Victory in Tal Afar “Assured”
Coalition Winning Against ISIS
The coalition and partnered forces on the ground in Iraq and Syria are making significant gains, according to US Army Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, the commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR). Speaking to reporters August 22, Townsend said that victory against ISIS in Tal Afar was “assured.”
“The Fighting’s Tough”
“The fighting’s tough, but the momentum was with our partners and the Iraqi security forces and in the Syrian Democratic Forces,” he said.
The Iraqi city of Mosul was liberated after months of tough fighting, Townsend noted, adding the coalition is in its third month of operations to defeat ISIS in the Syrian city of Raqqa.
“A year ago the liberation of Mosul was just some ideas and some lines on paper. The liberation of Raqqa was not even that,” the general said.
After the intense fighting in Mosul, the Iraqi forces regrouped, quickly refitting and transitioning their force into a new offensive in Tal Afar, west of Mosul, he said.
In Syria, the terrorists are surrounded and cut off, but continue to show their cruelty as they hide among women and children and show no regard for noncombatants, according to Townsend.
The U.S. remains united with its partners and committed in the lasting defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and to prevent the terrorists from “exporting their terror around the world and to protect our homelands,” he said.
“Victory over ISIS is assured in Tal Afar and Raqqa,” the general said.
The coalition, Townsend said, must continue to disrupt ISIS’s ability to inspire new recruits, deprive the terrorists of sanctuary, interrupt their revenue streams, destroy their equipment, kill their fighters and deny their ability to attack the homelands.
Source: US Department of Defense
Image: US Army Pfc Jordan Williams, UH-60 Blackhawk crew chief for B Co, 1-207th AVN, Alaska National Guard, near Tal Afar, Iraq, on June 5, 2006, by Staff Sgt Jacob N Baile.