Operation Inherent resolve marks one-year anniversary

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  • By Angela Woolen
  • Robins Public Affairs
Last year, President Barack Obama authorized Operation Inherent Resolve to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.

Saturday, Aug. 8, marks the one-year anniversary, and many of the successes in the operation can be tied to the work done here.  

Robins provides depot maintenance, engineering support and software development to the C-130, C-17, F-15, C-5, the RQ-4 Global Hawk and special operations forces aircraft.

As of June 15, about 70 percent of the strikes in Iraq and Syria have been flown by the U.S. Air Force.

"The U.S. Air Force is providing the full spectrum of airpower-air interdiction, ISR, CAS, Humanitarian Assistance and Global Reach," according to Lt. Col. Christopher Karns, Secretary of the Air Force for Public Affairs Media Operations chief.

The U.S. military branches and partner nations are averaging more than 125 sorties per day with the Air Force averaging 80 per day since the operation began Aug. 8, 2014. "At any given time in the Gulf region, there are more than 160 Air Force fighter, bomber, ISR, airlift, air refueling and other types of fixed-and-rotary-wing aircraft that support operations in partnership with sister services and allied nations," Karns said.

As of July 15, the total cost of the operation has been $3.21 billion, according to the Department of Defense's website.

The 17-country coalition involved in the missions include the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and Hungary. 

"ISIL can no longer operate freely in roughly 25 to 30 percent of populated areas of Iraqi territory where it once could" which is about 5,000-6,500 square miles, according to the website.