U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria spent 2022 taking the fight to ISIS by carrying out a total of 313 missions in both countries, during which at least 686 suspected ISIS fighters were killed, including the terrorist group’s former top leader, according to U.S. Central Command.
In Syria, U.S. forces conducted 108 missions with Syrian Democratic Forces, America’s Kurdish allies, along with 14 “unilateral” operations in 2022, resulting in 215 suspected ISIS operatives being taken prisoner and another suspected 466 ISIS fighters being killed, CENTCOM announced on Thursday.
It was also a busy year for U.S. troops in Iraq, who conducted 191 partnered operations with Iraqi forces that led to 159 suspected ISIS operatives being captured and at least 220 suspected ISIS fighters being killed, a CENTCOM News release says.
No U.S. troops in Iraq or Syria were killed or wounded during operations in 2022, according to CENTCOM.
The biggest fight took place in January, when ISIS fighters attempted to free thousands of suspected ISIS members from a prison in Al-Hasakah, Syria. It took 10 days for the Syrian Democratic Forces backed by U.S. military airpower, to crush the attack.
An estimated 420 suspected ISIS militants were killed, and 120 members of the Syrian Democratic Forces lost their lives in the battle, according to CENTCOM.