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Iraqi government troops  at a checkpoint in the Jurf al-Sakher area, some 50 kilometers south of Baghdad, to protect the area from further Islamic State (IS) group advancement, on May 24, 2015.

Multimedia Biden Thanks Iraqi Forces for 'Enormous Sacrifice and Bravery'

Vice president's call to Iraqi PM call apparently aimed at soothing Iraqi anger after US Defense Secretary Carter says Iraqi forces retreated from Ramadi with 'no will to fight' More

A boy and his sisters watch graffiti artists spray on a wall, commemorating the victims who were killed in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, May 18, 2015.

Sunnis Seize Key Military Sites from Houthis in Yemen

Some witnesses say a house belonging to Ahmed Saleh, son of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, was destroyed More

FILE - Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post smiles as he attends a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran.

Spy Trial of Washington Post Reporter Opens Tuesday in Tehran

The charges are vague and no one has said exactly on what and for whom Rezaian is accused of spying More

Displaced Sunni people fleeing Ramadi cross a bridge outside Baghdad, May 24, 2015. Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday.

Iraqi Military's Will to Fight Questioned

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Security tightens outside a military barracks in Tunis after a soldier opened fire on his fellow troops, May 26, 2015. (M. Krit/VOA).

Tunisian Soldier Kills 7 in Barracks Attack

Interior Ministry says incident not being viewed as terrorist attack, although it was not clear what motivated the soldier More



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