Archive: December, 2016

Dec. 14, 2016

Iraqis Hold Line Against ISIL, DoD Spokesman Says

In the past 24 hours, Iraqi forces maintained their defensive positions against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters on three sides of Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, Pentagon press operations director Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said today.

Dec. 13, 2016

Vermont ANG joins fight against ISIL

Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Vermont Air National Guard arrived here Dec. 10, 2016, to join the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Dec. 12, 2016

728th AMS: 50 years of mobility support at Incirlik

For more than 65 years, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, has hosted many aircraft that countered the Cold War Soviet threat and has responded to numerous crises in the Middle East. From earthquakes, humanitarian relief operations, to wartime activities, Incirlik has been at the center of operations in that region of the world.

Dec. 11, 2016

Secretary Meets With Kurdistan Regional Government President in Iraq

Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani in Irbil, Iraq, where the two leaders discussed the latest developments in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and the key role Peshmerga forces have played in the counter-ISIL campaign.

Dec. 11, 2016

Carter, Iraqi Prime Minister Discuss Next Moves in Mosul Fight

Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Iraqi Prime Minister‎ Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad, where the two leaders discussed the campaign to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists and other issues.

Dec. 11, 2016

Carter Arrives in Iraq to Thank U.S. Troops, Discuss Counter-ISIL Fight

Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Iraq for a visit to recognize and thank U.S., coalition, and Iraqi troops engaged in the counter-ISIL campaign, survey key locations directly supporting the battle for Mosul, and to discuss the next steps in the fight, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.

Dec. 9, 2016

Raqqa, Mosul Liberations Progress as ISIL Loses Resources to Fight

The U.S.-led coalition and local ground forces continue to progress against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s self-proclaimed capitals of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq, the spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve told Pentagon reporters today.

Dec. 8, 2016

US, French Carrier Group Commanders Meet in Eastern Med

Leadership from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group and French Charles de Gaulle Battle Group met while operating in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, Dec. 6.

Dec. 8, 2016

The Army-Navy game: 13 historical facts you probably don't know

On Dec. 10, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy will meet on the gridiron for the 117th time. A game that steeped in tradition is bound to have some interesting details associated with it. Here are a few you may not know.

Dec. 8, 2016

DoD Update on Counter-ISIL Fight in Iraq: Mosul is Surrounded

Iraqi forces have surrounded Mosul in Iraq, and progress is being made against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Raqqa, Syria, and in Sirte, Libya, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters today.