SOUTHWEST ASIA – Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve supported Iraqi Security Forces against Daesh targets in Wadi Ashai, April 24, 2019, disrupting their ability to regroup and reorganize.
Since the fall of Daesh’s so-called caliphate in March 2019, remnant Daesh fighters have been attempting to move munitions, equipment, and personnel into Iraq in an effort to set conditions for their resurgence. The recent airstrikes in Wadi Ashai were conducted in support of Iraq’s own elite Counter-Terrorism Service and designed to deny Daesh’s capacity to conduct terrorist operations.
“Although the territory once held by the so-called caliphate is fully liberated, Daesh fighters still exhibit their intention to exert influence and stage a comeback,” said Maj. Gen. Chad Franks, deputy commander-operations and intelligence for CJTF-OIR. “These airstrikes have demonstrated the Coalition’s continued resolve to work with our Iraqi partners to strike Daesh wherever we find them as we continue to eliminate Daesh’s violent extremist ideology.”
The 74 nations and five international organizations that constitute the Global Coalition operating at the invitation of the Government of Iraq in support of Iraqi Security Forces in the regional pursuit of an enduring defeat of Daesh.