Tag Archives: Islamic State

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

Bataan ARG Leaves U.S. 5th Fleet , Returns to Norfolk by End of Month

Bataan ARG Leaves U.S. 5th Fleet , Returns to Norfolk by End of Month

USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), left, and the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) transit the Persian Gulf on Sept. 22, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), left, and the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) transit the Persian Gulf on Sept. 22, 2014. US Navy Photo

The three ship Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) has left U.S. Central Command and transited into the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations ahead of an expected October return to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., the U.S. Navy announced on Friday. Read More