Video: Pentagon Releases Islamic State Strike Footage

George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.U.S. Central Command released combat footage of Monday night’s airstrikes targeting strategic Islamic State positions. 

The first video below shows an Islamic State vehicle staging ground in Abu Kamal, which was struck by U.S. strike aircraft. The second video shows a strike hitting an Islamic State compound northwest of Ar Raqqah. And the third video shows an airstrike hitting an Islamic State storage facility near Abu Kamal. 

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  • blight_qwerty

    Better question is how sure we are that those are “real” targets. Perhaps unspoken is the possibility of boots on the ground…unless we are relying on UAVs in Syria (unlikely) or “tips” from sources (yikes!)

    • Dfens

      Sorry, no troops. They laid them all off so we could afford more weapons development programs. Gotta keep the defense contractors happy.

    • ABDELKADERHAM

      Based on unreliable intelligence these strikes are not cost effective taking out empty buildings with zero body count.

      • O. Cromwell

        absolutely right…factor in the cost of an strike and BDA, what is the ROI?

      • kaptainkrappy

        Then the next logical step is to drop a nuclear bomb and wipe out everything for miles.

    • xXTomcatXx

      I thought I was reading that they indeed are using UAV’s for ISR in Syria to support Task Force Black. Now the questions is who owns the UAVs. Are they three letter organization owned or Air Force?

      • guest

        Who cares….:-) as long as we can bomb the S _ I T out of them!!! hahahahaha I am a little concerned though, that as successful as we may have been in other envoronments, we had much more going for us on the ground with regards to eyes on the target. Here, we do not have that same luxury, or rather, ability/advantage. So, I guess we will be bombing more empty targets but, they will not be able to be used in the future at least..hahahahaha but we probably need to drop twice as many bombs. LETS GET GOING GUYS!!! :-) I have sick of hearing, reading about this group of knuckleheads for the past month or two now. Lets get on with it. Ummmm…..just MHO of course :-)

  • Edward

    May ISIS Al Nashera front and even FSA eat bombs forever!

    I notice one building eating a few Hellfire missiles from a drone, before a F-22 drops a few 500 pounders on it. Cool footage.

    • Burkefett

      The F-22 carries either the GBU-32 (the Mk-83 1000lb bomb with a JDAM tail kit) or a BRU loaded with small diameter bombs. No 500-lb weapons can be carried internally, which is odd, considering that both low-collateral and LJDAM bombs are only produced in the 500-lb class.

  • question

    Can someone explain what’s going on in the second video? It looks like two penetrators hit the structure milliseconds before the explosive munitions. Is the point to allow the bombs to detonate deep in the interior of the structure? What are the penetrators made of? Are they dropped simultaneously with the bombs from the same aircraft?

    • Taylor

      That’s a very good question, I havent seen strike footage like this before. The first two weapons seem to hit without a large detonation. The spray out of the building almost seems more related to the mass impact itself rather than a detonation.

      The third and fourth weapons seem to produce a large explosion, but with the camera zooming out suddenly it’s hard to make sense of the second set of explosions. Was that a zoom level change, or has a part of the footage been cropped out?

      I’m not suggesting anything in my comments, just curious as to what the weapon is and how it works.

      • Donnie

        Air munitions can have specially hardened cases to withstand deep penetration through hardened structures and their digital fuses can be set to detonate at any time. They can go off in the air, on impact, or after penetration to include deep underground. They can even count the walls and floors they go through before going off in a targeted level. It looks like perhaps the first two may have gone after some underground bunker beneath the basement while the others exploded the building above, but who knows…..

        • Nick

          This sounds like a pretty sensible guess.

          • Burkefett

            The initial impacts may have been low-collateral bombs, which produce a smaller blast and little to no fragmentation. Alternatively, inert bombs have occasionally been used as extremely low collateral damage weapons- laser guiding a 500lb hunk of steel and concrete into a small building or vehicle has basically the same end result as a hell fire, but sans frag and overpressure.

        • Yaronimo

          either that or maybe Roof Knocking: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roof_knocking

          In a building that size there could potentially be non-combatants present. It could be that the target was infrastructure / stores rather than personnel.

          • Blade

            Bunker Buster

      • Thomas E.

        It’s even more interesting that the munition dropped in the second video was dropped by the F-22s

        • Thomas E.

          according to Maj. Gen. Mayville.

  • doug

    whatever, however, whenever, one hell of a show. just gettin started. yepper!!!

    • Big Blue

      How come we don’t see bad guys fleeing the buildings? No vehicles racing out of harm’s way. Very sterile video.

      • guest

        True, but there is SOME satisfaction just knowing that we are at least bombing these ASS_OL_S, ya know…:-).

  • ABDELKADERHAM

    Surgical air strikes are useless. Carpet bomb the living daylights out of them civilians and all. Blitzkreig to follow as a mop up op.

    • Alan Freeman

      I think you will find a man called Adolf Hitler tried that AND oh yes he killed himself.
      Anyway all that will achieve is to bring more trouble down on our heads.
      Would you stand for it if some country did that to you and yours.

      • ABDELKADERHAM

        No, it was “Bomber Harris” Marshall of the Royal Air Force Sir Arthur Harris.

    • Cataldo

      Too simple, theese kind of wars burns only a few week, but USA need never ending wars.

      • ABDELKADERHAM

        The mindset of Machiavellianism, treachery, duplicity, deception, deviousness, betrayal, deceit in this part of the world is beyond the wildest stretch of the American (Western) imagination. It is not an Islamic “threat” that can be dealt with militarily, politically or diplomatically. ISIL is not the be all and end all of this long running and ongoing age-old Islamic crusade that began in the 7th century. To fully understand what we are up against; un petit rappel d’histoire (de Charles Martel), jamais étudié à l’école peut-être?

      • ABDELKADERHAM

        The U.S. and NATO need to revive the Cold War to stay in business. The U.K., defence industry generates over £22 billion per year for the UK economy and directly employs 162,400 people, including 4,900 apprentices and trainees. The industry indirectly supports a further 114,200 jobs. The U.S. economy is predicated upon the military industrial complex and the military industrial complex is founded on the crucible of war.

    • Joseph

      Apparently you never bothered to read the Allies post-war survey of the effectiveness of carpet-bombing. In fact, it was one of the least effective aspects of Allied military operations in WWII. Not only did the urban bombing campaign fail to accomplish either of it’s objectives, but also the tactical use of carpet bombing by heavy bombers against enemy combat units proved totally ineffective. As simply one typical example: On 9.June.1944, a battlegroup built around III Battalion, 20.SS-Panzergrenadier Regiment was attacked in it’s wooded assembly area by 100 British Lancaster 4-engine bombers, each with a payload of 22,000lbs of ordnance. Thus, they dropped 2.2 million tons of high explosive during this attack. The German unit was assembling for an attack, and so was not dug in at all. The Germans lost 20 killed. That amounts to 110,000 lbs of bombs to kill 1 man. Does that really sound efficient or effective?

      • guest

        No, not at all. H O W E V E R :-) I would sure like to see THESE GUYS get carpet bombed!! Yeah, I may be sick, but hey…they DO deserve it for all their brutality and simple sh_t like these beheadings and such.

  • Deathgrip

    Whatever happened to “Level the structure and then make the rubble bounce”? There’s a lot of building left…

    • Big Blue

      Same crap we saw during the Vietnam fiasco, minimize collaterial damage, don’t hurt the locals, only the bad guys. Didn’t work in SEA, won;’t work in Syria either.

      • Deathgrip

        yeah, that sure makes me get a warm fuzzy.

  • xXTomcatXx

    Is the first video SDBs? There seems to be several impacts simultaneously.

  • rtsy

    Death and destruction reduced to quick clean vids for civilian entertainment.

    • Mystick

      Reminds me of the L7 song “Wargasm”…

  • Harry Lieber

    Surprising there are no attempts to destroy the oil wells in Syria that a providing the ISIS with revenue.

    • rtsy

      No surprise at all. We love oil. The markets would go wild if the US was targeting even one operational oil rig.

      • Donnie

        Ridiculous. We’ve already targeted the handful of oil refineries controlled by IS to cut off a major source of their revenue. These refineries constitute a miniscule amount of the region’s production capacity and the markets couldn’t care less…..

        • rtsy

          refineries and rigs are two different things.

          • Donnie

            Why would we attempt to hit hundreds of individual rigs when their black market value to ISIS is negated by closing a couple dozen refineries? Even if rigs were targeted, Syrian crude is a miniscule player in world oil markets……..

        • Alan Freeman

          Don’t worry the military do have some idea as to what they are doing.
          The IS is not Syria but a terrorist group using it as just another base and somewhere to make money. Perhaps you should read up on the IS and them make an informed comment on what you think is best, right or wrong to do in an attempt to reduce the effectiveness and ability of the IS to operate and hopefully to destroy their means to operate and maybe most of them for it will be impossible to get them all unfortunately

    • Alan Freeman

      Pardon.

  • http://military.com BoyScout4Life

    Decapitate them ALL….

  • VN Boat Vet

    #2 Video: No apparent secondary explosions. What made these empty buildings so valuable? The purpose of war is to kill people and break things, isn’t it? No people there unless it was a group sitting in the basement. A building got broken (not destroyed) in a country that doesn’t have running water or electricity on a regular basis - so what’s the loss here? Had someone been into the their “stash” before selecting this target?

    • john salmon

      reminds me bout Bosnia where we let then have have a warning before it was bombed

    • Cataldo

      No surprise, if all missiles hit something the game will be over too early ;)

  • john salmon

    where is every one before are after,why is the parking lot empty

    • Craig Landon

      According to various news reports, we gave Iran a heads up these strike were inbound, for reasons best known to the President..

    • rtsy

      Keep in mind these were three vids of the almost 200 strikes that have gone on in the recent campaign. I’m sure there are plenty of vids of people being burned alive that the Pentagon would rather not let the world see.

  • Alan Freeman

    Give em Hell

  • Alan Freeman

    I think the most important fact is that if nothing else they know they are being chaste and death is on their heels, When it will be on their heads they can never know. Giving TERRORISTS a dose of their own medicine.

    • guest

      That tracks for me :-)

  • Alan Freeman

    The refineries owned by IS Syria is not the IS as for the buildings Food dose not explode but you can not fight without it, clothes do not explode but have you tried to fight naked or for that mater without water. I am a retired British soldier and to read some of these comments makes me wonder just whom so ever could be so s——-

    • Mystick

      This is true in a protracted conflict, but supplies of that nature aren’t targeted in the opening moves. You don’t aim for taking out all the pawns before moving on to the “capital” pieces.

      How far could you fight on your existence load and what you could acquire through hook or crook in the countryside? Without a ground threat, pretty far, I would imagine. Especially once you get wise that if you use civilians as shields, the air strikes will be less frequent.

      • Steamhammer1981

        True and I agree, feet on the ground is a must, the problem is as this involves so many different countries we need their permission to go in, then the ISIS go and murder civilians using our weapons then blame us, this is what happened in Baghdad Either way these cowards make it very difficult.

        If I had my way I would fight them on their own terms and play as dirty as they do, as the saying goes fight fire with fire