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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, testifying on Capitol Hill, was taken to task over the administration's characterization of anti-Islamic State operations in Syria and Iraq as a noncombat mission.

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In this Sunday, March 20, 2016 photo, two boys in a truck in a convoy of families fleeing Islamic State-held Hit, Iraq, wait at a checkpoint on the western edge of Ramadi, Iraq. Much of Iraq’s north and west fell to the Islamic State group in the summer of 2014, but over the past year Iraq’s military has slowly clawed back pockets of territory. While IS still controls a large swath of Iraq and neighboring Syria, the group has lost an estimated 40 percent of the territory it once held in Iraq, according to U.S.-led coalition officials. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

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This photo posted online by PUK shows the Virginia driver's license found on a man who turned himself in to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday, March 14, 2016. The American Islamic State group fighter who handed himself over to Kurdish forces in Iraq’s north earlier this week says he made “a bad decision” joining IS and traveling to Mosul, according to a heavily edited interview he gave to an Iraqi Kurdish television station that aired late Thursday night, March 17, 2016. (PUK Media via AP, File)

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Illustrations on Christians and Yazidis in Syria and Iraq by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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U.S. Army chaplain Geoffrey Bailey leads soldiers on a tour of St. Elijah's Monastery on Forward Operating Base Marez on the outskirts of Mosul, 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, in this Nov. 7, 2008, file photo. The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq, St. Elijah’s stood as a place of worship for 1,400 years. Satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press confirm that the monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet another victim of the Islamic State's relentless destruction. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

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Christian girl, Fr Werenfried Village IRAQ / ARBIL-CLD 14/00028 Finalizing purchase of PVC caravans in Ankawa district for use as emergency accommodation for IDPs (Internally Displaced Peoples) forced from their homes by IS (continuation) IRAQ / NATIONAL 14/00247 PrID: 1405312 150 PVC caravans in Ankawa district for use as emergency accommodation for IDPs (Internally Displaced Peoples) forced from their homes by IS

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In this Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 photo, a boy dressed in a tiny denim suit jacket holds a candle as Iraqi Christians celebrate during Christmas Eve mass in the Al-Bashara Church in a Christian refugee camp in Irbil, northern Iraq. Many of the worshippers are displaced from their homes after Islamic State militants swept through northern Iraq in 2014. (AP Photo/Seivan M.Salim)

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Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the White House lacks a strategy to defeat the terrorist army in Iraq and Syria.

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In this photo released on June 23, 2015, by a website of Islamic State militants, Islamic State militants patrol Khazer, Iraq, near Mosul. The group's conventional and guerrilla tactics carried it to an overwhelming sweep of northern and western Iraq in 2014, capturing Mosul, Iraq's second-biggest city. Shortly thereafter, IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a "caliphate" spanning its territory in Iraq and Syria. (Militant website via AP)

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Illustration on ISIS slaughter of Christians in Iraq and Syria by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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Illustration on Democrats' culpability in the fall of Iraq and the rise of ISIS by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Smoke rises above a damaged building following a U.S.-led coalition airstrike against Islamic State group positions during a military operation to regain control of the eastern suburbs of Ramadi, in Anbar province, Iraq, on Aug. 15, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter stands guard as new equipment arrives at Kalak refinery on the outskirts of Irbil, Iraq, as Kurdish authorities try to help ease the fuel shortage. (Associated Press)

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Illustration on Iranian military projection into Iraq by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Young Shiite volunteer militia fighters pose for a photo before battle against Islamic State fighters in Tikrit, Iraq. The Associated Press has found that militia forces battling the Islamic State group are actively training children under 18 years old. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

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National Edition News cover for July 27, 2015 - Generals say U.S. exit let Islamic State enter Iraq: Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division board a C-17 transport plane to depart from Iraq at Camp Adder, now known as Imam Ali Base, on Saturday Dec. 17, 2011, near Nasiriyah, Iraq. Around 500 troops from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division ended their presence at Camp Adder, the last remaining American base, and departed in the final American military convoy out of Iraq, arriving into Kuwait in the early morning hours of December 18, 2011. (AP Photo / Mario Tama)

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National Edition News cover for July 26, 2015 - Islamic State works to build a government system: The Islamic State is building up infrastructure across territory its militants have captured in Iraq and Syria. Analysts say the group will become more entrenched among local populations if its governance goes unchallenged. (jihadology.net)

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President Obama says the people criticizing the Iran nuclear deal are the same people who rushed into war with Iraq. (AP Photo)

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An Islamic State militant distributes plastic bags full of stationery and other gifts to young students at a school in Mosul, northern Iraq. (Associated Press)

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In this Sept. 22, 2009, file photo, members of the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division fall in for a re-deployment ceremony upon return from Iraq to Fort Riley, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)