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Hostage Review Will Make It Easier for Families to Pay Ransoms

June 24, 2015
Yochi Dreazen, Lara Jakes | Foreign Policy
President Barack Obama’s administration will reassure the families of Americans held by groups like the Islamic State that they can pay ransoms without fear of prosecution, the first tangible policy change to result from the deaths of an array of U.S. captives in recent months.
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Donald Trump's 2016 Campaign, Hostage Policy Review, Defense Authorization and Baseball Hacking

June 19, 2015
US reviews hostage policy over ransoms, Cardinals hack the Astros and Donald Trump’s 2016 ego
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Democrats Go Wobbly on Defense Bills

June 17, 2015
Fawn Johnson | National Journal
Senate Democrats were against defense authorization before they were for it. Or maybe it's the other way around. Either way, their message is mixed: They fully support the troops, but they really don't like how Republicans are supporting the troops with contingency war funds.

House Votes Down Trade, More Troops to Iraq, Shaping Obama's Legacy and 2016 Frontrunners

June 12, 2015
Democrats disagree about trade, 450 troops to train Iraqis, Obama's last quarter and Jeb Bush & Hillary Clinton
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Obama Looks at Adding Bases and Troops in Iraq, to Fight ISIS

June 12, 2015
Peter Baker, Helene Cooper, Michael Gordon | The New York Times
President Obama is open to expanding the American military footprint in Iraq with a network of bases and possibly hundreds of additional troops to support Iraqi security forces in their fight against the Islamic State, White House officials said on Thursday.
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U.S. Has No Idea How Long It Will Keep an ISIS Bride Locked Up

June 12, 2015
Nancy Youssef, Shane Harris | The Daily Beast
She’s the first high-level detainee of America’s ISIS war. And U.S. forces don’t know how long they’ll hold her, or where she’ll go next.
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Obama’s New Plan to Save Iraq: Tear It Apart

June 11, 2015
Nancy Youssef | The Daily Beast
The White House is moving to arm Iraq’s tribal and religious militias. But these forces hate the Baghdad government almost as much as they hate ISIS.
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U.S. Weighing More Military Bases in Iraq to Fight ISIS, Top General Says

June 11, 2015
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
The United States is considering establishing additional military bases in Iraq to combat the Islamic State, the top American general said on Thursday, a move that would require at least hundreds more American military trainers to help Iraqi forces retake cities lost to the militant Sunni extremist group.
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Top U.S. Military Official Seeks to Assure Israel on Security

June 10, 2015
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
The Obama administration on Tuesday increased its efforts to ease Israel’s opposition to a possible nuclear deal with Iran, as the top American military leader assured Israeli officials that the United States would further strengthen Israel’s arsenal of arms, warplanes and cybertechnology.
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