SOUTHWEST ASIA —
On Dec. 15, a Coalition precision strike destroyed an ISIS command and control facility in a mosque in southern Hajin, Syria.
ISIS continues to use protected structures to launch attacks against our Coalition partners with complete disregard for the infrastructure and innocent human lives. At the time of the strike, this command and control node was occupied by over 16 heavily armed ISIS fighters who were using the structure to command attacks against Coalition partners. This strike killed these terrorists who presented an imminent threat, and eliminated another deadly ISIS operational capability from the battlefield.
ISIS continues to violate the Law of Armed Conflict and misuse protected structures like hospitals and religious sites, which causes the facility to lose its protected status. Despite these tactics, Coalition and partner forces continue to make offensive gains against ISIS with the assistance of Coalition precision strikes.
CJTF-OIR works by, with and through partner forces to defeat ISIS in designated areas of Iraq and Syria. Operation Roundup, which began in May 2018, seeks to enable the enduring defeat of ISIS.