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Until this week, Kurdish forces were outgunned by the Islamic State fighters, variously referred to as ISIS and ISIL, they're battling near Erbil.
Every day, terrorists trained in Syria and Iraq travel freely back to their homes in Europe and the U.S., and counterterrorism officials can't keep up with all of them.
The Obama Administration announced Tuesday that it's planning to deploy 200 more U.S. combat troops to Iraq, prompting one military expert to predict that this is likely the start of "an expanded American role" that could increase to "a few thousand" more Americans on the ground before it's over.
For the first time ever, Vietnam War veterans will include the names of victims from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Suicide among veterans is a growing national problem, but many advocates say despite efforts to put bipartisan issues through Congress, little policy has been pushed forward to help vets at risk.
The spillover of violence from Syria tops a list of growing concerns that a delegation of senior Iraqi officials are in Washington to discuss. The officials suggest that Iraq's security is threatened by the stalemate between the Syrian government and the rebels.
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