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The Impact of War
5:07 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

For U.S. Vets, Iraq's Newest Conflict Awakens Complex Emotions

A decade ago, U.S. soldiers were fighting and rebuilding in the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit. The past few weeks have seen those cities, among others, fall to the Sunni militant group ISIS. Here, a member of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces stands guard Thursday near an ISIS checkpoint in Mosul.
Karim Sahib AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:45 am

In Iraq this weekend, government forces launched an offensive against the Sunni militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. On Sunday, the government said it was using Russian-made jets to attack Sunni militants in the northern cities of Tikrit, the hometown of the late dictator Saddam Hussein, and Mosul. Both cities remain under insurgent control.

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The Two-Way
4:37 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Obama To Nominate Former Procter & Gamble Chief To Head VA

Former Procter & Gamble chief executive Robert A. McDonald speaking at the company's annual shareholders meeting, in Cincinnati in 2011.
Al Behrman AP

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 4:54 pm

President Obama on Monday will nominate Robert McDonald, the former chief executive of Procter & Gamble, to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a White House official.

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Code Switch
3:42 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Should Saying Someone Is 'Off The Reservation' Be Off-Limits?

Signs marking the entrance to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota make it clear when you're literally "off the reservation," but the figurative meaning of the phrase has shifted over time.
Kristi Eaton AP

EDITOR'S NOTE: Each week, we take a look at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology or just because it has an interesting story. You can see the full series here.

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The Two-Way
3:08 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Sunni Extremist Group ISIS Declares New Islamic Caliphate

The official website of Iraq's Interior Ministry claims this picture shows Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the so called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 4:20 pm

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Sunni militant group that's been leading an insurgency in Iraq, made a bold statement today: The organization's Shura Council has declared a new caliphate, and the organization's extremist leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is the new caliph.

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2:23 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

In Blogs And Tweets, India's New Leader Bemoans Lack Of 'Honeymoon'

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves from a MIG 29 fighter aboard the country's largest warship, INS Vikramaditya, off the coast of Goa, India, on June 14.
STR Xinhua /Landov

India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, says he has been denied the "honeymoon" period that new governments traditionally enjoy. Just one month after taking office, he has also asserted that he has defied expectations and secured a firm grip on India's sprawling government.

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