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Secretary of State John Kerry, center, is flanked by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., right, and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the ranking member, left, as he arrives to shore up President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 17, 2014.

US Congress Set to Approve Plan to Arm Syrian Rebels

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A man gestures as residents look for survivors under the rubble of collapsed buildings after what activists said was a vacuum bomb was dropped by forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on Maarat Al-Nouman, south of Idlib, Sept. 18, 2014.

In Major Assault, IS Fighters Seize Kurdish Villages in Syria

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks to media after closed-door nuclear talks on Iran in Vienna, Austria, July 15, 2014.

Multimedia Iran, World Powers Resume Nuclear Talks

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FILE - Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal pauses as he makes a statement to the media in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 5, 2014.

Saudi Role Against Islamic State Turns on Relief for Arab Sunnis

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FILE - Students of Al-Azhar University, who are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, clash with riot police and residents in Cairo's Nasr City, Jan. 8, 2014.

Egypt Targets Last Bastion of Muslim Brotherhood Dissent, Al-Azhar

Egypt has banned Muslim Brotherhood, jailed thousands of its supporters since July 2013, when then-army chief el-Sissi toppled Mohamed Morsi, the country's first freely elected president More



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Egypt has banned Muslim Brotherhood, jailed thousands of its supporters since July 2013, when then-army chief el-Sissi toppled Mohamed Morsi, the country's first freely elected president
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Rouhani criticized President Barack Obama's refusal to send U.S. ground forces back into Iraq
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US Government Investigating Young People Joining Mideast Jihadists

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Fighting rages between government forces and Islamic State militants in Anbar province
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