U.S. Secretary Of Defense Ash Carter (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Joseph Dunford speak to the media in the Pentagon briefing room, on February 29, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP
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