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International defense officials meet in Washington to discuss ISIL

U.S. Military Officials says the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey will convene a meeting of more than 20 foreign chiefs of defense this week in Washington to discuss the coalition efforts in the ongoing campaign against ISIL.

Tags: Martin Dempsey , Lloyd Austin , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Monday - 10/13/2014, 08:00pm EDT

Obama discussing strategy

Could the U.S. strategy to fight ISIL be changing?

Tags: strategy , Barack Obama , Iraq , Syria , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 05:09pm EDT

Man killed in Australia after attacking counterterrorism officers

Australian police shot and killed a man after he stabbed two counterterrorism officers today.

Tags: counterterrorism , Austra , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:24pm EDT

The US to stand by Iraq

The U.S. has promised to stand by Iraq as its new leaders appealed for help in facing the deadly insurgency from ISIL. Secretary of State John Kerry made the pledges during a daylong visit to Baghdad, just as President Barack Obama prepared to outline his strategy for defeating the Islamic State militant group.

Tags: Iraq , John Kerry , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 08:54am EDT

Military fight against ISIL may require more money

The Pentagon may need to ask Congress for more money if the Obama administration steps up attacks against ISIL. DoD has not yet stated publicly how much it has spent so far in the fight against ISIL. The U.S. operation in Iraq so far has included relief drops of 636 bundles of food, water and medical supplies, at least 100 air strikes and about 60 reconnaissance aircraft missions a day.

Tags: Iraq , DoD , military aid , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Friday - 08/29/2014, 09:00am EDT

How great of a threat does ISIL pose to the US?

"The immediacy is in the number of Europeans and other nationalities who have come to the region to be a part of that ideology," said Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey. He made the comments while discussing the strength of ISIL in Syria and Iraq. The immediate problem for the U.S. he says is that some of those foreign fighters which came from the U.S. may have already gone home.

Tags: Martin Dempsey , JJ Green , Pentagon and Beyond , Syria , Iraq

Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:14am EDT

ISIL down, but not out

The US has been pounding ISIL in Iraq with 500 lb. bombs and drone strikes. "What I expect ISIL to do is look for other things to do, to pick up and move elsewhere," says Lt. Gen. William Mayville, the director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. However, he told reporters at the Pentagon that ISIL is still a problem. "I in no way want to suggest that we have effectively contained or are somehow breaking the momentum of ISIL," said Mayville.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , 500 lb bomb , William Mayville

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 08:48am EDT

What is a 500lb bomb?

Navy jets have been dropping 500 lb. bombs in Iraq on ISIL positions in northern Iraq. The 500 lb. bomb is one of the smallest and one of the most common air-dropped weapons in the world. Although the nominal weight is 500 lbs., its actual weight varies considerably depending on its configuration, from 510 lbs. to 570 lbs. It comes with a streamlined steel casing containing 192 lbs. of Tritonal high explosive. The bombs being used in Iraq are laser-guided for precision.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , 500 lb bomb , Iraq

Monday - 08/11/2014, 09:22am EDT

Potential consequences of US airstrikes in Iraq

U.S. strikes in Iraq could lead to retaliation from the Islamic State. Their primary weapon could be the Mosul dam, which sits on the Tigris River and is about 30 miles northwest of the city of Mosul. It provides electricity to Mosul and controls the water supply for a large amount of territory. A 2007 report by the U.S. government, which was involved with the construction, is warning that if it should fail, a 65-foot wave of water would be unleashed across large areas of northern Iraq.

Tags: Islamic State , Iraq , airstrikes , Mosul dam , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Friday - 08/08/2014, 11:56am EDT

ISIL acquires another tool of terror

Fighters from the Islamic State seized control of Iraq's biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns over the weekend. This puts a major terror tool under their control. Water is essential for life and it being withheld could be used against the residents of the towns that were captured. On the other hand, worse control of the damn could be used to unleash flooding.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , Islamic State , JJ Green , Iraq ,

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 08:58am EDT
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