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Group.png CENTCOM  
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Emblem of the United States Central Command.
PredecessorRapid Deployment Joint Task Force
HeadquartersMacDill Air Force BaseTampa, Florida, U.S.
LeaderCommander of United States Central Command
Subgroups• JICCENT
• Combined Joint Task Force 180
• Central Command Forward - Jordan
InterestsMiddle East, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Israel
Other nameCENTCOM
CENTCOM/Deputy Commander
CENTCOM/Media outreach

The United States Central Command (USCENTCOM or CENTCOM) is one of the eleven unified combatant commands of the U.S. Department of Defense. It was established in 1983, taking over the previous responsibilities of the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force (RDJTF).

"Area of Responsibility"

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In 2021, Israel was transferred from U.S. European Command (the only non-European nation ever in that category) to CENTCOM earlier this year, there are now twenty-one nations covered by it. The others are Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, thr United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

Media outreach

Full article: CENTCOM/Media outreach

State Department Liaison

Jay Freres was a State Department liaison for U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa from 2002 to 2007.[1]

Changed Priorities in 2021

For twenty years CENTCOM has waged the bulk of military operations under the rubric of what Washington formerly named the War on Terror, including wars in and strikes against Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria and Yemen.

In April 2021, General Kenneth McKenzie testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee[2] on how he prioritized his command’s concerns: He identified “the four global challenges that manifest across the USCENTCOM AOR [area of responsibility]: China, Russia, Iran, and Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs).” The last term is a replacement for what until recently would have been deemed terrorist organizations. The raison d’être of CENTCOM had now become its last priority. He also accused China of harboring plans to establish a military presence in the region.[3]


Events carried out

2015 Hawija bombingIraq
Kirkuk province
A bombing of an IED plant that was ordered under suspicious circumstances went awry. Dutch Cabinet denied involvement, then denied any knowledge of the casualties until Dutch FOIA requests showed otherwise.
CENTCOM/Media outreach


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:How did the US rename a terror group to work with itArticle24 January 2018Murat YetkinSo Mr Tillerson, contrary to what CENTCOM and Brett McGurk keep telling you, the Syrian Democratic Forces are not a “truly multi-ethnic” group of freedom fighters uniting against ISIL barbarism. The handful of Arab tribes in the SDF are there for cosmetic purposes only, as part an effort to cover up cooperation between US forces and a group that your administration official designates a “terrorist group.”
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