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The U.S. military prison for "enemy combatants" in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on June 25, 2013.

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The U.S. military prison for "enemy combatants" in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on June 25, 2013.

Guantanamo: No Running Milk and Honey at a Place Obama Can’t Close

This man has been imprisoned at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since it opened more than a decade ago. Abdul Malik Wahab al Rahabi is among the 155 inmates still held at an off-shore lockup whose population...

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"Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War," by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

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"Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War," by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Gates: Bombs Away in Memoir — How Green Lantern Drove a Decision

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s 594-page memoir “Duty” is getting a lot of ink for his revelations of disputes over Afghan policy with the National Security Council and President Barack Obama. There’s another side of Gates that readers may savor as the tome goes...

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A scene from Zero Dark Thirty.

Photograph by Richard Olley/Columbia Pictures via Everett Collection

A scene from Zero Dark Thirty.

SEAL Bin Laden Book: Fight Goes On

First there was “Zero Dark Thirty,” and now there’s “Captain Phillips,” both movies that show Navy SEALs in a heroic light — the second made with Pentagon and Navy support. Now get ready for “Navy SEALS — The Lawsuit.” Maybe Charlie Sheen should be...

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A scene from "Zero Dark Thirty" is shown in this handout photo taken on April 27, 2012.

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A scene from "Zero Dark Thirty" is shown in this handout photo taken on April 27, 2012.

Zero Dark Thirty: ‘And the Award Goes to…’

Critics and millions of fans let out a collective groan when the captivating, controversial “Zero Dark Thirty” failed to capture Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. Another award connected with film-making — bestowed at a closed June 12 Pentagon Inspector...

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FSA fighters clear a room in a newly conquered building along the front line of Sheikh Saeed a highly contested area of Aleppo, Syria, on March 18, 2013.

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FSA fighters clear a room in a newly conquered building along the front line of Sheikh Saeed a highly contested area of Aleppo, Syria, on March 18, 2013.

Obama: ‘Not Doing Nothing’ in Syria

President Barack Obama is remembering Iraq. And the world, he says, will remember what the U.S. did about Osama bin Laden and Muammar Qaddafi. All of this has to do with the “red line” — the use of chemical weapons...

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Actor James Gandolfini as Leon Panetta in "Zero Dark Thirty."

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Actor James Gandolfini as Leon Panetta in "Zero Dark Thirty."

Panetta Sees Himself More Like Pacino Than Gandolfini

Just exactly a month ago, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta steered clear of critiquing “Zero Dark Thirty” when asked about the film by reporters flying with him to Lisbon. Today, though, he offered a casting quibble. “The guy who plays me isn’t quite, quite...

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A scene from Zero Dark Thirty.

Photograph by Richard Olley/Columbia Pictures via Everett Collection

A scene from Zero Dark Thirty.

Panetta Passes On Critiquing ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ — ‘I Lived It’

On a flight to Lisbon today, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had a chance to weigh in on the controversial, Oscar-nominated film “Zero Dark Thirty,” which depicts the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Senators including Dianne Feinstein, the...

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, with his golden retriever dog Bravo, during an interview at the Pentagon.

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, with his golden retriever dog Bravo, during an interview at the Pentagon.

Panetta Says His Dog, Unlike Petraeus, Proved Soul of Discretion

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta today suggested his dog Bravo turned out to be a better keeper of secrets than David Petraeus, who resigned in disgrace as CIA director last month after acknowledging a sexual affair. Panetta appeared surprised when asked...

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'Zero Dark Thirty.'

Photograph by Richard Olley/Columbia Pictures/Everett Collection

'Zero Dark Thirty.'

Zero Dark Thirty: A Tale Told Well

The relentless drumbeat about “Zero Dark Thirty” centers on its depiction of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on a detainee named Ammar who provided the initial tip on a courier whose tracking became crucial in the 10-year hunt for Osama bin Laden. That’s...

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An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012.

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An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012.

Obama-Romney: World Closing In

Ominous thunderclouds hung over Jacksonville, Florida, this morning as Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign motorcade rolled southward along Interstate-95. Not a full-length presidential motorcade, but close enough, with all the trappings — motorcycle escorts leading the way and an ambulance trailing the...

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