Operation Inherent Resolve conducted by a Combined Joint Task Force exists to advise, assist and enable partner nations in combatting the presence of ISIS in the CENTCOM area of operations(AOR) and works to establish a framework for security framework in the region. As US Central Command states on its website; “ISIS has dramatically undermined stability in Iraq, Syria, the broader Middle East and poses a threat to international peace and security. ISIS continues to commit gross, systematic abuses of human rights and violations of international law, including indiscriminate killing and deliberate targeting of civilians, mass executions and extrajudicial killings, persecution of individuals and entire communities on the basis of their identity, kidnapping of civilians, forced displacement of Shia communities and minority groups, killing and maiming of children, rape and other forms of sexual violence, along with numerous other atrocities. ISIS presents a global terrorist threat which has recruited thousands of foreign fighters to Iraq and Syria from across the globe and leveraged technology to spread its violent extremist ideology and to incite terrorist acts. As noted in UN Security Council Resolution 2170, ‘terrorism can only be defeated by a sustained and comprehensive approach involving the active participation and collaboration of all States… which is why our first priority is to encourage others to join in this important endeavor.'”



Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 77th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron conduct a combat air patrol mission over an undisclosed location in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Oct. 21, 2022. Fighter aircraft routinely conduct presence patrols within the CENTCOM AOR to reassure allies and ensure regional security. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Gerald R. Willis)