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Is This Big ‘Win’ Over ISIS for Real?

December 29, 2015
Nancy Youssef, Shane Harris | The Daily Beast
U.S. officials are cautiously optimistic this could be a turning point in the war. But how the Iraqi government builds on battlefield victory is what matters most.
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Obama’s ‘Boots on the Ground’: U.S. Special Forces Are Sent to Tackle Global Threats

December 28, 2015
Mark Mazzetti, Eric Schmitt | The New York Times
They are taking on a larger combat role in Afghanistan, where the war was supposed to be over.
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Carter to release some detainee abuse photos, but withholds majority

December 24, 2015
Josh Gerstein | POLITICO
Defense Secretary Ash Carter has moved to block the release of about 2,000 photos of detainees allegedly abused in U.S. military custody in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he parted with his predecessors by agreeing to release about 200 such photos that have been under wraps for years, according to a new court filing.
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Worst Attack in 18 Months Shocks U.S. Military

December 22, 2015
Nancy Youssef, Sam Yousafzai | The Daily Beast
The Taliban weren’t supposed to able to get to American forces like this. But somehow, a suicide bomber, riding a motorcycle, just took out a half-dozen U.S. troops.
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Rights group: U.S. airstrike on hospital should be probed as potential war crime

December 22, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
The Pentagon should investigate an October U.S. airstrike on an Afghan hospital as a potential war crime, Human Rights Watch has urged Defense Secretary Ash Carter in a letter obtained by POLITICO.
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Ash Carter: First Year as Pentagon Chief

December 17, 2015
Defense Secretary Ash Carter has been serving for less than a year, but he has instituted two major changes at the Pentagon: allowing women to serve in combat and adopting anti-discrimination measures to protect gay and lesbian troops. Gwen Ifill spoke to POLITICO's Michael Crowley who describes Carter as a "creature of the Pentagon" -- someone familiar with building and how to get things done.
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General Hides Gitmo Detainees

December 16, 2015
Nancy Youssef | The Daily Beast
It’s been months since reporters have been allowed to see the U.S. military’s War on Terror prisoners. What is it trying to keep out of the public eye?
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