The country's treatment of the US student shows its growing unpredictability.
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The Republican presidential hopeful appears to be introducing a new, dramatic film genre: bigoted fiction.
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“If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it’s a duck,” a diplomat told me in Kabul. “Isil are here.”