Archive: 2016

Sept. 13, 2016

Airpower Continues to Remove Tools of Terror From Battlefield, OIR Official Says

With significant progress in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the enemy will try to challenge the U.S.-led coalition in Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria, the commander of Operation Inherent Resolve’s combined force air component said.

Sept. 12, 2016

Pentagon Confirms U.S. Strike in Syria Killed ISIL Leader

Defense Department officials have confirmed that a U.S. precision airstrike Aug. 30 targeting senior Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant leader Abu Muhammad al-Adnani was successful.

Sept. 11, 2016

Obama, Pentagon Leaders Honor 9/11 Victims at Remembrance Ceremony

President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States during a remembrance ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial.

Sept. 10, 2016

Dunford Salutes Troops, 9/11 Family Support Groups

Members of the U.S. military are committed to never forget what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford said in New York City at the Roots of Resilience Gala hosted by Tuesday's Children, a nonprofit organization founded to help families affected by the 9/11 attacks.

Sept. 9, 2016

President Proclaims 9/11 National Days of Prayer, Remembrance

In the 15 years since the 9/11 attacks, “Americans have grieved together, held each other close, and looked out for one another,” President Barack Obama said in a proclamation declaring Sept. 9-11, 2016, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance.

Sept. 8, 2016

Shaping Operations Continue in Iraq, Syria as ISIL Leaders Targeted

Air Force Col. John Dorrian, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman, briefed reporters on operations to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, including work being done to remove ISIL leaders.

Sept. 7, 2016

Task Force Talon advises, assists Ministry of Peshmerga

ERBIL, Iraq – Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, enable the Kurdish Regional Government’s Peshmerga forces to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant through advise and assist, and train and equip missions.

Sept. 6, 2016

Afghan Air University graduates almost 200

Kabul, Afghanistan – Afghan air force cadets graduated from the officer candidate school at Pohantoon-e-Hawayee, or Air University, during a ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 1, 2016.

Aug. 30, 2016

Briefing at the Pentagon by U.S. Army General Joseph Votel, Commander of U.S. Central Command

COOK: Morning, everyone. Pleased to welcome General Votel from Central Command here to share with you his thoughts about what's going on within his combatant command. Lots of issues, of course, to talk about. And without any further ado, we'll let General Votel begin. And do have to keep an eye on the clock because he does have other meetings here (inaudible). VOTEL: Thanks -- thanks, Peter. Appreciate it. And for all of you, it's good to -- good to be here this morning. I appreciate the opportunity to come and talk with you and provide you an update on U.S. military activities in the Central Command area of responsibility, and particularly, as they are related to the ongoing fight in Iraq and Syria against the terrorist organization ISIL, or Daesh.

Aug. 28, 2016

Ranger training helps build more elite Iraqi force

U.S. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), took charge of a ranger training program for qualified volunteers from Iraqi security forces at Camp Taji, Iraq, when they arrived in May.