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Islamic State Uses Online Strategies To Get Its Message Out

Experts say the videotaped killing of journalist James Foley is part of a broader propaganda strategy by Islamist militants. The group, the Islamic State, has become a master of the video medium.
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U.S. Reveals Failed Special Forces Mission To Rescue Hostages

The Obama administration's admission comes on the heels of the release of a video by the militant group known as the Islamic State, which depicts the killing of American journalist James Foley.
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From A Father And Son, What It Means To Be A Military Man

Enlisting has been a rite of passage for men in the Pierce family since the Civil War. And as America has changed, Mark Pierce and his son Jeremy explain, what it means to serve has, too.
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In Syria, The U.S. Weighs A Range Of Unpalatable Options

The U.S. could aid moderate rebels. It could bomb militants of the Islamic State. Or it could sit on the sidelines as the war plays out. There are many choices, but none appears promising.
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Militants Behead American Journalist, Leveling New Threats At U.S.

The group known as the Islamic State has fired its first violent salvo against the U.S. The group declared that the beheading is a retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.
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Embattled Yazidis Say They Are Now Enduring Atrocity No. 74

The Yazidis are a small religious minority and have faced persecution again and again over the centuries. Some say it is now time to leave Iraq for good.
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The Soldier's Guiding Paradox: 'Protect What You Love'

Writer Elliot Ackerman, former Marine officer and veteran of five deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, explains what being a man means to him: It's protecting what you love.
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Germany Eavesdropped On Kerry, Clinton, Magazine Says

Der Spiegel reports that the current and former U.S. secretary of state were the inadvertent targets of German surveillance.
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Drawing On Pentagon Surplus, Police Now Wield Weapons Of War

Every year, police and sheriffs' departments receive hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of military-style equipment from the Pentagon. The equipment is passed on with the intent to fight drugs and terrorism, but it was on display in Ferguson, Mo., where it was used for crowd control during protests there.
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Assessing The Scope And Scale Of American Aid For Kurds In Iraq

Brett McGurk is the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for Iraq and Iran. He joins Robert Siegel to explain U.S. policy on Iraq.

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