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A decade ago, U.S. soldiers were fighting and rebuilding in the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit. The past few weeks have seen those cities, among others, fall to the Sunni militant group ISIS. Here, a member of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces stands guard Thursday near an ISIS checkpoint in Mosul. Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Impact of War

For U.S. Vets, Iraq's Newest Conflict Awakens Complex Emotions

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President Obama sits down to have lunch with Rebekah Erler at Matt's Bar in Minneapolis on Thursday. Obama spent a day with Erler, who wrote the White House about her struggles to make ends meet. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Obama Gets Real, Meeting The Authors Behind White House Letters

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A 6-foot-long electric eel is basically a 6-inch fish attached to a 5-1/2-foot cattle prod, researchers say. The long tail is packed with special cells that pump electricity without shocking the fish. Mark Newman/Getty Images/Lonely Planet Image hide caption

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A Shocking Fish Tale Surprises Evolutionary Biologists

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The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria runs a sophisticated social media strategy, which includes images like this one it posted from Mosul, Iraq, on June 12 after it took control of the city. Analysts say ISIS has succeeded in bringing professional acumen to the business of violent jihad. AP hide caption

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ISIS Brings Business Acumen To Violent Jihad

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President Obama pauses while speaking about the situation in Iraq on Thursday. Obama said the U.S. will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq and set up joint operation centers. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Congress Keeping Close Watch On Obama's Plans In Iraq

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Protesters participate in the Guns Across America rally at the state capitol in Atlanta in 2013. The Safe Carry Protection Act goes into effect on July 1, but it's already creating confusion for many Georgia residents. Tami Chappell/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Georgia's New Pro-Gun Law Triggers Confusion For Some Residents

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