Archive: June, 2016

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.

June 21, 2016

Carter praises New Zealand, Poland for anti-ISIL efforts

Defense Secretary Ash Carter released statements last night welcoming decisions by two coalition nations that he said would accelerate the effort to bring about a lasting defeat to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

June 21, 2016

Hall of Fame coach visits CENTCOM

Former University of Notre Dame and University of South Carolina head coach Lou Holtz spoke to service members and government civilians at U.S. Central Command headquarters yesterday.

June 16, 2016

Carter announces more U.S. support for Afghan forces

U.S. forces in Afghanistan now will be able to boost support for Afghan conventional forces with more firepower and by accompanying and advising them on the ground and in the air, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said this morning in Brussels.

June 14, 2016

40th CAB joins the fight in Afghanistan

Soldiers from the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade re-deployed from Camp Buehring, Kuwait to Forward Operating Base Dahlke, Afghanistan in May, 2016.

June 9, 2016

Local forces restricting ISIL movement in Iraq, Syria

Local forces in Iraq and Syria are pressuring the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at multiple points on the battlefield, restricting the terrorist army’s mobility and options, the Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said Wednesday.