ | Thursday 9th October, 2014
    Scores of IS militants reported killed in Iraq Big News Network (IANS) Thursday 9th October, 2014 At least 220 militants of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical organisation were killed at dawn Thursday when their convoy was attacked by planes of the US-led international coalition in northern Iraq, the head of security in Nineveh province, Mohamed Ibrahim al-Bayati, told Spanish news agency Efe.Al-Bayati said the convoy included more than 25 vehicles transporting fighters, weapons and military equipment, which had left the Rabia area west of Mosul, bordering Syria, bound for Ramadi, in the western province of Al Anbar, a jihadi...
  • ISIS shoot down Iraqi military helicopter

    10/08/2014 4:35:58 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/08/14 | John Hall
    Officials in Baghdad say that militants with the Islamic State group have downed an Iraqi military helicopter near the refinery town of Beiji, killing the two pilots on board. A military aviation official says the militants used a shoulder-fired missile to take down the Bell 407 helicopter north of the town this morning. The news comes as the UN called for a dramatic military escalation in Syria to prevent the strategic town of Kobane succumbing to 'rape and massacre' by brutal Islamic State militants. The organisation's special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said the international community 'cannot sustain' another...
  • Iraqis learning how Obama is at war without really being at war

    10/08/2014 8:40:29 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/08/14 | Neil W. McCabe
    As the Army of the Islamic State continues to expand its control of Iraq, an Iraqi journalist reports that the American-led airstrikes are doing nothing to slow down IS An Iraqi journalist based in the holy city of Najaf spoke to Canada Free Press about the situation in his country as the Army of the Islamic State press upon the gates of Baghdad. President Barack Obama is not having an impact on war raging in Iraq, said Mustafa Aliraqi. “If he is unwilling to take the battle to ISIS, Iraqis are willing. He needs heavily arm Iraq.” Otherwise, there is...
  • AP Analysis: US-led airstrikes produce few gains

    10/07/2014 12:28:58 PM PDT · by keat · 38 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Oct 7, 3:14 PM EDT | Vivian Salama
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- After two months, the U.S.-led aerial campaign in Iraq has hardly dented the core of the Islamic State group's territory. The extremist fighters have melted into urban areas when needed to elude the threat, and they have even succeeded in taking new territory from an Iraqi army that still buckles in the face of militants. In neighboring Syria, days of airstrikes have been unable to stop militants on the verge of capturing a strategic town on the Turkish border. The limited results show the central weakness of the campaign: There is only so much that can be...
  • Latest Air Strikes on Kobane Ease Pressure on Defenders

    10/07/2014 7:57:51 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 1 hour ago | Jonathon Burch
    MURSITPINAR, Turkey - U.S.-led coalition warplanes pounded Islamic State (ISIS) positions in the key Syrian border town of Kobane on Tuesday, only hours after the jihadists had breached the city lines. White smoke billowed into the air as the bombs struck western parts of the city, while hundreds of Kurdish men cheered and whistled just across the border in Turkey. The strikes appeared to have taken on a sense of urgency after isolated bombings around Kobane over the weekend did little to stop an ISIS advance. A Rudaw reporter saw two air strikes within 15 minutes hit meters from the...
  • Dutch F-16s Carry out First Strikes on IS in Iraq: Defence Ministry

    10/07/2014 8:06:33 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | 07th October 2014 08:05 PM
    THE HAGUE: Dutch F-16s today carried out their first strikes on the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq, the defence ministry said, with militants possibly killed. "Two Dutch F-16s this morning used weapons for the first time in Iraq against the IS terror group. They dropped three bombs on armed IS vehicles that were shooting at (Kurdish) Peshmerga fighters in the north of the country," the statement said. "Vehicles were destroyed in the attack and IS fighters possibly killed," it added. The F-16s are being deployed as close air support, backing up Iraqi and Kurdish ground troops fighting IS militants.
  • Isis forces in Iraq will adapt quickly to avoid air strikes, Australia Defense Minister says

    10/06/2014 10:48:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/06/2014 | Daniel Hurst
    Islamic State (Isis) militants in Iraq “will adapt very quickly” to an expanded campaign of air strikes by embedding themselves in towns, Australia’s defence minister has said. David Johnston made the prediction on Monday as the Australian Defence Force (ADF) confirmed two RAAF F/A-18 Super Hornets had completed their first armed combat mission over northern Iraq without firing on any targets. Johnston said RAAF aircraft would deploy on an operation and wait to be assigned targets, but there were a large number of coalition partners and aircraft participating in air strikes. “It may be that from day to day, time...
  • Australian Super Hornet fighter jets complete first armed mission over Iraq [Belgian F-16 Strike]

    10/05/2014 8:24:36 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    ABC/Yahoo ^ | October 6, 2014
    Australian fighter jets have flown their first combat mission over Iraq, with a pair of F/A-18F Super Hornets returning safely to base without attacking any targets. The mission came as Dutch and Belgian warplanes also joined the US-led coalition targeting Islamic State fighters who have seized territory in the country's north and west. A Belgian F-16 dropped a guided bomb on a "terrorist element", and France also announced it was increasing the number of sorties its planes would fly. Chief of the Defence Force Mark Binskin said the two Australian jets were armed, but did not launch air strikes. In...
  • U.S. Now Using Apache Helicopters to Attack ISIS in Iraq

    10/05/2014 9:42:51 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 37 replies
    ABC ^ | Oct 5, 2014 12:34pm | Luis Martinez
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. has begun using Apache AH-64 attack helicopters to strike at ISIS targets inside Iraq, the first time the aircraft have been used for offensive strikes since arriving in Baghdad in early July. Their use opens up a new capability in the airstrike campaign against ISIS in Iraq, but one that also comes with risks, as they could be vulnerable to ground fire. A defense official confirms that Apache helicopters were used this weekend as part of four airstrikes on a large ISIS force northeast of Fallujah. The attack was conducted in coordination with Air Force fighter...
  • Kurds battle IS for key Syria town as fire spills over border

    10/05/2014 7:55:30 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    AFP via Bangkok Post ^ | 5 Oct 2014 at 17.45
    Kurdish fighters backed by US-led air strikes battled Islamic State jihadists for control of a key Syrian town Sunday and Turkey evacuated some border areas as mortar fire spilled over. IS fighters seized part of a strategic hill overlooking the town of Kobane late on Saturday, a monitor said, but their progress was slowed by new strikes from the coalition of Washington and Arab allies. A Syrian Kurdish official said IS fighters were just one kilometre from Kobane and air strikes are not enough on their own to stop them. The dusty border town has become a crucial battleground in...
  • U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq ["used helicopters"]

    10/05/2014 7:25:12 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 19 replies
    Defense .gov ^ | Oct. 5, 2014
    From a U.S. Central Command News Release WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria yesterday and today, using fighter aircraft to conduct three airstrikes. Separately, in Iraq U.S. military forces used helicopters and attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft to conduct six airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq. In Syria, one strike northwest of Al Mayadin destroyed an ISIL bulldozer, two ISIL tanks and destroyed another ISIL vehicle. Two strikes northwest of Ar Raqqah struck a large ISIL unit and destroyed six ISIL firing positions. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed fighter aircraft...
  • Dutch F-16 fighter jets arrive in Jordan to take part in the U.S.-led military airstrikes

    10/04/2014 3:50:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Iraq News Agency via ABNA ^ | October 4, 2014 _ 1:24 PM.
    Five Dutch F-16 fighter jets has arrived in Jordan to take part in the U.S.-led military airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS), the defence minister said Friday. The Dutch aircraft will initially support Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told Parliament. The Dutch F-16s will be used to strike IS targets in Iraq and Syria
  • Kurds battle to repel ISIL in assault on Kobani

    10/03/2014 7:59:18 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    BEIRUT // Kurds battled ISIL fighters on Friday for a town along the border with Turkey, as the Turkish prime minister said his country will prevent the fall of Kobani. The Kurdish town and its surrounding have been under attack since mid-September, with militants capturing dozens of nearby villages. The assault, which has forced some 160,000 Syrians to flee, has left the Kurdish fighters scrambling to repel the militants’ advance into the outskirts of Kobani, also known as Ain Al Arab. Meanwhile, aircraft from Saudi Arabia and the UAE joined US warplanes in a new wave of bombing raids Friday...
  • Canada to launch airstrikes in Iraq

    10/03/2014 8:53:27 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    AP via Modesto Bee ^ | October 3, 2014 | ROB GILLIES
    TORONTO — Canada plans to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq following a U.S. request, a senior government official said. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was set to announce details later Friday.