U.S. Army/ Staff Sgt. Jacob Connor

One year into the Trump administration, what are the most complex challenges facing the U.S. military? This is the first installment of THREAT WEEK, our brief series spotlighting some of the Pentagon’s biggest obstacles ahead of President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address.

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U.S. Marine Corps

How do you make sense of 2017? Maybe you don’t. But you can’t deny that it was a defining year for the United States military, which got a shiny new chain of command, renewed interest from the U.S. public at large, and a whole lot of weird news day after day. Task & Purpose asked you, our readers, what you thought our community’s biggest stories were this year, and these are the results.

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Photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan

A contingent of roughly 400 Marines are headed home from Syria after three months of providing fire support to U.S.-backed Kurdish and Syrian Arab Forces who battled Islamic State fighters in the militant group’s former capital.

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Photo via BBC News/YouTube

A deal between U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab forces in Syria and ISIS sent thousands of fighters and families belonging to the terror group on a convoy out of harm's war in Raqqa and deeper into the so-called caliphate where the fighters can regroup or smuggle themselves into other countries.

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Photo via DoD

Since ISIS made international headlines by invading Iraq from Syria in June of 2014, its territory has shrunken considerably. The terrorist group's steady loss of territory culminated in the fall of its de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria last week.

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Photo via Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Last June 6th, the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day invasion that turned the tide of World War II in favor of the Allies, the U.S.-led coalition to defeat ISIS launched its final siege on the group’s Syrian capital of Raqqa — and nearly 14 weeks later, victory is nigh.

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