The Pentagon says the new force will help secure the border between Iraq and Syria and hunt down Islamic State leaders in raids. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. To Send 100 More Troops To Iraq In Fight Against Islamic State
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (center left) and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (center right) arrive for the opening of the Army-2015 international military show outside Moscow in June. Alexei Druzhinin/AP hide caption

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In Russia, A 'Show Of Force' As The Military Tries To Modernize
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Military vehicles carrying Wing Loong — a Chinese-made, medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aerial vehicle — drive past Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Japan's World War II defeat in Beijing on Thursday. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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The first women to pass the Army's elite Ranger training, Capt. Kristen Griest (left) and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver (right), will receive their Ranger tabs when they graduate Friday. Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race
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Staff Sgt. Patricia King, who has been in the Army for 16 years, says she decided to start her gender transition in January. Christian Murdock/Colorado Springs Gazette hide caption

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Embraced Yet Forbidden, Staff Sergeant Comes Out As Transgender
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Female soldiers perform martial arts at a ceremony in Jakarta. Women in Indonesia must undergo an invasive "virginity test" to join the military. Agung Kuncahya B. /Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor a joint U.S. Special Forces training taking place in Texas, prompting outrage from some in his own party. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter earlier this month in Tokyo. Abe's visit to the U.S. this week features an agreement for the Japanese military to have a more active role. Franck Robichon/AP hide caption

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For Japan's Prime Minister, U.S. Visit A Chance To Elevate Image
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The Drone War's Bottleneck: Too Many Targets, Not Enough Pilots
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An aerial view from March, 2014, shows the Presidio of Monterey located in Monterey, Calif. The Army base, which is home to the Defense Language Institute, has partnered with the city in an effort to curb costs. Natela A. Cutter/U.S. Army via Flickr hide caption

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At The Monterey Presidio, City And Army Partner To Reduce Costs
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As an Army chaplain in Iraq, David Peters administered last rites and grieved with survivors. When he came home, he says, he "fell apart emotionally and spiritually." Courtesy of Robert K. Chambers hide caption

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An Army Chaplain, First Tested By War, Finds His Faith Renewed
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U.S. soldiers patrol the Taji base complex, which hosts Iraqi and U.S. troops north of the capital Baghdad. Taji is one of an eventual five sites where the U.S. and allied countries aim to train 5,000 Iraqi military personnel every six to eight weeks for combat against the so-called Islamic State. Ali al-Saadi /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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There And Back Again For U.S. Military In Iraq
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Daisy Armstrong began performing poetry when her mother took her to a youth poetry group. Soon, she was winning competitions — but she was also kicked out of school after a slam poetry tour. Daniel Schaefer/Courtesy of OutlierImagery.com hide caption

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From Feeling Lost To Army Strong, With The Help Of Poetry
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Katie Gorz (left) performs the ammo can lift next to male Marines as they go through the combat fitness test. The Marine Corps is experimenting with inserting some women into combat infantry roles that have historically been limited to men. At Camp Lejeune, female Marines are undergoing the same training as their male counterparts for combat arms. Travis Dove for NPR hide caption

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Combat Training: Can Female Marines Get The Job Done?
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This Nov. 19 screenshot shows the cover photo of an unofficial Marine group on Facebook called Just the Tip, of the Spear. The group and those like it have been accused of promoting sexism and of acting as a forum for hate speech. Just the Tip, of the Spear - 21/Facebook hide caption

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Air Force personnel put up tents to house a 25-bed, U.S.-built hospital for Liberian health workers sick with Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia's capital. The hospital is scheduled to open this weekend. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Military Response To Ebola Gains Momentum In Liberia
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Adam Driver starred in Tracks, This Is Where I Leave You and What If — all out this year. He says there are surprising similarities between two of his other biggest roles, on HBO's Girls and in the new Star Wars film. "If you think about breaking it down into moments ... and making them make sense as much as possible, it's actually not that far off," he says. Terry Richardson. hide caption

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Actor's Calendar: 'Girls,' 'Star Wars,' Taking Theater To The Military
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Volunteers at the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore sort and box food donations on a conveyor belt. The bank started working with groups like the USO in 2013 to provide food aid to families affiliated with nearby military bases. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries
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Lt. Raj Bansal and Capt. Joseph Shannon (right) approach Foxtrot-01, a remote nuclear missile base in Nebraska. Geoffrey Brumfiel/NPR hide caption

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Welcome To The Nuclear Command Bunker
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