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Syrian rebel groups agree Azaz truce, amid rumors of government cease-fire

An interview with Syria's deputy prime minister raised hopes that the government was prepared to agree to a cease-fire, but his party has since insisted he was misquoted.

US to reopen most embassies, consulates closed due to terror threat

The United States will reopen most of its diplomatic posts on Sunday that were closed this past week due to fears of a possible Al Qaeda attack, according to the State Department.

Interpol issues global alert following Al Qaeda prison breaks in Iraq

Interpol issued a security alert Wednesday after dangerous prisoners, many of them reportedly members of Al Qaeda, escaped two Iraqi prisons earlier this week. The alert came at the request of officials in Iraq after gunmen attacked the Taji and Abu Ghraib prisons simultaneously near Baghdad on July 21. Using mortars to gain access and free the prisoners, militants killed at least 20 members of the Iraqi security forces in the process.

The second war in Syria is a struggle among Assad’s opponents

Commentary: This battle is smaller, but just as vital to the country’s future.
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Rebels celebrate in a street in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa after capturing the city on March 4, 2013. (MOHAMMAD AL-HUSSEIN/AFP/Getty Images)
The world may be focused on the big fight in Syria between the rebels and Bashar al-Assad’s regime, but there is a smaller, albeit just as significant, second front going on that much of the region’s leaders seem to have either ignored or forgotten.
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Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra pledges allegiance to Al Qaeda

"We reassure our brothers in Syria that al-Nusra's behavior will remain faithful to the image you have come to know, and that our allegiance [to Al Qaeda] will not affect our politics in any way," insists the head of the rebel group.

Presidential deceptions on Iraq led US to abandon core values

Commentary: Torture and killing innocents with drones continue to haunt Americans.
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United States Army soldiers salute during the playing of retreat at Camp Virginia, near Kuwait City, Kuwait, on Dec. 15, 2011. Ten years after the beginning of the Iraq War, public opinion of US involvement is still quite mixed. (Joe Raedle/AFP/Getty Images)
DENVER — In 2002 and early 2003, the Bush Presidency had rolled out a campaign to promote an invasion of Iraq. Condoleezza Rice’s statement, the “smoking gun might be a mushroom cloud,” created a popular sound bite for the administration’s warning that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
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Al Qaeda in Iraq claims Baghdad bomb attacks

At least 56 people were killed and more than 200 wounded when coordinated car, roadside and suicide bombs exploded in and around Baghdad during the Tuesday morning rush hour.

What was Biden signaling in his pro-war comments on Iran to Israeli lobby?

Commentary: Is the vice president building his own hardline bona fides for 2016?
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US Vice President Joe Biden addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual policy conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on March 4, 2013, in Washington, DC. Biden boldly confirmed the political, historical and military ties between the two countries and emphasized President Barack Obama's support for Israel, a country the president will visit later this month. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
OWL’S HEAD, MAINE — Next week will mark the 10th anniversary of the United States' invasion of Iraq, the low point of many in George W. Bush's failed presidency.
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Obama’s cautious foreign policy has proved right so far

Commentary: Events, not intentions, will shape his record in the second term.
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US President Barack Obama waves to supporters after his victory speech at McCormick Place on election night Nov. 6, 2012, in Chicago, Ill. The president was sworn in for his second term in office on Jan. 21, 2013, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
President Obama’s first term failed to live up to the expectations of the left wing of his party, which hoped for a more radical change in domestic policy. His second term is likely to disappoint another important constituency — the media and foreign policy elites in Washington, D.C.
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Riots rage in Mombasa, Kenya over killing of Muslim cleric Aboud Rogo Mohammed (VIDEO)

Hundreds of angry youths threw stones, barricaded roads with burning tires and looted shops in Kisauni, a predominantly Muslim area of Mombasa.
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