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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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DoD Sec. Carter To Defend Iran Deal Before Senate Panel

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.   (Photo by James Cullum)

White House Cabinet members have been defending the Iran agreement to House and Senate GOP-controlled panels since the deal was reached in Vienna with international partners July 12

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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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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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Pentagon: DoD Anthrax Shipments “A Massive Institutional Failure”

Live anthrax samples have been sent to 86 labs in 20 U.S. States, the District of Columbia and Canada, Italy, Britain, Japan, Germany, South Korea and Australia.

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Isolation Operations: Ramadi Counter-Offensive In “Early Stages”

Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, fell on May 17.

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Pentagon: Al-Qaeda Leader Killed In Syria

Muhsin al-Fadhli was one of the men who knew about the 9-11 attacks beforehand.

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Obama Turns 54 Following A Well Gifted Summer

August 4 is President Obama’s birthday following a summer of major domestic and international successes for the White House

Obama To Address Jewish Leaders At White House Over Iran Deal

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Obama will attempt to sell the Iran deal Tuesday afternoon, just hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will attempt to derail the plan to American Jews

TRNS News Notes- 8/4

NH Forum: GOP candidates go solo
The first GOP rumble
Obama unveils climate rule: “No plan B”
Many GOP-led states say No to climate rule
House GOP says it has votes to nix Iran deal
Democrats block Planned Parenthood defunding

Tuesday, August 4

● Judge vacates Idaho gag law

● Obesity begins at store checkout aisle

● Project exposes high-tech police spying

● Identity thieves draw sentences

● Crack cocaine sentencing law creates a paradox

● Aegis defense missile makes a forward step

The World in 2:00 – August 3, 2015

The World in 2:00

President Obama unveils his Clean Power Plan, outlining 15 years of emissions reductions for American power plants.

Senate Dems Defeat Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood

The vote came after four undercover videos were released by an anti-abortion group that showed PP officials discussing the selling of fetal tissue from abortions.