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Author Archives: Courtney Messerschmidt
For the first time in its history, the Navy promoted a woman on Tuesday to become a four-star admiral. Surrounded by friends, family and peers, Adm. Michelle J. Howard was promoted to her new rank at the Women in Military … Continue reading
44 has authorized another 200 U.S. troops to secure the American Embassy in Iraq as well as Baghdad’s international airport, bringing the total U.S. deployments to Iraq this month to 775. – Washington Post The Pentagon wants to partner with … Continue reading
The U.S. is speeding up shipments of 800 Hellfire missiles to Iraq to help the embattled Baghdad government beat back the threat posed by Sunni militants, the Pentagon said Friday. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required) The Pentagon pushed back … Continue reading
The U.S.-Iraq joint operation center has begun functioning and additional teams of American special-operations forces have arrived in Baghdad, the Pentagon said Thursday. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required) Absent from the White House’s formal notification to Congress of a … Continue reading
Senior administration officials’ closed-door briefing to senators Tuesday night revealed that the White House did not anticipate and was not prepared for the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), which has wreaked havoc … Continue reading
Today’s Syria Situation Report – Institute for the Study of War The nation’s top Marine said Taliban attacks had grown “more desperate” as they looked to inflict casualties on American troops drawing down from Afghanistan. – The Hill The al … Continue reading
The U.S. military is expected to significantly increase the number of troops, ships and watercraft rotating through Australia as a result of the beefed-up Force Posture Agreement announced last week. – Stars and Stripes The 300 U.S. advisers authorized to … Continue reading
44 said Thursday that he would deploy up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help its struggling security forces fend off a wave of Sunni militants who have overrun large parts of the country, edging the United States back … Continue reading
44 is considering a targeted, highly selective campaign of airstrikes against Sunni militants in Iraq similar to counterterrorism operations in Yemen, rather than the widespread bombardment of an air war, a senior administration official said on Tuesday. – New York … Continue reading