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  • Obama authorizes 1,500 more troops for Iraq Nov 7, 2014 9:17 PM
    The president’s decision to escalate the U.S. effort in Iraq comes just three days after midterm elections that were bruising for Democrats and amid persistent arguments that more U.S. troops are needed to bolster the struggling Iraqi forces. In particular, the Iraqi government, members of Congress and others have called for troops in Anbar in western Iraq, where extremists have been slaughtering men, women and children.

  • No bail for Bolingbrook man in terror support case Nov 3, 2014 9:58 PM
    A federal judge has denied bail for a 19-year-old Bolingbrook man, Mohammed Hamzah Khan, accused of trying to fly to Turkey with two siblings to join the Islamic State group. Judge Susan Cox ruled Monday in Chicago that Khan should be held because she considers him a flight risk and a danger to the community.

  • Bolingbrook teen’s hearing postponed in terrorism case Oct 21, 2014 4:56 PM
    A Bolingbrook teen accused of trying to join the Islamic State terrorist group must wait at least two weeks before learning if he’ll to need to stay behind bars pending trial. On Tuesday, a planned detention hearing for 19-year-old Mohammed Hamzah Khan was postponed to Nov. 3. Federal Judge Susan Cox allowed the delay after prosecutors filed a motion to continue the hearing. Khan’s attorneys didn’t object.

  • Bolingbrook teen’s lawyer: ISIS isn’t a threat, so neither is my client Oct 10, 2014 8:49 AM
    Tom Durkin, attorney for a Bolingbrook teen accused of heading to Syria to join ISIS, has a lot to say about the terrorist group. “If anyone hasn’t noticed, ISIS went from a group that supposedly wasn’t a threat to the United States to being our existential enemy in a matter of weeks, which I think is a lot of political grandstanding,” he said. “I happen to think this type of prosecution is a misuse of the criminal justice system to really advance our geopolitical purposes.”

  • Bolingbrook teen in terrorism case called intelligent, normal Oct 10, 2014 4:57 AM
    The attorney for Bolingbrook teen accused of trying to join the terrorist group ISIS, Mohammed Hamzah Khan, said he does not believe Khan provided "material support" to ISIS. “My client is a very intelligent and fervent believer of Islam,” Durkin said. “Whether anyone else disagrees with how he sees things is another issue, and that’s his right.”

  • Panetta: Obama vacillated on Syria Oct 3, 2014 1:38 PM
    Panetta’s book, titled “Worthy Fights,” is scheduled for release next week.The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday dismissed such accounts from former Cabinet members.

  • Air attacks bring relief to besieged Syria border town Sep 27, 2014 2:01 PM
    Nawaf Khalil, a spokesman for Syria’s Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, said the strikes targeted Islamic State positions near Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, destroying two tanks. He said the jihadi fighters later shelled the town, wounding a number of civilians.

  • Turkish hostages freed, but what did country give up? Sep 20, 2014 1:53 PM
    Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the release was the work of the country’s intelligence agency rather than a special forces operation.“After intense efforts that lasted days and weeks, in the early hours our citizens were handed over to us and we brought them back,” Davutoglu said.

  • Third westerner beheaded by ISIS Sep 13, 2014 11:15 PM
    Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as “an act of pure evil.”

  • To students today, 9/11 is like ancient history Sep 11, 2014 9:50 AM
    Fremd High School social studies teacher Jason Spoor-Harvey was leading classes on Sept. 11, 2001, and he could see the shock and changed perspectives of the students he had that day. “We’re no longer the country that’s never been attacked,” he said. Today, Spoor-Harvey no longer teaches students with firsthand experience of the emotional impact of that terrible day — and the difference is palpable.

  • Detective shares inside story of Ground Zero at Naperville memorial Sep 12, 2014 12:03 AM
    Working at ground zero in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was more about the people, the emotions, the healing, than it was about the rubble, retired New York police detective Brian Hastings said during a remembrance ceremony Thursday in Naperville. "A good day for us was when we had recoverings," Hastings said. "We really looked forward to those days because we were able to do our job and recover the victims."

  • Images: September 11 Observances Around the World and Nation Sep 11, 2014 3:10 PM
    Images of September 11 memorials and observances around the world and nation. 2014 marks the 13th anniversary of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a plane lost in a Pennsylvania field.

  • Northwest suburban ceremonies recall loss of 9/11 Sep 12, 2014 10:03 AM
    Ceremonies around the Northwest suburbs today recalled the loss of 9/11. At a ceremony of remembrance in Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg Fire Lt. John Schneidwind recalled his days working at ground zero after joining a group of Chicago-area firefighters who left for New York City in the predawn hours of Sept. 12. “I’ve been asked why we do this each year,” Schneidwind said. “Isn’t it like opening an old wound? The truth is, we have to remember.”

  • Images: September 11 Observances in the Suburbs Sep 11, 2014 9:51 PM
    Images of September 11 memorials and observances in the suburbs of Chicago. 2014 marks the 13th anniversary of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a plane lost in a Pennsylvania field.

  • Pentagon: Iraq operations cost at $560 million Aug 29, 2014 1:41 PM
    Rear Adm. John Kirby said the costs are being paid from the Pentagon’s 2014 overseas contingency fund. Top Pentagon officials have said they have adequate funds for the operation through September.

  • Stopping ISIS will mean widening military commitment Aug 22, 2014 4:13 PM
    The White House said Friday that the president has received no military options beyond those he authorized earlier this month for limited airstrikes in Iraq and military aid to Iraqi and Kurdish forces. But a top adviser raised the possibility of a broader American military campaign that targets the Islamic State group’s bases in Syria, saying the U.S would take whatever action is necessary to protect national security.

  • Women stoned to death in Syria after adultery charges Aug 9, 2014 6:48 PM
    A cleric read the verdict before the truck came and dumped a large pile of stones near the municipal garden. Jihadi fighters then brought in the woman, clad head to toe in black, and put her in a small hole in the ground. When residents gathered, the fighters told them to carry out the sentence: Stoning to death for the alleged adulteress.None in the crowd stepped forward, so the jihadi fighters, mostly foreign extremists, did it themselves.

  • Syria rebels raid Lebanese town, capture troops Aug 2, 2014 2:26 PM
    Prime Minister Tammam Salam described the attack as a “flagrant aggression against the state of Lebanon” and vowed that his government “will deal with the developments with extreme firmness and strength.”Saturday’s attacks came hours after the army said troops detained Syrian citizen Imad Ahmad Jomaa, who identified himself as a member of Syria’s al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front.

  • Forensic experts gather material to ID victims Jul 19, 2014 6:36 PM
    Police said in a tweet that 40 pairs of detectives from the National Forensic Investigations Team would be visiting victims’ relatives over the coming days.Their aims is to build a database of material including DNA and photographs of distinguishing features like scars and tattoos that can be used to identify bodies and body parts recovered from the crash site in eastern Ukraine.

  • Yemen troops foil attack on hospital, 6 killed Jun 28, 2014 2:05 PM
    There were no reports of damage or injuries among civilians or to the hospital. Yemen is home to one of the most active branches of al-Qaida.

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