10 things you need to know today: December 8, 2014

December 8, 2014 5:29 PM

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1. The U.S. officially ends Afghanistan combat missionThe U.S. and NATO formally ended their combat mission in Afghanistan on Monday, with a ceremonial lowering of the flag at NATO's International Security Assistance Force Joint Command. It has been 13 years since the invasion to topple the Taliban and rout al Qaeda after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The coalition will still keep 13,000 troops — down from the 2011 peak of 140,000 — in the country after January 1 to train and support Afghan security forces, who have led the fight against Taliban insurgents since mid-2013. [The Associated Press]

2. A report on CIA interrogation techniques sparks controversyRep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, warned Sunday that the impending release of a report on the use of torture by the CIA would cause "violence and death" overseas. "I think this is a terrible idea," h...

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