The U.S.-led military mission against the “Islamic State” (ISIS) now has a name - Operation Inherent Resolve, The Hill reports.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, announced the name on CNN on Wednesday, according to the report, ending months of uncertainty over what to call the operation which began in June.
There were questions as to whether the administration was reluctant to name the military action and acknowledge a new war in Iraq, but defense officials said the campaign had simply grown to an extent where a name was feasible.
The United Kingdom and France had named their military operations in Iraq against ISIS in September Operation Shader and Operation Chammal, respectively, according to The Hill.
Having a name will pave the way for more dedicated staffing, resourcing, and organization, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said on October 3.
The operation, which began with airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq, later expanded to include airstrikes against the group in Syria as well. There have been reports, however, that these airstrikes have been ineffective thus far.
U.S. President Barack Obama told reporters on Tuesday that the effort to dismantle ISIS "is going to be a long-term campaign".
"There will be days of progress and there are going to be periods of setback," he said, adding that an influx of fighters from outside the region joining ISIS makes it a threat beyond the Middle East and into the U.S.
"We are going to have to pay attention to how all the countries in the region begin to cooperate in rooting out this cancer and we are going to have to continue on delivering the humanitarian assistance of all the populations that have been affected," added Obama.
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