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US Working to Enhance Training for Iraqi Troops

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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday that defense officials are looking at ways to enhance efforts to train and equip pro-government forces in Iraq as they battle Islamic State fighters.

 

Speaking to reporters traveling with him on a trip to Asia, Carter said recent events in Iraq, where the militants seized the provincial capital of the sprawling Anbar province west of Baghdad, have shown the need for a "capable ground partner."  The U.S. has been conducting airstrikes in Iraq since August, but so far ruled out sending in any ground troops of its own.

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Al-Qaida Operative Pleads Guilty to Terrorism Charges

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An al-Qaida operative has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges.

 

Saddiq al-Abbadi pleaded guilty Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court to conspiracy to murder American troops abroad and to providing material support to a terrorist group.

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Obama Torpedoes the Nuclear Navy

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President Obama, possibly unaware of the implications, has made a mistake by nominating Adm. John Richardson as the new chief of naval operations. Adm. Richardson likely would do a fine job in that important role, but by trying to move him from his current position as director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, the president has crossed a line and created a precedent that could have grave consequences for the effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear fleet.

 

First, a little history is in order. Adm. Hyman Rickover, the father of the U.S.Navy’s nuclear fleet and one of the fathers of commercial nuclear power, was a great man. Including his time at the Naval Academy, he served for 55 years on active duty and ran the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program for three decades until his retirement in 1982. He created and oversaw a culture of personnel and engineering excellence that is unique in the world.

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Pro-Iraq Forces Continue Push Against IS in Anbar

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Pro-government forces in Iraq continued Wednesday in their newly launched campaign to disrupt the Islamic State group in Anbar province.

 

The military and militias are focusing on areas outside of the provincial capital of Ramadi in an attempt to cut the militants' supply lines before moving in on the city itself.

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US, Cuba Talks Resume With Focus on Embassies

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The United States and Cuba began a fourth round of talks on Thursday aimed at overcoming obstacles to opening embassies in each other's capitals and re-establishing diplomatic ties, the crucial next step in their historic detente.

The meetings at the State Department are being led by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson and Josefina Vidal, director of U.S. affairs at the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

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Key Trade Vote Expected in US Senate

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U.S. President Barack Obama’s trade agenda could get a major boost – or suffer a blow – when the Senate votes in coming hours to conclude debate on a bill to facilitate congressional approval of an ambitious 12-nation Pacific Rim free trade pact.

Vote expected Thursday

As the critical test vote loomed, top Senate advocates said they did not know if a three-fifths majority would materialize to advance the measure to final passage.
 
The Senate is considering Trade Promotion Authority, also known as "fast track," a mechanism that mandates simple congressional votes to approve or disapprove trade pacts. Lawmakers surrender their ability to amend those deals.

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Airstrikes Kill 15 Militants in Northwest Pakistan

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Airstrikes killed at least 15 suspected militants in Pakistan's northwestern Shawal Valley on Thursday, intelligence officials said, a week after security forces moved in on Taliban strongholds there.

The deeply forested ravines of the valley are a key smuggling route between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and are dotted with Taliban bases used as launch pads for attacks on Pakistani forces.

In the latest airstrikes, a local security commander and two intelligence officials said that 15 or 16 suspected militants were killed in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan.

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