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Combined Belgian-French strike in the Mosul region

Takeoff of a Mirage 2000 (credit: DICOD / EMA - archives)
Takeoff of a Mirage 2000 (credit: DICOD / EMA – archives)

(B2) Two Mirage 2000Ds from the projected air base H5 (northeast of Amman in Jordan) and four Belgian F16s took part in a strike mission “ planned » against a Daesh site in the Mosul region on the night of July 5, announced the general staff of the French army on July 8. They have " simultaneously struck several buildings at a large site used to manufacture and store pipe bombs ».

The day before, Monday (July 4), five planes – two Mirage 2000Ds and an Atlantique2 from the Jordan base and two Rafales stationed in the Arab-Persian Gulf – had carried out several strikes southeast of Mosul. The two Mirage 2000Ds and a Rafale have “ initially hit several buildings simultaneously, in which the enemy fighters were entrenched ". After in-flight refueling, the Mirage 2000Ds then “ illuminated targets in the same area for the benefit of the Atlantique2 and a Rafale ". These, in turn, have was able to fire two shots ».

Operation Chammal – code name for the French commitment against Daesh in Iraq and Syria – today mobilizes 1900 soldiers according to official sources, 14 Air Force fighter planes (6 Rafale, 5 Mirage 2000D and 3 Mirage 2000N), an Atlantic2 maritime patrol aircraft from the French Navy as well as “intelligence, command, control and resupply capabilities”, around a hundred soldiers in Baghdad and Erbil for training and advising the states- Iraqi majors and units. On the maritime side, it is the air defense frigate Forbin (D-620) which has been present in the Mediterranean Sea since May.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).