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Press Release | Aug. 23, 2023

CENTCOM Commander Visits Syrian Camps


Aug 23, 2023

Release Number 20230823-01


TAMPA, Fla. — On August 21, General Michael "Erik" Kurilla, commander of U.S. Central Command, traveled to Syria where he visited the al-Hol and al-Roj Displaced Persons Camps in northeast Syria. These visits involved interactions with camp administrators, as well as camp residents themselves, to observe first hand the current humanitarian conditions, continued improvements in camp security, and repatriation, rehabilitation, and reintegration efforts to return residents to their countries of origin.

"Our continuing multi-national effort to repatriate the residents of the camps to their countries of origin not only enhances security and stability in the region, but, more importantly, eases this humanitarian challenge," said General Kurilla. "The United States, SDF, and the Global Coalition remain focused and committed on the enduring defeat of ISIS while addressing the humanitarian and security challenges at camps in northeast Syria.”

During this trip, General Kurilla also met with Syrian Democratic Forces and discussed the ongoing campaign to defeat ISIS and continuing humanitarian assistance efforts in the region.