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As of 15 October 2014, the U.S. military operation name Operation Inherent Resolve officially refers to the US's military actions against ISIL, including both the campaign in Iraq and the campaign in Syria.

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F/A-18F Super Hornets of VFA-22 launch from USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), supporting Operation Inherent Resolve; October 2014.

Unlike their coalition partners, and unlike previous America combat operations, no name was originally given to the 2014 conflict against ISIS by the U.S. government.[1] The decision to keep the conflict nameless drew considerable media criticism.[2][3][4][5][6] U.S. Service members remain ineligible for Campaign Medals and other service decorations due to the continuing ambiguous nature of the continuing U.S. involvement in Iraq.[7]

The CENTCOM news release noted:

According to CENTCOM officials, the name INHERENT RESOLVE is intended to reflect the unwavering resolve and deep commitment of the U.S. and partner nations in the region and around the globe to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to Iraq, the region and the wider international community. It also symbolizes the willingness and dedication of coalition members to work closely with our friends in the region and apply all available dimensions of national power necessary - diplomatic, informational, military, economic - to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. "US Operation Against ISIL in Iraq Remains Nameless". August 18, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  2. "The War on ISIS Has 'No Name". Business Insider. October 3, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  3. "The Military Can't Come Up with a Name For Its War Against ISIS. We're Here To Help". Huffington Post. October 3, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  4. "What's in a Name: Obama's Anonymous War Against ISIS". U.S. News & World Report. September 29, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  5. "U.S. Needs a Name for the Operation Against ISIS". New York Magazine. October 3, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  6. "The War With No Name". The American Prospect. October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  7. "Troops not eligible for campaign medal in fight against ISIS". The Hill. October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  8. "Iraq and Syria Operations Against ISIL Designated as Operation Inherent Resolve". Release #20141018. U.S. Central Command. October 15, 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 

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