The United States launched Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) in 2014 to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and to set the conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability. The strategy to defeat ISIS includes military operations, as well as support for local security forces, diplomacy, governance, humanitarian assistance, and stabilization programs. This report marks the 22nd quarterly report on OIR and covers the period of April 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020.
This quarter, confirmed cases of COVID-19 surged in Iraq. USAID OIG reported that 19 humanitarian assistance awards were modified in response to COVID-19 challenges and that USAID anticipated awards will continue to require adjustments to adapt and respond to the virus. In Syria, COVID-19 cases remained low throughout the quarter. However, reports indicate that Syria is with a limited capacity to respond should an outbreak occur.