Despite President Biden’s remarks last week to the UN that the United States is at peace for the first time in 20 years, fighting continues against terrorism in the Middle East. 

The US-led coalition conducted several operations against Islamic State fighters and support cells recently, even as the administration is trying to move the American troops from a combat role to an advisory one in neighboring Iraq. 

According to Colonel Wayne Marotto, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, in the past few days the international coalition had conducted raids and other operations that killed three ISIS fighters and captured five others.

This stands in sharp contrast to the president’s comments to the United Nations General Assembly a week ago when he said that the U.S. is entering a new era of “relentless diplomacy” in the Middle East

“I stand here today for the first time in 20 years with the United States not at war,” Biden said to the UN. “We’ve turned the page.”

Marotto said the U.S.-led coalition provided reconnaissance support during raids in the eastern city of Raqqa on Sunday. This was confirmed by sources from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) a U.K.-based watchdog of the Syrian Civil War. 


A Series of Operations

SOHR reported that the coalition conducted an airstrike against three ISIS fighters in the vicinity of al-Shayhal in eastern Deir Ezzor province. As a helicopter dropped U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) forces, the SDF used loudspeakers to call out for the ISIS members, who were holed up in a house, to surrender.