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National Edition News cover for March 12, 2014 - Toughest forces start to fray: FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Special Operation Soldiers of the United States Army Special Operations Command demonstrate their skills during the 2012 Capabilities Exercise, April 25, 2012. (USASOC photo)

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Army Rangers practice fast rope insertion and extraction. The Special Operations Command budget for the next year is $7.7 billion, representing a 10 percent increase. The command is taking steps to head off a severe readiness dip in its far-flung troops. (U.S. Army)

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Muslims believe that this is where Noah is buried today, located in what is now the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf, Iraq. (WikiMedia Commons)

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Firing away: Marines have special operations forces in Afghanistan to train and mentor Afghan National Security Forces. A Pentagon budget review notes significant stress on teams of commandos with multiple tough deployments. (U.S. Marine Corps)

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** FILE ** Army Rangers practice fast rope insertion and extraction. The Special Operations Command budget for the next year is $7.7 billion, representing a 10 percent increase. The command is taking steps to head off a severe readiness dip in its far-flung troops. (U.S. Army)