Blowing Up ISIS, 31 Times

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Gen. James Mattis’ first full day as Secretary of Defense appeared to be a productive one. He arrived at the Pentagon, met with Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford,Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work and Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs. The media was not privy to what went on in that meeting. But meanwhile, on the ground in the Middle East, all h*** was being unleashed against ISIS.

Blowing up ISIS

The Department of Defense reported on Sunday that the strikes were a part of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Strikes in Syria

Attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 25 strikes consisting of 39 engagements in Syria:

— Near Bab, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed an artillery piece and damaged a tactical vehicle.

— Near Raqqa, 22 strikes engaged 12 ISIL tactical units; destroyed nine fighting positions, two tunnels, two tanks an improvised-bomb factory and an ISIL headquarters; and suppressed three ISIL tactical units.

— Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed two oil well heads.

Strikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted six strikes consisting of 16 engagements in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:

— Near Rutbah, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle, two weapons caches and a mortar.

— Near Beiji, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.

— Near Kisik, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and an ISIL-held building.

— Near Mosul, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed a vehicle-borne-bomb factory, a vehicle-borne bomb, a tank, three fighting positions and a vehicle; and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.

— Near Tal Afar, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a semi-truck and a command-and-control node.

Let’s add that up. Airstrikes in Syria: 25 (39 engagements) plus 6 airstrikes (16 engagements) in Iraq = 31 strikes, 55 engagements.

Is there now a new thought process in play at the Pentagon? Are we going to stop playing war games and now kick their butts off the planet? It is entirely possible.


Some news media are reporting that the airstrikes were the reason for Mattis’ smile (Photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley/ Defense Department)


Featured photo: screenshot of ISIS being blown video from a previous mission up via

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