The US-led coalition says American warplanes have dropped 40 tons of bombs on an island along the Tigris River that’s ‘infested’ with members of the Islamic State group.
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 [ISIS] infested island.’
The video showed massive explosions creating mushroom clouds billowing from the Qanus Island that appeared to have been subjected to carpet bombing.
Iraqi counter-terrorism troops are also seen in the video watching over the operation from the ground.
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.
Tuesday’s attack is part of operations carried out by Iraqi forces and the US-led coalition against IS, which was defeated in Iraq in 2017.
‘We’re denying Daesh the ability to hide on Qanus Island,’ said Maj Gen Eric T. Hill, Special Operations Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, commander. Daesh is the Arabic term for ISIS.