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NEWS | Aug. 15, 2022

Coalition leaders condemn ineffective al-Tanf Garrison attack

By CJTF-OIR Public Affairs

Aug. 15, 2022                                                                               

Release No. 20220815-02


BAGHDAD – Operation Inherent Resolve leaders condemned the Aug. 15 attempted UAS attack in the vicinity of al-Tanf Garrison and praised the effective response by Coalition personnel and partners that rendered the attack futile.

Thanks to the robust counter measures in place to protect the Coalition Forces and the Maghaweir al-Thowra partner forces, the UAS attack resulted in zero casualties and no damage.

“We have confidence in our ability to protect our troops and Coalition partners from attacks from the air,” said Col. Joe Buccino, the director of public affairs for United States Central Command. “Our countermeasures are effective.”

Maj. Gen. John Brennan, the commander of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, reiterated his earlier condemnation of those seeking to derail the lasting defeat of ISIS and put innocent lives at risk, and he praised the swift and effective actions by Coalition and MaT forces.

“Such indiscriminate actions highlight a complete disregard for innocent lives and they undermine the effort to maintain the lasting defeat of ISIS,” Brennan said. “We will not hesitate to use our right to defend ourselves; and this was clearly demonstrated by our coordinated actions this morning. We will continue to take appropriate measures to protect our forces.”

Brennan further emphasized that the unsuccessful attack would not deter the Coalition or the MaT from the firm commitment to deny an ISIS resurgence. He emphasized that CJTF-OIR will continue to work with its partners to counter threats while furthering efforts to ensure regional stability.

“This reflects the strength of partnership and commitment, traits that are not possessed by those who would seek to re-open the door to ISIS.”