By U.S. ArmySeptember 6, 2016
Lt. Gen Stephen J. Townsend, far left, commander of Combined Joint Task Force -- Operation Inherent Resolve, and Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Jones, far right, visits Soldiers from Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, August 2016. The artillery units serve two roles: to provide force protection for Coalition and Iraqi security forces and to support ISF ground maneuver, enabling them to defeat Da'esh (an Arabic acronym for ISIL). The mission of CJTF-OIR is to defeat Da'esh in Iraq and Syria by supporting the Government of Iraq with trainers, advisors and fire support, to include aerial strikes and artillery fire.