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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 Dunford: U.S. commands, war plans outdated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

President Obama mostly watched as the Islamic State, defeated by U.S. forces in 2009, reassembled the old al Qaeda in Iraq leadership apparatus across the border amid the turmoil of the Syrian civil war. (Associated Press)

Islamic State expanded as Obama stayed on the sidelines

Under President Obama's watch, the Islamic State has risen rapidly from the ruins of its Iraq insurgency in 2010 into a full-service global terrorist group with an army able to direct and inspire attacks from a buzzing Syria headquarters. Published December 7, 2015

The Pentagon (Associated Press)

U.S. military's millennials at greatest risk for suicide

The U.S. military's historically high suicide rate is more a generational trait than a wartime offshoot, as millennial recruits join up carrying emotional baggage, a new research paper says. Published December 6, 2015

While ordering the U.S. military to open all combat jobs to women, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said there would be no lowering of standards between the genders in active service roles. (Associated Press)

Ashton Carter promises same standards for women in combat roles

The Pentagon's revolutionary move to open all direct land combat jobs to women sends a stressed and shrinking armed forces on a politically hazardous mission, as Obama administration appointees expect a significant number of females to qualify next year. Published December 3, 2015

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. (right) listens at right as Defense Secretary Ashton Carter testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

Pentagon, State began Islamic State strategy meetings only two months ago

It was not until two months ago -- as the war against the Islamic State was over a year old -- that the Pentagon and the State Department began regular high-level planning meetings to make big decisions on how to defeat the terror army in Iraq and Syria, the nation's top military officer told Congress on Tuesday. Published December 1, 2015