Category Archives: CENTCOM

CENTCOM is releasing drawdown updates, but they don’t include troop numbers

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The U.S. military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan is between 6 and 12 percent complete, according to a Tuesday release from Central Command, but it’s unclear how many troops, if any, have made their way home. That’s on purpose, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday, in order to hedge against possible attacks by the Taliban. […]

CENTCOM boss says US cutting troops in Iraq to 3,000 this month

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is reducing its troop presence in Iraq this month from 5,200 to 3,000, the top American commander for the Middle East said Wednesday, as President Donald Trump tries to make good on his campaign promise to get the United States out of “endless wars.” During a visit to Iraq, […]

CENTCOM boss expects a long-term troop presence in Iraq

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As the U.S.-led campaign to defeat ISIS settles into its seventh year, the head of U.S. forces in the Middle East is considering what that effort will look like down the road. Though the physical caliphate lost its territory in March 2019, the jihadi group still remains a threat and troops remain on the ground […]

CENTCOM boss expects a long-term troop presence in Iraq

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As the U.S.-led campaign to defeat ISIS settles into its seventh year, the head of U.S. forces in the Middle East is considering what that effort will look like down the road. Though the physical caliphate lost its territory in March 2019, the jihadi group still remains a threat and troops remain on the ground […]

Turkish CENTCOM advisor accused of drugging and tying up woman who died in his Tampa apartment

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Police in Florida are conducting a death investigation involving Turkey’s senior national representative to the U.S. Central Command international coalition in Tampa. That officer, Huseyin Kurtdere, 39, has been arrested and accused of tying up and drugging a woman at his home, who eventually died, according to police records obtained by Military Times. Kurtdere was […]

CENTCOM: F-15 flies near Iranian airliner over Syria; Iran objects

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An American F-15 fighter jet flew about 1,000 meters from an Iranian passenger airliner over Syria, while conducting what it called a “standard visual inspection” of the aircraft, officials from U.S. Central Command said. Reports began to spread on social media about the encounter with the Mahan Air airplane earlier on Thursday, as did videos […]

CENTCOM commander sees smaller but enduring troop presence in Iraq

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WASHINGTON — Six months after a deadly American airstrike in Baghdad enraged Iraqis and fueled demands to send all U.S. troops home, the top U.S. general for the Middle East is talking optimistically about keeping a smaller, but enduring military presence there. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, met Tuesday with […]

CENTCOM commander sees smaller but enduring troop presence in Iraq

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WASHINGTON — Six months after a deadly American airstrike in Baghdad enraged Iraqis and fueled demands to send all U.S. troops home, the top U.S. general for the Middle East is talking optimistically about keeping a smaller, but enduring military presence there. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, met Tuesday with […]

Here’s what the CENTCOM commander says about the possibility of Syria, Afghanistan withdrawals

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The general who helms U.S. Central Command said that any withdrawal from Syria will “ultimately be a political decision,” while still warning about 10,000 ISIS detainees at prison camps in the region, about 2,000 of whom he characterized as “hardcore foreign fighters” during a Middle East Institute event on Wednesday. Marine Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie […]