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John Kerry's Syria agreement creates conflict with Pentagon

The deal between Secretary of State John Kerry negotiated with Russia for a ceasefire in Syria has increased the tension between Kerry and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

Op-Ed: Iraqi PM objects to deployment of U.S. Special Forces in Iraq

Baghdad - Last Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Ashton Carter announced he would send special operations forces into Iraq to assist local troops in fighting the Islamic State.

The Onion accidentally breaks story on U.S. weapons to Israel

A satirical website, The Onion, has accidentally broken a real news story — by revealing that the U.S. offered Israel weapons to try to appease anger at the Iran nuclear deal.

Op-Ed: British resident expects to be released from Guantanamo in June

Washington - Shaker Aamer, a Saudi with residency status in Britain, is expected to be released from Guantanamo in June. He has a British wife and four children in London.

Op-Ed: Obama's choice for Defense Secretary an academic hawk

Washington - Ashton Carter is now widely seen as Obama's choice for defense secretary after Obama's reportedly more favored candidate Jeh Johnson of Homeland Security and others indicated they were not interested in the position.

Defense secretary favorite Ashton Carter wanted to bomb N. Korea

Washington - Pentagon insider Ashton Carter, President Barack Obama's likely nominee to replace Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, once called for a 'preventive' military attack against North Korea.

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