On Tuesday, the United States dropped 40 tons of bombs on an ISIS “infested” Island in the Tigris River.
According to the New York Post the operation “targeted the Qanus Island in the Tigris River,” and was “carried out by the US and a coalition of other countries in the fight to permanently erase ISIS strongholds in the country.”
Check out what Yahoo News reported:
BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition says American warplanes have dropped 36,000 kilograms (40 tons) of bombs on an Island in the Tigris River “infested” with members of the Islamic State group.
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 U.S.-led coalition against IS, which was defeated in Iraq in 2017.
IS sleeper cells have since carried out deadly bombings in Iraq.
IS controlled large swathes of Syria and Iraq where they declared a caliphate in 2014.
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.
WATCH the clip below:
VIDEO: Here’s what it looks like when @USAFCENT #F15 and #F35 jets drop 36,000 Kg of bombs on a Daesh infested island. ???????? ???? ????? ??????? ???????? ????? ??? ?? ????? ????? ???????? ???????? #??-15 ? #??-35 36,000 ??? ?? ??????? pic.twitter.com/2v6FAEL9Rn
— OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III (@OIRSpox) September 10, 2019
The decision to bomb on the Qanus Island ironically comes at the same time that President Donald Trump fired National Security Advisor John Bolton.
“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House.” the President said in a tweet. “I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.”
….I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019
Bolton’s firing comes after President Trump made the announcement over the weekend that he had cancelled a meeting with Afghan leaders. Check out what NPR reported:
Bolton was Trump’s third national security adviser and continued the pattern of departures by advisers who proved a bad fit for a White House led by the rare president with no prior experience with the military, national security or elected office.
The dismissal followed a head-spinning turn of events that began over the weekend with an announcement on Twitter by Trump that he had invited delegations from Afghanistan to Camp David to conclude peace talks there — but then cancelled the meeting before it could take place.
Trump then told reporters on the White House on Monday that he considered the peace negotiations to be “dead.”
The president appeared to have taken on the Afghanistan portfolio himself and cut many of his advisers — including Bolton — out of the matter.
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