In this 2017 photograph, we see US Army Major General James Jarrard providing assistant gunner support to a member of 5th Special Forces Group during Operation Inherent Resolve. Jarrard was commander of a Special Operations Joint Task Force at the time. This image was taken in Syria by Staff Sergeant Jacob Connor.
Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) is the U.S. military’s name for the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as Daesh. The operation began in August 2014 and continues to this day. It has involved several coalition partners, reflecting international concern about the extremist group.