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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.
Obama speaks at the D-Day commemoration in Normandy
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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.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
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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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Obama, at West Point, plays down military power, emphasizes diplomacy

May 28, 2014
Christi Parsons | Los Angeles Times
President Obama praised the potential of American leadership around the globe on Wednesday while laying out a new definition of that term, downplaying military might and emphasizing diplomacy, alliances and the will to “lead by example.”
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As Wars End, Military Gives Its Trademarks New Vigilance

May 27, 2014
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
United States Marine G-string underwear. The Starfleet Marine Corps Academy. And the motto from a human resources company: “The Few. The Proud. The Well-Paid.”
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Inside America's Shadow War on Terror—and Why It Will Never End

May 16, 2014
James Kitfield | National Journal
The muezzin's call to predawn prayers had not yet woken the seaside Somali town of Barawe when a lone figure stepped out of a two-story villa near the water's edge. In the darkness of a walled compound, he smoked a cigarette, the glow of ash rhythmically illuminating his face. It was an effect that was heightened by the night-vision goggles focused on him. When the man stepped back inside, the commander of Navy SEAL Team Six, his own face hidden under black grease, directed his commandos to take up their positions and storm the villa. The date was Oct. 5, 2013, and inside was a Kenyan named Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir, or Ikrimah—the leader of al-Shabaab suspected of masterminding the gruesome killing of non-Muslims at Nairobi's Westgate Mall.
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