April 2, 2020
U.S. Central Command Statement on the movement of air defense systems into Iraq
TAMPA, Fla. —
"As the Commander, U.S. Central Command, Gen. Frank McKenzie said at a press briefing on March 13, the U.S. is moving defensive systems into Iraq to protect Iraqi, coalition, and U.S. service members from a variety of air threats seen at Iraqi bases that host coalition troops."
March 26, 2020
Message from the Commander, USCENTCOM to staff, family, and friends regarding headquarters COVID-19 efforts
TAMPA, Fla. —
Family and friends of the United States Central Command Headquarters,
Thank you for your support during these difficult times surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. We want you to know that we have been in close coordination with MacDill Air Force Base (AFB), state and federal authorities and have been taking appropriate measures to protect the health of all personnel working within the CENTCOM headquarters here in Tampa, Florida, as well as throughout our area of operations.
March 21, 2020
U.S. Central Command Statement on Confirmed COVID-19 Case at U.S. Central Command HQ
TAMPA, Fla. —
"A U.S. Navy Sailor assigned to U.S. Central Command headquarters tested positive for the COVID 19 Coronavirus on March 20, 2020, and is under treatment at his home in Tampa, Florida.
March 20, 2020
U.S. Central Command Statement on Quarantine procedures into its Area of Responsibility
TAMPA, Fla. —
U.S. Central Command has ordered a stop movement of all forces deploying to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to either U.S. commands or U.S.-led coalitions and initiated the requirement for a 14-day quarantine at home station prior to deployment. U.S. Central Command will work with U.S. Transportation Command to ensure that deploying forces will also be quarantined in route to their final destination.
March 13, 2020
General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr.: Pentagon Press Briefing on Camp Taji response on Kata'ib Hizbollah
WASHINGTON D.C. —
Good morning. Thank you all for coming today.
First and foremost I want to express my condolences to the family and friends of a number of recent casualties that we have tragically lost in the CENTCOM area of responsibility.
Two Marines were killed in mountainous territory in Northern Iraq in an advise and accompany mission with our Iraqi partners during a mission against the remnants of ISIS.
March 12, 2020
Statement by the Department of Defense
Earlier this evening, the United States conducted defensive precision strikes against Kata’ib Hizbollah (KH) facilities across Iraq. These strikes targeted five weapon storage facilities to significantly degrade their ability to conduct future attacks against Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) coalition forces. These weapons storage facilities include facilities that housed weapons used to target U.S. and coalition troops.
These strikes were defensive, proportional, and in direct response to the threat posed by Iranian-backed Shia militia groups (SMG) who continue to attack bases hosting OIR coalition forces.
Jan. 17, 2020
Statement regarding treatment and ongoing service member screening for injuries related to Jan 8, 2020, Iranian ballistic missile attack on Al Assad Air Base, by Capt. Bill Urban, spokesman for U.S. Central Command
"While no U.S. service members were killed in the Jan. 8 Iranian attack on Al Asad Air base, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed. As a standard procedure, all personnel in the vicinity of a blast are screened for traumatic brain injury, and if deemed appropriate are transported to a higher level of care. In the days following the attack, out of an abundance of caution, some service members were transported from Al Asad Air Base, Iraq to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, others were sent to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, for follow-on screening. When deemed fit for duty, the service members are expected to return to Iraq following screening. The health and welfare of our personnel is a top priority and we will not discuss any individual's medical status.
Jan. 7, 2020
DOD Statement on Iranian Ballistic Missile Attacks in Iraq
Statement from Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman:
At approximately 5:30 p.m. (EST) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq. It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil.
Dec. 29, 2019
Statement From Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Jonathan Hoffman
In response to repeated Kata'ib Hizbollah (KH) attacks on Iraqi bases that host Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) coalition forces, U.S. forces have conducted precision defensive strikes against five KH facilities in Iraq and Syria that will degrade KH's ability to conduct future attacks against OIR coalition forces.
Dec. 12, 2019
Remarks by Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper at the House Armed Services Committee Hearing on Syria and Middle East Policy
Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Thornberry, and distinguished members of the Committee. Thank you for the opportunity to testify today on the security situation in Syria and the broader Middle East.