Special to WorldTribune.com
Since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. military has been engaged in a series of “small wars,” conducting low level combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
This style of warfare has been focused on close combat and small unit operations, often supported by air support.
The military has fought well and bravely. Political decisions involving the use of the U.S. military led to reversal of major gains in Iraq in 2011 when the Obama administration decided not to actively pursue a Status of Forces Agreement, resulting in the withdrawal of U.S. forces there.
That withdrawal fueled the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in Iraq, forcing a reversal of U.S. policy and the insertion into Iraq of U.S. Special Forces in mostly training and advisory capacities to support a badly demoralized Iraq military.