October 22, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TAMPA, Fla. — Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, U.S. Central Command commander, released the following statement today:
“Last night, Iraqi forces, supported by a U.S. Special Operations team in their advise and assist capacity, conducted a complex and highly-successful operation that resulted in the freeing of approximately 70 hostages held by ISIL in an prison near Hawijah, Iraq,” said General Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command. “We commend and congratulate the brave individuals who participated in this successful operation that saved many lives, and we deeply mourn the loss of one of our own who died while supporting his Iraqi comrades engaged in a tough fight. Our gratitude and heartfelt condolences go out to this young man’s family, his teammates and friends.”
The Pentagon has also stated that the operation was a reaction to an apparently imminent execution, five IS members were allegedly captured during the operation and important intelligence material was found.