Thursday, January 7, 2016

Canada in Iraq: RCAF Conduct 4 Airstrikes near Haditha against ISIS Targets

In a press release on it's OP IMPACT webpage, DND announced that on 6 January 2016, while taking part in coalition airstrikes in support of Iraqi security forces, two CF-18 Hornets successfully struck three ISIS vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and one ISIS vehicle southeast of Haditha using precision guided munitions.

The RCAF has increased its presence in the US-led coalition. Through the month of December, the RCAF dropped more bombs than days. RCAF CF-18s dropped 32 precision-guided bombs on Islamic State forces over a 30-day period. As of Dec. 1, 2015, the total number of bombs dropped by CF-18s during the entire Operation Impact was 514, according to statistics provided by the Canadian Forces to Defence Watch. As of Dec. 31 that had increased to 546, the Canadian Forces noted in updated stats provided Wednesday.