November 12, 2015
Release # 20151112-02
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
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.
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:
additional information on the Peshmerga offensive, see the Kurdistan
Regional Security Council Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/KRSCPress.