US warplanes carpet-bomb ISIS-infested island in Iraq

The US-led coalition says US warplanes have dropped 40 tons of laser-guided explosives on an ISIS-“infested island” along the Tigris River, in northern Iraq.

A video was shared on Twitter by the military on Tuesday. In the caption of the tweet, Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) spokesman Col Myles B. Caggins, said: ‘Here’s what it looks like when @USAFCENT F15 and F35 jets drop 36,000kg of bombs on a Daesh infested island.’

Iraqi counter-terrorism troops are seen in the video watching over the operation from the ground.

“We’re denying ISIS the ability to hide on Qanus Island,” said Maj. Gen. Eric T. Hill, the commander of the Special Operations Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. “We’re setting the conditions for our partner forces to continue bringing stability to the region.”

The coalition said F15 and F35 warplanes took part in the bombing on Qanus Island in the central province of Salaheddine, north of the capital Baghdad.

Authorities said they dropped the bombs on the island to ‘disrupt Daesh the ability to hide in the thick vegetation’.

US jets have doubled the number of bombs targeting ISIS in the past month, according to new strike data released from the US Air Force.

More than 200 bombs were dropped on the terrorist group in August. For context, approximately 5,000 bombs were dropped at the height of US military operations against ISIS in August 2017.