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Against ISIL Terrorists

The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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Mount Sinjar, Iraq

U.S. aircraft dropped humanitarian supplies to Yezidi refugees fleeing the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in northern Iraq.

Erbil, Iraq

The U.S. military conducted targeted airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists to protect Americans in Erbil, Iraq.

Al Hasakah, Syria

U.S. military forces and partner nations, including Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, conducted targeted airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Al Hasakah, Syria.

Ar Raqqah, Syria

U.S. military forces and partner nations, including Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, conducted targeted airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Ar Raqqah, Syria.

Dayr az Zawr, Syria

U.S. military forces and partner nations, including Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, conducted targeted airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Dayr az Zawr, Syria.

Abu Kamal, Syria

U.S. military forces and partner nations, including Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, conducted targeted airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Abu Kamal, Syria.

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U.S., Partners Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria, conducting eight airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported. Story

Obama: ISIL Presents a Hybrid Threat

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is a hybrid threat, President Barack Obama told the CBS program "60 Minutes." Story

U.S., Partner Nations Conduct Airstrikes Against ISIL

U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Friday and today, using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct seven airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used attack aircraft to conduct three airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq. Story

Hagel: Defeating ISIL is Long-term Endeavor

Defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant will require a long-term commitment by the United States and its allies on many fronts and will not be achieved by airstrikes alone, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters. Story

Anti-ISIL Campaign Will Take Time, Dempsey Says

The campaign against the ISIL terror group will be persistent and sustained and will take time, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Pentagon. Story

Anti-ISIL Airstrikes Continue in Iraq, Syria

U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria, using a mix of fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 10 airstrikes. Story

Joint Staff Director: Arab Nations Bring Professionalism to ISIL Fight

Arab countries are bringing a great deal of professionalism and pride to their activities over Iraq and Syria, the director of the Joint Staff said. Story

U.S., Partner Nations Conduct 13 Strikes Against ISIL in Syria

U.S. military forces and partner nations, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, conducted 13 airstrikes against 12 ISIL-controlled modular oil refineries and an ISIL vehicle in eastern Syria. Story

Obama Asks All Nations to Join Fight Against ISIL

President Barack Obama was blunt during his speech to the United Nations General Assembly: "The terrorist group known as ISIL must be degraded, and ultimately destroyed." Story

Military Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL

U.S. military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria, using a mix of attack aircraft, bombers, fighters and remotely piloted aircraft. Story

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Iraq, Syria

U.S. military forces continue to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria, using a mix of attack aircraft, bombers, fighters and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct eight airstrikes, officials reported. Story

DoD Official: Successful Syrian Strikes Only the Beginning

Successful U.S. military and partner nation strikes last night against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, were only the beginning of the fight to degrade and defeat the brutal terrorist group, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said. Story

Obama Says He'll Continue Building Support for Coalition

President Barack Obama said that he will use the coming days to build additional support for a coalition to confront the "serious threat to our peace and security" posed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists. Story

U.S., Partner Nations Conduct Airstrikes in Syria

U.S. military forces and partner nations, including Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, undertook military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria overnight, according to a U.S. Central Command news release. Story

U.S. Begins Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria

U.S. and partner nation forces have begun airstrikes inside Syria against terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said in a statement. Story

U.S. Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL Near Kirkuk

U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using a mix of attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct four airstrikes near the city of Kirkuk. Story

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Targets

U.S. fighter aircraft have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq. Story

Fighter Jets Target ISIL Boat, Ground Unit

U.S. fighter aircraft conducted more airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets in Iraq. Story

U.S. Aircraft Continue Strikes Against ISIL in Iraq

U.S. fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted seven airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, U.S. Central Command officials reported. Story

President Tells Central Command Troops America Will Lead

In the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant, America will lead the right way, President Barack Obama told service members at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. Story

U.S. Airstrikes Target ISIL in Iraq

U.S. military forces conducted five airstrikes southwest of Baghdad and northwest of Irbil. Story

Hagel Explains President's Strategy to Destroy ISIL

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel explained the military portion of President Barack Obama's strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Story

Dempsey Discusses Anti-ISIL Strategy

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff described the strategy against ISIL as "an Iraq-first strategy, but not an Iraq-only one." Story

U.S. Military Airstrikes Hit ISIL

U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, employing attack and fighter aircraft to conduct two airstrikes in support of Iraqi security forces near Sinjar and southwest of Baghdad. Story

Obama Discusses 'Relentless' Campaign Against ISIL

In his weekly address, President Barack Obama discussed the strategy of his "targeted, relentless counterterrorism campaign against ISIL that combines American air power, contributions from allies and partners, and more support to forces that are fighting these terrorists on the ground." Story

United States at War With ISIL Militants

The United States is at war with the terror group ISIL, "in the same way we're at war and continue to be at war with al-Qaida and its affiliates," Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Story

U.S. Aircraft Hit ISIL Targets Near Mosul

U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, using attack aircraft to conduct two airstrikes yesterday and today near the Mosul Dam in support of Iraqi security forces. Story

Pentagon Details Plans for 475 Additional Troops in Iraq

The Defense Department provided details on the additional service members President Barack Obama announced will deploy to Iraq as part of the strategy against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Story

Obama Announces Counterterror Efforts

The United States will lead a broad coalition of nations to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, President Barack Obama said in a nationally televised address. Story

U.S. Sending 475 More Service Members

Pentagon officials describe the mission of about 475 additional U.S. service members who will be deployed to Iraq. Story

U.S. Airstrike Hits ISIL Near Irbil

U.S. military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, using an attack aircraft to conduct one airstrike in support of Iraqi Security Forces' defense of Irbil operations. Story

U.S. Airstrikes Support Dam Operations

U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq using a mix of attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct airstrikes in support of Iraqi Security Forces and Sunni tribes protecting the Haditha Dam. Story

Airstrikes in Iraq 'Tremendously Effective,' Pentagon Official Says

Airstrikes in Iraq have been extremely successful against terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters. Story

Obama to Detail U.S. Plan for Dealing with Terrorist Group

Over the past few months President Barack Obama has been preparing the country to deal with the terrorist threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, and on Sept. 10 he will detail his plan before the nation, he told NBC's Chuck Todd. Story

U.S. Military Airstrikes Hit ISIL

U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using a mix of attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct five airstrikes in support of Iraqi Security Forces and Sunni tribes protecting the Haditha Dam, and in the defense of Irbil. Story

U.S. Airstrikes Protect Haditha

At the request of the government of Iraq, U.S. military aircraft attacked terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in support of Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribes protecting the Haditha and Mosul dams. Story

U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes in Support of Irbil Operations

U.S. military forces continued to attack terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in support of operations near Irbil, Iraq. Story

NATO Allies Agree ISIL Poses 'Significant Threat,' Obama Says

NATO allies agreed that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant poses "a significant threat" to the alliance and that key allies will join the United States in confronting the terrorists, President Barack Obama said. Story

Kerry, Hagel Discuss ISIL Threat With Allies, Partners

In discussions at the NATO summit in Wales, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry emphasized the need for "a broad international coalition" to confront ISIL. Story

Humanitarian Operations, Airstrikes Will Continue in Iraq

Air operations in Iraq continue to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces in their fight with terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, provide humanitarian assistance to Iraqi civilians and protect U.S. personnel and facilities, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Story

Airstrikes Hit ISIL Near Mosul Dam

U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using fighter and attack aircraft to conduct three airstrikes yesterday and today near the Mosul Dam. Story

U.S. Airstrikes Hit ISIL Near Amirli

U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using fighter and attack aircraft to conduct two airstrikes, one near the Mosul Dam and the other near Amirli. Story

Airstrikes Hit ISIL, Airdrops Aid Citizens

At the request of the Government of Iraq, the U.S. military conducted airstrikes in support of an operation to deliver humanitarian assistance to address the humanitarian crisis and protect the civilians trapped in Amirli, Iraq. Story

U.S., Partner-nations Conduct Humanitarian Airdrop in Iraq

American military planes along with Australian, French and British aircraft airdropped humanitarian aid to the town of Amirli in Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement. Story

Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL Near Mosul Dam

U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using fighter and remotely-piloted aircraft to conduct five airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam. Story

U.S. Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL

U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using fighter aircraft to conduct five airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam. Story

Airstrikes Hit ISIL Near Irbil, Mosul Dam

U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, conducting three airstrikes near Irbil and the Mosul Dam. Story

Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL

U.S. military forces attacked ISIL terrorists with two airstrikes in the vicinity of Irbil. Story

Hagel: Seven Nations Pledge Arms for Iraqi Kurds in Fight Against ISIL

Seven nations have joined the United States and the Iraqi government with pledges to provide arms to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq. Story

Obama: Iraqis Must 'Secure Themselves'

resident Barack Obama has again emphasized that U.S. combat troops will not be sent back into Iraq. Story

DoD: Employ Multi-prong Strategy to Confront ISIL

The Defense Department believes the best way to confront the threat presented by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists will require a regional, international, and interagency approach, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Story

U.S. Airstrikes Attack ISIL Near Mosul Dam

U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using fighter and attack aircraft to conduct three airstrikes near the Mosul Dam, according to a U.S. Central Command news release. Story

Hagel: Joint Efforts Blunt ISIL's Advance

U.S. airstrikes and military assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish security forces have stalled the advance of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist forces around Irbil, Iraq, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters. Story

Chairman: Terrorists Must be Defeated

It is possible to contain the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group, but not in perpetuity, the Joint Chiefs Chairman told reporters. Story

U.S. Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL

U.S. aircraft continue their attacks on ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations. Story

Kirby: Operation Not 'Mission Creep'

The partnership between U.S., Iraqi and Kurdish forces was critical to retaking the Mosul Dam from Sunni terrorists, the Pentagon press secretary said. Story

Pentagon Describes Anti-ISIL Operations

The U.S. military used fighters, bombers, attack, and unmanned aircraft to conduct 35 strikes that eliminated ISIL positions in and around the Mosul Dam complex, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement. Story

Security of Mosul Dam Critical to Iraq's Infrastructure

U.S. forces are continuing to conduct airstrikes in Iraq, with the majority aimed at helping Iraqi forces retake the Mosul Dam from ISIL terrorists. Story

U.S. Conducts More Airstrikes

U.S. airstrikes continue against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Story

Airstrikes Destroy Mosul Dam Targets

U.S. military forces conducted additional airstrikes in Iraq, using fighter and attack aircraft to continue attacks against ISIL terrorists located near Mosul Dam. Story

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL

U.S. Central Command forces attacked ISIL terrorists in Iraq near the Mosul Dam using a mix of fighter, bomber, attack and remotely piloted aircraft. Story

U.S. Continues Airstrikes Near Irbil

U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq with a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft. Story

U.S. Conducts Airstrikes Near Sinjar, Irbil

U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, with remotely piloted aircraft successfully conducting airstrikes on two armed vehicles south of Sinjar. Story

Asia-Pacific Rebalance Remains Central to Strategy, Spokesman Says

Despite recent events in the Middle East, the Defense Department remains dedicated to the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. Story

Obama Praises Iraq Operations

President Barack Obama announced a cessation in U.S. airdrops to Iraqi civilians on Mount Sinjar but said airstrikes will continue to protect Americans in the country. Story

Assessment Makes Mount Sinjar Evacuation Less Likely

A U.S. assessment team's findings make an evacuation mission for Yazidis who have sought refuge from ISIL on northern Iraq's Mount Sinjar "far less likely," the Pentagon press secretary said. Story

U.S. Provides Aid to Yezidis, Strikes ISIL

The U.S. military conducted a sixth airdrop of food and water for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, U.S. Central Command officials said. Story

President Sends 130 More Assessors

President Barack Obama has ordered 130 new assessors to deploy to Iraq, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Camp Pendleton, Calif. Story

U.S. Conducts Fifth Humanitarian Airdrop

The U.S. military carried out a fifth airdrop of food and water to thousands of Iraqi civilians threatened by ISIL. Story

Soldiers Support Aid in Northern Iraq

U.S. Army parachute riggers at two bases in the Central Command area of operations are assembling pallets of food and water for humanitarian airdrops to citizens near Sinjar, Iraq. Story

U.S., Britain Continue Humanitarian Aid

Airdrops of aid to Yezidi refugees in Iraq continue with United States and Britain having flown 14 humanitarian airdrops since Aug. 7, 2014. Story

Hagel Calls ISIL Terrorists Threat to Civilized World

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant poses a threat to the civilized world, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a news conference in Sydney. Story

U.S. Aircraft Drop Food, Water to Iraqis

The U.S. military conducted a fourth airdrop of food and water for thousands of Iraqi citizens on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Story

Obama Vows to Protect Americans, Provide Humanitarian Aid in Iraq

In his weekly address, President Barack Obama said that while the United States will continue to do "whatever is needed" to protect Americans in Iraq, he will not allow the nation to become involved in another full-blown war there. Story

Humanitarian Airdrops, Strikes Against ISIL Continue in Iraq

The U.S. military conducted a third airdrop of food and water for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, and airstrikes against ISIL targets continued, U.S. Central Command officials said. Story

Hagel, British Defense Secretary Discuss Aid for Iraqis

On his way to Sydney, Australia, after his visit to India, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke via telephone with British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon about U.S. and United Kingdom efforts to relieve the humanitarian crisis in northern Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Story

Obama Vows to Protect Americans, Provide Humanitarian Aid in Iraq

After authorizing targeted U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, President Barack Obama said that while the United States will continue to do "whatever is needed" to protect Americans in the country, he will not allow the nation to become involved in another full-blown war there. Story

U.S. Conducts Another Humanitarian Airdrop in Iraq

The U.S. military conducted another successful airdrop of food and water for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Mount Sinjar, Iraq, according to a Defense Department news release. Story

U.S. Military Conducts More Airstrikes

The U.S. military carried out additional airstrikes to help defend the city where U.S. personnel are assisting the Iraqi government. Story

Pentagon Spokesman Explains Objectives of Iraq Operations

U.S. air operations in Iraq reflect a commitment to relieving the humanitarian issue in northern Iraq's Kurdistan region and to protecting American personnel, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Story

Officials Call ISIL Determined, Capable

Officials Call ISIL Determined, Capable The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is a regional threat with aspirations to become a worldwide terrorist organization, senior administration officials speaking with reporters on background said. Story

U.S. Conducts Targeted Airstrike in Iraq

The U.S. military conducted a targeted airstrike against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in northern Iraq, the Pentagon press secretary said in a statement. Story

Obama Authorizes Air Operations in Iraq

President Barack Obama ordered U.S. aircraft to drop humanitarian supplies to tens of thousands of Yezidi refugees fleeing the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in northern Iraq. Story

Hagel: Military Remains Ready to Assist Iraq, Protect Americans

In a statement, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel commended the U.S. Central Command service members involved in the humanitarian assistance mission in northern Iraq. Story

Kerry: ISIL Fights to Divide, Destroy Iraq

Condemning the "campaign of terror against the innocent" being waged by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said tonight that President Barack Obama has acted expeditiously and appropriately in authorizing targeted military action and providing humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people at a difficult moment when it is vitally needed. Story

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