Sept. 2, 2019 —
SOUTHWEST ASIA – Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition Special Operations Forces detained more than 35 Daesh affiliates and removed associated terrorist materials from the battlefield, last month.
Attacking Daesh fighters and their support networks across Iraq enables the Government of Iraq’s continued stability and reconstruction efforts, furthering the enduring defeat of Daesh.
“We know they are hiding in the ungoverned spaces [and that] Daesh is still trying to regenerate,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Eric Hill, Special Operations Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve commander. “We’ll stay here and support the ISF until no longer needed.”
The ISF, supported by the Coalition, are attacking Daesh networks and degrading their capabilities. “The pressure that we’re keeping on them keeps Daesh decentralized,” Hill said. “We do see some unraveling of their communications.”
“Here in Iraq they’ve kept the pressure up since the end of 2017 to preclude an insurgency or regeneration,” said Hill while discussing Daesh’s difficulties. “We do know that they’re having troubles with the simple things like paying their folks.”
The SOJTF-OIR is the special operations arm of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh operating in Iraq and Syria.
Note: For imagery relating to the ISF, view the following:
Iraqi CTS: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/5693753/cts-conducts-clearance-operations