Targeting of Islamic State group militants in Iraq
Date of report
  • June 2023
  • Australian Signals Directorate
In 2016, Australian operators deployed the tool Light Bolt against Islamic State militants in coordination with an offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq. Light Bolt was designed to deny Islamic State militants internet access and was used to disrupt communications in coordination with ground forces attempting to retake Mosul. 
Suspected victims
  • Islamic State militants operating around the city of Mosul
Suspected state sponsor
  • Australia
Type of incident
  • Sabotage
Target category
  • Military
Victim government reaction
  • Unknown
Policy response
Suspected state sponsor response