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Pentagon Operation Name for Islamic State Fight Inspires Criticism

An F/A-18 Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson as it conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve on Oct. 27, 2014. Alex King/Navy

November 24, 2014  | 

During World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill urged leaders to come up with valiant names for battles so no mother of a fallen soldier need say her son was killed "in an operation called 'Bunnyhug' or 'Ballyhoo.' " The Pentagon faced a similar problem when choosing an operational name for the campaign against the Islamic State.

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