This is the first of an ongoing series that gives a brief look into the many facets of the United States’ “War on Terror”.
The United States is currently in its 16th year in the prolonged “War on Terror.” According to Kimberly Amadeo of “The Balance,” in 2017, the United States is estimated to spend upwards of $80.3 billion to fuel the present conflict.
The “War on Terror” today consists of two main fronts, the first being manifested in the form of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. OFS is the continuation of Operation Enduring Freedom, which also took place in Afghanistan. The United States on this front is currently fighting against Al-Qaeda in an effort to both create peace in the nation and to prevent any future offenses of terror against the United States. Unlike OEF, which included conflicts in the Sahara and the Philippines, OFS is confined to Afghanistan.
The second, and more well-known front that the United States is involved within the “War on Terror” is Operation Inherent Resolve. OIR is the conflict against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS. As stated on the OIR website, the goal of the conflict is to “militarily defeat DA’ESH in the Combined Joint Operations Area in order to enable whole-of-coalition governmental actions to increase regional stability.” While this conflict started as the Syrian Civil War, it has since grown to include many nations fighting within the Middle East, and ISIS taking terrorist offenses in countries abroad.
While the conflict today may be consolidated to three countries, the “War on Terror” has previously included many other fronts. Next issue, we will take a look at the origins of the “War on Terror.”