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Archive: November, 2016

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.

Nov. 11, 2016

DoD Recommits to Today’s Military, Force of Future on Veterans Day

As America remembers those who have served on Veterans Day, the Defense Department reaffirms its dedication to today’s force and recommits itself to building the Force of the Future, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said during a speech at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Nov. 11, 2016

Iraqi Offensive to Liberate Mosul Entering Critical Phase

The Iraqi offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists is on or ahead of schedule, but the fight will take months, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said while accompanying the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during his trip to the region.

Nov. 10, 2016

Pentagon Spokesman: Iraqi Troops Force Defensive Choices for ISIL

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said Iraqi security forces continue to apply pressure on multiple fronts in the operation to retake the country’s second-largest city of Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists.

Nov. 9, 2016

Dunford Wraps Up Saudi Visit

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff concluded two days of discussions with Saudi leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Nov. 8, 2016

Critical support and sustainment operations in northern Iraq aid Coalition effort

U.S. Army sustainment Soldiers are playing a critical role in operations at Qayyarah West Airfield. Personnel from the 526th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and the 336th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion are organizing convoys, loading equipment, and coordinating with contractors to ensure the flow of supplies reaches units supporting the operation.

Nov. 7, 2016

Isolation, Liberation of Raqqa Key in Defeating ISIL, Pentagon Spokesman Says

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said the isolation and liberation of the Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are key in efforts to ultimately defeat the terrorists.

Nov. 7, 2016

Dunford Arrives in Riyadh for Talks With Saudi Leaders

Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford is scheduled to meet with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef for national security meetings.