In a statement on Tuesday, the Joint Task Force announced that it eliminated about 150 ISIS terrorists in precision airstrikes on the terror group’s headquarters on Saturday. No civilians were harmed in the strike, the force said.
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The US-led coalition against ISIS in Syria said on Tuesday that it eliminated between 145-150 ISIS terrorists in airstrikes on Saturday. The strikes targeted the ISIS headquarters in the Middle Euphrates River Valley region.
According to the Joint Task Force’s statement, the headquarters was filled at the time with terrorists who were preparing for movement. “The strikes underscore our assertion that the fight to liberate Syria is far from over,” said Maj. Gen. James Jarrard, commanding general of Special Operations Joint Task Force. “Our SDF [Syrian Democratic Forces] partners are still making daily progress and sacrifices, and together we are still finding, targeting and killing ISIS terrorists intent on keeping their extremist hold on the region.”
No civilians were harmed in the strike, according to the Joint Task Force. “We cannot take our focus off our mission, and we must not lose our momentum in taking these terrorists off the battlefield and preventing them from resurfacing somewhere else,” Jarrard said.
The strikes come amid Turkey’s announcement of a military operation against Kurdish militias in northern Syria’s Afrin region. The Kurdish armed groups are fighting alongside Syrian rebel groups, such as the Syrian Democratic Forces, in their battle against ISIS in the region. Turkey has long considered the Kurdish militias as terrorist groups and views the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) as the same as the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).