The new report on the war on ISIS is out. The Lead Inspector General for Operation Inherent Resolve I Quarterly Report to the United States Congress I October 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019.
It details: “This is the 20th Lead Inspector General (Lead IG) report to the United States Congress on Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the overseas contingency operation (OCO) to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The report covers the period October 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, and summarizes the quarter’s key events and describes completed, ongoing, and planned Lead IG and partner agency oversight work related to OIR. During the quarter, significant events took place in both Syria and Iraq that raised questions about the status and future of OIR. In Iraq, Iranian-aligned militias engaged in increasingly provocative behavior, launching attacks on Iraqi bases that house U.S. troops, and storming the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. On January 2, 2020, a U.S. airstrike in Iraq killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, the of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps–Qods Force. On January 8, Iran launched ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases where U.S. forces are stationed and at least 50 U.S. service members were injured.”
ISIS attacks and presence may be increasing in Iraq and Syria.