President Barack Obama returns a salute as he steps off Marine One helicopter upon his return on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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President Barack Obama condemned the deadly Taliban raid on a Pakistani school Tuesday and promised that the United States would stand by the country in its struggle against violent extremism.Most of those killed in the attack were children, officials said.Formed in 2007, the TTP groups a myriad of Islamist factions that have declared a "holy war" against the government for its strategic alliance with the United States after the September 11, 2001 attacks.Tuesday's TTP attack was the second deadliest in the country's history after bombings targeting former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in October 2007 that killed 139 people in Karachi.
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