Death Blow to ISIS in Iraq: Operation Black Earth 2019
In a recent military operation approved by Trump, Operation Black Earth went into effect to end the remnants of Daesh or ISIS.
ISIS had gathered not just a few hundred men from its thrashing previously, but some 30,000 fighters on Qanus Island, which sits in the middle of the Tigris River some 50 miles south of Mosul. ISIS had thought they were undetected on this tree covered island and isolated.
The ISIS infestation was dealt with when American and Israeli F-15 and F-35 jets literally obliterated the area with 40 tons of smart bombs and carpet bombing. ISIS was using the island as a transit hub for Syrian fighters. The small island literally went up in smoke. While ISIS was declared defeated in 2017, that exactly was not the case. It is estimated that ISIS remnants still possess $300 million to use to their advantage.
July has also been a bad month for ISIS as a variety of 33 airstrikes within Iraq have targeted their locations but this operation was a showcase of military power and a warning to the Taliban in Afghanistan about being serious in peace talks.
After the ISIS on Qanus Island was bombed, the 2nd Iraqi Special Forces entered to find a moonscape-like locale. If there was any resistance that somehow survived, the Iraqis finished them off.
The actual number of ISIS bodies found has not been disclosed. There is no doubt some ISIS members still remain in Iraq, but their numbers are much lower as all countries in the region want them dead.