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  • Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, told Congress on Wednesday that violence is expanding between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in the Middle East, and warned that Syria's conflict is producing a generation of terrorists.

  • "What started as a backlash against corruption and oppressive authoritarian rule has now expanded into a civil war," he said, adding that the three-year conflict has become a "dynamic stalemate."

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