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            FILE - In this May 1, 2014 file photo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to reporters at the Pentagon.  Hagel said in an interview broadcast Friday that the focus of an investigation into alleged delayed treatments and deaths in the Veterans Administration's health care system should be to "fix the problem" rather than fire VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

            Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds

            By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

            An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon said Thursday that President Obama’s military strategy for sizing the force is too weak to meet growing national security threats.

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            An Israeli army officer gives journalists a tour, Friday, July 25, 2014, of a tunnel allegedly used by Palestinian militants for cross-border attacks, at the Israel-Gaza Border. A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel, dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military, is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel. (AP Photo/Jack Guez, Pool)

            Echoes of Vietnam: Israel surprised by Hamas’ advanced tunnel network

            By Bill Gertz - The Washington Times

            Israeli military intelligence is facing criticism for failing to comprehend the network of tunnels and other underground facilities built by Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

            In this frame grab from video obtained from a freelance journalist traveling with the Misarata brigade, fighters from the Islamist Misarata brigade fire towards Tripoli airport in an attempt to wrest control from a rival militia, in Tripoli.

            Islamic militants seize Benghazi as U.S. evacuates Libya

            By Reda Fhelboom and Angela Waters — Special to The Washington Times

            Fighting in Libya escalated Thursday as Islamic militias claimed to control the country’s second-largest city, Benghazi, while foreigners and U.N. workers continued their exodus in what increasingly is looking like a full-blown civil war.

            **FILE** CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks in Washington on March 11, 2014. (Associated Press)

            CIA admits improperly hacking Senate computers

            By Stephen Dinan and Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

            The CIA admitted to senators this week that the agency improperly snooped through congressional computers, retreating from agency Director John Brennan’s vehement denials earlier this year and further denting the embattled intelligence community’s credibility with Congress.

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