Briefing: Operation Inherent Resolve


Operation-Inherent-Resolve-May31-2016The Administration is stressing that Inherent Resolve is a drone war. But it’s a bit more than that.

In the summer of 2014, a new terrorist group which had risen during the chaos of the Syrian Civil War attacked across the Syrian-Iraqi borders and seized large swaths of Iraqi territory in the Euphrates River Valley and northern Iraq.  Several Iraqi towns fell to the invaders, who called themselves “The Islamic State.”  By the end of summer, it seemed that Baghdad itself was threatened by IS. Read more So they came up with:


MISSION: Combined Joint Task Force – Operation INHERENT RESOLVE (CJTF-OIR), by, with and through regional partners, is to militarily defeat DA’ESH in the Combined Joint Operations Area in order to enable whole-of-coalition governmental actions to increase regional stability.

Confused? Here’s a quick rundown as of today, June 8th, 2016. It’s important to be aware of foreign affairs– vigilance is essential so you’re prepared for terrorist attacks or a declaration of war. All information is from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Overview: The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State or IS or  ISIS (or ISIL as only the Administration refers to it) or Da’esh as the local call it.

This means President Obama, along with allied nations, is sending out unmanned armed drones to take down leaders and members of ISIS. Currently, most American attacks on foreign land are committed by unmanned drones.

Counter-ISIL_Campaign_v4As of 4:59 p.m. EST June 1, the U.S. and coalition have conducted a total of 12,685 strikes (8,661 Iraq / 4,024 Syria).

  • U.S. has conducted 9,663 strikes in Iraq and Syria (5,876 Iraq / 3,787 Syria)
  • Rest of Coalition has conducted 3,022 strikes in Iraq and Syria (2,785 Iraq / 237 Syria)

The countries that have participated in the strikes include:

  • In Iraq: (1) Australia, (2) Belgium, (3) Canada, (4) Denmark, (5) France, (6) Jordan, (7) The Netherlands, and (8) UK
  • In Syria: (1) Australia, (2) Bahrain, (3) Canada, (4) France, (5) Jordan, (6) The Netherlands, (7) Saudi Arabia, (8) Turkey (9) UAE and (10) UK

As of Apr. 16, U.S. and partner nation aircraft have flown an estimated 91,821 sorties in support of operations in Iraq and Syria.


As of April 30, 2016, the total cost of operations related to ISIS since kinetic operations started on August 8, 2014, is $7.4 billion and the average daily cost is $11.8 million for 632 days of operations. A further breakdown of cost associated with the operations is here.

The Military site is here.

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