"The brigade has readied itself for any mission", team commander Col. Matthew Brown said in the release on Friday.
After a winter spent training in the Arctic, the team known as the "Arctic Wolves" will face a likely test its readiness for all missions when facing average daytime temperatures in Iraq that may top 130 degrees Fahrenheit. The 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team will replace the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division in a regular rotation, the release said.
Combined Joint Task Force — Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) said in a press release on Monday that US-led forces are conducting airstrikes against the Daesh terror group in Iraq after defeating the Islamic State’s territorial caliphate in Syria.
Aerial operations focus on the Islamic State’s capacity to re-emerge, which includes the targeting its financial, explosive-manufacturing, communication, recruiting, planning, training and smuggling activities, the release added.
In December 2017, Iraqi authorities announced a victory over the Daesh after over three years of fighting, but said local security and law enforcement services would continue eliminating the terror group’s sleeper cells.
The US-led coalition of more than 70 members has been conducting military operations against the Daesh in Syria and Iraq since September 2014. The coalition’s activities in Syria are authorized neither by the Syrian government nor by the UN Security Council.
*Daesh (also known as ISIS, ISIL, Islamic State) is a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries.