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Rights group blasts IS for atrocities

(Bilal Hussein / Associated Press)

Human Rights Watch on Thursday blasted Islamic State militants over their atrocities, but also criticized the “sectarian and abusive” policies of the Syrian and Iraqi governments, saying they fuel extremism.

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U.S. seeks to capi­tal­ize on defeat of Islamic State in Kobane

(Bulent Kilic / AFP/Getty Images)

The defeat of Islamic State fighters in Kobane, Syria, sparked Kurdish celebrations and encouraged the United States and European governments concerned about domestic terror from citizens returning from fighting alongside militants.

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Map: How the flow of foreign fighters to Iraq and Syria has surged since October

The last time that this many militants traveled to fight in a foreign conflict was in 1945.

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Hostage video: was it really done outside?

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The video of two Japanese hostages being held by the Islamic State group seems, like past IS videos, taken in an arid, desert setting. But suspicions are emerging that the message was not prepared outdoors at all.

Japan and hostages: A nagging feeling that it’s their fault

In 2004, released Japanese hostages were ordered to pay their own airfare home.

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Plan to expand bombing campaign in Syria stalls amid U.S.-Turkey disagreements

(Lefteris Pitarakis / AP)

The U.S. and Turkey have failed to reach agreement on the geographic scope and purpose of airstrikes.

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Obama, Cameron warn Congress that more sanctions could endanger talks with Iran

The leaders said such a move could derail talks with Iran.

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The State of National Security

The Post's Chris Cillizza, Ed O'Keefe, and Katie Zezima discuss the state of national security and what unfolded in 2014.

Islamic State video claims to show child killing Russia spies

Russian spy agency says it has “no information at all” about the killings.

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David Cohen, architect of sanctions on Iran and Russia, picked as CIA deputy director

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David Cohen, an architect of the U.S. sanctions against Russia and Iran, is selected over agency insiders.