A Virginia Beach-based explosive ordnance disposal sailor was the first American service member killed in the ongoing conflict in Syria, the Navy announced late last week. Read More
The Pentagon announced Chief Petty Officer Jason Finan, 34, was killed in Northern Iraq yesterday while supporting Iraqi forces seeking to retake Mosul from the Islamic State. Read More
The carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a ten-month repair and modernization period, the Navy announced on Thursday. Read More
The following is footage of the Truman Carrier Strike Group returning to Naval Station Norfolk, va. on July 13, 2016.
The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group returned from an eight-month extended deployment fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Read More
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
The following is the June 14, 2016 Congressional Research Service report, The Islamic State and U.S. Policy. Read More
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
The Navy SEAL killed earlier this month in a firefight with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants will be posthumously promoted to chief petty officer, the service announced Wednesday. Read More
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