Fort Hood commander updates anti-ISIS effort

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Fort Hood’s commanding general is back on post on Tuesday night.

Lt. General Paul Funk, Jr. is on mid-tour leave from spear-heading an anti-ISIS effort across Iraq and Syria, and he’s sharing some updates. 

Since 2014, thousands of troops from Fort Hood have been deployed to join the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The commanding general says troops have been making great progress in southwest Asia.

Funk provided an update on Operation Inherent Resolve. There has been a significant drop in ISIS influence from 2014 to now. Thanks to our soldiers, nearly 8 million people have been liberated from ISIS control. 

“Look at the remarkable achievement,” Funk says. “The turnaround in three and a half years that a 71-national coalition can do when it’s applied against an Iraqi security force issue.” 

However, Funk says there is still more work to be done. The focus going forward is to train the local military to defend the country on it’s own.  

There are about five months left on the mission, and soldiers are expected to return home starting this September. For more information, you can view our previous story here.

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