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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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Gen. Allen To Manage Obama's Strategy Against the Islamic State

September 11, 2014 President Barack Obama has picked retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen to coordinate the effort to destroy the Islamic State, U.S. officials said Thursday. The Associated Press reported that Allen, who helped create and foster the Anbar Awakening in western Iraq in 2007, a unique relationship where Sunnis joined the ...

Pentagon Confirms US Air Strike Killed Al-Shabab Leader

September 5, 2014 A U.S. air strike in Somalia on Monday was successful in taking out the leader of the terrorist group al-Shabab, Pentagon officials confirmed. "We have confirmed that Ahmed Godane, the co-founder of al-Shabab, has been killed,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement on Friday. U.S. intelligence ...

US Strike Against Al-Shabab Leader Reflects Obama’s Counterterrorism Strategy

September 2, 2014 The intelligence was solid and pointed to a facility just south of Mogadishu. A truck reportedly carrying al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was heading there. So on Monday, the Pentagon deployed both manned and unmanned aircraft and fired off several Hellfire and precision-guided missiles on the target—with no U.S. troops ...

Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki Agrees To Step Down

August 14, 2014 With his country descending into further chaos every day as Islamic extremists threaten the future stability of Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced Thursday that he would step down. His resignation paves the way for Haider al-Abadi to become Iraq’s next leader. Abadi was nominated earlier this week by Iraqi ...

U.S. Air Strikes Continue in Iraq

August 10, 2014 The United States carried out nearly a dozen targeted air strikes against Islamic extremists in northern Iraq over the weekend, continuing a limited military campaign that President Barack Obama said will ultimately need to be resolved by the Iraqis. “We will protect our American citizens in Iraq, whether they’re diplomats, ...

Pentagon Says More Strikes Are Possible in Iraq

August 8, 2014 The Pentagon is prepared to conduct more air strikes against Islamic fighters in Iraq, if necessary, this time possibly in Baghdad, where hundreds of U.S. personnel are working. “I can’t tell you that, ‘Yes, there will be another strike’ or when that will be, but we’ve got the authorization to ...

U.S. Bombs Islamic Fighters in Northern Iraq

August 8, 2014 This article has been updated. The United States launched targeted military strikes Friday against Islamic extremists in northern Iraq after they fired artillery on Kurdish targets where American military and diplomatic personnel are working. At about 6:45 a.m. EDT, two F/A-18 aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on “a mobile artillery ...

U.S. General Killed in Brazen Insider Attack in Afghanistan

August 5, 2014 This story has been updated throughout. An Afghan Army soldier opened fire during a meeting of high-ranking American, NATO and Afghan military officials on Tuesday, killing a U.S. Army major general and wounding a German brigadier general and 14 other coalition forces, officials said. The brazen attack took place at ...

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 ...