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March 19, 2019

U.S./Coalition mission in At Tanf remains unchanged; Displaced persons at Rukban, Syria freedom of movement is unrestricted

"The U.S. continues to maintain a presence in the At Tanf deconfliction zone as a part of our efforts to secure the lasting defeat of ISIS. This deconfliction zone was established in accordance with an understanding between the United States and Russian Federation to deconflict our efforts to defeat ISIS and reduce the possibility of misunderstanding, miscalculation, or unintended conflict with Syrian, Russian or other forces operating in the area.

March 7, 2019

USCENTCOM Statement regarding internally displaced persons (IDPs) at Rukban, Syria

"The U.S. Central Command continues to stand ready with our partners in Syria to provide security within the At Tanf deconfliction zone to UN humanitarian aid convoys to the 40,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) at Rukban, as we have repeatedly done in the past. Despite Syrian and Russian propaganda to the contrary, the United States is not restricting the movement of IDPs into or out of the camp at Rukban. The United States fully supports a process to allow IDPs freedom of movement that is free from coercion and allows for safe, voluntary, and dignified departures for those wishing to leave Rukban." - CAPT Bill Urban, USN, USCENTCOM Spokesman

Feb. 21, 2019

Statement from Gen. Joseph Votel, Commander, U.S. Central Command, on the completion of the Central and South Asia Chiefs of Defense Conference, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

"I want to thank President Mirziyoyev and the Ministry of Defense of Uzbekistan for graciously hosting the Central and South Asia Chiefs of Defense Conference. In joining U.S. Central Command in hosting this conference, Uzbekistan is taking a leadership role in advancing security and stability in Central and South Asia.

Jan. 7, 2019

USCENTCOM confirms the death of Jamal al-Badawi

Jamal al-Badawi was a legacy al Qaeda operative in Yemen involved in the USS Cole bombing. U.S. forces confirmed the results of the strike following a deliberate assessment process.

Dec. 1, 2018

Statement from Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command

“The entire U.S. Central Command team is saddened by the death of Vice. Adm. Scott Stearney, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and shipmates of this fine naval officer and leader. While I am confident U.S. Naval Forces Central Command will continue their important mission of providing maritime security in the central region, I know they will be doing so with heavy hearts.”

Aug. 1, 2018

US CENTCOM Spokesman statement on Iran Naval Exercises

"We are aware of the increase in Iranian naval operations within the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman. We are monitoring it closely, and will continue to work with our partners to ensure freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce in international waterways. We also continue to advocate for all maritime forces to conform to international maritime customs, standards and laws."

July 4, 2018

USCENTCOM spokesman statement

"U.S. Central Command partners with many nations to provide and promote security and stability in the region. Together, we stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce wherever international law allows."

June 18, 2018

Statement from U.S. Central Command on the Manbij Roadmap

In accordance with the Manbij Roadmap and Manbij Security Principles, coordinated independent patrol activities by Turkish and Coalition forces began June 18, along the demarcation line north of Manbij. Both parties are continuing to plan for combined patrols, with a commitment to increase cooperation based on conditions on the ground. The coordinated patrols are part of the commitment to long-term security and stability in Manbij, and the U.S. commitment to NATO Ally Turkey. Maintaining security and stability in Manbij is also important to sustaining momentum for ongoing D-ISIS operations in eastern Syria.

June 16, 2018

Statement from Resolute Support Mission on the Afghan Government's Cease-fire Extention

NATO-led Resolute Support and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan support the announcement, June 16, by H.E. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for an extension of the cease-fire with the Taliban and his offer to begin peace talks.

June 11, 2018

Statement from Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command on Taliban acceptance of Afghanistan ceasefire

“U.S. Central Command welcomes the announcement by the Taliban of a three day Eid ceasefire. We hope that their positive response to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s initial ceasefire announcement will lead to the reduction of violence and future dialogue towards a lasting Afghan-owned peace that is strongly desired by the people of Afghanistan. We applaud President Ghani and the government of Afghanistan’s bold leadership in support of reconciliation and peace.”