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    The ISIL Fight

    I haven't talked much about current military operations lately, but the stuff going on right now deserves some attention.

    "Operation Inherent Resolve" as it is being called, is military action by multiple countries against the terrorist organization known as ISIL, ISIS, or IS depending on who you are.  The US President says ISIL, so that's good enough for me.

    Let's start with names.  An operation has to have a name.  Inherent Resolve is kind of dumb in my opinion, but at least we now have something to call it.  Moving on to ISIL, the group has renamed itself several times.  I was once told the US recognizes it as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant rather than Islamic State of Iraq and Syria because it sounds less offensive to Syria.

    Oh yeah, we're worried about offending Syria, the government of which has killed about 200,000 of its own people, far more than ISIL.  But we need Syria's cooperation to fly into their airspace and not give us a hard time.

    But back to ISIL.  Other terrorist groups such as Al-Qaida had always focused on controlling populations.  ISIL is somewhat different in the fact that they operated with the goal of controlling territory.  By capturing oil resources, banks, and other valuables, they were able to fund their rapid expansion.  Barely anyone had ever heard of ISIL a year ago, but now they're about the most threatening terrorist group there is.

    So what is being done?  A number of countries are launching air strikes.  The all-air plan isn't new, for example it happened during Operation Allied Force in the '90s in Kosovo.  There are a few pros and cons.  Having no ground troops (Competent ground troops.  The Iraqi Army barely exists as a military.) to take advantage of the air strikes means they have less effect than normal.  However, not putting troops on the ground helps keep our soldiers out of danger and reduces the things ISIL can use for propaganda.

    The coalition to fight ISIL is composed of pretty much all the countries in the region as well as a significant fraction of NATO.  Of course we're reluctant to share info with people like Syria and Iran, but they are fighting ISIL.  Saudi Arabia is heavily invested, as is the UAE, Qatar, and a few others.  From outside the Middle East, we have the US, UK, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, and Netherlands doing airstrikes.  Canada was already on the way, but since this terrorist shooting near their Parliment, they're hurrying up.

    So how's it been going?  I read an article the other day that the first month of airstrikes has killed 500 ISIL fighters.  Wikipedia reports about 1000.  The bombing also took away some of the oil resources that was earning ISIL a reported $1 million per day.

    So ISIL awakened sleeping giants and are getting their asses kicked.  If only it were that simple.  ISIL recruiting is still going strong.  I admit that I don't know much about the programs countries are working on to curtail that.  The rapid rise of ISIL has been part of the factor in their strong recruitment.  Very savvy social media has been another.  They publish a magazine and regular state-of-the-organization reports!  We need to find a way to make it not cool to join.

    So this is what our military, or at least the Air Force and Navy, are going to be bombing for a while.  The Pentagon has already stated that it could be years.  But doing something is better than doing nothing, I guess.

    So far, the US and UK are the only countries interveneing in both Iraq and Syria.  Most other western countries are only going into Iraq.  Most middle eastern countries are only going into Syria.

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    US Navy: carrier strike group with Hornets and Super Hornets, plus ships to launch missiles

    US Marines: Harriers

    UK: GR-4 Tornados

    Australia: Super Hornets

    Canada: Hornets

    France: Rafale

    Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark: F-16

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Twilight finds the sports section of an ancient newspaper.  The pony on the front page looks strangely familiar...

First Published
21st Dec 2012
Last Modified
21st Dec 2012
#1 · 97w, 9h ago · · ·

Oh dear

I think you, or someone else might of, idk, wrote a story about Celestia growing up in school? And how she was always bigger and another pony she had a crush on asked her to join the hoofball team. This sounds like the second chapter of that story, kind of. (you have to many stories for me to look though them to see if you were the one who wrote it)

#2 · 97w, 9h ago · · ·

What is the wide world of sports is this?

*reads*

*edit* That was good.

#3 · 97w, 9h ago · · ·

hmmm, so short though...

#4 · 97w, 9h ago · 1 · ·

Who ?  That tall, awkward schoolfilly ?

:trollestia::trollestia::trollestia:

#5 · 97w, 9h ago · · ·

I'm trying to determine if this is related to that other story you had so, so long ago.

#6 · 97w, 9h ago · · ·

i like dis

#7 · 97w, 9h ago · · ·

oh yes:trollestia:

#8 · 97w, 9h ago · · ·

>>1833322 Here Comes the Sun is what you're thinking of.

>>1833361 Maybe related, maybe not.  I just liked the idea.

#9 · 97w, 9h ago · · ·

LOL yes, I think I remember you talking about and/or posting art for this a while back! :pinkiehappy:

#10 · 97w, 9h ago · · ·

Celestia as a football player? Alright I'll bite... *many minutes later after three rereads and weird looks from Paladin's headcanon Celestia* Huh... interesting, short of course but interesting. Yes I could see her play football, a Princess has to have something to do out side of classes and politics. Well done my friend.

#11 · 97w, 9h ago · · ·

I've been waiting for this, you have no idea.

#12 · 97w, 9h ago · · ·

Huhwha?

iI'm utterly confused right now.

#13 · 97w, 9h ago · · ·

Of course if Cely did hoofball, then Lulu did ice hockey!

#14 · 97w, 9h ago · · ·

Good story, just kind of hard to follow in the short word-length though. My mind skipped over Celestia's interception, so I was kinda confused since Hoofington was already on offence and then I had to re-read and all that. Just a nitpick, I guess.

#15 · 97w, 9h ago · · ·

Pffft. That was funny. You pump out fics like crazy.

#16 · 97w, 8h ago · · ·

FOOTBALL HOOLIGANS

#17 · 97w, 6h ago · · ·

And at the end of the day Twilight gives a grand total of ZERO, count em, ZERO fucks.

#18 · 96w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1834228 Not a single fuck was given that day.

And the number of fucks given was zero, no more, no less. Zero is the number of fucks given. One is one too many, two is two too much. Five is right out!

#19 · 96w, 6d ago · · ·

Teenage Celestia! Never gets old. And I see what you did with the announcers there. Clever. Very clever

#20 · 96w, 6d ago · · ·

we don't see much teenage Celestia. Still I was expecting something more, this story was a little flat

#21 · 96w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1835175 And thy post did make mrmayortheiv grin and he did feast upon the lambs and sloths and carp and anchovies and orangutans and breakfast cereals, and fruit bats and large chu...

#22 · 96w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1836575 GET ON WITH IT!!!

:rainbowlaugh:

#23 · 96w, 6d ago · · ·

Well then, I now know that being in a sports  bar does have an actual effect upon people.

#24 · 96w, 6d ago · 3 · ·

This fic, I like it!

(This is the part where many would expect me to smash the story on the ground and demand another, but that is quite rude, impossible- digital information and whatnot- and would destroy the story)

Suffice to say that I would be quite happy if another story like this, perhaps in the same "universe" as it, was produced, but will also remain quite content indeed if this stays the bit of randomness which it is.

#25 · 95w, 2d ago · 2 · ·

you should make a sequel where Twilight asks Celestia about it :rainbowlaugh: that would be priceless!:pinkiehappy:

#26 · 88w, 5d ago · · ·

Unexpected, but quite interesting.  :pinkiehappy:

#27 · 84w, 5d ago · · ·

It's okay. Have a thumb.

#29 · 74w, 3d ago · · ·

>>2637384 Exactly, my friend.

#30 · 72w, 5d ago · · ·

Was she just a unicorn in this story? If she was a princess then they would be forced to put her on the team and the cover image doesn`t show her with wings. Also, her name was sunshine, perhaps that was her name before she became the alicorn she is today.

#31 · 72w, 5d ago · 3 · ·

>>2693006 Or maybe the wings were just under her uniform.  She couldn't use them while playing anyway.

Perhaps I intentionally wrote this to leave that point ambiguous.

Er, or perhaps I forgot.

#32 · 72w, 2d ago · · ·

>>2693018

It would be a good idea for the wings to be in the suit, imagine a wing getting caught during a play, ouch.:twilightoops:

#33 · 68w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

clip and clop?

flim and flam.

#34 · 65w, 2d ago · · ·

Hilarious if she actually knew that Twilight was there.

Her Reaction::twilightoops:

Celestia's Reaction::trollestia:

#35 · 49w, 4d ago · · ·

Yes.

#36 · 49w, 1d ago · · ·

lolol XD

#37 · 45w, 4d ago · · ·

This was still cute the second time I read it. :twilightsmile:

#38 · 42w, 11h ago · · ·

Saw this story at the side bar whenever I look at your page/blog/whathaveyou.

I'm so glad I finally read it.

~Skeeter The Lurker

#39 · 35w, 5d ago · · ·

You really might to change that picture, considering that it essentially spoils the entire twist ending from the get-go. (Okay, I admit, I'm about a year late with this comment...)

#40 · 35w, 4d ago · · ·

>>3990073 Over on TVTropes, this story is actually used as an example of cover art spoiling the story.

#41 · 35w, 4d ago · · ·

>>3990809 I added that there, actually. :twilightblush:

#42 · 33w, 3d ago · · ·

>>3990073

>>3990809

I actually like it this way. The viewer knowing something the characters don't. The excitement waiting to see the characters reaction to the news. I'm sure there are literary terms for this.

In any case it's a great story. I can't say I understand most of the sports involved but it's fun to read none the less.

#43 · 13w, 1d ago · · ·

>>3990073 I don't really see how the picture spoils the ending, Twilight and Celestia are the only characters tagged in the story.

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