Archiv: US Central Command (Centcom)


28.11.2020 - 19:24 [ UPI.com ]

USAF F-16s move from Germany to UAE

(16.11.2020)

Although CENTCOM did not offer specific information about the move, the UAE base has been the center of operations for planes patrolling the Persian Gulf to monitor activities by Iran’s military.

28.11.2020 - 19:19 [ Fox News ]

Message to Iran: B-52 bombers deployed to Middle East

(22.11.2020)

U.S. Central Command said the U.S. Air Force B-52H “Stratofortress” aircrews conducted the mission on „short notice“ to „deter aggression and reassure U.S. partners and allies.“

“The ability to quickly move forces into, out of and around the theater to seize, retain and exploit the initiative is key to deterring potential aggression,“ said Lt. Gen. Greg Guillot, 9th Air Force commander.

09.09.2020 - 22:49 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

US Commander Confirms Troop Cut Plans in Iraq, Afghanistan

McKenzie also offered an update on the Afghanistan drawdown, saying that the current level of 8,600 wound be down to 4,500 by late October. This figure was roughly announced in the past, but details show that they’re still on track for that.

09.09.2020 - 17:32 [ The Hill ]

US to draw down to 3,000 troops in Iraq

The United States will withdraw more than 2,000 troops from Iraq this month, the top U.S. general in the region said Wednesday.

Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command (Centcom), announced the reduction from roughly 5,200 troops to 3,000 troops during a visit to Iraq.

25.07.2020 - 23:17 [ Joint Chiefs of Staff ]

Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley’s Meeting with Chief of the Israeli General Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley met with Chief of the Israeli General Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi today in Israel during a trip to the CENTCOM area of responsibility.

The two leaders discussed the current security environment throughout the Middle East.

12.07.2020 - 08:43 [ Jordan News Agency (Petra) ]

King receives US CENTCOM commander

His Majesty King Abdullah on Saturday received Commander of the US Central Command Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., and discussed the strategic partnership between the two countries, especially military and security cooperation.

12.07.2020 - 08:41 [ Jordan News Agency (Petra) ]

Army chief, US CENTCOM discuss cooperation, region

During the meeting, which was attended by the US military attaché and a number of senior officers, they discussed regional and international developments and aspects of joint military cooperation to serve the armed force of the two countries.

14.03.2020 - 03:13 [ Military.com ]

2 Carriers to Stay in Gulf Region as Warning to Iran, General Says

He also said that the U.S. is in the process of moving Patriot anti-missile batteries into Iraq, adding it will be „some days“ before they became operational.

29.02.2020 - 05:19 [ The National ]

Pentagon chief meets Saudi Arabia’s deputy defence minister

On landing in Riyadh on Monday, he met the head of US Central Command, which is responsible for military operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

12.02.2020 - 21:43 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Media darling Pete Buttigieg was in unit that worked with the CIA in Afghanistan

While official records linking the ATFC to the CIA do not appear widely in available government documents, their collaboration is an open secret. One early report by the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, an advocacy organization for the US intelligence community, noted “the cell has about two-dozen members drawn from the Drug Enforcement Administration, US Central Command, the Treasury Department and the CIA. The FBI is expected to join soon.”

Global news wire Agency France-Presse characterized ATFC as “a multi-agency organization currently comprising about 30 specialists on loan from the Department of Drug Enforcement, Department of the Treasury, Department of Justice, Department of Defense’s CENTCOM, the CIA and the FBI.”

26.01.2020 - 05:10 [ Matti@eGutenberg / Twitter ]

US forces step up Islamic State operations in Syria | January 26, 2020 – „The tempo is coming back,“ General Kenneth „Frank“ McKenzie jnr, who heads US Central Command,

26.01.2020 - 05:08 [ Washington Post ]

In Syria, U.S. steps up Islamic State operation, but for how long, no one knows

“The tempo is coming back,” Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie Jr., who heads U.S. Central Command, said during a visit to a constellation of tiny American outposts in eastern Syria.

American troops in Syria, like those in neighboring Iraq, shifted their focus from anti-extremist operations to force protection after a Jan. 3 strike in Baghdad killed Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s most influential military figure.

12.12.2019 - 10:25 [ Joseph Votel / New York Times ]

Ending America’s Endless War in Afghanistan

We are now in a position to seal a United States-Taliban agreement that would lead to intra-Afghan negotiations and move the conflict into the political realm. We should not miss this opportunity.

The war has exacted an overwhelming cost: 1,892 American military personnel killed in action and 20,589 wounded, about a trillion dollars spent, the psychological and emotional impact on veterans and their families, and similar material and human costs to our allies. And there is the devastating cost paid by the people of Afghanistan: Of the 147,000 killed in the war since 2001, more than 38,000 have been civilians. This long war must end.

02.12.2019 - 19:57 [ Radio Utopie ]

Eine absehbare Eskalation

(6. Juni 2017)

Es ist wahrscheinlich, dass spätestens im Zuge dieses so „überraschenden“ Umzuges der Bundeswehr über Europol der Datentausch deutscher Polizeidienststellen mit den Todesschwadronen des Joint Special Operations Command und deren in Jordanien basierter Operation „Gallant Phoenix“ beginnt, von der die Bundesregierung im Mai noch sagte, sie würde sie „prüfen“ bzw gar nichts sagte. Der Datentauschring würde in Deutschland alle Landeskriminalämter, das Bundeskriminalamt, und damit über weitere Datentauschpraktiken praktisch alle Polizeibehörden und Regierungsbehörden in Deutschland umfassen, natürlich auch den Bundesnachrichtendienst, und sich über die weiteren Hierarchien wie Europol und das Pentagon mindestens über den Einflussbereich von U.S.-Europakommando (bzw „Europäischer Union“) und U.S.-Zentralkommando erstrecken.

Bereits im Frühjahr 2016 hatte die U.S.-Regierung das deutsche Militär zum Vorsprechen bei der Merkel-Gabriel-Regierung geschickt, um dieser anzubieten die Bundeswehr an „einer kleinen militärischen Einheit“ zu beteiligen“, zur „Beobachtung ausländischer Dschihadisten“.

Im November 2016 hatte die U.S.-Regierung unter Barack Obama über die „Washington Post“ verkündet, die „Eliteeinheit“ J.S.O.C. agiere nun offiziell global und werde vom Schlaginstrument regionaler Militärkommandos gegen „hochrangige Ziele“ dahingehend aufgewertet eine

„eine neue multibehördliche Geheimdienst- und Handlungsstreitmacht zu führen“.

02.12.2019 - 06:13 [ Haaretz ]

Trump, Netanyahu Discuss Iran in Phone Call Following U.S. Military Visits to Israel

In recent weeks, several high-ranking U.S. military officials either visited Israel or met with their counterparts in the Israeli military. These meetings mainly revolved around the issue of Iran and the growing tensions over Tehran’s activities in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

30.11.2019 - 15:30 [ Middle East Monitor ]

US worried Israel may attack Iran to save Netanyahu

(27.11.2019)

According to Harel, Israel is afraid that the US will desert the Iran issue while America is worried Israel may carry out a unilateral attack against Tehran, forcing Washington into a war.

Harel warned that it is impossible to separate the internal Israeli chaos from the Iran issue; in particular with regards to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment and his failure to form a government.

30.11.2019 - 14:51 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley visited Israel, met IDF chief Kochavi

(25.11.2019)

The general’s trip comes as part of a series of visits by several high ranking military chiefs including the head of the US Air Force Gen. David Goldfien, USAFE (United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa) Commander Gen. Jeffery L. Harrigian and the Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM) Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.

19.10.2019 - 10:25 [ Daily Mail ]

Pentagon DELETES files about Osama bin Laden raid after transferring them to CIA where they can’t be made public

(08.07.2013)

– Military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout have been purged from Pentagon computers
– Associated Press requested information on the raid some 20 times in 2011 but requests were rejected
– A line in an inspector general’s draft report states the files were purged from the defense department to another government department to prevent certain information about the raid being made public
– The sentence was removed from the final report released weeks ago

19.10.2019 - 10:00 [ Radio Utopie ]

Admiral William McRaven: der Letzte der Viererbande

(17.11.2013)

Auf dem U.S.-Luftwaffenstützpunkt McDill Air Force Base in Tampa in Florida residiert noch unangefochten der Herrscher über die grösste geheime internationale Schattenarmee – mächtiger als der U.S.-Präsident als Oberkommandierender der U.S.-Streitkräfte mitsamt seinem Verteidigungsminister – wo er seine Befugnisse unkontrollierbar immer weiter ausbaut.

12.10.2019 - 10:04 [ Pentagon ]

DOD Statement on Deployment of Additional U.S. Forces and Equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

At the request of U.S. Central Command, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper authorized the deployment of additional U.S. forces and the following equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:

12.10.2019 - 10:02 [ theHill.com ]

US to deploy additional troops, aircraft, missile systems to Saudi Arabia

Defense Secretary Mark Esper had authorized the deployment last month at the request of U.S. Central Command and informed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the country’s defense minister of the action earlier Friday.

01.10.2019 - 17:59 [ theHill.com ]

US commander discussed Iranian threats with Saudi counterpart

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said its commander, Vice Admiral Jim Malloy, visited Riyadh to discuss Iran with his Saudi counterpart, Vice Admiral Fahad al Ghofaily, over the weekend.

08.09.2019 - 02:50 [ Reuters ]

Trump says he canceled peace talks with Taliban over attack

Trump said he had planned a secret meeting with the Taliban’s “major leaders” on Sunday at a presidential compound in Camp David, Maryland. Trump said he also planned to meet with Afghanistan’s president.

07.09.2019 - 18:37 [ Radio Utopie ]

Persischer Golf: U.S. und E.U. bereiten „Koordination“ ihrer Streitkräfte vor

Vor der Entsendung der im Vorfeld in „Operation Sentinel“ und „Force Generation“ formal aufgeteilten Streitkräfte von U.S.A. und E.U. in den Persischen Golf, spricht sich U.S.-Verteidigungsminister Mark Esper heute in Paris bezüglich deren „Koordination“ ab. Diese wird bereits seit Juli im Zentralkommando (Centcom) operativ vorbereitet.

21.08.2019 - 17:23 [ UPI.com ]

Bahrain joins U.S.-led coalition safeguarding Persian Gulf shipping

The confirmation came after Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, chief of CENTCOM, and other top U.S. commanders met with Bahrain’s king in the capital, Manama. Bahrain is the headquarters of the U.S. Fifth Fleet.

20.08.2019 - 06:23 [ Radio Utopie ]

Persischer Golf: Merkel-Regierung organisiert Marine-Kriegskoalition der E.U.

Wie prognostiziert: die Bundeswehr-Marine wird in den Persischen Golf entsandt. Dieser ist bereits seit 2015 offizielles Einsatzgebiet der Bundeswehr in der internationalen Kriegskoalition, deren Mandat der Bundestag Ende Oktober erneut verlängern wird.

07.08.2019 - 06:02 [ Express.co.uk ]

Iran crisis: Britain could ask Russia and China to join fight as tensions rocket in Gulf

(28.07.2019)

The move was suggested after a summit on Thursday bet­­ween military chiefs from the US, UK, Europe and the UAE in Florida, where US admirals failed to persuade Britain to join its Sentinel operation.

01.08.2019 - 06:07 [ ORF.at ]

Schutz für Öltransporte: Strategische Manöver um Nadelöhr im Golf

Auch ein NATO-Einsatz wäre theoretisch möglich. Dagegen spricht aber ebenfalls, dass alle Mitgliedsstaaten zustimmen müssten. „Es gab bislang keine Anfrage für einen NATO-Einsatz im Golf“, so NATO-Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg am Mittwoch.

29.07.2019 - 01:05 [ Radio Utopie ]

U.S. und E.U. teilen Kriegskoalition gegen Iran formal auf um den Bundestag zu passieren

Einen Tag vor dem Militärtreffen beim U.S.-Zentralkommando der Kriegskoalition hatte der Auswärtige Ausschuss bei einer am 24. von der Regierung in Berlin anberaumten Sondersitzung aktiv oder passiv durch Schweigen kollektiv zugestimmt

Bei ihrem Treffen im U.S.-Zentralkommando, an dem offensichtlich auch Vertreter des Bundeswehr-Generalstabs („Einsatzführungskommando“) teilnahmen, wurde nun die Kommandostruktur in der Kriegskoalition taktisch aufgeteilt, in die bereits laufende, vom U.S.-Zentralkommando (Centcom) geführte „Operation Sentinel“ und eine von der E.U.-geführte „Force Generation“.

10.07.2019 - 03:41 [ Prof Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research ]

A Major Conventional War Against Iran Is an Impossibility. Crisis within the US Command Structure

And US Central Command’s Forward headquarters is still located in Qatar despite the fact that two years earlier on May 23, 2017, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, was accused by Saudi Arabia and the UAE of collaborating with Iran. It is unclear who gave the order to impose the embargo on Qatar. Saudi Arabia would not have taken that decision without consulting Washington. Visibly, Washington’s intent was to create an Arab NATO Alliance (An Arab Block) directed against Iran “to do the dirty work for us”.

22.06.2019 - 10:03 [ Spectator ]

Making Centcom great again

What Centcom officers were worried about is that they would take a back seat to the European and Pacific commands. In fact, there’s a clear, if unstated, pecking order among the commands, retired Col. Kevin Benson, a former director of the Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies, notes. ‘The three most important commands are in Europe, which is Eucom, the Pacific, which is Pacom and now, because of Iran, the Middle East – which is Centcom. Southcom, the Southern Command, is almost always last in priority.’

21.06.2019 - 08:12 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

.@realDonaldTrump Your Iran strategy has been ill-advised and short-sighted. Change course now. Return to the Iran nuclear agreement before it’s too late. Put aside your pride and political calculations for the good of our country. Do the right thing.

21.06.2019 - 06:03 [ New York Times ]

Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, but Then Abruptly Pulls Back

It was not clear whether Mr. Trump simply changed his mind on the strikes or whether the administration altered course because of logistics or strategy. It was also not clear whether the attacks might still go forward.

Asked about the plans for a strike and the decision to hold back, the White House declined to comment, as did Pentagon officials. No government officials asked The New York Times to withhold the article.

21.06.2019 - 05:57 [ Haaretz ]

Report: Trump Approved Military Strikes Against Iran but Pulled Back After Planes Were in Air

U.S. President Donald Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing of American global hawk drone but pulled back after planes were in the air and ships were in position, according to a report by the New York Times citing administration officials.

The report claimed the order to halt attacks on Iranian radar and missile batteries came after intense debate at the White House among top security officials and congressional leaders.

21.06.2019 - 05:44 [ New York Times ]

Want War With Iran? Ask Congress First

From the U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898 to the U.S.S. Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964, maritime incidents, shrouded in the fog of uncertainty, have lured the United States into wars on foreign shoals. Which is why cooler heads must prevail — and Congress must be consulted — as American and Iranian forces inch closer to open conflict in and around the Strait of Hormuz.

21.06.2019 - 05:34 [ taskandpurpose.com ]

‚We are there to deter aggression‘ — Pompeo addressed CENTCOM on Iran mere moments before Shanahan announced his departure

(19.06.2019)

Pompeo, who arrived in Tampa on Monday, met with Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. and Army Gen. Richard Clarke, commanders of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command respectively, to align the Government’s efforts in the Middle East, according to Central Command.

The meeting focused on deterrence plans against Iran after U.S. officials blamed the country for two recent oil tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman.

21.06.2019 - 05:26 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Drohnen-Abschuss über dem Iran: US-Armee bestreitet Grenzverletzung

Den USA ist dieser Punkt besonders wichtig: Washington widerspricht dem Vorwurf, das Militär habe die iranischen Grenzen verletzt. Es habe vor dem Abschuss keine Provokation von US-Seite gegeben, erklärte Navy Captain Bill Urban vom Central Command.

20.06.2019 - 16:59 [ BBC ]

Strait of Hormuz: US confirms drone shot down by Iran

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said the aircraft had violated Iranian airspace, and that the incident sent a „clear message to America“.

But the US military insisted the drone had been over international waters at the time, and condemned what it called an „unprovoked attack“ by the IRGC.

18.06.2019 - 05:42 [ CNN ]

US sending 1,000 additional troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions

„In response to a request from the US Central Command for additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East,“ acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said in a statement.

16.06.2019 - 19:03 [ US Air Forces Central Command ]

Bomber Task Force Participates in Joint Exercise with Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group

ARABIAN SEA

A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron and part of the U.S. Central Command Bomber Task Force, and the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, attached to the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group conducted joint operations in the CENTCOM area of responsibility, June 1.
(…)
During the exercises, CVW-7 and the 20th EBS conducted several joint training evolutions designed to improve operational tactics in several warfare areas. Exercises included air-to-air training, flying in formation, and simulated strike operations in defense of a national asset.

16.06.2019 - 18:58 [ US Air Forces Central Command ]

US builds intermilitary relationship with RSAF

Royal Saudi Air Force F-15C Eagles fly in formation with U.S. Air Force F-15Cs in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, June 2, 2019. The flight was conducted as part of a larger effort to continue building military-to-military relationships and interoperability

15.06.2019 - 00:53 [ Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary (UK) / Twitter ]

I condemn yesterday’s attacks on vessels in the Gulf of Oman. UK’s assessment concludes that responsibility for the attacks almost certainly lies with Iran. These latest attacks build on a pattern of destabilising Iranian behaviour and pose a serious danger to the region

15.06.2019 - 00:01 [ CNN ]

Iranian boat fired missile at US drone prior to tanker attack, US official says

In the hours before the attack on the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the Iranians spotted a US drone flying overhead and launched a surface-to-air missile at the unmanned aircraft, a US official told CNN.
The missile missed the drone and fell into the water, the official said.

14.06.2019 - 23:57 [ CNBC.com ]

Japanese oil tanker owner disagrees with US military that a mine caused blast near Iran

„We received reports that something flew towards the ship,“ Yutaka Katada, president of Kokuka Sangyo, said at a press conference Friday. „I do not think there was a time bomb or an object attached to the side of the ship,“ he said, adding that a projectile landed above the waterline. (…)

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

20.05.2019 - 05:23 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States ]

If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!

20.05.2019 - 05:20 [ New York Times ]

Rocket Hits Green Zone in Baghdad as Tensions Flare Between U.S. and Iran

The heavily guarded compound was already on a heightened state of alert after nonemergency personnel there and at the United States Consulate in the northern city of Erbil were ordered last week to leave.

The order came after the Trump administration announced that new intelligence indicated a heightened risk that Iranian forces or proxies were considering an imminent attack on American forces or interests in the Persian Gulf or Iraq.

17.05.2019 - 01:50 [ USNI ]

Two U.S. Warships Enter Persian Gulf Without Incident

A U.S. team that includes special operations personnel were part of a group sent to determine the origin of the attacks.

15.05.2019 - 08:27 [ taskandpurpose.com ]

CENTCOM corrects British general: US forces in Iraq and Syria on heightened alert for Iranian attacks

„There’s been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria,“ Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, a deputy commander for the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, told reporters at a Pentagon news briefing. „We are monitoring the Shia militia groups carefully and if the threat level perceives to go up them we will raise our force protection levels accordingly.“

But after being pressed by reporters on the matter, Ghika engaged in verbal gymnastics to try to say he was on the same page as the White House by saying the coalition monitors a range of possible threats and it raises and lowers security levels appropriately.

15.05.2019 - 08:25 [ Washington Times ]

Saudi crown prince holds quiet meeting with head of U.S. Central Command

(14.04.2019)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met quietly Monday with the head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, and the two men discussed continued “cooperation” between the two nations in fighting terrorism, according to Riyadh’s state-run news agency.

15.05.2019 - 08:20 [ Stripes.com ]

Bomber task force completes first CENTCOM mission as Iran warns US forces to leave region

(13.05.2019)

B-52H Stratofortress aircraft assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Louisiana’s Barksdale Air Force Base took off from Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, U.S. Air Forces Central Command said in a brief statement Monday. Additional bombers in the task force had been deployed to an unspecified base in the Middle East.

“They’re here to defend our forces and interests,” said Lt. Col. Christine Millette, a spokeswoman for Air Forces Central Command. Millette did not provide further mission details.

15.05.2019 - 08:06 [ Daily Beast ]

Lou Dobbs to Trump: Why Not Threaten Military Strikes Against Iran’s Oil Industry?

Fox Business host and Trump whisperer Lou Dobbs appeared to nudge President Trump toward threatening Iran with military strikes on Tuesday night, saying the president shouldn’t get involved in a ground war but instead make it clear that he’ll turn the nation’s oil industry into “dust.”

15.05.2019 - 08:03 [ theHill.com ]

Cotton: US could win war with Iran in ‚two strikes‘

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a prominent foreign policy hawk, voiced confidence in a new interview that the U.S. could win a war with Iran, saying it would take „two strikes.“

„Yes, two strikes,“ he told Margaret Hoover of „Firing Line“ when asked if the U.S. could win a war against Iran. „The first strike and the last strike.“

15.05.2019 - 07:53 [ New York Times ]

Skeptical U.S. Allies Resist Trump’s New Claims of Threats From Iran

As the Trump administration draws up war plans against Iran over what it says are threats to American troops and interests, a senior British military official told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday that he saw no increased risk from Iran or allied militias in Iraq or Syria.

A few hours later, the United States Central Command issued an unusual rebuke: The remarks from the British official — Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, who is also the deputy commander of the American-led coalition fighting the Islamic State — run “counter to the identified credible threats available to intelligence from U.S. and allies regarding Iranian-backed forces in the region.”

06.05.2019 - 17:39 [ Tagesschau,de ]

US-Flugzeugträger in Nahost: Alles nur ein Bluff?

So zumindest deuten es mehrere US-Experten. Die Politikanalytikerin Becca Wasser von der Denkfabrik „Rand Corporation“, die das US-Verteidigungsministeriun berät, schrieb: Es würden routinemäßig Flugzeugträger in die Region entsandt, um den Iran abzuschrecken.

Das Verteidigungsministerium habe in letzter Zeit die Anwesenheit von Flugzeugträgern variiert, um unvorhersehbar zu wirken.

06.05.2019 - 10:37 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Konflikt mit dem Iran: USA verlegen Flugzeugträger in Nahen Osten

Wie der Sicherheitsberater des Weißen Hauses, John Bolton, mitteilte, werden der Flugzeugträger „USS Abraham Lincoln“ sowie eine Bomberstaffel vom Mittelmeer in den Nahen Osten verlegt.

Den genauen Ort der Stationierung ließ er offen. Bolton sprach lediglich von einer Verlegung in die Region, für die das Streitkräftekommando CENTCOM zuständig ist – dieses Gebiet reicht von Syrien im Westen bis Pakistan im Osten.

31.03.2019 - 23:34 [ The Defense Post ]

US Marine Corps General McKenzie replaces retiring Votel as CENTCOM Commander

Newly promoted General Kenneth F. McKenzie on Thursday, March 28 took over the leadership of United States Central Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in the Middle East including the conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan. At a ceremony led by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, McKenzie pledged to continue the work done by his predecessor, General Joseph Votel, who is retiring.

10.02.2019 - 17:20 [ CNN ]

Sold to an ally, lost to an enemy

(6.2.2019) The US shipped weapons and secrets to the Saudis and Emiratis. Now, some are in the hands of fighters linked to al Qaeda and Iran.

02.01.2019 - 17:03 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

The Pentagon Ups the Ante in Syria Fight

(30. März 2015) Also in Jordan is a U.S.-led multinational effort named Operation Gallant Phoenix, aimed at tracking the foreign fighter flow into Iraq and Syria. Begun as an initiative under Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which controls the military’s most elite special operations units, and JSOC’s higher administrative headquarters, U.S. Special Operations Command, it has expanded to include participation by U.S. Central Command and U.S. European Command, said the senior special operations officer. Although sometimes referred to as the “foreign fighter task force,” Gallant Phoenix doesn’t have troops of its own to send out on raids or direct assaults and instead passes on the information it receives to allied countries.

02.01.2019 - 16:31 [ Nick Turse, TomDispatch / Truthout.org ]

America’s Black-Ops Blackout: Unraveling the Secrets of the Military’s Secret Military

(7. Januar 2014) As Special Operations Command chief Admiral William McRaven put it in SOCOM 2020, his blueprint for the future, it has ambitious aspirations to create “a Global SOF network of like-minded interagency allies and partners.” In other words, in that future now only six years off, it wants to be everywhere.

(…)

While Congressional pushback has thus far thwarted Admiral McRaven’s efforts to create a SOCOM satellite headquarters for the more than 300 special operators working in Washington, D.C. (at the cost of $10 million annually), the command has nonetheless stationed support teams and liaisons all over the capital in a bid to embed itself ever more deeply inside the Beltway. “I have folks in every agency here in Washington, D.C. — from the CIA, to the FBI, to the National Security Agency, to the National Geospatial Agency, to the Defense Intelligence Agency,” McRaven said during a panel discussion at Washington’s Wilson Center in 2013. Referring to the acronyms of the many agencies with which SOCOM has forged ties, McRaven continued: “If there are three letters, and in some cases four, I have a person there.“

02.01.2019 - 16:12 [ theAtlantic.com ]

Obama Gives Commanders Wide Berth for Secret Warfare

(25. Mai 2010) Gen. Stanley McChrystal, at the time the director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, advised President Obama to allow combatant commanders more latitude to combat terrorism using task forces. Coming from McChrystal, it was a surprising endorsement of a policy that would shift responsibility for unconventional warfare from JSOC, which he had commanded, to the combatant commanders.

02.01.2019 - 15:58 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Is Said to Expand Secret Actions in Mideast

(24. Mai 2010) The order, which an official said was drafted in close coordination with Adm. Eric T. Olson, the officer in charge of the United States Special Operations Command, calls for clandestine activities that “cannot or will not be accomplished” by conventional military operations or “interagency activities,” a reference to American spy agencies.

While the C.I.A. and the Pentagon have often been at odds over expansion of clandestine military activity, most recently over intelligence gathering by Pentagon contractors in Pakistan and Afghanistan, there does not appear to have been a significant dispute over the September order.

A spokesman for the C.I.A. declined to confirm the existence of General Petraeus’s order, but said that the spy agency and the Pentagon had a “close relationship” and generally coordinate operations in the field.

02.01.2019 - 15:46 [ theAtlantic.com ]

The Special Ops Command That’s Displacing The CIA

(1. Dezember 2009) The military at large has also felt the growing influence of JSOC. Indeed, General Stanley McChrystal, now the top military commander in Afghanistan, led JSOC from 2003 to 2008. McChrystal’s extensive special operations in Iraq, credited as crucial in the country’s stabilization, earned both him and JSOC wide support in the military and in Washington. In his high-powered role in Afghanistan, McChrystal is increasingly turning to his old command. Spencer Ackerman reports that JSOC’s current leadership is „playing a large and previously unreported role in shaping the Obama administration’s Afghanistan and Pakistan strategy.“ That new influence includes strategic decision-making and direct involvement in the more traditional warfare conducted by the conventional military. Ackerman writes:

„In his Afghanistan review, McChrystal said that a key goal for him would be to increase coordination between his NATO command and the independent command of JSOC, which suggested that the dichotomy between using Special Operations Forces for counterterrorism and conventional forces for counterinsurgency was eroding.“

02.01.2019 - 15:23 [ Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America / Twitter ]

“General” McChrystal got fired like a dog by Obama. Last assignment a total bust. Known for big, dumb mouth. Hillary lover!

02.01.2019 - 13:33 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Halted Some Raids in Afghanistan

(9. März 2009) According to senior military officials, the stand-down was ordered by Vice Adm. William H. McRaven, the head of the military’s Joint Special Operations Command, which oversees the secret commando units.

The rising civilian death toll in Afghanistan has soured relations between American commanders and the Afghan government led by President Hamid Karzai, who has vocally criticized the raids.

The stand-down began in mid-February, and the raids have since resumed. It is unclear, though, whether the Special Operations missions are being carried out with the same frequency as before the halt.

02.01.2019 - 13:20 [ Jake Tapper, CNN Anchor / Twitter ]

Retired four-star Admiral William McRaven, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014 (which included the OBL mission), just issued the following statement to CNN in response to POTUS attacking GEN McChrystal on twitter:

02.01.2019 - 13:08 [ CNN ]

Ret. admiral defends McChrystal on Trump claim

Ret. Admiral William McRaven came to the defense of Ret. General Stanley McChrystal after President Trump took shots at the general on Twitter following the comments McChrystal made on Trump during an ABC interview.

02.01.2019 - 12:37 [ Seymour Hersh / New Yorker ]

Preparing the Battlefield

(Juli 2008) The covert operations set forth in the Finding essentially run parallel to those of a secret military task force, now operating in Iran, that is under the control of JSOC. Under the Bush Administration’s interpretation of the law, clandestine military activities, unlike covert C.I.A. operations, do not need to be depicted in a Finding, because the President has a constitutional right to command combat forces in the field without congressional interference. But the borders between operations are not always clear: in Iran, C.I.A. agents and regional assets have the language skills and the local knowledge to make contacts for the JSOC operatives, and have been working with them to direct personnel, matériel, and money into Iran from an obscure base in western Afghanistan. As a result, Congress has been given only a partial view of how the money it authorized may be used. One of JSOC’s task-force missions, the pursuit of “high-value targets,” was not directly addressed in the Finding. There is a growing realization among some legislators that the Bush Administration, in recent years, has conflated what is an intelligence operation and what is a military one in order to avoid fully informing Congress about what it is doing.

02.01.2019 - 12:24 [ New York Times ]

Commandos See Duty on U.S. Soil In Role Redefined by Terror Fight

(23. Januar 2005) As part of the extraordinary army of 13,000 troops, police officers and federal agents marshaled to secure the inauguration, these elite forces were poised to act under a 1997 program that was updated and enhanced after the Sept. 11 attacks, but nonetheless departs from how the military has historically been used on American soil.

These commandos, operating under a secret counterterrorism program code-named Power Geyser, were mentioned publicly for the first time this week on a Web site for a new book, „Code Names: Deciphering U.S. Military Plans, Programs and Operation in the 9/11 World,“ (Steerforth Press). The book was written by William M. Arkin, a former intelligence analyst for the Army.

The precise number of these Special Operations forces in Washington this week is highly classified, but military officials say the number is very small. The special-missions units belong to the Joint Special Operations Command, a secretive command based at Fort Bragg, N.C., whose elements include the Army unit Delta Force.

02.01.2019 - 11:23 [ CNN ]

Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal hits Trump as immoral, dishonest

(30.12.2018) Retired four-star Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal on Sunday criticized President Donald Trump for his approach to the presidency in a wide-ranging interview that saw the former top commander of the US and international forces in Afghanistan label Trump as dishonest and immoral.
„I don’t think he tells the truth,“ McChrystal told ABC’s Martha Raddatz on „This Week.“ When asked if he thought Trump was immoral, McChrystal responded: „I think he is.“

02.01.2019 - 11:05 [ Watson.ch ]

„Verlogen“: Ex-US-General kritisiert Trump heftig für Syrien-Abzug

(31.12.2018) Nun hat sich auch Ex-General Stanley A. McChrystal kritisch zu Trumps Plänen geäussert. Der ehemalige Kommandant der US-Streitkräfte in Afghanistan bezeichnete Donald Trump und dessen Entscheidung als „unmoralisch und verlogen“.McChrystal hatte sich schon früher negativ über den Präsidenten geäussert. Ex-Admiral William McRaven, der die Operation gegen den Terroristen Osama Bin Laden verantwortete, hatte Trump mehrfach öffentlich kritisiert. Trump nannte ihn darauf einen „Hillary-Clinton-Fan“ und „Barack-Obama-Unterstützer“ und sagte, die Operation gegen Bin Laden habe viel zu lange gedauert. McChrystal nahm McRaven anschließend in Schutz und stellte das Vertrauen in Trump infrage.

21.12.2018 - 05:12 [ Newsweek.com ]

Who Is U.S. Bombing in Syria? Government, Activists Accuse Coalition of Attacking Army Instead of ISIS

(3.12.2018) Nevertheless, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitor with ties to the Syrian opposition, appeared to corroborate the government with its own account published Monday. The report claimed that about 15 missiles had been fired from Al-Tanf, where the U.S. base was located, toward pro-government positions.

12.11.2018 - 19:42 [ CNN ]

Pentagon rejects request for additional military resources in Persian Gulf

It also comes as Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, are engaged in high-level classified discussions with senior commanders around the world about how to allocate military resources for the next two years, officials say.

12.11.2018 - 19:31 [ OttawaCitizen.com ]

Military contractor received $1.6 billion to advise Afghans but results unknown

(31.10.2018) The U.S. government’s Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) found that since 2010, the U.S. Department of Defense has awarded four contracts, worth $1.62 billion U.S., to DynCorp International to provide contract advisors at Afghan MOD and MOI. Two of these contracts, worth $421 million, are ongoing and expected to end in November 2018.
And the results?

12.11.2018 - 19:15 [ ORF.at ]

Mehr als 100 Tote bei Gewaltwelle in Afghanistan

Die meisten Opfer seien Sicherheitskräfte. Der Attentäter habe die Bombe an einem Polizeikontrollpunkt in der Nähe einer Schule gezündet, teilte das Innenministerium mit. Dort demonstrierten Hunderte Angehörige der schiitischen Volksgruppe der Hasara für mehr Schutz der Regierung vor Angriffen der Taliban. Zu dem Anschlag bekannte sich zunächst niemand.

03.11.2018 - 11:20 [ Moon of Alabama ‏/ Twitter ]

1. SDF retreats from a minor ISIS attack opening its path towards the Iraqi border. 2. SDF suspends anti-ISIS operation. Sounds like a plan to give ISIS new momentum to act in Iraq where it can help the U.S. to gain leverage over its new government. cc @ejmalrai

03.11.2018 - 11:18 [ Southfront.org ]

Turkish Newspaper: ISIS In Syria Receives Weapons Directly From US-led Coalition

A commander in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) confirmed to Yeni Safak that the U.S. had handed over weapons to ISIS in the town of al-Mansurah, west of the city of Raqqa, and in the area of al-Tanaf, near the border with Iraq.

According to the commander, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the US-led coalition formed a group of Kurds and Arabs to facilitate the delivery of weapons to ISIS terrorists. The PPK and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) played a key role in the process.

03.11.2018 - 11:17 [ Al Masdar News ]

Syrian Army seizes US-made weapons left behind by Daesh in Deir Ezzor (photos)

A SANA reporter said that during the combing operation to cleanse the liberated areas from the terrorist remnants, the authorities uncovered a cache containing 450,000 bullets of US-made medium-caliber machine guns from Daesh’s remnants in the Al-Mayadeen area.

Below are a number of photos that were captured by SANA of the weapons cache that was seized by the Syrian military this week:

13.10.2018 - 20:15 [ Buzzfeed ]

The Pentagon Used To Hide US Troops In Syria. Now It’s Posting Videos Of Them On Twitter.

(3.10.2018) A few years ago it would have been jarring to see the US military presence in Syria promoted as if it were Afghanistan. But overlapping and intentionally vague statements about what exactly US troops in Syria are doing, how many of them are doing it, and how long they are planning to be there have seemed to lull much of the country into accepting that they are there long term.

13.10.2018 - 20:02 [ US Zentralkommando (Centcom) ]

Department Of Defense Press Briefing By General Joseph Votel via teleconference from Tampa, Florida, on Operations in the Central Command Area of Responsibility

(4.10.2018) In Syria, we will remain with our partners to ensure the defeat of ISIS and provide an opportunity for a negotiated political resolution of the Syrian conflict and humanitarian crisis, consistent with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254.

Recent pledges of more than $300 million in new funding for stabilization and humanitarian aid from our coalition partners is a welcome start to consolidating our military gains.

13.10.2018 - 19:42 [ Southfront.org ]

US Sends More Diplomats to Coalition-Controlled Areas of Syria: What’s Behind the Move?

Defense Secretary James Mattis announced on Oct. 2 that the number of US diplomats in Syria had doubled. No specific number was mentioned, but the move was motivated by the need to intensify the diplomatic effort, with “the military operations becoming less.” Under the label of “Syria,” the secretary was referring to more than a quarter of the country, with an estimated population of 1.5 million to two million people. This territory is controlled by the US-supported and Kurdish-dominated SDF and its political wing, the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC).

25.08.2018 - 11:32 [ Intercept ]

Military Brass Tells Congress It Has No Idea What Saudi Arabia Is Doing With U.S. Bombs in Yemen

(14.3.2018) Warren followed up by describing an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition that struck civilians in February. The attack, in the northern Yemen town of Saada, killed five civilians. Medical staff who rushed in to help survivors were hit in a follow-up attack, Warren noted. (This is known as a “double-tap” airstrike.)

“General Votel, when you receive reports like this from credible media organizations or outside observers, is CENTCOM able to tell if U.S. fuel or U.S. munitions were used in that strike?”

“No, senator, I don’t believe we are,” he replied.

25.08.2018 - 11:28 [ Washington Post ]

End U.S. support for this misbegotten and unwinnable war

ON AUG. 9, an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen struck a bus packed with young boys in the northern village of Dahyan, killing at least 51 people, including 40 children, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross. As Saudi spokesmen defend this horrific massacre — one called the bus a “legitimate military target” — Trump administration officials are being pressed by members of Congress …

24.08.2018 - 17:40 [ tampabay.com ]

CentCom’s Votel: U.S. will stay in Syria to fight ISIS and keep an eye on Iran

(22.5.2018) In March, President Donald Trump said he would be pulling U.S. troops out of Syria „very soon.“ But they’re still there, and will stay there, to defeat what’s left of the so-called Islamic State, says the man in charge of military efforts in the region.

Despite the commander-in-chief’s comments, Army Gen. Joseph Votel said it didn’t require much pushback to convince Trump to stay the course.

24.08.2018 - 17:29 [ cbn.com ]

ISIS 2.0: Islamic State Launches Massive Attack in Syria, Resurging in Iraq

(24.7.2018) Seven months after routing ISIS from large swaths of Iraq and Syria, the Department of Defense says a coalition of 77 nations and numerous international organizations remains determined to keep the terror group from resurfacing.

24.08.2018 - 17:22 [ Charles Bybelezer, The Media Line / Jerusalem Post ]

Analysis: The Islamic State’s push for a new caliphate

(16.8.2018) According to findings by the Lead Inspector General of Operation Inherent Resolve, the United States-led military coalition against the Islamic State, the terror group is much larger than previously thought and still poses a significant threat.

18.08.2018 - 10:21 [ Radio Utopie ]

Admiral William McRaven: der Letzte der Viererbande

(17.11.2013) In den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika findet diese Strategie des unkontrollierbaren Tötens ihren vorläufigen Höhepunkt mit den Visionen des Chefs des U.S.S.O.C.O.M., Admiral McRaven (Vortrag vom Frühjahr 2013 am Woodrow Wilson Center „U.S. Special Operations 2020“). Dieser Mann ist, wenn ihm nicht durch die eigene Regierung Einhalt geboten wird, im Prinzip der mächtigste Kriegsfürst auf diesem Planeten.

Dem mit der C.I.A. eng verbandelten Admiral wird in Kürze alles ohne Rechenschaftspflicht wegen der Geheimhaltung im Rahmen der nationalen Sicherheit zur Verfügung stehen: Geld ohne Ende, die Elite der Elite der eigenen sowie ausländischer Spezialeinsatzkommandos (auch deutscher), ein Strom von Informationen von internationalen detaillierten Daten über fast jeden Ort und Bürger dieses Planeten durch befreundete Geheimdienste, die neuesten Errungenschaften militärischer Techniken, Einbindung des Heimatschutzministeriums, staatlicher und nichtstaatlicher Behörden und vieles mehr. Für die Bewilligung des dazu benötigten Kapitals sorgen die Profiteure im U.S.-Senat und Kongress.

Eine Kontrolle ist so gut wie unmöglich, da alle Aktivitäten und Informationen als „Top secret“ eingestuft sind. Dem Präsidenten können zur „legalen“ Absegnung der Einsätze Märchen serviert werden oder laufen ohne jegliches Wissen darüber im Geheimen ab.

29.07.2018 - 12:40 [ Bloomberg.com ]

Russia-U.S. Syria Deal Hits Trouble as Post-Summit Tensions Grow

The U.S. “has not fulfilled its own promises” made in Helsinki to remove opposition forces to enable a buffer zone on Syria’s border with Israel, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. The Defense Ministry accused the U.S. of sabotaging the agreement after a senior American commander, General Joseph Votel, said that his country’s military won’t cooperate with Russian forces beyond a de-confliction hotline to avoid unintended clashes.

24.05.2018 - 07:55 [ Reuters ]

Syrian state media says U.S. struck army base, U.S. denies

“We have no operational reporting of a U.S.-led coalition strike against pro-Syrian regime targets or forces,” Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, told Reuters.

Another Pentagon spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “We have no information to substantiate those reports.”

30.04.2018 - 17:26 [ Howard Altman ‏/ Twitter ]

As of 9:57 p Pentagon has declined comment on the incident or whether US assets are involved. @CENTCOM earlier said it wasn’t aware of any action near Hama and hasn’t gotten back to me on further questions about the incident and any US involvement.

11.04.2018 - 06:10 [ Weißes Haus ]

Remarks by President Trump and Amir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani of the State of Qatar Before Bilateral Meeting

AMIR AL THANI: I’m very happy and honored to be here, and thanks for this invitation. Our relationship between Qatar and the United States has been more than 45 years. It’s a very strong, solid relationship. Our economic partnership is more than $125 billion, and our aim and goal is to double it in the next coming years.

Our military cooperation is very solid, very strong. As everybody know, that the heart of fighting terrorism is from Al Udeid Base. And, thank God, it’s been a very successful campaign against the terrorist groups around our region.

Lately, before I come here, I was in Tampa. I visited the CENTCOM, and we met with the generals. And it was a very important visit, and it shows how strong our cooperation is between the armed forces.

Of course, we speak today and we see the suffering of the Syrian people. And me and the President, we see eye to eye that this matter has to stop immediately. We cannot tolerate — with a war criminal, we cannot tolerate with someone who killed more than half a million of his own people. And this matter should end immediately.

Thank you very much, Mr. President.

04.04.2018 - 10:25 [ Army Times ]

Trump says ‘it’s time’ to leave Syria; Votel says we’re staying

At almost the exact same time that President Donald Trump said at the White House Tuesday that the U.S. will soon be departing Syria, his top commander for forces there said the U.S. is in for the long haul.

In a speech before the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington the commander of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, said that the next steps in Syria require “stabilizing these areas, consolidating gains, getting people back into homes, [and] addressing long term issues of reconstruction.”