National Security

US Drops More Than 1400 Bombs On ISIS In First Week Of Mosul Operation

REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Daily Caller News Foundation logo
Russ Read Pentagon/Foreign Policy Reporter
Font Size:

U.S. forces dropped more than 1,400 bombs, rockets and various other munitions on Islamic State targets in Mosul last week, according to a military spokesman.

The remarkable amount of ordnance was delivered from Oct. 17 to Oct. 22, according to U.S. Air Force Col. John Dorrian, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve. Dorrian noted that the large number of strikes amounted to an “all time high” in the fight against ISIS.

Operation Inherent Resolve timed the strikes in coordination with the ongoing Iraqi mission to retake Mosul, ISIS’s de facto capital in Iraq. A combination of Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Kurdish Peshmerga began their assault on Mosul last Sunday after months of planning and preparation.

While U.S. forces are supporting ISF and Kurdish Peshmerga forces in previous engagements against ISIS, the fight for Mosul is several orders of magnitude larger than anything seen before. To help address that fact, U.S. forces deployed HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) batteries to the Qayyarah base just south of the city, in addition to the usual air strikes.


The Mosul offensive saw quick progress during its first week of operations, despite waves of ISIS-deployed suicide bombers, car bombs and burning oil fields. The Pentagon is confident that victory in Mosul is inevitable, but expects continued heavy resistance from ISIS fighters.

Follow Russ Read on Twitter

Send tips to

All content created by the Daily Caller News Foundation, an independent and nonpartisan newswire service, is available without charge to any legitimate news publisher that can provide a large audience. All republished articles must include our logo, our reporter’s byline and their DCNF affiliation. For any questions about our guidelines or partnering with us, please contact