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Afghan Taliban admit covering up Mullah Omar's death

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The Taliban on Monday admitted covering up longtime leader Mullah Omar's death for more than two years, saying he died in 2013 as was first claimed by the Afghan intelligence.

The group had continued as recently as July to release official statements in the name of Omar, who had not been seen in public since the Taliban were toppled from power in Kabul in 2001.

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Turkish Jets Join US-Led Coalition With Airstrikes Against IS

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Turkish fighter jets have carried out their first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria, a Foreign Ministry statement said Saturday.

The aircraft began attacking IS targets late Friday across the border in Syria that were deemed to be threats to Turkey.

After months of delay, Turkey agreed last month to take on a more active role in the fight against Islamic State extremists. Turkish jets used smart bombs to attack IS positions in Syria without crossing into Syrian airspace, and later Turkey granted U.S. jets access to a key air base close to the Syrian border.

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Iran Sentences 2 on Spy Charges

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Iran's Revolutionary Court sentenced two people to 10 years in prison Sunday for spying, but did not identify the suspects or their nationalities.

A court spokesman said the two spied for the United States and Israel.

Iran arrested several alleged spies last October in southern Bushehr province, home to the country's first nuclear power plant. But it is unclear if Sunday's verdict is related to those arrests.

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US Preparing Sanctions Over Alleged Chinese Cybertheft

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The Obama administration is preparing “unprecedented” economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who benefit from the cybertheft of valuable U.S. trade secrets.

Such action would follow President Barack Obama’s executive order declaring such activities a “national emergency,” and precedes the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The Post, quoting several administration officials, said the United States has not yet decided to issue the sanctions, which could involve asset freezes and blocking the financial transactions of those engaged in cyberattacks.

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Pentagon teams up with Apple, Boeing to develop wearable tech

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The Pentagon is teaming up with Apple, Boeing, Harvard and others to develop high-tech sensory gear flexible enough to be worn by people or molded onto the outside of a jet.

The rapid development of new technologies is forcing the Pentagon to seek partnerships with the private sector rather than developing its technology itself, defense officials say.

 

"I've been pushing the Pentagon to think outside our five-sided box and invest in innovation here in Silicon Valley and in tech communities across the country," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in prepared remarks on Friday.

 

"Now we’re taking another step forward."

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Evidence mounts that soon-to-be flush Iran already spurring new attacks on Israel

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An unsettling surge in terrorism by Iranian proxies has many Israelis convinced the release to Tehran of tens of billions of dollars in frozen funds is already putting the Jewish state in danger.
 
In recent days, rockets have rained down on Israel from Gaza in the south and the Golan Heights to the north, Israeli forces foiled a bomb plot at the tomb of biblical patriarch Joseph, and Gaza-based terrorist groups that also have a presence in the West Bank have openly appealed for aid on Iranian television. Israeli officials fear the terrorist activity is spiking as groups audition for funding from Tehran, which is set to receive the long-frozen funds as part of its deal to allow limited nuclear inspections. They say the international focus on Iran's nuclear ambitions has left its more conventional methods of attacking regional adversaries unaddressed.

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Al-Qaida's Syria Affiliate Reemerges

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The almost singular focus by the United States and some of its coalition partners on defeating the group known as the Islamic State appears to be giving new life to the group's chief rival.

U.S. intelligence officials say despite hitting a low point about 10 months ago, al-Qaida affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra has rebounded, increasingly casting itself as a critical player in the battle for Syria’s future.  

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