In his first full day on the job General James Mattis introduced himself to ISIS in a very hostile, unfriendly manner, far different from the courteous leaflet dropping in advance of a strike or returning with armaments not deployed policies of Obama and Ashton Carter.
The new Trump administration has said throughout the campaign that a major offensive to eradicate the terrorist group would be among their first acts as president. Now that President Trump his man is in place at DoD, the eradication is underway.The Department of Defense reported the activity on their website, breaking it down into two areas, strikes in Syria and Iraq. They note the damage assessments are based upon initial reports. In Syria, they reported:Attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 25 strikes consisting of 39 engagements in Syria:–Near Bab, two strikes engaged an ISIL (ISIS) tactical unit, destroyed an artillery piece and damaged a tactical vehicle.— Near Raqqa, 22 strikes engaged 12 ISIL (ISIS) tactical units; destroyed nine fighting positions, two tunnels, two tanks an improvised-bomb factory and an ISIL (ISIS) headquarters; and suppressed three ISIL (ISIS) 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 (ISIS) tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle, two weapons caches and a mortar.— Near Beiji, a strike engaged an ISIL (ISIS) tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.— Near Kisik, a strike engaged an ISIL (ISIS) tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and an ISIL-held building.— Near Mosul, two strikes engaged two ISIL (ISIS) tactical units; destroyed a vehicle-borne-bomb factory, a vehicle-borne bomb, a tank, three fighting positions and a vehicle; and suppressed an ISIL (ISIS) tactical unit.— Near Tal Afar, a strike engaged an ISIL (ISIS) tactical unit and destroyed a semi-truck and a command-and-control node.They explained the terminology used, something that will be quite useful for Americans who will be following the new real war on Islamic terrorism. DoD provided the following definitions:Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL (ISIS) vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL (ISIS) to use.Accordingly, officials said, they do 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. Ground-based artillery fired in counter fire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.Part of Operation Inherent ResolveThe strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL (ISIS) terrorist group and the threat it poses to Iraq, Syria, the region and the wider international community. The destruction of targets in Syria and Iraq further limits ISIL’s (ISIS) ability to project terror and conduct operations, officials said.Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Syria include the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.While Hussein Obama used the excuse of collateral civilian damage to avoid striking his terrorist allies, the war now appears to be on for real; no more pretending. We all know how Obama dwelled on the laughable recruitment argument as a pretext for closing Gitmo and returning terrorists to the battlefield.In just one day of real engagement, recruitment just became a major problem for ISIS. They’re not getting away with murder any longer and once their current supply of terrorists has been killed, maimed or runs off, they’re going to have real trouble finding replacements; Gitmo or no Gitmo.It’s a great thing to have good, competent, winning-minded, America First, adult leadership again.