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The Islamic Youth Council in Derna, in eastern Libya, is among the local militant groups from Egypt to Libya that have reportedly pledged allegiance to the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Reuters/Landov hide caption

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With Cash And Cachet, The Islamic State Expands Its Empire

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Iraqi Kurdish soldiers, or peshmerga, patrol an area in the recently recaptured town of Zumar, near Mosul in northern Iraq on Oct. 29. When the Islamic State captured the town in August, the Kurds fled. Now that the Kurds are in control, the Arabs are all gone. STR/EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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In A Back-And-Forth Battle, An Iraqi Town Splits On Ethnic Lines

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President Obama speaks to the media before meeting with his Cabinet in the White House Friday. The president is ordering up to 1,500 additional military personnel to Iraq, to help Iraqi and Kurdish forces fight the extremist group ISIS. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Aza Betwata (left) and his brother Mirwan (center) left Holland to join the Kurdish peshmerga fighting against ISIS militants in northern Iraq. Though the brothers come from a family of fighters, Aza had just two days of training — his brother must show him how to strip and clean his rifle. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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Kurds Leave Life In Europe To Fight ISIS In Their Iraqi Homeland

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A family passes through Maktab Khaled in northern Iraq, the last Kurdish checkpoint before they make their way to Kirkuk. ISIS-controlled territory lies less than a mile away. Leila Fadel/NPR hide caption

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The Artificial Boundary That Divides Iraq

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Alleged Islamic State militants stand next to an ISIS flag atop a hill in the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, called Kobane by the Kurds, as seen from the Turkish-Syrian border in Suruc, Turkey, on Monday. Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Smuggler Explains How He Helped Fighters Along 'Jihadi Highway'

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"Today's anti-Westernism is a reaction to yesterday's racism," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday. Jason DeCrow/AP hide caption

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Rouhani: Western Powers Have Helped Globalize Terrorism

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Fighters from the Islamic State group parade in their northern Syrian stronghold, Raqqa. Uncredited/AP/Raqqa Media Center hide caption

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Islamic State Defector: 'If You Turn Against ISIS, They Will Kill You'

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In this image made through a window of the Oval Office, President Obama speaks on the phone to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Wednesday. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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