USAF Leads on ISIS Airstrikes

Posted September 30, 2014 at 5:15am

Air Force Times reports that “the Air Force has flown a large majority of all airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, with the mission expected to change as Islamic State fighters adjust to the aerial bombardment.”  

“Seventy-four percent of the more than 240 strikes in Iraq and Syria have been flown by Air Force aircraft, including 50 percent of all strikes in Syria. The U.S. Air Force has flown 95 percent of almost 1,300 tanker sorties, and more than 700 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance flights. All told, the service has accounted for 70 percent of about 3,800 sorties in the fight against the Islamic State.”  

“These flights have changed how the Islamic State is operating in Iraq and Syria, said Maj. Gen. Jeff Harrigian, the Air Force assistant chief of staff of operations, plans and requirements.”