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Obama defends ISIS strategy

December 14, 2015
President Obama defended his administration's strategy to fight ISIS in a rare appearance in the Pentagon briefing room after a meeting of his National Security Council. "As we squeeze it's heart, we'll make it harder for ISIL to pump it's terror and propaganda to the rest of the world," Obama said.
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Obama Urges Congress To Authorize Use Of Military Force Against ISIS

December 8, 2015
Susan Davis | NPR
In his address to the nation on Sunday, President Obama asked Congress to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State. The ongoing U.S. military campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria is being conducted under the same legal authority Congress granted the president to combat terrorism after the September 11th attacks. It hasn't been updated since.

U.S. Expands Footprint in Iraq, Assad Stays in Syria for Now and Budget Negotiations in Congress

December 4, 2015
Special forces headed to Iraq, Assad "an enemy we can work with," and Congress debates the budget.

California Shooters Linked to ISIS, Pentagon Opens All Combat Roles to Women and Why 2016 Polls Don't Matter Yet

December 4, 2015
FBI investigating "act of terrorism," military opens all jobs to women and 2016 politics
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Full Interview: Ash Carter on a military turning point for women in combat

December 3, 2015
In a historic move, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that all combat jobs in the U.S. military will now be open to women. Gwen Ifill sits down with Carter to discuss the decision, as well as the U.S. approach to the war on the Islamic State.
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Pentagon opens all combat roles to women

December 3, 2015
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced today the Pentagon will open all combat roles to women starting in 30 days with "no exceptions." "We cannot afford to cut ourselves off from half the country's talents and skills. We have to take full advantage of every individual who can meet our standards," Carter said. "Women will now be able to contribute to our mission in ways they could not before."
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Obama Unleashes Hunter-Killers on ISIS

December 2, 2015
Kimberly Dozier | The Daily Beast
The special ops forces that got Bin Laden, Saddam, and Zarqawi are finally being sent by the dozens to go after the Islamic State’s leaders. Can these troops turn the tide?
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Majority Oppose Syrian Refugees, Support Ground Troops to Fight Islamic State

November 25, 2015
Reid Wilson | Morning Consult
A strong majority of registered voters say they support sending American combat troops to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a new survey shows – and they don’t want Syrian refugees coming to the United States.
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Analysts Accuse CENTCOM of Covering Up Cooked ISIS Intelligence

November 24, 2015
Nancy Youssef, Shane Harris | The Daily Beast
Allegations are mounting that senior intelligence officials at Central Command not only skewed findings on the ISIS war to please D.C., but tried to hide what they did.
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