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An MQ-9 Reaper flies a training mission Oct. 18, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. MQ-9 and MQ-1 Predator aircrews helped liberate Raqqah, Syria, from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s control in early October. ISIS used the city as its capital for terrorist operations since January 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen) Combat RPAs integral in defeating ISIS
U.S. forces, coalition partners and Syrian Democratic Forces liberated Raqqah, Syria from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s control in early October 2017. ISIS used the city as its capital for terrorist operations since January 2014.
0 12/05
2017
Lt. Col. Ben Rudolphi, 407th Expeditionary Operation Support Squadron commander, conducts a preflight check on an A-10 Thunderbolt II July 11, 2017, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Rudolphi has provided a dual role in Operation INHERENT RESOLVE as the commander of the 407th EOSS in Southwest Asia and being directly in the fight against ISIS conducting A-10 flying missions with the 447th Air Expeditionary Group.The A-10 supports ground forces with rapid employment close air and contact support. It utilizes a variety of bomb, missiles and a 30mm GAU-8 seven-barrel Gatling gun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ramon A. Adelan) A-10 pilot spits fire in fight against ISIS
Originally tasked to deploy as an A-10 pilot in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Lt. Col. Ben Rudolphi saw his mission change before even leaving the U.S. Instead of manning his aircraft, he was given the opportunity to lead others as the commander of the 407th Expeditionary Operation Support Squadron and accepted the position.
0 7/17
2017
In 2016, 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing MQ-1B Predator and MQ-9 Reaper aircrews assisted coalition partners in the reclamation of Manbij, Syria, from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria forces. Pilots and sensor operators assigned to squadrons across the 432nd Wing and the 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing provided the close air support and reconnaissance needed for coalition partners to drive ISIS fighters out of the city. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen) MQ-1, MQ-9 aircrews help liberate Manbij
In 2016, U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper aircrews assisted coalition partners in the reclamation of Manbij, Syria, from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria forces. Pilots and sensor operators assigned to squadrons across the 432nd Wing and the 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing provided the close air support and reconnaissance needed for coalition partners to drive ISIS fighters out of the city.
0 4/06
2017
Default Air Force Logo US-led coalition airstrikes eliminate key ISIL leaders in Syria, Iraq
U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have recently killed several prominent leaders of that organization, Air Force Col. John Dorrian, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman, said during a news briefing Jan. 4, 2017.
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2017
Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force Chief of Staff, visited the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 13, 2016. Goldfein met with Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) leadership and received briefings about the progress of the Afghan air force. (U.S. Air Force photos by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Holmes and Capt. Jason Smith) Goldfein talks air coalition ops during CENTCOM region visit
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein recently visited the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to get a sense of not only how the campaign is going as a member of the joint chiefs but also to get an understanding of how he can better support Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and coalition partners regarding the impact on the service today.
0 8/16
2016
Default Air Force Logo Air coalition discusses capability, recent strikes
Air Force pilots discuss precision air coalition capability and recent strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists to diminish enemy resources.
0 7/11
2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: July 8
In this look around the Air Force the first enlisted RQ-4 Global Hawk pilots have been selected for training, an MQ-9 Reaper crashed in northern Syria, and a C-17 Globemaster III was awarded the best static display at an air show in England.
0 7/08
2016
Default Air Force Logo MQ-9 crashes in northern Syria
An MQ-9 Reaper crashed in northern Syria July 5. The aircraft was flying a combat mission when positive control of the aircraft was lost. The remotely piloted aircraft crash was not due to enemy fire. There are no reports of civilian injuries or damage to civilian property at the crash site.
0 7/05
2016
Default Air Force Logo Pentagon spokesman: Up to 250 more U.S. forces to deploy to Syria
Up to 250 additional U.S. personnel are being deployed to Syria to support local forces on the ground and build on successes of U.S. forces already deployed there in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Pentagon's press secretary said April 25.
0 4/26
2016
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the creation of the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal March 30, 2016. (Defense Department illustration) Carter announces Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal
Service members who serve or have served in Iraq or Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve will receive the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced March 30 in Tampa, Florida.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Precision strikes keeping enemy on target
Lessons learned in past conflicts have now made it possible to bomb enemy targets within just a few feet to reduce collateral damage, a top Air Force commander said Feb. 25 at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo General: Airpower key to ISIL fight; strikes to continue
The head of Operation Inherent Resolve’s air campaign said Feb. 18 the “most precise air campaign in history” has severely hurt terrorist plans across Iraq and Syria, with more airstrikes to come.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Coalition airstrikes kill 10 senior ISIL leaders in December
A high-value Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant leader killed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes Dec. 24 was just one of 10 ISIL leaders targeted and killed so far this month, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren confirmed Dec. 29.
0 12/30
2015
Default Air Force Logo US, Russia sign memorandum on air safety in Syria
Senior U.S. and Russian defense officials signed a memorandum of understanding Oct. 20 on air safety in Syria, the Pentagon's press secretary said.
0 10/21
2015
Staff Sgt. Adam Borjon, a 435th Construction Training Squadron engineer system’s operator, and Senior Airman Alen Turner, a 435th CTS pavement and equipment operator, build structures Sept. 23, 2015, in support of personnel recovery operations at Diyarbakir Air Base, Turkey. The 435th Contingency Response Group deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, in support of the U.S. Air Forces Central Command’s staging aircraft and Airmen in southeast Turkey to enhance coalition capabilities to support personnel recovery operations in Syria and Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Cory W. Bush) 435th AGOW deploys team, expands OIR mission
Full certainty is never guaranteed in the military, which is why Airmen are trained to deploy at a moment's notice and hit the grounding running when they’re called upon. For Airmen assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Group, that need came Aug. 12 when the unit deployed to Diyarbakir Air Base, Turkey.
1 10/07
2015
Two HC-130J Combat King IIs sit on the flight line in preparation for cargo unload at Diyarbakir Air Base, Turkey, Sept. 28, 2015. The aircraft is deployed to Diyarbakir in an effort to enhance coalition capabilities and support personnel recovery operations in Syria and Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Cory W. Bush) Airmen, aircraft set up in Turkey to support recovery ops in Syria, Iraq
U.S. Air Forces Central Command has begun staging small detachments of aircraft and airmen at Diyarbakir Air Base in southeast Turkey to enhance coalition capabilities to support personnel recovery operations in Syria and Iraq.
0 10/05
2015
President Barack Obama answers questions from service members while hosting a worldwide troop talk from Fort Meade, Md., Sept. 11, 2015, on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.   Obama discusses national security during Worldwide Troop Talk
President Barack Obama addressed a variety of national security topics during his unprecedented live multimedia Worldwide Troop Talk on Fort Meade, Maryland.
0 9/11
2015
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian speaks to the media in a press briefing Sept. 29, 2014, at the Pentagon, about the range of capability airpower can bring to the coalition fight against ISIL. Air Force strikes were conducted as part of the comprehensive U.S. strategy to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL. (U.S. Air force photo/Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.) F-22 Raptor brings unique capabilities to the coalition fight against ISIL
The Air Force’s fifth generation fighter, the F-22 Raptor made its combat debut with its first strike on enemy ground targets in the fight against, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant during the most recent joint coalition campaign.
5 9/29
2014
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian speaks to the media in a press briefing at the Pentagon, Sept. 29, 2014, about what airpower can accomplish against a threat like ISIL. He indicated that while airpower has played a significant role in the current fight, a broad coalition will be the cornerstone for achieving mission success. He discussed the wide range of Air Force capability available to combatant commanders and the professionalism of Airmen charged with conducting missions. Harrigian is the assistant deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements. (U.S. Air force photo/Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)
'Decisive' air power thwarts ISIL's capabilities, official says
Air power has stymied Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, with the Air Force accomplishing 74 percent of the more than 240 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since Aug. 8, a senior Air Force official told reporters at the Pentagon Sept. 29.
1 9/29
2014
Default Air Force Logo U.S. military, partner nations conduct airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria
U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Sept. 26 and 27, using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct seven airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used attack aircraft to conduct three airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.
0 9/27
2014
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