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U.S. Central Command's official investigation concluded that a rocket-launched grenade from a Taliban fighter standing near the landing zone clipped a rotary wing, sending the Ch-47 Chinook into a violent downward spin. It was the worst day for fatalities in the history of naval special warfare. (Associated Press)

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Retired commander of the U.S. Central Command, Gen. James Mattis, speaks before Congress. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Hackers took over the Twitter feed of U.S. Central Command, posting the names and addresses of retired generals and issuing other threats.

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An F-22A Raptor taxis in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility prior to strike operations in Syria. The U.S. is relying mostly on warplanes already positioned in the region as opposed to dispatching a major buildup of aerial forces. (U.S Air Force via associated Press)

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Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III (left), commander of the U.S. Central Command, had wanted to be more aggressive in using ground troops in Iraq but did not win his superiors' or the White House's OK. (Associated Press)

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Robert and Jani Bergdahl were hooked into multiple secure video conferences that included U.S. Central Command, White House, State Department and intelligence officials while their son, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, was being held by the Haqqani Network. (Associated Press)

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Robert and Jani Bergdahl were hooked into multiple secure video conferences that included U.S. Central Command, White House, State Department and intelligence officials while their son, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, was being held by the Haqqani Network. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis arrives at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in San Diego County, Calif. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates says he wants Gen. Mattis to take over U.S. Central Command, replacing Gen. David H. Petraeus.

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Marine Gen. James Mattis (left), commander of U.S. Central Command, and Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Marine Gen. James N. Mattis (left), commander of U.S. Central Command, and Adm. William H. McRaven (right), commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, talk together on Capital Hill in Washington on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, before testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on a review of the defense authorization request for fiscal 2014 and future years. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Marine Gen. James N. Mattis (left), commander of U.S. Central Command, and Adm. William H. McRaven (right), commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, arrive on Capital Hill in Washington on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on a review of the defense authorization request for fiscal 2014 and future years. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Marine Gen. James N. Mattis (left), commander of U.S. Central Command, and Adm. William H. McRaven (right), commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, arrive on Capital Hill in Washington on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on a review of the defense authorization request for fiscal 2014 and future years. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Marine Gen. James N. Mattis (left), commander of U.S. Central Command, and Adm. William H. McRaven (right), commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, talk together on Capital Hill in Washington on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, before testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on a review of the defense authorization request for fiscal 2014 and future years. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Vice President Joseph R. Biden (second from left) meets in Baghdad on Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, with (from left) Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the outgoing U.S. commander in Iraq; U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey; Marine Gen. James Mattis, head of U.S. Central Command; and Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin, the incoming commander of U.S. forces in Iraq. The change of command ceremony was held Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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Marine Gen. James Mattis, named to head U.S. Central Command, arrives Tuesday on Capitol Hill to testify at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Central Command Commander-nominee Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, left, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 27, 2010, to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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U.S. Central Command Commander-nominee Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis , right, is greeted on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 27, 2010, by Senate Armed Services Committee Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., prior to testifying before the committee's hearing on his nomination. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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U.S. Central Command Commander-nominee Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, center, smiles on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 27, 2010, prior to testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., left and the committee's ranking Republican Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, question Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, center, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 27, 2010, during the committee's hearing on Mattis' nomination to head the U.S. Central Command. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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U.S. Central Command Commander-nominee Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 27, 2010, to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)