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US Air Strikes Continue on Iraqi-ISIS Targets, US Forces Reinforce Positions on the Iraqi Syrian Border

February 10, 2019

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The following are just examples of news stories about the continuous Iraq war. Daily news stories can be accessed from the news sources listed below and others in the internet.


US military vehicles in Tanaf, on the Iraqi-Syrian border, February 9, 2019  


The following are news stories from the independent Iraqi Arabic news agency, Yaqein ( ):


US forces stremgthen its positions on the Tanaf area, on the Iraqi-Syrian border, arriving from Ain Al-Assad military base, west of Ramadi. This is in conjunction with the last attack on the last ISIS-held area in the Syrian Province of Dair Ez-Zoar. 

تعزيزات عسكرية أمريكية تصل "التنف" على الحدود مع سوريا

10 فبراير 2019 ، يقين

كشف مسؤول محلي  في محافظة الأنبار، اليوم الأحد، عن وصول تعزيزات عسكرية أمريكية إلى منطقة “التنف” العراقية على الحدود مع سوريا.

وقال المسؤول، أن “تعزيزات أمريكية مكونة من آليات عسكرية من نوع “همر” ومدافع وأسلحة ثقيلة أخرى وصلت إلى منطقة التنف 490 كم غرب مدينة الرمادي مركز محافظة الأنبار”.

وأضاف المسؤول المحلي، أن “الهدف من تلك التعزيزات، تأمين الحدود العراقية مع سوريا، بالتزامن مع العمليات العسكرية التي إنطلقت بالجانب السوري لتحرير آخر معاقل تنظيم الدولة “داعش “بمحافظة دير الزور”،حسب قوله.

بدوره، أكد ضابط في الجيش العراقي صحة هذه المعلومات، مبينا، أن “تلك التعزيزات الأمريكية جاءت من قاعدة عين الأسد في ناحية البغدادي 90 كم غرب الرمادي، وإستخدمت الطريق الدولي السريع لمرورها وصولا إلى منطقة التنف”.

وأوضح أن القوات الأمريكية تتخذ في محافظة الأنبار الحدودية مع سوريا عدة قواعد لها، ومنها قاعدة الحبانية 30 كم شرق الرمادي، والأسد 90 كم غرب الرمادي، إضافة الى موقعين في القائم وموقع شرقي مدينة الرطبة.

ولم يصدر بعد عن السلطات العراقية أو الإدارة الأمريكية إعلان بشأن تلك الخطوة.


The following are news stories from a pro-Iraqi government website (, which usually reports those who are killed by Iraqi government attacks as Islamic State fighters, implying no civilians were killed by bombing residential neighborhoods:


U.S.-led coalition warplanes kill 7 Islamic State members in Iraq’s Kirkuk

by Mohammed Ebraheem Feb 9, 2019, 3:54 pm

Baghdad ( –

Seven Islamic State militants were killed Saturday in an airstrike that was launched by the U.S.-led international coalition warplanes in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

According to Al Ekhbariya TV channel, the airstrike was launched using accurate intelligence reports to target hotbeds of the terrorist Islamic State group in Hawija district in Kirkuk.

Thousands of IS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since a government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition, was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

In December 2017, former Iraqi prime minister Haidar al-Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.


The following are news stories from the US Department of Defense website ( ,

and US Centcom Press releases (


CJTF-OIR Strike Summary Jan. 13 - 26, 2019

Release No: 19-008 Jan. 31, 2019 
January 30, 2019
Release # 20190130-01
SOUTHWEST ASIA – Combined Joint Task Force –

Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continue to target and pursue the enduring defeat of ISIS.
CJTF-OIR and its partner forces' operations are exerting pressure on ISIS senior leaders and associates, as well as degrading, disrupting and dismantling ISIS organizational structures throughout Iraq and Syria.
CJTF-OIR remains committed to the enduring defeat of ISIS to improve conditions for peace and stability in the region, and to protect all our homelands from ISIS's terrorist threat.
Strike Summary
Between Jan. 13 - 26, 2019, CJTF-OIR conducted 645 strikes consisting of 1,360 engagements in Syria, and conducted nine strikes consisting of 12 engagements in Iraq.
In Syria, 645 strikes engaged 394 ISIS tactical units, and destroyed 244 fighting positions, 172 supply routes, 85 staging areas, 21 vehicles, 17 buildings, 15 vehicle borne improvised explosive devices, 14 mortar launching sites, 13 manufacturing facilities for improvised explosive devices, 12 command and control nodes, nine tunnels, eight weapons catches, seven pieces of engineering equipment, five launching sites for unmanned aircraft systems, two weapons storage facilities, two mortar tubes, two improvised explosive devices, one unmanned aircraft system, one machine gun, one logistic node and one check point.
In Iraq, nine strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units, and destroyed 4 caves, one manufacturing facility for improvised explosive devices, one building and one vehicle.
Between Jan. 13 - 26, 2019, CJTF-OIR detected 533 strikes from other actors that crossed the Euphrates River Valley. CJTF-OIR is committed to avoiding and in every case minimizing civilian casualties; CJTF-OIR calls on all other actors in the area to observe the same precautions.
This Coalition strike release contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing, or remotely piloted aircraft, rocket propelled artillery and ground-based tactical artillery.


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