March 10, 2015
Release # 20150310.1
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA — Anti-ISIL forces supported by Combined Joint Task Force -
Operation Inherent Resolve airstrikes seized key terrain late last week in
North-East Syria near Tal Hamis. These forces overcame ISIL resistance in
this section of Syria, and denied the terrorist group its freedom of
maneuver in the area. The two-week operation, which ended March 7, also
denied ISIL access to primary travel routes historically used to move its
personnel and materials into Iraq - namely Tal Afar and Mosul.
During the operation, anti-ISIL forces were able to seize critical portions
of Route 47 in Syria, a key ISIL communications and supply line leading into
Iraq. In addition, key terrain was seized in the Jazera region and 94 nearby
villages were liberated. Coalition forces conducted supporting air strikes,
resulting in multiple ISIL weapons systems, vehicles and fighting positions
"This operation demonstrated the ability of anti-ISIL forces to further
degrade Daesh influence in this region," said Lt. Gen. James L. Terry,
Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve commander. "The
determination of these anti-ISIL forces and our precision airstrikes enabled
us to deny Daesh this key terrain in Syria."
The CJTF-OIR coalition will continue to support efforts to attack and defeat
ISIL. Anti-ISIL forces now hold the gains they have made and are postured to
retake additional territory from ISIL in the region.