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U.S. vows to back Iraq in fight against new jihadist threat

Washington vowed to boost aid to Iraq and is mulling drone strikes amid fears Iraqi forces are crumbling in face of militants increasingly emboldened since the US withdrawal. Iraqi officials have already privately asked the US to consider sending in……

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri calls for uprisings in Saudi Arabia

NICOSIA — Ayman al-Zawahiri, the longtime Egyptian number two to Osama bin Laden, the Al-Qaeda leader killed earlier this month, has called on Saudis to take up this year’s wave of Arab revolt. In an audiotape which the jihadist network’s media arm Al-Sahab said was recorded before bin Laden’s death…