SOUTHWEST ASIA – Coalition partner force Maghawir al-Thowra (MaT) detained 12 suspicious persons transiting inside the Coalition-held 55-kilometer deconfliction zone around At Tanf in southern Syria, August 9.
Upon detention and investigation, five Daesh terrorists were identified. The additional seven individuals are suspected of assisting Daesh by smuggling the terrorists through the deconfliction zone.
The capture follows the arrest of 25 terrorists during July 2018. MaT forces conduct daily counter-Daesh operations in order to provide security and stability for the population of the deconfliction zone.
“The Coalition and our partners will continue to deliberately interdict and disrupt these forces to ensure the lasting defeat of Daesh in our designated operational areas in Syria,” said Maj. Gen. Patrick Roberson, Commander of Special Operations Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.
“We will continue to catch any Daesh who attempt to enter the 55km area near At-Tanf,” said Muhanned al-Tallaa, Commander of the MaT. “The Army of the Maghawir al-Thowra and our partners in the Coalition will stay in the 55km deconfliction zone to ensure the lasting defeat of Daesh.”