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Press Release | Feb. 8, 2023

CENTCOM Prepares to Support Earthquake Relief Efforts


Feb. 8, 2023

Release Number 20230207-03


AL UDEID AIR BASE, QATAR – The following statement is attributable to General Michael “Erik” Kurilla, commander of U.S. Central Command:

“All of U.S. Central Command extends condolences to all suffering as a result of the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria. On February 7th, the CENTCOM headquarters in Tampa, Florida established an Action Team to prepare to surge support to those affected in both Türkiye and Syria. CENTCOM leadership is in close coordination with the Department of Defense, U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and our Syrian Democratic Forces partners. We are also working closely with U.S. European Command on options to send support to Türkiye. We express our deepest sympathies at the loss of life as a result of this disaster.”