US Airstrikes Have Knocked Out 162 ISIL Vehicles

140807-N-CS564-078Ahead of President Obama’s address to the nation on combating ISIL, the Pentagon said Wednesday that U.S. warplanes had conducted 154 airstrikes to date in Iraq that hit a total of 212 targets, including 162 vehicles.

The Pentagon also said that U.S. troops in Iraq now numbered about 1,043, plus about 100 others in the Baghdad Office of Security and Cooperation for weapons sales, for a total of about 1,143 to guard against the extremists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The total number included 754 troops providing security for U.S. personnel and facilities at the U.S. Embassy in Baghad and at the Baghdad airport, and 289 manning Joint Operations Centers in Baghdad and the Kurdish capital of Irbil and also advising the Iraqi security forces and Kurdish peshmerga forces.

The airstrikes have been carried out at a rate of nearly five daily by a mix of fighters, bombers and drones since Obama authorized attacks against ISIL on Aug. 8, according to U.S. Central Command.

In its first detailed accounting of the airstrikes, the Pentagon said that of the total of 154, the most concentrated have been in northern Iraq in the area of the Mosul dam, which was recaptured from ISIL last month by Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

The airstrikes around Mosul dam totaled 91 through Wednesday morning, the Pentagon said. There were also 29 airstrikes around Irbil, 17 around the Haditha dam in Anbar province, 13 in the northern Sinjar mountains, and four around the northeastern town of Amerli, which had been encircled by ISIL before the siege was lifted.

The number of vehicles destroyed was 162, including 88 armed vehicles, 37 Humvees, 12 armored personnel carriers, two tanks, one Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, one construction vehicle and 21 miscellaneous vehicles, the Pentagon said.

The airstrikes also destroyed a total of 21 ISIL weapons systems, including seven anti-aircraft artillery weapons, seven Improvised Explosive Device emplacements, five mortar positions, one machine gun location and one weapons cache, the Pentagon said.

The list of 29 ISIL facilities destroyed by the airstrikes included 12 fighting positions, 10 checkpoints, one command post, one bunker and one large ground unit, the Pentagon said without further identifying the large ground unit.

In addition, the U.S. has carried out two humanitarian airdrop operations with support from Britain, Canada, Australia and France, the Pentagon said.

Near Mount Sinjar, where members of the Yazidi sect were under siege by ISIL, U.S. aircraft conducted 28 airdrops, delivering 680,000 pounds of aid, including 35,000 gallons of water and 115,000 Meals Ready to Eat (MREs).

Near Amerli, the U.S. military conducted four airdrops to deliver 138,500 pounds of aid, including 10,500 gallons of water and 7,000 MREs.

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  • Andy

    Again, where are the B52’s and C130 Gunships?

  • Andy

    Stop playing around.

  • Adam

    Nothing like blowing up our old equipment they stole.

    • Harry Kuheim

      They didn’t steal them…Iraqi’s gave them to ISIS then took off their Uniforms and ran…they are our “Allies” as long as we do all the fighting and send pallet loads of $100 Bills to their Corrupt leaders.

    • George Douglas

      No tanks hit yet, though ISIS used tanks to take 21 villages in the last two days! It is hard to hide a tank in the desert.

  • Lance

    England AFB F-15s may have been the MiG parts (killed most MiGs) maker in Iraq in 1991 well Navy F-18 are the biggest Toyota truck parts maker (blew a lot of technicals up) in Iraq in 2014 LOL.

    Im with Andy we need less F-18s and more AC-130U Specters in the area. UFFs are nice too and can fly from Diageo Garcia as well.

    This is fine in Iraq in Syria however I be Obama will tinker with the civil war there and you face a lot more air defenses for F-15s and F-18s will be preferred there.

    Knowing Obama this would go the same as Operation Rolling Thunder in Vietnam intended to win the war but due to a incompetent C in C we will not go any wear near victory

    • Rod

      Obama vastly underestimated ISIL in the past but you can’t only blame him now. Congress decided not to even discuss attacking ISIL in Syria and we all know why - elections are right around the corner.

      You can kill the ants at the picnic table but they’ll keep coming back. You have to go for the queen.

    • JamalTheBanker

      I am against “boots on the ground”, but I am secretly hoping that we have already sent an elite team of Seals to the area to kill every major leader of the group - bin laden style..

    • rick

      I agree, the Spectre is the perfect weapons platform for Wakamo__

    • rick

      Release the Kraken

  • 009

    Target practice on HUMMVEE’S!!! LOL!

  • Matt

    So we have removed the equivalent of about 1 U.S. presidential motorcade worth of manpower, vehicles, and weaponry from their stockpile.
    This may take awhile…

  • rtsy

    Timing on this article SCREAMS propaganda piece.

    It’s a nice set up for the Presidential Address in a few hours, where I’m sure we’ll hear these same stats repeated.

    • Nadnerbus

      If not propaganda, definitely politically motivated. The Administration has been under a lot of pressure for basically having no plan of action, and they realize they have to be seen doing something. A very specific report about sorties flown and targets destroyed definitely says to me they want to be seen as being “tough.”

  • retired462

    Get the green light for A-10’s in Turkey

  • Chaboss D

    We have a couple carriers in the region parked in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf loaded to the gills, with increasingly less to do in that area with Iraq already back in Iraqi hands, Afghanistan winding down and the Arab Spring only still militarily active in a significant way in Syria, which we have congressionally decided not to intervene in until now, and now in an indirect way at that. Actually we have assets all over the region that aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. And ISIS threatens to destabilize the entire region and from an American interests perspective undo all the work we have done in the area up to now, so its a no brainer for the Pentagon and the white house, and inevitably congress, to agree to engage them while they are still struggling to gain a foothold across that area.

    ISIS leadership is a Taliban-minded den of parasite vultures masquerading as some sort of legitimate Islamic movement in order to dupe all the uneducated, impoverished, disenfranchised and ultimately brainwashed Arabs from all over to fight to the death for them with the usual mix of AKs, RPGs, assorted gun-trucks and death squad tactics. The fighters think they’re fighting for Islam, but ISIS leaders are simply trying to profit from the current Maliki-and-Assad-created power vacuum in the scrappy depopulated regions emcompassing northern Iraq-Syria. That’s all it is, nothing more, and actually, considering the state of things in the region, I’m sure there were more than a few analysts and brass who foresaw this. Its not all that unpredictable, and opportunistic provincial warlords attempting sweeping militant power coups are more the rule in that part of the world than the exception.

    So the only real questions are details, i.e. what kind of a war to wage against ISIS. Airstrikes are a good start, it gives the pathetic Iraqi security and defense forces some breathing room and time to reassemble into a real force with US training and arms, but just like the Taliban in Afghanistan, ISIS has significant funds, manpower, weaponry and the most important thing of all, local support. Maliki and the New Iraq are certainly better than the Hussein regime, but at the cost of incompetence and weakness, and Arabic culture is extremely perceptive to brute strength in their leadership, whether they are good, bad or even monstrous. They know from experience the tribal chief with the most men and guns will usually win, so they tend to get behind strong warlord type factions more easily than other cultures would.

    Unfortunately, with the exception of significant US/NATO boots on the ground, ISIS will persist. The only real option is to help Iraqi government and military better organize itself, which even with cooperation would take years and more US billions, so that they themselves, assuming a then weakened, retreated and hiding ISIS, would be able to mop up the rest or at least defend themselves indefinitely until ISIS fizzles out. Slim chance of that, though.

    Most likely the situation in the region will continue to be FUBAR for at least a decade more pending future developments or changes.

    The most promising solution, and some within the US and NATO have also recognized this, is to strengthen the Kurdish state. Kurdish are different than other Arabs, they are more secular and rational, they value technology and economic stability and welcome some facets of the modern Western world, plus historically they have always been an embattled people and thus are willing to continue fighting. With a larger, stronger Kurdish state carved out from the no-mans land remnants of chunks of northern Iraq-Syria, a more fully developed Kurdistan might just be the stabilizing force in the region that we have been waiting for, since Iraq basically failed most of the promise we had for it.

  • Juan

    They were our vehicles to start, we need to leave ground troops at home and bomb the enemy wherever they are, in the cities, mountains, villages and if civilians are near they had better leave. If the US doesn’t do something right soon, it may be too late. Obama has hurt this country and caused people to die, both in our military as well as others.

  • Jazz

    Does anyone know how much damaged this caused in relation to their over all total force? Did this even put a dent in ISIS or is this just the administration throwing numbers around trying to make it look like they’re doing something?

  • JohnntRanger

    162 vehicles destroyed. 162 games in a given Major League Baseball team’s season. Coincidence? I think…so :-(

  • Nathan

    So we can drop all of that water and MRE’s, but we have starving children in our homeland? Priorities……..

  • vnvet

    We need to destroy thousands of ISIS troops. Carpet bomb them into the sand!

  • Frank L

    It looks like a very poor return on investment.

  • Scott

    president Obama is declaring that we continue the airstrikes until they are destroyed, but what do you want to bet that we have special forces in Iraq taking down High Value Targets. I think that there is a very good chance of them being there.

  • Eggshen

    these are stats…not effects.

  • E Gary Campbell

    This is just show. Look at the cost: 88 armed vehicles (technicals) = 2002-2008 Toyota pickups slightly used with old machine guns and with maybe three people, 37 Humvees. Cost, assuming Hellfire missiles at approx. $112,000 each, just $14,000,000. Not very cost effective.

  • Martin

    i think the airstrikes are a good start and are working,,,
    knocking out ISIS slowly one vehicle,,one mobile weapon,,etc,, at a time,,,
    ,,they really cant hide in the desert very well
    ,,and what this does is makes Kurds and Iraq able to go on offensive and take back the roads and towns that ISIS controls,,
    ,,already ISIS are running away from some towns,,,
    ,,with accurate INTEL the good guys will be able to locate targets and slowly defeat ISIS
    ,,,now question is ,,,,,hopefulle the Shite and Sunnie can get along and if the new Iraq leadership can unite the country and the military there may be hope for a new Iraq
    ,,also Kurdestan is getting alot of miliatry hardware from other countries and will become stronger,,,,Erbil is a modern city that they say will become the new Dubai
    ,,,its just a matter of time before Kurdestan becomes independent probably

  • Thomas L. Nielsen

    Oohh….Internet Tough Guys is on.

    [Sits down; grabs popcorn]

    Thomas L. Nielsen
    Luxembourg

    • Pharsalus

      LET”S HAVE HIM EXPLAIN HOW… (Oh, sorry, my Caps key stuck) those those scumbags are going to kill us all.

      With…
      - horrible fashion for men (including scarves when it’s waaaaay too hot)
      - beards (the itch! the itch! I need to shave.)
      - poorly cooked shoarma
      - uncoherent complaints

      Really, *we*’re bombing *their* a$$es with military hardware, not the other way around. If the Kurds ask for help, we may give it. If they don’t, we leave them alone. After all, they’re killing each other in their own lands (read civil war) so who *really* cares?

      How many bombs did American moslims detonate on American soil? As long as our local moslems are no problem, again, who cares?

      Really, HANK, you make me suspect you’re not using the single family heirloom brain cell at the moment.

  • artymgysgt

    Now why don’t we knock out the leadership ?

  • khoa

    US Army use f 35

  • peter

    Not you too. it’s isis not isil.

  • JohnD

    Wow, big deal! They will just steal more from the retreating Iraqi Army! Isn’t the Air Force the same guys that would measure air strikes in Viet Nam by acres of land blown up? Blow up,10 trucks and get an air medal? If you had SF leasing targets, you might hit some enemy troops!

  • mike usn

    Wow we blew up a 162 Toyota s

  • Ceecel

    I believe the sad but only way to ultimately defeat any threat in the Middle East is to put our own troops on the ground again. We supply the rebels and their fighters with arms and weaponry and the Islamic state quickly destroys the rebels and armies and reclaims our own weapons. Isis is not looking to just get their own land or state. When they arise and continue to grow they will be in search of world domination as seen in many of their propaganda videos. It was somewhat similar to hitler moving into Poland. Once he gained ground there he began moving east and west… It then took 4 years and a world scale war to defeat him. We all know we must stop this threat ASAP. With help from all NATO countries it must be done quickly and swiftly. The second we began pulling troops out of Iraq the extremists began their uprising. Bush began this “war on terror” and no matter how we look at it, it will have to be seen through. Even though tensions will be high by our closer enemies (Iran) they also must understand that their country is very well next where Isis will begin to break it’s boarders. It’s time to take these cowards out and let the boys in the marines do what they do best. Before we know it we will have another world war on our hands and it will be no choice but every country to join together against the opposition. This is just my outlook on things but when Isis began cutting heads of Americans and now British, that was a declaration of war.

  • Larry

    Only nukes will do the job. The rest is child’s play. Japs had no intention of surrendering until we drop Fat Boy on hiroshima and a 2nd nuke on Nagasaki two days later. They’ve been kissing our ass ever since. That’s what it is going to take. Period. We can wipe them out in five minutes or blow five centuries with boots on the ground trying to flush them out. In the end what do you think a thinking administration is going to do? They will resort to nukes, no doubt in anybody’s mind and they will do it without warning ahead of time. We start by turning vast stretches of that hellhole into glass where nothing living can walk on it for the next thousand years because of lethal radioactivity

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