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ISIS or ISIL? The debate over what to call Iraq’s terror group

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If you're following the ongoing crisis in Iraq, you've probably encountered the conflicting acronyms used for the jihadist group storming through the country. The Washington Post has been referring to the organization as ISIS, shorthand for the Islamic State of Iraq and greater Syria. This is how most news organizations that operate in English began identifying […]

Iraq’s biggest oil refinery is on fire. How important is that?

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Part of Iraq's biggest oil refinery was in flames on Wednesday. What is happening?

Who are the remaining Benghazi suspects?

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The capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala, by far the most notorious suspect in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, is a big deal. But even if he is guilty, Abu Khattala wouldn't have been the only person involved in the attack — and he is not the only person sought by U.S. […]

A brief history of U.S. raids on Libya

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My colleagues at The Washington Post broke the story yesterday of the U.S.'s capture of prominent Libyan jihadist Ahmed Abu Khattala in a raid in Benghazi over the weekend. Abu Khattala is linked with the infamous assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, which led to deaths of four Americans. The raid exposed […]

The mysterious lone photograph of Ahmed Abu Khattala, alleged Benghazi ringleader

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Suspected Benghazi attack ringleader Ahmed Abu Khattala, captured this weekend in Libya by U.S. Special Operations forces, wasn't publicity shy before his arrest. In fact, he seemed to enjoy his infamy.  Even after he was accused of leading the attack that led to the death of  U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, he drank a strawberry frappe with […]

Why Pakistan’s offensive on the Taliban is a very big deal

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After months of inaction, Pakistan's government authorized a significant military offensive against Taliban militants in North Waziristan, a tribal agency along the Afghan border. It may be the largest such campaign in 2009, when the...Show More Summary

Meet Ahmed Abu Khattala, an alleged ringleader of the Benghazi attack

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Ahmed Abu Khattala is one of the most notorious Islamist commanders in Libya, a leader in the Ansar al-Sharia militia. To most Americans, he is best known for his alleged involvement in one key event: The 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi that left Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens dead. On Tuesday, The […]

How Kenya made itself vulnerable to terror

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  When Kenya took its anti-terror war to the doorsteps of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab in Somalia in 2011, its mission was to cripple and wipe out the militants. The military incursion was launched after the Muslim extremists kidnapped several tourists and virtually brought tourism in Kenya, one of the country’s top foreign exchange earners, to its […]

‘Khuilo’: The offensive term that has attached itself to Putin

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On Saturday night, the strong words over the Ukrainian crisis took an unusually vulgar turn: Ukraine’s interim foreign minister, Andrii Deshchytsia, called Russian President Vladimir Putin a "d---head." “I am ready to be here with you...Show More Summary

Fans watching World Cup slaughtered in Kenya

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Insurgents flying black Islamist flags drove into a coastal town in Kenya yesterday and killed some 48 people while they were watching the World Cup, according to news reports.

Ai Weiwei’s fake ‘leg-guns’ become Chinese Internet meme

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BEIJING — Like most Internet memes, the leg-gun pose that has caught on in China is hard to describe (much less explain). It involves taking a selfie while holding your leg up as though aiming it like a rifle. The first leg-gun pose was posted five days ago by China's famously irascible dissident artist Ai Weiwei, […]

These dramatic images show apparent mass execution of Iraqi soldiers by ISIS

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On Sunday, militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) posted a set of gruesome images online that purported to show them executing dozens of men, apparently from the Iraqi army, in Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad. As my colleagues Liz Sly and Abby Hauslohner reported, some of the photos showed men in civilian clothes […]

Colombia hopes Brazil World Cup can lay to rest memory of 1994

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The Colombian team that will turn out against Greece on Saturday may be without star striker Radamel Falcao, who's injured for the duration of the World Cup. But it boasts the strongest squad the South American nation has fielded for two decades. In 1994, some, including Brazilian legend Pele, tipped the Colombians to win it […]

How Iraq unraveled since the U.S. withdrawal, in 10 steps

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"It's harder to end a war than begin one," President Obama observed in December 2011 at a ceremony marking the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. "Everything that American troops have done in Iraq — all the fighting, all the dying, the bleeding and the building and the training and the partnering, all of it has […]

Call to arms a reminder of the power of Iraq’s Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani

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It has been a while since Americans paid much attention to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s top Shiite cleric. But a call to arms issued at Friday prayers in Baghdad served as a reminder of the power that Sistani yields in a country that is once again fracturing along sectarian lines. With Sunni militants gaining […]

People have talked about Iraq breaking up for years. Now it may actually happen.

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In 2006, as Iraq descended into sectarian violence, two men wrote an op-ed for the New York Times. They argued that we could only "maintain a united Iraq by decentralizing it, giving each ethno-religious group — Kurd, Sunni Arab and Shiite Arab — room to run its own affairs, while leaving the central government in charge […]

China issues video of aerial games of chicken — and maritime collisions — in Asia’s seas

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BEIJING — Temperatures are rising in Asia’s oceans as China and its rivals Japan and Vietnam engage in perilous airborne games of chicken and crude maritime shows of strength as they try to enforce their claims to contested waters and islands. This week, China took its beef with its neighbors to the court of international opinion, […]

MAP: The incredible scale of ISIS’ reach

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The remarkable success of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in capturing huge swaths of land in Iraq and Syria is even more surprising when you consider the scale of the lands captured: Iraq and Syria are big countries, and ISIS controls a lot of them. This map helps to put ISIS' reach into perspective […]

World Cup, Group B: ‘Traitor’ Diego Costa returns to Brazil

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It's not unusual for players of Brazilian origin to don the uniforms of other national teams. Brazilian soccer players are a genuine national export: scan the leagues of countries around the world and you're bound to find some Brazilian plying his trade. Naturalized Brazilians have lined up for Poland, Japan, Mexico, Croatia, Qatar, Equatorial Guinea […]

The rules in ISIS’ new state: Amputations for stealing and women to stay indoors.

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The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is now effectively governing a large chunk of Iraqi territory. Considering this is a group that al-Qaeda broke ties with for being too extreme, that's a pretty big deal. Now, as a de-facto government, they have released a document aimed at civilians in Nineveh, a province in […]

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