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December 31, 2014

Video: Every Marine a Rifleman

by CWO2 Paul Mancuso and Cpl Eric Moreno
Date Taken:06.10.2014 | Date Posted:12.31.2014 10:40AM

This film explores the genesis behind the Marine Corps approach to training non-infantry Marines in basic infantry skills. Originally produced for families of Marine Combat Training Battalion entry level students, it gives a unique look at training from the perspective of the instructors and staff that make it happen.

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https://www.dvidshub.net/video/384745/every-marine-rifleman#.VN1wNGK9KSM

December 30, 2014

USS Fort McHenry to Spend New Year's in Valencia, Spain

Story Number: NNS141230-05Release Date: 12/30/2014 11:09:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam Austin, USS Fort McHenry Public Affairs

VALENCIA, Spain (NNS) -- The Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) pulled in to Valencia, Spain for a scheduled port visit Dec. 29.

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http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=85057

December 29, 2014

U.S. MARINES, SPANISH SOLDIERS TRAIN IN MOUNTAIN WARFARE

By 1st Lt. Gerard Farao, Marine Forces Europe and Africa
29 Dec. 2014

MORÓN AIR BASE, Spain -- U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa conducted mountain warfare training with 1st Mountain Troops Command in Candancu, Spain.

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http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/558811/us-marines-spanish-soldiers-train-in-mountain-warfare.aspx

December 28, 2014

Status of the Fleet: Dec. 27, 2014

BY LADMIN – DECEMBER 28, 2014
POSTED IN: CURRENT OPERATIONS

Sailors, operating forward in the U.S. 6th Fleet, conduct daily operations, port visits and engage with allies and partners to maintain a forward presence throughout Europe and Africa and improve maritime security.

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http://cne-cna-c6f.dodlive.mil/status-of-the-fleet-dec-27-2014/

December 27, 2014

Peleliu completes its final deployment

By Jeanette Steele7:27 P.M.DEC. 22, 2014

The amphibious assault ship Peleliu will return to San Diego on Wednesday, delivering its crew home in time for Christmas and completing its final tour.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/dec/22/Peleliu-deployment-return-decommission/?st

December 26, 2014

Big year for ship retirements

By Jeanette Steele2:10 P.M.DEC. 26, 2014

San Diego will lose four warships in 2015, continuing a surge in the retirement of U.S. Navy vessels, and the former San Diego aircraft carrier Ranger will pass by our shores as it is towed to the scrapyard.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/dec/26/navy-ships-decommissioning-ranger-frigates/

Afghan interpreter finds refuge at Marine's home

By Barbara Brotman
Chicago Tribune
Published: December 26, 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (Tribune News Service) -- Every morning, Dinar sits in a folding chair in a second floor bedroom of a house in this university town and Skypes with his family a world away.

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http://www.stripes.com/afghan-interpreter-finds-refuge-at-marine-s-home-1.321161

December 24, 2014

Yakima Marine awarded Purple Heart

Story by Cpl Cody Haas
Date Posted:12.24.2014 13:48

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Corporal Ulises Zamoramartinez, an optics technician with 1st Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal by Maj. Gen. Vincent Coglianese, 1st MLG commanding general, during a ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 19, 2014.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/151086/yakima-marine-awarded-purple-heart#.VJ9r8MoAIA

Yakima Marine awarded Purple Heart

Story by Cpl Cody Haas
Date Posted:12.24.2014 13:48

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Corporal Ulises Zamoramartinez, an optics technician with 1st Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal by Maj. Gen. Vincent Coglianese, 1st MLG commanding general, during a ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 19, 2014.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/151086/yakima-marine-awarded-purple-heart#.VJ9r8MoAIA

December 22, 2014

Commandant and Mrs. Dunford's 2014 Holiday Message

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Date Posted:12.22.2014 3:05PM

Commandant of the Marine Corps General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., and his wife, Mrs. Dunford, send their holiday greetings to Marines and their families.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/video/383796/commandant-and-mrs-dunfords-2014-holiday-message#.VJjpccoAIA

Commandant and Mrs. Dunford's 2014 Holiday Message

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Date Posted:12.22.2014 3:05PM

Commandant of the Marine Corps General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., and his wife, Mrs. Dunford, send their holiday greetings to Marines and their families.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/video/383796/commandant-and-mrs-dunfords-2014-holiday-message#.VJjpccoAIA

DoD Releases 2015 Military Pay and Compensation Rates

Release No: NR-627-14
December 22, 2014

Today, the Department of Defense announced the 2015 military pay and compensation rates for service members.

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http://www.defense.gov/Releases/Release.aspx?ReleaseID=17086

December 20, 2014

2015 Deployment Week 1

by LCpl Dani Zunun
Date Taken:12.19.2014 | Date Posted:12.20.2014 17:47

Marines with Security Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, in a live-fire shoot on the flight deck of the USS Iwo Jima, Dec. 19, 2014. The 24th MEU deployed last week.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1706859/2015-deployment-week-1#.VJdZwhAAIA

December 16, 2014

Do tanks really float?

by LCpl Preston McDonald
Date Taken:12.14.2014 | Date Posted:12.16.2014 15:55

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines with Improved Ribbon Bridge platoon, Bridge Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, conducted river crossing exercises in which they transported M1A1 Abrams tanks across New River aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 14.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/150482/do-tanks-really-float#.VJeND8oAIB

December 15, 2014

New MOS approved for Marine infantry squad leaders

By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer 2:34 p.m. EST December 15, 2014

A new military occupational specialty for infantry squad leaders will refine training and education for enlisted Marines in the key leadership positions, officials announced today.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story/military/careers/marine-corps/2014/12/15/mos-squad-leaders-approved/20441115/

U.S. Marines, Moldovan Army partnerships strengthened through Advanced Weapons Workshop

Story by MSgt Chad McMeen
Date Posted:12.15.2014 10:52

BALTI, Moldova – One week after the November 30th Moldovan elections, where pro-European parties maintained their majority in parliament, a military unit here hosted an anti-armor workshop with U.S. Marines.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/150304/us-marines-moldovan-army-partnerships-strengthened-through-advanced-weapons-workshop#.VJAgpGK9KSP

U.S. Marines, Moldovan Army partnerships strengthened through Advanced Weapons Workshop

Story by MSgt Chad McMeen
Date Posted:12.15.2014 10:52

BALTI, Moldova – One week after the November 30th Moldovan elections, where pro-European parties maintained their majority in parliament, a military unit here hosted an anti-armor workshop with U.S. Marines.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/150304/us-marines-moldovan-army-partnerships-strengthened-through-advanced-weapons-workshop#.VJAgpGK9KSP

December 14, 2014

Harlem Globetrotters bring their basketball talents to Camp

By Cpl. Joey S. Holeman, Jr. | | December 14, 2014

CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan -- Meadowlark Lemon, Hubert ‘Geese’ Ausbie, Fred ‘Curly’ Neal, Connie ‘The Hawk’ Hawkins, and Wilt ‘The Stilt’ Chamberlain are just a few of many renowned basketball players who have worn the jersey of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. The Globetrotters have been a staple of American basketball entertainment for 89 consecutive years and on Dec. 9 they brought their talents to the Foster Fieldhouse on Camp Foster, to excite the troops that are serving overseas.

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http://www.iiimef.marines.mil/News/tabid/958/Article/558128/harlem-globetrotters-bring-their-basketball-talents-to-camp.aspx

Combat veteran shares recovery success story with Okinawa Marines

By Lance Cpl. Isaac Ibarra | | December 14, 2014

CAMP KINSER, OKINAWA, Japan -- In 2006, Lt. Col. Justin Constantine was injured during a routine combat patrol while deployed to Iraq. An enemy sniper fired upon Constantine and his Marines, and before he could take cover a round hit the back of his head, exiting through his jaw.

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http://www.iiimef.marines.mil/News/tabid/958/Article/558127/combat-veteran-shares-recovery-success-story-with-okinawa-marines.aspx

How NORAD's Santa Tracker began: A Sears ad misprint

Chicago Tribune
December 19, 2014 10:33 AM

Children today who track Santa's travels from the North Pole around the world on Christmas Eve through NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) have a 1955 Sears Roebuck misprint to thank.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-norad-santa-tracker-typo-20141219-story.html

How NORAD's Santa Tracker began: A Sears ad misprint

Chicago Tribune
December 19, 2014 10:33 AM

Children today who track Santa's travels from the North Pole around the world on Christmas Eve through NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) have a 1955 Sears Roebuck misprint to thank.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-norad-santa-tracker-typo-20141219-story.html

December 13, 2014

Volunteers place 200K wreaths at Arlington graves, JFK's tomb, Tomb of Unknown

By NewsChannel 8, The Associated Press, Caroline Tucker December 13, 2014 - 10:24 am
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 04:27 pm

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Hundreds of volunteers were at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday to lay more than 200,000 wreaths at headstones throughout the grounds.

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http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/12/volunteers-placing-200k-wreaths-at-arlington-graves-jfk-s-tomb-tomb-of-unknown-109782.html

Dakota Meyer finishes Crucible hike, emblem ceremony with Parris Island's newest Marines

Images by Cpl Caitlin Brink
Date Posted:12.13.2014 11:27

Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer speaks with new Marines of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, during a warrior’s breakfast Dec. 13, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Meyer, accompanied the recruits on the nine-mile return hike from the Crucible then attended the emblem ceremony.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1699740/dakota-meyer-finishes-crucible-hike-emblem-ceremony-with-parris-islands-newest-marines#.VI2qpGK9KSM

December 12, 2014

Parris Island recruits learn Corps' value of commitment

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink
Date Taken:10.07.2014
Date Posted:12.12.2014 11:15

Recruits of Platoon 3098, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, listen to a core values guided discussion on commitment Oct. 7, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Senior drill instructors use their personal experiences to explain the importance of unwavering commitment to fellow Marines, mission accomplishment and the Marine Corps. Mike Company is scheduled to graduate Dec. 19. 2014.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1698464/photo-gallery-parris-island-recruits-learn-corps-value-commitment#.VIuq18lVL9M

Video: Ambassadorship

by Cpl Scott Smolinski
Date Posted:12.12.2014 5:30AM

A liberty policy revision PSA by the Lt. Gen., III Marine Expeditionary Force.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/video/381268/ambassadorship#.VJWTMcoAIC

December 11, 2014

24th MEU set to deploy

By Daily News Staff - Localdesk@JDNews.com
Published: Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 06:24 PM

It’s time to set sail.

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http://www.jdnews.com/news/military/24th-meu-set-to-deploy-1.412653

H&S Company takes on Steel Knight

by Cpl Joshua Murray
Date Taken:12.10.2014 | Date Posted:12.11.2014 12:20

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force conducted amphibious operations aboard the USS Rushmore during exercise Steel Knight, off the coast of California, Dec. 8-11.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/150076/hs-company-takes-steel-knight#.VJWVH8oAID

December 9, 2014

Holiday cheer runs through Camp Hansen

Courtesy Photo
Date Taken:12.03.2014 | Date Posted:12.09.2014 02:44

Marines with 3rd Intelligence Battalion got the base in the holiday spirit where they donned Santa costumes, antlers and other festive accessories during the three kilometer run during the Jingle Bell Fun Run Dec. 3 on the parade field at Camp Hansen.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1691476/holiday-cheer-runs-through-camp-hansen#.VI5eNGK9KSN

New Bern Ballet Company spreads Christmas cheer, performs “The Nutcracker”

Story by Cpl Unique B. Roberts
Date Posted:12.09.2014 14:22

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - More than 1,000 members of the local community watched the New Bern Ballet Company perform its rendition of “The Nutcracker” at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Dec. 6.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/149825/new-bern-ballet-company-spreads-christmas-cheer-performs-nutcracker#.VIemLGK9KSM

Back to basics: Combat engineers conduct platoon defense exercise

Story by Cpl Joshua Brown
Date Posted:12.09.2014 15:26

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Combat engineers work in direct support of infantrymen. Their primary objective is to maneuver an enemy force with the use of obstacles, explosives and other man-designed elements that complicate and disrupt enemy movements. As a combat-arms military occupational specialty, basic infantrymen skills are taught and reinforced during training.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/149837/back-basics-combat-engineers-conduct-platoon-defense-exercise#.VIejkGK9KSM

USFJ implements updated Liberty Policy on Okinawa

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Date Posted:12.09.2014 03:47

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP S.D. BUTLER, Japan - The Liberty Policy is just one initiative in our comprehensive efforts to ensure our personnel maintain the highest standards of conduct and behavior. Active leadership engagement and enhanced education and training are other components that we have, and continue to stress. We remain committed to being good neighbors and citizens in the communities where we live and work.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/149741/usfj-implements-updated-liberty-policy-okinawa#.VIef02K9KSM

USFJ, Marine Liberty Policies for Japan Updated

Story by Sgt Jose O. Nava
Date Posted:12.09.2014 04:07

CAMP FOSTER, Japan - The Commander, United States Forces, Japan has disseminated a new Japan-wide liberty policy that will take effect on Dec. 9. The new policy applies to all U.S. service members that are stationed in or temporarily visit Japan and will replace the previous 29 May 2013 USFJ liberty policy. And there are some additional management tools that specifically apply to Marines based in Japan, according to Marine Corps officials.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/149744/usfj-marine-liberty-policies-japan-updated#.VIegVGK9KSM

US Marines visit Japanese high schools, share culture

Story by Cpl Drew Tech
Date Posted:12.09.2014 00:46

KUMAMOTO PREFECTURE, Japan — U.S. Marines participating in exercise Forest Light 15-1 visited with high school students Dec. 5 in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/149735/us-marines-visit-japanese-high-schools-share-culture#.VIec2mK9KSM

Pittsburgh Marine earns honor graduate distinction at Officer Candidate Course

Story by Sgt Pedro Cardenas
Date Posted:12.09.2014 07:1

PITTSBURGH - Marine officers exemplify the phrase Ductus Exemplo, Latin for “Leadership by Example.” Some find the task of becoming an officer impossible and are dropped from the course. While others like Staff Sgt. James J.W. Geiger, embrace the challenge.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/149754/pittsburgh-marine-earns-honor-graduate-distinction-officer-candidate-course#.VIbviGK9KSM

December 8, 2014

Images: HMLA-467

Photos by LCpl Olivia McDonald
Date Taken:12.06.2014 | Date Posted:12.08.2014 10:35

Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467, Marine Aircraft Group 29, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force returned to Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., from a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Dec. 6, 2014.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1690200/hmla-467#.VIeXkWK9KSM

December 7, 2014

REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR ABOARD THE USS MIDWAY

By SD6 Assignment Desk
Story Published: Dec 7, 2014 at 10:55 AM PST
Story Updated: Dec 7, 2014 at 2:09 PM PST

A memorial ceremony was held Sunday morning on the USS Midway to mark the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, an event that launched the United States' entry into World War II.

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http://www.sandiego6.com/news/local/Remembering-Pearl-Harbor-285017291.html

11th MEU conducts live-fire exercise

Photos by Cpl Demetrius Morgan
Date Taken:12.05.2014 | Date Posted:12.07.2014 12:42

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), participate in a live-fire range aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), Dec. 5.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1689437/11th-meu-conducts-live-fire-exercise#.VITkD2K9KSM

December 6, 2014

US Marines complete two months of support to Ebola Response in West Africa

Story by 1LT Gerard Farao
Date Posted:12.06.2014 09:35

MORÓN AIR BASE, Spain – Since Oct. 8, 2014 a detachment of 100 U.S. Marines and sailors from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa (SPMAGTF-CR-AF) provided support to Operation United Assistance (OUA), the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis in Liberia.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/149567/us-marines-complete-two-months-support-ebola-response-west-africa#.VITrWWK9KSM

Marines to invade L.A., but don’t panic

By Veronica Rocha and Tony Perry
Los Angeles Times
Published: December 6, 2014

(TNS) Downtown Los Angeles might look like a scene out of “Call of Duty” next week, but military officials say don’t be alarmed. It’s a drill.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/marine-corps/marines-to-invade-l-a-but-don-t-panic-1.317805

December 5, 2014

Obama nominates Ash Carter to lead Defense, Hagel not at ceremony

By Sara Fischer, CNN
updated 11:20 AM EST, Fri December 5, 2014

Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama announced Friday that Ash Carter is his pick to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

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http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/05/politics/obama-ash-carter-defense-secretary/

December 4, 2014

Tricare beneficiaries' access to brand-name drugs would be limited

By Patricia Kime, Staff writer 6:02 p.m. EST December 4, 2014

Tricare patients who take brand-name drugs for chronic conditions may be required to fill their prescriptions at a military pharmacy or by mail starting next October.

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http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/benefits/health-care/2014/12/03/tricare-home-delivery-brand-name-medications/19836273/

December 1, 2014

FBI warns military of ISIS threat

By Pamela Brown and Jim Sciutto, CNN
Updated 8:30 PM ET, Mon December 1, 2014

The FBI issued a warning Sunday to members of the U.S. military that ISIS is calling for attacks against them, according to a law enforcement source, saying that "overseas based individuals are looking for like-minded individuals in the U.S. to carry out these attacks."

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http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/01/politics/fbi-warns-military-of-isis-threat/

Iraq's army weakened from within by 50,000 'ghost' soldiers

By Yousuf Basil and Ben Brumfield, CNN
Updated 11:07 AM ET, Mon December 1, 2014

In its fight against Islamist terror militia ISIS, the Iraqi army may be weakened from within by corrupt soldiers not showing for duty -- 50,000 of them. Maybe more.

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http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/01/world/meast/iraq-ghost-soldiers/index.html