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  • The CentCom Hacker May Be a British 20-Year-Old

    01/15/2015 7:58:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 01/15/2015 | By Katie Zavadski
    Officials may have tracked down the leader of the group responsible for the not particularly harmful (but quite embarrassing) United States Central Command social media hack Monday, and the culprit may be none other than a 20-year-old Brit named Junaid Hussain. The avowed ISIS supporter who also goes by the moniker "TriCk" is believed to be behind the so-called Cyber Caliphate, which undertook the extremely strenuous task of guessing passwords to accounts CENTCOM wasn't smart enough to protect with two-step verification.The millennial has already served a stint in prison for leaking former British PM Tony Blair's personal information and photos....
  • Cyber Insecurity

    01/14/2015 9:29:30 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/14/15 | Arnold Ahlert
    The troubling implications of the Central Command social media hacking In a coincidence many Americans may see as emblematic of the administration’s approach to global terror, President Obama was addressing the nation regarding cyber security Monday while hackers claiming to represent ISIS assumed control over the media accounts of the U.S. military’s Central Command (CENTCOM). “ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base. With Allah’s permission we are in CENTCOM now,” said one tweet sent from CENTCOM’s account. The hacking of the Command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts began Monday afternoon and lasted approximately 30 minutes...
  • Anonymous Traces Centcom Hack To Maryland

    01/12/2015 7:05:45 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 42 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | Jan 12, 2015 | Pat Dollard
    A group calling itself the CyberCaliphate claimed responsibility for the hack. A Twitter account from a group identifying itself as Anonymous said Monday it had tracked the source of the hack to Maryland, but that was not confirmed by official sources.
  • The Centcom ‘hack’ that wasn’t

    01/12/2015 8:23:01 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 12 January | Brian Fung and Andrea Peterson
    Hackers claiming links to the Islamic State have hijacked several social media accounts belonging to U.S. military's Central Command. The hacking group, which calls itself "CyberCaliphate," is tweeting out what the group claims are U.S. military PowerPoints and data on retired Army personnel — seemingly sensitive files that have no business being publicly aired. The images are meant to show that the hackers have penetrated the Pentagon's network. But the chances of this actually having happened appear rather slim. Here's why. Much of the information being shared by Centcom's hijacked Twitter feed is publicly available from other sources and appears...
  • BREAKING: CENTCOM Twitter Gets Hacked By ISIS During Obama Speech on Cyber Security

    01/12/2015 1:10:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 41 replies ^ | 1/12/15 | Katie Pavlich
      In the past hour the Twitter account belonging to U.S. Central Command was hacked by someone or a group of individuals claiming to be from ISIS. NBC Nightly News        ✔@NBCNightlyNews Follow JUST IN: U.S. defense official confirms @CENTCOM has been hacked, scrambling to deal with the issue -@JimMiklaszewski 9:54 AM - 12 Jan 2015
  • U.S. military social media accounts apparently hacked by Islamic State sympathizers

    01/12/2015 11:24:11 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/12/15 | Dan Lamothe
    Social media accounts for the U.S. military’s Central Command appeared to have been hacked on Monday, with the command posting threatening messages on Twitter and YouTube to American troops. In a statement, the Central Command confirmed that its Twitter account had been “compromised” and said it “is taking appropriate measures to address the matter.” The statement did not elaborate on the extent or seriousness of the hack or who may have been responsible. The account was disabled by Twitter around 1:10 p.m. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the Obama administration is “examining and investigating the extent of the...
  • U.S. military Twitter feed hacked, apparently by IS sympathizers

    01/12/2015 11:12:35 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 11, 2014 | No Attribution
    (Reuters) - The Twitter feed for the U.S. military command that oversees operations in the Middle East was hacked on Monday by people claiming sympathy to the Islamic State militant group being targeted in American bombing raids. U.S. officials said that the U.S. Central Command Twitter account and its YouTube account were suspended after being compromised. Two U.S. defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the hacking was an embarrassment but did not appear to be a security threat. The White House said it was monitoring the extent of the hacking incident.
  • CENTCOM Twitter account hacked by ISIS sympathizers

    01/12/2015 11:26:46 AM PST · by eastforker · 17 replies
    cnn ^ | 1/12/2015 | CNN Staff
    (CNN) - The Twitter account for U.S. Central Command was suspended Monday after it was hacked by ISIS sympathizers, a defense official told CNN. "We can confirm that the U.S. Central Command Twitter account was compromised earlier today. CENTCOM is taking appropriate measure to address the matter," a defense official told CNN. A series of unusual tweets were published with apparent warnings from ISIS, as well as links, images and Pentagon documents that reveal contact information for members of the military.
  • Islamic State Hacks CENTCOM Twitter Feed as Obama Talks Cybersecurity

    01/12/2015 10:12:36 AM PST · by maggief · 28 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | January 12, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    As President Barack Obama addressed the nation regarding national cyber security efforts, hackers claiming to represent the Islamic State (IS) took over the Twitter account of the Pentagon division in charge of the Middle East. Hackers with the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, posted links on U.S. Central Command’s official Twitter page to what it claimed was “confidential data from your mobile devices.” “ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base. With Allah’s permission we are in CENTCOM now,” said one tweet sent from CENTCOM’s account.
  • US Central Command Twitter feed hacked by ISIS supporters

    01/12/2015 10:10:23 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 112 replies
    CNBC ^ | 1-12-2014 | Everett Rosenfeld
    The Twitter account for U.S. Central Command was apparently hacked on Monday, with pro-ISIS messages plastering the account's profile. The first message was posted at 12:29 p.m. ET, with the words "AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS." and the hashtag "#CyberCaliphate." The profile's image was replaced with a photo that includes the text "i love you isis." Just before 1 p.m. ET profile and banner images were reverted to their default
  • "Isis" Hacks CENTCOM Twitter Page - Posts Strategy Powerpoints, Officer's Info.

    01/12/2015 10:09:42 AM PST · by struggle · 18 replies
    twitter ^ | 1/12/2015 | struggle
    About 30 mins ago, "ISIS" (I highly doubt it's them, but rather some hacker outside working in their interest) hacked and took over the CENTCOM page. The account has just been locked, and just in time for Obama's global security meeting.
  • Centcom: No Clear Links to Taliban in Killing of Army Two-Star

    12/04/2014 6:24:11 PM PST · by PROCON · 9 replies ^ | Dec. 4, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Military blames 'self-radicalized' Afghan cop for attack that killed general, wounded 18An investigation into the Afghan national police officer who shot and killed a U.S. Army general in Kabul last August found “no clear evidence” the shooter was part of the Taliban or a terrorist group, according to a U.S. Central Command report. The report into the shooting, which killed Maj. Gen. Harold Greene and wounded 18 others during a visit to the Afghan National Defense University, stated that the shooter, Rafiqullah Tashkera was a “self-radicalized” jihadist. Rafiqullah opened fired on a group of soldiers that had gathered for a...
  • Meet The 'Invisible General' Leading The War On ISIS

    09/23/2014 6:59:07 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    BI ^ | 9-23-2014 | Hunter Walker
    Austin in April 2013, during his tenure as the commander of U.S. Central Command. Hunter WalkerSeptember 23, 2014 A man who was once described as an "invisible general" who holds master's degrees in both education and business management is in charge of the military operations against the jihadist group Islamic State and the al-Qaeda franchise Khorasan in Syria and Iraq. A Department of Defense spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider in an email Tuesday that General Lloyd J. Austin III is the "combatant commander" of the operations in both countries through his role as the Commander of US Central Command. As...
  • Obama to visit Centcom in Tampa on Wednesday

    09/15/2014 5:37:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies ^ | 9/12/14 | Howard Altman
    ...Obama will visit U.S. Central Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, on Wednesday for a briefing from his commanders on battle plans against the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State. ....White House officials made it clear that there would also be no U.S. military forces on the ground in Syria to coordinate airstrikes, nor have any done so in Iraq. But as the President continues to coalesce U.S. and international efforts to “degrade and ultimately defeat” IS, and Pentagon officials say they are making headway against IS in Iraq, two former Centcom commanders offer mixed reviews of his plans. “I...
  • Ex-CENTCOM leader blasts Obama's Iraq approach

    09/05/2014 6:37:55 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 5, 2014 | Howard Altman
    For years, Anthony Zinni, a retired Marine General who once ran U.S. Central Command, blistered the administration of George W. Bush for its handling of Iraq. Now Zinni is teeing up on President Barack Obama's approach in Iraq, saying he is "worried" by Obama's cautious approach to the current crisis and the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State. "My God, we are the most powerful nation in the world," says Zinni, who was widely reported to have been passed over for the ambassadorship to Iraq in 2009 by Obama. "This is a moment we have to act. How many Americans getting...
  • Report: General Mattis Forced Out of CENTCOM For Questioning Obama

    02/08/2014 1:05:17 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 21 replies
    The Last Great Stand ^ | Dec 15, 2013 | by reasonvoice
    If you have any doubts what-so-ever there has been a purging of the American Military of its finest leaders. Consider the following: Where should we start with Obama’s purge that should be sounding VERY LOUD ALARM BELLS to anyone with half a mind an some sense of history? Should we start with the religious purging first or the height of power purge? If we had ANY “Journalists” in America at LEAST ONE of them should have been noticed and pounced all over of. Grand Total: 197 Officers Year: 2013 (9, so far). 1. Marine Col. Daren Margolin – Quantico –...
  • Ex-US general: We pay a price for backing Israel

    07/28/2013 10:43:47 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 78 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | July 25, 2013 | Lazar Berman
    Slamming settlements, James Mattis, former commander of CentCom, tells crowd in Aspen that moderate Arabs are forced to hide support for America. Retired US Marine Corps General James Mattis recently said that America pays a price for its perceived bias in support of Israel. “I paid a military security price every day as the commander of CentCom because the Americans were seen as biased in support of Israel, and that moderates all the moderate Arabs who want to be with us, because they can’t come out publicly in support of people who don’t show respect for the Arab Palestinians,” he...
  • Obama regime purges 5th senior military officer: Cmdr of CENTCOM James Mattis

    03/09/2013 5:30:34 PM PST · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 46 replies
    Fellowship of the Minds ^ | March 5, 2013 | Dr. Eowyn
    Last December, in my post, “Obama purges U.S. Command, Part 1,” I wrote: Within two months after the Benghazi attack, four senior U.S. military officers were purged: Gen. Carter Ham, on October 18.Adm. Charles Gaouette, on October 27.Gen. David Petraeus, on November 9.Gen. John Allen, on November 13. Ostensibly, Petraeus’ “retirement” and Allen’s suspended promotion are due to both men’s moral conduct. But surely we are not so naive as to think that Petraeus and Allen are the only U.S. military officers who’ve ever committed adultery or written flirtatious email. As for Ham’s “retirement” and Gaouette’s “temporary re-assignment” (reassignment to...
  • Yemen Seizes Sailboat Filled With Weapons, and U.S. Points to Iran

    01/28/2013 10:53:56 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 28, 2013 | THOM SHANKER and ROBERT F. WORTH
    The authorities in Yemen have seized a boat in their territorial waters filled with a large quantity of explosives, weapons and money, according to American officials briefed on the interdiction. The officials said Monday that there were indications that Iran was smuggling the military contraband to insurgents inside Yemen, although they declined to provide details. The captured weapons included surface-to-air missiles used to shoot down civilian and military aircraft, C4 military-grade explosives, 122-millimeter shells, rocket-propelled grenades and bomb-making equipment, including electronic circuits, remote triggers and other hand-held explosives, the statement said. If the weapons turn out to include the Iranian-made...
  • Exit Another Fighting Gen.

    01/26/2013 11:51:16 AM PST · by pepperdog · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 23, 2013 | MICHAEL A. WALSH
    Lost in the inaugural hullabaloo was Tuesday’s news that President Obama has relieved Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the colorful and highly decorated Marine who’s been in charge of the crucial US Central Command, which oversees the various wars in the Middle East, since 2010. (excerpt)
  • Report: Gen. Mattis Forced Out of CENTCOM for Questioning Obama's Advisers

    01/21/2013 7:18:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/21/13 | AWR Haekins
    Reports indicate that Marine General James Mattis is being forced out of CENTCOM for questioning certain aspects of the Obama administration's Middle East policy. In particular, it appears his questions surrounding the U.S. response to Iran's nuclear ambitions drew the ire of civilian military and security advisers. These civilians were apparently upset by the way Mattis pushed them to "consider second and third-order consequences of military action against Iran." Nor did they appreciate the way he pushed them to think long term and consider what the U.S. will do if Iran develops non-nuclear weapons that can be used to keep...
  • Report: Obama Ousting CENTCOM Chief Mattis

    01/20/2013 1:45:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/20/13 | staff
    “Word on the national security street is that General James Mattis is being given the bum’s rush out of his job as commander of Central Command, and is being told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned,” reports veteran national security correspondent Thomas E. Ricks. It now appears likely that Gen. Mattis, a Marine Corps legend, will leave his post as head of America’s most important combatant command in March, several months earlier than planned. Ricks continues: Why the hurry? Pentagon insiders say that he rubbed civilian officials the wrong way — not because he went all “mad...
  • U.S. Bulks Up Iran Defenses

    02/24/2012 10:28:56 PM PST · by U-238 · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/22/2012 | Fox News
    The Pentagon is beefing up U.S. sea- and land-based defenses in the Persian Gulf to counter any attempt by Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz. The U.S. military has notified Congress of plans to preposition new mine-detection and clearing equipment and expand surveillance capabilities in and around the strait, according to defense officials briefed on the requests, including one submitted earlier this month. The military also wants to quickly modify weapons systems on ships so they could be used against Iranian fast-attack boats, as well as shore-launched cruise missiles, the defense officials said. The readiness push is spearheaded by...
  • Pakistan says US risks 'losing an ally'

    09/23/2011 10:28:59 AM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 85 replies
    Al Jazeera English ^ | 9.23.11 | staff
    Pakistan has told the US it risks losing an ally if it continues to accuse the country of playing a double game in the war against al-Qaeda, escalating the crisis in relations between the two countries. Hina Rabbani Khar, the Pakistani foreign minister, was responding to comments by Admiral Mike Mullen, the US joint chiefs of staff, who said Pakistan military's spy agency, ISI, was closely tied to the Haqqani network, the most violent and effective faction allied with the Taliban in Afghanistan. It is the most serious allegation levelled by the US against Pakistan since they began an alliance...
  • General Petraeus is nominated to take over CENTCOM

    04/23/2008 10:49:27 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 11 replies · 33+ views
    BAGHDAD, Iraq –  "I am honored to be nominated for this position and to have an opportunity to continue to serve with America's Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coastguardsmen, and Civilians," said General David Petraeus. - 30 -
  • Feds: MacDill contractor lied to obtain base housing

    01/07/2011 5:36:17 AM PST · by jwparkerjr · 28 replies ^ | 01/07/11 | HOWARD ALTMAN
    When security personnel at the MacDill Air Force Base's Dale Mabry gate detained Scott Allan Bennett in April after he seemed to be intoxicated, it appeared to be just a simple case of a service member suspected of driving under the influence. But that stop led to an investigation accusing Bennett of something far more serious – breeching security at the home of U.S. Central Command – which runs the war in Afghanistan - U.S. Special Operations Command and the 6th Air Mobility Wing. Bennett, 39, is accused of obtaining base housing under false pretenses, by pretending to be an...
  • Gates: Mattis Brings Experience, Continuity to Centcom

    08/11/2010 4:33:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 11, 2010 – Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis brings a wealth of experience in the Middle East to his new assignment as the commander of U.S. Central Command here, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. Gates presided at Mattis’ assumption of command in front of military and diplomatic officials from many of the counties in the Middle East and Central Asia. Mattis assumed command from Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Allen, who has been acting commander since Army Gen. David H. Petraeus left the command to lead NATO operations in Afghanistan. Gates called Mattis...
  • General Mattis Moves to CENTCOM: Another soldier-scholar enters the fray.

    07/12/2010 10:17:41 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | July 12, 2010 | Mackubin Thomas Owens
    General Mattis Moves to CENTCOMAnother soldier-scholar enters the fray.  The president has nominated Marine Gen. James Mattis to be the next commander of U.S. Central Command, replacing Gen. David Petraeus, who has assumed command of the effort in Afghanistan. This is a welcome move. There is now a remarkable military tandem in place in the Greater Middle East, one that Victor Davis Hanson has compared to Grant and Sherman. It is no secret that my admiration for General Mattis is unbounded. I have expressed it on several occasions on National Review Online and the website of the Ashbrook Center. I...
  • Gates Recommends Mattis for Central Command Job

    07/08/2010 12:47:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 8, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today recommended Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis to be the next commander of U.S. Central Command. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has recommended to President Barack Obama that he nominate Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command, to succeed Army Gen. David H. Petraeus as commander of U.S. Central Command. DoD photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. If confirmed by the Senate, Mattis will succeed Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, who now commands U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Mattis currently is commander...
  • General Petraeus' Thirty Years War

    05/05/2010 1:58:41 AM PDT · by Palter · 26 replies · 1,005+ views
    The Asia Times Online ^ | 02 May 2010 | Spengler
    Memo to heads of state: beware the clever general who turns up at a tough moment, and says "Leave it to me: I can fix it for you." Two examples come to mind. The great field marshal of the Thirty Years War of 1618-1648, Albrecht von Wallenstein, taught armies to live off the land, and succeeded so well that nearly half the people of Central Europe starved to death during the conflict. General David Petraeus, who heads America's Central Command (CENTCOM), taught the land to live off him. Petraeus' putative success in the Iraq "surge" of 2007-2008 is one of...
  • Family Finds Connection to Deployed Mom Online

    04/20/2010 6:39:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 270+ views
    JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va., April 20, 2010 – The Klein household was fairly typical: mom and dad worked, and their two rambunctious boys kept them busy the rest of the time. Mom was the snuggler, the reader of bedtime stories, the primary source of emotional support for the kids. Jim Klein, left, and his 9-year-old son, Joshua, type a message on Hallmark Channel's "Meet My Mom” virtual wall Facebook page. Hallmark Channel is celebrating Mother's Day on Facebook by creating an interactive page where viewers and deployed servicemembers can keep in touch with families by submitting photos, testimonials and...
  • Iran's nuclear bomb effort has slowed: U.S. general

    03/16/2010 10:37:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 358+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/16/2010 | Reuters
    U.S. General David Petraeus said on Tuesday Iranian efforts to develop a nuclear weapon appear to have been delayed "a bit" and voiced confidence it would not have a bomb this year.The comments by the head of the U.S. Central Command, which oversees wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, underscored the Obama administration's message to Israel and Gulf allies -- that there is time to pressure Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program by imposing more economic sanctions. U.S. President Barack Obama's top military advisers, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,...
  • Centcom Looks Beyond Iraq, Afghanistan, Petraeus Says

    03/16/2010 6:34:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 204+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 16, 2010 – While the United States draws down in Iraq and builds up in Afghanistan, “we must not lose sight of our other challenges” in the Middle East, the commander of U.S. Central Command said here today. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the United States must remain vigilant in overseeing broader security challenges throughout the region. Petraeus called Iran the “primary state-level threat” in the Middle East. He told the panel that Iran undermines security throughout the region in its efforts to gain nuclear weapons, which threatens a broader arms...
  • US has contingency plan for Iran nukes: top general

    01/10/2010 6:37:20 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 743+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/10/2010 | AFP via Space War
    The United States has developed contingency plans to address Iran's nuclear ambitions if negotiations falter between the Islamic republic and Western nations, a top US general said Sunday. "It would be almost literally irresponsible if CENTCOM were not to have been thinking about the various 'what ifs' and to make plans for a whole variety of different contingencies," said General David Petraeus, who heads the US Central Command that oversees the Middle East, the Gulf region and Central Asia. Petraeus declined to comment on reports that Israel, which says Iran presents an existential threat to the Jewish state, may attack...
  • Thanksgiving aboard USS Nimitz with General David Petraeus (photo thread)

    11/27/2009 7:18:29 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 39 replies · 1,428+ views
    United States Navy ^ | 26 November 2009
    091126-N-8960W-015 GULF OF OMAN (Nov. 26, 2009) Rainbow side boys render honors to Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 are currently deployed to the Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Robert Winn/Released) 091126-N-9760Z-005 GULF OF OMAN (Nov. 26, 2009) Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander, U.S. Central Command, address the crew before a reenlistment ceremony in the forecastle of the aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz and embarked Carrier Air...
  • New DOD photo rules prompt outcry

    10/15/2009 4:29:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies · 804+ views
    Politico ^ | October 15, 2009 | Josh Gerstein
    U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan are retreating somewhat from an effort to ban embedded journalists from publishing photos or video of American soldiers killed in action there, according to ground rules issued Thursday.  But the new limitations on embeds – put in place after a flap between the Pentagon and the Associated Press over a photo of a wounded soldier - have elicited deep concerns from military journalists and press advocates. "It's punishment for war photographers. They're saying if you want access, you have to play by our rules. And our rules are this — the public will NOT...
  • Gen. Petraeus pays visit to his old high school in Cornwall

    10/10/2009 4:13:49 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies · 854+ views
    Times Herald-Record Middletown, NY ^ | 10/9/09 | Alexa James
    CORNWALL — Thirteen-year-old Megan Gagnon is killing time outside her middle school on Thursday afternoon, waiting for police and federal agents to finish a sweep of the building. This is a big deal. Gen. David H. Petraeus is about to arrive. He grew up here, she says, graduated from Cornwall High, then West Point. “Now he runs Iraq and Afghanistan.” Gagnon's dad is in the Army too, deployed to Iraq for the past nine months. She told him, over a webcam, that Petraeus was visiting on Thursday so the town could name a street after him. The band was going...
  • Obama has McChrystal's resource request

    10/07/2009 5:43:11 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies · 463+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Oct 8, 2009 | Kevin Baron,
    ARLINGTON, Va. – President Barack Obama late last week asked for and received from Defense Secretary Robert Gates a copy of Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s resource request for executing the war in Afghanistan. But the request has not been introduced into the White House’s war sessions that began last week and continued on Wednesday. The document is the Afghanistan war commander’s follow-on to his earlier strategy assessment, and reportedly contains options calling for increases of 10,000 to 40,000 more troops. The Pentagon for weeks had said that the request would not be considered ahead of the strategy. As reporters in Washington...
  • Petraeus: Afghanistan needs 'substantial' commitment

    10/06/2009 3:32:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 693+ views
    The Hill ^ | October 6, 2009 | Roxana Tiron
    Gen. David Petraeus, the head of the U.S. Central Command, said that the situation in Afghanistan needs “sustained and substantial” commitment. His statements echoed the assessment made by the senior U.S. general in Afghanistan, Stanley McChrystal. However, Petraeus, in his comments Tuesday to a convention of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), refused to detail what a substantial commitment means and whether it would translate to sending more troops into Afghanistan. McChrystal was criticized for airing his views on the Afghanistan war in a public forum as President Barack Obama works on a strategy to tackle growing security...
  • "Iran continues to fund, train, equip, and direct"Shia terror groups in Iraq: General David Petraeus

    07/13/2009 1:03:33 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 418+ views
    LONG WAR ^ | July 11, 2009 4:49 PM | Bill Roggio
    Note: Video included. SNIPPET: "CENTCOM Commander General David Petraeus discusses Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, and the Long War at the World Affairs Council's Global Leadership Series in Seattle's Town Hall."
  • Central Command Team Releases Interim Findings on Farah Battle

    05/20/2009 4:13:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 305+ views
    KABUL, May 20, 2009 – A U.S. Central Command investigation team today released its interim findings here after reviewing information on recent events in Afghanistan’s Farah province associated with alleged civilian casualties. The investigation remains ongoing, officials said. Investigators said they reviewed weapon-sight video from the aircraft supporting the coalition rescue of Afghan forces in Bala Baluk on May 4 that clearly depicts insurgents entering the buildings which were then targeted in the final strikes of the fight. Combined with audio recordings of the ground commander and aircrew conversations, the investigators were able to confirm that the insurgents fleeing...
  • Extremists’ Defeat Requires Commitment, Centcom Commander Says

    04/24/2009 5:54:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 298+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, April 24, 2009 – A substantial and sustained commitment is required to disrupt and ultimately defeat al-Qaida and other extremist elements in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. Central Command told a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee today. “The strategy described by President [Barack] Obama several weeks ago constitutes such a commitment,” Army Gen. David H. Petraeus told members of the military construction, Veterans Affairs and related agencies subcommittee. “Although … additional resources will be applied in different ways on either side of the [border between Afghanistan and Pakistan], Afghanistan and Pakistan comprise a single theater that...
  • Pentagon brass chafes at Obama's Iraq pullout plan

    02/03/2009 8:03:16 PM PST · by Technical Editor · 52 replies · 1,681+ views
    Inter Press Service ^ | Tuesday, February 03, 2009 | Gareth Porter
    Pentagon brass chafes at Obama's Iraq pullout plan Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service WASHINGTON: CENTCOM commander General David Petraeus, supported by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, tried to convince President Barack Obama that he had to back down from his campaign pledge to pullout all US combat troops from Iraq within 18 months at an Oval Office meeting on January 21, sources have said. But Obama informed Gates, Petraeus and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen that he wasn't convinced and wanted Gates and the military leaders to come back quickly with a detailed 16-month plan, according to two sources who...
  • Generals Seek to Reverse Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Decision (are generals revolting on obama??)

    02/03/2009 2:59:49 PM PST · by chevydude26 · 191 replies · 5,424+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (IPS) - CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus, supported by Defence Secretary Robert Gates, tried to convince President Barack Obama that he had to back down from his campaign pledge to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 16 months at an Oval Office meeting Jan. 21. But Obama informed Gates, Petraeus and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen that he wasn't convinced and that he wanted Gates and the military leaders to come back quickly with a detailed 16-month plan, according to two sources who have talked with participants in the meeting. Obama's decision to override...
  • New Central Command Unit Makes It Tough to be a Pirate

    01/15/2009 3:55:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 471+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2009 – A new patrol in the U.S. Central Command is working to make it unprofitable to be a pirate, the commander of U.S. Navy Central Command and 5th Fleet said today. Acts of piracy have “spiked” off the coast of Somalia with merchant vessels and crews being held for millions in ransom by pirates using AK-47 assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and ladders to take “low and slow” ships traversing one of the world’s busiest sea lanes. The pirates come from a clan based on the northern coast of Somalia, Navy Vice Adm. William E. Gortney said,...
  • Petraeus takes top job at CentCom

    10/31/2008 12:59:57 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 10 replies · 484+ views ^ | 10/31/08 | William R. Levesque
    Gen. David Petraeus took over U.S. Central Command during a one-hour ceremony this morning at MacDill Air Force Base, assuming responsibility for military operations in the most volatile part of the world -- the Middle East. Under a large American flag and with 84 members of Petraeus' West Point class of 1974 looking on, he accepted the CentCom battle flag from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Petraeus is widely credited with being the architect of the Iraq surge that many believe led to a dramatic reduction in violence. Now expectations are high as Petraeus tries the same thing in Afghanistan,...
  • Odierno takes over for Petraeus in Iraq

    09/16/2008 11:51:06 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies · 379+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 17, 2008 | Joseph Giordono
    BAGHDAD — Gen. Raymond Odierno assumed command of the war effort in Iraq on Tuesday, saying that future troop withdrawals would be heavily influenced by a new U.S. administration and the long-term security pact with Iraq still under negotiation. Odierno, who added his fourth star just hours before the ceremony in Baghdad’s Al Faw Palace, said of the past 18 months’ gains in Iraq, "where chaos reigned, hope prevails." But, he warned, "our work here is far from done." Odierno assumed command of Multi-National Force — Iraq from Gen. David Petraeus in the ceremony attended by Secretary of Defense Robert...
  • Commanding General's Final Letter to the Troops, Sept. 2008

    09/14/2008 7:36:52 PM PDT · by flyfree · 3 replies · 138+ views
    mnf-iraq ^ | David H. Petraeus
    It reads: Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and Civilians of Multi-National Force-Iraq: It has been the greatest of privileges to have been your commander for the past 19 months. During that time,we and our civilian and Iraqi partners have been engaged in an exceedingly complex, difficult, and important task. And in the face of numerous challenges, we and our partners have helped bring new hope to a country that was besieged by extremists and engulfed in sectarian violence. When I took command of Multi-National Force-Iraq in February 2007, I noted that the situation in Iraq was hard but not...
  • Commanders Preoccupied with Haditha Legal Battles While Their Marines Fight on Two Fronts

    06/28/2008 7:40:36 AM PDT · by RedRover · 19 replies · 135+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | June 28, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Evidence introduced during pre-trial motions in the court-martial of Marine Lt. Col Jeffrey Chessani for his role at Haditha revealed that commanding generals of Marine Corps Forces Central Command are often preoccupied with court fights as well as battlefields while the seemingly endless investigations drag on. The Marine Corps Forces Central Command – CENTCOM – was assigned the onerous task of investigating and adjudicating the sensationalized charges against Chessani. CENTCOM is the umbrella organization that controls Marine Corps’ war fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Marine Corps designated the CENTCOM commander to be the convening authority and final arbiter in...
  • Next 9/11 to come from Fata: US general

    05/23/2008 11:00:51 AM PDT · by milestogo · 4 replies · 119+ views
    Next 9/11 to come from Fata: US general By Anwar Iqbal WASHINGTON, May 22: A top American general on Thursday endorsed a US intelligence assessment that the next 9/11-type attack on the US soil would come from Al Qaeda bases in Pakistan’s tribal region but urged the United States to increase its security assistance to the country to help it deal with the threat. Gen David Petraeus, a top US military commander nominated to lead the Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Pakistan would be the first country he would visit, if confirmed, to assess its desire...