Dec. 30, 2017
Mattis, Qatari Senior Official Discuss Defense Issues
During a phone conversation, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis congratulated the Qatari defense minister for his promotion to deputy prime minister and also conveyed his commitment to strengthening their partnership, according to a statement released by Pentagon press operations.
Dec. 29, 2017
Mattis Says Operations Against ISIS Will Change in 2018
The destruction of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s physical caliphate will change the way the coalition will go after the terror group, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon.
Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq
SOUTHWEST ASIA —
U.S. and coalition military forces continue to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
Dec. 28, 2017
Inherent Resolve Official Describes Defeat-ISIS Campaign Progress
The coalition’s efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have been successful, but there is still much to do, an Operation Inherent Resolve deputy commander said.
Dec. 27, 2017
Coalition Partner Forces Clear ISIS Caves in Southern Syria
SOUTHWEST ASIA —
In partnership with coalition forces, the Maghawir al-Thawra conducted a series of ground clearance operations to drive Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists out of the Hamad Desert in southern Syria, Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
Dec. 26, 2017
Deployed Troops Get President’s Christmas Greetings
AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar —
President Donald J. Trump provided his and his family's thanks, best wishes and season's greetings to deployed service members during a video conference on Christmas Eve.
Chairman’s USO Holiday Tour Entertains Troops in Afghanistan, Iraq
Q-WEST, Iraq —
“We could not bring you home for Christmas, so we decided to bring a little bit of home to you,” Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told service members stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Dec. 23, 2017
Chairman’s USO Tour Takes to Sea Aboard Aircraft Carrier Operating in Gulf
USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, Persian Gulf —
The 2017 USO Holiday Tour left al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates and flew 20 minutes to sovereign U.S. soil in the form of the 4.5-acre flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, underway in the Persian Gulf.
Dec. 22, 2017
Pence Visits U.S. Troops in Afghanistan; Chairman Continues USO Holiday Tour
AL-DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates —
Vice President Mike Pence delivered America’s holiday wishes to service members in Afghanistan during an unannounced visit, while Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford brought the USO Holiday Tour to troops in the United Arab Emirates.
Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq