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Kremlin Pledges to Target U.S. Anti-ISIS Coalition Aircraft After ‘Cynical’ Super Hornet Shoot-Down of Syrian Fighter

Kremlin Pledges to Target U.S. Anti-ISIS Coalition Aircraft After ‘Cynical’ Super Hornet Shoot-Down of Syrian Fighter

An F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the “Golden Warriors” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on June 6, 2017. US Navy Photo

Russia claims it will no longer be party to the airspace deconfliction agreement with the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition and will treat coalition air contacts as potential enemy air threats after a U.S. fighter downed a Syrian jet, according to a Monday statement released from the Kremlin. Read More

UPDATED: U.S. Navy Super Hornet Shoots Down Syrian Jet Near ISIS Stronghold Raqqah

UPDATED: U.S. Navy Super Hornet Shoots Down Syrian Jet Near ISIS Stronghold Raqqah

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Tomcatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on June 9, 2017. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from Syrian forces.

A U.S. Navy Super Hornet has shot down a regime Syrian fighter near the contested ISIS stronghold of Raqqah, U.S. Central Command said in a Sunday evening statement. Read More

CENTCOM Gen. Votel Outlines Challenges From Islamic State, Russia, Iran

CENTCOM Gen. Votel Outlines Challenges From Islamic State, Russia, Iran

Gen. Joseph Votel, U. S. Central Command commander, speaks at a commander’s call at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Feb. 23, 2017. US Air Force Photo

A range of competing interests in the Middle East are creating multiple complex situations for U.S. Central Command to navigate, CENTCOM commander Army Gen. Joseph Votel testified today. Read More

Mattis: U.S. Suffering ‘Strategic Atrophy’

Mattis: U.S. Suffering ‘Strategic Atrophy’

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis testifies at a hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 18, 2014. Stars and Stripes Photo

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis testifies at a hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 18, 2014. Stars and Stripes Photo

Because the United States lacks a global strategy, “volatility is going to get to the point that chaos threatens,” a former Central Command (CENTCOM) commander told a Heritage Foundation audience Wednesday. Read More

Iran Denies it Flew ISIS Airstrikes in Iraq, Pentagon Says Different

Iran Denies it Flew ISIS Airstrikes in Iraq, Pentagon Says Different

An aircraft believed to be an Iranian F-4 Phantom II operating over eastern Iraq. Al Jazerra image.

An aircraft believed to be an Iranian F-4 Phantom II operating over eastern Iraq. Al Jazerra image.

This post has been amended from a previous version to include additional information from U.S. Central Command.

Iran is denying it has flown airstrikes in Iraq targeting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) despite Pentagon claims at least some Iranian strikes in Iraq have occurred. Read More