IG Report – Operation Inherent Resolve (May 2022)

Syria Democratic Front (SDF)

The Lead Inspector General has published its quarterly report to the United States Congress on Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). The report, released in early May 2022, covers the events and activities of the United States military during the period of January 1, 2022 to March 31, 2022.

The report summarizes the quarter’s key events related to the overseas contingency operation to advise, assist, and enable local partner forces in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.


  • Executive Summary.
  • Status of OIR. Mission, funding, personnel, and facilities
  • Iraq. Security, politics and economics, stabilization, and humanitarian assistance
  • Syria. Security, stabilization, and humanitarian assistance
  • Oversight activities. Strategic planning, audits and inspection, and investigations
  • Appendices. Methodology, DoJ activities, acronyms, endnotes

Syria. The Syrian Democratic Front (SDF) conducted some independent operations against the Islamic State during the quarter. The SDF continues to rely on the Coalition for critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) support. A big constraint and disruption are the forces aligned with the Syrian regime, Iran, Russia, and Turkey.

Iraq. The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) are making incremental progress towards operational independence. Although the ISF has airpower and ISR, it still does not use it effectively. Iraqi politics has been delaying government reform efforts. Iran and Iran-aligned militias continue to threaten U.S. and Coalition forces; however, attacks during this period have been limited.


Operation Inherent Resolve: Lead Inspector General Report to the United States Congress, January 1, 2022 – March 31, 2022, published May 2022, PDF, 128 pages.

Photo: Syrian Democratic Front (SDF) members working alongside U.S. military personnel in Syria in early 2022. U.S. Army photo.

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