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Kosovo frees 8-year-old from Syria captivity

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An 8-year-old boy from Kosovo was reunited with his mother late on Wednesday after intelligence and security forces brought him back from Syria where he was taken by his jihadi father and kept for 5 months, officials said.

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Serious disagreements remain in U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State

(Evan Vucci / AP)

Sixty countries are participating to some degree, and the question now is whether they will be able to agree.

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Militias rule the day in strife-torn Middle East

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Embattled governments in Iraq and Syria have come to rely on Shiite militias as their armies have crumbled in the face of mostly Sunni insurgents and rebels. In Libya, various armed groups loosely allied with two rival governments have fought over bullet-riddled airports. Shiite rebels in Yemen have swept down from the north, capturing the capital and, on Tuesday, a key port city.

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Islamic State fight is a war, not a video game

Are Americans ready to fight the Islamic State?

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Turkey denies reaching accord with U.S. on use of air base against Islamic State

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But Turkish officials said talks are continuing to let the U.S. use Incirlik Air Base against the Islamic State.

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Turkey to allow coalition to use bases, territory in fight against Islamic State

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The country will also allow its territory to be used as part of training efforts for Syrian opposition fighters.

Susan Rice: Fight against the Islamic State ‘is going to take time’

Rice suggested that the current strategy is working, despite recent advances by the group in Iraq and along Syria’s border with Turkey.

McCain on the Islamic State: ‘They’re winning, and we’re not’

McCain said more U.S. ground forces are needed in the fight against ISIS, but Sen. Bernie Sanders said Middle East partners need to get involved.

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American suicide bomber’s travels in U.S., Middle East went unmonitored

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Despite a push to track foreign fighters in the region, U.S. authorities did not flag Florida-born Moner Mohammad Abusalha, who detonated a truck in Syria in May.

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U.N envoy invokes Srebrenica massacre in call for help for Syrian town of Kobane

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The world must “do something” to prevent a possible massacre of thousands in the Syrian town by the Islamic State, he said.