Archive: 2016

Nov. 21, 2016

International forum participants discuss way forward

KABUL, Afghanistan (Nov. 20, 2016) — Representatives from international organizations, coalition embassies and other partnering agencies met at Resolute Support Mission Headquarters here Thursday to discuss regional political and economic issues impacting Afghanistan's security.

Nov. 21, 2016

Special Marine Ground Task Force, U.S. Army advise Iraqi security forces in push towards Mosul

The United States Marine Corps and the U.S. Army are partnering to enhance the readiness of Iraqi security forces as they move towards the critical city of Mosul.

Nov. 18, 2016

CENTCOM civilian organizes fishing tournament to benefit wounded warriors

More than 20 warriors and accompanied guests participated in the 3rd Operation Bass Warrior fishing tournament November 6, in Clewiston, Florida. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) communications branch (J6) chief, Thomas Loftis, a former Clewiston resident and retired Marine, organized the event with a network of friends and family as a way of giving back to those who served and sacrificed.

Nov. 18, 2016

USS Nitze Assists Stranded Iranian Mariners

Arabian Gulf – The guided missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94), currently deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of maritime security operations, assisted three Iranian mariners in distress, Nov. 18.

Nov. 16, 2016

OIR Spokesman: Top ISIL Operative Killed in Coalition Airstrike in Syria

Air Force Col. John Dorrian, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters that a U.S.-led coalition airstrike in Raqqa, Syria, killed a senior leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Nov. 16, 2016

CRG enables strategic air operations at Qayyarah West

The wheels of a C-130 Hercules touched down at Qayyarah West Airfield Nov. 11. The tactical airlift workhorse, loaded with supplies and equipment to resupply the Mosul offensive, belonged to the Iraqi air force. The landing was much more than routine. It was symbolic. It represented the first time a fixed wing Iraqi aircraft loaded with cargo landed at the strategic airfield since it fell to Da'esh fighters in 2014.

Nov. 15, 2016

Gains Made for Mosul, Tough Fighting Remains, DoD Spokesman Says

The effort to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is a tough fight that is only going to get tougher, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said as Iraqi forces and Kurdish peshmerga are making gains in the approach to Mosul.

Nov. 14, 2016

Chairman Confident of Success in Campaign Against ISIL

With the fall of Mosul within sight, the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terror group will shift to other domains and areas, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

Nov. 14, 2016

Wounded during first tour in Iraq, Soldier’s return there in support of OIR has personal meaning

QAYYARAH WEST AIRFIELD, IRAQ - Smoke rose in the distance from an oil field set on fire during the battle between Iraqi security forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as U.S Army Sgt. Addison Owen stood outside his tent. Owen, an infantryman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is no stranger to Iraq, this is his second time deployed to the country.

Nov. 12, 2016

4 Killed in Bagram Airfield Explosion

Defense Secretary Ash Carter expressed sincere condolences to the families of four Americans killed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in an apparent suicide bombing, and reassured the loved ones of those injured that they are getting the best possible care.