The objective is to force Daesh militants from their two power centers in Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria. These cities constitute Daesh’s military, political, economic and ideological centers of gravity, he wrote.
He stressed that the most important mission is to "protect the homeland."
The 101st Airborne Division is one of the most highly decorated units in the US Army and has been featured prominently in combat action. It is a light infantry division of the Army trained for air assault operations.
The unit is also known under the nickname "Screaming Eagles." Its headquarters is located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Originally named the 101st infantry division, the unit was formed in July 1918. As World War I ended several days later, the division was demobilized in December 1918. In 1921, its headquarters was reconstituted and organized in September 1921 with reservists, most of whom were called into service after the war broke out. The reserve division was later disbanded in August 1942, and reconstituted as the 101st Airborne Division.
During World War II, the division was renowned for its role in Operation Overlord (the D-Day landings and airborne landings in Normandy, France), Operation Market Garden, the liberation of the Netherlands, and its action during the Battle of the Bulge, in 1944-1945.
The U.S. is coming up with a new plan says Russia Insider. There are only sketches visible so far and the following is just somewhat informed speculation.
This location has been chosen because it's just 100 miles (160 kilometers) from ISIS frontline positions and some of its lucrative oil fields, but well within territory held by Kurdish fighters known as the YPG. The runway is being nearly doubled in length from about 2,300 feet to 4,330 feet (700 to 1,320 meters) -- long enough, say, to receive C130 transport planes. A small apron is also being paved.
Some U.S. special operation forces are said to already operate from there. This is the vanguard on a reconnaissance mission.
It was publicly disclosed that one brigade of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division would go to Iraq to train, advise and assist the Iraqi forces for an attack on Mosul.
Some 1,800 soldiers from the 101st’s Headquarters and its 2nd Brigade Combat Team will deploy soon on regular rotations to Baghdad and Irbil to train and advise Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga forces who are expected in the coming months to move toward Mosul, the Islamic State group’s de facto headquarters in Iraq.