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U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, regroup on the northern outskirts of Deir Ezzor as they advance to encircle the ISIS bastion of Raqqa on Feb. 21.
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A shipyard worker walks to his car at the end of the workday at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. With President Trump demanding more ships, the Navy is proposing the biggest shipbuilding boom since the end of the Cold War to meet potential threats from Russia and China.
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President Trump's deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka participates in a discussion during the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. Gorka has been the subject of criticism by others in the counterterrorism field.
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An American soldier scanned the retina of a man in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan in Dec. 2011. Russia cites the danger of ISIS in Nangarhar as its reason for backing the Taliban, the U.S. says.
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Soldiers from the 36th Infantry Division deployed to Afghanistan to help train and advise that country's military. The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says thousands more such troops are needed there.
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Detention Center Camp 6, which can house as many as 175 people, now holds 26 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. President Trump has promised to send more war captives to Guantanamo Bay.
Eager to defend a counterterrorism raid that killed civilians and one U.S. Navy SEAL, the Pentagon found it was touting a decade-old video. But it insists the operation was still worth launching.
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