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Dec. 1, 2018

Statement from Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command

“The entire U.S. Central Command team is saddened by the death of Vice. Adm. Scott Stearney, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and shipmates of this fine naval officer and leader. While I am confident U.S. Naval Forces Central Command will continue their important mission of providing maritime security in the central region, I know they will be doing so with heavy hearts.”

Aug. 1, 2018

US CENTCOM Spokesman statement on Iran Naval Exercises

"We are aware of the increase in Iranian naval operations within the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman. We are monitoring it closely, and will continue to work with our partners to ensure freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce in international waterways. We also continue to advocate for all maritime forces to conform to international maritime customs, standards and laws."

July 4, 2018

USCENTCOM spokesman statement

"U.S. Central Command partners with many nations to provide and promote security and stability in the region. Together, we stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce wherever international law allows."

June 18, 2018

Statement from U.S. Central Command on the Manbij Roadmap

In accordance with the Manbij Roadmap and Manbij Security Principles, coordinated independent patrol activities by Turkish and Coalition forces began June 18, along the demarcation line north of Manbij. Both parties are continuing to plan for combined patrols, with a commitment to increase cooperation based on conditions on the ground. The coordinated patrols are part of the commitment to long-term security and stability in Manbij, and the U.S. commitment to NATO Ally Turkey. Maintaining security and stability in Manbij is also important to sustaining momentum for ongoing D-ISIS operations in eastern Syria.

June 16, 2018

Statement from Resolute Support Mission on the Afghan Government's Cease-fire Extention

NATO-led Resolute Support and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan support the announcement, June 16, by H.E. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for an extension of the cease-fire with the Taliban and his offer to begin peace talks.

June 11, 2018

Statement from Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command on Taliban acceptance of Afghanistan ceasefire

“U.S. Central Command welcomes the announcement by the Taliban of a three day Eid ceasefire. We hope that their positive response to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s initial ceasefire announcement will lead to the reduction of violence and future dialogue towards a lasting Afghan-owned peace that is strongly desired by the people of Afghanistan. We applaud President Ghani and the government of Afghanistan’s bold leadership in support of reconciliation and peace.”

June 7, 2018

Statement from Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command on Afghanistan ceasefire

U.S. Central Command firmly supports President Ghani's decision to unilaterally declare a cease-fire in response to the people of Afghanistan's desire for a peaceful conclusion to the holy month of Ramadan. Both the people and their religious leaders have spoken out in support of peace, and their government has answered the call. All journeys begin with a single step, and we hope the Taliban joins the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in taking this first step towards what could be a more peaceful, prosperous and secure Afghanistan. U.S. Forces in Afghanistan under Gen. John Nicholson will fully adhere to the tenants of the ceasefire as outlined by President Ghani.