US drops 40 tons of bombs on Daesh-’infested’ island in Iraq

The coalition said F15 and F35 warplanes took part in the bombing on Qanus Island. (Screengrab)
Updated 11 September 2019

US drops 40 tons of bombs on Daesh-’infested’ island in Iraq

  • The coalition said F15 and F35 warplanes took part in the bombing on Qanus Island in the central province of Salaheddine
  • Tuesday’s attack is part of operations carried out by Iraqi forces and the US-led coalition against Daesh

BAGHDAD: The US-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 Daesh 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 US-led coalition against Daesh, which was defeated in Iraq in 2017.
Daesh sleeper cells have since carried out deadly bombings in Iraq.
Daesh 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.

 


Algeria to go the polls on December 12, says interim president

Updated 15 September 2019

Algeria to go the polls on December 12, says interim president

ALGIERS: Algeria — whose president Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in April following mass protests — is to hold a presidential election on December 12, his interim successor announced Sunday.

"I have decided... that the date of the presidential election will be Thursday, December 12," said Abdelkader Bensalah, who is precluded from standing himself, in a televised address.

The announcement comes after army chief General Ahmed Gaid Salah, seen as the strongman in Algeria since the fall of Bouteflika, insisted that polls be held by the end of this year, despite ongoing protests demanding the creation of new institutions ahead of any elections.