Central Command (CENTCOM)
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U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) was established Jan. 1, 1983, an expansion of the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force (RDJTF) created by President Jimmy Carter in March 1980. With Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, the command focused away from Soviet threats to the Middle East and sources of oil. On Jan. 17, 1991, U.S. and coalition forces launched Operation Desert Storm with a massive air campaign; a coalition ground assault began on Feb. 24, 1991. The resulting ceasefire and the virtual partition of Iraq, with a northern "no fly" zone, dominated the command’s attention through Sept. 11, 2001.
The 9/11 attacks led to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The overthrow of the Taliban government in Afghanistan in early November 2001 refocused attention back on Iraq, and on March 19, 2003, CENTCOM undertook Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Beginning in October 2002, CENTCOM also began Joint Task Force operations in the Horn of Africa.
On Oct. 1, 2008, the Department of Defense transferred responsibility for Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia and the Seychelles to the newly established Africa Command (AFRICOM). Egypt remained in the CENTCOM area of responsibility.
CENTCOM is headquartered at MacDill Air Forces Base in Florida, with forward headquarters in Qatar.
The Joint Intelligence Center Central Command (JICCENT), located at MacDill AFB, is the primary headquarters-level intelligence organization of CENTCOM. Similar intelligence fusion centers exist in support of U.S. and multinational commands in Afghanistan and Iraq, and at CENTCOM forward headquarters in Qatar.
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