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Theo Padnos: My ordeal as captive of al-Nusra in Syria

US journalist Theo Padnos was held captive in Syria by Jabhat al-Nusra from 2012 to 2014.

Obama leaves podum

Barbara Plett Usher

BBC News

How did a man who took office espousing a new era of engagement with the world end up a spectator to this century's greatest humanitarian catastrophe?

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A daring, deadly raid

US special forces battle so-called Islamic State

American special forces have tracked down a jihadist leader near the city of Deir Ezzor which is about 140 kilometres from Islamic States's headquarters in the city of Raqqa. We heard from a Pentagon spokesman, Navy Captain Jeff Davis. (Photo: Rubble from destroyed buildings making up the souk or market in the old sector of the eastern city of Deir Ezzor in 2014. Credit: AFP)