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Torture overseer appointed as CIA director

Gina Haspel, a veteran of the CIA’s black sites in the post 9/11 period, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the CIA’s new top official.

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Britain may double number of troops in Afghanistan

Following a request from U.S. President Donald Trump, Britain is reportedly considering doubling its small troop contingent in Afghanistan.

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Trump using Special Forces as linchpins of anti-terror fight

Following a policy set out by his predecessor, U.S. President Donald Trump has let the Special Forces operators of his nation’s military shoulder much of the heavy counter-terrorism load.

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Father of U.S. Navy SEAL refused to meet with Trump

William Owens said he refused to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump back on Feb. 1 when his son’s body was returned from a mission gone awry in Yemen — the first such special mission of Trump’s presidency.

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Meet Trump adviser Seb Gorka

A man once so far on the fringes of Washington foreign policy conversation he had a job with Breitbart News, Seb Gorka now has the president’s ear on such sensitive topics as dealing with Islamist terrorism.

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A pioneering Islamist terrorist dies in U.S. prison

Islamic cleric Omar Abdel Rahman, who blessed the assassins of Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat and is believed to be linked to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Centre in New York, has died in a U.S. federal prison.

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Fact checking the Yemen raid

A Jan. 29 raid on an al Qaeda compound in Yemen went wrong, in part because an eight-year-old girl was killed (like her jihadi father, who was killed previously, she was an American citizen). NPR tries to sort out truth from fiction about the raid.

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The Yemen Raid: Risky and dangerous

U.S. President Donald Trump’s first foray into making life-or-death decisions as commander-in-chief ended with one Navy SEAL dead and more than 20 civilians killed, with the main target (an al Qaeda leader) missed. Was it worth it?

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First special ops mission of Trump era goes wrong

The storied SEAL Team 6 carried out a raid in Yemen on Jan. 30 and by all accounts, it went badly. Among those killed were an eight-year-old American daughter of a jihadi.

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Islamic State may be struggling but is not out

Islamic State may be facing military challenges and setbacks, but it remains unchallenged in its ability to inspire others to carry out minor terror attacks.

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