Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq
From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

(What you won’t hear from liberal MSM at least not without a liberal spin.)

 

 

SOUTHWEST ASIA, Feb. 22, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

U.S. Central Command continues to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 36 engagements in Syria:

— Near Raqqa, 10 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units; destroyed three fighting positions and three tactical vehicles; and damaged two bridges.

— Near Dayr Az Zawr, nine strikes destroyed seven modular oil refineries, two workover oil rigs and a pump jack.

— Near Palmyra, four strikes destroyed a tactical vehicle, a heavy machine gun and a pump jack and damaged a tank.

Strikes in Iraq

Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 57 engagements in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

— Near Baghdad, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

— Near Beiji, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed 11 vehicles, a front-end loader and a weapons cache; and damaged a bridge.

— Near Mosul, four strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed three mortar systems, three vehicles, two improvised bombs, two command-and-control nodes, a supply cache, an artillery system, a front-end loader, an excavator, a tactical vehicle and a medium machine gun; damaged 13 supply routes and a tunnel; and suppressed 13 mortar teams and an artillery team.

— Near Rawah, a strike engaged two ISIS staging areas and an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an anti-air artillery system and a storage facility.

— Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed an excavator and a vehicle-borne bomb.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said.

The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted.

Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect. For example, task force officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-held buildings and weapon systems in a compound, having the cumulative effect of making that facility harder or impossible to use. Strike assessments are based on initial reports and may be refined, officials said.

The task force does not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target.

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Immediately after confirmation and administered oath, General Mattis hit the tarmack heading out to Europe and the Middle East to meet with commanders and begin to meet President Trump’s directive to provide a clear assessment of the areas.

On his first trans-Atlantic trip in his current post, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with leaders from three U.S. allies in the Middle East, according to a news release issued by the Defense Department. He met with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, the release said.  Both leaders agreed on the importance of the U.S.-UAE strategic partnership and look forward to deepening bilateral cooperation.

Mattis visited Baghdad to meet with coalition commanders and political leaders to assess progress in the counter-ISIS campaign.

He met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Defense Minister Arfan al-Hayali, noting the respect Iraq’s military has earned for its fighting ability, according to the release. Mattis praised the Iraqis’ hard-won gains against ISIS, and the leaders discussed operations to liberate Mosul, the release said.

All three leaders affirmed their commitment to continued U.S.-Iraq partnership in the effort to deal ISIS a lasting defeat, the release said.

The secretary ended his visit by meeting U.S. and coalition troops, thanking them for their commitment and service.

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With all the media outrage and determined effort to smear and foment disrespect, it is good to know that we can hear straight from the “horse’s mouth.” General Mattis is proving to be not only a capable but strategic choice for Secretary. My respect goes up daily for Trump’s choices. They have proven so far that despite campaign rants and inaccurate reporting by MSM his choices are not only capable but willing to stand strong for our country even if past reported rhetoric might be inconsistent or confusing.

–Uriel–

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10 Responses to Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq

  1. I.R. Wayright says:

    Nothing much will change until Iran is dealt with. They have been at war with us since 1979. We can continue to play whack a mole and strike terrorists where ever they raise their heads but until we cut off the funding from the head mullahs history will keep repeating itself.

    • Uriel says:

      True. That IR. But striking a mole and lesser groups worry while isolating Iran May and I emphasize may be better at least one positive step forward. At least we no longer a president who gives encouragement to them along with funds and armaments.

      • Uriel says:

        The downside would be it makes for a more “itchy” finger on weapons of mass destruction and causes all across the world to band tighter together.

        • I.R. Wayright says:

          If your next door neighbor said he wanted to kill you, would you dismiss it or take some kind of action? (And there is no law enforcement to rely on).

          That is where we are. Most of the Iranian people would like nothing more than to be rid of their oppressor government. We could have helped make that happen when they rose up a few years ago but we had the wrong president.

          We could put the country back in the stone age with an EMP strike that would be generally harmless to life on the ground. That would probably be the way it would go if we had to go to war with them. It would instantly blind all their communications and cause total disarray with their military command structure.

        • Uriel says:

          That would be preferable to the alternative but can an emp be accurate pinpoint and not affect all of the region including Israel and allies.

  2. Popular Front says:

    Who is it that thinks up these bullshit names for operations – ‘Inherent Resolve’, ‘Enduring Freedom’ and so on. How faggoty. Is it to please the leftist press because it sure isn’t fooling anyone with service time.

    What’s wrong with Operation Trumpet or Operation Reddog? The grunts on the ground, the jocks in the fighter-bombers know what has to be done – smash the opposition, grind them into the dirt, just like they’ve been trained to do.

    Having press-friendly operational names may salve the consciences of Pentagon candyasses but it is viewed with derision for the guys & gals doing the fighting.