first published on December 5, 2017 by Josh
After several agencies took to the internet to credit the United States for the attack runs, retired Brigadier General from the Iraqi Arm Ismael Alsodani tweeted out a correction stating that it was in fact the Iraqi Aviation unit that conducted the strikes, and they did so after being denied authorization from the United States. Another correction was then released stating that there was no way that this could have been the Americans, as the helicopters used were Russian Mi-35m attack helicopters purchased by the Iraqi Army from Russia.
The video below shows the series of attack runs as they were conducted, and is followed by a battle damage assessment (BDA) taken on the ground. The BDA shows the destruction of what appears to be civilian vehicles that are loaded down with heavy weapons, ammunition, and dead Islamic State fighters who are armed.