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Sept. 18, 2019

Statement from General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., Commander, U.S. Central Command, Welcoming the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia into the International Maritime Security Construct

U.S. Central Command welcomes the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia into the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC).

Sept. 12, 2019

Readout of Visit from U.S. Central Command and U.S. European Command Deputy Commanders to Turkey

Deputy commanders from U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) and U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) visited Ankara this week to meet with Turkish General Staff (TGS) leaders to discuss key topics related to the implementation of the northeast Syria security mechanism.

Sept. 9, 2019

Senior leaders from U.S. Central Command, U.S. European Command to meet with Turkish General Staff

Deputy commanders from U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) and U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) are meeting with Turkish General Staff leaders in Ankara early this week to discuss key topics related to the implementation of the northeast Syria security mechanism.

Aug. 31, 2019

Statement from U.S. Central Command on U.S. Forces strike against al-Qaida in Syria leadership in Idlib, Syria, Aug. 31, 2019.

U.S. Forces conducted a strike against al-Qaida in Syria (AQ-S) leadership at a facility north of Idlib, Syria, Aug. 31, 2019.

Aug. 27, 2019

Statement on Recent Attacks in Iraq

Department of Defense Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan R. Hoffman provided the following statement: U.S. forces did not conduct the recent attack on a convoy or any recent attacks that resulted in the explosion of ammunition storage facilities in Iraq. Statements to the contrary are false, misleading, and inflammatory.

Aug. 21, 2019

CENTCOM investigates reports of Houthi-claimed attack on UAS

"We are investigating reports of an attack by Iranian-backed Houthis forces on a U.S. unmanned aerial system (UAS) operating in authorized airspace over Yemen. We have been clear that Iran's provocative actions and support to militants and proxies, like the Iranian-backed Houthis, poses a serious threat to stability in the region and our partners." - attributable to U.S. Army Lt. Col. Earl Brown, a CENTCOM spokesman

Aug. 19, 2019

Statement from General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., Commander, U.S. Central Command, Welcoming the Kingdom of Bahrain into the International Maritime Security Construct

U.S. Central Command welcomes the Kingdom of Bahrain into the International Maritime Security Construct. I appreciate His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa's decision to join the United Kingdom and the United States in taking an active role in preserving the freedom of navigation, promoting maritime security and de-escalating regional tensions.

July 19, 2019

U.S. Central Command Statement on Operation Sentinel

U.S. Central Command is developing a multinational maritime effort, Operation Sentinel, to increase surveillance of and security in key waterways in the Middle East to ensure freedom of navigation in light of recent events in the Arabian Gulf region.

July 19, 2019

U.S. Central Command Statement on movement of U.S. personnel to Saudi Arabia

"In coordination with and at the invitation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Secretary of Defense has authorized the movement of U.S. personnel and resources to deploy to Saudi Arabia. This movement of forces provides an additional deterrent, and ensures our ability to defend our forces and interests in the region from emergent, credible threats. This movement creates improvement of operational depth and logistical networks. U.S. Central Command continually assesses force posture in the region and is working with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia authorities to base U.S. assets at the appropriate locations."

July 19, 2019

U.S. Central Command Statement on U.S. activity in the Strait of Hormuz

"We have patrol aircraft operating in international airspace monitoring the situation within the Strait of Hormuz. U.S. Naval Forces Central Command has been in contact with U.S. ships operating in the area to ensure their safety."