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Press Release | May 5, 2023

April 2023 Month in Review: The Defeat ISIS Mission in Iraq and Syria


May 5, 2023

Release Number 20230505-01


TAMPA, Fla. - During the month of April 2023, U.S. Central Command, along with coalition and other partners, conducted a total of 35 D-ISIS operations, resulting in 13 ISIS operatives killed and 28 detained.

These operations showcase our enduring commitment to the lasting defeat of ISIS and the continued need for targeted military efforts to prevent ISIS members from conducting attacks and regaining a foothold. We remain focused on building local partner forces’ capabilities to prevent ISIS resurgence. 

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

In Iraq:

25 partnered operations

0 US-only operations

9 ISIS operatives killed

7 ISIS operatives detained

In Syria:

10 partnered operations

1 US-only operations

4 ISIS operatives killed

21 ISIS operatives detained

During Ramadan we observed a significant reduction in the number of ISIS attacks compared to previous years. We assess this is due to the increased operations by our partners.

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

In Syria, CENTCOM relies heavily on our local partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces, in the fight with ISIS.

“CENTCOM is committed to the enduring defeat of ISIS,” said Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla, CENTCOM commander.