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News and updates about CENTCOM

Amid Iranian threats:

Senior US general to visit Israel

Axios reports that CENTCOM commander Gen. Erik Kurilla will visit Israel on Thursday to coordinate around a possible attack on Israel by Iran and its proxies.

Senior US general to visit Israel

US destroys Houthi aerial systems in Yemen

CENTCOM says the unmanned aerial systems presented a threat to US and coalition forces and merchant vessels in the region.

US destroys Houthi aerial systems in Yemen

US Army and Jordanian Air Force airdrop aid into Gaza

CENTCOM says the latest airdrop included 13,080 meal equivalents.

US Army and Jordanian Air Force airdrop aid into Gaza

US army destroys Houthi drone in the Red Sea

CENTCOM also says it destroyed five unmanned surface vessels and one UAV in self-defense, in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen.

US army destroys Houthi drone in the Red Sea

US dispatches vessel to provide aid to Gaza

CENTCOM announces that USAV General Frank S. Besson has departed for the Mediterranean, where it will provide humanitarian aid to Gaza by sea.

US dispatches vessel to provide aid to Gaza

US army:

'The Houthis killed innocent civilians'

US Central Command posts photo showing the damage caused to a commercial ship which was attacked by the Houthis, resulting in the deaths of three people.

'The Houthis killed innocent civilians'

In Red Sea:

US army shoots down Houthi missiles and drones

US army announces strikes on Houthi targets after the Houthis claimed they targeted two US warship destroyers in the Red Sea.

US army shoots down Houthi missiles and drones

CENTCOM commander meets Israel's Defense Min.

'We are fighting to defend our freedom and our common values,' Defense Min. Gallant says following meeting with CENTCOM commander General Kurilla.

CENTCOM commander meets Israel's Defense Min.

Head of CENTCOM visited Israel last week

US Central Command says its Commander, Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla, visited the Middle East, including Israel, where he met Defense Minister Gallant and Chief of Staff Halevi.

Head of CENTCOM visited Israel last week

US shoots down five UAVs in Red Sea

UAVs originating from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen determined to present 'imminent threat to merchant vessels' and US, coalition, ships in Red Sea, CENTCOM says.

US shoots down five UAVs in Red Sea

US eliminates Houthi unmanned underwater vessel

This is the first observed Houthi employment of a UUV since the attacks began. CENTCOM also eliminated three mobile anti-ship cruise missiles and one unmanned surface vessel.

US eliminates Houthi unmanned underwater vessel

US forces down Houthi missile in the Red Sea

The incident occurred hours after the US and Britain announced they had struck 36 targets of the Iranian-affiliated Houthis in Yemen.

US forces down Houthi missile in the Red Sea

In the Red Sea

US intercepts Houthi anti-ship cruise missile

US destroyer intercepts Houthi anti-ship cruise missile launched toward the Red Sea, says CENTCOM.

US intercepts Houthi anti-ship cruise missile

Iraq:

US strikes facilities used by pro-Iranian militias

US targets three facilities used by Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah and other Tehran-affiliated groups in Iraq.

US strikes facilities used by pro-Iranian militias

Iraq:

Pro-Iranians attack base which hosts US troops

CENTCOM says one Iraqi was wounded after pro-Iranian militias attacked the al-Assad Airbase in Iraq, which hosts US troops.

Pro-Iranians attack base which hosts US troops

After attack on vessel:

US strikes Houthi targets in Yemen

US conducts fourth round of strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen after CENTCOM confirms a US-owned ship was attacked.

US strikes Houthi targets in Yemen

Houthis claim:

'We attacked a US vessel in the Gulf of Aden'

Houthis claim responsibility for attack on American vessel. CENTCOM: The ship in question sustained minor damage.

'We attacked a US vessel in the Gulf of Aden'

Red Sea:

US aircraft shoot down Houthi missile

US fighter aircraft shoot down anti-ship cruise missile fired by Houthis at the USS Laboon. No injuries or damage reported.

US aircraft shoot down Houthi missile

After attack on Maersk vessel:

US shoots down Houthi-fired ballistic missiles

US missile destroyer shoots down two anti-ship ballistic missiles while responding to a Houthi attack on merchant vessel.

US shoots down Houthi-fired ballistic missiles

Red Sea:

US shoots down drone and missiles fired by Houthis

CENTCOM says the incident marks the 22nd attempted attack on international shipping since October 19.

US shoots down drone and missiles fired by Houthis

The provocations continue:

US shoots down Houthi-fired drones and missiles

US Central Command says drones and ballistic missiles shot down in the Southern Red Sea.

US shoots down Houthi-fired drones and missiles

US strikes pro-Iranian militia in Iraq

The strikes are in retaliation for multiple attacks against US forces in Iraq and Syria.

US strikes pro-Iranian militia in Iraq

CENTCOM:

Houthi rebels fired ballistic missiles towards int'l ships

US Central Command says it shot down four UAVs from Houthi-controlled area towards the Red Sea.

Houthi rebels fired ballistic missiles towards int'l ships

CENTCOM:

Houthis attacked two vessels in the Red Sea

Blinken speaks to Saudi Foreign Minister, condemns Houthi attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea.

Houthis attacked two vessels in the Red Sea

3rd time since war began:

CENTCOM commander arrives in Israel

Top CENTCOM officials visit Israel, are briefed by top IDF officials on progress of war in Gaza.

CENTCOM commander arrives in Israel

US threatens to respond after ships attacked in Red Sea

CENTCOM says Houthi rebels attacked three commercial vessels in the Red Sea, promises “appropriate responses”.

US threatens to respond after ships attacked in Red Sea

Yemen:

US shoots down drones fired from Houthi-controlled areas

The incident comes amid heightened tensions with the Iranian-backed Houthis.

US shoots down drones fired from Houthi-controlled areas

Pentagon announces:

Nuclear-powered submarine has arrived in the Middle East

US Central Command announces arrival of an Ohio-class submarine, designed for extended strategic deterrent patrols, to the Middle East.

Nuclear-powered submarine has arrived in the Middle East

Amid war with Hamas:

US aircraft carrier arrives in the Mediterranean Sea

CENTCOM says the USS Gerald Ford will "deter any actor seeking to escalate the situation or widen this war."

US aircraft carrier arrives in the Mediterranean Sea

US seizes Iranian bullets, transfers them to Ukraine

CENTCOM announces 1.1 million rounds seized off vessel used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps will be given to Ukraine.

US seizes Iranian bullets, transfers them to Ukraine

US military reveals it eliminated ISIS leader in Syria

In a strike in Syria, CENTCOM killed Usamah al-Muhajir, an ISIS leader in eastern Syria.

US military reveals it eliminated ISIS leader in Syria

Yoav Gallant meets with head of US military's CENTCOM

Israeli Defense Minister presents IDF's achievements during latest round of fighting in Gaza to CENTCOM commander.

Yoav Gallant meets with head of US military's CENTCOM

Head of US Central Command participates in annual IDF drill

Commander of US CENTCOM participates in situational assessment as part of the IDF’s annual exercise “Firm Hand.”

Head of US Central Command participates in annual IDF drill

'I was thoroughly impressed':

CENTCOM Commander in Israel, visits naval commando unit

Head of US Central Command's visit focuses on continued cooperation and the strengthening of relations between the IDF and CENTCOM.

CENTCOM Commander in Israel, visits naval commando unit

US confirms:

Senior ISIS leader killed in helicopter strike in Syria

CENTCOM says senior ISIS leader who planned attacks in the Middle East and Europe was killed in US raid in northern Syria.

Senior ISIS leader killed in helicopter strike in Syria

Three ISIS officials killed in US raid in Syria

CENTCOM says raid resulted in death of senior ISIS leader who planned attacks in the Middle East and Europe.

Three ISIS officials killed in US raid in Syria

US army downs Iranian-made drone in Syria

CENTCOM says the drone was attempting to conduct reconnaissance of a patrol base in northeast Syria.

US army downs Iranian-made drone in Syria

IDF and US Military launch joint exercise

Juniper Falcon is part of a series of exercises conducted with CENTCOM and was planned as part of the IDF’s training program for 2023.

IDF and US Military launch joint exercise

During raid in Syria:

US forces capture two ISIS members

The raid occurred on Saturday, according to Central Command spokesperson. Few other details made available.

US forces capture two ISIS members

Defense Minister Gallant meets US CENTCOM Commander

Israel's defense minister meets with commander of CENTCOM, General Michael Kurilla, at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv.

Defense Minister Gallant meets US CENTCOM Commander

CENTCOM commander congratulates Kochavi

CENTCOM chief General Michael “Erik” Kurilla lauds Kochavi on successful four-year command and 40-year career of service to the IDF.

CENTCOM commander congratulates Kochavi

US forces kill two ISIS terrorists in strike in Syria

CENTCOM says American forces killed two ISIS terrorists in unspecified location in eastern Syria.

US forces kill two ISIS terrorists in strike in Syria

US forces eliminate senior ISIS member in Syria

US army says it killed senior ISIS official Rakkan Wahid al-Shammari in a raid in northeast Syria.

US forces eliminate senior ISIS member in Syria

Israeli Defense official:

'Leaving nuclear agreement was a mistake'

A senior Israeli defense official claims that leaving the nuclear agreement with Iran was a mistake – the question is what to do now.

'Leaving nuclear agreement was a mistake'

Defense Min.: 'We must ensure Iran never gains nuclear umbrella'

'We constantly expand our cooperation to face Iranian malign activities,' Defense Min. Gantz says.

Defense Min.: 'We must ensure Iran never gains nuclear umbrella'

Gantz:

'Visit to CENTCOM was successful'

Defense Minister will continue his visit to the US with a meeting in Washington with National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

'Visit to CENTCOM was successful'

Gantz: US must act if Iran goes nuclear with or without deal

Defense Minister meets with US CENTCOM commander in Florida ahead of meeting with US National Security Adviser.

Gantz: US must act if Iran goes nuclear with or without deal

CENTCOM chief:

Israeli involvement in Middle East defense is a 'priority'

Head of US' CENTCOM says Israeli involvement in integrated defense against Iran is 'critical' and a 'priority.'

Israeli involvement in Middle East defense is a 'priority'

US CENTCOM Commander visits Israel

IDF Chief of Staff Kochavi to make historic visit to Morocco this week.

US CENTCOM Commander visits Israel

US CENTCOM Commander completes visit with IDF

4-star general Michael Kurilla concludes his first official visit to Israel as a personal guest of Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi.

US CENTCOM Commander completes visit with IDF

IDF cyber defense directorate realigned with US CENTCOM

The realignment from the EUCOM to CENTCOM will allow the strengthening of cooperation between the two militaries.

IDF cyber defense directorate realigned with US CENTCOM

CENTCOM chief:

'Number one objective is that Iran does not have nuclear weapon'

Gen. Kenneth McKenzie: Iran the greatest threat to regional security, the number one objective of the US is that Iran not possess nukes.

'Number one objective is that Iran does not have nuclear weapon'

Top US general:

'Iran has 3,000 ballistic missiles that can hit Tel Aviv'

CENTCOM chief Kenneth McKenzie warns US lawmakers that Iran’s ballistic missiles pose a great threat.

'Iran has 3,000 ballistic missiles that can hit Tel Aviv'

IDF leaders visit US CENTCOM headquarters

Operations Directorate and Cooperation Directorate meet US military leaders in Tampa, Florida, discuss challenges faced by both countries.

IDF leaders visit US CENTCOM headquarters

Israel officially joins US CENTCOM

US Central Command officially assumes command responsibility for US forces in the State of Israel in move strengthening US-Israel alliance.

Israel officially joins US CENTCOM

CENTCOM: Iran behind drone attack on tanker off coast of Oman

US Defense Department team concludes the drone behind deadly attack on Mercer Street was produced in Iran.

CENTCOM: Iran behind drone attack on tanker off coast of Oman

CENTCOM Commander begins 2-day Israel visit

4-star General Kenneth F. McKenzie in Israel to promote regional partnerships against emerging threats,

CENTCOM Commander begins 2-day Israel visit

US Central Command's mission to include Israel

Israel will be included in the military sphere managed by the head of US Central Command in wake of normalization with Arab states.

US Central Command's mission to include Israel

US commander: We're prepared to react if Iran attacks

Head of US Central Command says Washington is prepared to retaliate if Iran attacks to avenge killing of Soleimani.

US commander: We're prepared to react if Iran attacks

US: Drone downed by Iran wasn't American

US Central Command denies that drone that was downed over southwestern Iran was an American drone.

US: Drone downed by Iran wasn't American