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Head of Taliban's Qatar office resigns

The fractures in the ranks of the Taliban appear to be deepening after the announcement of the death of the Afghan militant group's longtime leader.

Syed Mohammad Tayab Agha, the head of the Taliban's office in Qatar and a very close ally of the…

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U.S.: ISIS as strong as it was before airstrikes

ISIS remains "as strong as it was a year ago" when U.S. airstrikes against the group began, but it is no longer making rapid advances, according to an Obama administration official.

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US-backed Syrian rebels will have air cover, source says

Syrian rebels backed by the United States will now have air cover if they come under attack after President Barack Obama signed off on the decision, a senior administration official confirms to CNN on Sunday.

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Audio message: Taliban deny peace efforts

The reported new leader of the Taliban denies that the Sunni Islamist group is attempting to work toward a peace process with the Afghan government.

"When we hear about different processes including the peace process, they are all the propaganda…

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Sources: Haqqani terror network founder died

For two years, the Afghan Taliban did not let on that its leader Mullah Mohammed Omar had died in a hospital. Now word is going around that another key leader of a prominent regional terror group may have died a year ago.

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ISIS

Officials: 'Jihadi John' alive

The U.S. government has "very recent indications" that "Jihadi John" -- the notorious, English-speaking, hooded ISIS executioner seen in violent hostage beheading videos -- is alive.

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Israel: Toddler killed in 'price tag' attack

A Palestinian's home was burned during a "price tag" attack Friday that killed a toddler and critically injured at least three other relatives, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.

The injured were the toddler's parents and a brother, said Ghassan…

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Obama: Dems getting 'squishy' over Iran deal

President Barack Obama said Thursday night that he can feel some Democratic members of Congress getting "squishy" in their support of the Iran deal, bowing to the "political heat" they feel from the "fierce" lobbying campaign against the Iran deal.…

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With Mullah Omar's death, Taliban recruits could go to ISIS

The recent news that Taliban leader Mullah Omar has been dead for two years could bring with it a challenging scenario for the United States -- a potential bounty of new recruits for ISIS.

That, analysts said, could in turn complicate the timeline…

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Clash at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem

The site of the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, also known as the Temple Mount to Jews, became the focal point for a clash between Palestinian youths and Israeli police on Sunday.

Israeli police and the general director of the mosque had differing…

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