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U.S. soldiers patrol the Taji base complex, which hosts Iraqi and U.S. troops north of the capital Baghdad. Taji is one of an eventual five sites where the U.S. and allied countries aim to train 5,000 Iraqi military personnel every six to eight weeks for combat against the so-called Islamic State. Ali al-Saadi /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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There And Back Again For U.S. Military In Iraq

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Jordan Stops Bombing ISIS After Jet Goes Down In Syria

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Looking Back On Last Summer's War In Gaza

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Egyptian Court To Hear Journalists' Appeals On Jan. 1

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Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri, the first Emirati female fighter pilot, flew in the first UAE airstrikes in the American-led campaign against ISIS. AP hide caption

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United Arab Emirates Shows Off Its Military Might

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Citing 'Historical Inaccuracies,' Egypt Bans 'Exodus' From Theaters

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An Iraqi Christian prays inside a shrine on the grounds of the Mazar Mar Eillia Catholic Church in Irbil, in northern Iraq. Irbil has become home to hundreds of Iraqi Christians who fled their homes as the Islamic State advanced earlier this year. Matt Cardy/Getty Images hide caption

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With Each New Upheaval In Iraq, More Minorities Flee

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For Iran And The West, A Rocky Year For Nuclear Diplomacy

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Already Bleak Conditions Under ISIS Deteriorating Rapidly

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A Saudi woman poses in this picture to illustrate driving a car in Jiddah as part of a June 2011 protest. An advisory council recently recommended for the first time lifting a ban on female drivers. Susan Baaghil/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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