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FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2011 file photo, a former Taliban fighter places a range of bullets before surrendering it to Afghan authorities, as part of a peace-reconciliation program in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan. The Islamic State group controls a third of both Syria and Iraq, where it declared a caliphate governed by an extremely harsh interpretation of Shariah law and demanded the allegiance of the world’s Muslims. The Taliban, by contrast, are narrowly focused on Afghanistan and Pakistan, and some leaders have even responded to past peace overtures. (AP Photo/Reza Shirmohammadi, File)

Taliban not a terrorist group, White House deputy press secretary says

By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz argued during Wednesday's briefing that the United States can negotiate prisoner swaps with Taliban members, because the Taliban is not considered a terrorist group. Published January 28, 2015

Ash Carter, President Obama's pick to be the new defense secretary, has told senators he doesn't see any way to close down the prison at Guantanamo Bay over the next two years, putting a major dent in Mr. Obama's hopes to shut it down before he leaves office. (Associated Press)

Ash Carter tells senators he’s unlikely to keep Obama promise to close Gitmo

By Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

Ash Carter, President Obama's pick to be the new defense secretary, has told senators he doesn't see any way to close down the prison at Guantanamo Bay over the next two years, putting a major dent in Mr. Obama's hopes to shut it down before he leaves office. Published January 28, 2015

Recent Stories

"Intelligent' computer keyboard can identify users by the pattern of their key taps. (American Chemical Society)

True cybersecurity: 'Intelligent' computer keyboard identifies users by pattern of their key taps

- The Washington Times

Protective computer passwords have some competition. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a novel intelligent computer keyboard that not only cleans itself - but can identify users by the pattern and style of their fingertips and keystrokes. The "human-machine interfacing" device, reported in the American Chemical Society's academic journal "Nano," could provide a foolproof way to prevent unauthorized users from gaining direct access to computers.

Recent Opinion Columns

James Clapper          T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times

Throwing Clapper under the bus

When President Obama attributed the rise in Iraq of the Islamic State, or ISIS, to the failures of the U.S. intelligence community earlier this week, naming and blaming directly National Intelligence Director James R. Clapper, he was attempting to deflect criticism of his own incompetence.