By Saagar Enjeti, DCNF
The U.S. air mission against the Islamic State is operating at a high tempo and making significant progress, Air Force Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian told “Fox and Friends” Friday morning.
Harrigan is commander of Air Force operations under U.S. Central Command, which carries out airstrikes in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.
“As you look at whats happening on the battlefield today, we’ve got them on the run,” Harrigan said, adding significant progress has been made under the Trump administration. “Nothing but success.”
The Air Force dropped an unprecedented number of bombs on the terrorist group in August. The uptick in airstrikes throughout the month of August coincides with the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces’ advance on ISIS’s capital of Raqqa, where it now controls approximately 70 percent of the city.
Gains against ISIS have “dramatically accelerated” under the Trump administration, U.S. Special Envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition Brett McGurk notedin early August. McGurk noted that nearly a third of all gains against the terrorist group have come in the early months of the Trump administration.
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