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Operation Inherent Resolve - Targeted Operations Against ISIL Terrorists

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 of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

Centcom Commander Visits Area of Responsibility

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Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, visiting the site of exercise Eager Lion 2016 in Zarqa, Jordan.

Eager Lion Exercise Highlights U.S.-Jordan Force Integration, Centcom Commander Says

Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, traveled to Jordan to observe the Eager Lion 2016 exercise that's Centcom's largest military exercise in its area of responsibility. Story

Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, shaking the hands of Australian and New Zealand service members.

Centcom Commander Visits Iraq and Syria

Over the past two days, during Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel's latest trip to the Middle East, the U.S. Central Command chief met in Iraq and Syria with coalition members, other partners, senior commanders and military leaders to discuss operations and continued collaboration there. Story


About the Commander

Profile photo of Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel attended the U.S. Military Academy and was commissioned in 1980 as an infantry officer. His initial assignment was to the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany, where he served as a rifle platoon leader, executive officer, battalion adjutant and rifle company commander. His career then took him around the world, including stops in Italy, New York, Iraq and Afghanistan. Before taking over as Centcom commander, Votel also commanded the 75th Ranger Regiment and U.S. Special Operations Command. Biography

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Next Plays in the Counter-ISIL Campaign: Stabilize Iraq's Anbar Province; Generate Iraqui Security Forces to envelope Mosul; Identify and develop more local forces in Syria that will isolate and pressure Raqqah; Provide more firepower, sustainment, and logistical support to our partners to enable them to collapse ISIL's control over Mosul and Raqqah

Strikes in Iraq and Syria

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Iraq

August 26, 2016 Update - Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Near Kisik, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position. Near Mosul, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed a fighting position, and suppressed a tactical unit. Near Qayyarah, one strike engaged an ISIL vehicle-borne improvised explosive device factory. Near Ramadi, three strikes destroyed an ISIL mortar position, a vehicle, and damaged a fighting position. Near Sinjar, one strike suppressed an ISIL rocket position. Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.

Syria

August 26, 2016 Update - Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets. Near Al Shadaddi, five strikes engaged five separate ISIL tactical units, destroyed five fighting positions, a tactical vehicle, and another vehicle. Near Manbij, four strikes engaged four separate ISIL tactical units, destroyed three fighting positions, four vehicles, an artillery system, and a weapons cache.

As of 4:59 p.m. EST August 22, the U.S. and coalition have conducted a total of 14,602 strikes (9,644 Iraq / 4,958 Syria).

  • U.S. has conducted 11,239 strikes in Iraq and Syria (6,543 Iraq / 4,696 Syria)
  • Rest of Coalition has conducted 3,363 strikes in Iraq and Syria (3,101 Iraq / 262 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 107,652 sorties in support of operations in Iraq and Syria.