Statement by Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve Commander Maj. Gen. Matthew McFarlane
BAGHDAD, Iraq – At 7:05 p.m. on Sept. 18, 2022, indirect fire struck in the vicinity of Green Village in Eastern Syria, constituting an attempted attack on our coalition forces and partners.
There were no casualties or damage to infrastructure. An investigation into the attack is ongoing, and further details will be released when they become available.
Maj. Gen. Matthew McFarlane, the commander of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, condemned the attack, which endangered numerous civilian lives.
“Actions like this are irresponsible and are attempts to distract our Partner Forces from their mission to clear ISIS. Due to its indiscriminate nature, the choice of weapon and the reckless manner of its use has needlessly put the lives of innocent civilians at risk.”
Earlier this year, on Jan 5, 2022, coalition forces at Green Village were attacked by Iranian-backed malign actors with eight rockets. Green Village was also attacked on Aug 16, 2022.
McFarlane reiterated that this unsuccessful attack, or others like it, would not divert effort from the mission.
“The Coalition and our Partner Forces are committed to the mission - maintaining the ongoing defeat of ISIS. Reckless actions such as this will not distract us.”