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U.S. Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk, the U.S. representative to the anti-Islamic State coalition, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. <br>Lauren Victoria Burke/AP

Captured battlefield cellphones, computers give US valuable intelligence in Islamic State fight

Recently captured intelligence has proved useful in providing clues to detecting potential terrorist plots, tracking foreign fighters and identifying Islamic State supporters around the globe, U.S. officials said.

Humanitarian chief, Russian diplomat spar at UN over Syria

The U.N. humanitarian chief accused Russia and Syria on Wednesday of using bombing and starvation tactics in eastern Aleppo to push people to surrender or to death, triggering an unusual verbal attack on a U.N. official from the Russian ambassador.

Pentagon says US airstrikes target al-Qaida in Afghanistan

The Defense Department says airstrikes in Afghanistan targeted two al-Qaida leaders, including one described by a Pentagon official as the group's top leader in the northeastern part of the country.

Afghan official: Taliban insurgents abduct, kill 26 people

Taliban insurgents on Wednesday killed 26 Afghan civilians after abducting them in the remote central province of Ghor the previous day, officials said, the latest brutal attack targeting the local population in one of the country's most lawless areas.

Yemen airstrike kills 5 al-Qaida fighters

The U.S. military killed five al-Qaida fighters in Yemen in an airstrike last week, U.S. Central Command announced Wednesday.

Pakistan arrests National Geographic's famed 'Afghan girl'

A Pakistani investigator says the police have arrested National Geographic's famed green-eyed 'Afghan Girl' for having a fake Pakistani identity card.

US stuck with nobody left to sanction in Russia over Syria

The U.S. put sanctions on Russia's main arms exporter, Kremlin aides and the black leather-loving head of a motorcycle gang nicknamed "The Surgeon" after the 2014 invasion of Ukraine.

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