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U.S. also strikes ISIS camps in Libya believed to be connected to past and future Europe attacks.
General says coalition targeting of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's deputies is "affecting his life."
U.S. general commanding coalition forces says counterterrorism effort needs troop, assistance levels.
President did not go to Hawaii, will be visiting later this month with Japanese prime minister.
U.S. must adapt to challenges in time of "strategic transition," Carter says.
Commander: "Please be thankful that there are service members willing to take up the fight to protect our homeland."
Defense secretary asked if "force of the future" initiatives will stick.
Terror group was the first to officially challenge Trump morning after election.
The battle for Raqqa begins as Syrian Democratic Forces with U.S. Special Forces liberate towns on the first day.
"It's a nasty world out there... Iranians and North Koreans and Russians and Chinese."
DoD also reviewing benchmarks that bar recruits such as physical fitness, tattoos, single parenthood.