Coalition air operations critical to Mosul offensive Published Oct. 25, 2016 By Staff Sgt. Charles Rivezzo U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar -- Coalition airpower continues to support Iraqi Security Forces in the offensive to recapture Mosul, Iraq, contributing to the ultimate destruction of Da’esh’s hold on the country’s second largest city. The Air Coalition has conducted approximately 100 airstrikes since the operation initially began Oct. 17. The Air Coalition has been targeting Da’esh in and around Mosul throughout the campaign. While the Government of Iraq has the lead for operations in Mosul, the Air Coalition stands ready to provide precision airpower for the indigenous ground forces when requested while the Government of Iraq has the lead for operations in Mosul. The U.S. Air Force is providing the full spectrum of air assets to include intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets, aerial refueling, strike assets as well as air and ground-based command and control to support the Iraqis. The strikes are conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate Da’esh and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria and the wider international community.