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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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Obama Steps Up Talk on ISIS: "You Are Next"

December 15, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
President Obama on Monday confronted the same domestic question that presidential candidates in both parties have found challenging.
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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.
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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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