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Monumental Year For U.S. National Security

With the end of the war in Iraq, the end of a skyrocketing defense budget and the end of Osama bin Laden, 2011 was a milestone year in the world of national security. To put it all into perspective, NPR's national security correspondent Rachel Martin speaks with host Audie Cornish.
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U.S. Offers Reward For Information On Al-Suri

Robert Siegel speaks to Juan Zarate, a senior adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, about the $10 million reward the State Department is offering for information on the whereabouts of Yasin al-Suri. The government says al-Suri is a financier for al-Qaida operating out of Iran.
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Violent Explosions Rock Baghdad

A coordinated wave of bombings across Baghdad early Thursday left at least 60 dead and dozens more wounded. The violence came amid a worsening political crisis, with Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki seeking the arrest of Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, the highest ranking Sunni in the government, over allegations he ran a death squad.
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Pentagon: U.S., Pakistan Share Blame In Shooting

The Pentagon says that poor communication, faulty map information and a lack of trust all contributed to the Nov. 26 shooting that killed 24 Pakistani troops along the border with Afghanistan.
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Combat Canines Take On Tough Missions

The mission to capture Osama Bin Laden didn't just include a few dozen Navy Seals. A dog named Cairo played an integral part. Military dogs are often equipped with an ear bud and camera in order to be the first to enter a room and help soldiers survey the scene. Guest host Allison Keyes speaks with Lisa Rogak, author of Dogs of War.
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China Reportedly Hacked Chamber Of Commerce

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that hackers in China broke into computers at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, potentially accessing information about its operations and members. NPR's Tom Gjelten talks with Robert Siegel on what, if anything, the hackers could have accessed.

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