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President Barack Obama walks with Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., his nominee to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, after speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Obama chose the widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013-2014 to succeed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. Walking behind them is Vice President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Special Ops pushing Pentagon to define Islamic roots of terrorism

U.S. Special Operations Command has privately pressed the staff of the nation's highest-ranking military officer to include in his upcoming National Military Strategy a discussion of the Sunni Muslim ideology underpinning the brutality of the Islamic State group and al Qaeda. Published September 25, 2016

From left: Army Gen. Mark Milley, Navy Adm. John Richardson, Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller and Air Force Gen. David Goldfein acknowledged to the Senate Arms Services Committee that they had not discussed the readiness crisis with their commander in chief. Donald Trump said generals under President Obama have been "reduced to rubble." (Associated Press)

Armed forces chiefs confirm sense of Obama distrust

As the four armed forces chiefs testified in the Senate about the national security dangers of mandated budget caps, Sen. Lindsey Graham asked each officer if he had discussed the readiness crisis with President Obama. Published September 18, 2016

"This is something that's new in this war, not something you would've seen back in the Gulf War, but it's an important new capability, and it is an important use of our Cyber Command and the reason that Cyber Command was established in the first place," Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told reporters about fighting the Islamic State. (Associated Press)

Obama launches first cyberwar against ISIS, cuts recruiting by 75 percent

The Obama administration has launched the first cyberwar against the Islamic State, a war that, coupled with real, not virtual, fighting, is producing one of the most encouraging on-the-ground successes in the conflict -- sharply cutting into the number of foreign fighters sneaking into Syria to join the group's terrorist army and its so-called Islamic caliphate. Published September 12, 2016

Lahouaiej-Bouhlel drove a truck through a Bastille Day crowd, killing 86. Authorities say he had traded text messages with Islamic State followers during the planning. (Associated Press)

Group exposing the drumbeat of Islamic State's propaganda machine

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has carved out a reputation as the premier tracker and exposer of jihadi social media regularly released by various Islamic State media companies. What MEMRI finds is a constant daily drumbeat of Islamic State propaganda. Published September 12, 2016

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is seen here in a still image from a web posting by the terrorist group's media arm, as-Sahab, on July 27, 2011. (Associated Press)

Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda leader: 9/11 attack 'blessed'

The leader of al Qaeda has addressed the world in a video statement on the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks, calling the massacre "blessed raids" and urging Muslims to cause more bloodshed in America. Published September 9, 2016