06 Apr '18, 6pm

US-led coalition says 'much work remains to defeat' to ISIS | FDD's Long War Journal

Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), which oversees the coalition to defeat the Islamic State, warned today that “much work remains to defeat” Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s organization in Iraq and Syria. The US-led coalition’s statement is at odds with the Trump administration’s stated position earlier this week. The White House claimed on Apr. 4 that the “military mission to eradicate ISIS in Syria is coming to a rapid end, with ISIS being almost completely destroyed.” The remaining ISIS presence in Syria is “small,” according to the White House’s statement, which did not mention Iraq. But CJTF-OIR’s latest press release makes it clear that the US and its allies are still targeting ISIS locations and assets in Iraq. Six of the nine airstrikes carried out between Mar. 30 and Apr. 5 were in Iraq. Three of the six were conducted between Baghdad and Mo...

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