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A street candy seller walks along the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Mexicali, Mexico, while U.S. Army soldiers fortify it with barbed wire. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is likely to reduce the number of active-duty U.S. troops who are currently deployed at the Mexico border, from around 5,900 to around 4,000. Luis Boza/VIEW press/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Troops set up concertina wire as a Customs and Border Protection agent stands guard on the U.S. side of the border with Mexico, on Thanksgiving Day. Rodrigo Abd/AP hide caption

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Trump Is Expected To Extend U.S. Troops' Deployment To Mexico Border Into January

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Arrival Of Central American Migrants In Tijuana Causes Tension With City Residents

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Defense Secretary Mattis Visits Troops Deployed To U.S.-Mexico Border

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Raqqa: View From The Ground

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Department Of Defense Shares Details Of Massive Troop Deployment To Border

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A border protection officer stands next to a recently upgraded section of fencing at the U.S.-Mexico border in Calexico, Calif., on Friday. The Pentagon says it will send 5,000 U.S. troops to the border. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Military Acknowledges American General Was Wounded During Deadly Kandahar Attack

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Mourners stand beside the grave of Gen. Abdul Raziq, the Kandahar police chief who was killed by a Taliban attack, during his burial ceremony Friday in Kandahar, Afghanistan. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley was wounded in the attack. STR/AP hide caption

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Top Provincial Leaders Assassinated Ahead Of Elections In Afghanistan

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Schoolchildren are led through a dance routine at a U.S. government-supported childcare center in Raqqa. Greg Dixon/NPR hide caption

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In Syria, A School Helps Children Traumatized By War

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U.S. Backs Kurds And Arabs In Push To Oust ISIS Remnants From Syria

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No Longer Under ISIS Control, How Has Raqqa Changed?

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