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Operation Roundup Update
Operation Inherent Resolve Spokesman, Col. Sean Ryan, briefed reporters from Baghdad, Iraq, on ongoing operations in Iraq and Syria, stressing that progress was continuing to be made in the face of determined ISIS resistance.
In Iraq, Iraqi special forces and Kurdish forces arrested ten members of an ISIS financial group described as a “hallmark of how we will ultimately defeat ISIS.”
Operation Last Warning
Col Ryan also gave details of Operation Last Warning, a major operation targeting pockets of ISIS resistance in the Anbar desert. ISF discovered over one hundred explosive charges and IEDs. They destroyed them and the facilities in which they were being produced and stored. In Ramadi the ISF captured 28 suspected ISIS fighters and discovered over a thousand IEDs. In Kirkuk, ISIS are targeting water supplies, power lines and communications.
ISIS remains a deadly adversary.
In Syria, one month into Phase 3 of Operation Roundup, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are making progress despite booby-trapped buildings, IEDs and ISIS counter-attacks. ISIS is using local civilians as human shields to cover their movements and bomb production. In the words of Col. Ryan, “ISIS remains a deadly adversary.”
U.S. Marines train with a Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle in Deir ez-Zor province, Syria, Oct. 9, 2018. Coalition Forces continue to assist in Operation Roundup, the Syrian Democratic Forces-led offensive to liberate the last remaining stronghold of ISIS in the Middle Euphrates River Valley. The Coalition remains committed to working with local partners toward the enduring defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matthew Crane)
Smoke rises in the distance from tires set alight by ISIS terrorists in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, Syria, Oct. 5, 2018. The smoke screen, also known as screening fires, is an attempt by ISIS to disrupt the Coalition Forces intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets. The Coalition remains committed to working with local partners toward the enduring defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matthew Crane)
Source: US Army
Images: all photographs by Sgt Matthew Crane (US Army, 2018).