Nov. 12: Coalition airstrikes support major Peshmerga ground offensive to clear Sinjar

Release No: UNRELEASED Nov. 12, 2015 PRINT | E-MAIL

November 12, 2015
Release # 20151112-02

SOUTHWEST ASIA Coalition airstrikes are supporting a major Peshmerga offensive operation in northwestern Iraq, announced by the Kurdistan Region Security Council Nov. 12, 2015. During "Operation Free Sinjar," the Peshmerga intend to clear Sinjar of Daesh (an Arabic acronym for ISIL) terrorists from the town and seize portions of Highway 47, a significant Daesh supply route between Ar Raqqah, Syria, and Mosul, Iraq.

By controlling Highway 47, which is used by Daesh to transport weapons, fighters, illicit oil, and other commodities that fund their operations, the Coalition intends to increase pressure on Da'ish and isolate their components from each other.

Coalition aircraft have conducted more than 250 airstrikes over the past month across northern Iraq. Strikes destroyed Daesh fighting positions, command and control facilities, weapon storage facilities, improvised explosive device factories, and staging areas.

The ground assault began in the early morning hours of Nov. 12, when Peshmerga units successfully established blocking positions along Highway 47 and began clearing Sinjar. The Peshmerga will continue operations to re-establish government control over key portions of the area.

"The Iraqi Security Forces, including the Peshmerga, continue to put pressure on Da'ish across Iraq, including in Ramadi, Bayji, and now Sinjar and along Highway 47," said Col. Christopher C. Garver, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve Public Affairs Officer. "This operation will degrade Daesh's resupply efforts, disrupt funding to the terrorist group's operations, stem the flow of Daesh fighters into Iraq, and further isolate Mosul from Ar Raqqah."

Coalition airstrikes will continue to target Daesh's leaders, revenue sources, supply routes, command facilities, and weapons caches to dismantle their operations in Iraq and Syria.

Video footage of airstrikes in support of this operation can be found at:

For additional information on the Peshmerga offensive, see the Kurdistan Regional Security Council Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/KRSCPress.