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As Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM continued onward into 2010, rhetoric and policy began to change in Washington. President Obama had pledged an eventual drawdown of American forces throughout Southwest Asia (SWA), and Robert Gates, the Secretary of Defense, indicated that a new operations title was needed to better frame the situation in SWA. On 17 February, Gates announced that OIF would be replaced with Operation NEW DAWN. NEW DAWN is framed in a few different phases, including the drawdown of forces, the rise of ISIS/ISIL, and the restoration of the Iraqi Army. In the days leading up to the transition to OND, U.S. forces along with Iraqi Security Forces continued to make gains in the Global War on Terror. In particular, the 18 April ISF raid that led to the death of al-Qaeda leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri had a profound impact on the posture of the terrorist organization
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In April of 2008, Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) was well underway across Afghanistan and neighboring regions. The campaign had been launched in response of a coordinated terrorist attack on American soil on 11 September 2001. The situation in the Afghani territory of Helmand in early April of 2008 was that
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