Aug. 16, 2018

US, Iraq, Kuwait Complete Trilateral Exercise

ARABIAN GULF -- The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard completed a trilateral exercise with Iraqi navy and Kuwaiti navy partners in the Northern Arabian Gulf, August 15. The exercise focused on improving collective proficiency in maritime security tactics between the three nations and ensuring the freedom of navigation throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Participants included the guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), U.S. coastal patrol ships USS Tempest (PC 2) and USS Chinook (PC 9), U.S. Coast Guard Island-class patrol boat USCGC Monomoy (WPB 1326), Iraqi navy patrol boat P 303, and Kuwaiti navy patrol boat KNS Al-Garoh (P 3725). The Sullivans led command and control of each event throughout the exercise.

Aug. 14, 2018

Defeat-ISIS Forces Make Progress, Require Continued Coalition Support

Ongoing security operations by coalition forces continue to protect Iraqi and Syrian citizens, but the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is far from over, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said.

Aug. 8, 2018

Centcom Commander: Afghan Government Will Prosecute ISIS-K Terrorists

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan members held in Afghanistan will be tried as war criminals and those found guilty will be held accountable for their war crimes, the commander of U.S. Central Command said.

Aug. 7, 2018

SOCCENT change of command ceremony

The Commander, Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) held a change of command ceremony at the headquarters facilities, July 19. Maj. Gen. Darsie D. Rogers relinquished command to Rear Adm. Wyman Howard Thursday during a traditional ceremony on MacDill in front of senior leaders, service members and family, and members of the MacDill community.

Aug. 3, 2018

US, Egyptian Naval Forces Conclude Exercise Eagle Response 18

Naval forces from the U.S., Egypt and several other countries completed the multilateral exercise Eagle Response 18, Aug. 2, following nearly two weeks of in-depth training.

July 31, 2018

Security Forces Continue Pursuit of ISIS Remnants, OIR Deputy Commander Says

Iraqi security forces continue to pursue Islamic State of Iraq and Syria remnants, destroying tunnels, weapons caches and explosives stockpiles, and arresting suspected ISIS fighters, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve's deputy commander for strategy said.

July 30, 2018

NATO Stepping Forward on Training Mission to Iraq

NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command will begin an alliance training mission in Iraq that will formalize the alliance’s effort and commitment to Iraq, the commander of the Joint Force Command said.

July 27, 2018

Taliban’s Two Top Leaders in Kapisa Province Killed

The Taliban’s two top leaders in Kapisa province were killed by a U.S. strike in support of an Afghan Special Security Forces raid in the province’s Tagab district, July 22. "I can confirm that Mullah Nasim Mushfaq, Taliban shadow governor of Kapisa, and Qari Ehsanullah, Taliban district shadow governor of Tagab, were among those killed during the conduct of an Afghan-led operation,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Martin L. O’Donnell, Resolute Support spokesperson.

July 27, 2018

‘We Are Strongly Behind You and Your Desire for Peace’ Says Nicholson

The desire for peace by the people of Afghanistan was both acknowledged and emphasized by the Resolute Support and U.S. Central Command commanders during a press conference at Resolute Support headquarters, July 23. U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson, Resolute Support and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan commander, and U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, U.S. Central Command, who was visiting Afghanistan, told reporters the South Asia strategy, a conditions-based approach introduced by U.S. President Donald Trump nearly a year ago, is working.

July 26, 2018

Targeting the Taliban: Commandos Hone Air and Land Navigation Skills

Members of the Afghan National Army’s Special Operations Command’s (ANASOC) "Hamahangee Tacktikee Hawa (HTH),” the Afghan military’s version of tactical air coordination, sharpened their skills during a 6-week class focusing on land navigation and air coordination skills, in June and July.