Tom Bowman Tom Bowman is a NPR National Desk reporter covering the Pentagon.

Next Afghan War Commander To Re-Evaluate U.S. Response

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U.S. troops from the 82nd Airborne receive rifles in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, in 1982. For decades, U.S. troops have been part of the multinational peacekeeping force in the Sinai Peninsula designed to ensure the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. While the accord has held, extremists linked to ISIS now operate in the Sinai and are considered a threat to the Americans. Aristotle Saris/AP hide caption

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About 10 U.S. Navy Sailors Currently Detained By Iran

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Afghan security forces patrol near their base in the Marjah district of Helmand province on Dec. 23. Dozens of Marines were killed in Marjah five years ago, and since then the Taliban have slipped back in. Now American forces are increasingly being drawn back into the fight. Noor Mohammad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Forces Increasingly Drawn Back Into Afghanistan's Battles

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Combat Jobs Are Open To Women But Filling Slots Will Take A While

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Examining The Ramadi Offensive, Is It Working?

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Obama Visits Pentagon To Highlight Ongoing Fight Against ISIS

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Airmen use a ground-control station cockpit to control remotely piloted aircraft Nov. 17 during a training mission at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nev. The Pentagon plans to remotely piloted aircraft flights by as much as 50 percent in the next few years to meet increased needs for surveillance, reconnaissance and lethal airstrikes around the world. Isaac Brekken/Getty Images hide caption

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Air Force Unveils Plan To Improve Conditions For Drone Operators

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U.S. Military Works To Implement New Rules On Women In Combat

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Pentagon Opens All Combat Positions To Women

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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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Top U.S. Commander In Afghanistan Calls Hospital Bombing 'A Tragic Mistake'

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U.S. Commander In Afghanistan Admits Mistakes In Kunduz Airstrike

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A Russian warplane taxies at Hemeimeem airbase in Syria. Advocates say a no-fly zone would keep Syrian aircraft from attacking anti-government rebels and endangering civilians, which might allow Syrians to feel safe enough to stay put. Vladimir Isachenkov/AP hide caption

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Downed Russian Military Jet Heightens Debate Over Syria No-Fly Zone

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Obama Administration Urged To Do More After ISIS Terror Attacks

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