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Author Archives: Courtney Messerschmidt
Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 521 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursday. – Reuters The Pentagon confirmed Wednesday that Islamic State in Iraq … Continue reading
Operation Inherent Resolve, the newly named war against Islamic State forces in the Middle East, has cost the U.S. government more than $424 million in 10 weeks. – WSJ’s Washington Wire John Nagl writes: With luck, we have learned a … Continue reading
US forces have conducted more than 135 airstrikes against IS in the area around Kobani over the past week, claiming to have killed hundreds of IS fighters in the process, but have not been able to break the stalemate between … Continue reading
The commander of the U.S.-led military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) sought to manage expectations Friday in his first press briefing since military action began in August. – The Hill An assessment of the damage … Continue reading
Something surprisingly unusual will take place at the Pentagon Friday. The general directing U.S. operations against the Islamic State will brief reporters for the first time since U.S. bombs started falling on Iraq and Syria — and for the first … Continue reading
US-led aircraft will continue bombing near the Syrian town of Kobane and in western Iraq, 44 said Tuesday after talks with military leaders from an international coalition fighting the Islamic State group. – AFP At his final AUSA conference as … Continue reading
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said Monday he is “somewhat” confident that the Iraqi army can defend Baghdad from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). – The Hill The Army’s top general said Monday that an … Continue reading
The U.S.-led air war in Syria has gotten off to a rocky start, with even the Syrian rebel groups closest to the United States turning against it, U.S. ally Turkey refusing to contribute and the plight of a beleaguered Kurdish … Continue reading
As the US approaches the end of major combat operations in Afghanistan, the number of airstrikes there hit their highest point in two years in August. – Defense News An overwhelming majority of Americans want Congress to reconvene and vote … Continue reading