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U.S. Boosting Presence in Afghanistan to Combat Islamic State

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The top U.S. commander is employing a special authority recently granted by President Barack Obama to bring in additional troops into Afghanistan for an offensive against the Islamic State in their stronghold located in the eastern part of the country along the Afghan-Pakistan border.

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North Korea Says U.S. Has ‘Crossed the Red Line’ to War

Joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea are on the horizon, which means it is time for North Korea’s perennial saber-rattling. In this case, as the Associated Press reports, the erratic Communist regime is also furious that leader Kim Jong Un was added to a list of sanctioned individuals by the United States in early July.

Awqaf Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa speaks during a conference held by the Awqaf (Religious Affairs) Ministry headquarters in Cairo, in this May 25, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY - RTX1EH2E

Egypt’s Top Clerics Reject Government-Issued Moderate Islamic Sermons

Earlier this month, the Egyptian government began drafting mandatory anti-extremist sermons for Muslim clerics, complete with time limits to ensure speedy delivery with minimal ad-libbing. The program has not gone over well, with Egypt’s top scholars rejecting the sermons as too superficial and restrictive.

Militant Islamist fighters waving flags, travel in vehicles as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. REUTERS/STRINGER

U.S.-Backed Syrian Forces Seize Documents and Data from Islamic State

On Wednesday, American military officials announced that U.S.-backed Arab and Kurdish fighters in Syria have seized an enormous trove of data from various Islamic State strongholds, weighing in at over four terabytes in size. The data is now being analyzed by the United States and other anti-ISIS coalition nations.

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Missing Ex-Guantánamo Prisoner, Al-Qaeda Fan Found in Venezuela

Jihad Ahmad Diyab, a former Guantánamo Bay detainee who was released to Uruguay as part of a deal between the White House and the socialist government of former President José Mujica, has surfaced in Venezuela after his disappearance a month ago. He is demanding to be flown to Turkey to reunite with his Syrian family.