Video footage released by the Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (JTF-OIR) on Thursday captures the moment that US forces bombed Daesh positions in northern Iraq.
Footage shared on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) on Thursday showed US forces pounding Daesh tunnels and cave networks in Iraq’s Hamrin Mountains, roughly 125 miles north of Baghdad.
The strike reportedly killed between five and 10 Daesh militants. Citing an anonymous coalition official, Stars and Stripes reported that additional strikes followed on Thursday night, killing an estimated five additional fighters.
“The presence of Daesh in Iraq continues to diminish, thanks to the efforts and sacrifices of our Iraqi partner forces,” JTF-OIR Special Operations chief Maj. Gen. Eric Hill said in the release. “Strikes like these help our Iraqi partners maintain relentless pressure on the Daesh scourge, no matter where these terrorists hide.”
The British Royal Air Force also carried out airstrikes in the region several weeks ago, although it only announced them on April 25, Sputnik reported. The attacks hit Daesh targets west of Tuz Khurma, a town east of the Hamrin Mountains.
Al-Monitor reported in mid-April that Daesh might use the opportunity created by the COVID-19 crisis, as well as recent withdrawals of US troops from several bases in northern Iraq, to try and stage a comeback. The group has controlled no territory since a combined US-Kurdish-Syrian offensive destroyed its last stronghold in eastern Syria in early 2019.