The names of the cities come easy to Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, each signaling another step toward the defeat of the Islamic State.
Fallujah, Rupa, Tikrit, Baiji and Qayyarah in Iraq. Daqib and Manjib in Syria.
And those are just the larger cities. In all, more than 100 towns and villages have been liberated from ISIS control in the past year.
And Townsend, the commander of the multinational coalition fighting ISIS, hopes to soon add Mosul – Iraq’s second largest city – and Raqqa – ISIS’s so-called capital in Syria – to the list.