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July 5, 2018

USS Jason Dunham and Egyptian Navy conduct PASSEX

The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) and the Egyptian Navy frigate El Zafer (F951) conducted a passing exercise (PASSEX), July 1.

July 3, 2018

DoD releases report on enhancing security, stability in Afghanistan

The Defense Department has provided its semiannual report to Congress on enhancing security and stability in Afghanistan, a reporting period that marks the first campaign season to begin under the conditions-based South Asia Strategy announced by President Donald J. Trump in August.

July 2, 2018

Afghan Air Force graduates 22 fixed-wing pilots

Twenty-two students graduated from Initial Entry Fixed-Wing (IEFW) school, including two women pilots, at a ceremony in Pardubice, Czech Republic, June 27.

July 2, 2018

Global integration seeks to buy leaders decision time, increase ‘speed of relevance’

Under the new National Defense Strategy, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his successors must work to speed senior leaders’ decision-making, integrate operations worldwide and deliver forces capable of winning against any possible adversary.

June 29, 2018

Iraqi, U.S. guns bring ‘steel rain’ to ISIS

Iraqi security forces, working alongside troopers from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment “Brave Rifles” and Marines and sailors from other units of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, arrived weeks ago to establish the temporary fire support base in northwestern Iraq along the Syrian border.

June 27, 2018

Centcom official highlights interagency partnerships in stabilization

The Defense Department is working in partnership with the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development to maximize U.S. efforts for stability in conflict-affected areas, a U.S. Central Command official said.

June 27, 2018

Afghan Air Force growth pays off in fight against Taliban, official says

The Afghan air force has grown in capacity and proficiency as it continues to successfully target the Taliban across Afghanistan, working with the coalition in an effort to pressure the terrorist group into reconciliation, the deputy air commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission said.

June 26, 2018

Official highlights DoD role in supporting global stabilization efforts

The Defense Department has redefined its goals in global stabilization and security efforts and is focusing on transitional, small-scale stabilization working by, with and through its partners, the deputy assistant to the secretary of defense for stabilization and humanitarian affairs said.

June 19, 2018

Coalition, partners continue progress against ISIS in Iraq, Syria

A coalition strike in Syria killed an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria leader, further dismantling the group's access to reliable funding, and Iraqi forces captured suspected terrorists and seized a weapons and explosives cache in northern Iraq, an Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said.

June 19, 2018

Resolute Support Nominee: Effort Still Needed to Prevent Homeland Attacks

The Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan is necessary to protect Americans from terror attacks on the homeland, Army Lt. Gen. Austin S. Miller, the nominee to be the mission’s next commander, said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.