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Author Archives: Courtney Messerschmidt
The Air Force has flown a large majority of all airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, with the mission expected to change as Islamic State fighters adjust to the aerial bombardment. – Defense News The kid gloves appear to be fully … Continue reading
As the price tag for operations in Iraq, Syria and West Africa continues to grow, Pentagon leadership insists that it is well prepared to pay for all of these previously unforeseen long-term operations. Part of the reason is that the … Continue reading
The U.S. military is carrying out an average of five strikes a day against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) since the campaign began in August, according to the Pentagon. – The Hill The Pentagon on Thursday predicted … Continue reading
44 charted a muscular new course for the United States in a turbulent world, telling the United Nations General Assembly in a bluntly worded speech that the American military would work with allies to dismantle the Islamic State’s “network of … Continue reading
The F-22 Raptor has flown its first combat operation, a major milestone for the small air dominance fleet. – Defense News U.S. military leaders said Tuesday their aerial bombardment of Syria was only the beginning of a prolonged campaign that … Continue reading
ISIS The United States and five Arab allies launched a wide-ranging air campaign against the Islamic State and at least one other extremist group in Syria for the first time early Tuesday, targeting the groups’ bases, training camps and checkpoints … Continue reading
A “small number” of U.S. ground forces will be needed to vanquish the threat of Islamic extremists galloping through the Middle East, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday. – The Hill The U.S.-led military campaign plan to retake Iraqi … Continue reading
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno believes that Iraqi ground forces, not U.S. troops, are needed to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq, according to his spokeswoman. – Military Times The Pentagon’s top leadership has approved an ambitious target … Continue reading
44 on Wednesday repeated his vow to destroy Islamist terrorists in Syria and Iraq, but he insisted that the United States would not go it alone and promised a military audience that he would not send them back into direct … Continue reading
Air Mobility Command tankers have flown more than 1,000 missions in support of airstrikes against the Islamic State, AMC commander Gen. Darren McDew said Tuesday. – Defense News Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said 44 will receive completed military plans Wednesday … Continue reading