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President Reagan spoke of its significance by saying: "One thing is certain. If we're to continue
to advance world peace and human freedom, America must remain strong. If we have learned
anything these last eight years, it's that peace through strength works." Read more »

Iraqi police forces enter Mosul airport, seize runway

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McCain makes secret trip to Syria to meet with US troops

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Away from Iraq’s front lines, the Islamic State is creeping back in

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China military says aware of U.S. carrier in South China Sea

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Tillerson, Kelly Hope to Ease US-Mexico Tensions

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With new anti-ISIS plan due next week, Pentagon considering troops in Syria

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The top U.S. military officer declined repeatedly Thursday to rule out committing U.S. ground troops to battle the Islamic State in in Syria, stressing that the Pentagon will present President Donald Trump with “a full range of options” to combat the terror organization.

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the comments at a Washington research center as the 30 days that Trump gave military leaders to develop a strategy to fight the Islamic State are almost up.

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Exclusive: Trump Wants to Make Sure US Nuclear Arsenal at 'Top of The Pack'

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President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants to ensure the U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the "top of the pack," saying the United States has fallen behind in its weapons capacity.

In a Reuters interview, Trump also said China could solve the national security challenge posed by North Korea "very easily if they want to," ratcheting up pressure on Beijing to exert more influence to rein in Pyongyang's increasingly
bellicose actions.
 

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Iraqi forces inside west Mosul proper after taking military base

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Iraqi security forces entered the first district within west Mosul proper in its offensive against the Islamic State after taking control of the strategic al-Ghazlani military base.

Iraqi Federal Police Lt. Gen Shaker Jawdat said police on Friday freed a sports facility in the al-Tayyaran district -- Iraq's first capture within west Mosul's city limits.

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Trump to speak at conservative forum, as some question his immigration, trade views

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President Donald Trump takes the stage on Friday at an annual conservative forum, looking to plant his personal stamp firmly on the political movement even as some activists fret his immigration and trade policies go too far.
 

Trump will address the third day of the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, which has focused on how to fulfill long-held Republican goals to revamp the U.S. tax code, repeal federal regulations on industry and repeal former Democratic President Barack Obama's healthcare law.

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Suicide bomber kills 42 near Syria town taken from IS

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A suicide bomber attacked Turkish-backed rebels just outside the Syrian town of Al-Bab Friday, killing 42 people in a major blow just hours after they hailed its capture from the Islamic State group.

The bomber blew up a vehicle packed with explosives outside a rebel command centre in the village of Susian, eight kilometres (five miles) northeast of Al-Bab, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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