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Pentagon might give the ISIS campaign a name

The Obama administration is considering giving an official name to the military operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Pentagon said Friday.

{mosads}”We believe that the mission now has grown to an extent, to a scope, where perhaps it’s feasible to take a look at naming it, putting a structure around it that can allow for, you know, more dedicated staffing, resourcing, command and control, organization and resources,” Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said at a briefing Friday.

“That’s what’s being considered now. I’m not gonna get ahead of decisions that haven’t been made yet, but that’s the impetus for thinking about a name, not because we’re trying to, you know, design a new patch to put on a uniform,” he added.

Kirby said the military isn’t sure how to classify the recent death of a Marine because the effort to fight ISIS doesn’t have an official campaign name.

The Marine, whose name has not been released, bailed out of an aircraft that lost power on Wednesday over the Arabian Gulf, and is presumed dead. The other crew member was rescued.

“There’s no question that this Marine’s death is related to the operations that are going on, in some form or fashion. But how it’s gonna be specifically classified, I just wouldn’t — I don’t know,” Kirby said.

Typically, when there is a military casualty by a service member in support of an operation, the operation name is noted in a public notice.

The death of the Marine is the first casualty in the current operation against ISIS. More than 1,600 troops have been ordered to deploy to Iraq.

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