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SIGAR: Taliban Fractured In Afghanistan, ISIL Growing

The Special Inspector Gen. For Afghanistan Reconstruction said that the Taliban is “increasingly fractured, with some commanders claiming allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.”

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SecDef Gives Military 3 Weeks To Develop Base Security Plans

Defense Sec. Ashton Carter wants plans on arming personnel and improving mass warning notification systems.

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McCain: Nuclear Deal Will Invite Iranian International Arms “Shopping Spree”

Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Sec. Ashton Carter, Treasury Sec. Jack Lew, Energy Sec. Ernest Moniz and Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.

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Found On Facebook: FL Man Charged With Attempting To Use Backpack Bomb

Almlak Benitez legally bought two AK-47s in May and filmed an ISIL recruitment video from a Florida motel room.

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NATO Stands With Turkey Following Special Meeting

“NATO is following developments very closely and we stand in strong solidarity with our ally Turkey,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

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Watch: CENTCOM Releases Video Of ISIL Bomb Factory Airstrike

The latest on Operation Inherent Resolve and “setting the conditions for the liberation of Anbar Province.”

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Poll: 52% Americans Reject Iran Deal

44% say Congress should approve the deal.

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Pentagon: SecDef To Decide On U.S. – Turkish Military Negotiations

Turkey has offered military bases as staging areas for manned and unmanned U.S. warplanes.

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Pentagon: Carter Reviewing Base Security Recommendations

U.S. military bases remain at the third highest level of “Bravo” since 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez killed five service members at a Navy-Marine recruiting office in Chattanooga, TN, on July 16.

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Rumsfeld: Releasing American Who Spied For Israel “Bad Idea”

The former Defense Secretary’s comments follow after the White House said they are prepared to release Jonathan Pollard, who received a life sentence in 1987 for spying for Israel.

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Monday, August 3

● Hunt resumes for CIA’s ex-Nazi spymaster

● Lobby spending exploded in 2nd quarter

● DOD contractor gets 10 years for security violation

● U.S. tobacco policy as schizophrenic as ever

● State Dept. ordered to verify Clinton email status

● Dept. of Education expands Pell grants to prisoners

The World in 2:00 – July 31, 2015

The World in 2:00

Beijing wins the 2022 Winter Olympics, Rio’s water is filthy ahead of next year’s Summer games and an Ebola vaccine is announced.

Energy Sec.: Iran Deal ‘Will Certainly Go Into Effect’

The Energy Cabinet member took to the White House press poduim in a push to roundup public support of the Iran deal

State Releases Second Batch Of Clinton Emails

Hillary Clinton holds her first town hall meeting event of the 2016 campaign in Dover, New Hampshire. July 16, 2015. Photo: Luke Vargas/TRNS

The State Department originally said it would release all of the emails at once sometime in early 2016, but was quickly rebuffed by a court order.

Charleston Shooter Pleads Not Guilty

Mourners comfort each other following the massacre late Wednesday night in Charleston, SC. (Photo courtesy of the King Center)

If convicted, Roof could face the death penalty.

Obama Signs Highway Trust Fund Extension, Scolds Congress

“It’s a bad way for the US Government to do business,” Obama said.