Pentagon Press Secretary Kirby said training will focus on “basic” military skills, focusing on organizational leadership and equipment proficiency.
“It’s important to remember the mission, the mission is to do some training, to build these units, and do some logistics, some transport, the movement of material,” Kirby said. “It is not to treat.”
Hagel told members that a plan to take on ISIS is ready, but Obama has yet to sign off on it.
Gen. Dempsey said that if the battle agains the Islamic State is not showing signs of success, he may ask the President for troops on the ground.
Speaking at an invitation-only ceremony at the Pentagon on the 13th anniversary of the attack, Obama told family members of victims and survivors in attendance, that “America stands tall.”
The House expresses their disapproval over the release of detainees in return for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
“Removing Godane from the battlefield is a major symbolic and operational loss to al-Shabab,” Kirby said.
While attending meetings at the 2014 NATO Summit in Wales, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Ukrainian Defense Minister, admonishing Russian aggression and thanking the Minister for his services to democracy
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, addressed questions ranging from international and domestic threats, while pushing for young Americans to join in military service
Iraqi Defense Minister told a local news organization that a senior aid had been killed Thursday during a U.S. airstrike, however the Pentagon could not confirm such reports