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US coalition conduct 11 strikes on ISIS over Thanksgiving weekend
by James Laporta
Washington (UPI) Nov 27, 2017


Pentagon officials said Monday that U.S. and coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes on the so-called Islamic State, which consisted of 36 engagements, over the Thanksgiving weekend.

The Department of Defense reports that the most recent strikes took place on Nov. 24 and 25, and the results of the strikes are based on initial reports.

Pentagon officials also reported previously undisclosed details of a Nov. 23 strike consisting of one engagment near Abu Kamal, Syria. The strike targeted an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle.

A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect.

Abu Kamal was recaptured by Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah -- Lebanese paramilitary -- and backed by both U.S. Russian and airstrikes. Abu Kamal was the last major Syrian city under Islamic State control on the Syria-Iraq border.

As the downfall of the Islamic State continues in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. military has shifted its focus and substantially increased the number of airstrikes conducted in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Air Force Central Command, which has command jurisdiction over U.S. aircraft in Afghanistan, dropped 653 munitions on Taliban and ISIS-affiliates targets during the month of October, a surge from only 203 strikes in the same month last year under the Obama administration.

Last week, U.S. and Afghan aircraft began destroying poppy processing facilities in southern Afghanistan -- under direction from the Trump administration to disrupt sources of Taliban revenue, military officials of both governments said.

B-52 bombers, F-22 Raptor fighters, unmanned aircraft, Marine Corps rocket fire and Afghan A-29 aircraft struck eight narcotics processing sites in Helmand province, the U.S. military and Afghanistan government announced in Kabul.

The combined airstrike operations were on seven Taliban drug labs and one command-and-control node in northern Helmand province, NATO officials said. Three of those strikes were in the Kajaki district, four in Musa Qalah and one in Sangin, key terrain the Taliban has historically used to grow massive poppy fields and produce large quantities of heroin.

The strikes were the first major use of authority granted Aug. 21 by President Donald Trump to target the Taliban's revenue stream, officials said, adding that insurgents generate an estimated $200 million a year from poppy cultivation and opium production, which is 60 percent of the militants' income.

Opium production in Afghanistan has reached a record high of 810,000 acres this year -- up 87 percent from last year, the Afghan Ministry of Counter-Narcotics and the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime reported last week.

The production, worth $1.39 billion, is roughly 7 percent of Afghanistan's estimated gross domestic product, according to the report.

TERROR WARS
Iran's supreme leader hails end of IS 'tumour'
Tehran (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Iran's supreme leader has praised his country's contribution to the fight against the Islamic State group, saying it had helped destroy a "tumour" created by the United States and its allies. In an address broadcast on national television, he told a gathering of Basiji militia fighters in Tehran that they had "managed to repel and destroy" IS. "Successive plots fomented in the region by ... read more

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