Coalition airstrikes successfully destroyed an Islamic State (IS) car bomb (vehicle-borne improvised explosive device or VBIED) facility August 1st near the Kurdish town of Makhmour, the coalition said on Sunday.
“This facility was a critical IS asset that helped the terrorists produce numerous VBIEDs – the IS weapon of choice – which can be moved easily throughout Iraq and used against Iraqi Security Forces and the civilian population,” the coalition said.
Kurdish forces recaptured the town of Makhmour in August last year. However, battles between the Peshmerga and IS continue on frontlines outside the town.
“These strikes, conducted in coordination with the government of Iraq, will help reduce the ability of Daesh [IS] to utilise their weapon of choice – VBIEDs,” said Brig. Gen. Kevin Killea, CJTF-OIR Chief of Staff. “Daesh VBIEDs are responsible for many attacks against Iraqi Security Forces and atrocities committed against Iraqi civilians.”