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Local forces in Iraq, Syria increase pressure on ISIL

Local forces in Iraq, Syria increase pressure on ISIL

WASHINGTON (June 29, 2016) — Iraqi forces have begun working toward Mosul after their victory in Fallujah this week against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and the Syrian Democratic Forces are…

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Carter hails Iraqi success in Fallujah

Carter hails Iraqi success in Fallujah

WASHINGTON,(June 27, 2016) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter today congratulated Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Iraqi people for freeing the city of Fallujah from the grip of the Islamic State of Iraq and…

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U.S., UK to maintain close ties in ISIL fight

U.S., UK to maintain close ties in ISIL fight

WASHINGTON (June 24, 2016) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter told his United Kingdom counterpart State Secretary for Defense Michael Fallon  that the two nations will always enjoy a special relationship reflected in close defense…

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Commandant to Marines: ‘We cannot fail’

Commandant to Marines: ‘We cannot fail’

SOUTHWEST ASIA (June 19, 2016) — Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller, and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green, visited U.S. Marines and Sailors with Special…

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Naval aviation forces now striking ISIL from two theaters

Naval aviation forces now striking ISIL from two theaters

ARABIAN GULF (June 16, 2016) U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harriers flying from USS Boxer (LHD 4) in the Arabian Gulf joined strike aircraft operating from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the…

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Hall of Fame coach visits CENTCOM

Hall of Fame coach visits CENTCOM

MACDILL AFB, Fla. (June 21, 2016) – Former University of Notre Dame and University of South Carolina head coach Lou Holtz spoke to service members and government civilians at U.S. Central Command headquarters yesterday.

In…

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Carter praises New Zealand, Poland for anti-ISIL efforts

Carter praises New Zealand, Poland for anti-ISIL efforts

WASHINGTON (June 21, 2016) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter released statements last night welcoming decisions by two coalition nations that he said would accelerate the effort to bring about a lasting defeat to the…

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Carter announces more U.S. support for Afghan forces

Carter announces more U.S. support for Afghan forces

WASHINGTON (June 15, 2016) — U.S. forces in Afghanistan now will be able to boost support for Afghan conventional forces with more firepower and by accompanying and advising them on the ground and in…

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