ISIS Near Oblivion: US, Russia Pulverize Stronghold

ISIS Near Oblivion: US, Russia Pulverize Stronghold
A U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier taxis on the flightline on Isa Air Base, Bahrain, Dec. 31, 2015. The Harrier is with Marine Attack Squadron 223, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command. The unit supports Operation Inherent Resolve by providing airstrikes and close-air support in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Akeel Austin Department of Defense
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The ISIS is nearing defeat, if recent reports from the United States and Russia are anything to go by.  Unnamed officials revealed that Pentagon destroyed the building where the terrorists hide “millions” of money. Russian defense said that in a matter of 10 days, it had performed impressive 311 combat sorties in Syria.


The Pentagon has said that the U.S. and coalition military forces have continued attacks against ISIS in both Syria and Iraq as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. In Syria, 11 strikes have been carried out in strategic ISIS locations by the U.S. and coalition forces, including three strikes near Manbij that had destroyed three fighting positions, as well as a bunker. Moreover, an ISIS fighter was reportedly wounded. At the same time, other strikes were carried out near Raqqah, Abu Kamal, Ayn Isa, Dayr Az Zawr, Mar’a and Washiyah. Some tactical units were said to have been destroyed along with buildings, a crane, an excavator and 16 ISIS skid-mounted gas and oil separation tanks.

In Iraq, coalition forces utilized a remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery, fighter and bomber to conduct 15 strikes supported by the Iraqi government. Six of these strikes were done near Ramadi where it wounded three ISIS fighters and destroyed two heavy machine guns, three fighting positions, a vehicle bomb, a training facility, a recoilless rifle and a tactical vehicle. Moreover, the said strike had also denied ISIS access to terrain. At the same time, other strikes in Iraq occurred near Albu Hayat, Habbaniyah, Haditha, Kisik, Mosul, Qayyarah and Tal Afar. These strikes destroyed a headquarters building, tactical unit, excavator, weapon caches, assembly areas and bridge.

The most destructive offensive was on a building where the ISIS had been stashing cash. The said money was supposed to be used to fund further training for new ISIS fighters. The U.S. dropped two 2,000-pound bombs in Central Mosul recently, pulverizing the ISIS building that stored the group’s cash reserves to finance operations, according to Pentagon officials who have spoken with CNN on condition of anonymity.

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The Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation, meanwhile, announced it performed 311 combat sorties in just a matter of 10 days, destroying 1097 objects. Key ISIS infrastructure were destroyed, including oil production facilities, a cluster of military hardware and manpower. As result of this offense, the terrorist groupings are suffering significant losses in hardware and manpower.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Army has said they are also set to deploy more men to support Operation Inherent Resolve. During spring, 1,300 soldiers stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division will be deploying to Iraq. This “Strike” Brigade shall be advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces, while also replacing the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division who will be returning to Fort Drum. Commander of 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky said the brigade had just returned from the Joint Readiness Training Center and the soldiers have “validated their outstanding ability to conduct complex operations in any environment and win.”

Operation Inherent Resolve is an operation aimed at combating and eliminating ISIS. Coalition nations that have conducted strikes as part of this operation include Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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