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(Editor’s Note to Video Exclusive: War Reporter Alex Quade embedded with Special Forces Operational Detachment Teams in Diyala Province, Iraq, as they called in airstrikes with A10s and F16s in 2007 and 2008, and advised as many as 1400 Iraqis on missions. Quade is able to release this exclusive video now, because special operations taking place and the process for calling in airstrikes for Operation Inherent Resolve are different from what she witnessed firsthand — as you’ll be able to compare to her article on the current situation below. Per embed guideline, in Quade’s video: no full names, aircraft tail numbers or locations released; nor full facial footage of Operators revealed. Special Operations Public Affairs Officers cleared every frame of Alex Quade’s footage. She received special permission from the Operators to show more of their faces, since many have retired.)

U.S. Special Operations Forces are in the fight in Iraq against ISIL (Islamic State), but not in the way you might think.

According to Gary Boucher, outgoing spokesperson at the Combined Joint Task Force for Operation Inherent Resolve — these Special Operations Forces (SOF) are currently partnered with Kurdish Regional Government Forces, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service.

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