Coalition Drops Mortars on ISIS

By Timothy KosterMay 16, 2018

Coalition Forces launch a mortar toward a known ISIS position as they work by, with and through the Syrian Democratic Forces in their military offensive to clear the Iraqi-Syrian border, May 13, 2018. The Coalition fired hundreds of mortar rounds within a few days in support of their SDF partners as they continued their effort to rid Syria of the final ISIS. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster)
1 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Coalition Forces launch a mortar toward a known ISIS position as they work by, with and through the Syrian Democratic Forces in their military offensive to clear the Iraqi-Syrian border, May 13, 2018. The Coalition fired hundreds of mortar rounds within a few days in support of their SDF partners as they continued their effort to rid Syria of the final ISIS. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Timothy Koster (362nd MPAD)) VIEW ORIGINAL
A Coalition advisor hangs an 81-millimeter mortar prior to launching it at a known ISIS location near the Iraqi-Syrian border, May 13, 2018. The Coalition provided fire support and air strikes to assist the Syrian Democratic Forces as they continued Operation Round Up, the military offensive to rid the final pockets of the terrorist organization from the Middle Euphrates River Valley in Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster)
2 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Coalition advisor hangs an 81-millimeter mortar prior to launching it at a known ISIS location near the Iraqi-Syrian border, May 13, 2018. The Coalition provided fire support and air strikes to assist the Syrian Democratic Forces as they continued Operation Round Up, the military offensive to rid the final pockets of the terrorist organization from the Middle Euphrates River Valley in Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Timothy Koster (362nd MPAD)) VIEW ORIGINAL
A Coalition member hands his teammate a 120-millimeter mortar to launch at a known ISIS location near the Iraqi-Syrian border as part of Operation Roundup, May 13, 2018. By launching hundreds of mortars at ISIS targets, Coalition Forces helped the Syrian Democratic Forces advance their military offensive against the terrorist organization and liberate another town from ISIS. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster)
3 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Coalition member hands his teammate a 120-millimeter mortar to launch at a known ISIS location near the Iraqi-Syrian border as part of Operation Roundup, May 13, 2018. By launching hundreds of mortars at ISIS targets, Coalition Forces helped the Syrian Democratic Forces advance their military offensive against the terrorist organization and liberate another town from ISIS. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Timothy Koster (362nd MPAD)) VIEW ORIGINAL
A Coalition member adjusts his 12-millimeter mortar tube to lock in on a known ISIS target near the Iraqi-Syrian border during Operation Roundup, May 14, 2018. The Coalition fired hundreds of mortar rounds at ISIS targets as they assisted their SDF partners to rid the country of the final ISIS strongholds in the Middle Euphrates River Valley. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster)
4 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Coalition member adjusts his 12-millimeter mortar tube to lock in on a known ISIS target near the Iraqi-Syrian border during Operation Roundup, May 14, 2018. The Coalition fired hundreds of mortar rounds at ISIS targets as they assisted their SDF partners to rid the country of the final ISIS strongholds in the Middle Euphrates River Valley. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Timothy Koster (362nd MPAD)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Coalition Forces launch a mortar toward a known ISIS position to assist the Syrian Democratic Forces in their military offensive to clear the Iraqi-Syrian border, May 13, 2018. The Coalition fired hundreds of mortar rounds within a few days in support of their SDF partners as they continued their effort to rid Syria of the final ISIS strongholds within the country. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster)
5 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Coalition Forces launch a mortar toward a known ISIS position to assist the Syrian Democratic Forces in their military offensive to clear the Iraqi-Syrian border, May 13, 2018. The Coalition fired hundreds of mortar rounds within a few days in support of their SDF partners as they continued their effort to rid Syria of the final ISIS strongholds within the country. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Timothy Koster (362nd MPAD)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Syrian Democratic Forces watch as a Coalition airstrike hits its target on a known ISIS location near the Iraqi-Syrian border, May 13, 2018. These SDF forces provided security for a Coalition mortar team and were postured to offer Quick Response Force services, if needed. The strike was in support of Operation Roundup, the offensive to rid the final pockets of ISIS from the Middle Euphrates River Valley in Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster)
6 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Syrian Democratic Forces watch as a Coalition airstrike hits its target on a known ISIS location near the Iraqi-Syrian border, May 13, 2018. These SDF forces provided security for a Coalition mortar team and were postured to offer Quick Response Force services, if needed. The strike was in support of Operation Roundup, the offensive to rid the final pockets of ISIS from the Middle Euphrates River Valley in Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Timothy Koster (362nd MPAD)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Syrian Democratic Forces pull security for Coalition Forces as they fire mortars at known ISIS locations near the Iraqi-Syrian border in support of Operation Roundup, May 13, 2018. As part of Operation Round Up, Coalition Forces support SDF troops as they lead the ground assault against the last remaining ISIS pockets in the Middle Euphrates River Valley in Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster)
7 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Syrian Democratic Forces pull security for Coalition Forces as they fire mortars at known ISIS locations near the Iraqi-Syrian border in support of Operation Roundup, May 13, 2018. As part of Operation Round Up, Coalition Forces support SDF troops as they lead the ground assault against the last remaining ISIS pockets in the Middle Euphrates River Valley in Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster) (Photo Credit: Timothy Koster) VIEW ORIGINAL
A Coalition mortar explodes on impact in an ISIS-held area before the Syrian Democratic Forces advance into the area on the Iraqi-Syrian border as part of Operation Roundup, the continued military offensive operation against ISIS in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, May 13, 2018. After shelling several ISIS hideouts booby-trapped with improvised explosive devices, SDF troops advanced and reclaimed the area from the terrorist organization. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster)
8 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Coalition mortar explodes on impact in an ISIS-held area before the Syrian Democratic Forces advance into the area on the Iraqi-Syrian border as part of Operation Roundup, the continued military offensive operation against ISIS in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, May 13, 2018. After shelling several ISIS hideouts booby-trapped with improvised explosive devices, SDF troops advanced and reclaimed the area from the terrorist organization. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Timothy Koster (362nd MPAD)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Coalition advisors launch a 120-millimeter mortar toward a known ISIS position to assist the Syrian Democratic Forces in their military offensive to clear the Iraqi-Syrian border as part of Operation Roundup, May 13, 2018. The Coalition fired hundreds of mortar rounds within a few days in support of their SDF partners as they continued their effort to rid Syria of the final ISIS strongholds. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster)
9 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Coalition advisors launch a 120-millimeter mortar toward a known ISIS position to assist the Syrian Democratic Forces in their military offensive to clear the Iraqi-Syrian border as part of Operation Roundup, May 13, 2018. The Coalition fired hundreds of mortar rounds within a few days in support of their SDF partners as they continued their effort to rid Syria of the final ISIS strongholds. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Timothy Koster (362nd MPAD)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Coalition Forces launch a mortar toward a known ISIS position in support of the Syrian Democratic Forces in their military offensive to clear the Iraqi-Syrian border, May 14, 2018. The Coalition fired hundreds of mortar rounds at ISIS targets as part of Operation Roundup, the ongoing operation against the final ISIS strongholds within the country. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster)
10 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Coalition Forces launch a mortar toward a known ISIS position in support of the Syrian Democratic Forces in their military offensive to clear the Iraqi-Syrian border, May 14, 2018. The Coalition fired hundreds of mortar rounds at ISIS targets as part of Operation Roundup, the ongoing operation against the final ISIS strongholds within the country. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster) (Photo Credit: Timothy Koster) VIEW ORIGINAL
A Coalition member hangs an 81-millimeter mortar prior to launching it at a known ISIS location near the Iraqi-Syrian border, May 13, 2018. The Coalition provided fire support and air strikes to assist the Syrian Democratic Forces as they continued Operation Roundup, the military offensive to destroy ISIS and liberate all land east of the Euphrates River. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster)
11 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Coalition member hangs an 81-millimeter mortar prior to launching it at a known ISIS location near the Iraqi-Syrian border, May 13, 2018. The Coalition provided fire support and air strikes to assist the Syrian Democratic Forces as they continued Operation Roundup, the military offensive to destroy ISIS and liberate all land east of the Euphrates River. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Timothy Koster (362nd MPAD)) VIEW ORIGINAL
A Coalition Forces member takes directions from his teammate when placing a 120-millimeter mortar tube as part of Operation Roundup, the continued military offensive to rid the country of ISIS near the Iraqi-Syrian border, May 12, 2018. The team launched hundreds of mortars and destroyed several known ISIS locations, helping the SDF advance and recapture another town from the terrorist organization. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster)
12 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Coalition Forces member takes directions from his teammate when placing a 120-millimeter mortar tube as part of Operation Roundup, the continued military offensive to rid the country of ISIS near the Iraqi-Syrian border, May 12, 2018. The team launched hundreds of mortars and destroyed several known ISIS locations, helping the SDF advance and recapture another town from the terrorist organization. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Timothy Koster (362nd MPAD)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Coalition Forces unpack their 120-millimeter mortar tube prior to digging in and launching fire missions against known ISIS locations near the Iraqi-Syrian border as part of Operation Roundup, May 12, 2018. The team closely followed the Syrian Democratic Forces' offensive and provided mortar strikes against ISIS fighters and suspected booby-trapped buildings. The goal of Operation Roundup is to destroy the remaining ISIS forces and liberate the last of their so-called physical caliphate east of the Euphrates River. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster)
13 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Coalition Forces unpack their 120-millimeter mortar tube prior to digging in and launching fire missions against known ISIS locations near the Iraqi-Syrian border as part of Operation Roundup, May 12, 2018. The team closely followed the Syrian Democratic Forces' offensive and provided mortar strikes against ISIS fighters and suspected booby-trapped buildings. The goal of Operation Roundup is to destroy the remaining ISIS forces and liberate the last of their so-called physical caliphate east of the Euphrates River. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Timothy Koster (362nd MPAD)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Syrian Democratic Forces watch from a local hilltop as Coalition Forces shell known ISIS locations with mortars near the Iraqi-Syrian border as part of Operation Roundup, May 13, 2018. Coalition Forces are working by, with and through their SDF partners as they rid Syria of the final ISIS strongholds. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster)
14 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Syrian Democratic Forces watch from a local hilltop as Coalition Forces shell known ISIS locations with mortars near the Iraqi-Syrian border as part of Operation Roundup, May 13, 2018. Coalition Forces are working by, with and through their SDF partners as they rid Syria of the final ISIS strongholds. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Timothy Koster (362nd MPAD)) VIEW ORIGINAL