Watch moment 'terrorist infested' Iraqi island is obliterated

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2019

U.S. F-35A Joint Strike Fighters and F-15 Strike Eagles dropped almost 80,000 pounds in weapons Tuesday on Islamic State targets on Qanus Island in central Iraq as part of a larger coalition operation against the extremist group, according to a news release.

Vast explosions that created huge mushroom clouds were shown in the clip, while Iraqi counter-terrorism troops watch on.

Iraqi counter-terrorism troops are also seen in the video watching over the operation from the ground.

A tweet from OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins, which aired the video, said: "Here's what it looks like when @USAFCENT F15 and F35 jets drop 36,000kg of bombs on a Daesh [ISIS] infested island".

Following the early morning strikes, ground clearance operations conducted by the Iraqi special forces were underway on the island, the USA -led coalition said in a statement in the afternoon. Gen. Eric Hill, commander of Special Operations Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. By comparison, in 2017, aircraft dropped 5,075 in the month of August, more than 20 times last month's total and the highest number of munitions recorded in a single month's time, the data shows.

The operation "demonstrates our continued partnership to enable [Iraqi security forces] keep its boot on the forehead of ISIS", Caggins said.

Qanus island is near the US forward operating base in Qayyarah.

The US Air Force has dropped 40 tonnes of laser-guided explosives onto an island in northern Iraq they say is "infested" with members of Isis. It had been seized by ISIS in 2014 after the Americans left.

This comes as USA military officials say American forces could be ramping up operations against the Taliban, after the insurgent group claimed responsibility for two massive bombings in Kabul last week killing dozens, including an American soldier.

Tuesday's attack is part of operations carried out by Iraqi forces and the US-led coalition against IS, which was defeated in Iraq in 2017. Officials have warned that the group is seeking to regain its capabilities and remains a threat as an insurgent movement in both countries.

'We're setting the conditions for our partner forces to continue bringing stability to the region, ' he added. For context, approximately 5,000 bombs were dropped at the height of USA military operations against ISIS in August 2017.

The bombs were dropped to "disrupt Daesh the ability to hide in the thick vegetation".

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