Qanus Island in Iraq was the home to Daesh fighters, who were able to hide in the thick vegetation, making it nearly impossible for Iraqi forces to drive them out. The US bombing raid made up of F-35 Strike Eagle and F-35A Lightning II along with Iraqi war planes ravaged the island and cleared it enough for the Iraqi soldiers to go in and clean up the remaining Daesh fighters. All told, 80,000 pounds of bombs rocked the small island. The stronghold made up the majority of forces remaining that were in opposition to the Iraqi government.
Dramatic aerial footage shows multiple explosions as bombs hit Qanus Island followed by huge mushroom clouds billowing into the air over the Tigris River.
U.S. Air Force F-15 Strike Eagle and F-35A Lightning II aircraft flew alongside Iraqi air force aircraft to decimate the target in Saladin province in an operation to destroy a major terror transit hub from Syria and the Jazeera desert into Mosul, Makhmour and Kirkuk in Iraq, CJTF-OIR said on September 10.
Qanus island is near the U.S. forward operating base in Qayyarah.
#CJTFOIR and its Iraqi partners @iraqicts dropped a total of 80,000 lbs. of bombs on Qanus Island, Iraq in an effort to clear the area of Daesh fighters. #DefeatDaesh #F35 #F15 #OneMissionManyNations https://t.co/LHUOkrm2IO
— Inherent Resolve (@CJTFOIR) September 10, 2019
The F-35A weapons payload is about 8,100 kg (18,000 lbs) while an F-15 can carry 13,380 kg (29,500 lbs).
Last September the first U.S. F-35 fighters were used in combat in a mission against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Major General Eric T Hill, a commander with Operation Inherent Resolve, the US-led anti-ISIS campaign, 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.”