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Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr., Joint Staff Director of Operations, speaks about airstrikes in Syria during a briefing at the Pentagon yesterday. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Yemeni soldiers hold up their weapons at an area seized from al-Qaida in the southeastern province of Shabwa, Yemen, on May 8. President Obama said Wednesday that U.S. strategy against the so-called Islamic State would be similar to how it targeted militants in Yemen and Somalia. Yemen's Defense Ministry/AP hide caption

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Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is shown here in a still image posted online in 2011. In a video released this week, he announced that al-Qaida was establishing a faction in the Asian subcontinent with a focus on India. AP hide caption

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Will Al-Qaida Find Followers In India?

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Fighting between Iraqi government forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria leaves buildings destroyed in Ramadi on Tuesday. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Behind ISIS Battle In Iraq, A Clash Between Two Arch-Terrorists

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In this image taken from video and released by SITE Intelligence Group, Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites in November, 2010. SITE Intelligence Group/AP hide caption

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Sulaiman Abu Ghaith appears in this still image taken from an undated video address. Abu Ghaith, one of Osama bin Laden's sons-in-law and a former spokesman for al-Qaeda, is on trial in New York. Reuters/Landov hide caption

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A U.S. drone in the sky over Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP hide caption

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In January, this Free Syrian Army fighter stood in front of graffiti in Aleppo that read, roughly, "down with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant." On Monday, al-Qaida's leadership said it has no ties with that jihadist group. Jalal Alhalabi /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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