Int’l coalition denies Islamic State safe haven in Iraq’s Qanus island
The U.S.-led international coalition denied on Tuesday the presence of a safe haven for the terrorist Islamic State (Daesh) group in the Qanus Island in Salahuddin province.
“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,” the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) said in a press statement.
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 the coalition forces used 80,000 pounds of munitions on the island “to disrupt Daesh the ability to hide in the thick vegetation.”
“CTS Forces continue to conduct ground clearance operations to destroy any remaining Fallul Daesh on the island.” Source