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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Iraq Wants an Increase and faster response for Airstrikes

The CAF holds a technical briefing every two weeks to update the media on its actions against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Why every two weeks? Because there is not enough happening for a briefing every week.

That is exactly why Iraq is calling for an increase in the number of coalition airstrikes as well as faster response times for Coalition jets to be in the air.

Iraq wants the coalition to step up the number of airstrikes, as ISIS has lost between 25-35% of the territory it held last summer, and Iraq believes, with more strikes, its ground forces have a better chance at pushing ISIS back even further.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C that the Coalition needs to speed up its response times when it comes to airstrikes. He claims in most cases when intelligence is provided to the coalition, by the time the jets are in the air, the fighting has stopped or the battlefield has moved.

In his claim, he also added that Coalition airstrikes needs to be more precise and more effective. (I think they are two in the same - but that is my opinion)