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Stephanie Gaskell

Deputy Editor/Senior Reporter Government Executive--Atlantic Media Stephanie Gaskell is deputy editor and senior reporter for Defense One. She previously covered the Pentagon for Politico. Gaskell has covered war, politics and breaking news for nearly 20 years, including at the Associated Press, the New York Post and the New York Daily News. She has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo and the World Trade Center site after 9/11. She has also launched and edited two blogs, War Zone and The War Report.
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U.S. Evacuates Embassy in Libya

July 26, 2014 United States military personnel evacuated the U.S. embassy in the Libyan capital of Tripoli after heavy fighting forced the State Department to order its staff out of the country. “Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, ...

Dempsey Says Iraq Can’t Beat ISIL, Won’t Rule Out More U.S. Troops

July 3, 2014 The Iraqi Army won’t be able to regain territory lost to extremist Islamic fighters without launching a “really broad” military campaign, and they’re going to need a lot of help doing it, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said Thursday. Iraqi soldiers are “stiffening,” he said, especially in and around ...

Obama Sends Another 300 U.S. Troops to Iraq

June 30, 2014 President Barack Obama is sending another 300 U.S. troops into Iraq, citing increased concerns about the rapidly deteriorating security situation as Islamic fighters continue to make gains. “In light of the security situation in Baghdad, I have ordered up to approximately 200 additional U.S. Armed Forces personnel to Iraq to ...

A Political Solution to Iraq Crisis Won’t Come Easy

June 23, 2014 Secretary of State John Kerry was in Baghdad on Monday to emphasize the United States’ message that military strikes won’t solve Iraq’s problems. The problem is that the political solution that President Barack Obama wants is going to take some time and a herculean effort to bring long-divided factions together. ...

Obama Outlines Limited Military Help for Iraq

June 19, 2014 It appears President Barack Obama meant it last week when he told Iraqi leaders: “We can’t do this for you.” After considering his options, Obama said Thursday he would send up to 300 United States special operation troops to help the Iraqis stave off militants from the Sunni-backed Islamic State ...

Iraqi Forces Can Hold Baghdad, Pentagon Says

June 17, 2014 Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are bearing down on Baghdad, reportedly as close as 30 miles away, but Pentagon officials believe Iraqi security forces will hold the nation’s capital. “We’re seeing indications that Iraqi security forces in and around Baghdad are stiffening … that’s encouraging,” Pentagon ...

Obama to Iraq: ‘We Can’t Do This for You’

June 13, 2014 President Barack Obama said Friday he is considering military intervention in Iraq, but had a clear message for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki: “We can’t do this for you.” Obama said he will not put U.S. boots on the ground again in Iraq. The Pentagon is moving the USS George H.W. ...

Gen. Allen: Obama Should Strike Iraq Insurgents With ‘A Hard Blow’

June 12, 2014 President Barack Obama needs to take military action in Iraq, before things get worse in the region, said one of the top former United States military commanders of the war. “I vote for sooner and we must strike them with a hard blow,” said Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, ...

Pentagon Officials Cautious on Iraq, Point to Maliki

June 12, 2014 At a Pentagon briefing on Thursday, reporters peppered a top defense spokesman with question after question about Iraq. “Will there be airstrikes?” “Will you speed up the delivery of Apache helicopters?” “Does the United States have legal authority to conduct military operations in Iraq?” And with each question, Army Col. ...

Where Will CENTCOM’s Post-War Funding Come From?

June 10, 2014 U.S. Central Command is responsible for some of the most volatile places in the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Iran, Yemen and Egypt, so not surprisingly its budget has increased greatly since 2001. Most of the command’s funding has come from the Pentagon’s Overseas Contingency Operations budget, a separate ...