Tag Archives: Islamic State

Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt Leaves Middle East, No Firm Date on Replacement to Continue Anti-ISIS Strikes

Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt Leaves Middle East, No Firm Date on Replacement to Continue Anti-ISIS Strikes

Lt. Cmdr. Craig Ryan launches an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Aug. 27, 2015. US Navy

Lt. Cmdr. Craig Ryan launches an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Aug. 27, 2015. US Navy

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group left U.S. 5th Fleet on Tuesday with no public timeline for when its replacement will reach the Middle East to continue U.S. air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq in Syria (ISIS) targets. Read More

Saudi Arabia Charting Future Defense Policy  

Saudi Arabia Charting Future Defense Policy  

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One lesson Saudi Arabia took from its 2009 encounter with Houthis in Yemen, raiding its border posts and harassing tribes in that region, was the value of Saudi special forces in those conflicts. Since then it has built up those capabilities as part of its evolving military doctrine, Prince Sultan bin Khaled al Faisal said Thursday. Read More

Rep. Gabbard: More Clarity Needed On Iran Deal; Committees Hung Up On Anti-ISIS Support

Rep. Gabbard: More Clarity Needed On Iran Deal; Committees Hung Up On Anti-ISIS Support

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia (left) are greeted by Falah Mustafa Bakir (center), Minister of Foreign Relations for the Kurdistan Regional Government. Photo courtesy Rep. Gabbard's office.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia (left) are greeted by Falah Mustafa Bakir (center), Minister of Foreign Relations for the Kurdistan Regional Government in a recent trip to the Middle East. Photo courtesy Rep. Gabbard’s office.

“The devil is in the details” in deciding whether the current deal with Iran to bar it from building or acquiring nuclear weapons is acceptable, a member of the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees said Wednesday. Read More

Bush WH Advisor: Saudi Arabia Collaboration, Greater U.S. Support Needed to Counter ISIS

Bush WH Advisor: Saudi Arabia Collaboration, Greater U.S. Support Needed to Counter ISIS

An F/A-18C Hornet attached to the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 makes an arrested recovery during the final flight operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on April 11, 2015. US Navy photo.

An F/A-18C Hornet attached to the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 makes an arrested recovery during the final flight operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on April 11, 2015. US Navy photo.

Saudi Arabia has been a vital, even if less talked about, partner in U.S. counterterrorism efforts, Fran Townsend, a senior adviser to President George W. Bush, said Thursday at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event. Read More

Carl Vinson Strike Group Returns Home After Nearly 10 Months in Middle East, Pacific

Carl Vinson Strike Group Returns Home After Nearly 10 Months in Middle East, Pacific

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during an air-power demonstration on May 31, 2015. US Navy photo.

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during an air-power demonstration on May 31, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Carl Vinson Strike Group will return to the San Diego area today and tomorrow after a nearly 10-month deployment to U.S. 5th Fleet and 7th Fleet that included six months of strikes against the Islamic State. Read More

French Carrier Charles de Gaulle Bound for India After Two Months of Strikes Against ISIS

French Carrier Charles de Gaulle Bound for India After Two Months of Strikes Against ISIS

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), left, and the French nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) transit the Northern Arabian Gulf on March 8, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), left, and the French nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) transit the Northern Arabian Gulf on March 8, 2015. US Navy Photo

French carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) has left the Persian Gulf after about two months of strike operations against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) militants, according to local press reports. Read More

Pentagon to Congress: ISIS is on the Defensive

Pentagon to Congress: ISIS is on the Defensive

U.S. Central Command Commander General Lloyd J. Austin III on Oct. 17, 2014. Defense Department Photo

U.S. Central Command Commander General Lloyd J. Austin III on Oct. 17, 2014. Defense Department Photo

To “pivot away from the Middle East is naïve at best,” the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) said as he opened a hearing on developments in the Central Command area of responsibility and the president’s request for a congressional authorization for the use of military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL). Read More

Allen on ISIS Fight: ‘We’ll Do Mosul When We’re Ready’

Allen on ISIS Fight: ‘We’ll Do Mosul When We’re Ready’

Retired Marine Gen. John Allen speaking at The Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. Atlantic Council Photo

Retired Marine Gen. John Allen speaking at The Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. Atlantic Council Photo

Quoting the Iraqi prime minister that “we’ll do Mosul when we’re ready,” the special presidential envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL said, “We’ve got to resist putting a timeline on it.” Read More

AEI Panel: U.S. Should Do More to Quell Sectarian Divide in Iraq

AEI Panel: U.S. Should Do More to Quell Sectarian Divide in Iraq

Iraqi army soldiers from 4th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 5th Division stand outside an Iraqi army compound in Buhriz, Iraq, Jan. 31, 2007. US Air Force Photo

Iraqi army soldiers from 4th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 5th Division stand outside an Iraqi army compound in Buhriz, Iraq, Jan. 31, 2007. US Air Force Photo

“No one is advocating re-invading Iraq” or sending the United States down “a slippery slope to have 200,000 troops in Iraq forever” when they call for more American involvement across the board in helping Baghdad defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), provide an alternative to Iran and reconcile its warring sectarian and ethnic factions, a leading proponent of the 2007–2008 Iraq U.S. troop surge, said Wednesday. Read More