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Unprepared U.S. officials missed Baghdadi’s likely al Qaida connection during 2004 detention

July 10, 2014
Nancy Youssef | McClatchy Newspapers
When the U.S. military detained Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in Iraq in 2004, it was too inexperienced at dealing with suspected terrorists to know what kind of threat he potentially posed when it released him just 10 months later, those who worked in the military detention system at that time now concede.
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Bush and Obama at West Point: Bookends of a Foreign Policy Era

July 8, 2014
Karen Tumulty | The Washington Post
Two presidents. One stage. A dozen years apart. One was speaking to the West Point graduating class that would be the first to go off to a kind of war this country had never fought before. In that June 1, 2002, commencement address, George W. Bush made the case that in the post 9/11 era, " If we wait for threats to fully materialize, we will have waited too long. ... Our security will require all Americans to be forward-looking and resolute, to be ready for preemptive action when necessary to defend our liberty and to defend our lives."
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The drone warfare drawbacks

July 7, 2014
Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times
The drone has become America's counter-terrorism weapon of choice. But does drone warfare really further U.S. goals abroad?
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480 U.S. troops now in Baghdad as officials move to secure access to airport

July 1, 2014
Nancy Youssef | McClatchy Newspapers
The United States has deployed 300 more troops to Baghdad in the last two days, with some of them assigned to secure Baghdad’s international airport, the Obama administration announced Monday.
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U.S. intervention in Libya now seen as cautionary tale

June 30, 2014
Christi Parsons, Paul Richter | Los Angeles Times
A group of U.S. diplomats arrived in Libya three years ago to a memorable reception: a throng of cheering men and women who pressed in on the startled group "just to touch us and thank us," recalled Susan Rice, President Obama's national security advisor.
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Webcast Extra: Changes in Iraq, Obama's Frustration, and Hobby Lobby

June 27, 2014
Hillary Clinton memoir; government shutdown; and ongoing violence in Ukraine.
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Use of Drones for Killings Risks a War Without End, Panel Concludes in Report

June 26, 2014
Mark Mazzetti | The New York Times
The Obama administration’s embrace of targeted killings using armed drones risks putting the United States on a “slippery slope” into perpetual war and sets a dangerous precedent for lethal operations that other countries might adopt in the future, according to a report by a bipartisan panel that includes several former senior intelligence and military officials.
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Diplomatic Note Promises Immunity From Iraqi Law for U.S. Advisory Troops

June 24, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
The Obama administration said on Monday that it has accepted from the Iraqi government the same sort of immunity agreement for newly dispatched Special Operations troops that it refused to accept in 2011, when it opted to withdraw all American troops from Iraq rather than keep a residual force behind.
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Relief Over U.S. Exit From Iraq Fades as Reality Overtakes Hope

June 23, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
Standing in Al Faw palace in Baghdad, surrounded by an artificial lake and the ragged remnants of eight years of war, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. felt a surge of emotion on that day in December 2011.
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