Despite better cooperation between the Pakistani and Afghan military in taking on the Taliban and its allies, Islamabad needs to press the Taliban harder to come to the negotiating table, the commander of U.S. Central Command said on Thursday. Read More
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A V-22 has gone down in Syria, injuring two service member sometime on Thursday, a defense official confirmed to USNI News on Friday. Read More
A U.S. fighter shot down an armed Syrian regime unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near the Jordan border on Tuesday. Read More
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
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
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
The United States might soon be exercising “tough love” with its partners in the Middle East to get focus on where it needs to be in defeating the Islamic State and addressing other regional security needs, Army Gen. Joseph Votel said during his confirmation hearing to become Central Command’s top officer. Read More
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
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
The Pentagon has identified the U.S. Air Force F-16 Falcon pilot who was killed in a Sunday crash somewhere in the Middle East, according to a statement released by the service. Read More