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U.S. Jets to Use Turkish Bases in War on ISIS

July 24, 2015
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
Turkey plunged into the fight against the Islamic State on Thursday, rushing forces into the first direct combat with its militants on the Syrian border and granting permission for American warplanes to use two Turkish air bases for bombarding the group in Syria.
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Pentagon ‘Shocked’ by Anthrax Leak

July 24, 2015
Nancy Youssef | The Daily Beast
A Pentagon report blamed bureaucracy for the mix-up that sent live anthrax around the world.
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U.S. Defense Secretary Visits Israel to Soothe Ally After Iran Nuclear Deal

July 21, 2015
| The New York Times
The Obama administration opened its Middle East reassurance tour on Monday with the secretary of defense, Ashton B. Carter, promising Israeli officials that the United States would remain vigilant in trying to combat what he called “Iran’s malign influence” in the region despite the nuclear deal struck last week between Tehran and six world powers.
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Pentagon ‘Worried’ About Iran Deal

July 14, 2015
Nancy Youssef | The Daily Beast
News of a nuclear deal that will lift an arms embargo on Iran was met with tepid optimism from military officials, many of whom lost soldiers to Iranian weapons during the war in Iraq. “Of course we are worried, but we believe a nuclear-armed Iran is a greater worry,” one defense official explained to The Daily Beast. Just last week, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified on Capitol Hill that “under no circumstances should we relieve pressure on Iran relative to ballistic missile capabilities and arms-trafficking.”

Massive Government Data Breach, Confederate Flag Comes Down in S.C., Trump Unnerves GOP and Iran Nuclear Talks Continue

July 10, 2015
OPM Director resigns after 21 million records hacked and the latest debate on the Confederate flag.
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Big business of kidnapping, ransom & extortion

July 8, 2015
Eamon Javers | CNBC
The business of kidnapping, ransom, and extortion is a multi-billion dollar industry for the companies responsible for insuring, training and providing hostage negotiation services. CNBC's Eamon Javers reports.
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President Obama Reiterates ISIS Strategy

July 7, 2015
John Harwood | CNBC
President Obama delivers a strategy update on the fight against ISIS from The Pentagon and explains there has been progress as well as setbacks.
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Pentagon Has No Idea How Many Transgender Troops It Kicked Out

June 30, 2015
Nancy Youssef | The Daily Beast
Willfully clueless: That’s the best way to describe the Pentagon’s current attitude toward transgender service members. But there may be changes ahead.
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Hostage Review Will Make It Easier for Families to Pay Ransoms

June 24, 2015
Yochi Dreazen, Lara Jakes | Foreign Policy
President Barack Obama’s administration will reassure the families of Americans held by groups like the Islamic State that they can pay ransoms without fear of prosecution, the first tangible policy change to result from the deaths of an array of U.S. captives in recent months.
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