Military And Intelligence News Briefs — September 11, 2019

Business Insider: F-35s and F-15s just obliterated an entire Iraqi island to root out ISIS fighters

* US Air Force F-15 Strike Eagles and F-35 Lightning II aircraft dropped 80,000 pounds of bombs on an island in Iraq’s Salah al-Din province believed to be used as a transit point for ISIS fighters between Syrian and Iraqi cities.
* “We’re denying Daesh the ability to hide on Qanus Island,” Maj. Gen. Eric T. Hill, the commander of Operation Inherent Resolve’s Special Operations Joint Task Force, said in a press release, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.
* Although President Donald Trump said earlier this year that ISIS was defeated, the militant group has been resurgent in Iraq and Syria, at least partly because of Trump’s decisions to pull troops out of Syria, create a diplomatic vacuum in Iraq, and focus attention in the region on Iranian activity.

On Tuesday, US and Iraqi forces dropped 80,000 pounds of munitions on Qanus Island, in Iraq’s Salah-al-Din province, to destroy what Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) called a “safe haven” for ISIS fighters traveling from Syria into Iraq.

“We’re denying Daesh the ability to hide on Qanus Island,” Maj. Gen. Eric T. Hill, the commander of OIR’s Special Operations Joint Task Force, said in a press release, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Myles Caggins tweeted a video of the operation on Tuesday morning that shows bombs carpeting the tree-lined island from end to end, saying the island was “Daesh infested.”

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs — September 11, 2019

The Air Force Just Dropped 80,000 Pounds of Bombs on Island ‘Infested’ with ISIS Fighters — Military.com

Air Force F-15s, F-35s dump 80,000 pounds of bombs on Iraqi island — Air Force Times

US to Ramp Up Fight Against Taliban as Afghanistan War Enters 18th Year — Military.com

Trump to mark 9/11 anniversary at Pentagon — The Hill

9/11 Pentagon Victims List: Who Died in the Attack? — Heavy

US Navy adds powerful new missile in Pacific — CNN

The Navy Takes Another Successful Step Toward Mine-Hunting Robots — Popular Mechanics

US Navy makes a major breakthrough in autonomous weaponry — Defense News

Pentagon to keep 5,500 troops at Mexico border — AFP

The Army Plans for Its Huge Stockpile of M4A1 Rifles — National Interest

An electric tank? Army sees multiple advantages in dumping fossil fuels — The Driven

Army develops new drone-killing technology — FOX News/Warrior Maven

NSA: The US Is Vulnerable to Cyberattacks, Hypersonic Missiles — Futurism

What does state-of-the-art cybersecurity look like to the Pentagon? — Mark Pomerleau, Fifth Domain

Expert: The U.S. Army Doesn’t Need Hypersonic Missiles — National Interest

Building planes like iPhones: How the Air Force can adapt to rapidly-changing technology — David Thornton, Federal News Network

The Air Force is investigating how white phosphorus rockets ended up all over a Tucson road — Task & Purpose

Ex N.Korea prisoner says he was CIA spy: German media — AFP

‘The Secrets We Kept’ Imagines What CIA Secretaries Knew — NPR

Passing the paramilitary torch from the CIA to Special Operations Command — Douglas A. Livermore, Military Times

US-Iran Dispute Brings Attention to Military Bases in Middle East — VOA

British, Italian defense companies jump on Tempest — Defense News

UK’s Warrior fleet upgrade about 18 months away from kickoff — Defense News

Why the US needs to improve intelligence sharing on Russian military activities with NATO allies — Diana Stancy Correll, Military Times

China Warns Royal Navy Of Military Response If Warships Sent To South China Sea — IBTimes

China’s military bolsters readiness with joint exercises — Asia Times

Philippines to allow China-backed telco to build towers on military bases — Reuters

South Korea surges ahead of North in building up military — Japan Times/Reuters

Israel’s Netanyahu: Iran destroyed secret nuclear weapons site after its existence was uncovered — FOX News

Netanyahu alleges Iran had secret nuclear weapons development site in Abadeh — NBC

Huge arms trade fair draws dealers and politicians to London — Al Jazeera

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