OPERATION NAME: INHERENT RESOLVE

Article from VFW magazine by Janie Blankenship and Tim Dyhouse. called: FANATIC TERRORISTS.

THIS IS THE NAME GIVEN BY THE PENTAGON TO OUR TROUPS GOING TO IRAQ AND WHEREEVER THIS TIME TO FIGHT ISIS AND OTHER TERRORISTS GROUPS. IT APPLIES TO:  Iraq AND Syria, AND ALSO Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabie, United Arab Emirates and Offshore-Persian gulf, Red Sea and eastern Mediterranean Sea. Effective June 15, 2014 troops in these areas will be eligible for the Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. This covers the current campaign of military actions against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The Senate Intelligence Committee puts ISIS strength at between 30,000 and 50,000 men. ISIS calls for the killing of “unbelievers” to purify the community of the faithful.” According to Prof. Bernard Haykel, a scholar at Princeton…”For al Qaeda, violence is a means to an end; for ISIS, it is an end in itself.”ISIS followers believe that anyone–even an Islamist-who supports an elected or secular government is an unbeliever and subject to beheading.

“This is ‘you join us, or you are against us, and we finish you,'” Prof. Emad Shahin, who teaches Islam and politics at Georgetown Univ. told the NEW YORK TIMES. “It is not al Qaeda, but far to its right.”

————————————Who is in the ISIS Fight?  The Air Force has been the main player during the air campaign against ISIS. Perhaps the most significant development from an equipment standpoint is deployment of the F-22 Raptor. The F-22 a radar-evading $412 million fighter, was left out of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In this campaign, which began Sept. 23, it participated in the second wave of bombing attacks over northern Syria. Other Air Force planes include the B-1B bomber, F-15E Strike Eagle, F16 Falcon and AC-130 gunships.

The Navy also provides firepower.  It committed three ships to the fight early on…………………Army aviators also have a hand in the campaign.  In July the Pentagon sent and unspecified number of AH-64 to Baghdad to protect the U.S. Embassy. Armed with cannons and Hellfire missiles, the gunshps are used for relatively close combat.”

The article goes on to mention drones and then talks about the ground troups…”On the ground there were 3,100 U.S. troops expected in Iraq in January. Some 755 GI’s already provided security assistance at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the airport and the U.S. consulate in Irbil.  Some 289 special ops troops were split into three groups: 112 at the Joint Operations Center, Baghdad, 87 at the JOC in IRBIL and 90 serving as advisors to the Iraq Security Forces.  Another 475 GI’s were ordered to Iraq on Sept 10……………….Finally, the newly created 2,300 member Marine crisis-response unit, based in Kuwait….”  They expect 10,000 of our troops to be there at year-end.

“The U.S. has used bases in five countries around the Middle East to launch its campaign against ISIS……………………”All of these efforts come with a high price tag to the U.S. military had spent $1.1 billion in its campaign against ISIS. According to the Pentagon, air operations were costing $8.3 million a day.  To break it down even further, it cost $55,000 an hour to fly the B-2 Stealth Bomber from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.  Joint Direct Attack Munition smart bombs are $40,000 apiece-in just one attack 18 were used.  Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles cost $1.1 million apiece. Should the war against ISIS continue for just one year, the U.S. could be looking at a cost of at least $3.7 billion.  “If airstrikes in Syria and Iraq continue for as long as the President predicts, they will eventually cost tens of billions of dollars,” Loren Thompson, the military analyst for the Lexington Institute told USA TODAY. “The price of munitions is just one part of the bill.  Thousands of personnel are engaged in sustaining aircraft, flying drones and operating warships in the region.”

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There are differing opinions on how to go on from here. Some new lawmakers, vets from Iraq and Afghanistan on arming Syrian rebels but all agree that more force is needed to deal with ISIS. “We need to crush ISIS< not work on training more Islamic radicals.” Duncan Hunter, R-Calif told AP.

Bing West, War Correspondent,…said”A fiercer war lies ahead. The public will be supportive if–and only–if our political and military leadership explain the stakes and display the warrior-resolve to destroy the Islamist army.  When you go to war, kill the opponent, Crush the body and spirit until he is destroyed.”  “One of the lessons of Afghanistan and Iraq is to fully commit to victory with sufficient focus, effort, material support and troop levels to assure victory or do not act at all.  Middling solutions have cost us much in blood and treasure over the last dozen years.  Against ISIS, America is, once again, taking a middling approach bound to be prolonged and indecisive.”  Chris Miller, Army Vet, 2 tours…Now you know where the military budget money goes.

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So there it is.  If we are going to do, we need to do it right for once, and actually win.  And if we do that the Military Budget is going to have to remain as it is or increase.

Ths article did not mention the coalition forces.

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