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Inherent_ResolveThe president has authorized U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the so called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL),’ also referred to as ISIS (disambiguation).

Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR)

According to Centcom officials, the name ‘Inherent Resolve‘ is intended to reflect the “unwavering resolve” and deep commitment of the U.S. and Partner Nations in the region and around the globe to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to Iraq, the region and the wider international community. It also symbolizes the “willingness and dedication” of coalition members to work closely with our friends in the region and apply all available dimensions of “national power” necessary – diplomatic, informational, military, economic – to degrade and “ultimately destroy ISIL.”

International Community United Against ISIL

Operation Inherent Resolve

Thick smoke rises following an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in Kobani, Syria as fighting continued between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, as seen from Mursitpinar on the outskirts of Suruc, Turkey.

On Aug. 8, 2014, the United States, and “eventually partner nations,” have waged an air war against the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State.

The battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is “not a U.S. war,” it is a large international effort to defeat a “crazed and barbaric ideology,” insisted Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby said.

ISIL burned a captured Jordanian pilot alive in January. Kirby condemned the murder, and said it in no way will stop the effort against the terrorists. “We know that they have the ability to continue to generate young men that are attracted to this group and this ideology, and that’s going to be a long-term problem,” he said during a Pentagon news conference.

“It’s going to take a while to get at the ideology, which is the real center of gravity here,” the admiral said. “You’re not going to do that through bombs and airstrikes. That doesn’t mean the bombs and airstrikes aren’t going to keep happening. They are.”

A Coalition of 60

I have included the Department of Defense assessment. Why? To prove the newest lie being told to the American people. This time, it is about the air campaign in the Middle East. Obama pretends that he has a working coalition of 60 nations, a significant number because it is much larger than that of Bush’s.

Problem: I believe this coalition is largely, a lie. In this following report, last paragraph, Obama’s propaganda machine names the United Arab Emirates as a member nation flying sorties into the Iraqi war zone. Turns out that UAE has abandoned the fight last December. The report I have posted is a matter of Administration record. In other words, it is a current lie.

And the other countries named?  What exactly are they doing?  I mean, we are flying, on average, 7 sorties per day, down from 12 a couple of months ago.  Compare this to 1100 per day in Desert Storm and 700 a day when we went after Saddam.

In other words, they failed in Iraq after telling us “we have left behind an Iraq that is strong stable and sovereign.”  And this “war” in Afghanistan is nothing less than a sick, joke. If true, this war might already be over. I mean, 60 NATIONS against one “organization.”   

Defense.gov News Article: Operation Inherent Resolve

– Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA, Feb. 4, 2015 – U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, which took place between 8 a.m. yesterday and 8 a.m. today, local time, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

Bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 11 airstrikes near Kobani in Syria, striking nine ISIL tactical units and an ISIL large tactical unit and destroying three ISIL staging positions and an ISIL fighting position.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack and fighter aircraft conducted six airstrikes in Iraq:

— Near Beiji, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.

— Near Tal Afar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

— Near Asad, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

— Near Rawah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL guard facility.

— Near Huwayjah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL checkpoint, an ISIL guard tower, an ISIL bunker, an ISIL vehicle and two ISIL shipping containers.

— Near Mosul, an airstrike struck an ISIL improvised explosive device factory.

UPDATE: Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria

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Feb. 5, 2015 Update – U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct three airstrikes. Near Kobani, three airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units.

Click here to view information on previous airstrikes.

Iraq

Feb. 5, 2015 Update – U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted nine airstrikes in Iraq, using bomber, attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. Near Al Asad, an airstrike struck an ISIL staging location. Near Al Qaim, an airstrike struck an ISIL bulldozer. Near Bayji, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL vehicles and an ISIL warehouse. Near Fallujah, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle. Near Kirkuk, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle. Near Mosul, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL staging location and seven ISIL vehicles. Near Tal Afar, an airstrike denied ISIL key terrain.

Click here to view information on previous airstrikes.

Kirby disputed allegations that the war against ISIL is a U.S. war

John Kirby “I think a coalition of 60 nations proves that it’s not,” he said. “We’re not the only ones involved in this in trying to get rid of this group.”

U.S. led air strikes on the group continue to be effective, he said. As indigenous forces become more capable, the attrition will continue. Still, ISIL is capable of bringing more people to the fight. “We are going to stay committed to this for the “long-term,” and it is going to be a long-term fight,” the admiral said.

Judging the coalition effectiveness against the group is difficult. “A better judgment of the strength of this group is their behavior,” he said. “So, we’ve seen them change the way they operate on the ground. They are hiding more. We’ve seen them not travel around in convoys. …They are not as agile as they once were. We know that they’ve lost literally hundreds and hundreds of vehicles that they can’t replace.” (Hard to believe consider the U.S is funding this operation).

Coalition strikes have also worked to hit the group’s main source of income – oil. “We assess that it’s no longer the main source of revenue,” Kirby said.

ISIL is largely in a defense posture now. The group launched a small offensive against Kirkuk and it lasted a day, Kirby said. They took no new ground. “And they’re not on Kobani anymore,” the admiral said. “They are losing ground.”

The group is worried about lines of communications and supply now. “This is a different group than it was seven months ago,” he said. “I’m not saying they are not still dangerous. I’m not saying they are not still barbaric, but “they are different.” Their character, their conduct, their behavior is different. And that is a sign of progress.”

USACE enables, supports Combined Joint Task Force during Operation Inherent Resolve

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Members of the 62nd Forward Engineer Support Team discuss infrastructure needs with the Marines in Iraq.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) suspended airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISL in December, “citing fears for its pilots’ safety after a Jordanian pilot was captured.” The article states that the UAE will not participate until U.S. V-22 Osprey aircraft are based in northern Iraq, rather than Kuwait where they reportedly are now, so they can respond faster to execute a combat search-and-rescue operation to recover a downed pilot. The reason those V-22s are not in northern Iraq is that the airbases located there cannot be adequately secured from the potential threats from ISIS rocket, mortar, and small-arms attacks. Raising the overall level of the security of an airbase, including the approach and departure corridors, in order to station such a valuable air asset would require an estimated three to four hundred American troops.

To be completely clear, the UAE is demanding that the United States place its troops at greater risk of being killed—in order to reduce the risks to its own pilots—before it will recommence airstrikes against ISIS.

The UAE has two fleets of its own AW109K2 and AW139 combat search-and-rescue helicopters that it could station in Irbil, most likely, with Iraq’s permission. These are less capable than V-22s, but they could be used by the UAE if it wanted to immediately assure the safety of its pilots. Understandably, they would rather pass the risk on to U.S. troops and V-22 pilots.

isisairstrikesThe UAE’s behavior is one of those expected dynamics of coalition warfare.
Partners quit or significantly reduce their participation in direct military operations, impose strict limitations on how and where their combat forces will be deployed, and make demands of the more wealthy and powerful coalition partners in order to maintain their participation.Indeed, many countries have declared some degree of support for the counter-ISL/ISIS coalition, but this is impossible to evaluate as this happens through unobservable and slow-acting policies.
The commitment of providing Kinetic military power is the most meaningful and consequential action that coalition members can take. Dropping bombs is immediately responsive, destructive, and relatively easier to document. How have the initial promises of the broad-based military coalition turned out?
The Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) which oversees operations against ISL, graciously provided updated data listed below. Note that the U.S. share of the burden has increased since September, when Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian stated that the United States had conducted 74 percent of the 240 strikes against ISL. Though there was no country break up provided in September, CJTF-OIR said that the United States has provided 92 percent of the 1,011 strikes in Syria and 72 percent of the 1,236 strikes in Iraq.
As the air war of attrition against ISL/ISIS continues, it is safe to assume that America will increasingly become the predominant actor in the air component of this military fight.
 
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Coalition Partners: Operation Inherent Resolve

Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the United States, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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