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  • 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...
  • Petraeus terms military action in Iran "last resort"

    05/22/2008 10:58:27 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 3 replies · 90+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/22/08 | David Morgan
    The United States should increase diplomatic and economic pressure on Iran to counter its rising influence, while retaining possible military action as a "last resort," a top U.S. military officer said on Thursday. Gen. David Petraeus, President George W. Bush's nominee to oversee military operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, told the Senate that current international pressure on Iran already appears to be "affecting the Iranian energy market and may convince Tehran to focus on longer-term, less malign interests." Petraeus, currently the U.S. commander in Iraq, appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee for a confirmation hearing on...
  • What Petraeus Would Face in Afghanistan

    04/27/2008 12:39:41 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 4 replies · 48+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April; 27th, 2008 | David Ignatius
    For many Americans who are weary of Iraq, Afghanistan is the "good war" where the U.S. and its European allies are destroying what's left of al- Qaeda and the Taliban. That view certainly holds with the Democratic presidential candidates, who talk of adding more troops in Afghanistan next year even as they pull troops out of Iraq. But "bad" Iraq has more in common with "good" Afghanistan than people sometimes realize. Both have evolved into classic counterinsurgencies with a "clear and hold" strategy for providing security; both show the benefits of a military surge; and both run the risk of...
  • The Petraeus Promotion

    04/26/2008 12:15:50 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 5 replies · 234+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5-05-08 | Jeffrey Bell
    The Petraeus Promotion Good for Iraq, good for the Middle East...and good for McCain. by Jeffrey Bell 05/05/2008, Volume 013, Issue 32 President Bush's decision to elevate General David Petraeus to lead the Central Command is not only an act of courage, it may prove to be transformative in the global war on terror, and even in the 2008 election. God has apparently seen fit to give the U.S. Army a great general in this time of need, a simple fact which President Bush has had the sense to recognize and act on. Bush's action comes not a moment too...
  • Petraeus Wins

    04/24/2008 4:52:33 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 6 replies · 108+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | 4/24/08 | Robert D. Kaplan
    Petraeus's appointment as combatant commander of Central Command was set in motion several weeks ago, with the firing of then-combatant commander Adm. William Fallon. The administration let him go not for opposing a possible strike against Iran, as was widely speculated, but for arguing too often with Petraeus over troop levels in Iraq. Petraeus, who may be the most well-read analytical mind in the military, wanted to maintain troop levels, rather than reduce them for use in Afghanistan and for other contingencies -- to say nothing of relieving strains on the army. But Fallon and Pentagon generals wanted troop levels...
  • Petraeus-Odierno Team Nominated to Lead in CentCom, Iraq

    04/23/2008 4:28:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 46+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 23, 2008 – The White House will nominate Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, currently commander of Multinational Force Iraq, to be the next U.S. Central Command commander, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced today. “I recommended him to the president because I am absolutely confident he is the best man for the job,” Gates told reporters. He cited Petraeus’ in-depth understanding of the situation in Iraq as well as counterinsurgency operations, and the successes seen in Iraq under his leadership. “The kinds of conflicts we are dealing with not just in Iraq, but in Afghanistan and some of...
  • Petraeus to lead CentCom

    04/23/2008 8:04:37 AM PDT · by AngryCapitalist · 33 replies · 102+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4-23-08
    WASHINGTON — Gen. David Petraeus has been tapped to become the next commander of U.S. Central Command, FOX News confirms. If confirmed by the Senate, he would replace Navy Adm. William Fallon, who stepped down in March. Taking Petraeus' position as the senior commander in Iraq would be Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, who had until recently been serving as Petraeus' deputy. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Central Command Official Buoyed by Iraqi Leadership in Basra

    04/04/2008 4:26:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 46+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Seaman William Selby, USN
    WASHINGTON, April 4, 2008 – As U.S. Central Command continues to focus on fighting terrorism in its area of responsibility, its main priorities are southern Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, a senior CENTCOM official told online journalists and “bloggers.” Recent violence in Iraq’s Basra province indicates a secular power struggle in southern Iraq as provincial elections approach later this year, Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert H. Holmes, CENTCOM’s deputy director of operations, said during a conference call April 2. The situation is unfortunate, he said, but more violence may erupt in other provinces as people posture for power. CENTCOM pays close...
  • Basra Violence Proves Tough Days Ahead, Chairman Says

    04/01/2008 5:47:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 54+ views
    POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C., April 1, 2008 – The spike of violence in Basra and southern Baghdad proves the contention of military leaders that there are still going to be tough days ahead in Iraq, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here yesterday. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told soldiers and airmen here that the fighting in the two cities is an indication that “we are very much tied to conditions on the ground, and conditions on the ground are going to continue to evolve.” Mullen said this does not mean the redeployment of the surge...
  • Army General Martin Dempsey to Become Central Command Chief

    03/28/2008 5:16:10 AM PDT · by RDTF · 21 replies · 1,023+ views
    fox ^ | March 28, 2008 | AP
    WASHINGTON — One of the Army's most Iraq-savvy generals is taking charge, at least temporarily, of arguably the most important command in the U.S. military, with responsibility for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a ceremony Friday at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey is to assume command of U.S. Central Command from Navy Adm. William J. Fallon, who announced unexpectedly on March 11 that he was quitting. Fallon cited press reports that he was at odds with President Bush over Iran policy. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who has denied that Fallon was out of step...
  • Retiring Commander Says Progress Occurring in Unstable CENTCOM Region

    03/20/2008 5:01:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 181+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 20, 2008 – The increased cooperation between coalition forces and Iraqis at the local level as well as economic progress in Iraq are leading reasons for increasing stability in an unstable region, said Navy Adm. William J. "Fox" Fallon, the retiring CENTCOM commander. Fallon said the command’s efforts, which include operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, aim to provide stability and security, restore hope in the region and allow future generations the chance to live peaceably. “There are a lot of challenges, but we’re succeeding, and we’re going to succeed because we have (the) best people in the world...
  • The Man Between War and Peace

    03/11/2008 7:30:20 PM PDT · by khnyny · 23 replies · 975+ views
    Esquire ^ | March 11, 2008 | Thomas P.M. Barnett
    As the White House talked up conflict with Iran, the head of U.S. Central Command, William "Fox" Fallon, talked it down. Now he has resigned. If, in the dying light of the Bush administration, we go to war with Iran, it'll all come down to one man. If we do not go to war with Iran, it'll come down to the same man. He is that rarest of creatures in the Bush universe: the good cop on Iran, and a man of strategic brilliance. His name is William Fallon, although all of his friends call him "Fox," which was his...