Sep 11, 2014 11:04am

What 475 New US Troops Headed to Iraq Won’t Do

The 475 additional U.S. military personnel headed to Iraq this week will assist Iraqi security forces as they take the offensive against ISIS fighters. They will be posted at Iraqi military headquarters to help coordinate military planning but will not see front-line action, according to U.S. officials. The… Read More »

Sep 4, 2014 4:07pm

US Believes a Dozen Americans Are Fighting With ISIS in Syria

The U.S. believes that about a dozen Americans are fighting with ISIS in Syria, part of a larger group of more than 100 Americans who have joined various rebel groups in the country. The new estimate was provided  by the Pentagon in a clarification of comments made… Read More »

Sep 2, 2014 6:09pm

US Airstrike in Somalia Targeted Al Shabaab’s Top Leader

A United States military airstrike in Somalia on Monday targeted Ahmed Abdi Godane, the head of the militant group al Shabaab, the Pentagon confirmed today. An assessment to determine if Godane was killed in the airstrike is ongoing.  If confirmed Godane’s death would be a… Read More »

Aug 18, 2014 6:04pm

U.S. Ship Completes Destruction of Syria’s Most Dangerous Chemicals

The Pentagon has announced the completion of the destruction of the most dangerous of Syria’s chemical weapons aboard the American ship MV Cape Ray.   Since early July the ship has been in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea destroying 600 tons of a nerve gas… Read More »

Aug 17, 2014 2:50pm

U.S. Continues Airstrikes in Push to Retake Mosul Dam

WASHINGTON — U.S. warplanes continued to launch air strikes near the Mosul Dam today in support of a Kurdish and Iraqi ground operation to retake Iraq’s largest dam from the control of hundreds of ISIS fighters. Seizing back the dam has been a concern for… Read More »

Aug 16, 2014 2:46pm

U.S. Launches Airstrikes to Help Retake Mosul Dam

WASHINGTON — The United States has launched airstrikes around the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq in support of a ground operation by Kurdish and Iraqi forces to retake the strategic dam which was seized by ISIS fighters earlier this month. The strikes could continue as… Read More »

Aug 14, 2014 8:07pm

How U.S. Military Team Slipped On and Off Mt. Sinjar

Expecting the worst, a small team of U.S. special operations forces and relief workers sent to Mount Sinjar was surprised to find far fewer Yazidis trapped on the mountain than initially feared, leading the Obama administration to decide that a large-scale evacuation mission was not… Read More »

Aug 12, 2014 8:07pm

U.S. Sends 130-Member Military Assessment Team to Erbil

By LUIS MARTINEZ and ELISE WIDERLITE Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced that the United States has sent a new 130 member military assessment team to Erbil in northern Iraq to determine what further assistance the U.S. can provide in easing the humanitarian crisis of thousands… Read More »

Aug 4, 2014 3:21pm

Africa Leaders Summit: Who Didn’t Make the Cut?

More than 45 African heads of state are now in Washington, D.C., for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the first of its kind. The Obama administration invited nearly all of Africa’s leaders, hoping to strengthen ties between the U.S. and the continent, with an eye on… Read More »

Jul 30, 2014 6:53pm

U.S. Has Sold Ammunition to Israel Since Start of Gaza Conflict

In the last week the U.S. has provided Israel with tank rounds and illumination rounds for grenade launchers requested as part of a foreign military arms sale.   The weapons came from a $1 billion stockpile of ammunition stored by the U.S. military in Israel for… Read More »