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April 11, 2017

Airman Receives Silver Star for Role in Liberating Afghan City

A 96-hour battle that saw four ambushes, 17 airstrike missions and the eventual safety of a 150-person team led to a special tactics combat control airman receiving the Silver Star medal during an April 7 ceremony at Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina.

March 26, 2017

U.S. Strike Kills High-Profile Terrorist Leader

A U.S. counterterrorism airstrike conducted March 19 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, resulted in the death of Qari Yasin, a well-known al-Qaida leader.

March 24, 2017

Face of Defense: Army Reservist Doubles as Volunteer Firefighter

Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Bill Coan, 58, who’s also a volunteer fireman working with the Hurffville Fire Company at Station 10-3 in New Jersey, has been recognized for his work as a firefighter multiple times. Coan said being a firefighter brings its own rewards. “Over the years, I’ve delivered babies and that’s great, but when you actually save a life, that’s special.”

March 22, 2017

Additional A-29s Arrive in Kabul in Time for Fighting Season

Four A-29 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft arrived for duty at Kabul Air Wing, Afghanistan, where they'll be used by the Afghan air force for close-air attack, air interdiction, escort and armed reconnaissance.

Feb. 21, 2017

DoD to Deliver Counter-ISIS Review to White House

The review ordered by the president to come up with a new plan to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is on track to be delivered on time, a Pentagon spokesman said.

Feb. 20, 2017

Mattis: Assessment on Afghanistan Coming Soon

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he will soon have an assessment to give President Donald J. Trump about the way ahead in Afghanistan.

Feb. 9, 2017

Resolute Support Commander: More Troops Needed to Break Afghan ‘Stalemate’

A few thousand more troops for the train, advise and assist mission in Afghanistan would help to break a stalemate with the Taliban, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and other adversaries there, Army Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr. said.

Feb. 7, 2017

Mattis Confers With Afghan President During Phone Call

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis thanked Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for his leadership and emphasized the importance of the government of national unity to the stability of Afghanistan, according to a Pentagon news release.

Jan. 19, 2017

Face of Defense: Injured Airman Recovers, Deploys to Afghanistan

In 2010, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jason Caswell experienced a sports injury to his leg that would later require amputation. Today, Caswell wears a prosthetic leg and he's serving in Afghanistan. He's also a lifter who can lift more than 1,000 pounds -- as well as the spirits of service members around him.

Jan. 5, 2017

Afghanistan Mission Remains on Track, Defense Spokesman Says

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan continues to provide support to the Afghan government and its armed forces so that they can secure the country for themselves.

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