BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The U.S. Coalition released a statement on January 8th that reflected on their four-year-long campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh).
“Within one year, the Coalition has grown from 70 nations and four partner organizations to 74 nations and five partner organizations in the campaign to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS. The Coalition welcomed the Philippines in February, Republic of Guinea and the Community of Sahel-Sahran States in June, Kenya in August, and Fiji in September,” the statement began.
Following their opening statement, the U.S. Coalition claimed that their forces and their partners recaptured “more than 99 percent” of ISIS-held ground in Syria and Iraq.
“Since the establishment of CJTF-OIR in 2014, the Coalition reclaimed more than 99 percent of ISIS’s previously held ground of more than 100,000 square kilometers, roughly equivalent in size to Britain. CJTF-OIR and partner forces liberated key cities in Iraq and Syria, including, Hajin, Mosul, Hawijah, al-Qa’im, Tal Afar, Raqqah, and Tabqah. Each town the Coalition liberated has continued its path toward normalcy free of ISIS influence,” they claimed.
However, despite these claims by the U.S. Coalition, this statement disregards the fact that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) retook the entire southern half of the Islamic State’s pocket inside of Syria.
They would end their statement with, “CJTF-OIR, representing 74 nations and five international organizations, remains committed to the lasting defeat of ISIS. CJTF-OIR works by, with, and through partner forces to defeat ISIS in designated areas of Iraq and Syria, and set conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability.