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Fight against Islamic State militants

Pentagon says possible civilian casualties reported following coalition air strike near Iraq's Mosul - Reuters

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Yemen

US airstrikes have killed 28 al-Qaida militants in Yemen since September, US Central Command say - Ahram

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Japan

Photo: US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy stands with US, Japanese officials at a ceremony marking the return of about 10,000 acres of land to Okinawa, in a deal 1st agreed to in 1996 - @CarolineKennedy

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Indianapolis, IN, US

Rolls-Royce Corp of Indianapolis wins $408 million modification to Pentagon contract - Reuters

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Microsoft

Pentagon awards Microsoft $927 million contract for technical support, consulting services to support Department of Defense - CNBC

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South China Sea dispute

Pentagon: China has returned unmanned underwater drone seized last week by Chinese Navy - AP

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South China Sea dispute

Pentagon says after 'direct engagement with Chinese authorities,' it has 'secured an understanding' China will return seized underwater drone - Reuters

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South China Sea dispute

Pentagon: Chinese warship seized US Navy underwater drone collecting unclassified data in South China Sea - AP

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United States

President-elect Trump: US will have stronger military, but 'I don't think we're ever gonna have to use it' - ABC

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Boeing

Boeing tells Pentagon it is moving its St. Louis-based defense and space headquarters to Washington, DC - Forbes

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Fight against Islamic State militants

Islamic State operatives who helped prepare Paris terror attacks killed in Dec. 4 airstrike on Raqqa, Syria, Pentagon says

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United States Senate

US Senate passes defense policy bill 92-7, heads to President Obama's desk - @LeoShane

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Trump appointments and nominations

President-elect Trump on James Mattis needing waiver to be confirmed as secretary of defense: 'If he doesn't get that waiver there will be a lot of angry people' - @jeffzeleny

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Trump appointments and nominations

Republicans include language in must-pass spending bill to speed confirmation of James Mattis as defense secretary - Politico

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United States

White House says some of Trump's Air Force One statistics don't appear to reflect arrangements between Boeing and US Department of Defense - Reuters

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Trump appointments and nominations

Donald Trump aide Sean Spicer says Trump to officially nominate Gen. James Mattis at event in Fayetteville, NC, on Tuesday - @seanspicer

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Iraq War (2003-2011)

Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of defense called the 2003 invasion of Iraq a 'mistake,' according to recording obtained by The Intercept

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Trump appointments and nominations

Report: Ex-Army Special Forces officer accuses Gen. James Mattis of 'leaving my men to die' in Afghanistan in 2001; Trump's transition team has not yet responded to request for comment - NBC News

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Trump appointments and nominations

House Speaker Paul Ryan calls Donald Trump's appointment of Gen. James Mattis as Secretary of Defense 'exactly the right choice to lead the Pentagon'

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Trump appointments and nominations

President-elect Donald Trump confirms he will nominate Gen. James Mattis as defense secretary; says formal announcement to happen next week - AP, CNN

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