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Al-Qaeda leader says he would join ISIS fight against West, secularists, Shiites

Although Al-Qaeda’s chief regards Islamic State and its leader as “illegitimate,” he would consider joining efforts with the rival terrorist …

Republican squabble on Iran nuclear deal plays in Obama's favour

Disagreement among conservatives on how to go forward with disapproval vote means they might miss their chance to confront the president<p>Infighting among Republicans has raised the possibility that US lawmakers opposed to the Iran nuclear deal might throw away their chance to stop it going ahead.<p>The …

South Asia

Senate Democrats Preserve the Iran Deal

The Thursday vote blocking a resolution of disapproval ensures that President Obama will be able to implement the nuclear accord.<p>Congress can’t kill the Iran deal.<p>Senate Democrats made sure of that on Thursday afternoon, holding firm with President Obama as they blocked Republicans from bringing a …

Mitch McConnell

US official: 'IS making and using chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria'

<b>There is a growing belief within the US government that the Islamic State militant group is making and using crude chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria, a US official has told the BBC.</b><p>The US has identified at least four occasions on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border where IS has used mustard …

Middle East