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Operation Inherent Resolve - 2020

Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continuef to target and pursue the enduring defeat of Daesh. CJTF-OIR and partner forces have liberated nearly 110,000 square kilometers (42,500 square miles) from Daesh. As a result, 7.7 million people no longer live under Daesh oppression. CJTF-OIR remains committed to the enduring defeat of Daesh to improve conditions for peace and stability in the region and to protect all their homelands from the Daesh terrorist threat.

A strike, as defined in the CJTF-OIR release, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative effect in that location. For example, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone Daesh vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of Daesh-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. CJTF-OIR 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.

Between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, 2020, CJTF-OIR conducted a total of 8 strikes consisting of 13 engagements in Iraq and Syria. In Iraq, CJTF-OIR conducted one strike against Daesh targets consisting of one illumination mission for force protection. In Syria, CJTF-OIR conducted seven strikes against Daesh targets consisting of 12 engagements. This resulted in seven terrain denial operations.

Between Feb. 1 and Feb. 29, 2020, CJTF-OIR conducted a total of 18 strikes consisting of 48 engagements in Iraq and Syria. In Iraq, CJTF-OIR conducted 10 strikes against Daesh targets consisting of 38 engagements. This resulted in 16 enemy killed, two bed down locations and six defensive fighting positions destroyed, and eight caves closed. In Syria, CJTF-OIR conducted 8 strikes against Daesh targets consisting of 10 engagements. This resulted in eight terrain denial operations.

On 13 March 2020 the United States conducted defensive precision strikes against Kata’ib Hizbollah (KH) facilities across Iraq. These strikes targeted five weapon storage facilities to significantly degrade their ability to conduct future attacks against Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) coalition forces. These strikes were defensive, proportional, and in direct response to the threat posed by Iranian-backed Shia militia groups (SMG) who continue to attack bases hosting OIR coalition forces.

The attack on Camp Taji killed two U.S. and one U.K. service members and wounded 14 others. It marked the latest in a series of rocket attacks conducted by Iranian-backed SMGs against U.S. and coalition personnel – killing five and wounding dozens more, including Iraqi Security Forces. “The United States will not tolerate attacks against our people, our interests, or our allies,” Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper said. “As we have demonstrated in recent months, we will take any action necessary to protect our forces in Iraq and the region.”

Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve conducted a base transfer ceremony with the Iraqi Security Forces, March 17, 2020 at Al Qaim, Iraq. "Today marks a historic moment for the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and our Iraqi Security Partners," said Brig. Gen. Vincent Barker, CJTF-OIR Director of Sustainment. "Al Qaim served as a critical location in the fight against Daesh. First, as the Iraqi Security Forces liberated the Al Qaim region from an evil presence, and later as a valuable base during the Battle for Baghouz, the last physical territory held by ISIS. Today’s transfer is possible thanks to the efforts and successes of our ISF partners." As a result of the ISF’s success in their fight against ISIS, and in conjunction with our partner forces and the Government of Iraq, CJTF-OIR relocated and consolidated personnel and equipment from several Iraqi bases throughout 2020.

Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) conducted a base transfer ceremony with the Iraqi Security Forces, March 26, 2020, at Qayyarah Airfield West (Q-West), Iraq. "Today marks another milestone for the anti-ISIS international military Coalition and our Iraqi Security Forces partners," said Brig. Gen. Vincent Barker, CJTF-OIR director of sustainment. "The Qayyarah base served as a strategic launching point for the ISF and Coalition during the Battle of Mosul. In particular, the base serves as a hub for the Iraqi air force, who continue to deliver lethal strikes on Daesh bed-down locations. Today’s transfer was coordinated with the Government of Iraq and is possible thanks to the efforts and successes of our ISF partners." As a result of the ISF’s success in their fight against ISIS, and in conjunction with our partner forces and the Government of Iraq, CJTF-OIR relocated and consolidated personnel and equipment from several Iraqi bases throughout 2020.

Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) conducted a ceremony with Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) to transfer the Coalition area of Al Taqaddum Air Base (TQ), Iraq, April 4, 2020. Due to Iraqi Security Forces' success in the campaign against Daesh, the Coalition is adjusting its positioning in Iraq. These military movements are long-planned in coordination with the Government of Iraq. These pre-planned base transfers are not related to recent attacks against Iraqi bases hosting Coalition troops, or the ongoing COVID-19 situation in Iraq. Since 2015, TQ has hosted U.S. and other Coalition forces who trained Iraqi Security Forces and acted as advisors in the Iraqi operations center in support of the fight against ISIS. TQ was primarily operated by U.S. Marines but also hosted Italian, Canadian, and Spanish forces. In early 2016, Coalition advisors supported the Iraqi Army in its recapture of Ramadi and Fallujah from ISIS control.

CJTF-OIR relocated and consolidated personnel and equipment from several Iraqi bases throughout 2020. The ISF increasingly conducts independent operations in the fight against Daesh and the defense of their homeland including the 2020 “Heroes of Iraq” and 2019’s “Will of Victory” campaigns. CJTF-OIR remains in Iraq at the invitation of the Government of Iraq and continues anti-ISIS advising. Currently, training operations are temporarily paused due to COVID-19 precautions. The Coalition will operate from fewer locations, but remains committed to supporting our partners in their fight against Daesh.

Iraqi Security Forces, assisted by Coalition airpower conducted ground and air strikes against Daesh fighters in south of Kirkuk, April 13, killing more than 20 enemy fighters. Through close collaboration with the Joint Operations Command – Iraq, the Coalition provided ISF-requested close air support, including surveillance aircraft to aid ISF troops battling ISIS holdouts in the austere terrain of Wadi Ashai near Kirkuk. “The ISF’s ability to target and punish Daesh in this isolated territory confirms that these Daesh criminals have no safe haven,” said Col. Matt Brown, CJTF-OIR Task Force-Iraq deputy commander. Iraqi Army Aviation and Coalition aircraft did gun runs and dropped bombs on ISIS weapons and munitions were also destroyed during the strikes. Iraqi AC-208 Combat Caravan, King Air 350, U.S. Air Force F-15, and drones participated in the operation.

The Pentagon will reduce the level of US troops in Iraq to 3,000 in September 2020, a senior general said 09 September 2020, as President Donald Trump seeks to honour a pledge to withdraw from foreign conflicts. "In consultation and coordination with the Government of Iraq and our coalition partners, the United States has decided to reduce our troop presence in Iraq from about 5,200 to 3,000 troops during the month of September," said General Kenneth McKenzie, the head of the US military's Central Command. The US troops were deployed in Iraq in 2014 to fight the Islamic State (IS) group after the Iraqi army fled the battlefields around Mosul and the northern Iraqi city fell to jihadist control. Officials in the US-led coalition say Iraqi forces are now mostly able to handle the remnants of IS group on their own.



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