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Militant group’s surge in Iraq fans regional fears

FILE – In this file photo taken Friday, June 20, 2014, Lebanese police intelligence gather outside a hotel in Hamra street in Beirut, Lebanon. An al-Qaida breakaway group’s seizure of territory in Iraq and Syria has sent tremors across the Middle East, jolting...
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Militants blitz through Iraq’s western desert

A fighter with the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) distributes a copy of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, to a driver in central northern city of Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, June 22, 2014. Sunni militants...
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Militants blitz through Iraq’s western desert

A fighter with the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) distributes a copy of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, to a driver in central northern city of Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, June 22, 2014. Sunni militants...

Cease-fire reached in Palestinian camp in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Various fighting factions and the Syrian government reached a cease-fire agreement in a besieged Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, activists and state media said Sunday. If it holds, the agreement in Yarmouk, the largest of nine Palestinian camps in...
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Iraq’s capital lives in fear, expects the worst

In this photo taken on June 17, 2014, people shop at a market in Baghdad, Iraq. While the Iraqi capital is not under any immediate threat of falling to the Sunni militants who have captured a wide swath of the country’s north and west, battlefield setbacks and the...

Cease-fire reached in Palestinian camp in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Various fighting factions and the Syrian government reached a cease-fire agreement in a besieged Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, activists and state media said Sunday. If it holds, the agreement in Yarmouk, the largest of nine Palestinian camps in...
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Iraqi militants seize 2 more border crossings

In this photo taken Saturday, June 21, 2014, militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) patrol in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. Sunni militants have seized another town in Iraq’s western Anbar province, the...
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Twin blasts kill 8 in restive Iraqi region

AAA Jun. 22, 2014 3:10 PM ETTwin blasts kill 8 in restive Iraqi region In this photo taken Saturday, June 21, 2014, militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) patrol in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. Sunni militants...
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Iraq’s capital lives in fear, expects the worst

In this photo taken on June 17, 2014, people shop at a market in Baghdad, Iraq. While the Iraqi capital is not under any immediate threat of falling to the Sunni militants who have captured a wide swath of the country’s north and west, battlefield setbacks and the...
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US pressing Egypt to adopt more moderate policies

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry touches his brow during a joint news conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry following his meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Sunday, June 22, 2014, in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo) U.S. Secretary of...