In Photos: Counter-ISIS, Operation Inherent Resolve!

August 23, 2018


Anti Tank FGM-148 Javelin and BGM-71 TOW missiles in Action

On 17 October 2014, the Department of Defense formally established Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) in order to formalize ongoing military actions against the rising threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria.


More than 60 coalition partners have committed themselves to the goal of eliminating the threat posed by ISIS and have contributed in various capacities to the effort in Iraq, Syria and beyond. 


Through advise, assist, and building partner capacity missions, the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve’s multinational coalition has trained more than 18,800 Iraqi Security Force personnel to defeat ISIS.


Paratroopers engage ISIS militants with precise artillery fire in support of Iraqi and Peshmerga fighters in Mosul, Iraq, July 6, 2017.

US Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Bigelow


Royal Danish Army Premierløjtnant Mads, a coalition member attached to the Building Partner Capacity team, Task Force Al Asad, practices combat movement up a flight of stairs alongside Iraqi security-force personnel during an urban combat and tactics course at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, May 9, 2015.

Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve


A Peshmerga soldier takes lead during urban combat maneuvering training Oct. 29, 2015, near Erbil, Iraq.

Training at the building partner capacity sites is an integral part of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve’s multinational effort to train Peshmerga soldiers to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

US Army photo by Spc. Tristan Bolden


Lt. Gen Stephen J. Townsend, far left, commander of Combined Joint Task Force -- Operation Inherent Resolve, and Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Jones, far right, visits soldiers at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, August 2016.

US Marine Corps photo by Ryan Alvis


US Soldiers change the direction of their M777 howitzer at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, May 23, 2016.

Soldiers conducted fire missions to calibrate their weapons systems. 

US Army photo by Sgt. Paul Sale


Peshmerga soldiers participate in a break from contact drill under the supervision of Italian trainers near Erbil, Iraq, Jan. 6, 2016.

Coalition trainers in Northern Iraq trained more than 6,000 Peshmerga soldiers in basic and advanced infantry skills.

US Army Photo by Cpl. Jacob Hamby


A picture taken on July 9, 2017, shows smoke billowing following an airstrike by US-led international coalition forces targeting Islamic State (IS) group in Mosul, Iraq.



A USAF C-17 Globe master departs while US Airmen from the 727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron erect an antenna at a coalition airfield in Northeast Syria, June 28, 2018.

DoD photo by Air Force Senior Airman Izabella Sullivan


Engineers attached to Operation Inherent Resolve’s Special Operations Joint Task Force erected a bridge over the Euphrates River in Syria, Dec. 27, 2017.

Construction of this bridge was a welcome sight to Raqqa residents, who were liberated in October from more than three years of ISIS brutality.

DoD photo by Army Staff Sgt. Richard Lutz


An Iraqi student walks past a school wall covered with drawings showing how Islamic State militants executed their prisoners in Mosul, Iraq, April 30, 2018.



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