Tag Archives: Iraq

Opinion: Winning the Protracted War Against Radical Islamic Terrorists

Opinion: Winning the Protracted War Against Radical Islamic Terrorists

Soldiers of the personal security detachment for Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Redhorse, patrol the villages in the Bagram Security Zone in 2011. US Army Photo

Soldiers of the personal security detachment for Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Redhorse, patrol the villages in the Bagram Security Zone in 2011. US Army Photo

President Barack Obama’s recent decision to leave 8,400 U.S. forces in Afghanistan through next year and NATO’s announcement over the weekend to support the United States with another 3,000 troops—as well as $1 billion in financial support— means the effort to secure a lasting peace in Afghanistan will enter its 16th year with U.S. forces still operating on the ground and in the air above Afghanistan. Two U.S. administrations have now pursued an elusive peace in this region of the world at a staggering cost in blood and treasure. Read More

Analysis: Defeating ISIS Remains Daunting Task

Analysis: Defeating ISIS Remains Daunting Task

ISIS forces in Iraq

ISIS forces in Iraq

It has been nearly three years since the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) captured Mosul and advanced rapidly through a number of major population centers in northern Iraq, triggering a major U.S.-led internationalization of the conflict between the jihadist group and the myriad opponents to its attempt to establish territorial supremacy in Iraq and Syria. Read More

UPDATED: U.S. Officials Describe Fight That Killed Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV

UPDATED: U.S. Officials Describe Fight That Killed Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV

Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles Keating IV, 31, of San Diego. US Navy Photo

Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles Keating IV, 31, of San Diego. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional photos and a map of where the fighting occured.

THE PENTAGON – The Navy SEAL who was killed in a Tuesday firefight with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants was part of a quick reaction force sent in to assist a U.S. advise-and-assist team and Kurdish Peshmerga forces who were overwhelmed by a surprise ISIS offensive in Northern Iraq, an Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman told reporters on Wednesday. Read More

Kearsarge ARG, 26th MEU Return to East Coast; Artillery Detachment Remains in Iraq

Kearsarge ARG, 26th MEU Return to East Coast; Artillery Detachment Remains in Iraq

 U.S. Marines with Task Force Spartan, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), on Fire Base Bell, Iraq, fire an M777A2 Howitzer at an ISIS infiltration route March 18, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

U.S. Marines with Task Force Spartan, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), on Fire Base Bell, Iraq, fire an M777A2 Howitzer at an ISIS infiltration route March 18, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

THE PENTAGON — Sailors and Marines assigned to the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will begin returning from a seven-month deployment to the Middle East starting today, according to a statement from the 26th MEU. Read More

Dunford: Next U.S. Military Strategy Document will be Classified

Dunford: Next U.S. Military Strategy Document will be Classified

Gen. Joseph Dunford testifying before Congress on March 17, 2016. DoD Photo

Gen. Joseph Dunford testifying before Congress on March 17, 2016. DoD Photo

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the next military strategy document will be kept classified, a recommendation often called for in House and Senate armed services committee hearings that began in the fall on “defense reform.” Read More