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An Afghan security forces member stands guard at the Spanish Embassy after an attack in Kabul on Dec. 12. Explosions and gunfire rocked a diplomatic area of central Kabul overnight as security forces tried to flush out Taliban attackers who claimed responsibility for a deadly car bomb Friday. (Associated Press)

Taliban outlast 14 years of U.S. combat in Afghanistan

The sudden killings of six American service members on a foot patrol by a suicide bomber this week is a graphic message back home that the Taliban are durable, able to launch a number of coordinated attacks in recent months across Afghanistan 14 years after the U.S. invasion. Published December 23, 2015

Iraqis rebuilt a bridge over the Euphrates River after the Islamic State destroyed all crossings leading to central Ramadi. The military reported progress Tuesday in its move to retake the provincial capital. (Associated Press)

U.S.-backed Iraqis aim to free Ramadi from Islamic State

After being prodded and cajoled by American officials for months, Iraqi government forces on Tuesday finally invaded the city of Ramadi in a bid to wrest control of the provincial capital from the Islamic State group, which is planning a doomsday exit from Anbar province if defeated there. Published December 22, 2015

Ashton Carter reportedly used his personal email account to conduct official business during his first months as defense secretary. (Associated Press)

House Armed Services Committee to review Ashton Carter email

The House Armed Services Committee chairman on Thursday called on Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to seek an inspector general's investigation of his use of a private email account to conduct Pentagon business. Published December 17, 2015

After two months as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford provided the first detailed look at his agenda as the chief military adviser to the president. (Associated Press)

Gen. Dunford: U.S. commands, war plans outdated

The nation's top military officer said on Monday that the Pentagon will revamp combat commands for the "fight of the future" because current "old plans" take too long to execute. Published December 14, 2015

"I want to make clear that any transfer from Guantanamo will be undertaken after consultation with Congress and pursuant to all legal requirements for transfers, including those spelled out in the FY2012 [National] Defense Authorization Act," then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote to Congress in November 2011. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton misled Congress on Bowe Bergdahl swap

When Republican members of Congress learned in November 2011 that the Obama administration was contemplating a swap -- Taliban terrorists for captured Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl -- they wrote to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of their fears. Published December 13, 2015