BAGHDAD, Nov. 8, 2018 —
Thousands of tons of United Nations humanitarian aid have been safely delivered to the Rukban internally displaced persons camp near At Tanf, Syria. The Maghaweir al-Thowra, a partner of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, provided security to ensure the safe delivery of the UN convoy.
The security provided by the MaT allowed for UN and Red Crescent aid workers to safely administer life-saving medical and humanitarian relief prior to the winter season, when mortality rates would be expected to be highest without assistance.
"The enduring defeat of ISIS will require more than a purely military solution,'' said Maj. Gen. (UK) Christopher Ghika, deputy commander for CJTF-OIR. "The toxic and evil impact ISIS has had in the region will ultimately be eradicated, but that will require international assistance to ensure that innocent people like those in Rukban are not forgotten."
CJTF-OIR and its partners continue to stand ready to enable future delivery of UN humanitarian relief to the people of Rukban until they are able to return home as we pursue our mission of an enduring defeat of ISIS.