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Islamic State seen as potent force a year after caliphate declaration: Pentagon 
MSN Philippines - 12 Hours ago
A year after Islamic State declared a caliphate on territory seized in Iraq and Syria, the al Qaeda splinter group faces military pressure from a U.S.-led coalition but remains a potent force holding
Islamic State seen as potent force a year after caliphate declaration … Yahoo! India
Islamic State seen as potent force a year after caliphate declaration - Pentagon TheStar.com.my
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A year of the self-declared Islamic Caliphate 
CBS News - 13 Hours ago
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) first formed during the Iraq war as a fledgling terrorist group aligned with al Qaeda, and has since struck out on its own to control vast swaths of territory     Add Comment

Islamic State seen as potent force a year after caliphate declaration 
Reuters - 14 Hours ago
WASHINGTON Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Defense Department spokesman, said the militant group has lost a quarter of the land it controlled at the height of its expansion and has broken and run on several     Add Comment

UNESCO condemns 'barbaric' IS attacks on heritage sites 
MSN Philippines - 14 Hours ago
© Provided by AFP UNESCO expressed its "deep concern" that IS militants could destroy the World Heritage site of Palmyra in Syria, which they captured in May The UN cultural organisation Monday condemned     Add Comment

A Year Ago Today, ISIS Announced Its Plan to Create an Islamic State 
Mother Jones - 12 Hours ago
Today marks one year since ISIS, AKA the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, announced that it was officially changing its title to the Islamic State and would establish a Sunni Muslim caliphate in Syria     Add Comment

Driving Iran From the Shadows 
Foreign Policy Magazine - 13 Hours ago
In August 2003, inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency arrived in Tehran to take environmental samples at the Kalaye Electric Company, a reported site of illicit Iranian nuclear activity.     Add Comment

Why America’s Middle East Allies Are Key to Its Espionage Efforts Against the Islamic  
Foreign Policy Magazine - 14 Hours ago
The United States is being forced to rely on its regional partners to provide intelligence on the Islamic State in Iraq, and particularly Syria, according to a former CIA deputy director. For U.S.
Spying’s Hard in Iraq, Even Harder in Syria Foreign Policy Magazine
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Iraq PM 'Retires' Army Chief of Staff 
DefenseNews.com - 14 Hours ago
Then-US Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, left, shakes hands with Chief of Staff of the Iraqi Joint Forces Gen. Babaker Baderkhan Shawkat Zebari at the Pentagon on Feb. 8, 2013, in Arlington,
Iraq PM Haider al-Abadi 'retires' army chief of staff: Spokesman NewsR.in
Iraqi prime minister Haider Al-Abadi asks army chief of staff to retire - @AlArabiya_Eng NewsR.in
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>>   Afghanistan
Army kills controversial program 
USA Today - 13 Hours ago
WASHINGTON — The Army has quietly killed a program that put social scientists on battlefields to help troops avoid unnecessary bloodshed and improve civilians' lives, an Army spokesman said Monday. The
Army kills controversial social science program USA Today
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Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns on Economic Connectivity in Central Asia 
AsiaSource - 14 Hours ago
The following is a transcript of the remarks delivered by Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns in his appearance at the Asia Society's New York Center on September 23, 2014. Good morning. It's     Add Comment

Former State Department Official Discusses Democracy and Security in Central Asia,  
AsiaSource - 14 Hours ago
— Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs David A. Merkel visited Asia Society Texas Center to discuss the situation in Central Asia now that America is withdrawing     Add Comment

Afghan people receive food donation during Ramadan 
Xinhua News Agency - 14 Hours ago
A boy carries food donated by Afghan-Turk High School for the poor people during the holy month of Ramadan in Kabul, Afghanistan, June 28, 2015. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7     Add Comment

5.5-magnitude quake hits NE Afghanistan 
Xinhua News Agency - 14 Hours ago
HONG KONG, June 30 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale jolted 22 km west of Ashkasham area in northeastern Afghanistan's Badakhshan province on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey
XINHUA - Urgent: 5.5-magnitude quake hits NE Afghanistan Namibia Press Agency
Urgent: 5.5-magnitude quake hits NE Afghanistan Namibia Press Agency
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When human rights take a back seat.... 
The Hindu - 14 Hours ago
Pakistan's army is preparing for a final push in the coming weeks in its fight against militants, but there are concerns that rights are being rolled back in the name of defeating terror. A year on
Pakistan's Anti-terror Fight Enters New Phase Despite Rights Fears New Indian Express
Pakistan's anti-terror fight enters new phase Qatar Peninsula
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5.5 intensity quake hits Afghanistan 
HT Syndication - 12 Hours ago
The article below represents a preview only and is not meant for reuse or republishing. New Delhi, June 30 -- A moderate quake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale hit Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan     Add Comment

Kharlachi — a hub of cross-border trade but an eyesore too 
DAWN Group - 12 Hours ago
PESHAWAR: Two Customs officials sat cross-legged on the dirt floor in a small compound making entries of goods being exported to Afghanistan. A tiny room in the compound is being used as office as well     Add Comment
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>>   Iran
Oil Holds Losses Below $60 as Nuclear Talks Set to Miss Deadline 
La Repubblica - 12 Hours ago
(For Bloomberg fair value curves, see CFVL ) Futures were little changed in New York after falling 2.2 percent Monday amid concern financial turmoil in Greece will prompt its exit from the euro area.     Add Comment

What's up with the Iran nuclear deal? 
CNN - 12 Hours ago
This final round of talks began Saturday morning in Vienna with Secretary of State John Kerry meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. The other ministers trickled in over the weekend.     Add Comment

VIDEO:Iran Hostage Crisis Survivor Protests Obama Nuclear Deal 
ABC News - 12 Hours ago
VIDEO:Iran Hostage Crisis Survivor Protests Obama Nuclear Deal    Add Comment

Iran Hostage Crisis Survivor Protests Obama Nuclear Deal 
ABC News - 13 Hours ago
Former hostage Rodney Sickmann recounts alleged "torture" during 444 days in captivity and demands an Iranian apology.    Add Comment

U.S., Iran trade accusations of backtracking in nuclear talks 
Los Angeles Times - 13 Hours ago
As negotiators battle over the final terms of a nuclear deal, Iran and six world powers have begun bickering over an important side issue: who gets the blame if the deal falls through. In recent days,
Iranians fear losing the 'blame game' as nuclear talks continue Chicago Tribune
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Watch: Iran Hostage Crisis Survivor Protests Obama Nuclear Deal 
ABC News - 13 Hours ago
Former hostage Rodney Sickmann recounts alleged "torture" during 444 days in captivity and demands an Iranian apology. ABC US News | World News Coming up in the next {{countdown}} {{countdownlbl}}     Add Comment

Deadline looms over Tehran's nuclear program 
NHK - 14 Hours ago
World Jun. 29, 2015 - Updated 23:09 UTC Negotiators seeking to reach an agreement with Iran to curb its nuclear development have gathered for talks in Vienna. But it remains to be seen whether     Add Comment

VIDEO: Iran sanctions explained... with toys 
BBC - 14 Hours ago
Efforts to reach a deal on Iran's nuclear programme will go beyond the previously agreed deadline of 30 June. Iran is hoping that a deal will mean that sanctions will be lifted. BBC Persian's Amir
Iran sanctions explained... with toys BBC
Iran sanction explained... with toys BBC
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>>   Pakistan
Death toll passes 1,000 in heat wave 
CHINAdaily.com.cn - 13 Hours ago
Hundreds more victims still being treated as mass funerals held for unclaimed bodies The death toll from a heat wave in Karachi, Pakistan's commercial center, and parts of southern Sindh province passed     Add Comment

AIIB 'no challenge' to others' authority 
CHINAdaily USA - 14 Hours ago
Updated: 2015-06-30 07:46 By Zhang Yunbi(China Daily) Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar announces the result of the first auction for 3G mobile phone networks during a news conference in Islamabad     Add Comment

Moderate intensity earthquake jolts Kashmir 
Times of India - 12 Hours ago
SRINAGAR: A moderate intensity earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale shook the Kashmir valley in the early hours of Tuesday. "A moderate intensity earthquake occurred at 3.40am on Tuesday,"     Add Comment

Iran calls for halt to Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen 
CBC - 13 Hours ago
Shia rebels and allied military units in Yemen defied Saudi-led airstrikes to seize a provincial capital in a heavily Sunni tribal area on Thursday as their patron Iran called the two-week air campaign     Add Comment

MHA prepares plan to check radicalisation in J&K 
Economic Times - 13 Hours ago
NEW DELHI: The home ministry has taken serious note of the possibility of youths in Jammu & Kashmir getting attracted to the ISIS and has initiated preparation of a "plan of action" to prevent such radicalisation
Home ministry preparing plan of action to check radicalisation of Jammu & Kashmir  Economic Times
MHA preparing plan of action to check radicalisation of J&K youth Economic Times
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Pakistan’s anti-terror fight enters new phase despite rights fear 
Arab News - 13 Hours ago
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani army is preparing for a final push in the coming weeks in its fight against militants, but there are concerns that rights are being rolled back in the name of defeating terror. A
Pakistan’s anti-terror fight enters new phase Manila Times
Pakistan anti-terror fight in new phase despite rights fears China Post
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One policeman killed in shooting incident in Pakistan 
Xinhua News Agency - 13 Hours ago
A relative mourns beside a body of a policeman in an ambulance in southwest Pakistan's Quetta on June 29, 2015. At least one policeman was killed in a shooting incident in Quetta on Monday, local media     Add Comment

India blocks China's bid to save Pakistan on terror finance scrutiny 
Times of India - 14 Hours ago
NEW DELHI: Pakistan's enforcement of UN financial sanctions against terrorism will be closely monitored by Financial Action Task Force (FATF) through its associate body, the Asia Pacific Group on Money     Add Comment
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