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  • Obama Fires Top General Without Even a Phone Call

    01/25/2013 7:53:06 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 102 replies
    Obama Fires Top General Without Even a Phone Call Daniel Halper January 25, 2013 10:26 AM President Barack Obama fired General James Mattis, the head of Central Command, without even calling the general to let him know he was being replaced. "I am told that General Mattis was travelling and in a meeting when an aide passed him a note telling him that the Pentagon had announced his replacement as head of Central Command. It was news to him -- he hadn't received a phone call or a heads-up from anyone at the Pentagon or the White House," Thomas E....
  • 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...
  • Key General: White House Briefed on Iran Target Options

    02/29/2012 6:38:38 PM PST · by U-238 · 26 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. News and World Report ^ | 2/29/2012 | John T. Bennett
    The Air Force has provided the White House with options for a strike against Iran's nuclear weapons sites, but a former top Pentagon official is warning America and Israel lack the weaponry to halt Tehran's atomic arms program. Iran's defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons "has the attention of the [Joint] Chiefs and other national security officials," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz told reporters Wednesday. "Our obligation is to provide options" to the defense secretary and the president, Schwartz said, "and we have done that." President Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have said for months they will...
  • 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...
  • 1979 Revisited

    02/02/2011 8:49:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    Center For Defense Studies ^ | 2/2/2011 | Tom Donnelly
    Scrambling for a simple standard to measure events in Egypt and across the Arab world, the blogosphere and the airwaves have been full of references to 1979. That point of reference is probably more apt than imagined, for much more happened that year than just the Iranian revolution. It was also the year of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the seizure of the Grand Mosque in Mecca by Sunni extremists, and the year that Saddam Hussein assumed overt power in Iraq. In sum, it was a year when the political tectonic plates of the region shifted violently and profoundly. It...
  • Deployed B-1 reaches 10,000 flight-hour milestone

    07/14/2010 8:03:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    Air Combat Command ^ | 7/13/2010 | Senior Airman Spencer Gallien
    B-1B Lancer achieved 10,000 flight hours here, June 12. After 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit professionals braved temperatures in excess of 110 degrees Fahrenheit preparing the aircraft for the flight, the aircrew stepped in and performed the milestone mission, despite an 18-hour duty day. "The tremendous amount of man-hours spent maintaining the B-1 and the sacrifices the maintainers endure away from their families, working extremely long hours in austere locations, has facilitated this historic event," said Master Sgt. Mathias Stewart, 34 AMU Airframe Powerplant General B-1 flight chief. "I am an extremely big fan of all maintainers, especially the crew chiefs...
  • Pentagon taps Mattis to take over Central Command (+the best war poster)

    07/10/2010 9:01:47 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 74 replies · 1+ views
    *snip* In his book Fiasco, The American Military Adventure in Iraq, Thomas Ricks writes, "Small, slight and bespectacled, Mattis didn't fit the Hollywood image of the fire-breathing Marine commander. But retired Marine Col. Gary Anderson, himself a widely respected officer, commented, 'I think he's the finest combat leader we've produced since Korea.' Mattis genuinely seemed to thrive on the noise and confusion of battle. He adopted 'Chaos' as his call sign when he took the Marines into southern Afghanistan in the fall of 2001 and kept it when he led the Marine part of the invasion force for Iraq in...
  • Chatter Rises On Iran Strike

    07/07/2010 10:12:20 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 24 replies
    DOD Buzz ^ | 7/7/2010 | Colin Clark
    The first really clear indication that serious planning was underway to strike at Iran’s rogue nuclear weapons site came a month ago when British news outlets reported that Saudi Arabia had given Israel permission to cross its airspace en route to Iranian targets. Yesterday, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States said publicly that his country was willing to live with the consequences of a strike against Iran despite the enormous amount of trade between the two countries and the likelihood of riots after a strike. Today, you have Sen. Joe Lieberman in Israel saying the U.S. would...
  • USAF seeks out low-collateral damage Mk 82 bomb

    06/30/2010 7:50:50 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 56 replies · 1+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 7/1/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    The US Air Force could soon deploy a 226kg (500lb)-class guided bomb designed with a composite warhead to destroy targets while causing the least amount of collateral damage. The first 50 Precision Lethality Mk 82 bombs could be delivered by January 2011, with up to 750 carbonfibre-wound warheads designated as BLU-129/B to follow. The air force has issued a market survey seeking contractors that can deliver the composite warheads rapidly in response to an urgent request by Central Command, the US headquarters in the Middle East and parts of south Asia. The Air Armament Center could award a contract as...
  • US eyes new F-16 fighters for Iraq - commander

    06/05/2010 8:00:29 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 404+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/5/2010 | Jim Wolf
    The top U.S. commander in Iraq said he expected the United States to meet a long-standing Iraqi request for new Lockheed Martin Corp F-16 multi-role fighter aircraft, although not as soon as Baghdad had sought. "We're still working our way through that, but I think they will be new ones" rather than refurbished F-16s, another option that has been under review, Army General Ray Odierno told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday. The U.S. Air Force has been quiet for months on the status of an assessment it carried out last year on Iraq's air defense needs and whether it...
  • U.S. general, defense majors at Gulf missile defense conference

    05/30/2010 1:36:19 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 190+ views
    GeoStrategy Direct ^ | 5/26/2010 | GeoStrategy Direct
    The United Arab Emirates plans to host a four-day parley that would focus on air and missile defense. The second annual conference, titled "Annual Air and Missile Defence Summit," was scheduled to begin on May 30 in Abu Dhabi and include senior U.S. and other military commanders. "With the Middle East region being key to the global security, this summit aims to bring together all the key players to discuss the roadmap towards an integrated air defence strategy." conference director Grace Chng said. Organizers said the conference would focus on technology, interconnectivity and interoperability between military and industry. They said...
  • Hizbullah's rise in Lebanon fails to slow flow of U.S. military aid

    05/14/2010 9:52:36 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 305+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 5/14/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    Lebanon expects to receive additional U.S. assistance to develop its military and security forces. Lebanese officials said the United States has pledged to lead an international effort to bolster Beirut's military and security forces. They said U.S. weapons began to flow to Lebanon in 2010 and could intensify over the next few months. "The U.S. military is convinced that the Lebanese army is capable of controlling stability in Lebanon," Ghassan Al Shibli, a researcher at the Washington-based Rand Corp., said. Officials said the Obama administration has concluded that U.S. aid should not be blocked by Hizbullah's domination of the government...
  • Iran leadership has learned not to worry about a U.S. attack

    05/02/2010 8:01:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 299+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 5/02/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    Leading U.S. military officers and strategists have assessed that Iran no longer fears a military attack by Washington. A symposium by U.S. Central Command and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy concluded that the leadership in Teheran does not fear the prospect of an American military strike. The participants in the joint conference asserted that the Iranian concern over a U.S. attack dissipated in 2005 when Washington was seen as heavily engaged in neighboring Afghanistan and Iraq. "From 2002 to 2005, Iran sought to prevent UN Security Council action on the issue, believing that resolutions or similar measures would...
  • Report: United Arab Emirates Air Force could repel Iran air attack

    04/30/2010 6:28:39 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 492+ views
    Geostrategy-Direct(subscription) ^ | 4/30/2010 | Geostrategy-Direct(subscription)
    The United States has determined that the United Arab Emirates could repel any Iranian air campaign. A report on a conference sponsored by U.S. Central Command asserted that the UAE Air Force was powerful enough to counter any Iranian attack. The January 2010 conference, also sponsored by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said the UAE has accumulated an advanced combat air fleet that could strike Iran. "In addition, Gulf aircraft such as the Mirage-2000, F-15, and F-16 are all capable of threatening Iranian targets, and the UAE Air Force is deemed quite capable of holding its own against...
  • Fifth Fleet ready for Iran attack, experts say

    04/19/2010 4:42:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 32 replies · 1,080+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/19/2010 | Jeff Stein
    Military experts say the Fifth Fleet has come a long way since Iranian gunboats crippled it within hours in a notorious war game five years ago. In fact, says John Pike, president of the Alexandria, Va.-based Global Security Web site, the Navy was well on its way to solving the challenge of fending off the swarming swift boats before the war game began. In that test, an enemy "red team" headed by retired Martine Corps Gen. Paul Van Riper deployed the gun boats and propeller-driven suicide planes to paralyze the Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. It...
  • U.S. Central Command: Israel choosing Iran targets for surgical strike

    04/16/2010 7:35:08 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 998+ views
    GeoStrategies ^ | 4/16/2010 | GeoStrategies
    The United States envisions a limited Israeli air strike on Iran. A conference by U.S. Central Command and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy concluded that Israel was preparing a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. In a report on the January 2010 conference, senior U.S. officers and strategists were said to have identified key Iranian targets in any Israeli strike. "If Israel were to take unilateral military action, it would be focused and short-lived, conducted via long-range bombing runs or missile strikes," the report, titled "The Perfect Handshake With Iran," said. "The most likely targets would be the...
  • Kazakhstan To Open Its Airspace For US Military Planes

    04/12/2010 4:48:52 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 522+ views
    RTT News ^ | 4/12/2010 | RTT News
    Kazakhstan has decided to open its airspace to U.S. military aircraft ferrying supplies to American troops serving in Afghanistan, it was decided on Sunday at a meeting between President Barack Obama and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Washington. The permission granted by Kazakstan means that U.S. planes en route to Afghanistan can now use the polar route instead of flying along the indirect route through Europe, which would save precious time and fuel for moving supplies to forward locations in the war-ravaged country. The meeting, the first between the two leaders, took place on the eve of the Nuclear...
  • US troop flights at Kyrgyz base suspended: military

    04/09/2010 10:53:06 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 934+ views
    AFP via Google News ^ | 4/10/2010 | AFP via Google News
    The US military has suspended troop flights out of its base in Kyrgyzstan and will instead transport forces to and from Afghanistan via Kuwait, military officials said Friday. Amid political upheaval in the strategic Central Asian nation, US commanders at the Manas air base decided late Friday "to temporarily divert military passenger transport flights," Major John Redfield, a spokesman for US Central Command, said in an email. Decisions on continuing other military flights "will be made on a case-by-case basis," he said. The suspension came after the Americans spotted armored vehicles on the civilian side of the airport, a defense...
  • U.S. base in Kyrgyzstan resumes normal operations

    04/09/2010 4:01:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 367+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4/09/2010 | Reuters
    The U.S. air base in Kyrgyzstan has resumed normal operations after cutting back flights because of violent unrest nearby in the capital Bishkek, a spokesman said on Friday. Flights from the Manas base, which support military operations in Afghanistan, were suspended during clashes that killed at least 75 people and prompted the president to flee Bishkek, the NATO-led force in Afghanistan said on Thursday. Manas spokesman Major Rickardo Bodden told Reuters on Friday that the base was again working normally. "It resumed normal operations today. We curtailed operations for a short period of time," he said. Since Wednesday, the worst...
  • Why Iran smiles on Jerusalem clashes

    03/16/2010 7:55:23 PM PDT · by odds · 3 replies · 168+ views
    CS Monitor ^ | March 16, 2010 | Scott Peterson
    Iran is closely watching the unfolding crisis between Israel and the United States over Israeli settlements – and Jerusalem clashes with Palestinians that injured more than 100 today – for ways to rejuvenate its diminished influence in the Middle East. Iran has seen its reputation tarnished across much of the Middle East by weeks of violent street clashes after the June 2009 presidential election, which many Iranians believe was rigged. “The Iranians are going to see an opportunity to improve their position in the region, to capitalize on Israel’s reduced standing vis-à-vis the US, to reduce the chances of an...
  • 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,...
  • Iraq war to be rebranded 'Operation New Dawn'

    02/19/2010 12:29:28 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 535+ views
    NST Online ^ | 2/18/2010 | AFP
    President Barack Obama’s administration plans to rebrand its military operation in Iraq “Operation New Dawn,” beginning September 1, a Pentagon memorandum shows. The memo, signed by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, shows the Pentagon approving a request to switch the name of the US military effort in Iraq from its current designation — “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” “The request... is approved to take effect 1 September 2010, coinciding with the change of mission for US forces in Iraq. “Aligning the name change with the change of mission sends a strong signal that Operation Iraqi Freedom has ended and our forces are...
  • Deployed Global Hawks surpass 30,000 combat flying hours, 1,500 sorties

    02/18/2010 11:51:44 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 297+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 1/18/2010 | Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol
    One of the largest unmanned aerial systems operating in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, the RQ-4 Global Hawk, surpassed 30,000 combat flying hours and 1,500 combat sorties Feb. 10 here. The Global Hawks are assigned to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing from Beale Air Force Base, Calif. They provide a broad spectrum of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance collection capability to support joint combatant forces in worldwide peacetime, contingency and wartime operations. The 380th AEW Global Hawks reached their 1,500th combat sortie on Feb. 10. The historic sortie and flying hour mark nearly coincided, said Capt. Michelle Campbell, the...
  • No More Army Humvees; Lots More MRAPS

    02/03/2010 1:25:35 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 781+ views
    DOD Buzz ^ | 2/1/2010 | Colin Clark
    The Humvee, which replaced the Jeep, will no longer be bought by the Army. While Arnold Schwarzengger certainly helped boost the Hunvee’s public profile, it has never achieved the legendary status of the Jeep and its vulnerability to land mines (aka IEDs) made it something of a anachronism until much heavier armored versions were deployed. While the service won’t buy any more Humvees, the Army is not getting rid of them. “The Army is not buying more Humvees but other people buy Humvees so the line is not terminated. We envision the Humvee to be an enduring part of the...
  • Petraeus: Airline Bomb Plot Had Roots in Yemen

    01/01/2010 9:49:18 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 54 replies · 1,156+ views
    Voice Of America ^ | 1/1/2010 | Voice Of America
    One of America's top military leaders says Yemen-based terrorists helped plan the Christmas Day, December 25, plot to blow up a U.S. bound airplane. General David Petraeus told reporters in Baghdad Friday that the U.S. and Yemen have been sharing information about al-Qaida in the country, including activity that "resulted in the failed attack on the airliner." The head of the U.S. Central Command said Yemen has carried out "very significant" operations against al-Qaida, some of which prevented a series of suicide bombings. General Petraeus said the United States is helping Yemen, but that its neighbors have also provided significant...
  • Diffused War’ Model For Afghanistan?

    11/16/2009 2:24:13 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 566+ views
    Dod Buzz ^ | 11/12/2009 | Greg Grant
    What did the U.S. military offensive against Shiite militias in Sadr City in April 2008 and the Israeli offensive against Hamas in Gaza last December have in common? A lot, apparently, and both operations are being held up by their respective militaries as models for a new way of battling irregular fighters in urban strongholds. Central Command chief Gen. David Petraeus likes to put up a PowerPoint slide in public briefings detailing the forces, intelligence and surveillance assets involved in the Sadr city battles as representative of a new way of fighting. “This is the answer,” Petraeus said at a...
  • Israel 'Will Attack Iran' Before New US President Sworn In, John Bolton Predicts

    06/23/2008 2:31:32 PM PDT · by blam · 73 replies · 439+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-23-2008 | Toby Harnden
    Israel 'will attack Iran' before new US president sworn in, John Bolton predicts By Toby Harnden in Washington Last Updated: 9:18PM BST 23/06/2008 John Bolton, the former American ambassador to the United Nations, has predicted that Israel could attack Iran after the November presidential election but before George W Bush's successor is sworn in. Bolton: 'the argument for military action is sooner rather than later' The Arab world would be "pleased" by Israeli strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities, he said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. "It [the reaction] will be positive privately. I think there'll be public denunciations...
  • U.S. Is Urged To Okay Afghan Irregulars - An 'Awakening' Strategy for Afghanistan

    06/17/2008 11:22:31 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 94+ views
    NY Sun ^ | June 17, 2008 | ELI LAKE
    WASHINGTON — The Arabs who vanquished Al Qaeda in Iraq's Anbar province are counseling America to allow Afghans to form irregular militias and be mindful of their devout adherence to Islam, according to a memo from the Anbar Awakening to the American Embassy in Kabul. A rough English translation of the memo, which outlines an "awakening" strategy for Afghanistan and was originally prepared in Arabic at the request of the American deputy chief of mission there, Christopher Dell, was obtained by The New York Sun and confirmed as accurate by the military. The Afghanistan front has been a worry for...
  • Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Deploys to U. S. Central Command

    04/03/2007 6:27:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 54 replies · 1,331+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | USS Nimitz Public Affairs Office
    USS NIMITZ, At Sea (NNS) -- More than 6,000 Sailors and Marines attached to the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) deployed from their homeport of San Diego on April 2. The Nimitz CSG will join the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) CSG and relieve the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) CSG, currently operating in the Persian Gulf. Nimitz’s arrival will continue the current two-carrier presence in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, demonstrating the U.S. resolve to build regional security and bring long-term stability to the region. While deployed, the Nimitz CSG will work...
  • 4 Iraqi Plane Crash Victims Stationed at Hurlburt

    06/01/2005 1:13:56 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 7 replies · 1,085+ views
    AP ^ | 6-1-05
    HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AP) - Four victims of an Iraqi air force plane crash were stationed at Hurlburt Field in the Florida Panhandle, a newspaper reported Wednesday. Military sources told the Northwest Florida Daily News that the four killed in Monday's turboprop crash were the first Hurlburt-based air commandos to die in the Iraqi war. Their names and unit have not been released.(snip) The Tampa-based Central Command issued a statement saying the plane was on an operational mission. No other details have been released about the mission or the cause of the crash. The single-engine plane is normally outfitted to...
  • ‘Nazi’ files incriminate top Iraqis

    04/19/2003 4:07:54 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 25 replies · 749+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | April 20, 2003 | Marie Colvin
    HER dusty file was one of hundreds of thousands of documents stacked in a house in a wealthy neighbourhood of Baghdad. Asma Rasheed married a pilot, lived comfortably in the presidential compound of Saddam Hussein and directed a microbiology programme that was not supposed to exist. Rasheed’s light blue folder has emerged from a huge archive seized by forces loyal to Ahmed Chalabi, the leader of the Iraqi National Congress, which opposed Saddam. The archive — a dark who’s who of Iraq — reveals the tiniest details of blandishments and humiliations by a paranoid regime that shared the Nazis’ obsession...
  • Statement By Gen. Tommy Franks (Ret.) On Senator Kerry's Speech On Iraq

    09/21/2004 1:57:42 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 107 replies · 7,069+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | September 21, 2004
    ARLINGTON, VA – Gen. Tommy Franks (Ret.) today issued the following statement on Senator Kerry's speech today on Iraq: "Senator Kerry's contradictions on Iraq are the wrong signal to send to our troops on the ground, to our coalition partners, to the Iraqi people and to the terrorists seeking our destruction. On the eve of Prime Minister Allawi's visit to the United States, Senator Kerry today said that America and the world are 'less secure' now that Saddam Hussein is out of power. "The American people disagree and last December, so did Senator Kerry. At the time he said that...
  • Central Command Memorial Aims at January 2005 Groundbreaking (MacDill AFB)

    05/30/2004 4:09:59 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 1,021+ views
    AP ^ | May 30, 2004
    Central Command Memorial Aims at January 2005 Groundbreaking By Vickie Chachere/Associated Press May 30, 2004 TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - When the planners of the Central Command Memorial began their work nearly three years ago, the idea was to create a monument to the history of those who had served and died in the command's operations from Kenya to Kazakhstan. That was just weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks and a time when no one could foresee wars in Iraq and Afghanistan producing new names to be memorialized nearly every day. The drive to build the $1.5 million memorial at Central...
  • Middle East Engaged in War Between Extremists, Moderates

    03/03/2004 5:50:58 PM PST · by Calpernia · 27 replies · 165+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 3, 2004 | By Jim Garamone
    The coalition against terrorists is engaged in a war to ensure the will of the many prevails against the wishes of a few, said Defense Department leaders before the House Armed Services Committee today. Army Gen. John Abizaid, commander of U.S. Central Command, and Peter Rodman, assistant defense secretary for international security affairs, told the representatives that the recent attacks in Baghdad and Karbala underscore the danger still facing the coalition in the region. Attacks March 2 against Shiia pilgrims killed 117 and wounded 500. Abizaid said the attacks were the responsibility of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terrorist affiliated with...
  • Qatar Remains Defiant in Its Approach

    02/17/2004 3:24:03 AM PST · by Prodigal Son · 4 replies · 190+ views
    AP via Guardian ^ | February 17, 2004 | TAREK AL-ISSAWI
    DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Israelis and militant Palestinians, million dollar Russian gas deals and Chechen rebels, a U.S. military base and a television network airing statements urging the killing of Americans - all exist side-by-side on one tiny Gulf peninsula. Qatar's accommodation of all who come has irked neighbors and allies. But in less than 10 years, it has freed itself from the shadow of its powerful neighbor, Saudi Arabia, to promote its own, independent foreign policy. Along the way, it has launched a television station that redefined news coverage for Arabs and publicly declared the opening of an Israeli...
  • Pakistan : " Strong-minded general to visit Washington ".

    09/23/2003 9:27:02 PM PDT · by Qaz_W · 2 replies · 180+ views
    UPI via Wahington Times. ^ | September 23, 2003 | Anwar Iqbal
    <p>NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A Pakistani general, observed keenly in America for his strong-minded religious credentials, will be visiting Washington from Oct. 13 to 21, diplomatic sources told United Press International.</p> <p>Gen. Mohammed Aziz Khan, Pakistan's chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Committee, is expected to visit the Pentagon and the headquarters of the U.S. Central Command at Tampa, Fla., the sources said.</p>
  • Soldiers Seize 580 Rockets

    12/30/2003 5:09:31 AM PST · by Calpernia · 5 replies · 151+ views
    US DoD News ^ | Dec. 29, 2003 | US DoD News
    TIKRIT, Iraq, Dec. 29, 2003 — An Iraqi citizen provided information to U.S. Air Force airmen concerning a large weapons cache that he said consisted of close to 600 rockets, according to U.S. Central Command officials. The Air Force in turn asked the U.S. Army for assistance. Air Force personnel and a patrol from 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment went to the identified site in the evening of Dec. 27 to investigate. Officials said the intelligence acquired suggested the rockets could be found hidden in some undergrowth along the river next to a tree line. After a short search, the...
  • Sober Replies to Speculative Questions [Gen. Vincent Brooks - The Spokesman]

    04/07/2003 7:12:05 AM PDT · by syriacus · 20 replies · 630+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 3, 2003 | John M. Broder
    CAMP SAYLIYA, Qatar, April 3 — Day after day since the beginning of the war, Brig. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks has described the advance of American forces toward Baghdad. Today, General Brooks, the chief military spokesman for Central Command, said that American soldiers were at the gates of the city, ready to enter whenever and wherever they choose. So it was a bit jarring to hear a television reporter from Hong Kong question the general about what would happen if the American offensive suddenly collapsed. "Where would the coalition troops retreat to?" he asked. It was a question ready-made for...
  • DOD Release: Coverage of POWs and Deceased (For Reference)

    03/25/2003 4:05:45 PM PST · by Timesink · 10 replies · 352+ views
    NEWS RELEASEHEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND 7115 South Boundary Boulevard MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101 Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894 March 23, 2003Release Number: 03-03-52 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DOD Release: Coverage of POWs and Deceased Out of respect for the families and consistent with the principles of the Geneva Conventions: 1) We request news organizations not air or publish recognizable images or audio recordings that identify POWs. Additionally, we request you not use their names, first or last, or their unit until next-of-kin notification is complete. We are working hard to reach their families. We will notify...
  • Rumsfeld Solidifies Aim To Move CentCom

    09/20/2002 12:35:42 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 9 replies · 179+ views
    Tampa Tribune/ ^ | September 20, 2002 | Keith Epstein
    Rumsfeld Solidifies Aim To Move CentComBy KEITH EPSTEIN kepstein@tampatrib.comPublished: Sep 20, 2002 WASHINGTON - During testimony on possible war with Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Gen. Richard B. Myers, the president's chief military adviser, on Thursday kept open the possibility of permanently moving Central Command, the Tampa-based headquarters for managing U.S. forces from Africa to Southeast Asia. Rumsfeld's testimony, during a Senate Armed Services Committee review of the Bush administration's request to use all means to overthrow Saddam Hussein, surprised Sen. Bill Nelson, a member of the committee, and quickly sent a fresh round of shock waves south....
  • US reserves 20 air corridors across Atlantic

    09/14/2002 11:47:25 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 37 replies · 813+ views
    Agence France-Presse | September 14, 2002
    LISBON, Sept 14 (AFP) - The United States has reserved a total of 20 air corridors across the Atlantic Ocean in the past 24 hours, some of them with access to Portugal's Lajes airbase on the Azores islands where an US air force unit is stationed, the Portuguese weekly Expresso reported Saturday. Quoting air controllers in the Azores, Expresso said that the United States normally only has four corridors. "There can only be one reason for this step, the transport of large quantities of light materiel that can only be transported by plane, as well as military personnel, to...
  • CENTCOM move lays groundwork for possible campaign

    09/13/2002 3:55:11 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 1 replies · 158+ views
    AP via Navy Times ^ | September 13, 2002 | Robert Burns
    <p>The Pentagon’s decision to move the core of Gen. Tommy Franks’ battle staff from his Central Command headquarters in Florida to a remote air base in the central Persian Gulf is the latest sign the military is laying the early groundwork for possible war against Iraq.</p>