Statements

Oct. 22, 2021

U.S. strike in the vicinity of Suluk, Syria, Oct. 22, 2021

A U.S. airstrike today in northwest Syria killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar.  We have no indications of civilian casualties as a result of the strike, which was conducted using an MQ-9 aircraft.

Oct. 19, 2021

Readout from Gen. Frank McKenzie's visit with the United Arab Emirates’ Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Oct. 19, 2021

U.S. Central Command commander Gen. Frank McKenzie met with the United Arab Emirates’ Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi in Abu Dhabi today.

Sept. 20, 2021

U.S. forces conducted a kinetic counterterrorism strike near Idlib, Syria, Sept. 20th, 2021

"U.S. forces conducted a kinetic counterterrorism strike near Idlib, Syria, today, on a senior al-Qaeda leader. Initial indications are that we struck the individual we were aiming for, and there are no indications of civilian casualties as a result of the strike." Attributable to LT Josie Lynne Lenny, USN

Sept. 13, 2021

Readout from Gen. McKenzie’s Visit with Kazakhstan’s Defense Minister, Sept. 13th, 2021

U.S. Central Command’s Gen. Frank McKenzie met with Kazakhstan’s Defense Minister Murat Bektanov in Nur-Sultan today.The leaders discussed current transnational threats, Kazakhstan’s unique partnership with the Arizona National Guard and opportunities to expand multinational cooperation in Central Asia.“The United States was the first country to

Sept. 13, 2021

Readout from Gen. McKenzie’s Visit to Egypt, Sept. 11th, 2021

U.S. Central Command’s Gen. Frank McKenzie met U.S. and Egyptian military forces participating in Exercise Bright Star 2021 at Mohamed Naguib Military Base.This focus has been on regional security and cooperation and promoting interoperability in irregular warfare scenarios.“Since the first Bright Star was held in 1980, the exercise has carried a

Sept. 13, 2021

Readout from Gen. McKenzie’s meeting with Iraq's Prime Minister, Sept. 9th, 2021

U.S. Central Command’s Gen. Frank McKenzie met with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in Baghdad September 9.

Sept. 10, 2021

General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr.'s opening remarks as prepared at CJTFOIR Change of Command ceremony, Sept. 9th 2021

Good Morning. Prime Minister Kadhimi, Minister of Defense Juma, Minister of Interior Uthman, Staff General Yarallah, Staff General Shimmari, General Abu Ragheef, Ambassadors Tueller, Richardson, and Ganly—thank you for having me.I am honored to be here today in the cradle of civilization, and in the land between the two rivers, which has endured

TAMPA, Fla. Sept. 4, 2021

U.S. forces participate in Exercise Bright Star in Egypt

TAMPA, Fla. – The U.S., along with forces from partner nations, have joined the Arab Republic of Egypt for Exercise Bright Star 2021 at Mohamed Naguib Military Base, Egypt on Sept. 2 - 16.

TAMPA, Fla. Sept. 1, 2021

U.S. Central Command Statement on the Realignment of the State of Israel

Today, U.S. Central Command assumed combatant command responsibility for U.S. forces in the State of Israel.

TAMPA, Fla. Aug. 29, 2021

UPDATE: U.S. Central Command statement on defensive strike in Kabul

We are aware of reports of civilian casualties following our strike on a vehicle in Kabul today.