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Air War In Yemen May Come At The Expense of Coalition Against ISIS

Friday, March 27, 2015

Most of the members of the coalition conducting air strikes in Yemen, are also members of the U.S.-led coalition in Syria that's been waging an air campaign against the self-styled Islamic State.

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Hearing Set For Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl After Desertion Charges Filed

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Army has charged Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl disappeared from his unit in Afghanistan in 2009 and end up being held captive by the Taliban for five years.

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U.S. Military Charges Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl With Desertion

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

U.S. Army officials said Wednesday that Bergdahl's 2009 disappearance is considered a crime of desertion. Bergdahl was freed last May after being held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years.

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U.S. Weighs Its Responsibility When Afghan Forces Commit Abuses

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The U.S. has put Afghan security forces in the lead in the fight against the Taliban. Despite that move, the U.S. must still take responsibility for their actions, including when they commit abuses.

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Syrian Rebels Will Face ISIS, But The U.S. May Not Have Their Backs

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The U.S. is about to start training moderate Syrian rebels to fight ISIS militants. But Obama's plan for fighting ISIS is mute on protecting that force against the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad.

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Senators Grill Obama Officials On Iran

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Despite President Obama's after-the-fact request for authorization from Congress to fight ISIS, a new AUMF won't necessarily just be backward-looking. A Senate panel talked with officials Wednesday.

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Report: Recent Guantanamo Releases Less Likely To Reengage In Terrorism

Friday, March 06, 2015

The data show former detainees a bit more likely to join insurgents than they were six months earlier. But the most recently-released are less likely to do so.

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House Panel Questions Gen. Campbell About Readiness Of Afghan Force

Friday, March 06, 2015

Congress wants to know whether the U.S. military tried to hide problems with the Afghan military force. Afghans are leading the fight against the Taliban — with U.S. troops mostly in the background.

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Families Of Sept. 11 Victims Watch Guantanamo Hearings With Mixed Feelings

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Five men are charged with planning the Sept. 11 attacks. When they appear for proceedings in Guantanamo Bay, people who lost loved ones that day are flown down to the courtroom to bear witness.

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'No End In Sight' For Sept. 11 Proceedings At Guantanamo Bay

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Endless preliminary motions, official shenanigans and a lack of legal precedent have mired the recently created war court in fitful proceedings. It could be years before the case ever goes to trial.

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The Strange World Of Guantanamo Bay's War Court

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

From the tent city it's set up in, to a judge banning defense lawyers from mentioning a former CIA interpreter's having appeared before all of them, the war court in Guantanamo Bay borders on surreal.

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'Torture Report' Reshapes Conversation In Guantanamo Courtroom

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Last year's release of a Senate report on CIA interrogation practices means lawyers for the accused Sept. 11 plotters can now discuss in court the treatment they say their clients endured.

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Gitmo Translator's Past At CIA Throws Wrench In Sept. 11 Trial

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Government prosecutors confirmed in a Guantanamo Bay war court today that an interpreter for one of five alleged co-conspirators in the Sept. 11 attacks had earlier worked for the CIA. But they insisted no federal agency had tried to place the interpreter on the defense team to gather intelligence. Defense lawyers cried foul and asked that all further proceedings be suspended until the issue is resolved.

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Gitmo Trial For Sept. 11 Suspects Resumes — Then Abruptly Halted

Monday, February 09, 2015

The trial of five men accused in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks resumed on Monday at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and then was abruptly halted. Defendants in the case protested that one of the court interpreters at the hearing had been present years before at secret sites where the men had been held and, they claim, tortured. The judge ordered a recess to look into the matter.

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Senate Hearing Learns Of No Clear Plan To Close Guantanamo

Friday, February 06, 2015

More than 100 detainees remain locked up at the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. President Obama wants Guantanamo closed, but no solution is yet in sight to close it.

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Secretary Of Defense Nominee Appears Headed For Easy Confirmation

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Theoretical physicist and former high-ranking Pentagon insider Ashton Carter is fully expected to be the next Secretary of Defense. His confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee is less about him and more about President Obama's defense record, which Republicans consider feckless.

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GOP Says Obama Must Act First On New ISIS Resolution

Monday, January 26, 2015

In his State of the Union address, President Obama asked Congress to pass a resolution to show national unity in the war on ISIS. GOP lawmakers say Obama must draft that resolution, even as they sue him for acting alone on immigration.

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Senate Republicans Move To Block Further Transfers From Gitmo

Thursday, January 15, 2015

As part of a renewed push by the Obama administration to empty the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the transfer of five more detainees to other countries was announced on Wednesday night. All five are citizens of Yemen, where the local branch of al-Qaida is claiming responsibility for last week's attacks in Paris. Senior Republican senators introduced legislation this week blocking such transfers. They say releasing the prisoners lets them return to the battlefield.

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Feinstein Proposal Would Lock In Anti-Torture Measures

Monday, January 12, 2015

The CIA's excruciating interrogations of suspected terrorists, widely seen as torture, are detailed as official acts in the Senate report released last month. Now Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who spearheaded that report, wants to prevent such acts from ever happening again. She's proposing legislation and administrative moves for which her Republican colleagues see little need and which activists deem too timid.

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Ashton Carter Nominated For Secretary Of Defense

Friday, December 05, 2014

Unlike outgoing Secretary Hagel, Carter is no former soldier — he's a theoretical physicist but knows the inner workings of the Pentagon well. Leading Senate Republicans say he'll be easily confirmed.

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