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The Air Force has flown more than halfof the 87,000 coalitionsorties over Iraq andSyria since the air campaign against the Islamic State militant group began, striking key locations and assets about 25 times a day,Lt. Gen. John Raymond told reporters Thursday."We have conducted 67 percent of the nearly 11,000 airstrikes," said Raymond, deputy chief of staff for Air Force operations. Herbert "Hawk" Carlisle, head ofAir Combat Command, to Lt. Gen.HDMI Series Air Forces Central Command, have heralded the Air Force's performance against the Islamic State, from the successful intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions flown by the F 22 Raptor to the ability of the A 10 Thunderbolt to destroy the Islamic State's oil and cash reserves. aircraft to release the most ordnance since Operation Inherent Resolve, the Pentagon's name for the campaign, began in 2014, according to Air Force Central Command statistics of mannedaircraft provided to Air Force Times.The decades old bomber has dropped almost 40 percent of the Air Forcebombs on Islamic State targets, according to the service's statistics. Unsurprisingly, this correlates with the B 1's 75,000 pound payload capacity, which can include both precision guided and and non precision weapons."Pretty much any target that the enemy would have, we'll have the type of weapons and the number of weapons to make sure that it's going to be a first look, a successful strikethat eliminates that target from the battle space," a lieutenant colonel, identified only as "Joseph," recently told Air Force Times. Air Force is using five manned aircraft for its missions in support of the war on Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria. (Photo: Courtesy Graphic/John Bretschneider)Joseph was the commander of aB 1 crew with the 37th Bomb Squadron out ofEllsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, that returned in January from a six month deployment to the Middle East."We only do precision," Joseph continued. "We want to be deliberate. A precise weapon . allows us to strike the area that we've been tasked to, identified as an enemy target."But the B 1 is not the aircraft that takes to the skies most often. The F 16 flies about a third of the Air Force's sorties over Iraq and Syria, with the F 15E coming in a close second.With limited numbers of the F 22 in the AOR, the Raptor flies far fewer sorties, and drops much less ordnance, than the other platforms.Air Force officials claim the air campaign against ISIS has been one of the most precise air wars in history, thanks in large part to precision guided weapons."Daesh doesn't actually mass itself where you could actually even use [non precision weapons]. . That's a tactic that is really not effective for the fight we're actually executing today," Brown, the head of AFCENT, said Feb. 19, using the Pentagon's alternative name for the Islamic State group.The group asserts that the Pentagon has badly underestimated the number of civilian casualties resulting from the Inherent Resolve air campaign."We're continually looking at our processes and trying to determine the most effective way to hit the enemy with minimal impact on civilians," Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder, a spokesman for CENTCOM, said in January. "The low numbers are a testament to our aviators, mission plannersand intelligence analysts.""This is the most precise air campaign in history," Ryder continued, and "there is a very detailed process we go through to plan these targets.".