Press Releases

Archive: May, 2010

May 17, 2010

U.S. delivers helicopters to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (May 18, 2010) – The United States government delivered two Bell 412 EP helicopters to the Government of Pakistan today to assist the Pakistan military in its counterinsurgency efforts. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Michael Nagata handed over the helicopters to Brig. Gen. Tippu Karim, 101 Army Aviation commander, during a signing ceremony at Qasim Army Air Base near Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

May 17, 2010

Coalition ship aids Iranian mariners

MANAMA, Bahrain (May 18, 2010) — The San Antonio class amphibious transport dock ship, USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) assisted six stranded Iranian mariners early Friday morning May 14th while conducting routine Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Arabian Gulf. Mesa Verde is currently assigned to Combined Task Force (CTF) 152, part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).

May 16, 2010

U.S. aids victims of Tajikistan flood

KULOB, Tajikistan (May 16, 2010) — Since floods and mudslides struck residents of the Kulob area of the Khatlon province on May 7, the United States government, at the request of the Government of Tajikistan, has provided more than $588,000 in humanitarian assistance to help affected households.

May 16, 2010

CENTCOM hosting AFG-PAK conference in June

MACDILL AFB, Fla. (May 17, 2010) — The United States Central Command Afghanistan-Pakistan Center of Excellence (COE) will host its first conference June 7-8 at the Quorum/Wyndham Hotel in Tampa to address the current conditions in Afghanistan and Pakistan.The two-day conference, themed “The Art of the Possible in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” is

May 13, 2010

Karzai, U.S. leaders honor fallen at Arlington

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2010 – Afghan President Hamid Karzai, flanked by America’s top defense leaders, walked among the white marble tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery today, a silent tribute to U.S. servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice, many while battling terrorism in Afghanistan.

May 10, 2010

Leaders express confidence in Afghan strategy

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2010 – Here for Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s visit this week with President Barack Obama and other high-level administration officials, the top military commander and senior U.S. diplomat in Afghanistan both expressed confidence today that the U.S. strategy being employed there will succeed.

May 6, 2010

FAST Marines train with Lebanese Armed Forces

BEIRUT (Aprill 30, 2010) - U.S. Marines assigned to the Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team, U.S. Central Command, recently headed to Lebanon to participate in a familiarization and information-sharing engagement with soldiers in the Lebanese Armed Forces, 1st Intervention Regiment.

May 6, 2010

Petraeus describes changes in Army structure, doctrine

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2010 – The Army’s conversion to a modular combat brigade structure in the years immediately preceding the surge of forces into Iraq was a key factor in the strategy’s success, the commander of U.S. Central Command said here yesterday.

May 5, 2010

Policy chief 'cautiously optimistic' about Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (May 5, 2010) – The Pentagon’s top policy official told Congress today she’s “cautiously optimistic” about progress in Afghanistan as the new strategy there begins to show signs of success.

May 5, 2010

Top-level Afghan delegation to visit Washington

WASHINGTON (May 6, 2010) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai and several members of his Cabinet will visit Washington next week for several days of sessions focused on ensuring success of the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and strengthening the two countries' long-term partnership, defense officials confirmed today.