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Airstrikes on Qanus Island in Iraq to deny “IS” safe haven – CJTF OIR

WASHINGTON, US-led Coalition Forces and the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service “deny so-called Islamic State (IS), also known as (Daesh) a safe haven” during air strikes Tuesday on Qanus Island located in the Salah ad Din Province, Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF- OIR) announced.

CJTF-OIR said in a statement that that “follow-on ground clearance operations are currently taking place by the 2nd Iraqi Special Operations Forces Battalion to destroy a major transit hub for Daesh members moving from Syria and the Jazeera desert into Mosul, Makhmour, and the Kirkuk region.” In this regard, Special Operations Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, commander, Eric Hill said “we’re denying Daesh the ability to hide on Qanus Island.” “We’re setting the conditions for our partner forces to continue bringing stability to the region,” he affirmed.

The statement indicated that Coalition Forces used 80,000 pounds of munitions on the island “to disrupt Daesh the ability to hide in the thick vegetation.” The statement noted “CTS Forces continue to conduct ground clearance operations to destroy any remaining Fallul Daesh on the island.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency