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Defense ministers agree on next steps in counter-ISIL fight

Defense ministers agree on next steps in counter-ISIL fight

WASHINGTON (July 20, 2016) — Defense ministers and other senior leaders of the counter-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant coalition have agreed on next steps in the accelerated fight against the terrorist army…

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CENTCOM Commander tours USS New Orleans

CENTCOM Commander tours USS New Orleans

STRAIT OF HORMUZ (NNS) -- Army Gen. Joseph Votel, Commander, U.S. Central Command, visited amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans (LPD 18) to observe a Strait of Hormuz transit and visit with the crew,…

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Carter discusses 3 major decisions regarding Afghanistan

Carter discusses 3 major decisions regarding Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (July 13, 2016) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter discussed three major decisions that the United States has made regarding Afghanistan during a news conference yesterday in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

Appearing with Afghan…

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Carter: 560 U.S. troops to deploy to Iraq

Carter: 560 U.S. troops to deploy to Iraq

WASHINGTON (July 11, 2016) — During his visit to Baghdad today, Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Iraqi leaders, coalition commanders and U.S. troops and also announced that the United States, in close…

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8,400 U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan through January

8,400 U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan through January

WASHINGTON (July 6, 2016) — The situation in Afghanistan remains “precarious,” President Barack Obama said here today, and that is why he will keep 8,400 U.S. service members in country through the end of…

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Linguist returns to Iraq after 20-year odyssey

Linguist returns to Iraq after 20-year odyssey

CAMP TAJI, Iraq – With Iraq in the clutches of Saddam Hussein, one man made the critical decision to leave his native country.

It took him 20 years but he finally returned, serving…

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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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