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02/28/2015

Operation Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/27/2015

Liberia’s President Thanks Obama, Carter for Ebola Aid  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke in separate meetings with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who said she came to the United States to thank the U.S. government and the American people for helping Liberia fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

02/27/2015

Kirby: Iraqi Leaders, Troops Will be Force Against ISIL      

WASHINGTON - Any operation in Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant must be led and manned by Iraqis, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.

02/27/2015

Welsh: Sequestration Harms Aging, Shrinking Air Force      

WASHINGTON - The capability gap separating the U.S. Air Force from others is narrowing and requires modernization to help the service maintain its asymmetric advantage, the service’s chief of staff testified before the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee.

02/27/2015

James: In-Demand Air Force Experiences Strain  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Air Force is requesting $10 billion above what sequestration-level funding provides in order to support its global responsibilities, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James told members of the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee.

02/27/2015

McKeon: Budget Request Provides ‘Robust’ Nuclear Deterrent      

WASHINGTON - The president’s proposed fiscal 2016 budget proposal contains funding to provide a “stable and robust” nuclear deterrent capability for the nation, Brian P. McKeon, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, told the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces here yesterday.

02/27/2015

Intelligence Chief Describes ‘Pervasive Uncertainty’ of Worldwide Threats      

WASHINGTON - “Unpredictable instability” is the new normal, the director of National Intelligence told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

02/27/2015

Senior Enlisted Advisors: Uncertainty Affects Quality of Life      

WASHINGTON - Service members and their families are concerned about potential sequester-caused cuts to the military’s budget and possible changes to quality of life, pay and compensation programs, the services’ senior enlisted advisors told a House panel.

02/27/2015

DoD Salutes Guard, Reserve Family Readiness Programs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Richard O. Wightman Jr., principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs, presented awards to the top unit in each reserve component for outstanding programs that support unit missions and family readiness during a Pentagon ceremony.

02/27/2015

101st Airborne Departs Liberia After Successful Mission  This story contains photos.    

MONROVIA, Liberia - The 101st Airborne Division cased its colors during a ceremony at the Barclay Training Center in Liberia, marking the end of Operation United Assistance for the Joint Forces Command United Assistance.

02/27/2015

Face of Defense: Air Force Staff Sergeant Beats Cancer  This story contains photos.    

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard L. Johnson enjoyed support from family and friends as he endured rigorous treatment and side effects, including hair loss and migraines, to beat cancer.

02/27/2015

Coalition Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/27/2015

U.S. Added Speed, Scale to West Africa Ebola Fight  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Since Sept. 2014, when U.S. Army Africa leadership arrived in Liberia to help contain the historic outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, the United States is transitioning its contributions to civilian and nongovernmental organizations there as the World Health Organization reports a drop in confirmed cases.

02/26/2015

Sequester Degrades Navy, Marine Corps Readiness, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Funding cuts triggered by the 2011 Budget Control Act have negatively impacted Navy and Marine Corps readiness, leaving sailors and Marines inadequately prepared to fight and increasing the dangers to them if they do, the chief of naval operations told Congress.

02/26/2015

DoD CIO Details Information Technology Priorities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Acting Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen discussed the joint information environment, the cloud, detailed technology investments and the threat of sequestration in testimony before a House panel.

02/26/2015

Walter Reed Technician Creates New Eyes for Patients  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - Louis Gilbert creates handmade, lifelike prosthetic eyes in the dental laboratory at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

02/26/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/26/2015

Army Paratroopers Conduct Historic Jump in Alaska  This story contains photos.    

DEADHORSE, Alaska - U.S. Army Alaska paratroopers conducted the largest U.S. airborne operation north of the Arctic Circle in more than a decade to hone their skills in Arctic airborne and mobility operations.

02/26/2015

Walter Reed Celebrates National African American History Month  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Multicultural Committee hosted a celebration featuring musical performances and poetry reading to honor the innumerable contributions of African Americans throughout U.S. history.

02/26/2015

Sea Services Officials Detail Sequestration’s Impact      

WASHINGTON - Under the president’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal, the military’s sea services would be able to carry out their worldwide missions, but if sequestration triggers, all bets are off, senior Navy and Marine Corps officials said on Capitol Hill.

02/26/2015

Battaglia Explains Importance of Financial Literacy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff urged service members and their families to make informed investment decisions to ensure financial readiness both during and after their service commitments.

02/26/2015

Face of Defense: Female Artillery Soldier Becomes Launcher Chief  This story contains photos.    

FORT SILL, Okla. - Army Cpl. Erica Gunter recently made history when she was promoted to corporal and assigned as a multiple launch rocket system launcher chief, a position usually held by a staff sergeant.

02/26/2015

Carter Meets at Pentagon With Senior Leaders From Djibouti  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter discussed regional security interests and bilateral issues with senior leaders from the African nation of Djibouti during a meeting at the Pentagon.

02/25/2015

Breedlove: Russia, Violent Extremism Challenge Europe  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Europe faces a different and more challenging security environment than it did just a year ago, including an increasingly aggressive Russia and a surge of violent extremism, Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove said.

02/25/2015

Golden State Warriors Honor Fallen at Arlington Cemetery  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - Members of the Golden State Warriors NBA basketball team visited Arlington National Cemetery to show support for an Army widow and pay homage to thousands of military members buried throughout the hallowed grounds.

02/25/2015

Sequestration Harms Air Force Readiness, James Says      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force’s readiness edge could slip away if sequestration is not lifted permanently, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told members of a Senate panel at a fiscal year 2016 defense appropriations hearing.

02/25/2015

Sanctions Having a Mixed Effect on Russia, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and European sanctions imposed on Russia for its support of Ukrainian separatists and the annexation of Crimea are having a significant impact on Russia’s economy but have not curtailed Moscow’s continued intervention in the region, two senior Defense Department officials told Congress.

02/25/2015

Army Secretary Details Sequestration Dangers      

WASHINGTON - If sequestration spending cuts trigger this year, it will affect every person and mission the U.S. Army has, Army Secretary John M. McHugh said at a Defense Writer’s Group breakfast.

02/25/2015

Blue Star Families Recognize Outstanding Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Blue Star Families celebrated its fifth anniversary, recognizing three honorees for going “above and beyond the call of duty” to support military families.

02/25/2015

Face of Defense: Hard Work Fuels Career for Cryogenics Airman  This story contains photos.    

RAF MILDENHALL, England - Storing and issuing cryogenic products might sound like a unique line of work, but it’s business as usual for many airmen assigned to RAF Mildenhall, England, home of U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s only air refueling wing.

02/25/2015

Operation Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/25/2015

High Seas Must Remain Open to All, Navy Leader Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The world’s ocean trade routes must remain open to all to maintain global commerce, said Navy Adm. Michelle J. Howard, the vice chief of naval operations.

02/24/2015

Missile Defense System Performs Successful Flight Test  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the USS Carney, USS Gonzalez, and USS Barry successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system.

02/24/2015

Leaders Reaffirm U.S.-Egypt Security Partnership      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter telephoned Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Sedki Sobhy and expressed his condolences to Egypt for victims of recent terrorist attacks and his desire to work closely with Sobhy to meet security challenges, Pentagon spokesman Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

02/24/2015

Capabilities Must Match Future Threats, Army Leader Says      

WASHINGTON - Success in future armed conflict boils down to ensuring the capabilities put in place today can match the threats of the future, a top U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command leader said.

02/24/2015

Pentagon Expedites $17.9 Million in Equipment to Aid Iraqis      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has expedited $17.9 million in equipment and supplies –- some which have already been delivered –- to the Iraqi government, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

02/24/2015

Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/24/2015

DoD Seeks Novel Ideas to Shape its Technological Future  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is seeking ideas to shape its future, and officials are looking to industry, small business, academia, start-ups, the public –- anyone, really –- to boost its ability against adversaries whose access to technology grows daily.

02/24/2015

Face of Defense: Florida Guardsman to Appear on Fishing TV Show  This story contains photos.    

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Maj. Peter Jennison of the Florida Army National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion, along with his son, Morgan, will appear on a taped episode of NBC Sports’ show “Bass 2 Billfish with Peter Miller.”

02/24/2015

Dempsey: Coalition Gains Put ISIL in 'Difficult Position'      

SYDNEY - Strategic and tactical gains by coalition partners have made a difference in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in Sydney.

02/23/2015

Defeating ISIL Takes Diplomatic, Military Effort, Carter Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Dealing a lasting defeat to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant will require “a combined diplomatic and military effort,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, after he concluded a conference there with ambassadors and senior U.S. and regional military leaders.

02/23/2015

Carter: ISIL Must be Dealt ‘Lasting Defeat’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - There is no doubt the international coalition battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “will deliver a lasting defeat,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter told U.S. troops in Kuwait.

02/23/2015

Virginia National Guard Responds to New Snowstorm  This story contains photos.    

SANDSTON, Va. - The Virginia National Guard deployed nearly 20 soldiers for duty in Wise and Highland counties to assist local emergency response officials after another round of heavy snow and frigid cold hit the commonwealth, officials said.

02/23/2015

Face of Defense: ‘Miracle Mom’ Marks Baby’s First Birthday  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Surviving a harrowing illness, Army wife Yesenia Ruiz-Rojo is now sharing life with Luke, her healthy 1-year-old boy.

02/23/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/23/2015

Carter Thanks Kuwait's Leaders for Strategic Partnership  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter expressed U.S. appreciation for the strategic partnership between the U.S. and Kuwait during meetings with Kuwaiti emir, Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah, and Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Khalid al-Jarrah al-Sabah, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.

02/23/2015

Dempsey, Australian Defense Chief Discuss Security Issues      

SYDNEY - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his Australian counterpart met in Sydney to examine security challenges and find ways to further strengthen ties.

02/22/2015

Carter Greets Troops in Kandahar, Praises Progress  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - During his first official trip to Afghanistan as defense secretary, Ash Carter thanked U.S. troops in Kandahar for their dedication to the mission and the progress they and their NATO and Afghan allies have achieved.

02/22/2015

Carter Makes First Official Call to British Defense Minister  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Ash Carter placed a phone call to British Defense Minister Michael Fallon to thank him for his leadership and for the United Kingdom’s contributions to global security efforts.

02/22/2015

Dempsey Discusses Pacific Rebalance During Australia Visit      

SYDNEY - During his visit to Australia, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet with his Australian counterpart to discuss the U.S. military rebalance to the Pacific region, current global challenges, interoperability, and strengthening cooperation.

02/22/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/21/2015

Dempsey Visits Strategic, Remote Kwajalein Atoll      

KWAJALEIN ATOLL, Marshall Islands - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, paid a visit to a U.S. Army facility in the Marshall Islands to highlight its importance to the missile defense and space programs.

02/21/2015

Carter Discusses Progress With Leaders During Afghanistan Visit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with U.S. and Afghan leaders and discussed the progress made in Afghanistan during his first official visit to the country as secretary.

02/21/2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/21/2015

ISIL ‘a Very Complex Threat,’ Dempsey Says in Marshall Islands  This story contains photos.    

KWAJALEIN ATOLL, Marshall Islands - U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said regional governments must take the lead in solving the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

02/20/2015

Officials Open STARBASE Campus in Indianapolis  This story contains photos.    

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana National Guard officially opened the STARBASE Indianapolis campus. The Defense Department-sponsored STARBASE program, an acronym which stands for science technology academies reinforcing basic aviation space exploration, is a nationwide science-, technology-, engineering- and math-based program for fifth-grade students.

02/20/2015

National Guard Aviators Fly Supplies to Tangier Island  This story contains photos.    

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe authorized an Army National Guard helicopter mission that delivered food, mail and medical supplies to residents of ice-bound Tangier Island.

02/20/2015

Experts: Males Also Are Victims of Sexual Assault      

TYSON’S CORNER, Va. - Experts urged Army leaders to reach out to male victims of sexual assault, noting people should not view sexual violence as a crime perpetrated exclusively against women.

02/20/2015

Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/20/2015

Face of Defense: Cancer Diagnosis Helps Airman Find Balance  This story contains photos.    

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - Senior Master Sgt. Daphne Soto, a hard-charging, 24-year Air Force veteran, wife, and mother of three children, shifted priorities in her life after she was diagnosed with cancer.

02/19/2015

Dempsey: Russia, Terrorists, Cyber Among Top Threats  This story contains photos.    

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Today's global security contains a host of threats, including Russian aggression that threatens NATO allies, U.S. Army Gen Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a student conference at Texas A&M University.

02/19/2015

Centcom Official: Mosul Fight Could Begin Within Weeks      

WASHINGTON - Preparations are underway by coalition and Iraqi forces to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, an operation that could begin as early as April and will require an Iraqi-led military force of at least 20,000 troops, a U.S. Central Command official said.

02/19/2015

Operation Freedom’s Sentinel Qualifies for Campaign Medal      

WASHINGTON - Operation Freedom’s Sentinel is a qualifying operation for award of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Department of Defense announced in a release.

02/19/2015

Carter Greets Workforce, Outlines Priorities at All-hands Meeting  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter summarized the multiple national security threats -- old and new -- facing the nation, but said the nation also has bright opportunities to explore during an all-hands meeting at the Pentagon.

02/19/2015

Participants Endure Frigid Cold at Alaska Training Event  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Participants and instructors braved sub-zero temperatures in the Cold Regions Military Mountaineering Collaborative Event in Black Rapids, Alaska.

02/19/2015

Separatists Violate Cease-fire in Ukraine, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Separatists in Ukraine have committed several violations of the cease-fire agreement signed in Minsk, Belarus, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

02/19/2015

Face of Defense: Army Carpenters Gain Experience in Thailand  This story contains photos.    

CHAI BADAN DISTRICT, LOP BURI PROVINCE, Thailand - Army reservists Sgt. Noryann Larimer and Spc. El Jessica Joi Balajadia journeyed from their native Guam to Thailand to hone their carpentry skills during Exercise Cobra Gold 2015.

02/19/2015

Operation Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/19/2015

Great Leadership is a Constant, Dempsey Tells Texas A&M Cadets  This story contains photos.    

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Despite the many challenges in the world, the one constant in the nation's history is great leadership, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets members.

02/18/2015

First African American Tomb Guard Recalls ‘Walking the Mat’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military guards have watched over the famed Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery 24 hours a day, seven days a week since July 1937, but it wasn’t until 1960 that the Tomb Guard selected its first African American soldier to “walk the mat.”

02/18/2015

Face of Defense: Airborne Soldier Earns Distinguished Service Cross  This story contains photos.    

FORT BENNING, Ga. - Army Staff Sgt. Jeffery M. Dawson earned the Distinguished Service Cross for his brave and selfless actions in Afghanistan on Oct. 5, 2013.

02/18/2015

Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/17/2015

Obama: Carter ‘Hitting the Ground Running’      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said his White House meeting with Defense Secretary Ash Carter covered a range of security issues from violent extremism to Ukraine to maintaining the military.

02/17/2015

Carter Takes Oath of Office in White House Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ash Carter took the oath of office as the 25th defense secretary during a White House ceremony where he swore to support and defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.

02/17/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/17/2015

Carter Takes Helm as 25th Secretary of Defense      

WASHINGTON - Ash Carter, who was sworn in as the 25th secretary of defense, laid out his top priorities in a message to the DoD workforce.

02/17/2015

Face of Defense: Sailor Receives ‘Old Tar’ Award  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Senior Chief Gunner's Mate Robert Hyatt said receiving the "Old Tar" award made him reflect on his years of service and accomplishments.

02/17/2015

Virginia Governor Authorizes National Guard for Snow Response  This story contains photos.    

SANDSTON, Va. - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe authorized the National Guard to call up to 300 soldiers, airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force for potential assistance in severe winter weather response operations.

02/17/2015

Carter Takes Office Today as 25th Defense Secretary  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ash Carter, who previously served as deputy defense secretary, defense acquisition chief and assistant secretary for global strategic affairs, continues his service to the nation as the 25th secretary of defense.

02/16/2015

U.S., Coalition Allies Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/13/2015

Sea-service Leaders Chart Priorities, Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Producing more amphibious ships, staying on top of cybersecurity needs and facing new challenges in the Asia-Pacific region are some of the priorities of the sea-service leaders, a panel concluded at the Western Conference and Exposition in San Diego.

02/13/2015

State Department Welcomes Vets to Fellowship Program      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry welcomed the inaugural fellows of the Veterans Innovation Partnership program, which offers a chance for veterans to apply what they learned in military service to international affairs.

02/13/2015

Iraqi Security Forces Repel ISIL Attack  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An attempt by 20 to 25 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters to attack al Asad Air Base in Iraq was repulsed by Iraqi security forces, said Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby.

02/13/2015

Air Force Seeks $10 Billion Over Sequestration Funding      

WASHINGTON - The demand for Air Force capabilities is increasing, therefore the service is requesting $10 billion more than sequestration-level funding provides, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.

02/13/2015

U.S., Coalition Allies Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/13/2015

Face of Defense: Airman Gets Honor for Water Rescue  This story contains photos.    

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Gates received the Vanguard Award for commandeering a boat to pull two people in distress out of the water roughly 300 meters from shore.

02/13/2015

Hagel Bids Farewell to Defense Department Workforce  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said farewell to the military and civilian men and women of the Defense Department’s workforce, noting it’s been “a tremendous privilege” to serve as the nation’s top defense official.

02/13/2015

Care Coalition Supports Wounded, Ill Special Ops Troops      

WASHINGTON - Care coalition looks to get special operators back to their teams quickly, or to transition to other jobs in the military or to veteran’s status.

02/12/2015

Coast Guard Leader Celebrates, Champions Diversity      

WASHINGTON - When Terri A. Dickerson, the director of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Civil Rights, was growing up in New Orleans, she witnessed violence, bombings and demonstrations during the desegregation of her school.

02/12/2015

Afghan Transition Trends ‘Positive,’ Campbell Says      

WASHINGTON - Afghan forces are succeeding in the struggle against the Taliban and affiliated terror groups the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said, while also acknowledging there is much that needs to be done.

02/12/2015

Air Force Chief: Force Modernization Not Optional      

WASHINGTON - It is imperative to modernize the Air Force despite difficult budgeting choices that will have to be made, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said.

02/12/2015

President Signs Clay Hunt Act, Says 'Stigma Has to End'      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed into law the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, or SAV Act, aimed at reducing military and veteran suicides and improving their access to quality mental health care.

02/12/2015

Face of Defense: Couple Will Still Be Valentines Across Miles  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. - Two airmen will spend their first Valentine's Day as a married couple apart, but their desire to see the "big picture" keeps them close.

02/12/2015

Carter ‘Will Help Keep Our Military Strong,’ President Says      

WASHINGTON - President Obama praised and welcomed back Ash Carter, a former deputy defense secretary, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the 25th secretary of defense.

02/12/2015

Senate Confirms Carter as 25th Secretary of Defense      

WASHINGTON - The senate confirmed Ash Carter as the 25th secretary of defense, President Barack Obama’s choice for the top position in the Defense Department.

02/12/2015

General Highlights Mentoring as Bridge From Past to Present  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell, the Army’s first African American chief information officer, said he simply heeded his mother’s advice: “Follow your dreams, and don’t let anyone get in front of you and say you can’t do that.”

02/12/2015

Alaska Training Event Unites Nations, Hones Best Practices  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Some eight months of planning culminated in the international Cold Regions Military Mountaineering Collaborative Event held Feb. 9-12 at the Northern Warfare Training Center in Black Rapids, Alaska, where 12 nations strengthened cooperation and improved capabilities in frigid and mountainous regions, participants reported.

02/12/2015

Guardsmen From Maine, Vermont Help Massachusetts Dig Out  This story contains photos.    

AUGUSTA, Maine - National Guardsmen from Vermont and Maine are helping their Massachusetts counterparts in responding to recent major snowfalls that have buried areas of the Bay State.

02/12/2015

Deputy Secretary Visits Minot, Notes Strong Morale  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said morale is strong at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, after he visited base facilities and spoke with airmen.

02/12/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Targets in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/11/2015

Obama Sends Resolution for Use of Force Against ISIL to Congress      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has sent a draft resolution to Congress to authorize the use of force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

02/11/2015

Hagel Meets With Romanian Prime Minister  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta at the Pentagon to discuss NATO and coalition operations, according to a senior defense official.

02/11/2015

President: Massive Global Effort Created Anti-Ebola Success      

WASHINGTON - The American and partner-nation fight in the last few months against the Ebola virus in West Africa has cut cases of the disease by 80 percent, President Barack Obama announced.

02/11/2015

New Threat Center to Integrate Cyber Intelligence  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The new Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center will serve as a central hub for cyber operational planning and joint intelligence.

02/11/2015

Face of Defense: U-2 Pilot Blazes Trail  This story contains photos.    

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - As a child, Air Force Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal imagined flying among the stars, thousands of miles above the Earth’s surface. Today, she is one of eight female pilots ever to fly the U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft and the only black female pilot in U-2 history.

02/11/2015

DARPA Hones Skills of Future Cyber Officers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After months of work with world-class experts and online challenges, 60 cadets and midshipmen from the three service academies and the Coast Guard Academy recently faced off in contests of full-spectrum offensive and defensive cyber skills.

02/11/2015

Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/11/2015

Aircraft Deploy to Europe to Boost Interoperability With Allies      

STUTTGART, Germany - The Air Force has deployed aircraft to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, as part of a theater security package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, U.S. European Command officials announced.

02/11/2015

Hagel Welcomes Proposed Resolution on Use of Force Against ISIL      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed his support for a proposed resolution President Barack Obama is submitting to Congress aimed at authorizing the use of military force against ISIL.

02/11/2015

Sexual Assault Rates Decrease at Military Service Academies      

WASHINGTON - Rates of unwanted sexual contact at the military service academies declined in 2014, according to a report released today by the Defense Department.

02/11/2015

Budget Cuts Mean Long-term Risk, Northcom Chief Says      

WASHINGTON - Though the United States has seen military budgets drop following wars, today’s cuts are piling on to a complex security environment seldom seen in history, the commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command said yesterday in San Diego.

02/11/2015

Massachusetts National Guard Responds to Snow Emergency      

BOSTON - With recent snowfalls measured in feet and more snow on the way, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has declared a state of emergency and deployed about 500 Massachusetts National Guard members to assist with snow removal and cleanup efforts.

02/11/2015

Most DoD Personnel to Return From West Africa      

WASHINGTON - Most Defense Department personnel who deployed to West Africa to support then fight against Ebola already have returned to their home stations, and nearly all will return home over the next two months, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

02/10/2015

Work Outlines Budget Priorities, Process  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The president’s fiscal year 2016 defense budget request begins reversing delays to long-term modernization efforts, Deputy Secretary Bob Work said.

02/10/2015

Precision Airstrikes Kill Former Taliban Commander, Associates      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced the deaths of eight individuals, including a former Taliban commander, killed during precision airstrikes in Afghanistan.

02/10/2015

U.S.-Estonia Agreement Strengthens Partnership, Defenses  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department signed a memorandum of understanding with Estonia, marking the beginning of a partnership to strengthen both countries’ reserve forces through annual exchanges of personnel, a senior defense official said.

02/10/2015

DoD Recognizes Top Performers in Getting Gear to Warfighters      

WASHINGTON - One way the military services are giving defense contractors incentive to improve is recognizing top performers through the Superior Supplier Incentive Program.

02/10/2015

Face of Defense: Sibling Rivalry Adds Edge to Competition  This story contains photos.    

BASTROP, Texas - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Renteria and Air Force Senior Airman Michael Renteria are fraternal twins and highly motivated airmen with an intense drive to surpass each other in all pursuits.

02/10/2015

Operation Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve.

02/09/2015

Work Departs for Budget, Nuclear Enterprise Trip  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work departed for a trip to discuss budget priorities, meet with nuclear enterprise troops and tour the U.S. Navy’s newest mobile landing platform.

02/09/2015

Obama, Merkel Discuss Ukraine Situation, ISIL      

WASHINGTON - The United States will continue to stand with nations in sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine, President Barack Obama said during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

02/09/2015

Troops to Receive Millions Under Service Members Civil Relief Act      

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced that under settlements with mortgage servicers, 952 service members and their co-borrowers can receive more than $123 million for non-judicial foreclosures that violated the Service Members Civil Relief Act.

02/09/2015

Airstrikes, Kurdish Forces Push ISIL from Bridgeheads Near Mosul      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Operation Inherent Resolve airstrikes that support the Iraqi government’s fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant helped security forces from the Kurdish region seize three bridgeheads on the Tigris River north of Mosul in formerly ISIL-held areas, officials said.

02/09/2015

Unity Will Prevent New Age of Disorder, NATO Chief Says      

WASHINGTON - Solidarity is needed to prevent a new age of disorder, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the annual Munich Security Conference.

02/09/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/09/2015

Face of Defense: Mom Expresses Pride in Sons’ Service  This story contains photos.    

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - Dana Ritcheson is proud of her two sons' decision to join the Marine Corps.

02/08/2015

Coalition Military Leaders Discuss Operation Inherent Resolve  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Military leaders representing member states of a combined joint task force to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant gathered to discuss the way ahead in Operation Inherent Resolve.

02/08/2015

Allies Must Stay Focused on Russia, Biden Says in Munich      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and European leaders must remain focused against the threat Russia is posing through actions against Ukraine, its bullying of neighboring nations and its repression of dissents at home, Vice President Joe Biden said at the Munich Security Conference.

02/08/2015

Annual Event Honors Military’s African-American Leaders  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Prominent African-Americans from all walks of life have served as a bridge between the past and today, as well as a bridge to the future, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said at an event in Washington.

02/07/2015

U.S., Coalition Allies Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/06/2015

Official Recognizes African American Military, National Contributions      

WASHINGTON - An annual presidential proclamation and Department of Defense memorandum urges the services to highlight the contributions and sacrifices of black soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen in recognition of African American History Month.

02/06/2015

Air Force Takes Part in Off-station Training With Greece      

WASHINGTON - Air Force personnel are in off-station training in Elefsis, Greece, to promote and maintain joint readiness, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

02/06/2015

Stratcom Chief: U.S. Must Maintain Space Dominance      

WASHINGTON - The space domain is changing, and the U.S. military must remain ahead of these changes to maintain the nation’s military dominance, Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said.

02/06/2015

Army Approves Purple Hearts for Fort Hood Shooting Victims      

WASHINGTON - Army Secretary John M. McHugh approved awarding the Purple Heart and its civilian counterpart, the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom, to victims of a 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, following a change in the medals' eligibility criteria mandated by Congress.

02/06/2015

Coalition Airstrikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/06/2015

Leaders: Resources Key for National Security Strategy      

WASHINGTON - Praising President Barack Obama’s 2015 National Security Strategy for recognizing the challenges the nation faces, the Defense Department’s top civilian and military leaders stressed the need for an end to scheduled sequestration spending cuts to allow the military to do its part in implementing the strategy.

02/06/2015

Closing Guantanamo ‘National Security Imperative,’ Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The question on closing the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is not whether to do it, but rather is how to do it, Brian P. McKeon, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, said on Capitol Hill.

02/06/2015

DISA Rolls Out Defense Department Online Collaboration Tool  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Information Systems Agency is rolling out a new online collaboration tool that offers Defense Department employees worldwide secure web conferencing and secure instant messaging and chat capabilities.

02/06/2015

Face of Defense: Airman Weathers Storms in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Keeping tabs on Mother Nature, airmen assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron's weather flight at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan provide up-to-the-minute recommendations to pilots.

02/05/2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria, using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct three airstrikes, according to Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials.

02/05/2015

Hagel Meets With Italian Defense Minister in Brussels      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Italian Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti on the sidelines of the NATO Defense Ministerial conference in Brussels, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby reported.

02/05/2015

Official Shares DoD’s Technology Goals With Industry      

WASHINGTON - Katrina G. McFarland, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition, laid out the Defense Department’s areas of emphasis and goals at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo.

02/05/2015

NATO Sets Sizes for Spearhead, Response Forces      

WASHINGTON - The NATO Response Force’s new Spearhead Force will be a multinational, brigade-sized unit of around 5,000 troops, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels.

02/05/2015

Hagel, Georgian Counterpart Confer at NATO Meeting      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Georgian Defense Minister Mindia Janelidze on the sidelines of the NATO defense ministers’ conference in Brussels, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby reported.

02/05/2015

Hagel: NATO Must Continue to Change in Face of New Threats  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - NATO is transforming to address new threats, and it must continue to do so, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

02/05/2015

Face of Defense: Airman’s Music Provides Sense of Serenity  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Air Force Airman 1st Class Linh Phan plays guitar and piano to achieve a sense of serenity, overcome stress and relax.

02/04/2015

Greenert: Science, Technology Put Navy on Bow Wave of Innovation      

WASHINGTON - Delivering the keynote address at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo, the chief of naval operations, warned of the erosion of the nation’s technological lead.

02/04/2015

Carter Pledges to Help Resolve DoD Budget Issues  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ash Carter, President Barack Obama’s defense secretary nominee, pledged to protect the nation and its allies in a turbulent world and to work with Congress to find a way through defense budget turmoil and the looming spending cuts of sequestration.

02/04/2015

NATO Report Sets Stage for Defense Ministers Meeting      

WASHINGTON - The NATO alliance is bolstering itself to counter challenges that include Russian aggressions in Ukraine and violent extremism that threatens Europe, the secretary general said.

02/04/2015

‘Iron Man’ Suit’s Process Important to DoD, Official Says      

MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit is being designed to give protection and capabilities to U.S. special operators, but the process of designing it may be as revolutionary as the suit itself, said U.S. Special Operations Command officials.

02/04/2015

Face of Defense: Soldier Learns Other Side of Duty Station  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. - Army Pvt. Jeffery Kemp graduated as a watercraft engineer at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., and is learning more about his responsibilities and how to spend his free time.

02/04/2015

Operation Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/03/2015

Hagel Discusses Security, Terrorism with Egyptian Counterpart      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed the security environment in the Middle East and North Africa, including concerns about terrorism with Egypt’s Defense Minister.

02/03/2015

Elite U.S.-Canadian Unit Receives Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor      

WASHINGTON - Members of the U.S. Congress presented the Congressional Gold Medal to the First Special Service Force, made up of U.S. and Canadian troops who participated in the emancipation of Europe and helped end World War II.

02/03/2015

Supporting Wounded, Ill and Injured Troops a DoD Priority      

WASHINGTON - It is a Defense Department top priority to provide support to wounded, ill and injured service members, their families and caregivers with support for recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration into society, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for warrior care policy told a House panel.

02/03/2015

International Community United Against ISIL, Strikes Making Difference, Kirby Says      

WASHINGTON - The battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is not a U.S. war, it is a large international effort to defeat a crazed and barbaric ideology, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

02/03/2015

Hagel, Austin Extend Condolences on Murder of Jordanian Pilot      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel extended his deepest condolences to the family of Jordanian Air Force 1st Lt. Moaz al-Kassasbeh, a fighter pilot who was murdered by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists.

02/03/2015

Worldwide Threat Scope, Complexity on the Rise      

WASHINGTON - Taken in aggregate, recent political, military, social and technological developments have created security challenges more diverse and complex than any the nation has ever experienced, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told Congress.

02/03/2015

Joint Chiefs Urge Former Service Members to Serve Their Communities      

WASHINGTON - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and the Joint Chiefs signed a letter that will go to all transitioning service members, urging them to continue serving the nation as civilians in their communities and in their new jobs.

02/03/2015

Face of Defense: Airman Excels as Professional Bodybuilder  This story contains photos.    

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Air Force Senior Airman Terrence Ruffin won his International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness "pro" card at a competition in Miami -- becoming the youngest professional bodybuilder on the circuit in 28 years.

02/03/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to launch airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/02/2015

No Room for More Risk in Defense Budget, Winnefeld Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While the president’s Fiscal 2016 Budget Request funds the defense strategy, the department has been assuming risk since sequestration, and there is no more room in the budget for risk, Navy Adm. James Winnefeld said.

02/02/2015

Work: FY 16 Budget Request Targets Modernization Efforts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget request for the Defense Department is strategy-driven and resource-informed, and will meet the United States’ 21st century national security needs, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said.

02/02/2015

Dempsey: Budget Proposal Helps Manage Risk, Prepare for Future      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says proposed budget represents the minimum resource level necessary to remain a capable, ready and appropriately sized force able to meet our global commitments.

02/02/2015

Hagel Offers Condolences to French Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called France’s Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian to offer his condolences on the Jan. 26 air tragedy in Spain, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.

02/02/2015

President Proclaims National African American History Month      

WASHINGTON - In declaring February National African American History Month, President Barack Obama urged Americans in reflecting on the nation's progress and history to "recommit to advancing what has been left undone."

02/02/2015

Budget Request Balances Today’s Needs Against Tomorrow’s Threats      

WASHINGTON - The president’s fiscal year 2016 budget request of $534 billion protects America today, while positioning the U.S. military to face the threats of tomorrow, DoD Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer Mike McCord said.

02/02/2015

Military Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria and Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct a total of 27 airstrikes, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

02/02/2015

Battaglia: Critical Time for Senior Enlisted Leader Council      

WASHINGTON - Senior enlisted advisors to the joint chiefs, to the commandant of the Coast Guard and to combatant commanders met at the Pentagon for the bi-annual Defense Senior Enlisted Leader Council.

02/02/2015

Face of Defense: Clinicians Help Deployed Troops Fight Stress  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Whether on their first deployment or their fifth, service members can feel the impact of deployment-related stressors.

02/01/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Iraq, Syria      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - In the past 24 hours, U.S. and coalition military forces conducted 34 airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

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