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Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria
DateAug 2014 – present
Location
Iraq Syria
  • 31.043 airstrikes confirmed
  • 109,507 airdropped bombs and missiles
  • 1,562 days of compaign[1]
Status Airstrikes conducted by US-led coalition states (US, UK, France, Netherlands)
Casualties and losses
Minimum civilians killed: 6,716

Since August 2014, multiple airstrikes have been conducted by the US-led coalition states (US, UK, France, Netherlands) in Iraq and Syria. The strikes started during the administration of Barack Obama and extended in presidency of Donald Trump. There have been a total of 14,352 coalition strikes in Iraq and 16,691 in Syria with many civilian casualties. The coalition, dropped over 20,000 bombs on Raqqa. 80% of the city was declared uninhabitable by the UN, and 1,800 civilians are thought to have been killed.[1][2][3]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

2014[edit | edit source]

  • August 2014: A total of 211 US-conducted airstrikes in Mosul Dam, Irbil, Sinjar and Amirli in Iraq.[4][5]
  • September 2014: A total of 763 airstrikes conducted in Iraq and Syria. Claimed civilian casualties from coalition actions continued to mount, with a number of incidents reported across Iraq and Syria.
  • October 2014: The coalition air forces continued to intensify, with more than 400 airstrikes reported across both Iraq and Syria- in which more than 1,600 munitions were dropped.[6]
  • November 2014: The coalition dropped 1,407 munitions on Iraq and Syria in 358 reported airstrikes. Canada became the final country to join the coalition in Iraq. More than 60 non-combatants were claimed killed in up to 18 incidents across Iraq and Syria.[7]
  • December 2014: More than 460 airstrikes targeted Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria, with 1,867 bombs and missiles dropped. More than 50 civilians died in a single incident in Syria on December 28th[8][9]

2015[edit | edit source]

  • January 2015: The month witnessed the most intense coalition bombing yet, with more than 620 strikes releasing 2,308 weapons across Syria and Iraq.[10]
  • February 2015: 1756 airstrikes were launched in Iraq and Syria by coalition group. Western allies of the US in Iraq were now carrying out 30-40% of all strikes.[11]
  • March 2015: 1600 munitions dropped by coaltion in areas of Kobani, Mosul, Ramadi, Rawah, Sinjar and Tal Afah. At the beginning of March, the Iraqi government announced that they would soon launch a military operation with the Kurdish Peshmerga and other allies to regain the city of Mosul, which was under ISIL control since 10 June 2014. On 10 March, U.S.-led warplanes dropped scraps of paper in Mosul, advising residents to evacuate the city and stay away from ISIL locations, because of those imminent military operations.[12][13]
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2016[edit | edit source]

  • January 2016: A total of 2695 strikes conducted by coalition forces in Iraq and Syria.[14]
  • February 2016: 2054 air bombs dropped in areas of Albu Hayyat, Habbaniyah, Kisik, Mosul, Qayyarah, Ramadi and Sinjar in Iraq while targeted Ar Raqqah, Dayr Az Zawr and Manbij in Syria.[15][15]
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2017[edit | edit source]

" January 2017: As many as 3606 airstrikes by coalition forces in Iraq and Syria.[16]

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2018[edit | edit source]

" January 2018: 448 coalition led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria with multiple fatalities.[17]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Airwars Home – new".
  2. "U.S. Drone Strikes in Iraq and Syria - Washington Spectator - Washington Spectator". washingtonspectator.org.
  3. "Monthly airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as of October 2018 - Statistic". Statista.
  4. "Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby on Airst".
  5. http://www.centcom.mil/en/news/articles/u.s.-military-conducts-airstrikes-against-isil-in-iraq
  6. http://www.defense.gouv.fr/operations/irak-syrie/actualites/operation-chammal-premiere-mission-aerienne-de-nuit
  7. "Military reports – November 2014".
  8. "Hundreds of US troops now deployed in Iraq's Anbar province".
  9. "Military reports – December 2014".
  10. "Military reports – January 2015".
  11. http://www.afcent.af.mil/AboutUs/AirpowerSummaries.aspx
  12. "Military reports – March 2015".
  13. "ISIS threatens: any civilian leaves Mosul to be beheaded - ARA News". 11 March 2015.
  14. "Military reports – January 2016".
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Update: air strikes against Daesh".
  16. "Military reports – January 2017".
  17. "Military reports – January 2018".


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