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Arriving from Baghdad, federal police forces create a barricade to protect the Habaniyah military base near Ramadi, Iraq. The White House insisted that President Obama's strategy for defeating the Islamic State is succeeding, though a spokesman said officials regularly discuss tweaks. House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said the military campaign is so bungled that Mr. Obama should scrap his war powers request. (Associated Press)

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Bradley Cooper stars as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, in "American Sniper," now on Blu-ray. (Courtesy Warner Home VIdeo)

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Civilians flee their hometown of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad, Monday, May 18, 2015. Islamic State militants searched door-to-door for policemen and pro-government fighters and threw bodies in the Euphrates River in a bloody purge Monday after capturing the strategic city of Ramadi, their biggest victory since overrunning much of northern and western Iraq last year. (AP Photo)

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Signs direct people to the office of the Firearms Registration Unit at the District's Metropolitan Police Department headquarters. (The Washington Times)

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Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said candidates should answer the question about whether, knowing what they know now, they would support the invasion of Iraq, which led to more than 4,000 American troops killed and ongoing turmoil in the region. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said candidates should answer the question about whether, knowing what they know now, they would support the invasion of Iraq, which led to more than 4,000 American troops killed and ongoing turmoil in the region. (Associated Press)

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More than 140,000 Iraqi civilians have fled Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, located 70 miles west of Baghdad as Islamic State militants searched door to door for policemen and pro-government fighters and then threw their bodies in the Euphrates River in a bloody purge Monday. (Associated Press)

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refugees: More than 140,000 Iraqi civilians have fled Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, located 70 miles west of Baghdad as Islamic State militants searched door to door for policemen and pro-government fighters and then threw their bodies in the Euphrates River in a bloody purge Monday. (Associated Press)

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Portsmouth, N.H. across the river from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Monday, May 18, 2015, about his foreign policy plans. Christie made the case Monday for a more active U.S. presence overseas, including a larger military and defended the government's intelligence-collection efforts in a speech laying out his foreign policy platform. The likely 2016 Republican presidential contender used the New Hampshire appearance to criticize the president's approach to the Islamic State militants and the emerging nuclear deal with Iran, as well Russia's backing of separatists in Ukraine and China's encroachment in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

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Al Qaeda fighters wave flags as they patrol the streets in a commandeered Iraqi military vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq, March 20, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Under Armour has apologized and halted the production of a basketball shirt that parodied the iconic 1945 photograph of Marines lifting an American flag at the battle of Iwo Jima. (Under Armour via WJZ)

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In a Thursday, May 14, 2015, file photo, President Obama speaks during a news conference after meeting with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders and delegations at Camp David in Maryland. In a surprise announcement on Monday, May 18, 2015, coming nine months after police in riot gear dispelled racially charged protests, President Obama is banning the federal government from providing some military-style equipment to local departments and putting stricter controls on other weapons and gear distributed to law enforcement. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

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National Edition News cover for May 18, 2015 - Fall of Ramadi counters reports on Islamic State: Security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by Islamic State extremists during sand storm in the eastern part of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, May 14, 2015. Islamic State extremists tend to take advantage of bad weather when they attack Iraqi security forces positions, an Iraqi officer said. (AP Photo)

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The National Women's Law Center is taking the U.S. military culture to task for being slow to integrate women into combat positions, but the pool of qualified females may in fact be limited. (Associated Press)

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Iraqis from Ramadi gathered at the Bzebiz bridge after fleeing Ramadi and spending the night walking toward Baghdad on Saturday. Islamic State militants seized the center of their city in western Iraq, but U.S. officials say the takeover is only temporary. (Associated Press)

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Saints: Pope Francis canonized two nuns from Palestine Sunday in the hopes of encouraging Christians across the Middle East who are facing ongoing persecution from Islamic extremists. (Associated Press photographs)

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Pope Francis called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas "an angel of peace." The Vatican's recent recognition of Palestinian statehood has drawn fire from neighboring Israel. (Associated Press)

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There are numerous reports of Syrian President Bashar Assad using chlorine bombs against rebel forces over the past several weeks. (Associated Press)

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Hillary Rodham Clinton, in 2002, declared that Saddam Hussein, "left unchecked will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well affects American security." (Associated Press)

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This May 7, 2015 photo shows an archival document made available by the Chatham County Probate Court, Ga., showing the appraised dollar value of slaves owner by Ann S. Norton, the mother-in-law of Benjamin L. Cole. Cole is the great-great-great-grandfather of actor Ben Affleck. After Norton died in 1858, Cole was tasked with holding her slaves in trust for his three sons until they reached adulthood. Cole served as local sheriff during the Civil War and public records show he and his wife owned at least one slave of their own. Evidence that Cole owned slaves drove Affleck to ask PBS and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates to remove his relative from a TV program exploring Affleck's family tree. (AP Photo/Russ Bynum)