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Where does America currently stand in the Mideast? How much territory has #ISIL gained or lost since the summer of 2014?
It all depends on whose maps you believe are accurate, and whose statistics you think are truthfully represented. Posted on our own US military site designed for public consumption, the following statistics are available below. Other maps at the end of this report have been curated from diverse sources across the web. It’s a fluid ever-morphing situation, so a map from April 2015 might look considerably different from a map displaying territorial regions from November.
I try to gather and study at least 6-10 maps every few months and look for large changes. “Syria” as it was once known by geographic boundaries, arguably, no longer exists. Neither is there any longer a distinct “Iraq” as it might have looked in 2003, right before the US invasion. There might be a collective memory of the old Syria, but outside of a few clusters of densely populated areas along the Mediterranean coast, Assad’s “Syria” is gone. Enter the newest geographic term: ‘Syraq’. Was this the actual long term goal of US foreign policy since the year 2000 all along? I have to wonder.
The Emergent ‘Syraq’
In the very last map posted in this report, a large elongated triangular region of parts of the [old] Syria and the [old] Iraq are shown as being under ISIS control. These areas are rich in oil and natural gas reserves and are dotted with lucrative wells and energy infrastructure. Are we to believe that this dreadful current outcome was the intended goal for US military interests, having lost 5,000+ American lives, maimed thousands more, killed nearly countless Iraqis, and cost between 3.9 and 6 trillion dollars? That’s the current estimated price tag from 12 years of Mideast of war – 2003-2011- if we include the cost of Afghanistan.
Our US military continues to report that they are degrading and disrupting the flow of income from oil and gas within ISIL controlled regions, but the maps I am looking at [ dozens of them, daily ] seem to present a different story. Who can we really believe?
As of 3:59 p.m. EST Nov. 12, the U.S. and coalition have conducted a total of 8,125 strikes (5,321 Iraq / 2,804 Syria).
- U.S. has conducted 6,353 strikes in Iraq and Syria (3,695 Iraq / 2,658 Syria)
- Rest of Coalition has conducted 1,772 strikes in Iraq and Syria (1,626 Iraq / 146 Syria)
The countries that have participated in the strikes include:
- In Iraq: (1) Australia, (2) Belgium, (3) Canada, (4) Denmark, (5) France, (6) Jordan, (7) The Netherlands, and (8) UK
- In Syria: (1) Australia, (2) Bahrain, (3) Canada, (4) France, (5) Jordan, (6) Saudi Arabia, (7) Turkey and (8) UAE
As of Nov. 14, U.S. and partner nation aircraft have flown an estimated 57,301 sorties in support of operations in Iraq and Syria.
Cost of Operations
As of Oct. 31, 2015, the total cost of operations related to ISIL since kinetic operations started on Aug. 8, 2014, is $5 billion and the average daily cost is $11 million for 450 days of operations. A further breakdown of cost associated with the operations is here.
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