Friday, June 24, 2016

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 Thursday.

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