08 Sep '17, 6pm

Funk Takes Charge of US Forces in Iraq, Syria

Funk Takes Charge of US Forces in Iraq, Syria

Army Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II took charge this week as the new commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria in the ongoing fight to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Funk succeeded Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, who led Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve in supporting the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) in prolonged offensives that culminated with the liberation of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city. Townsend also oversaw the equipping and training of the U.S.-partnered Syrian Democratic Forces, who have retaken an estimated 60 percent of Raqqa, ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital, in eastern Syria. In a briefing to the Pentagon from Baghdad on Wednesday, Army Col. Ryan Dillon, a task force spokesman, said the headquarters of the U.S. Army’s 18th Airborne Corps, led by Townsend, completed its deployment as the headquarters of CJTF-OIR on Tuesday and returne...

Full article: https://www.dodbuzz.com/2017/09/08/funk-takes-charge-us-f...

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