Archive: 2016

July 20, 2016

Carter: Defense Ministers Agree on Next Steps in Counter-ISIL Fight

Defense Secretary Ash Carter briefed reporters on a meeting he hosted for the representatives of more than 30 nations to discuss the ongoing military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and plans for upcoming offensives.

July 13, 2016

Carter discusses 3 major decisions regarding Afghanistan

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.

July 11, 2016

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

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 consultation with the Iraqi government, will deploy an additional 560 troops to Iraq to assist in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to a DoD news release.

July 7, 2016

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

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 his term.

July 5, 2016

Linguist returns to Iraq after 20-year odyssey

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 with the U.S. Army, now attempting to rebuild his nation. For Spc. Khalid Hermez, from Detroit, linguist, Company F, 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Brigade, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division

June 30, 2016

Local forces in Iraq, Syria increase pressure on ISIL

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 tightening a cordon around Manbij in an operation led by the Syrian Arab coalition.

June 28, 2016

Carter hails Iraqi success in Fallujah

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 the Levant.

June 27, 2016

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

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 ties

June 23, 2016

Commandant to Marines: 'We cannot fail'

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 Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command on June 19.

June 22, 2016

Naval aviation forces now striking ISIL from two theaters

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 Mediterranean Sea June 16.