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Mar. 10: Anti-ISIL Fighters Retake Key Terrain

Release No: UNRELEASED March 10, 2015 PRINT | E-MAIL

March 10, 2015

Release # 20150310.1
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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 being destroyed.

"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.