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U.S. Evolving Middle East Operations of Carrier Strike Group as ISIS Loses Ground, Iranian Drones Make Daily Appearances

U.S. Evolving Middle East Operations of Carrier Strike Group as ISIS Loses Ground, Iranian Drones Make Daily Appearances

An F-18 lands aboard carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) during flight operations in the Persian Gulf on March 10, 2018. USNI News photo.

Correction: A previous version of this post incorrectly referred to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 as flying F/A-18C Hornets. The post has been updated to state that the squadron flies F/A-18F Super Hornets.

ABOARD CARRIER USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, IN THE PERSIAN GULF — The rollback of ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria and changes in how Iran operates in the Persian Gulf are prompting the U.S. Navy to evolve how it operates its carrier strike groups in the Middle East.

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Conviction Against Marine Sniper in Taliban Urination Case Overturned Due to Unlawful Influence of Former CMC Amos

Conviction Against Marine Sniper in Taliban Urination Case Overturned Due to Unlawful Influence of Former CMC Amos

Gen. James Amos in 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

A military court has overturned conviction of a Marine who pleaded guilty to charges related to urinating on dead Taliban members because the court said former Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos exerted “unlawful command influence” (UCI) over the investigation, according to a decision issued on Wednesday. Read More

Mattis, Dunford: War In Afghanistan Not Nearing an End Yet, But Clear Progress Being Made

Mattis, Dunford: War In Afghanistan Not Nearing an End Yet, But Clear Progress Being Made

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited Afghanistan with the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis. The two met with President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and other high-level officials. Discussions focused on the NATO-Afghanistan partnership, including the ongoing NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in support of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. DOD photo.

The defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate committee today that the war in Afghanistan is not yet near a point of resolution but that there are “clear and achievable” goals in the near-term. Read More

SECDEF Mattis Predicts An Extended Fight in Afghanistan

SECDEF Mattis Predicts An Extended Fight in Afghanistan

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 24, 2017. DoD Photo

In the wake of a surprise attack that killed at least 160 Afghan soldiers last week, Defense Secretary James Mattis said “the fight is going to go on” against terrorism and not just in Afghanistan. Read More