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  • Major collapse - Islamic State offensive threatens Iraq's integrity

    The dysfunction of the Iraqi army has partly caused the Iraqi government's fall and limits the options to counter the increasingly strong Islamic State insurgency. Mitchell Prothero analyses the group's tactics and the hopes for regaining control.
  • Divided loyalties - The Pakistani Taliban suffers a major split

    The top leadership of the jihadist militant organisation Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has fractured after months of infighting. Muhammad Ahsan Younas reviews the events that caused the group to fracture and the implications for its future operations.
  • Drifting apart

    Military leaders have warned repeatedly that the United Kingdom risks becoming a 'hollow force' unable to offer useful help to its closest ally, the United States. So is this the end of an unusually close partnership? Matthew Bell reports
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  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House

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