June 8, 2018
Release # 20180608-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Coalition trained and backed partner forces killed seven Daesh terrorists in southern Syria June 4.
During counter-Daesh patrols within the 55 km southern Syria de-confliction zone near At Tanf, members of the Coalition-supported Maghawir al-Thawra intercepted a vehicle attempting to bypass a security checkpoint. The vehicle occupants, identified as Daesh, attempted to flee and fired weapons at Coalition partners.
At least one Daesh member self-detonated his suicide vest during the ensuing exchange of fire. Seven Daesh terrorists were killed and there were no Coalition or partner casualties.
Coalition partners such as MaT conduct routine monitoring and patrols to deny Daesh safe havens, while simultaneously reducing the terrorists' ability to conduct external operations in neighboring countries.
"This is another example of the dedication and hard work by our partners to defeat the remaining Daesh threat in southern Syria," said Maj. Gen. Felix Gedney, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve's deputy commander for strategy and support. "To take the fight to Daesh and deny them safe haven has been our primary focus. If we are to attain stability in the region, we must carry on our committed effort to achieve a lasting defeat of Daesh here."
CJTF-OIR is committed to defeating Daesh and setting conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability.