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Monday Defense Briefing

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

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Friday Defense Briefing

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

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Wednesday Defense Briefing

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

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Tuesday Defense Briefing

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

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Monday Defense Briefing

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

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Friday Defense Briefing

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

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Thursday Defense Briefing

The U.S. Defense Department offered a sober assessment Wednesday of the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, warning that the Syrian border city of Kobani — along with other towns like it — could soon fall to … Continue reading

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Wednesday Defense Briefing

The U.S.-led coalition stepped up airstrikes around the Syrian border town of Kobane on Tuesday after Turkey appealed for help, enabling Kurdish fighters to reverse the advance of Islamic State militants for the first time since the extremists launched their … Continue reading

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Monday Defense Briefing

US Army pilots for the first time used an Apache attack helicopter to strike Islamist militant targets in Iraq over the weekend, according to a statement by CENTCOM. – Defense News Instead of large wars, the Army of the future … Continue reading

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Friday Defense Briefing

Former CIA director David H. Petraeus said Thursday that U.S. ground troops may still be needed to destroy Islamic State extremists in Iraq, but the administration’s current strategy of only deploying advisers to the war zone has “a reasonable chance … Continue reading

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