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Central Command (CENTCOM) is a combatant command working with national and international partners to promote development and cooperation among nations, respond to crises, and deter or defeat state and transnational aggression in order to establish regional security and stability. Our area of responsibility includes 20 countries in the Middle East and Central and South Asia.

U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen, assigned to the 52nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, infill during training at an undisclos...
01/08/2024

U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen, assigned to the 52nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, infill during training at an undisclosed location in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Dec. 21st, 2023.

Armored vehicles from ,  and  prepare for a combined arms live fire exercise during Arabian Gulf Gunnery in the Kingdom ...
01/05/2024

Armored vehicles from , and prepare for a combined arms live fire exercise during Arabian Gulf Gunnery in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

On Jan. 3, Iraqi police in Babylon discovered a land attack cruise missile of Iranian design that failed to launch. The ...
01/05/2024

On Jan. 3, Iraqi police in Babylon discovered a land attack cruise missile of Iranian design that failed to launch. The use of Iranian supplied munitions by terrorist groups within Iraq and Syria endanger Coalition forces and local residents. The Coalition is appreciative of the efforts of the legitimate security forces in Iraq for their efforts to prevent future attacks.

01/01/2024
A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet flies over the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58)
12/29/2023

A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet flies over the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58)

An AV-8B Harrier aircraft, attached to Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 162 (reinforced), lands on the flight deck of t...
12/27/2023

An AV-8B Harrier aircraft, attached to Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 162 (reinforced), lands on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), operating in the Red Sea.

A U.S. Navy  F/A-18 Super Hornet prepares to receive fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker over the U.S. Centra...
12/22/2023

A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet prepares to receive fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

12/21/2023
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) transits the Suez Canal, Dec. 18. Laboon is deploye...
12/21/2023

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) transits the Suez Canal, Dec. 18. Laboon is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to help ensure maritime security and stability in the Middle East region.

A United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II prepares to launch in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
12/18/2023

A United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II prepares to launch in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

At approximately 0700, Dec. 15 (Sanaa time),  Houthi forces contacted the Motor Vessel MSC ALANYA, a Liberian flagged ve...
12/15/2023

At approximately 0700, Dec. 15 (Sanaa time), Houthi forces contacted the Motor Vessel MSC ALANYA, a Liberian flagged vessel that was traveling north in the southern part of the Red Sea and threatened to attack it. The Houthis directed the vessel to turn around and proceed south. Although there were no U.S. ships in the area, U.S. forces maintained direct communications with the vessel, and the ALANYA continued north. It is believed to be traveling safely at this time.
At approximately 0900, Dec. 15 (Sanaa time), a UAV launched from Houthi held territory struck the Liberian flagged Motor Vessel AL JASRAH as it was travelling south in the Red Sea. The AL JASRAH immediately broadcast a mayday signal that said the crew was fighting a fire caused by the attack.
The fire has since been extinguished and the crew has since determined that no further assistance is needed.
Then, at approximately 1300, Dec. 15 (Sanaa time), Houthi forces launched two ballistic missiles towards the international shipping lanes in the Bab el-Mandeb strait. One of these missiles struck the Liberian flagged MV PALATIUM 3, which broadcast a mayday call and reported that the vessel was on fire. The USS MASON has responded to that request. The other missile likely missed any ships.
No injuries have been reported by any of the three ships attacked, but this latest round of attacks is yet another demonstration of the great risk to international shipping caused by these Houthi actions.

12/15/2023

On December 13-14, General Michael Erik Kurilla, U.S. Central Command Commander, traveled to Iraq and Syria to meet with key leaders, partner forces, and U.S. Service Members.
While in Iraq, General Kurilla met with the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mohammed Shia’ Al Sudani; Chief of the General Staff, General Abdel Emir Yarallah; Joint Operations Command – Iraq Commander, Staff General Qais Khalaf Rahimah Al-Muhammadawi; and the U.S. Embassy team. The leaders discussed current regional and local security concerns with a particular emphasis on the attacks against U.S. forces. General Kurilla traveled to Baghdad, Al Assad Air Base and Erbil Airfield where he visited with Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) leaders and Service Members to receive an operational update and assess the current security situation.
In Syria, General Kurilla traveled to multiple bases to meet with key partners in the defeat ISIS mission and Service Members to gain an overall assessment of our progress on the defeat ISIS mission and our force protection posture.
“These visits provide valuable insights you cannot get without traveling to the region and seeing it first-hand. I came away with a great sense of pride in the professionalism, dedication, and competence of our incredible Service Members deployed in harm’s way, “ said General Kurilla.

Midday Dec. 14 (Sanaa time), a ballistic missile was fired from a Houthi-controlled area of Yemen toward the internation...
12/14/2023

Midday Dec. 14 (Sanaa time), a ballistic missile was fired from a Houthi-controlled area of Yemen toward the international shipping lane north of the Bab-el-Mandeb. There were no injuries or damage. Following the missile launch, the M/V Maersk Gibraltar was hailed by the Houthis, who threatened further missile attacks. The M/V Maersk Gibraltar is a Hong Kong-flagged cargo container vessel.

While this incident did not involve US Forces, we continue to closely monitor the situation. These attacks continue to threaten international maritime security.

On December 11, CENTCOM Commander, Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla embarked on the USS CARNEY (DDG 64) to meet with Sailors to...
12/14/2023

On December 11, CENTCOM Commander, Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla embarked on the USS CARNEY (DDG 64) to meet with Sailors to gain the crew's perspective on operations in the CENTCOM area of responsibility, provide awards to over 20 Sailors for recent actions, and deliver over 1,000 pounds of barbeque. Carney is deployed to the
U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to help ensure maritime security and stability in the Middle East Fleet area of operations to help ensure maritime security and stability in the Middle East region

At approximately 0830 (Sanaa time) on December 13, in the southern Red Sea, the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destr...
12/14/2023

At approximately 0830 (Sanaa time) on December 13, in the southern Red Sea, the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) was responding to a mayday call from the Marshall Islands-flagged tanker Motor Vessel Ardmore Encounter, which was under attack from Houthi forces. These forces first attempted to board the tanker via skiffs.

When this was unsuccessful, a pair of missiles were fired from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen at the vessel, which both missed. While responding to the distress call, the Mason shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle also launched from Houthi-controlled areas. The UAV was heading directly towards the Mason and was shot down in self-defense. There were no injuries to personnel and no damage to any vessels. The Ardmore Encounter was able to proceed without further incident.

CENTCOM Statement on missile attack in the Bab-el-MandebAt around 4 p.m. EST on December 11, the Motor Tanker STRINDA wa...
12/12/2023

CENTCOM Statement on missile attack in the Bab-el-Mandeb

At around 4 p.m. EST on December 11, the Motor Tanker STRINDA was attacked by what is assessed to have been an Anti-Ship Cruise Missile (ASCM) launched from a Houthi controlled area of Yemen while passing through the Bab-el-Mandeb. The STRINDA reported damage causing a fire on-board, but no casualties at this time. There were no US ships in the vicinity at the time of the attack, but the USS MASON responded to the M/T STRINDA's mayday call and is currently rendering assistance.

At around 4 p.m. EST on December 11, the Motor Tanker STRINDA was attacked by what is assessed to have been an Anti-Ship Cruise Missile (ASCM) launched from a Houthi controlled area of Yemen while

12/11/2023
F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jets launch and return off the flight deck during flight operations aboard the aircraft car...
12/07/2023

F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jets launch and return off the flight deck during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet, Dec. 1, 2023. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to support maritime security and stability in the Middle East region.

12/07/2023
November 2023 Month in Review: The Defeat ISIS Mission in Iraq and SyriaTAMPA, Fla. – During the month of November 2023,...
12/07/2023

November 2023 Month in Review: The Defeat ISIS Mission in Iraq and Syria

TAMPA, Fla. – During the month of November 2023, U.S. Central Command, along with coalition and other partners, conducted a total of 40 D-ISIS operations resulting in 4 ISIS operatives killed and 33 detained.

These operations highlight CENTCOM enduring commitment to the lasting defeat of ISIS and the continued need for targeted military efforts to prevent ISIS members from conducting further attacks. Among the cells disrupted by these operations include one cell responsible for planning attacks against prisons in Syria to free ISIS prisoners held there and another cell with a su***de belt.

The following is a breakdown of D-ISIS operations for November 2023 by country: In Iraq, 24 partnered operations resulted in 3 ISIS operatives killed and 14 ISIS operatives detained. In Syria, 16 partnered operations resulted in 1 ISIS operative killed and 19 ISIS operatives detained.

"Even in the midst of complex challenges within the region, CENTCOM remains steadfast to the region and the enduring defeat of ISIS," said Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla, commander of CENTCOM.

An F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet, attached to the "Wildcats" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131, during flight oper...
12/06/2023

An F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet, attached to the "Wildcats" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131, during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet, Nov. 28. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to support maritime security and stability in the Middle East region.

12/05/2023

NEWS: Today in El-Arish, Egypt, Administrator Samantha Power announced that the United States, through USAID, will provide more than $21 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Gaza and the West Bank affected by the ongoing conflict, which has left approximately 2.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

The funding announced today will support the provision of essential hygiene and shelter supplies, food, and market-based assistance for more than 120,000 people. In addition, the funding will support psychosocial care and critical health services for the overwhelmed health system in Gaza where approximately 60 percent of hospitals are not operational. This funding will also support the establishment of an NGO-operated field hospital in Gaza that will boost the existing health system by providing in-patient care.

At approximately 2:15 p.m. on Dec. 3, 15 122mm rockets originating in Iraq were fired at the U.S. base Rumalyn Landing Z...
12/04/2023

At approximately 2:15 p.m. on Dec. 3, 15 122mm rockets originating in Iraq were fired at the U.S. base Rumalyn Landing Zone in Syria. There were no injuries to personnel or damage to equipment.

Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve located the point of origin with uncrewed ISR assets and passed the location to Iraqi Security Forces who moved to and investigated the site. A fuel truck modified to launch up to 20 rockets was located at the site.

Houthi Attacks on Commercial Shipping in International Water ContinueSOUTHERN RED SEA — Today, there were four attacks a...
12/03/2023

Houthi Attacks on Commercial Shipping in International Water Continue

SOUTHERN RED SEA — Today, there were four attacks against three separate commercial vessels operating in international waters in the southern Red Sea. These three vessels are connected to 14 separate nations. The Arleigh-Burke Class destroyer USS CARNEY responded to the distress calls from the ships and provided assistance.

At approximately 9:15 a.m. Sanaa time, the CARNEY detected an anti-ship ballistic missile attack fired from Houthi controlled areas of Yemen toward the M/V UNITY EXPLORER, impacting in the vicinity of the vessel. UNITY EXPLORER is a Bahamas flagged, U.K. owned and operated, bulk cargo ship crewed by sailors from two nations. The CARNEY was conducting a patrol in the Red Sea and detected the attack on the UNITY EXPLORER.

At approximately 12 p.m., and while in international waters, CARNEY engaged and shot down a UAV launched from Houthi controlled areas in Yemen. The drone was headed toward CARNEY although its specific target is not clear. We cannot assess at this time whether the Carney was a target of the UAVs. There was no damage to the U.S. vessel or injuries to personnel.

In a separate attack at approximately 12:35 p.m., UNITY EXPLORER reported they were struck by a missile fired from Houthi controlled areas in Yemen. CARNEY responded to the distress call. While assisting with the damage assessment, CARNEY detected another inbound UAV, destroying the drone with no damage or injuries on the CARNEY or UNITY EXPLORER. UNITY EXPLORER reports minor damage from the missile strike.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. the M/V NUMBER 9 was struck by a missile fired from Houthi controlled areas in Yemen while operating international shipping lanes in the Red Sea. The Panamanian flagged, Bermuda and U.K. owned and operated, bulk carrier reported damage and no casualties.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., the M/V SOPHIE II, sent a distress call stating they were struck by a missile. CARNEY again responded to the distress call and reported no significant damage. While en route to render support, CARNEY shot down a UAV headed in its direction. SOPHIE II is a Panamanian flagged bulk carrier, crewed by sailors from eight countries.

These attacks represent a direct threat to international commerce and maritime security. They have jeopardized the lives of international crews representing multiple countries around the world. We also have every reason to believe that these attacks, while launched by the Houthis in Yemen, are fully enabled by Iran. The United States will consider all appropriate responses in full coordination with its international allies and partners.

SOUTHERN RED SEA — Today, there were four attacks against three separate commercial vessels operating in international waters in the southern Red Sea. These three vessels are connected to 14 separate

F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jets, attached to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, take off from the fl...
12/02/2023

F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jets, attached to the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, take off from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 29. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the area of operations to support U.S. 5th Fleet maritime security and stability in the Middle East region.

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