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Militants seize Iraqi villages near Ramadi

...Baghdad killed at least 43 people in the past two days.___Associated Press writers Sameer N. Yacoub, Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Vivian Salama in Baghdad and National Security writer Robert Burns in Washington contributed to this report.
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Major piece of anti-IS strategy is stalled

WASHINGTON - U.S. military and intelligence officials are increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for political reconciliation in Iraq, a key tenet of the Obama administration's strategy to dislodge the Islamic State group and stabilize the country.
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US trained Alaskans as 'stay-behind agents'

WASHINGTON - Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S.
Five US troops killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan

...their fate. He said all were from the southern province.? Quinn contributed from Cairo. Associated Press writers Robert Burns and Hope Yen in Washington contributed to this report.
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Pakistani activists accuse outed US spy of murder allocate $1.1 billion in Pakistan aid for fiscal year 2014.___Lara Jakes reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Asif Shahzad in Islamabad and Bradley Klapper and Robert Burns in Washington contributed to this report.

...will provide a ship for that part of the task.Officials said they expect a final decision soon and the operation would begin by the end of the year.___Associated Press writers Robert Burns and Deb Riechmann contributed to this report.
Nuke troubles run deep; key officers "burned out"

...personal concern that's out there in all parts of the nuclear force, and that is: What's my future?"___Follow Robert Burns on Twitter at
Obama, SKorea show united front against Pyongyang with 1.5 billion views since its release last summer.___Associated Press writers Matthew Pennington and Robert Burns contributed to this report.___Follow Julie Pace at
Defense report: Post-bin Laden raid security lapse

WASHINGTON - Several weeks after overseeing the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, then-CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed the name of the raid commander in a speech attended by the writer of the film "Zero Dark Thirty," according to a draft report by Pentagon investigators.
Questions on sex scandal: Top officials testify

WASHINGTON - Top national security officials trudged to Capitol Hill on Thursday to grapple with fallout from the David Petraeus sex scandal as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asked service chiefs to review ethics training for military officers.
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