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The president responded by saying, “At some point, I’ll defend myself and it won’t be pretty.”

In turn, McCain said, “I have faced tougher opponents.”

In Afghanistan, the bombings and shootings of the Taliban today left at least 74 dead. The worst was Paktika province in the east, where two car bombs killed dozens, including the provincial police chief, and injured more than 100 people. Taliban militants have also staged attacks in the south and west of the country.

In Syria, US-backed militias say they have retaken the de facto capital from the Islamic State group. The city of Raqqa had been under ISIS control since 2014. The battle to recapture it began in June. Today, the Kurdish-led fighters celebrated as they moved into the city center. The US military said 90 percent of Raqqa has been taken and pockets of militants remain.

There are reports that US airstrikes in Yemen killed dozens of Islamic State fighters on Monday. Apparently, the attacks were carried out by drones. The Pentagon says the targets were training camps for recruits.

In northern Iraq, Kurdish forces withdrew from more territory today, as Iraqi government troops advanced. It came on the heels of the Kurds’ vote for independence. Federal forces and allied militias had already forced the Kurds out of and around Kirkuk and its oil fields.

Iraq’s prime minister said it paves the way for talks.

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