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A human smuggling investigation by the military led to the arrest of 16 Marines on Thursday while carrying out a battalion formation at California's Camp Pendleton, a base about an hour's drive from the U.S.-Mexico border. Lenny Ignelzi/AP hide caption

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Russia has granted U.S. consular officials access to Paul Whelan, a U.S. citizen detained in Russia on suspicion of spying. Whelan appears here in a photo provided by the Whelan family. Courtesy of the Whelan Family/Reuters hide caption

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U.S. Ambassador Visits American Who Was Arrested In Russia On Suspicion Of Spying

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Marines participate in an exercise during the Infantry Officer Course in August at Quantico, Va. The first female Marine to complete the course graduated on Monday. Master Gunnery Sgt. Chad McMeen/Office of Marine Corps Communication hide caption

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The Marines will join the approximately 500 U.S. troops already in Syria, such as these U.S. forces on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Manbij on Sunday. Delil Souleiman /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Marines march in the annual Veterans Day Parade along Fifth Avenue in 2014 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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For Veterans, Trauma Of War Can Persist In Struggles With Sexual Intimacy

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Fiancee Jessica Paker looks on as Ret. Marine Sgt. John Peck works with occupational therapist Meredith Grinnell. Peck, who was injured in Afghanistan in 2010, recently received a double arm transplant after a two-year wait on a transplant list. The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Jason Brezler in the market of Nowzad on May 7, 2010, with village elders, Afghan National Police and U.S. Marines. Maj. Brezler is now facing a possible discharge from the Marines after he emailed classified documents. Monique Jaques/Getty Images hide caption

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A U.S. Marine Tried To Warn A Comrade, Now He Faces A Discharge

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Marine Lance Cpls. Julia Carroll (left) and Paula Pineda lift "Carl" — a 220-pound test dummy — during training in March in California. Female Marines have completed months of training and are now waiting to hear whether they will be allowed to serve in combat roles. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Chattanoogans Find Killings Of Four Marines 'Incomprehensible'

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Sgt. Cassie McDole sits in an AAV. Arezou Rezvani/NPR hide caption

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On The California Shore, Sizing Up Female Marines' Combat Readiness

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A woman in Kathmandu walks past rubble following several massive earthquakes in Nepal. Officials say at least 76 people died in Tuesday's magnitude-7.3 quake. Jonas Gratzer/Getty Images hide caption

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Female and male Marines prepare for a live-fire exercise at Twentynine Palms, a training camp in the Mojave Desert. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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In Intense Desert Training, Marine Women Fight For Place On Front Lines

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