The U.S. Navy and Air Force are scheduling as many as 100 attack, reconnaissance and support missions daily over Iraq, according to a U.S. military official. U.S. forces have conducted 15 targeted airstrikes since Aug. 8, using a combination of Air Force Predator drones, F-16 and F-15E fighters and Navy F/A-18s.
Editor’s note: Carrier- and land-based air-power is now being used to conduct bombing missions. Given a new government in Iraq (and a new American hope that Iraq might now be re-built based on an “inclusive” government), don’t expect to see the number of airstrikes decrease. This air mission will only grow in size and scope. U.S. ground forces will only consist of a limited number of spec-ops. The Iraqi Army – what’s left of it – is going to have to re-take their country while the Sunni and Shia learn to live together – or die together. Their choice. But remember – this sectarian killing in the ME has been going on 24/7/365 for 1400 years. For the U.S.? Recall the First Barbary War in 1801. America fighting Islamic terrorists has been going on for a very long time!