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US Carpet-Bombs 'ISIS-Infested' Island

40 tons of bombs were dropped on Iraq island
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 11, 2019 1:26 AM CDT
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Bombs explode on Qanus Island.   (Special Joint Operations Task Force)

(Newser) – The US-led coalition says American warplanes have dropped 40 tons of bombs on an Island in the Tigris River "infested" with ISIS members. The coalition said F15 and F35 warplanes took part in the bombing on Qanus Island in the central province of Salaheddine, north of Baghdad, the AP reports. Tuesday's attack is part of operations carried out by Iraqi forces and the US-led coalition against ISIS, which was defeated in Iraq in 2017. ISIS sleeper cells have since carried out deadly bombings in Iraq. A video released by the military showed massive explosions creating mushroom clouds billowing from the island that appeared to have been subjected to carpet bombing. The coalition said Iraqi special forces carried out ground clearance operations after the bombing, Stars and Stripes reports. (Read more Iraq stories.)

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