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Linda Thomas-Greenfield, pictured in January 2014, is President-elect Joe Biden's choice for United Nations ambassador. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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The eldest sister of Shamima Begum holds her sister's photo in 2015. Begum, who left London to join the Islamic State organization as a teenager, is now trying to return to the U.K. to argue that her British citizenship should not have been revoked. Laura Lean/Getty Images hide caption

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Jonathan Pollard, the American convicted of spying for Israel, leaves a New York courthouse following his release from prison in 2015. As of Friday, Pollard has completed the terms of his parole and is a free man. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Rudy Giuliani speaks to the press about various lawsuits related to the 2020 presidential election, inside the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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An honor guard is formed at Defence Headquarters in Canberra, Australia, before findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry are released on Thursday. A report found evidence that 25 soldiers unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. Mick Tsikas/AP hide caption

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After Australian Report, Calls Grow For More Investigations Of Abuses In Afghanistan

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Foreign threats to the 2020 election looked a lot like Y2K from two decades ago: With high levels of alarm and preparation, the system held off foreign disinformation and cyberattacks. Hiroshi Watanabe/Getty Images hide caption

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How The U.S. Fended Off Serious Foreign Election Day Cyberattacks

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President Trump speaks to U.S. troops at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, on Thanksgiving Day 2019. The Trump administration says it's cutting U.S. forces from 4,500 to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, one of several abrupt military moves announced recently. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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An Afghan National Army soldier stands guard at a checkpoint near the Bagram airfield, the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan, in April. Rahmat Gul/AP hide caption

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What Joe Biden's Presidency May Mean For Afghanistan

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National security adviser Robert O'Brien arrives to speak to reporters outside the White House on Tuesday. O'Brien announced that President Trump has ordered 2500 U.S. troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan and Iraq by Jan. 15. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Chuck Hagel, then U.S. defense secretary, speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels in 2015. Virginia Mayo/AP hide caption

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Ex-Defense Secretary Hagel Says GOP Hesitation On Election Is 'Hurting Our Country'

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A U.S. soldier stands at a spot struck by Iranian missiles in January at Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq's Anbar province. The attack was in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The U.S. is drawing down 2,500 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Qassim Abdul-Zahra/AP hide caption

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Hate crimes rose to their highest numbers in a decade, with a record-breaking 51 fatal attacks, according to the FBI's annual hate crimes report for 2019, released Monday. ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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National security adviser Robert O'Brien is seen Saturday at the virtual Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit. Vietnam News Agency/Via AP hide caption

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Christopher Miller, pictured on Sept. 24, became acting defense secretary after President Trump fired Mark Esper. Miller is perceived as more loyal to Trump than Esper. Joshua Roberts/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Former National Security Officials Worry What Trump Could Do In Iran And Afghanistan

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President Trump's refusal to engage in any meaningful national security transition is dangerous, say two former national security officials. AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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'There's No Transition': Trump's Non-Existent National Security Handoff

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Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., center, is among the Republican lawmakers supporting a push for President-elect Joe Biden to receive new intelligence briefings as part of his transition to the White House. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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A billboard supporting the alliance between South Korea and the U.S. is displayed near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul on Thursday. The banner at top reads, "Anti-China and Pro-the U.S." Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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