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Press Release | April 4, 2023

CENTCOM Month in Review, March 2023: The Fight Against ISIS in Iraq and Syria


Apr. 4, 2023

Release Number 20230404-02


TAMPA, Fla.– During the month of March 2023, U.S. Central Command, along with coalition and other partners, conducted a total of 37 D-ISIS operations, resulting in 9 ISIS operatives killed and 18 detained.  

The following is a breakdown of D-ISIS operations for March 2023 by country:   

In Iraq 

In Syria 

28 partnered operations 

9 partnered operations 

0 U.S.-only operations 

0 U.S.-only operations 

7 ISIS operatives killed 

2 ISIS operatives killed 

7 ISIS operatives detained 

11 ISIS operatives detained 


These operations targeted ISIS members responsible for planning attacks inside Iraq and Syria, including plans for attacks on ISIS detention facilities in Syria. At least 8 detained ISIS militants were involved in those plans.

These operations were conducted under the authority of the CENTCOM commander who retains authority for operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and under the command of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. Our local partners play a critical role in this fight. Their competence, professionalism, and dedication to the enduring defeat of ISIS allow continued pressure against the terror group.

In Iraq, CENTCOM troops advise, assist and enable Iraqi Security Forces, including the Kurdish Peshmerga, who lead our shared fight against ISIS in Iraq. 

In Syria, CENTCOM partners with the Syrian Democratic Forces to continue the fight against ISIS.

“The fight against ISIS continues,” said Col. Joe Buccino, a CENTCOM spokesperson. “Though its capability is degraded, ISIS retains the ability to direct and inspire attacks in the region and abroad.”