This is how you fight terrorist scum!
The U.S.-led coalition has increased the number of bombs dropped on ISIS by 50% this year! Along with that, the ground forces have been progressing in pushing militants out of key strongholds in Iraq and Syria.
The first four months of 2017 saw 14,192 rockets, bombs and other munitions launched at the terrorist group, compared to the 9,442 that were launched during the same time frame in 2016.
The expansion of airstrikes “can be attributed to the increased pace of operations in both Iraq and Syria as we target and destroy ISIS,” Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, a spokesman for Air Forces Central Command, said Tuesday, using an acronym for the Islamic State.
U.S.-backed ground forces are engaged in offensives against militants in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, and in Raqqa, the terror group’s de facto capital in Syria.
The increase comes as President Trump has given battlefield commanders more authority to approve airstrikes and raids, which has quickened response times. “He delegated authority to the right level to aggressively and in a timely manner move against enemy vulnerabilities,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said last week.
Under former president Barack Obama, many of those decisions were reserved for the military’s highest levels.
The Airforce has stated they have not loosened the rigorous standards for approving an airstrike despite the uptick of activity. (Guess you can do your job more efficiently when you are actually allowed to do it!)
Pickart said that 90% of the bombs used have been precision guided: “The protection of civilians remains a cornerstone of the campaign.”
Also, helping in the fight against terror, more special operations advisers have been placed in Iraq and Syria, which has helped coordinate strikes with local forces. In total, the Pentagon has around 1,000 troops in Syria and 5,000 in Iraq.
Trump and Mattis have also addressed the problem of militants fleeing whenever troops get closer. The President has ordered the Pentagon to shift its tactics to surround militants, thus preventing escapes. In the past, militants were often able to get away when ground forces had closed in on their positions.
“We carry out the annihilation campaign so we don’t simply transplant this problem from one location to another,” Mattis said.
One great example of this strategy is in Raqqa. The U.S.-backed forces have cut off most ways out of the city. As of now, they are preparing for the final blow to the ISIS scum there.
Let’s keep this trend up!