Marines with Alpha Battery, Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, conduct an M777 Howitzer live-fire night fire mission during Exercise Alligator Dagger in Djibouti on Dec. 18, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo
The following post has been updated with a statement from U.S. Central Command.
An undisclosed number of Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Syria recently to join U.S. forces and local forces poised to push Islamic State militants out of the city of Raqqa, according to a report in The Washington Post. Read More
Admiral Grigorovich on March 1, 2017. Bosphorus Observer photo used with permission
One of the Russian Navy’s most advanced frigates left the Black Sea on Thursday bound for Syria and the Eastern Mediterranean, according to images provided to USNI News by ship spotters in Istanbul. Read More
The following is the Feb. 21, 2017 Congressional Research Service report, A New Authorization for Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State. Read More
Undated photo of ISIS fighters.
Al Qaeda and the Islamic State could reconcile their differences to present a different but persistent security challenge to the United States for the foreseeable future, three experts in counterterrorism told the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday. Read More
An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve on Feb. 13, 2017. US Navy Photo
After a two-month gap, the U.S. Navy is again launching carrier-based strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria from the Mediterranean, the service announced on Monday. Read More
The following is the Feb. 2, 2017 Congressional Research Service report, The Islamic State and U.S. Policy. Read More
Image from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) via AFP.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for the creation of a strategy to defeat the Islamic State, bringing in multiple federal departments and agencies with requirements that closely mirror how the Obama Administration had approached the problem. Read More
ISIS forces in Iraq
CORRECTION: The following piece was mislabeled as an analysis piece rather than opinion.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week that bars citizens from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Syria from entering the United States for 90 days, suspends refugee admission programs for 120 days and indefinitely bans Syrian refugees. Many questions have been raised about this controversial executive action. Since this action is characterized as a national security measure, this analysis will examine two questions: first, will such a policy measurably contribute to U.S. national security interests at home and abroad? And second, why the sudden change in strategy? Read More
The following is the Jan. 18, 2017 Congressional Research Service report, The Islamic State and U.S. Policy. Read More
USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) sails through the Atlantic Ocean on Dec. 6, 2016. US Navy Photo
The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is set to depart on Saturday for a European and Middle East deployment from Naval Station Norfolk, Va. and Naval Station Mayport, Fla., the Navy announced on Thursday. Read More