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War policies tested from Mideast, Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is confronted with a recent burst of strength by al-Qaida that is chipping away at the remains of Mideast stability, testing his hands-off approach to conflicts in Iraq and Syria at the same time he pushes to keep thousands of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Al-Qaida-backed fighters have fought hard against other rebel groups in Syria, in a sideshow to the...

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