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Obama's efforts to close Guantanamo Bay

Department of Defense on transfer of 4 Guantanamo detainees to Afghanistan: 'The US is grateful to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for its willingness to support ongoing US efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility' - statement

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Obama's efforts to close Guantanamo Bay

Pentagon: US troops sent 4 Guantanamo prisoners home to Afghanistan overnight at request of President Ashraf Ghani; census now 132 - @Reuters, @carolrosenberg

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Barack Obama

President Obama: This year more US troops will be home for the holidays than any other time in past decade - live video

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US Army Sgt. Bergdahl freed

Investigation into whether Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl broke military rules when he was captured by Taliban militants said to be near completion - @Reuters

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

US-led forces launched 6 air strikes Thursday against Islamic State in Syria; 5 in Iraq, per US military - @Reuters

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

Gen. Martin Dempsey: Several top Islamic State leaders killed in US airstrikes in Iraq - @WSJ

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Vladimir Putin's 2014 press conference

Putin admits Russian defense budget has increased but references enormous US defense budget - live video

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Japan

South Korea won't conduct F-35 fighter jet maintenance in Japan despite new Pentagon deal to service the stealth jets in Asia, official says - @Reuters

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Ashton Carter nominated as defense secretary

White House says Defense Secretary nominee Ash Carter underwent long-planned back surgery today, procedure successful; says Carter decided to complete his back surgery before beginning his confirmation process - @markknoller

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

Senate Foreign Relations Committee passes Authorization for the Use of Military Force bill against the Islamic State - @OKnox

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War in Afghanistan

More: US Defense Department says it no longer operates detention facilities in Afghanistan, no longer maintains custody of any detainees - @Reuters

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War in Afghanistan

US Defense Department says it has closed Bagram detention facility in Afghanistan - @Reuters

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United States Air Force

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James says the ban on transgender troops is should be lifted - @USATODAY

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reports 'steady progress' in war on Islamic State - @AFP

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Ferguson, Mo., unrest 2014

Pentagon's autopsy on Michael Brown performed at Justice Department's request confirms gunpowder traces on right hand indicate close-range discharge of a firearm - @CBSNews, @NBCNews

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Report on CIA interrogation methods

The Pentagon is telling US military commanders around the world to be on high alert for the release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the use of 'enhanced interrogation techniques' by the CIA - @thehill

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Iraqi security forces have 'new momentum' in their battle to regain territory lost this year to the Islamic State group - @AP

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War in Afghanistan

Photo: Outgoing US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel arrives in Kuwait after an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, where he spoke to a group of US and Polish forces and held a news conference with the president - @jimsciutto

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Obama's efforts to close Guantanamo Bay

136 detainees remain in Guantanamo Bay facility following release of 6, Pentagon says - @AFP

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

Central Command says US and partner nations conducted 20 air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq in past 3 days; 5 targeted the contested Syrian city of Kobani - @Reuters

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