OIR General: Coalition Pressure Causing ISIL's 'Caliphate' to Unravel
By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity
WASHINGTON, June 23, 2016 – The significantly increased
pressure that U.S.-led coalition and local forces are putting on the
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's fighters is causing the terrorist
group's "caliphate" to unravel and crumble, a senior Combined Joint
Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve official told reporters today.
Iraqi Forces Aim at Crucial Airbase in Final Fight Against IS
by Sharon Behn June 23, 2016
Iraqi forces, backed by U.S. coalition airstrikes and Apache
attack helicopters, began moving Wednesday toward the crucial al
Qayyarah airfield south of Mosul.
Known as a "super-base," the airfield has two major runways and
previously was capable of handling fighter jets, helicopters and large
U.S. transport planes. It lies just west of the Tigris river and of
advancing Iraqi forces.
"It is like the U.S. fight for Baghdad in 2003," said one Iraqi
commander speaking on the phone through a translator. "There are jet
fighters in the sky, and below them are helicopters and on land we have
ground forces with M1A1 tanks," the commander said on condition that he
remain anonymous. "This is the way it is going right now," he said on