United States Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles and F-35A Lightning II aircraft today dropped 36,000 KG (80,000 pounds) of bombs on Qanus Island in Iraq in a series of rapid, coordinated strikes on ISIS positions.

The airstrikes were coordinated with a ground sweep by the 2nd Iraqi Special Operations Forces Battalion.

According to the international coalition tasked with destroying ISIS, the area is a safe haven for the terror group. In a press release Maj. Gen. Eric T. Hill, Special Operations Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, commander, 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.”

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Author Bio:

Ed Nash has spent years travelling around the world and, on occasion, interfering as he sees fit. He has taught English in remote Indian schools, nearly been struck by lightning on horseback in the mountains of Lesotho and worked with ethnic minorities in Burma. Between June 2015 and July 2016 he volunteered with the Kurdish YPG in its battle against ISIS in Syria. His book on his experiences there, Desert Sniper, was published by Little, Brown in September, 2018.