Exclusive Look Inside the Anti-ISIS Command Center

ABC News' Martha Raddatz reports from the Persian Gulf on the U.S. effort against ISIS.
6:19 | 06/07/15

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Now inside the U.S. Headquarters to take down Isis, this joint operations base in the persian gulf is where the U.S. Military coordinates every air strike, all of the intelligence for today and the future comes through here. It was one year ago today that Isis swept into mosul in Iraq, pulling the U.S. Into a war we thought had ended. Right now, we're going inside the massive operations center and going one-on-one with the general commanding the mission to defeat Isis for good. This is really the centerpiece of our current operations in Iraq and Syria. Reporter: Here in this command center, the war room of all war rooms in the battle against Isis, the fight is 24/7. Video feeds flow in from the battlefield and every bit of intelligence from satellite feeds to Twitter feeds, monitored minute by minute. So, this is really where you coordinate everything, the whole battle space. That's correct. This is where the current operations pieces are happening. Reporter: There's a fire's desk, coordinating air strikes on Syria and Iraq. The intelligence desk, social media, logistics and spots for all of the coalition partners. What are we looking at now? You're seeing the final results of the aircraft acquiring a particular target. Reporter: In other words the missiles are fired and the bombs are dropped? Correct. Reporter: This is the first time cameras have been allowed in. Artillery pieces. Improvised explosive devices. Vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices. Weapons, et cetera. We have taken those things off the battlefield. Reporter: A battlefield that a year ago was just emerging. Last June, Isis firmly stamped its name across the map of the middle east, marching with terrifying speed across Syria and Iraq, grabbing world attention as it quickly overran mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, even threatening Baghdad. I was there last year when Iraqis were volunteering in droves to protect their city. There steams be an incredible deal among these men. They seem absolutely fearless. They have no idea of what they're getting into, and neither did the rest of the world. Today, the u.s.'s back at war with more than 3,000 troops on the ground in Iraq, conducting more than 3400 air strikes in Iraq and Syria and spending more than $2.5 billion. In charge of this massive effort, known as operation inherent resolve is lieutenant general James terry. We're starting to see Isis seek cover in terms of physically digging into positions the first phase of that campaign was halt dash. We feel like we have done that. Reporter: You believe you have halted? I do. Reporter: Isis? I do. Reporter: It doesn't look like that. Recent images paint a different picture of the enemy, overtaking the Iraqi city of ramadi, setting off 34 massive car bombs, some suicide bombs using American humvees stolen from Iraqi forces. Retaking that city is the next main objective. You think they're ready to go. I think they're preparing to go right now. Reporter: You wouldn't say hold back until you know what you're doing here? I think they've got some things they have to put in place and I think they're making the necessary moves to do that. Reporter: General Robert castellvi is just out of Iraq where he worked directly with Iraqi forces. They're ready to go in. We have assisted them in developing a campaign plan to be an operational plan to go back in. They have already started going back in you have been in Iraq before, you have seen the billions of dollars we have spent on this effort, why will it work this time? It's going to work. It has to work. This time, I think they're much more embracing of the training and much more embracing of the equipment that we're bringing. Reporter: Key to supporting Iraqi troops as they take back ramadi, U.S. And coalition air strikes. This is an mq1, a remotely-piloted aircraft. Or as we call them, drones. They're in the fight 24/7. Over Iraq. Over Syria. Armed with hellofire missiles. How the missiles reach their target is the center of a heated debate, should U.S. Troops be on the front lines with the Iraqi security forces? Side by side, helping to call in those air strikes the troops who would be there, jtac, or joint terminal attack controllers. Right now, this jtac veteran of 12 deployments has been calling in those strikes remotely from a strike cell in Iraq, if it was up to him, the jtac would forward in the attack. More effective in getting more targets? Yeah. Reporter: Even though they're not up close they can see how Isis has adapted to the firepower being aimed their way. They're more disciplined than I have seen in the past. They're more of a fighter than sitting back and planting the I.E.D.S. Reporter: Right now, they're doing horrible things. Do you think about that? I think they all have to die. Reporter: General terry says plenty already have. We keep hearing number of fighters who were killed. 10,000 Isis fighters the other day. Do you know that's true? That's a good number. Reporter: And terry takes pride in what he says are a very low number of civilian casualties in the air strikes. I think it will take time. There will be ups and downs. Let's continue to work with Iraqis and make them successful. I think that's the way ahead. Turning now to the man who

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