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Far From The Battlefield, U.S. Troops Will Assist Iraqi Forces

President Obama will send 475 additional troops to Iraq to train, assist and advise Iraqi forces on the fight against militants in the Islamic State. But they will not be involved in combat.
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Life In Eastern Ukraine Returns To Something Like Normalcy

One week into a cease-fire with Russia, the separatist-held city of Donetsk is stirring back to life. People are coming out of hiding; buses are back on the streets. But the future is still uncertain.
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Additional EU Sanctions Target Russia's Actions In Ukraine

The latest penalties target Russia's financial, oil and high tech sectors, and slap travel bans and asset freezes on more officials.
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ISIS, ISIL Or Islamic State: What's In A Name?

The disparities in naming are partly because of translation difficulties, and partly a sign of a propaganda war. The group calls itself the Islamic State; the Obama administration goes with ISIL.
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Expanding ISIS Fight Scrambles GOP Plan To Extend Budget And Get Out

House Republicans were hoping for a smooth two weeks before hitting the campaign trial, but a request to arm Syrian rebels has muddled that, as well as the one bill that must pass before they leave.
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Susan Rice: Islamic State Fight Will Not Be 'Iraq War Redux'

In an interview with NPR, Rice said the U.S. will not be drawn into a ground war in Iraq and Syria, even if local forces are insufficient at containing the Sunni militants.
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Congress Generally Supportive Of Action Against ISIS

President Obama's request for congressional authorization to help Syrian rebels fight Islamic State militants has thrown a wrench into what was supposed to have been a quiet two weeks on Capitol Hill.
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Obama's ISIS Plan A 'Sunni Awakening: Part Two'

The Obama administration's strategy for combating the Islamic State relies on ground forces provided by Iraq and Syria because the White House says it will not send U.S. combat troops. In Iraq, that means trying to win back Sunnis in areas where the group controls territory. Something similar happened during the Iraq war: it was called the Sunni Awakening.
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Oscar Pistorius Found Not Guility In Girlfriend's Shooting Death

Audie Cornish talks to BBC reporter Audrey Brown about the Oscar Pistorius trial. On Thursday, a South African judge said the former Olympian is not guilty of premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, but said he was negligent in her shooting. Pistorius could still be convicted of culpable homicide.
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In Catalonia, Thousands March For Independence From Spain

Catalans took to the streets on their national day on Thursday, demanding independence from Spain. The wealthy northeast region of Catalonia has its own language and culture.

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