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The US-led air campaign, which Washington claims aims to degrade Daesh's military capability, remains the subject of debate, with critics pointing to Daesh’s advances and battlefield successes despite the raids.(AFP/DOD /Jonathan Synder)
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Since the start of the US-led airstrikes against Daesh, only one percent of the supposed "caliphate" has been reclaimed.
Shannon Maureen Conley was arrested in the Denver airport. Her arrest foiled her plans to board a plane to Turkey, where she would join Daesh. (AFP/File)
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An American woman was sentenced to four years in prison for attempting to join Daesh. She planned to join Daesh in Turkey and marry a militant she had never met.

January 24, 2015

U.S. President Obama and Saudi King Abdullah are pictured during a meeting in the White House in 2010. (AFP/File)
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In the wake of the death of Saudi King Abdullah, U.S. President Barack Obama plans to cut his visit to India short and fly to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

January 22, 2015

The US announced a train and equip program for moderate Syrian rebels in the northern and southern fronts of war-torn Syria, which is set to launch in March. (AFP/File)
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Syrian opposition umbrella group Syrian National Coalition (SNC) received $6 million from the US, marking the first direct financial aid from Washington to reach the group.
Syrian opposition members attend a conference to discuss the forthcoming Moscow meeting, in Damascus, on January 19, 2015. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
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Syria's opposition interim government received $6 million from the US government for implementing development and relief projects in areas liberated by the "moderate Syrian opposition".

January 21, 2015

US President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech, January 21, 2015. (AFP/File)
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US President Barack Obama said he would veto any plans to place additional sanctions on Iran during his State of the Union speech Wednesday.
In the past 48 hours, Houthi fighters targeted a US diplomatic vehicle, despite a reported ceasefire. No injuries were reported in the incident. (AFP/Getty Images/Mohammed Huwais)
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The US military has moved two navy warships into the Red Sea to stand ready to evacuate American personnel from its embassy in Yemen if an order is issued to do so.

January 19, 2015

The move by the  Muslim Leadership Initiative angered many Palestinians. (AFP/File)
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Following a backlash from Palestinian and rights groups, the Muslim Leadership Initiative defended a second Israeli government-funded trip to the holy land. Are Muslims on par with Zionism as a result?

January 17, 2015

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said the training program is set to begin in March, giving some groups the opportunity to travel back to Syria to fight before the year's end. (AFP/File)
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Troops from US Special Forces will be among some 400 military trainers traveling to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to train moderate Syrian rebels, the Pentagon said Friday.
Obama said instilling sanctions now would only harm a fresh round of nuclear talks with Iran, which are set to resume January 18 in Geneva.
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During a press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in Washington Friday, US President Barack Obama said he will not allow a Republican-dominated US Congress to instate new sanctions on Iran until nuclear talks have played out.

January 16, 2015

The US and ally effort to train and equip Syrian moderate rebels is part of a larger campaign to push back advances by Daesh in Iraq and Syria, where so far US-led coalition forces have been carrying out airstrikes against the group since last September.  (AFP/File)
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The US has announced plans to send 400 military trainers to hosting sites Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, a US Defense Department officer said Friday.

January 15, 2015

Cornell is said to have admitted not being directly authorized by Daesh to launch attacks but had wanted to wage jihad on his own. (AFP/Getty Images/Karen Bleier)
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The alleged Islamist militant researched the construction of pipe bombs to execute an attack on the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
While the Western world believes Tehran may be building a nuclear weapons capacity, the Iranian government denies the claims, saying the program is instead aimed at producing atomic energy. (AFP/File)
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US Secretary of State John Kerry attended a meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Jawad Zarif to discuss Tehran's nuclear program Wednesday, ahead of planned Geneva talks Thursday.
Turkey will sign a 'memorandum of understanding' with the US late-January, marking the first step toward the implementation of a train and equip program for moderate opposition forces in the war-torn Syria. (AFP/File)
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The IS Syria envoy discussed joint Turkish-US plans to implement a train-and-equip program for Syrian rebels in recent Istanbul meetings, the Central Command said Wednesday.

January 14, 2015

George Clooney liked this suit so much he sported it twice. (Images: AFP)
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Amal Clooney was still stressing over what to wear to the Golden Globe Awards ceremony the night before, but the decision was easy for George!
The increase in supply has been due to the application of new technologies to exploration and field development operations around the world.
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The interviewee sees the plummeting prices a factor to force the American leadership to become diplomatically more active and negotiate with OPEC and other producers.

January 13, 2015

Maggie Gyllenhaal portrays Nessa Stein who bridges Mideast hostilities in "The Honorable Woman". (Image: Twitter/
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Maggie Gyllenhaal, who plays a Jewish businesswomen attempting to build bridges in the Mideast conflict and whose real life mother is Jewish, was one of several stars with Jewish or Mideast ties at this year's Golden Globe Awards.
This message was posted to CENTCOM's twitter account, which as since been suspended. (Twitter)
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Daesh supporting hackers targeted the US military/security outfit CENTCOM's Central Command Twitter account and Youtube channel, posting two pro-Daesh videos and threatening American soldiers

January 12, 2015

A third deadline of July 1, 2015, was implemented on Iran's nuclear program after previous talks failed. (AFP/File)
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US Secretary of State John Kerry said he aimed to speed up a fresh round of nuclear negotiations with Iran Monday.