Photos from the U.S. Airstrikes Against ISIS

Nov. 20, 2015, 11:30 a.m.

Fol­low­ing a Nov. 13 at­tack on Par­is, the U.S., along with France and Rus­sia, are in­tensi­fy­ing ef­forts to strike Is­lam­ic State mil­it­ants. The U.S. has been con­duct­ing air­strikes as early as Septem­ber of 2014 us­ing mod­ern weaponry, in­clud­ing the first-ever com­bat use of the new stealth F-22 Rap­tor.

“This is al­most like a Desert Storm where we went in with lots of fire­power, everything that the United States has,” said Ret. Col. Steph­en Gan­yard, a former Mar­ine fight­er pi­lot and De­fense De­part­ment of­fi­cial who’s now a con­sult­ant for ABC News. “All of the best gear is go­ing in­to this fight be­cause we have to treat it like a very high threat en­vir­on­ment.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Wall Street Journ­al, the F-22, most com­monly used in battle, “can drop guided bombs from much fur­ther away than F/A-18s or F-16 fight­er planes” and can hit a tar­get with 1,000-pound guided bomb from 15 miles away.

Smoke believed to be from an airstrike billows over the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. Kurdish Iraqi fighters, backed by the U.S.-led air campaign, launched an assault aiming to retake the strategic town of Sinjar, which the Islamic State overran last year in an onslaught that caused the flight of tens of thousands of Yazidis and first prompted the U.S. to launch airstrikes against the militants.  AP Photo/Bram Janssen
ARLINGTON, VA - SEPTEMBER 28: A group of F-22 Raptors perform a flyover during the burial service for former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) at Arlington National Cemetery September 28, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. Stevens, the longest serving Republican in the Senate, died in a plane crash in Alaska August 9, 2010. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) National Journal
ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 23, 2014) An F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 and an F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 prepare to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) to conduct strike missions against ISIL targets. George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert Burck/U.S. Navy
ARABIAN GULF - SEPTEMBER 23: (EDITORS NOTE: IMAGE RELEASED BY U.S. MILITARY PRIOR TO TRANSMISSION) In this handout image provided by the U.S. Navy, Sailors stand watch on the bridge while Tomahawk cruise missiles are launched aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) on September 23, 2014 in the Arabian Gulf. National Journal
AT SEA - UNDATED PHOTO: (FILE PHOTO) The Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Cole is shown at sea approximately one month before being attacked by a terrorist-suicide mission which killed 17 U.S. sailors and injured approximately 36 others during a refueling operation October 12, 2000 in the port of Aden, Yemen. Al-Qaeda's chief of Persian Gulf operations, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, also known as 'Al Maqqi,' has been captured, U.S. government officials said November 21, 2002. Al-Nashiri is believed to have been involved in planning numerous attacks, including the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen, officials said. U.S. Navy/Getty Images
ARABIAN GULF - SEPTEMBER 23: (EDITORS NOTE: IMAGE RELEASED BY U.S. MILITARY PRIOR TO TRANSMISSION) In this handout image provided by the U.S. Navy, The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) launches a Tomahawk cruise missile on September 23, 2014 in the Arabian Gulf. Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Garst/U.S. Navy via Getty Image
This two-picture combo photo, provided by the Pentagon, used during a Pentagon briefing Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, shows before and after allied airstrike photos of the Gbiebi Modular oil refinery in Syria.  AP Photo/DoD
This image made from amateur video posted on an activist social media account early Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows an explosion in the village of Kfar Derian, Syria. The Syrian foreign ministry said Tuesday that Washington informed Damascus’ envoy to the United Nations before launching airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria, attacks that activists said inflicted casualties among jihadi fighters on the ground. Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group, said missiles also targeted the village of Kfar Derian, which is a base for the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, which is a rival of the Islamic State group. Abdurrahman said those strikes appear to have been carried by the U.S.  AP Photo/amateur video via AP video
A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets targets in Syria, Sept. 23, 2014.  U.S. Department of Defense
U.S. Air Force pilots assigned to an E-3B Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft fly a mission to support airstrikes against Islamic State of Irag and the Levant targets over northeastern Iraq, Oct. 2, 2014.  U.S. Department of Defense

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