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Obama Administration Ends Pentagon Program to Train Syrian Rebels

October 9, 2015
Helene Cooper, Eric Schmitt | The New York Times
The Obama administration has ended the Pentagon’s $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels, administration officials said on Friday, in an acknowledgment that the beleaguered program had failed to produce any kind of ground combat forces capable of taking on the Islamic State in Syria.
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Obama Apologizes for Afghan Airstrike on Hospital

October 8, 2015
Carol Lee, Felicia Schwartz | The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama personally apologized for the deadly U.S. airstrike on a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in northern Afghanistan, even though investigations into the incident are incomplete and U.S. officials have said Afghan forces played a key role in calling for the strike.
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Education Secretary Steps Down, Obama Addresses Critics of Syria Policy

October 2, 2015
Education Secretary Arne Duncan is stepping down, bipartisan criminal justice reform, and an internal investigation opens at CENTCOM.
Russian President Vladimir Putin
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U.S. perplexed by Putin's Syria ploy

September 24, 2015
Michael Crowley | Politico
The Russian leader's deployment of forces to Syria could derail U.S. efforts to broker a peace plan.
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Exclusive: This Is the ISIS Intel the U.S. Military Dumbed Down

September 21, 2015
Nancy Youssef, Shane Harris | The Daily Beast
The intelligence pros said killing certain ISIS leaders might not diminish the group and that airstrikes might not be working. The bosses didn’t like those answers—not at all.
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Spies: Obama’s Brass Pressured Us to Downplay ISIS Threat

August 27, 2015
Nancy Youssef, Shane Harris | The Daily Beast
U.S. intelligence analysts keep saying that the American-led campaign against ISIS isn’t going so well. Their bosses keep telling them to think again about those conclusions.
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Inquiry Weighs Whether ISIS Analysis Was Distorted

August 26, 2015
Mark Mazzetti, Matt Apuzzo | The New York Times
The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating allegations that military officials have skewed intelligence assessments about the United States-led campaign in Iraq against the Islamic State to provide a more optimistic account of progress, according to several officials familiar with the inquiry.
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The ultimate argument in favor of the Iran deal

August 24, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
Want to bomb Iran? Then support the nuclear deal. That’s the provocative argument coming from Obama administration officials and other backers of the deal as they promote it before a crucial vote in Congress next month.
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2 Graduating Rangers, Aware of Their Burden

August 21, 2015
Helene Cooper, Richard Oppel | The New York Times
First Lt. Shaye Haver, an Apache attack helicopter pilot who on Friday will be one of the first women to graduate from the Army’s elite Ranger School, wants to remain an aviator. But she takes away weighty lessons from her grueling Ranger training: “Your mind can take a whole lot more than your body,” she said.
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