One thing that is most certain in the modern days of technological warfare: Being an enemy of the United States and its allies is a most frightening prospect. The number and type of weapons systems, munitions and capabilities of said devices, delivered with pinpoint accuracy by some of the most fearsome vehicles and aircraft cannot even be imagined by a civilian who has never been on a battlefield or who has been exposed to such displays up close and personal.
I can remember being on the grenade range in basic training for the first time in my life in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and experiencing the sheer destructive power of a single US Army-issue hand grenade from behind a sandbag foxhole. The sonic concussive wave of that single bomb thrown from my own hand was seriously one of the most impressive things I had ever felt at that point in my adult life. That was 1983. Now, imagine for a moment that type of power magnified exponentially to a point where a single airstrike could deliver that amount of destructive force to a single enemy compound!
As part of Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria, the US and coalition forces delivered on the “resolve” part last week as they took out an ISIS headquarters, communications networks, a supply route, a bomb factory and numerous fighting positions through a series of 88 missions that dropped munitions in 69 separate engagements!
Independent Journal Review:
On Monday, the U.S. Department of Defense announced 69 strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, destroying headquarter facilities, communication networks, a supply route, a bomb factory, and numerous fighting positions.
Over the weekend, U.S. and coalition military forces engaged ISIS targets 88 times and took out many of ISIS’s tactical units. The strikes came as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, which consists of targeted activities to defeat ISIS, the Defense Department said.
In a release, the Pentagon defined what strikes entailed:
A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect.
For example, task force officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-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, officials said.
The task force 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.
The military carried out the strikes using “fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets.”
When the US military speaks of “shock and awe” these days, it really isn’t just a lot of hot air. These forces today are such precision teams with elevated skill sets that really beg the question, “Does ISIS really think they are winning this war?”
For many of us who have previously served in our great military, this type of situation is not new, and it is difficult for a civilian to imagine of sheer power of military endeavors when there is a no-holds-barred type attitude when it comes to orders from the top. Our current Secretary of Defense, General James “Mad Dog” Mattis is truly living up to his statement when asked by a reporter what kept him up at night. He answered, “Nothing. I keep them up at night!” Indeed.
Source: Independent Journal Review