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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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Suspect in Benghazi attacks, snatched by U.S. military, will be tried in civilian court

June 17, 2014
Nancy Youssef, Lesley Clark | McClatchy Newspapers
The Pentagon confirmed Tuesday that U.S. Special Forces captured a top Libyan suspect in the September 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens along with three other Americans. It was the first time that U.S. forces have detained any of the scores of suspects in the attacks, which have been the source of congressional investigations and angry recriminations.
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Obama says ‘all options on table’ to aid Iraq, but others say that’s not really true

June 13, 2014
Nancy Youssef, Anita Kumar | McClatchy Newspapers
Despite some expressions of concern in Congress and a pledge from President Barack Obama that “all options are on the table” for ways to help Iraq’s government beat back a determined advance by Islamist fighters, there were few signs Thursday that Washington was eager to re-engage its military in Iraq. Pentagon officials said there was no change in the scheduled September delivery of six F-16 fighters to the government of Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki, no revisions to training plans for Iraqi special forces in Jordan later this month, and no alteration in the summer timetable for leasing Apache attack helicopters to Iraq for training purposes. White House spokesman Jay Carney ruled out sending ground troops as one of the options Obama referred to when he said he didn’t “rule out anything” in considering what the U.S. might do for Iraq.
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Senators reach bipartisan deal on bill to fix VA

June 6, 2014
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
Senators announced a broad proposal Thursday to address health-care failures at the Department of Veterans Affairs that would authorize spending $500 million to hire more doctors and nurses, allow veterans to be cared for outside the overburdened system and give the next veterans secretary greater authority to fire employees for incompetence.
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Obama Honors Moment of Liberation in Normandy

June 6, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
At a time of renewed tension harking back to a darker era, the leaders of the United States, Canada, Europe and Russia put aside their differences for a few hours on Friday to honor the moment decades ago when their predecessors joined forces to liberate a continent from tyranny.
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Military brass wades into POW desertion debate

June 3, 2014
Hannah Allam | McClatchy Newspapers
After three days of sidestepping the issue, U.S. military leaders are tentatively addressing the desertion controversy surrounding a freed American prisoner of war whose case has sparked a tide of anger from service members and war veterans who question the circumstances of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's capture by the Taliban five years ago.
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Hagel Celebrates U.S. Soldier’s Release With a Surprise Afghan Visit

June 2, 2014
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had departed for Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany eight hours before, but that did not stop Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel from taking a figurative victory lap around this base to celebrate the release of the lone remaining American prisoner of war in the Afghan conflict.
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